Preston Hollow People October 2020

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Remembering Wick Allison (1948–2020) 14

Online auction must replace annual ball 44

A terminal cancer patient gets his wishes 46


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t’s been six very long months since COVID-19 brought everything to a screeching halt. We’ve learned to cut hair, make bread, get creative with dinners when grocery orders didn’t arrive with everything, and entertain and homeschool children without hitting the sauce (too much, anyway). And at first, July hit, and it looked like we might be stuck doing this for a long, long time. It felt like the movie Groundhog Day, only instead of learning not to be a jerk to get out of the never-ending cycle, we all had to rely on other people’s behavior to get the job done. In other words, it seemed like we were going to be here a while. But as people began taking masks – and distance – a little more seriously, the numbers of new cases and the hospitalizations went down. That magical downward trend that county health officials kept talking about? It looked to be in sight. By Sept. 2, when Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and county Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang announced we’d move from the red “stay home/stay safe” risk level on the county’s color-coded risk system to the orange “extreme caution” level, there was a small sigh of relief. After all, it’s still a long way off from reaching the green “new normal” level, but it’s still a lot closer to normal than we were in July when cases were well over 1,000 a day.

What does it mean? It means a bit more freedom if you’re an otherwise healthy individual. It’s OK to get a haircut (as long as BETHANY ERICKSON the salon takes precautions), dine-in at restaurants (provided there’s plenty of space between tables and masks are worn), or visit museums or libraries with 25% or less occupancy. But moving from red to orange also has a great psychological meaning. It means that, by and large, Dallas County residents saw the collective good in wearing masks to protect each other from COVID-19. It means that many heeded expert advice to avoid unnecessary public outings, and if they had to do so, to take precautions. It means that, if we can keep it together just a little longer, we might just be celebrating a green Christmas, which is even better than a white Christmas because there’s nothing to shovel, you won’t get stuck on the High Five’s ice luge, and you could possibly even hug people. Bethany Erickson, Deputy Editor



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Chief Renee Hall’s time with the Dallas Police Department will end after only three years. (SCREENGRAB: BETHANY ERICKSON)



n 15 years, the Dallas Police Department has had three leaders, but of David Kunkle, David Brown, and Renee Hall, the latter will have by far one of the shortest tenures at the helm of the ninth-largest police department – a scant three years. Hall turned in her resignation in September and later came to an agreement with City Manager T.C. Broadnax to stay in charge through the end of the year. Both David Brown and David Kunkle before her each served six years before retiring. Hall was hired in July 2017 and came to Dallas as a 16-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, where she was deputy chief.

She began her tenure with accolades but soon lost favor with some of the police unions. After a series of demonstrations this summer produced police reports that conflicted with eyewitness (and in many cases, media on the ground) accounts of the department’s use of force and actions during the protests, she became the focus of more scrutiny. In her letter, Hall told Broadnax that she was “grateful for the opportunity.” “These past three years have been saturated with a series of unimaginable events that individually and collectively have never happened in the city of Dallas,” she wrote. “I am proud that this department has not only coped with an unthinkable series of events, but we have also managed to implement

critical reforms that were clearly needed for the Dallas Police Department to meet our 21st-century policing goals.” “In her three years of service, Chief Hall has provided consistent, passionate, resilient, and robust leadership to our city,” Broadnax said. “She has implemented a host of reforms that will assist our department as we move forward.” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said that in light of her recent scrutiny, he was not surprised at her decision. “I had not spoken to the chief about her decision, but I was not terribly surprised by it considering the recent public statements of my City Council colleagues,” he said. The city’s elected officials spoke of her ability to connect with people. “Wishing @ChiefHallDPD all the best in her future endeavors & grateful for her service to @CityOfDallas,” tweeted council member Jennifer Gates. “I’ve been in the field with her and seen how well she interacted with people,” said council member David Blewett. “And I know she cares deeply for Dallas, for public safety, and for modern community policing.” “I appreciate Chief Hall’s collaboration with community members across Dallas and her ability to work within the diverse fabric of our great city,” council member Omar Narvaez said. “While the city manager searches for a new police chief, it is our job as policymakers to provide police commanders with the tools they need to be successful and to make Dallas the safest big city in the country,” Johnson said.

Northaven Trail Targeted by Serial Vandal The Friends of Northaven Trail respectfully request an introduction to a renegade artist with the nom de plume “Busko.” And anyone arranging that introduction could find themselves $250 richer if that introduction results in Busko’s prosecution for defacing various amenities and signs along the Northaven Trail. “They’ve been at it for several months now,” said Jeff Kitner, president of the nonprofit tasked with shepherding trail improvements.

And the Friends are now hoping that perhaps one of Busko’s acquaintances might be the type that values money over friendship, and have offered a $250 reward for information leading to Busko’s arrest. “This vandal has spray-painted approximately 25 markings along the trail over the last few months,” the organization said. “The Dallas Parks Department has diligently cleaned up after the perpetrator, but we would like the vandalism to stop.” Anyone with information about

Busko’s real identity should email – Bethany Erickson

CRIME REPORTS AUG. 11 – SEPT. 6 AUG. 11 An early-morning artist won critical disdain for leaving graffiti on the Saint Bernard store at Inwood Village before 2:53 a.m. AUG. 12 A 69-year-old woman’s shopping trip to Preston Forest Village turned unpleasant when the motorist who hit her vehicle fled before 2:06 p.m. AUG. 13 While the plumbers called on a home in the 4900 block of Mangold Circle, a burglar struck, taking property from a Reliable Plumbing truck before 4:03 p.m. AUG. 14 When is loving pizza wrong? When you get in such a hurry at Fireside Pies on Inwood Road you strike a 25-year-old’s vehicle before 6:01 p.m. and are too rude to stick around and take responsibility. AUG. 15 We don’t know whether the burglar who struck the Sherwin-Williams paint store in the Market and Preston Forest before 7:59 a.m. had a big redecorating job planned. AUG. 19 Before 1:02 p.m., an irresponsible and careless motorist fled after a striking a 44-year-old man’s vehicle in the 7800 block of Royal Lane.

land at a work site in the 5700 block of Trail Meadow Drive before 7:31 p.m. AUG. 23 Before 2:36 p.m., a rascal stole from a 57-year-old woman at a home in the 4400 block of Cedarbrush Drive. AUG. 25 Before 5:35 a.m., a burglar forced entry to steal from the Forest Car Wash on Forest Lane at the Dallas North Tollway. AUG. 28 Officers responded at 12:20 a.m. to reports of an intruder with unknown intentions in a 49-year-old man’s home in the 5100 block of Radbrook Place. Arrest information was not available. AUG. 29 Before 5:44 p.m., a ruffian punched and injured a 31-year-old Mesquite man at a vacant home in the 11100 block of St. Michaels Drive. SEPT. 1 Before 10:35 a.m., a gun-toting menace fired one round into a 58-year-old woman’s home in the 6700 block of Mimosa Lane.

AUG. 21 Before 11:29 a.m., an aggressive driver struck a 34-year-old man in the 6200 block of LBJ Freeway.

SEPT. 5 One or more busy burglars worked the 8400 block of Ridgelea Street overnight. Reported at 11:22 a.m.: items stolen from a 44-year-old man’s garage. Reported at 11:47 a.m.: contents stolen from a 52-year-old man’s vehicles.

AUG. 22 Concrete Caper: We don’t know what the ill-intentioned scoundrel planned to pave after stealing from Salazar Concrete Concepts of Gar-

SEPT. 6 A doggone sneaky scoundrel tried to use fake documents to obtain property or credit from Petland at Preston Forest Square.

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: CRIME OF INCONVENIENCE Why did the prowler pry open a glass door before 1:14 p.m. Aug. 26 just to go in and then come out of a home in the 4300 block of Bonham Street? Police are calling it criminal trespassing.

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STORIES ABOUT THE OCTOBER 2019 STORM STILL GIVE ‘CHILLS’ Almost a year after EF3 Tornado Hit Preston Hollow, a family comes home

Remembering the day: I’ve still never seen anything like what I saw outside of a movie. It was incredible, the path of the tornado damage. I saw overturned cars, flatten buildings – it was incomprehensible, the damage. Mayor Eric Johson Back after the pandemic hit one of the first things that I said in front of the public TV interview or even during one of those sessions, was, ‘This is terrible, but this is even more terrible for the TJ kids because they had their whole senior year rocked by the tornado ... and then we couldn’t even give them a real graduation. And yeah, I worry about it. Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD superintendent I think that the thing to remember is what made it a Blue Ribbon school is the staff. So what made us transition so seamlessly was also the staff that we have. If you put worldclass people in those positions, they’re going to do that job,

The McCleskey family had just moved in to their Pemberton Drive home when the tornado hit. They were forced to leave the neighborhood on foot that night, pulling granddaughter Mikayla in a wagon. Just hours before, Mikayla’s friends had been over to play. (PHOTOS COURTESY KAREN MCCLESKEY)

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wo weeks. That’s how long the McCleskey family had been in their home before disaster struck on Oct. 20. When they chose their fairly new home on Pemberton Drive, Randall and Karen McCleskey had no way of knowing that it would one day be in the direct path of an EF3 tornado. They picked it because they liked the builder, and because it had plenty of room for Karen, Randall, and their granddaughter, Mikayla, as well as Mikayla’s father, Andrew, and their other son, Clayton, when they came to town. “We knew the builder, the original builder, and we knew we wanted to do some things to upgrade – the home was only 10, 12 years old, but there were some things we wanted to do.” Karen said. The renovations to the home meant they had only just moved in – boxes were still unpacked when

the tornado struck. The family said the day was fairly ordinary to start. It was Sunday. They had gone to Royal Lane Baptist Church to pick out pumpkins. They had some of Mikayla’s friends over. “I had actually forgotten that the Cowboys were playing late. We didn’t have a TV on or anything,” Randall said. “And I remember Karen mentioned to me about just a little bit after nine o’clock. She said, ‘I think it’s supposed to rain tonight’ and I said, ‘Well, yeah, I’ve been outside, and I was like, ‘I don’t think so, it’s a nice evening.’” But it wasn’t much later that their phones began alerting them to a tornado warning. Randall flipped on the TV. “The news reporter says, ‘There’s a tornado on the ground in Dallas County; details when we come back from these messages,’” Randall said. “And I’m thinking, ‘You know, that’s awful. Some poor schmuck is sitting there with a tornado coming right at him. And he doesn’t even know. He’s gonna have to wait for these commercials to find out.”

“Then they came back they showed, you know, where they thought the tornado was. I think Karen noticed it first and said, “You know, it’s coming right at us,’” he continued. “The schmuck was me.” The two huddled with their granddaughter in a downstairs closet, listening as the storm threw debris at their house. At one point, just as they had all gotten settled, Randall remembered he left his phone in the kitchen. He ventured out for it, and realized the storm had turned very violent. He crawled back to the closet, staying low to the ground. “I barely opened the door,” Karen said. “I wasn’t sure she was going to let me back in,” Randall said. “I’m sick of hearing this story over and over,” interjected Mikayla. “It gives me the chills.” Read more about the McCleskey’s tornado experience, as well as the help they received from neighbors and the community and their nearly year-long journey to move back in, at

quaint little school on Midway, Tom Field campus. Philip Potter, Walnut Hill Elementary principal There are many, many days I held it together all day long, and then as soon as I would get in my car, it was just like a wave of emotion where it just hit me and I would just cry all the way home. Sandi Massey, Thomas Jefferson High School principal Go to tornado to see our digital special section looking back at the Oct. 20, 2019, tornado. | October 2020  9 NOT IN MLS


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CEO Leads 24 Hour Club into Future Marsha Williamson finds divine design in reducing stigma of addiction, recovery

She secured a Citizen HKS Award for $250,000 in architectural services, recruited Michael Young to lead a fundraising effort that brought in $1 million-plus, and enlisted Steve Van Amburgh, CEO of KDC, to galvanize the Dallas construction community to build, mostly pro bono, a $5 million facility. The 14,000-square-foot, 75-bed facility opened Feb. 28, 2018, and served more than 600 residents in its first year. Visit “I experienced the devastation of substance abuse and mental illness in a loved one,” Williamson said. “It not only devastated him but our entire family. I desperately want to take away the stigma of both things and find lasting help for the suffering addict/alcoholic who may also be dealing with mental illness.”

Trump's First 3 Year Policies Created the Most Prosperous American Economy Ever: - Black & Hispanic Unemployment Rates were at All Time Lows - Women's Unemployment was Lowest in 65 Years - Asian Unemployment was Lowest since 2003 - Youth Unemployment was Lowest in Nearly 50 Years - Median Household Income Hit Highest Level Ever - National Poverty Rate Fell to Lowest Since 2011 - 6,268,285 Americans Discontinued Food Stamp Dependence Trump Signed Biggest Tax Cuts & Reforms in History, Creating Job Growth for All Americans (60% to families), Allowing American Corporations to Compete Globally Trump Provided more Affordable Healthcare Options & more Affordable FDA-Approved Generic Drugs Trump Funded $6 Billion to Fight Opioid Epidemic, Reducing High-Dose Prescriptions by 16% Trump Deregulated Economy, Creating Job Growth, Positively Impacting Small Business & Retail Sales Trump Created 499,000 Manufacturing Jobs (Most in 30 Years) Trump Oversaw Confirmation of Over 200 Federal Judges & Appointed 2 Supreme Court Justices Trump's Economic Policies Created the Most Robust Stock Market in History from 11/8/16 to 7/2/2020, DOW is Up 40%, S&P is Up 45% & NASDAQ is Up 95%

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Marsha Williamson came to the Dallas 24 Hour Club as a fundraising consultant in November 2013 and wasn’t impressed. “I can remember touring the facility and thinking that this ramshackle building is going to catch on fire, and people are going to die,” the Highland Park woman said. “I was frightened by the number of homeless people who were trying to get sober who were literally crammed into every nook and cranny in an unsafe facility.” Before a year had passed, she’d become interim executive director. Williamson credits God’s design for that. “All of a sudden, I could see the miracles happening, in spite of this overcrowded building, full of those just off the street,” she said. “The program of recovery was working, and I was ALL IN, much to my husband’s chagrin.” Her gifts center around solving complex problems, and the Dallas 24 Hour Club had plenty: no donor base, no website, no fundraising history, and a miserably maintained, century-plus-old building siphoning away what little money the nonprofit had.

What do you want other North Texans to know about the Dallas 24 Hour Club? The 24 is not a place to rest your head. It is a place of healing, accountability, and structure which focuses on helping our residents embrace long-term sobriety and become contributing, self-supporting members of society. Addiction is devastating and is not discriminatory. When people walk in through our doors, they have lost everything, including their families. Our staff and residents become their family, which encourages them to work a strong recovery program, get a job, be fiscally responsible, and begin re-connecting with their families and friends. What’s the best leadership advice you ever received? My dad has told me since I was a little girl to “always be myself, and people will like me.” I think that is true. I also love one of Winston Churchill’s quotes: “The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE.” Tell us a fun fact. What’s something most people don’t know about you? I am a sports fanatic! I love baseball and college football the most, but really any sport will do. COVID has NOT done me any favors in this regard. I can’t imagine life without College GameDay on Saturday morning. READ MORE ONLINE | October 2020  11

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What a difference a month makes. Last month, we reported our August People-Powered Election Survey results, which had Republican candidates handily beating Democrat candidates – often by double digits. Those leads started almost immediately after we opened the survey. This month, things are much different. The margins are different, tighter. The leads within the first 48 hours of the survey’s release to the public had pretty much flipped Democrat. We have one more survey before Election Day – next month’s October poll. Those results will be published in our November issue. A few things that are different in our September poll: We added the running mates for the presidential races; we added the Dallas ISD bond election; and we changed the essay question to, “What is something that would change your mind about your chosen candi-

dates at this point?” The answers ranged from “Nothing” to more verbose responses, some of which are detailed below (if you want to see all of them, head to Our new poll for October will be live on Oct. 1. Don’t like what you see here? Think 207 responses isn’t enough? Make sure your voice is counted next time – click the QR code below and sign up for our People Perks newsletter list to get the survey in your email inbox. This isn’t meant to be a scientific poll, but rather a snapshot of how your neighbors feel about the upcoming election. And, as always, if you have something important to say, please consider penning a letter to the editor – we love hearing from our readers. September Survey Results Note: Candidates with zero responses are not included, and in races that only apply to part of our readership, we provide the “does not apply to me” response choice.

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S U R V E Y R E S U LT S PRESIDENT Donald Trump - R, Incumbent 46.4% Joe Biden - D 51.2% Jo Jorgenson - L 1% Undecided 1.4% U.S. SENATE John Cornyn - R, Incumbent 48.8% Mary Jennings Hegar - D 48.3% Kerry McKennon - L 0.5% Arjun Srinivasan 0.5% Undecided 1.9% U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 32 Colin Allred - D, Incumbent 49.3% Genevieve Collins - R 47.3% Christy Mowrey - L 0.5% Undecided 2.9% TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 114 John Turner - D, Incumbent 39.1% Luisa Del Rosal - R 34.3% Undecided 2.4% Does Not Apply to Me 24.2% TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 108 Morgan Meyer - R, Incumbent 47.8% Joanna Cattanach - D 35.3% Undecided 3.9% Does Not Apply to Me 13%

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved asking voters to support a $3.7 billion bond election in November. The proposed package includes five ballot propositions aimed at several initiatives. Are you... In favor of the bond - 23.2% Against the bond -11.6% I need more information before I decide - 32.4% Does Not Apply to Me - 32.9%

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READERS SAID... “I won’t consider any candidate that seeks to divide us vs. united us. I’m over it!” “I will not vote for any one that has any association with BLM or antifa.” “Nothing. I will not support anything that supports racism - all are created equal!” “No; due to coronavirus support (or lack thereof) and supporting law-breaking, norm-shattering, president, my decisions are set in stone. The fact that Trump lied about the Coronavirus, and there has been no condemnation from our senator is heartbreaking.” “Not even the threat of an eminent, painful death preceded by months of brutal torture could change my mind and make me vote for a single Democrat candidate!” “I am firmly behind DonaldTrump and would not change my vote.”

DALLAS COUNTY SHERIFF Marian Brown - D, Incumbent 43% Chad Prda - R 44.9% Undecided 12.1%


DALLAS ISD DISTRICT 2 Dustin Marshall, Incumbent 17.4% Alex Enrique 1% Nancy Rodriguez 7.2% Undecided 16.9% Does Not Apply to Me 57.5% DALLAS ISD DISTRICT 8 Joe Carreon 7.8% Alicia McClung 5.9% Undecided 17.6% Does Not Apply to Me 68.6%




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Candidates Answer Two Key Questions Prior to Early Voting


Early voting begins October 13, and for many, the days leading up to that are when they work to get to know the candidates. This year, we’ve asked candidates in key races two questions: • What are three of the biggest issues you are hearing about from voters, and what is your plan to address them if you are elected? • If you are not elected, how will you help your community? This month, we will delve into the candidates’ responses to the first question, and in November, we’ll show you their responses to the second. We’re providing an excerpt below, and you can see their full responses at What are three of the biggest issues you are hearing about from voters, and what is your plan to address them if you are elected?


U.S. House District 32 Colin Allred (incumbent, D): COVID-19 is by far the biggest immediate challenge our community faces. I helped pass bipartisan relief in the Cares Act and will continue to work to pass a bipartisan package that gets immediate economic relief to workers and small businesses as well as our local governments. I will keep fighting for resources to substantially ramp up testing, tracing, and treatment so we can beat this virus. Genevieve Collins - (R): From the conversations I’ve had with thousands of voters on the ground, the three most pressing issues facing our voters are education, healthcare, and our nation’s security. I’ve spent my career growing a Dallas-based education


technology company, Istation, and working with every school district in TX-32 to learn firsthand the challenges facing our students, teachers, and parents. This rings especially true right now as we work to return our students to school whether virtually, in-person, or both, in the midst of a global pandemic. Jason Sigmon (I): There are only two – “I don’t know / I don’t care”: Reflection of most people feeling politics has failed them and their vote no longer matters. I’m running as an Independent to replace the two party system that has failed America. This was response that 95% of the people I met gave me. Healthcare: Break up big pharm companies, ban drug ads on TV, create low-cost community clinics, and regulate lower drug prices.


Texas House of Representatives District 114 John Turner (incumbent, D): The issue I have been hearing about most is our response to the pandemic. Bringing the coronavirus under control is the key to so much: saving lives, reducing unemployment, reviving small businesses, going back to school in person safely, getting back to sports and community activities. With the pandemic still likely to be a major concern when the Legislature reconvenes in January, a top priority must be to take the measures that science and public health expertise tell us are necessary to stop the spread. This is the shortest and surest path to resuming normal life. Luisa del Rosal - (R): Education: I want to ensure that our education dollars are invested in the classroom, and I want to protect


education funding from potential budget cuts in response to the pandemic. Recovery and Solutions in Healthcare: Texans deserve smart solutions to coverage such as allowing small business owners and associations to pool insurance coverage. Billing also needs to be made more transparent. Property Tax Reform: Dallasites continue to have their home appraisals and property tax rates raised without experiencing the benefit of these hikes.

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Dallas ISD Trustee Candidates Give Their Elevator Pitches By Bethany Erickson

I believe that there is something for everyone in DISD.

The five candidates vying for two Dallas ISD school board seats would have – in a typical year – already completed their election season. But this isn’t a normal year, and after the board voted to move school board elections to November f rom May, the five suddenly found themselves with a lot more time to campaign. We reached out to all five candidates – Nancy Rodriguez, Alex Enriquez, and incumbent Dustin Marshall in District 2; and Joe Carreon and Alicia McClung in District 8 – to help readers get a better sense of who they are. Responses to all five of the questions we asked are available at Below are excerpts of each candidate’s elevator pitch for Dallas ISD.

Carreon: In expanding choice options, the district created Transformation and Innovation schools. Through innovation schools, Personalized Learning, STEAM, Montessori, and International Baccalaureate schools can take shape in neighborhood campuses across the district. Transformation schools are those with no attendance boundaries and are aimed at ensuring the student body is balanced between students from socioeconomically disadvantaged families and middle-class families. I am a strong supporter of the model because of the data. In short, Dallas ISD is illustrating that when a diverse study body exists, all students benefit.

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Marshall: Dallas ISD has made great str ides over the last several years. In fact, it may surprise you to know that DISD is the fastest improving urban school district in Texas. We’ve gone from having 46 schools rated “Improvement Required” by the state down to only three. Across the district, we received a rating of “B” from the state, which is better than most of our suburban counterparts. Enriquez: I believe in DISD. I moved back to Dallas to start my family because I believe that the DISD schools in my neighborhood will give my children the best education in the country. I want them in DISD classrooms, and I want your kids in those classrooms, too. Throughout the course of this campaign, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of students at Hillcrest and Woodrow, and I have been blown away by their thoughtfulness and awareness of the high quality of their education. Rodriguez: In addition to great neighborhood schools, DISD, as a whole, offers parents a wide range of choices in curriculum. In addition to IB, they can choose Montessori, dual language, same-sex schools, personalized learning, and also magnet schools. Several of our high schools are consistently ranked among the best in the entire country.

McClung: Growing up in Dallas ISD schools, I experienced teachers who were truly dedicated to their craft and building stronger communities. Dallas ISD has some of the best and hardest working teachers in the country. They provide a wide variety of expertise to our students that allow them to become college, career, and military ready. There is just no better way to be connected and invested in your community than choosing your neighborhood public schools.

WE ASKED: • What are some of the issues even without the pandemic - that impact the children and families in your district? • If you’re an incumbent, what are some of the things you have worked on during your term(s) that you are particularly proud of? If you are not, explain the ways you’ve already been advocating and helping the students and families in your district. • Give us your elevator pitch for Dallas ISD to a prospective parent. • If not elected, what specifically will you do to help both your district and Dallas ISD? • The 2020 Bond - Yes or No, and why?

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Demanding magazine leader shared a secret softer side By William Taylor People Newspapers

In 2019, Wick Allison passed on editorial and management responsibilities at D Partners to his wife, Christine, as editor-inchief and CEO, and oldest daughter, Gillea, as president and chief revenue officer. (PHOTOS: NATALIE GOFF, NBARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY, FILE IMAGE)

What can you say in 500 words or less?


housands of words couldn’t do justice to the late Wick Allison. But he only allowed me 500. The day he approved my promoWILLIAM TAYLOR tion to editor in 2017, he also demanded an immediate redesign. Many newspapers would form a committee and take weeks, months, or longer to roll out a new look. Wick wanted it done by the next issue. People Newspapers publisher Pat Martin observed recently, “Wick was a dynamic leader and didn’t do anything in a small way.” Fortunately, Wick already had worked out a redesign plan. Gone went the text-heavy, color-coded front page and the practice of jumping stories to a second page. Instead, we adopted a magazine-inspired, single-photo cover and began enforcing a strict word count. Shorter stories would allow for more stories. That unusual first day for me was just an average workday for him. Gillea Allison, president of

D Magazine Partners, recently blogged about how her father. “Wick could start his morning by firing off a controversial, persuasive blog post that would send shivers through City Hall; close a huge advertising contract over lunch; and then deliver helpful art feedback to a designer in the afternoon. If you know the media industry, you know that brilliant writing, editing, design, and sales skills are never held by one person. Except for Wick. He was a master of each.”

We have and will continue to benefit from his vision. Pat Martin At a mere 24 years old, he set out in 1974 to start a city magazine. With help from Stanley Marcus and a few young backers, D Magazine was born. He later sold it and, in 1980, moved to New York City, where he enjoyed continued publishing success with the likes of Arts & Antiques Magazine and National Review. In 1995, Wick and Christine Allison returned to Dallas with their four young daughters, reclaimed D Magazine, and began restoring its brand, eventually adding D Home,

D Weddings, DCEO, and other products and businesses. He bought People Newspapers in 2003, a seemingly odd acquisition for the magazine man who liked to poke fun at the journalism majors in the room when he gave his “Magazines 101” presentation to interns and new employees. He shook his head at the neutral objectivity idealized by newspaper writers. Magazines could stay fair while still having a perspective, he told us. D Magazine’s mission is to make Dallas better. Wick, a Highland Park High graduate, loved the Park Cities and Preston Hollow and remained intensely interested in happenings there. He’d call or email to tell me to run a story about the architectural merits of a planned school, cover development options along Northwest Highway, or use a photo “with a boy in it” for an Independence Day parade cover story. He might even write a column. Well, that’s nearly 500 words, so I’ll close with one of publisher Pat’s thoughts on Wick, “We have and will continue to benefit from his vision.” People Newspapers editor William Taylor is grateful he can add a sidebar to a 500-word column or story. Reach him at william.taylor@

Many know how Wick Allison strived to make Dallas better through his publications and The Coalition for a New Dallas. Not as many know about the difference he sought to make through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Allison, who died Sept. 1 at age 72, spent years working alongside other society volunteers, including People Newspapers publisher Pat Martin. “Unlike most people that knew Wick professionally, I was blessed to have had the opportunity to see a softer side of Wick, to witness his grace in action,” Martin said. The volunteers visited families in need of emergency assistance and worked to provide financial, material, and spiritual support, she said. “Wick demonstrated great compassion and love for the poor.” Gillea Allison, president of D Magazine Partners, wrote that her luxury-car-loving father would “help pay rent, babysit toddlers and newborns when a single mom was called in for the night shift, and shuttle the sick back and forth to Parkland Hospital when another health crisis inevitably hit. He had a proximity to poverty that I don’t think many people knew about, albeit from a comfortable, heated leather seat.” Search the FrontBurner blog at to check out the obituary by D Magazine editor Tim Rogers and the comments that followed for stories of how demanding though still often inspiring Wick Allison could be.

“What he demanded was always too much, and that demand brought out the best in those who could keep up,” Rogers said. Jon Dahlander, a former Dallas ISD spokesperson now with Highland Park ISD, recalls the kindness shown over two decades. “While I’m sure he was a demanding person around the D offices, he was always enormously kind, generous, and supportive of me, both in my time at Dallas ISD and with my side career as a piano composer,” Dahlander said. Dahlander also admired Wick Allison’s passion for Dallas and ability to understand “it much better than most.” “It showed in all he did,” Dahlander said. “In a way, his personality was a lot like some of the best attributes of our city: entrepreneurial, mercurial, well-educated, tough, very smart, and even more opinionated.” Last year, Lynn McBee, a philanthropist former mayoral candidate, joined Wick Allison as a co-chair of the Coalition for a New Dallas, the Super PAC he founded in 2015 to promote bold thinking about urbanism and the development of the city. “Wick was someone who knew what he stood for and was deeply committed to Dallas,” she said. “We had very different working styles (he was fiery!), but I respected his relentless pursuit to push forward with plans that would make our city better. “Not only did Wick have vision, but he acted on his vision,” McBee said. “Dallas benefited greatly from his obsession to make it better, and he did. Thank you, Wick.”

FROM LEFT: Gillea, Wick, Christine, and Maisie Allison, John Owen, and Loddie and Chrissie Allison. (WEDDING PHOTOS: NBARRETT PHOTOGRAPHY)

Let’s Cancel “Cancel Culture” October is usually one of the happiest months in Dallas. The weather is nice, hunting and football have resumed for the sporting crowd, and Halloween is in the air for the kids. Also, every four years, the LEN BOURLAND politics heat up with presidential and other elections. This year it’s all as off-kilter as an untuned piano. Football is anemic, we’re still reeling from hurricanes, and who needs Halloween? We’re already in masks while the evening news provides us with alarming images daily. Perhaps there’s hope on the horizon. With any luck, a COVID-19 vaccine may soon be available. I’m sending all my positive spiritual energy toward getting another shot in addition to the regular flu. Then we can swap out our facemasks for noise-canceling headsets to drown out the shrillness of “cancel culture.” The iconoclastic notion that our American history, civilization, and culture is so offensive, abusive, punitive, and exclusive that it needs to be canceled out is becoming normalized in universities, social media, and Hollywood. Having lived as a child in Brazil and as a student in Europe, I beg to differ. When we have problems, we confront them. Certainly, we are evolving as a nation as we always have, unlike fossilized and repressive dictatorships. It’s by fits and starts, and it’s messy. Yet what other nation self-flagellates the way we do? Why is it many in our culture now seek to shame, blame, and denigrate generations past while Eastern cultures venerate their ancestors? No generation has been perfect. Yet my father and grandfather fought in world wars to give those who do nothing but criticize this right with zero gratitude. I am proud of Yankee ingenuity, Southern courtesy, and Western rugged individualism. It’s so attractive that armies of migrants seek to enter the States to attain what many want to cancel. Coca Cola, movies, McDonald’s – anything associated with Americana is now “imperialist” and needs to be stamped out or canceled. Hey, don’t like it? Then don’t drink it, watch it, or eat it. Stop being professional victims. Regardless of who wins in these elections, could everybody just stop emoting? In a blog the other day, I came across this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Let us never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” You can reach Len Bourland at | October 2020  15

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Club Does More to Stay Connected Pandemic prompts Preston Hollow group to increase programming


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orth Texas has been a magnet for corporate headquarters and major company operations in recent years. The state’s pro-business environment, world-class infrastructure, skilled workforce and central location have attracted 39 corporate headquarters among the Fortune 1000.

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For the sixth year in a row, more than 500,000 people, more than any other state, chose Texas as their new home. In making the right choice of homes, these newcomers often turn to a relocation expert like Susan Bradley, senior vice president for Allie Beth Allman & Associates. She is one of the few Certified Relocation Professionals in the area.

With the pandemic precluding a traditional Outgoing/Incoming Board Transition Dinner in May, Preston Hollow Women’s Club past president Becky Burgett hosted a “drive-through” event in September at her home to thank the leadership team. The custom-made Lazy Susans she gave were a big hit with board member Nancy Keene and others. (PHOTO: ELAINE WALTERS)

“I enjoy inviting others to be Texans, and with more than a thousand people moving here every day, I have plenty of chances to do just that,” said Susan, a lifelong Dallasite. Whether working with a relocation company or conducting their move on their own, each newcomer has a choice of who represents them in their search for the right home, Susan said. “Every buyer and seller deserve the best trained, most experienced professional. They can have the best of both worlds, a top-notch Realtor and the leading brokerage,” she said.

“I go the extra mile to make my clients’ move to Texas or to their next adventure as smooth as possible.”


Consistently a Top Producer for the Allman firm, Susan has the knowledge and experience to work in neighborhoods across North Texas. “Real estate is ever changing, and agents like Susan always keep ahead of the curve to provide the best for their clients,” said Allie Beth Allman, President and CEO of the Allman firm. “Her experience and dedication are what make her a top producer in Dallas.” At Allman, Susan is a Pinnacle Producer and Top Individual Producer. D Magazine and The Advocate Magazine have recognized her as a Top Realtor and Top Producer. She also has her broker’s license. “I have always been impressed with the way Susan is constantly improving herself,” said Keith Conlon, President of Allman Sales. “Now that she has her broker license, she has an even greater understanding of the real estate industry, and that helps her serve her clients better.” She received her degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University. graduated from the SMU Cox School of Business Master Negotiation and serves on the SMU Alumni Board. She worked for 25 years in sales and marketing for international and Fortune 250 companies. In addition to her relocation certification, she holds nine advanced real estate certifications and serves on the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee.

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Visit: After the pandemic forced regularly scheduled events to go virtual, the Preston Hollow Women’s Club leaders decided they needed more meetings, not fewer. “Even though we may be isolated, our relationships never cease; they grow stronger, and the separation strengthens our relationships even further,” club president Mindy Stenger said. The club typically offers regularly scheduled programs from September to May, but with an increased need to keep connected, program chair Beth Denton implemented a new “Summer Series.” The virtual lineup for June, July, and August allowed members to explore these topics: “Meaningful Alignment: A Program Committed to Healing the Social Divide…One Conversation at a Time” with Susan Steinbrecher, “Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure” with Mark Stuertz, and “Smart Cities: What They Are and Why We Should Care” with Phillip Andrews.

“Our goal is to engage, entertain, and educate our members with as many activities as possible during these unprecedented times,” Stenger said. The social and philanthropic club, now in its 41st year, promotes a healthy neighborhood through various programs, charitable projects, and special interest groups. “We have cultivated many friendships throughout our 40-year history, and that is what sustains us,” Stenger said. “No matter the circumstances, Preston Hollow Women’s Club will always be a constant in our lives and keep us connected.” Publicity chair Elaine Walters added that the club also has used its monthly newsletter to share virtual activity options and used “member spotlight” articles to help members learn about each other’s histories, hobbies, and community involvement. “Our number one priority has been the safety of our members while keeping them engaged,” she said. – Staff report

Our goal is to engage, entertain, and educate our members with as many activities as possible during these unprecedented times. Mindy Stenger | October 2020  17

18 October 2020 |

President Bush Tackles Immigration Issues With Portraits, Book

‘Out Of Many, One,’ related exhibit of paintings scheduled for early March 2021 By William Taylor People Newspapers

The 43rd president has been painting again. Since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush’s brush strokes have created portraits of pets, world leaders, wounded warriors, and the president himself in the bathtub and the shower. His latest works: portraits of immigrants – 43 U.S. immigrants whose stories he tells in a book to be released next year. Crown, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, will release Out Of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, on March 2, 2021. A public exhibition featuring the president’s portraits will open that same day at the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU.

My hope is that this book will help focus our collective attention on the positive impacts that immigrants are making on our country. President George W. Bush

“While I recognize that immigration can be an emotional issue, I reject the premise that it is a partisan issue,” Bush writes in the introduction. “It is perhaps the most American of issues, and it should be one that unites us.” The aim of the book and the exhibit – the portraits and the stories – is to serve as a reminder of the ways those who have come to America in search of a better life have strengthened the nation. “My hope is that this book will help focus our collective attention on the positive impacts that immigrants are making on our country,” Bush said. Those he painted represent cultures from around the world and “speak to the hard work, determination, and unfaltering optimism that are inherent in both the immigrant spirit and the spirit of America,” according to a press release. The book’s title draws inspiration from the Great Seal of the United States, which declares E PLURIBUS UNUM—“out of many, one.” Nevertheless, the book’s release was delayed until after the November presidential election, so its stance on immigration reform “wouldn’t get lost in the noise of the campaign and so that the immigrants highlighted wouldn’t be politicized,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told the Dallas Morning News. Immigration reform – a goal of the Bush presidency – didn’t win congressional support during his second term. Still, the Bush Institute,

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Since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush has become a painter. His portraits include world leaders, wounded warriors, and now immigrants. (COURTESY PHOTOS) established in 2009, continues to advocate for securing borders and passing comprehensive immigration reform. The book and exhibit will propose solutions to address immigration. “At the heart of the recommendations is the belief that every year that passes without reforming

the nation’s broken system means missed opportunities to ensure the future prosperity, vitality, and security of our country,” according to a press release. Speaking at a 2013 naturalization ceremony, Bush spoke of how immigrants have enriched America’s history.

• Out Of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants is available for preorder. Cost $38 or $250 for deluxe edition signed by the former president. “Each generation of Americans—of immigrants—brings a renewal to our national character and adds vitality to our culture,” he said. “Newcomers have a special way of appreciating the opportunities of America, and when they seize those opportunities, our whole nation benefits.”

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22 October 2020 |



NDCC COO Says Community Continues to Support Local Businesses

The October 2019 tornado caused damage that is still waiting to be repaired. Bottom left, a laptop recovered from the NDCC office, which was hit during the storm. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON, COURTESY NDCC)

By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


eff Kitner still doesn’t live in his house, and he still doesn’t work at his office, even though the damage from the EF3 tornado that hit on Oct. 20, 2019, is almost a year old. It’s been a weird 12 months. First, a tornado wallops North Dallas, carving out a swath of destruction from west to east through Preston Hollow and surrounding neighborhoods. Then a pandemic hits in the spring, and for several weeks, the community shelters in place before businesses are allowed to reopen slowly. And all the while, Kitner has been chief operating officer for the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit that first found itself assisting its member businesses while also figuring out what to do about its heavily-damaged building, and

then later helping some of those same businesses as they tried to stay afloat during the pandemic. “On the residential side, people are starting to move back in to the neighborhood. We’re still out of our house. And we’re hoping to be back in by November – that is what our contractor is telling us, but the neighbors are starting to move back in,” Kitner said. “There is progress being made, but you can really tell the difference between pre-tornado and post-tornado by the lack of tree canopy. And that’s the thing that is most noticeable when I go back into the neighborhood because you had, you know, on our street, Azalea, we had these beautiful trees that lined the

street, and now they’re almost all gone. And that’s similar for many of the streets in our neighborhood.” A year later, and the most noticeable changes are to the Preston-Royal intersection. Central Market is still working to rebuild, and the McDonalds and Nothing Bundt Cakes a re o p e n . But the rest of the shopping center was too damaged to repair and has been torn down. On the southwest corner, signs of life are beginning to emerge, too. “It’s moving along slowly in terms of redevelopment. One of the challenges is there are multiple different owners of properties, so trying to come together on a cohesive plan for what to do is more challenging

We’re still trying to figure out what we will do in the long term. Jeff Kitner

than you would see in a single owner situation, so things are coming along more slowly,” Kitner said. The chamber offices are also on that southwest corner, which took a hit from the tornado as it bounced down Royal Lane, striking the Benchmark Bank building and the adjacent shopping center and the surrounding neighborhood, tearing through the Preston Oaks shopping center on the southeast corner and scraping the farthest southern edge of the Preston Royal Shopping Center and the St. Marks campus to the south before traveling through the neighborhood behind the school. Between the pandemic and the damage, there is still no real plan for a return to the NDCC offices, Kitner said. “We’re still trying to figure out what we will do in the long term.” Read more of our conversation with Kitner at | October 2020  23

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12300 Inwood Road The ice cream shop has been employing people with special needs and serving up treats at 4333 Lovers Lane since 2015, but moved recently to save on rent during the pandemic. “We’ve had just a great business there. I think it’s so romantic to be on Lovers Lane on the Miracle Mile,” Owner Tom Landis said. “When COVID hit, many of our employees have compromised immune systems, and so we shut down. We shut down through a lot of the summer.” Jaxie Alt set up a GoFundMe page with a goal to raise $75,000. Landis describes her as a “super great Highland Park mom who also championed

us at Dr. Pepper five years ago” after he had invented a Dr. Pepper ice cream the shop wanted to sell. “She’s really helped put Howdy together as a business,” he said, adding that she recently said, “’Hey, we should do this GoFundMe and help make it through these tough times.’” “I’m stunned at the response, at the support. It’s just incredible,” Landis said, adding he hopes to get an ice cream truck to make the shop’s treats mobile.

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Highland Park Village The Italian luxury brand’s new boutique, between Loro Piana and St. John, houses a wide selection of spring/summer 2020 collections, ranging from underwear and pajamas to swimwear and beachwear, alongside a preview of the Fall/Winter 2020 collections and the signature Maison and Petit Macramè collections. “The Dallas boutique adds another destination in La Perla’s network of stores, and we look forward to expanding the La Perla experience to our new and existing customers in the Midwest within the historic Highland Park Village” said Morgan P. Richardson, brand president of the Americas. The 730-square-feet space features a modern seating area and a vintage chandelier as the focal point.

offers hand-poured candles and fragrances named for positive moods, including blissful, cuddly, jovial, and zen. The owner, Ebby Simmons, shared online that she was inspired to start her business when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Dallas. “The idea is to create positive moods through candles, and to help shed light and love into our customers’ homes.”

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The richly appointed kitchen is a magazine-worthy showstopper. Its sophisticated cabinetry is of a two-tone, inset-panel design like no other, and the honed, gray-granite countertops are positively stunning. It also boasts an island, a walk-in pantry, and a breakfast area with views and access to the loggia. Other perks abound: a sumptuous, firstfloor owner’s suite with floor-to-ceiling views of the backyard; an expansive game room; and outdoor entertaining terraces.

A pandemic hasn’t stopped the Dallas Architecture Forum from providing plenty of opportunities to learn more about design. The Forum has been busily offering online panel discussions. Its latest panel – a presentation of the John Rogers and Georgette de Bruchard archival collection at the University of North Texas – will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 on Zoom. The John Rogers & Georgette de Bruchard Photography Collection is one of the most significant archives of regional architectural and documentary photography in Dallas. The collection spans 1920-1992, with the bulk covering the period 1945-1991. Images in the archive were captured by husband and wife John and Georgette and consist primarily of people, architecture (office buildings, interiors, exteriors, houses), advertising, and events. Many of the images in the collection appeared in publications such as Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living. Rogers developed close relationships with architects and firms working in Dallas, including Jarvis-Putty-Jarvis, O’Neil Ford, Arch Swank, Beran & Shelmire, and Philip Johnson, among many others. The archive includes significant building projects such as Republic Center, Statler Hilton, and the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Facility and smaller projects, such as drug stores and public libraries.

UNT Libraries Special Collections has spent nearly two years meticulously organizing and indexing Morgan Davis the collection, Gieringer which is being carefully and systematically digitized. Following the full digitization process and the identification of subject matter, the images will be freely available for personal and educational use through the UNT Portal to Texas History. Presenter Morgan Davis Gieringer, head of Special Collections at UNT, and moderator Nate Eudaly, executive director of the Dallas Architecture Forum, will lead the discussion. The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of interactive, educational, and informal panel discussions about topics and issues of local and regional interest. The panels are moderated by community leaders and design professionals, and feature panelists recognized as experts in their fields. In addition, The Forum highlights regional design talent focusing on both their design inspirations and award-winning projects. Panels are presented as a service to the community at no charge. For details on how to sign up for the free event, head to – Staff report

Airport Terminal, Dallas (John Rogers Collection) (COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS)




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Selling Park Cities 3400 St. Johns Drive — SOLD Offered for $3,199,000 5 Bed / 4.2 Bath / 5,869 Sq.Ft. Marc Ching 214.728.4069

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26 October 2020 |

Elevated Living 1918 Olive Street #302 Offered for $2,050,000 2 Bed / 2 Bath / 2,387 Sq.Ft. Susan Baldwin 214.763.1591

Timeless Elegance 3906 Shenandoah Street Offered for $5,400,000 5 Bed / 7.2 Bath / 8,458 Sq.Ft. Doris Jacobs 214.537.3399 | October 2020  27

Overlooking Preston Trails 5403 Preston Fairways Circle Offered for $1,150,000 4 Bed / 4,687 Sq.Ft. / 0.5 Acre Susan Bradley 214.674.5518

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Coveted Property 7 Kingsgate Court Offered for $2,300,000 4 Bed / 5.2 Bath / Lake Views Kathy Carney 214.850.2408

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Athletes say playing increases their chances of attending a university By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


t first, it didn’t look good for Dallas ISD sports. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the school board that the district would rely on county guidance on reopening, and that included sports and extracurricular activities. The county was still posting daily case counts over 400, and the board had given approval for the first four weeks of class to start virtually.

A lot of kids don’t have a lot of film, and they need more games to get more film in order to get recruited. Noah Samples But then the cases began to drop. The UIL gave guidance that allowed student athletics and many extracurriculars to start after Labor Day. Student-athletes began to demand a return to their sports, demonstrating twice in protests organized in part by SMU-commit Jayleen Record. “So we were allowed to do summer strength and conditioning for a little bit. And then they had canceled that,” said W.T. White student-athlete Noah Samples, who plays football, basketball, baseball, and golf. For Samples and his teammates, playing sports isn’t just fun and games: For many, it means the difference between attending college and not. “A lot of kids don’t have a lot of film, and they need more games to get more film in order to get recruited. So if there’s no film, then (there are) no recruiters that can see how they play,” he said. “And then there

TOP: SMU football commit Jayleen Record leads a protest to urge Dallas ISD officials to allow competitive athletics to start. (COURTESY JAYLEEN RECORD) LEFT: The Thomas Jefferson High School Patriots took the field after a tornado last year. This year Dallas ISD teams faced a truncated season thanks to the pandemic. (COURTESY DALLAS ISD)

probably won’t be as many offers given to kids. And that’s probably their only way out for some people.” On Sept. 8, varsity-level cross country, football, golf, swimming, team tennis, and volleyball restarted. By Sept. 21, junior varsity and freshman athletics, UIL marching band, drill team, and cheerleading were expected to be up and running, too. Campus coordinators will be instructed on the details of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UIL safety protocols, which will be strictly enforced. All schools will start a “small group instruction” model to minimize the number of student-athletes on campus at any given time. Strength and conditioning will happen outdoors, and marching band, drill team, and cheerleading will require safety

protocols for participation. Central office athletic directors and athletic trainers, as well as visual and performing arts staff, will monitor the re-entry, and campus visits will be conducted to make sure the protocols are being enforced. The district also said that some special education services would start phasing in by appointment on Sept. 8, with parent opt-in beginning Sept. 17. The proposed changes include phasing in on-campus instruction starting on Sept. 28. At elementary schools and K-8 campuses, special education students and pre-K

and kindergarten students would be the first to get on-campus instruction. At middle schools, sixth-graders would report first. At 4-8 campuses, fourth-graders would report first. Ninth graders would report to high schools, and at 6-12 campuses, sixth and ninth graders would report first. On Oct. 5, when the first four weeks of distance learning ends, all other grades would begin to report to campus. According to state mandates, parents will be able to choose between on-campus or online instruction throughout the school year, and all school districts must offer both.

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Teen Author Shows Learning Differences Aren’t Disabilities I don’t remember how old I was when I was first told about my learning difference, but I think there’s a reason for that. The reason is this: When I found out, nothing changed. Finding out why I learned differently than others didn’t change how I learn, so why bother being upset about it? I’m G R A C I E D I X still the same me that I was when I didn’t know I had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD has not and will never hold me back from accomplishing what I want and being who I want. It’s a learning difference. Not a disability. People with learning differences are not so different from people without. For instance, and I’m simplifying here, people with dysgraphia are basically people with (no offense) terrible handwriting. It’s much more complicated than that, but what I’m saying is there are other people out there with terrible handwriting. I’m more hyper and tend to have a shorter attention span, but I also know people without ADHD who are naturally hyper or less attentive. People with dyslexia get letters, words, and numbers switched around in their brains, while others without could also have trouble reading or take a longer time to read. Ultimately, we all have learning differences (everyone processes the world around them in their own way), but we’re not that different from each other.

Everyone struggles, everyone hurts, everyone laughs, everyone cries, everyone loves. The labels of ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and so on simply serve as big umbrellas to help us sort the way we learn into broad categories, but under each category are millions of individuals, and no one is the same. There’s no reason to be ashamed because you’re different or to be nervous around others who aren’t just like you. Everyone is different; that is what makes us each wonderfully unique. Whatever our differences may be, be yourself and let others in, because togetherness is one key to a happier and healthier life! ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, autism, and other learning diagnoses don’t go away. They can’t be destroyed but can be loved and nurtured. I’ve learned strategies to help me manage my ADHD and love the creative way my ADHD brain processes the world. Nurture yourself and embrace your differences. Remember, we’re all different. It is our differences that make us special. And when we all bring out unique abilities, perspectives, and personalities together, the sum is greater than the parts. By embracing who we are and embracing each other, we can do great things. Graceanne “Gracie” Dix, of Dallas, attends the Shelton School and is the author of novels, including “Journey to Superhero School,” a prequel to the Vork Chronicles. When Gracie isn’t writing, she can be found singing, creating art, in the theater, volunteering, or playing tennis. Gracie lives with her parents, Richard and Jennifer, her brother, Nate, whenever he is home from college, and her beloved dogs, Snowball and Sandcastle “Sandy.” | October 2020  31

We Should Mentor Younger Students I have completed around 2,000 days of in-person classroom learning and 71 days of COVID-19-induced virtual learning. It’s clear that my virtual learning experience is far from over. Yes, this may mean I will miss out on the camaraderie that comes with a traditional senior year. Nevertheless, due to an abundance of resources provided by my school as well as easy access to technology, the negative T E J D H I N G R A effects that an extended absence from the physical classroom will have on my learning is minimal. Many students across our city, however, face bigger challenges than losing homecoming. COVID-19 has delivered shockwaves to the educational system. As a result, this past summer has been a time where countless students scrambled to play catch-up and parents and teachers struggled to provide adequate guidance and support. A major cause for learning gaps has been the digital divide for thousands of our city’s students. Dallas ranks sixth in the country, and first in Texas, when it comes to cities with the highest percentage of families without fixed internet access. According to a May 2020 article in The Dallas Morning News, a third of Dallas families have no home internet. Nevertheless, I am heartened to hear of the progress Dallas ISD has made to mitigate this obstacle. Operation Connectivity aims to provide secure broadband connection for all Dallas ISD students. The district has invested $20 million

to obtain devices for 60,000 students and mobile internet hotspots for all students. The question becomes: What can students like myself do to help given this exciting jump in digital resources? Imagine this: high school students are matched with younger underserved students in a powerful virtual mentoring program. This is a simple idea but could be extremely impactful if a system that all students could easily access existed. As a senior, I will miss the social aspects of learning including group work, chatting in the hallway, and afterschool clubs. Learning will be even more challenging for younger students who need more individualized attention and social interactions. High school students could fulfill what is lacking in the learning of these younger students. There are vast amounts of research that show the positive impact that mentorship has on student success, specifically from youth. This mentorship could result in young students checking in with their “big brothers and sisters.” How did their day go? Do they need help with their math homework? What’s the most exciting thing they learned about today? Let us bridge the learning gaps exacerbated by COVID-19 and create networks of service opportunities for high school students. This would allow us to join hands in an effort to holistically address the educational setbacks brought on by COVID-19, subsequently creating strategies that will keep us on course long after the pandemic. Tej Dhingra is a senior at the Greenhill School and founder of Teen Book Lover, which promotes creativity in disadvantaged youth through literacy-based activities. Visit


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Dallas ISD Puts $3.7 Billion Bond To Voters in November

Money would replace 14 campuses, upgrade technology, invest in neighborhoods By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers

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When Dallas ISD debuted its potential 2020 bond package months ago, it was ambitious. It made waves. It attracted national attention. It was $3.7 billion. Then the pandemic hit, and the biggest, splashiest parts of it – the ones designed to address historic inequities in the city’s education system – became even more germane.

As a result of this pandemic, it has exposed that some of our kids don’t have access to the stuff that they need to be able to perform and compete academically. Michael Hinojosa Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said that while he can’t legally advocate for the bond now that it’s on the November ballot, he can say that the things it addresses – the aging buildings with poor ventilation and unwieldy spaces, the lack of technological infrastructure, the lack of community supports – became glaringly apparent as shutdowns created crises on several fronts.


“I’m going to have to be very careful here now because the bond has been called,” he said. “But there are several things in here (the bond).” For one, about $40 million has been allocated to make sure that every household in the district has broadband internet. “As a result of this pandemic, it has exposed that some of our kids don’t have access to the stuff that they need to be able to perform and compete academically,” he said. The bond also provides for significant upgrades to every campus. “A lot of our campuses were

built, you know, 50 to 100 years ago,” he said. “And now with the pandemic, we need more flexible spaces in the classrooms and in the buildings. And so part of the retrofit will also allow for redoing flexible spaces in buildings. “So those are the bigger things that became very obvious as a result of the pandemic.” At a town hall in May, Hinojosa said it was also the perfect time to ask voters to approve a bond package. “The cost of interest rates being so low, here’s a great opportunity to get authorization. And we can adjust going forward,” he said. The bond also includes four

neighborhoods where the district would invest $41 million in public services. These neighborhoods surround what were once segregated high schools. The neighborhoods had also been redlined – meaning that in the 1930s, it was impossible to get a home loan because residents were Black. The bond was placed on the ballot after a September school board meeting. District staff explained that despite the required language on the ballot that says the bond is a tax increase, it won’t increase property tax rates because the district’s current interest and sinking rate of $0.2420 per $100

Because of state law, you will see five different measures on your ballot that will address everything from the $1.9 billion in facilities upgrades across the entire district plus construction of 10 new facilities and the replacement of 14 campuses for $1.1 billion. Technology needs will account for $270 million, $124 million will go to athletics upgrades, and $41 million will create community service investments in four formerly segregated and redlined neighborhoods. A performing arts center and a natatorium are also in the works. valuation will remain the same. “I’m happy to support putting this bond before voters,” board president Justin Henry said at September’s board meeting. “Our kids in Dallas deserve the same kind of facilities that kids in the suburbs have, and that hasn’t happened for a long, long time,” said trustee Dan Micciche. Joyce Foreman, however, wasn’t so sure. She didn’t cast a vote either way. “We need a bond, but maybe not this bond,” Foreman said. “We’re calling an election for the largest bond ever during the greatest time of risk and uncertainty probably in our country.”

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Agustín Querol y Subirats (Spanish, 1864–1909), A Baby Rolling Over, 1884–87. Terracotta (Photo: Kevin Todora)


‘Still Leaving Kids Behind’ The latest issue of the quarterly digital publication The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the George W. Bush Institute explores an educational challenge: “We’re Still Leaving Kids Behind.” Progress was made since No Child Left Behind passed, but the racial equity gap in education still exists — and COVID threatens to widen it, the institute reports. It includes interviews and editorials from Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF; Virginia Walden Ford, education advocate; Derrell Bradford, executive vice president of 50CAN; Chris Stewart, CEO of brightbeam; Keri Rodrigues, co-founder of the National Parents Union; Richard

Whitmire, education author, and Holly Kuzmich, executive director of the Bush Institute. Learn more at Meadows Adds Six Artworks The Meadows Museum at SMU has acquired six new works for its collection: five Spanish drawings from the 17th and 18th centuries, including one by Alonso Cano (1601–1667), and one terracotta sculpture by the Catalan Modernist Agustín Querol y Subirats (1864–1909). “We are looking forward to the scholarship that will result from studying these newly acquired works alongside those already in our collection,” said Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard director of the museum.

Seismic Studies Gift SMU received $18 million f rom the U.S. Department of Defense to continue global observations and research using acoustic and seismic waves to understand better when nuclear tests, massive earthquakes, and other significant events happen. The award for the Seismic-Acoustic Monitoring Program IV is the largest ever given to SMU for research. SMU seismologist Br ian Stump and his research team will use a combination of low-f requency acoustic waves and seismic waves to figure out if the occasional burps and shudders that travel through and around the Earth are caused by human-made events like a nuclear explosion test or natural

events like earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. “In the cases of earthquakes and volcanoes, the waves provide new insight into the physical processes that accompany these natural events,” said Stump. “For human-induced events, the waves similarly allow us to locate the sources as well as the processes that accompany the events.” Chief Diversity Officer Moving forward to accomplish shared goals developed with Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni, SMU has promoted Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the president for campus cultural intelligence initiatives and associate professor of corporate communications in the

Meadows School of the Arts, to chief diversity officer, a newly created post. “Naming her to this position strengthens SMU’s mission to embrace excellence, integrity, intellectual freedom, open dialogue, diversity, and inclusion,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said. Dixon Hall will collaborate with SMU faculty, students, administrators, and staff and to align efforts to recruit, retain, support, and promote diverse faculty, staff, and students. She said, “I believe that as Mustangs, we are more than able to meet this challenge together in authentic and collaborative ways that affirm the sacred worth of every student, staff, and faculty member.” — Compiled by William Taylor

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Jesuit Dallas Receives Historic $17M Gift Segal Aquatic Center scheduled to open in 2021 Walking under the ‘Men for Others’ signage every day was a walk-the-talk experience. Rachel Segal

The David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center will include an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a four-lane warmup/teaching pool with separate climate and water controls, and spectator seating for 250 guests. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

Honoring the memory of her late husband, Rachel Segal has committed the largest gift in the 78-year history of Jesuit Dallas as the single donor in the construction of the David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center. The 29,000-square foot state-of-the-art natatorium, made possible thanks to Segal’s $17 million gift to The Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, is scheduled to open in spring 2021. “Jesuit is a unique institution in Dallas,” Rachel Segal said. “It is a backbone for the underserved locally and abroad, and the rigorous academics and discipline it offers provided a huge benefit to my sons. “However, the biggest impact Jesuit made on the boys was the development of their emotional intellect,” she said. “Walking under the ‘Men for Others’ signage every day was a walk-the-talk experience. It is an honor to support the school, and it is a wonderful tribute to be able to preserve David’s memory in this way.” In addition to serving as a practice and competitive venue for the swimming and diving teams, and the school’s water polo program, the facility, affectionately nicknamed, “The Gull,” will provide a space for injury rehab therapy, as well as endurance and flexibility

training for other sports, learn-to-swim programs, scuba certification instruction, and lifeguard training and certification. The facility will include an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool as well as a four-lane warmup/teaching pool with separate climate and water controls. Featuring the latest in pool and video technology, the David A. Segal Family Aquatic Center will also include a climate-controlled gallery with chair-back spectator seating for 250 guests. “Beyond its obvious application as a venue for athletic competition and training for all sports, the space will serve as an additional science lab of sorts by allowing our students to engage in experiments and activities not currently possible,” school president Mike Earsing said. “Our marine biology program, which focuses on addressing environmental issues across the globe and is unique in its scope among secondary schools, will also greatly benefit. When we consider fully all of the possibilities, the addition of a natatorium on our campus is wonderful and exciting.” – Staff report

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HILLCREST LEFTY STAYS FOCUSED ON PANTHERS BEFORE AGGIES Ryan Prager brings curveball, slider, changeup, and 90 mph fastball to the mound By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


t their first practice, youth baseball coach Howard Prager gathered around a group of 9-year-olds and asked who wanted to try out as a pitcher. Howard’s son, Ryan, was the only player who didn’t raise his hand. Now, nine years later, he doesn’t want to play anywhere else. The lanky lefthander is a standout both for Hillcrest and for the Dallas Mustangs select team and already has verbally committed to Texas A&M University even before his senior season gets underway. “Every year, I kind of got better,” Ryan Prager said. “I got bigger, started to throw harder, and learned to throw more pitches.” The teen has been around baseball his entire life. His dad was a standout at W.T. White and UT Arlington before playing for seven years in the minor leagues in the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. Once Ryan Prager became serious about pitching, his mentors included former major leaguer Jimmy

Jones, a Preston Hollow native who has coached professionally for more than a decade.

I had some friends to throw with, so I tried to get better every day under some tough circumstances. Ryan Prager Despite his initial reluctance, Ryan Prager to pitching at a young age primarily because he could throw more strikes than anyone else. “That sparked my interest,” he said. “I knew I wanted to play baseball for as long as I could.” About two years ago, he added muscle, increased his velocity, diversified his pitch arsenal, and refined his presence on the mound. College recruiting interest for the southpaw soon followed. These days, his fastball tops 90

Ryan Prager, second from right and facing the camera, high fives a Hillcrest High teammate. Prager plans to pitch in college for Texas A&M. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) mph, complemented by an effective curveball and changeup. He recently developed a slider. After leading Hillcrest to the playoffs as a sophomore, Prager’s junior season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I tried to stay in shape the best I could,” said Ryan Prager, who committed to the Aggie in May. “I had some friends to throw with, so I tried to get better every day under some tough circumstances.”

Prager is the top baseball prospect from Hillcrest since outfielder Matthew Sulentic in 2006. Sulentic also was committed to Texas A&M before signing with the Oakland Athletics organization and playing six minor-league seasons. This summer, in addition to playing tournaments for the Mustangs, Ryan Prager was selected by the Texas Rangers to compete in the prestigious Area Code Games

all-star event in Atlanta. With the stressful recruiting process now behind him, he’s focused on leading the Panthers back to postseason play before he graduates, likely at the top of his class. “His accolades speak for themselves. He’s constantly looking to improve himself. I’ve watched his desire push him,” said Hillcrest head coach Ashley Moore. “He epitomizes what a student-athlete is.”

How a Hockaday Freshman Became a Beach Volleyball Stand-out

Avery Jackson plays tournaments almost every weekend when her indoor team isn’t competing By Todd Jorgenson

In her breakthrough season in 2019, Jackson won her first beach title at an event in Austin and later was the runner-up in her age group at a national tournament in California.

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Avery Jackson might live several hundred miles from the ocean, but she feels right at home on the beach. The Hockaday freshman won a gold medal in the 14-and-under age group at the recent National Beach Tour Junior Championships in Huntsville, Alabama. The national title culminates Jackson’s quick ascension in beach volleyball, which she began playing just three years ago. That’s when her Plano-based MadFrog club team opened a new facility that included outdoor beach courts. “Most girls come from indoor and try beach for fun. I decided to try it competitively,” Jackson said. “It’s more difficult than indoor, but it’s also great cross-training.” Jackson had been playing indoor volleyball for six years before trying the sand, which features just two players on each side instead of six. Now she plays beach tournaments almost every weekend when her indoor club team isn’t competing. “You have to rely on both your offense and

Beach relies so much on the mental game and strategy because there (are) only two people covering the court. Avery Jackson Avery Jackson also is a standout in track and field, particularly in the sprint and jumping events, but volleyball – indoor and beach – remains her primary focus. (COURTESY PHOTOS) defense in beach,” said Jackson, who plays multiple positions for her indoor team. “Beach relies so much on the mental game and strategy because there (are) only two people covering the court. You really have to think about where you place the ball.” Jackson comes from a volleyball family. Her


mother and cousin each played competitively, and her aunt coached the sport for 35 years. She’s also a standout in track and field, particularly in the sprint and jumping events. But volleyball is her primary focus, and she intends to keep playing on both surfaces as long as possible.


Her partner this year at nationals was Kenzie Miller, who lives near Austin. The two met at a tournament about a year ago and gradually developed chemistry. Meanwhile, Jackson refined her technique and training discipline. “After getting second last year, I knew I had to train really hard. I worked on specific things instead of just getting better all-around,” she said. “We had been working really hard, and I’m glad that it paid off.” | October 2020  37



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Events held before the pandemic, including the Holiday Wreath Collection and Burgers and Burgundy, combined with a virtual fundraiser to keep DIFFA/ Dallas making grants to AIDS service organizations this year. (COURTESY PHOTOS)


IFFA/Dallas’ party plan had to change, but the giving kept on going. The fundraising organization announced grants to 24 North Texas HIV/AIDS Service Organizations despite postponing the signature event House of DIFFA due to the pandemic. “We are steadfast in our commitment to this community, especially in this time where demands on our AIDS Service Organizations are increasing yet individual giving is declining,” said DIFFA/Dallas board chair Tim Garippa. “Our board quickly pivoted at the start of

the pandemic and organized the DIFFA/Dallas IMPACT Live virtual event.” IMPACT Live Happy Hour for a Cause raised almost $150,000, nearly half of DIFFA/ Dallas’ grant giving for the season. Donations included grants by the Louis L. Borick Foundation and the Legacy of Love Fund of The DIFFA Dallas Foundation. Events held before the pandemic, including Burgers and Burgundy and the Holiday Wreath Collection, also helped raise grant funds. With this year’s grants, DIF-

FA/Dallas, which was founded in 1984, has given more than $10 million for HIV/AIDS direct care service and education to local AIDS service organizations and the DIFFA national fund. Funds will be used for education, transportation, housing, mental/physical health, prevention services, legal services, and meal programs for those infected with or impacted by HIV/ AIDS-- especially women, children and those in low income situations. Learn more at -Staff report

East Texas Cares Greg Dollinger Memorial AIDS Fund Health Services of North Texas Legacy Counseling Center Legal Hospice of Texas Planned Parenthood Resource Center of Dallas Sister’s Gift Sonya’s House Tarrant County Samaritan Housing Texas Women’s University White Rock Friends

Each Moment Matters Luncheon to Feature ‘Lucky’ Message from ‘Across the Pond’ “Across the Pond” describes the setting and the theme for the 11th annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon. Foref ront Living Foundation event, held in support of Faith Presbyterian Hospice, is scheduled f rom noon to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 16 at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 12477 Merit Drive. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker, nearly century-old World War II veteran John “Lucky” Luckadoo served “across the pond” in Europe, piloting B-17 Flying Fortress bombing missions against Nazi Germany. He served in the famed “Bloody Hundredth,” the 100th Bombardment Group in the Eighth Air Force and will issue a challenge for Americans to again support noble causes. Luckadoo is a long-time volunteer at The University of Texas at Dallas’ James H. Doolittle Archives and a resident of Presbyterian Village North. The luncheon venue will have guests social distancing around the beautiful outdoor landscapes surrounding a “pond” at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Seating

John “Lucky” Luckadoo

Patrick Walsh

Guests will gather socially distanced around the Moody Foundation Lake at a T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center for the Each Moment Matters Luncheon. (COURTESY PHOTOS)

options will include “Drive-in-Movie” style in the comfort of an automobile f rom “across the pond” (car-side seats available), socially distanced tables around the beautiful Moody Foundation Lake, private suites with concierge service for up to 10 guests (available to top level sponsors), or virtually with a lunch/goody boxes delivered to homes. Visit for ticketing information. Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, will provide the gourmet lunch. The event also will honor 26 of Dallas’ own community change agents, everyday heroes, and philanthropic visionaries. Introducing Luckadoo will be Dallas native and veteran Patrick Walsh, a retired four-star admiral of the U.S. Navy, last serving as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Alison Doher t y and son, Neal Doherty, are event co-chairs. Andy and Admiral Patrick Walsh are honorary chairs. -Staff report

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Car Crazy! McLaren Dallas Unveils $1.7 Million Elva Roadster McLaren Dallas recently unveiled the McLaren Elva, a $1.7 million open cockpit road car to auto enthusiasts at an exclusive event at Avondale’s Premier Collection on Lemmon Avenue. “Rooted in the open-air sports cars designed by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s, the modern Elva is an engineering masterpiece,” said Heath Strayhan, general manager of Premier Collection. “The Elva has no windshield, roof or windows, connecting the driver to the road in a bold fashion. McLaren’s unique Active Air Management System channels

high speed air through the cars bonnet, up and over the cabin, creating a bubble that keeps passengers comfortable even at speeds up to 70 miles-per-hour.” During the first soiree under the Avondale Group brand formed by Ken Schnitzer, guests sipped McLaren Milagro Ranch Water cocktails and savored Ultimate Series bites while experiencing the futuristic supercar. McLaren will only produce 149 Elva’s worldwide, with approximately 30 expected to be delivered in the U.S. -Staff report

McLaren Elva (Photo: Bianca Heintz)

McLaren Dallas Brand Manager Simon Crossley presents the Elva to guests at a recent reveal. (Photo: Nelson Oribhabor)

McLaren Elva cockpit. (Photo: David Alvey)


cate; and other heroes from across Texas. Tickets start at $350 for individuals. Sponsorships range f rom $3,500 to $25,000. Contact Alyssa Purcell, at 713.869.7740 or apurcell@childrenatrisk. org or visit for more details.


Sheila Johnson and Stephen W. Love Two events benefitting nonprofit Children At Risk will become one virtual experience with statewide reach. The research and advocacy nonprofit is merging its annual Accolades Luncheon and Night In gala to continue supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for Texas’ children. “A Night at the Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Honorees include Stephen W. Love, president and CEO of DFW Hospital Council, as a Lifetime Healthcare Hero; Sheila Johnson as a Lifetime Child Advo-

Jenna Bush Hager, New York Times best-selling author and Today Show book club host, is joining ChildCareGroup, a provider of early childhood education programs, from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 3 as a celebrity reader for the nonprofit’s rescheduled and re-envisioned sig- Jenna Bush Hager nature spring fundraiser, the Great Big JAM. This year, instead of attending in person, families will enjoy the interactive games and activities – things families can do at home all year long – safely from their own homes. All materials needed will be packaged in what organizers call a ‘box full of sur-

prises’ available for drive-through pickup in September. Visit for registration and more details. “Early education and stability are key factors in empowering our youth,” said Traci White, Tara Oneacre, and Aubrey Labanowski, co-chairs of ChildCareGroup’s Great Big JAM 2020. “With your help, we can make a greater impact to give others the same opportunities we provide for our own kids.”

TRAINS AT NORTHPARK Even in the year 2020, Christmas is still coming. And as usual, The Trains at NorthPark plans to bring joy by the carload with the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas. Bank of Texas presents the exhibit to benefit Ronald McDonald of Dallas, which serves as a home-away-f rom-home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Dallas hospitals. The experience, set to run from Nov. 14, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021, boast 1,600-feet of tracks set against a charming and elaborate variety of holiday land-

scapes and more than 700 railcars bearing the names of the companies, organizations, families, and individuals that make the attraction possible. Place orders by Oct. 5 to make sure your railcar is on the tracks by opening day. Visit or contact Kathlyn McGuill at Helping conduct The Trains at NorthPark 2020 are honorary chair Sandy Phillips, a long-time RMHD volunteer, along with co-chairs Nicole Brewer and Natalie Lesikar. “The holidays seem an eternity away, but the prospect of the arrival of The Trains has given our families and staff a new cause for hope,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of RMHD. | October 2020  41

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Conservancy Hosts A Derby Day Like No Other

Day at the Races Host Committee in November (James Edward Photography) With the pandemic still too far from its finish line, Turtle Creek Conservancy took its 12th annual Day at the Races online on Sept. 5 and raised almost $113,000. Derby chairs Courtney Edwards and Reanae Seth, community chairs Leigh and Brian Danley, honorary Chairs Julie and Frank Reedy, and guests enjoyed the excitement in the comforts of their own homes. Sponsors and patrons each received a “Derby in a Box,” a festive hat box filled with such Derby-inspired goodies as

Maker’s Mark bourbon, a smoked salmon and cheese platter, mint julep cups, and horse racing “wagering” tickets. Conservancy CEO Gay Donnell Willis and Louis Murad of Murad Auctions hosted a live-stream from Turtle Creek Park. The broadcast included auctions, a best hat contest for guest who texted in their derby hat photos, and other activities. The conservancy uses funds raised for the care and preservation of Arlington Hall and Turtle Creek Park. -Staff report

Table Setting (Courtesy Turtle Creek Conservancy)

Vogel Alcove Supporters Find Way To Dance With Martyn Lucas rocking the keyboards during a virtual concert on Aug. 20, supporters and friends of Vogel Alcove sang, danced, and raised money. Their cause: to provide therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs, and family support services for homeless children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and their families. Lucas, a former Phantom of the Opera, is known as the World Piano Man. “His contagious energy and unique styles of singing had everyone smiling, sharing conversations and singing along,” said Karen Hughes, president and CEO, Vogel Alcove. Sponsored by Santander Consumer USA, donations brought in song requests as the evening began with a request for “You’ve Got a Friend In Me,” and rocked on with Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock,” Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out,” and a sing-along of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody “ Regina Bruce prevailed in the auction of a guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi but then donated it back, and a silent bidder scooped it up. -Staff report

TOP: Martyn Lucas, Emily Williams, Greg Brinkley, Heather Bradford; and Regina Bruce. BOTTOM LEFT: Martyn Lucas sports the gold sequined jacket given to him by Sir Elton John. BOTTOM RIGHT: Regina Bruce holding a guitar signed by Jon Bon. (PHOTOS: DANNY CAMPBELL AND DANA DRIENSKY)

Celebrating Women Cancer Program Goes Virtual Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation must keep celebrating women, just not in person this year. Celebrating Women, the foundation’s annual luncheon Dr. Mehmet Oz held as part of its fight against breast cancer, will go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Patient videos and updates regarding programs and research initiatives at Baylor Scott & White Health will be shared throughout the month of October. These efforts will culminate Oct. 28 in a virtual event and conversation with Dr. Mehmet Oz, a 10-time Daytime Emmy Award winner and cardiothoracic surgeon. The virtual event and all Celebrating Women updates will be available for those who sign-up at CelebratingWomen. “When we started planning for the October luncheon, we could never have anticipated the arrival of COVID-19 and the impact it would have on our daily lives and on plans for school, work and events this year,” said Peggy Meyer, 2020 Celebrating Women chair. “Despite the challenges created by this pandemic, women in our communities continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer every day. This is why we remain committed to the fight and hope the community will join us in support of this important effort.” Over the last 20 years, Celebrating Women has raised more than $35 million to help care for the nearly 18,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Texas. In an effort to assist women in need of breast cancer services who are unable to afford their care, this year’s efforts will also focus on support for the Celebrating Women Gift of Life Fund. This fund has raised more than $2 million and helped enable Baylor Scott & White to deliver more than 10,000 breast cancer services to uninsured and underinsured women. “Our commitment to the women and families battling breast cancer in our communities is unwavering, and more important than ever,” said Jill Tananbaum, 2020 Celebrating Women underwriting chair. “While we are disappointed we are not able to gather together this fall, we are excited about the opportunity to engage with a broader audience regarding the mission of Celebrating Women.” Visit for more information, to sign up for the virtual event, and to support this year’s efforts. For information about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, call 214.820.4500 or email – Staff report | October 2020  43

Ten Best Dressed 10 BEST FASHION SHOW CANCELED Decision on Crystal Charity Ball coming soon By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers


he annual Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon has celebrated the most fashionable women in Dallas philanthropy for the last 45 years but not this year. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancelation of this year’s event. Still, Crystal Charity Ball leadership plans to recognize the 2020 honorees – Marybeth Conlon, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Dix, Cate Ford, Cara French, Libby Hegi, Kim Hext, Karla McKinley, Amy Prestidge, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, and Hall of Fame Honoree Mary Clare Finney – during the 2021 festivities at Neiman Marcus in NorthPark Center.

We march together (or, this year, skip, dance, hop, and stand on our hands when necessary) to communicate our mission and that of our beneficiaries, building on the history of community support that is the hallmark of Crystal Charity. Tucker Enthoven

“Our 68-year history of making a difference lends true depth and commitment to our mission and purpose that is unmatched. In the face of adversity, our leadership team inspires the Crystal Charity membership with their cheerful determination, flexibility, and creativity,” Enthoven added. “It remains my honor and privilege to lead this extraordinary group of women. We march together (or, this year, skip, dance, hop, and stand on our hands when necessary) to communicate our mission and that of our beneficiaries, building on the history of community support that is the hallmark of Crystal Charity.” Despite this year’s unprecedented challenges, Crystal Charity remains focused on delivering the funds necessary to support the eight 2020 Beneficiaries: Ability Connection, Catch Up & Read, Center for Vision Health, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Foundation for Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Healing Hands Ministries, Mommies in Need, Inc., and the North Texas Food Bank. We’ll have more about each of this year’s beneficiaries and the impact of COVID-19 on these organizations later this fall. To further support the 2020 Beneficiaries, NorthPark will host a special exhibition in partnership with Crystal Charity Sept. 22 through Nov. 4 on Level One near Neiman Marcus. As of press time, plans for the Crystal Charity Ball, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Hilton Anatole before COVID-19 hit Dallas, were still being determined. Check for updates on the NorthPark Center exhibition and plans for this year’s ball.


“In this time, we’ve all sort of gone back to what our values are, and it’s really all about the underserved children in Dallas County, and so that’s what I think is important to focus on right now,” 2020 Crystal Charity Ball chair Tucker Enthoven said. “Those needs haven’t changed of those children, they’ve only increased.” As a nonprofit organization, independent of any national affiliation, members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee have distributed more than $157 million to 148 beneficiaries over the past 68 years, according to the Crystal Charity Ball website. In 2020, the 100 active members of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee committed to raising $7.87 million to support eight Dallas organizations.

Ability Connection Catch Up & Read Center for Vision Health Children’s Medical Center Foundation (on behalf of Children’s Health) Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders Healing Hands Ministries Mommies In Need North Texas Food Bank

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Cattle Baron’s Ball COVID-19 SCOOTS 2020 CATTLE BARON’S BALL ONLINE Event chairs Heather Randall, Diana Hamilton look to rustle up cancer research funding By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers


or the first time since 1974, Dallas’ Cattle Baron’s Ball won’t bring together a sizeable in-person crowd of boot-wearing philanthropists to raise money for cancer research. The American Cancer Society’s largest single-night fundraiser is scooting online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ball co-chairs Heather Randall and Diana Hamilton have shifted rapidly from plans to have the party at the Star in Frisco to an outdoor event at Klyde Warren Park, and, finally, to a virtual fundraiser. The theme--“Just Livin’: Take cancer by the horns,” seems pretty fitting. “We feel like we did the best thing for our donors and for the community,” Randall said. “While we’re not having a ball, we’re still raising money.” Hamilton said she’s been pleased with the community support. “I really feel like this was a community effort in some ways,” she said. The fundraiser will include the Be the ONE mission fundraising campaign, an online auction, and a raffle. “We’re hoping with the combination of those three that we can still do the best we can in this uncertain time to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” Randall said. Over the years, country music’s most revered performers have entertained at the ball. Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Sugarland, and Brad Paisley have performed,

but this year’s virtual event won’t feature a country act. “We want to cut the biggest check we can back to cancer (research) and, as you know, we had very, very top of the line entertainers and it just didn’t make economic sense to have those entertainers in this environment when you can take all that money and give it back to cancer research,” Randall said. The ball had booked Dierks Bentley to perform before the virus-forced changes. Randall, an attorney for AT&T, has been involved with the ball for four years, previously as an underwriting chair and on the underwriting committee. “My dad actually died of cancer,” she said. “It was a pretty tragic event in my life, and, when I do do philanthropic work, I like to do something that I truly believe in.” Hamilton works as an assistant director of development at Parish Episcopal School and has worked with Cattle Baron’s for seven years, having served as underwriting chair twice, raffle chair, and in-kind chair. “My true passion about taking cancer down is just that my friends that have been touched by it,” she said. She and Hamilton will also serve as the 2021 ball chairs. Randall said the 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball is planned for Oct. 23, 2021. CultureMap Dallas reported that the 2021 event would be at Gilley’s Dallas with Dierks Bentley staying on as the Main Stage entertainer, but Randall said nothing had been finalized for next year’s event. “We’ll be revealing plans in early 2021 for October (2021),” she said. “I would love COVID to be a distant memory at that point.”

We’ll be revealing plans in early 2021 for October (2021). I would love COVID to be a distant memory at that point. Heather Randall

FROM LEFT: Cattle Baron’s Ball chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall in January at Tactical Fleet in Addison. (COURTESY PHOTO)

American Cancer Society at Risk of Cutting Cancer Research Funding By 50% By Rachel Snyder People Newspapers

Keith Urban performing at Gilley’s during the 2019 Cattle Baron’s Ball. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON)

With the American Cancer Society at risk of cutting cancer research funding by 50% this year amind the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say supporting Cattle Baron’s Ball, which is traditionally the largest single-night fundraiser albeit online this year, is more critical than ever. The American Cancer Society invests $100 million in new research each year, but with projected revenue for the year down by a third, cancer research funding is at risk of being reduced by 50%. “Any dollar that we can give back right now is monumental – it’s monumental for cancer research, it’s monumental for American Cancer Society,” said Heather Randall, one of this year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball co-chairs. The American Cancer Society funds 60 grants in Texas, totaling $40 million as of 2019, including $8.9 million for UT Southwestern

Medical Center. During the last 47 years, Cattle Baron’s has funded significant advancements in cancer treatment and detection including, but not limited to: •A cure for many types of childhood leukemia; •Development of a PSA screening test for prostate cancer; •Development of mammography for the detection of breast cancer; •Discovery of genes for inherited colon and breast cancer; •Development of Tamoxifen to treat breast cancer and monoclonal antibodies to treat breast cancer {Herceptin) and lymphoma {Rituxan); •Development of ACS’ Clinical Trials Matching Service, which connects patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options. The society has also provided entertainment in hospitals and offsite for thousands of children undergoing cancer treatment. | October 2020  45

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Cattle Baron’s Ball is the largest single-night fundraiser for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The ball has generated more than $85 million in its 46 years.

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Living Well


“My fight is not yet over,” W.T. White alumnus says By Bethany Erickson People Newspapers


enry Nguyen’s young adulthood has been punctuated with hospital stays, surgeries, and treatments for cancer. His senior year at W.T. White brought a diagnosis of osteosarcoma after knee pain initially written off as a sports injury didn’t go away. It was easy to write off because he played football and basketball, his sister, Anh Pham, said. But before he could graduate with the rest of the class of 2016, he found himself instead navigating chemotherapy and doctor’s visits. “He was very active in sports, played on the basketball team, and at that current time football. He worked part-time at Whataburger,” his sister said. “As soon as he was of age to work, he was on it.” Henry continued to make inroads at adulthood while battling cancer. He began working at an auto shop, but knee pain again alerted his doctors that cancer had

returned. He started chemo again and had a full knee replacement. He recovered and got a job working at a call center. He moved out on his own. He helped care for his father and grandmother, who both emigrated from Vietnam before he was born. By 2019, knee pain sent him to the hospital again. He was unable to avoid amputation this time. He was angry, he was sad, and he frequently woke up screaming from the pain. He had to move back home. “He recovered physically but not mentally,” his sister said. By July 2020, Henry was back in the hospital. “Unfortunately this time, the masses in my lungs are too large to operate on,” he wrote on his Facebook page, with a picture of his smiling face. “Chemotherapy is no longer effective at this point. I will be leaving the hospital to start a new journey in my life: a painless journey where I get closer to God and one where I learn to live with my cancer till my time is up.

I can’t just die; I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything for this world. Henry Nguyen

When Henry Nguyen’s cancer returned, he had two big goals: a union ceremony with his girlfriend, Wendy, and a trip to see the mountains. (PHOTOS: COURTESY ANH PHAM) My fight is not yet over, so I ask of everyone who reads this to keep me in your prayers as I continue to battle day by day.” His sister and family have been working ever since to keep him comfortable, his spirits up, and provide him with chances to do things he had always wanted to do while there was still time.

He had a backyard union ceremony with his longtime girlfriend, Wendy. He rested. But what he really wanted to do was to see the mountains in Colorado. “I can’t just die, I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything for this world,” he told Pham. So they set up a GoFundMe campaign to finance an RV trip to

Colorado. Henry saw the mountains, made it to the Royal Gorge, saw the Garden of the Gods, and ate Cajun food. Henry’s home now and resting off his trip. He’d like to see the beaches at Galveston next. “I told him we can go somewhere if he is up to it again,” Pham said.

How to Pick the Right Paint Color Every Time How do I decide on a paint color?” That is one of the most common questions interior designers get. It’s understandable why people would be intimidated. After all, even the most beautifully curated living space will be thrown off by the wrong paint color. Walls can always be repainted, but if you want to get it right the first time, here are my suggestions. Believe it or not, but paint color should be MARGARET C H A M B E R S one of the last things you choose for a room. Chances are that you already have some furniture, artwork, and fabrics picked out. If so, it makes more sense to choose a paint color that complements your furnishings, rather than the other way around. Another good starting point is to consider color psychology. Blues and greens are more restful colors, so they’re perfect for private spaces such as the bedroom. “Cozy” colors include dark grays and deep reds. If you’re worried about a room turning out too sleepy when you use colors like these, you can always wake it up by introducing contrast. Homeowners who love bold colors should know that you can energize an active space (such as the kitchen) with yellow or jewel tones like emerald and sapphire. Neutral colors, like

LEFT: The ceiling in this formal living room of the new SMU Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house is aqua with a high-gloss finish. RIGHT: The celadon green paint color used in one guest room is cheerful and pairs well with the room’s natural wood and African antiques. (PHOTO: NATHAN SCHRODER) white, cream, brown, gray, and beige, are somewhere in-between passive and active, making them an appropriate choice for living spaces. For my clients, I almost always suggest painting the ceiling a color that is half-again lighter than the walls to off-set naturally occurring shadows. Once you’ve picked your color, you’ll want to decide on your paint finish. Gloss reflects light away from the paint, making the color

darker. Flat paint absorbs light, making the walls look brighter. If you want your paint color to look somewhat consistent throughout the day, I suggest choosing matte paint. There are various ways to test out a paint color before you commit. My personal method is to paint a large foam core sample in the color I want to try. This piece of foam core can also be carried from room to room, allowing you to see if you’d like it better in one area or another.

Because of this method, I’ve never had to repaint a house. I hope that if you keep all of these tips in mind, you’ll never have to, either. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at | October 2020  47

Delayed Contemporary Exhibit Finally Opens With Timely Touches

Dallas Museum of Art curators add more information, offer in-person, and virtual options By Kelsey Shoemaker People Newspapers

The Dallas Museum of Art, reopen after closing in March for the pandemic, has introduced two new curators and a contemporary art exhibit. Contemporary Art +Design: New Acquisitions, on display in the Hoffman Galleries through March 2021, showcases various artists and styles of work. The show was initially to open in April. Delaying until September allowed newcomers Vivian Crockett and Vivian Li to add their perspectives while working with Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Sarah Schleuning, The Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

We really want to engage and let the museum speak to the most pressing issues of the day. Anna Katherine Brodbeck

Contemporary Art +Design: New Acquisitions showcases various artists and styles of work with many of the pieces acquired during the last few years. (PHOTOS: KELSEY SHOEMAKER) “One of the things that was really fun for me was working closely with my contemporary art colleagues and to think about the collection as what are similarities and the ways that art and design connect to each other as well as these moments and to today,”

Sarah Schleuning said. Crockett also spoke of enjoying the opportunity to explore the intersection of art and design and see “how visual artists who are typically not associated with the decorative design also pull from those references in

their work to tell a story.” With the ongoing pandemic, the museum didn’t make acquisitions this year, but most of the exhibit’s pieces were collected in the last couple of years. “In many ways, we are still able to

celebrate these new acquisitions and to show people too that the impact of acquisitions and function of the museum is to continue to present new and fresh artists and thoughts,” Li said. The exhibit includes Arthur Jafa’s short documentary Love is the Message, The Message is Death. The film explores Black culture and racial violence. “We knew we wanted to bring it out again because it really gives a full spectrum that it’s not just about these genres seen in galleries,” Brodbeck said. “We really want to engage and let the museum speak to the most pressing issues of the day.” The video is an example of how the exhibit evolved with the pandemic. Curators added more information about the pieces and created an online experience for those wanting to view the galleries remotely. “What digital content allows us to do is have these layered experiences and be more immediate like go into other directions and think more deeply you can do that instantaneously.” Brodbeck said. “People can go and have that one on one experience with the art but also if people are unable to come to the museum for whatever reason, we can meet people where they are in their homes and give that experience as well.”

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COVID-19 Pandemic Put These Aspects of Medicine in Focus READ ABOUT IT When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine By Dr. Marvin J. Stone $27.84, hardcover; $6.58, paperback

I’m a retired physician who specialized in hematology and oncology for over 40 years. Looking back over my career, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to teach, do research, and care for patients while continuing to learn the science and art of medicine. To see your students excel, to perform an experiment D R . M A R V I N that yields J . S T O N E new scientific knowledge, and especially to help some seriously ill patients recover so they can see their children and grandchildren grow up—what more could one ask? The coronavirus pandemic has caused an enormous amount of illness and death throughout the world this year. Over 150,000 persons have died in the United States and there is no end in sight.

Difficulty in diagnosis and the lack of effective treatment have altered our daily routines in a major way. Three aspects of medicine have been thrown into sharper focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not unique to COVID, they illustrate our inadequacy in coping with the current threat to our nation’s health. The three areas are: Access to medical care. Universal comprehensive care for all is a RIGHT. The United States is the only industrialized nation without it. End-of-life care. Always difficult, this aspect is now even more complicated because of additional dilemmas caused by the necessary lack of contact with loved ones. Rigorously designed and implemented clinical trials to test new therapy. Such trials must be based on factual evidence – not testimonials or observational studies.

It is difficult to over emphasize the importance of these three areas of medicine and the urgency to effectively deal with them. When we think about how we can improve, we must always bear in mind the three pillars of medicine: competence, caring, and compassion. These core values in medicine and science are crucial in fulfilling our goals: To cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always. My purpose in writing When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine is to convey to anyone interested in a medical career the excitement and fascination intrinsic to becoming and serving as a physician. The profession of medicine involves caring, knowledge, skill, accountability, tact, empathy, and lifelong learning. It is challenging and

demanding. With all this in mind, I am addressing young people considering a medical career, medical students, physicians who have completed their training (but not their education), and the general reader who has interest in and concern about the status of medical science and health care in the United States. I hope my perspective about medicine will be helpful. Dr. Marvin J. Stone, of Preston Hollow, became the first chief of oncology and director of the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, positions he held for 32 years. This column was compiled from excerpts of his ecently published his memoir, “When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine,” and a presentation he made for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He can be reached at

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TIERNEY KAUFMAN HUTCHINS The Arts Community Alliance (TACA); Board of Directors; Chair Party on the Green 2016 Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates Big D Reads: One City, One Book Readers 2 Leaders; Board of Directors Colophon: Friends of the SMU Libraries Kappa Alpha Theta Young Leaders in Education (Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University) Tierney began her career as the Society Editor of People Newspapers, a division of D Magazine Partners, contributing to the publication of weekly community newspapers for Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and Oak Cliff. In 2009, she began an eight-year stint at the Trinity Park Conservancy (formally the Trinity Trust). Tierney worked on fundraising, education, design, and development of the Trinity River Park as part of the Dallas/Trinity River Corridor Project, the largest civic project of its kind in the U.S. consisting of 10,000 acres of green space. The Conservancy raised $150 million during her time there. During this time, she met her husband, Jared Hutchins, at a Trinity River event in early 2013. Tierney and Jared were later engaged in Italy in November 2014 and married in October 2015 in Cabo San Lucas. Tierney’s sense of adventure and love of travel would take her and Jared to over 25 countries in the next five years, including a yearlong relocation to Sydney, Australia. In between trips, Tierney also worked for Fluor Corporation in the strategic communications department and, most recently, with HDR Engineering as the North Texas Strategic Communication Lead. Tierney gave birth to Melrose Miller Hutchins in January 2019. Tierney’s ability to make everyone feel special and uniquely connect with so many different people was a testament to her personality. Everyone felt part of Tierney’s inner circle, but in reality, her inner circle was enormous. She transcended different cultures, classes, and parts of society in a way that left a mark on all who had the fortune to meet her. When you talked to Tierney, she really listened. When you needed a good laugh – she always had a joke or a quote up her sleeve. When you sought adventure, she was the first in line to join. Tierney was so full of love, faith, grace, and warmth. Tierney is survived by her beloved husband, Jared Hutchins, 35, and their daughter, Melrose Hutchins, 2; by her mother, Delphine Kaufman; by her brothers, Dalton and Trevor Kaufman; by her sister-in-law Sam Kaufman; by her nephew Callum Kaufman, and by countless family and friends. Services are being planned in Dallas and Long Beach at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Tierney’s name to the Trinity Park Conservancy (formally The Trinity Trust) where the Tierney Kaufman Hutchins Memorial Fund for Children’s Programming in the Park has been established for Children’s Programming in the new Trinity Park to honor Tierney’s legacy and serve the children of our city. Alternatively, please send donations to the Mayors Star Council, where a scholarship fund has been established in Tierney’s honor and will be awarded annually to a young woman with a focus on communication, connection, and leadership. connection, and leadership.

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ierney Kaufman Hutchins, age 35, and her unborn child, Keira Wade Hutchins, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, due to complications during pregnancy. From birth, Tierney knew she could take on the world – and she did. Tierney was born in Long Beach, California, on November 18, 1984, to Dr. Chet and Delphine Kaufman and was the younger sister of two brothers, Dalton and Trevor. At an early age, she possessed a gift for performing, competition, and philanthropy. She was a member of “Troop 30,” where she was a Brownie and Girl Scout and part of a philanthropy group called Assistance League of Long Beach, becoming a Debutante in the Assistance League of Long Beach Debutante Ball in 2002. Tierney graduated from Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in 2003 with numerous accolades and achievements. Tierney was in the National Honor Society, Honor and Principal’s Roll, and graduated a distinguished scholar. She was deeply involved in Student Council all four years of high school, serving as President her sophomore year. In sports, Tierney excelled in Varsity Advanced Dance, Varsity Cheer, Varsity Soccer, and Cheer Vice President. She was admitted to Zygomas (High School’s 25 most active girls on campus) and was elected Homecoming Queen her senior year. Tierney became a daughter of Dallas when she attended Southern Methodist University. She graduated Cum Laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Foreign Languages and Literature. While at SMU, Tierney worked with SMU TV on the Daily Update, Rotunda (SMU Yearbook), Daily Data (SMU news website), and was editor and founder of the Dance Newsletter. She was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, participated in Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Mustang Marathon, CASA and Children of Uganda. Additionally, Tierney was awarded accolades with the National Dean’s List, SMU Honor Roll, Sigma Alpha Omega, Order of Omega, Panhellenic Association Scholar, and Alpha Lambda Delta. She was very active in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and elected to Vice President Public Relations and Vice President External Relations. After graduating SMU, Tierney became a tireless advocate and fundraiser for organizations of benefit to all of Dallas, including: The Trinity Trust Foundation (now Trinity Park Conservancy) Mayor’s Star Council Leadership Dallas 2017 Junior League of Dallas (most recently on the Centennial Committee) The Family Place


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Throughout 2020, Ebby Halliday Realtors is celebrating 75 years of serving the real estate needs of North Texans and those relocating to the region. It all began in 1945, when one bold woman parlayed her wisdom, generosity, business acumen and endurance into what is today the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage in Texas. “Long life is a privilege not everyone – or every company – gets to enjoy,” says Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Chris Kelly. “During this anniversary year, we acknowledge this fact with a spirit of gratitude.” The legacy of Ebby Halliday is now amplified by the company’s affiliation with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the country’s No. 1 residential real estate company. “Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly. “Our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you.” For more information, visit

It seems nothing can slow down the Dallas housing market. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic uncertainty, the local market remains strong. Businesses continue to thrive, bringing more workers to our area. And with interest rates at record low levels, this fall may be the best time to buy. “Interest rates are the number one driver for homebuyers,” an agent at Allie Beth Allman & Associates said.” “I don’t think we will ever see them this low again.” Sales dipped some early in the spring when COVID-19 brought uncertainty to the market. As restrictions were lifted and the local economy began to reopen, buyers returned in droves. For many people, COVID-19 has changed their idea of what’s most important in their house. With working from home and kids learning online, many families need a new home layout. Things like multiple office spaces are now necessities, and amenities like pools are in high demand. There may never be a better time to get a home than this fall. In these unprecedented times, it’s important to work with partners that you can trust, like the team at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. They set the standard in luxury service and will stop at nothing to ensure you meet your goals.


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Few touched the fabric of Dallas quite like the late Margaret McDermott. Her legacy is associated with many philanthropic causes in the area – from medical institutions to the arts. Mrs. McDermott’s husband, Eugene, was a founder of Texas Instruments. Their 6,443 square-foot home on Drexel Drive in Highland Park was designed by renowned architect Scott Lyons. Mrs. McDermott lived there until her death in 2018. Years earlier, she called her close friend, Allie Beth Allman & Associates real estate agent David Nichols, writing a detailed letter requesting that he handle the sale. The emphasis on building relationships with Allie Beth Allman & Associates clients is a company hallmark. And it played a pivotal role in the sale of the landmark house. Mrs. McDermott had left the house to UTD, part of the University of Texas system. With knowledge of the letter and after a detailed interview process, Nichols was awarded the listing. Once on the market, an offer was quickly made. The entire process, Nichols says, who was joined by Allman agent Brittany Mathews, was only two weeks. Cynthia Beaird, another Allman agent, represented the buyers. “I am grateful to have agents at our firm that worked together on getting the deal done so quickly,” says Ms. Allman.


New Homes for the Perfect Buyer Just two blocks from St. Mark’s School of Texas and Preston Royal Village, which is undergoing a swank new rebuild, you’ll find this 1 1/2 story home at 5722 Over Downs Drive ( The custom-built, one-owner residence with pool is listed by Bob Moran for $659,000, and provides an incredible opportunity to get into this rare patio-home pocket in Preston Hollow. Following last October’s tornado, this popular area has enjoyed major remodeling recently by ”right-sizing“ new/existing owners. The three-bedroom, three-bath home with two half-baths covers 3,709 square feet (per tax rolls) and backs to a creek. Inside are a huge great room, true owner’s retreat with dual baths, plus a sizable kitchen/ breakfast room - all enjoy pool and creek views. Other highlights: two brick fireplaces, large closets and storage, first-floor study/guest room, split bedrooms upstairs and game room, large back porch two dog runs, and a unique garage workshop-office. Storm updates include new roof, HVAC, carpet, tile, garage door and more. To schedule a showing, contact Moran at 214-642-7802 / Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

6340 Norway Road is being offered $2,295,000 and features 5 beds, 5.3 baths on a 0.44-acre lot. Situated on an oversized lot on the estate block of Norway adjacent to St. Mark’s is this commanding Mediterranean home built by Doug Jones, which offers a thoughtful, custom floorplan designed for expansive living and entertaining. The 120 ft. frontage, corner lot allows for a resort-style backyard with logia overlooking the pool and spa, grassy play area, putting green and specimen oak tree. Gourmet kitchen with French limestone counters and built-in, stainless steel appliances opens to the breakfast room and great room with beamed ceiling and multiple fireplaces. The downstairs master suite has a sitting area with dedicated study attached. Upstairs are four en suite bedrooms, living area plus media-game room. The 3-car garage off Tibbs offers a hard surface play area and maximizes available yard space. The climate-controlled wine storage holds approximately 1,000 bottles. Contact Ryan Streiff ( or Jason Bates ( for more information or visit

Fall may be North Texas’ best season. With the summer heat cooling down, the fall is a great time to get outside. But if you are not comfortable yet venturing to a park with others, you can enjoy your own backyard. Want a home with green space? Tour these two homes. A Colonial Federalist-style landmark estate features four bedrooms on sought-after Lakeside Drive. The four-bedroom mansion at 4604 Lakeside Dr. has rear gardens and a private azalea courtyard under a canopy of trees. It has great views of Exall Lake from sitting rooms that connect the large bedrooms on the second floor. The original oak stairwell is in the formal foyer. A full guest suite has a living room, bedroom, two kitchenettes and two baths. Overlooking the third hole of the Preston Trails golf course, the four-bedroom home at 5403 Preston Fairways Cir. offers serene views of the lush course and a pond. This home has more than 200 linear feet on the golf course. This one-owner home was custom-built by James Darnell & Sons with meticulous attention to quality. The floor plan has high ceilings, large windows and moldings. The master closet is enormous. To find your ideal home, visit

If you’re dreaming of a newly constructed home that’s move-in ready with top-of-the-line appliances and amenities, you’re in luck. North Texas new home construction has rebounded, and more new homes are coming on the market. The five-bedroom, custom-built home in Preston Hollow at 6905 Wildglen Dr. sits on a heavily treed lot. This home features soaring ceilings and an open floor plan. The kitchen has quartz countertops, a waterfall island with seating and a cozy breakfast nook. The first-floor, extra-large master suite has a marble bath. Also, on the main level is a guest suite, a home office and mud room with access to the three-car garage. Relax outside under a covered patio with a kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. A contemporary-style, four-bedroom home at 4518 Newmore Ave. is priced to sell with possible builder allowances. This home with smart technology, has a huge second-floor balcony. There is a covered patio at ground level suited to add an outdoor kitchen. Inside, the living room has 20-foot ceilings with a large wrap-around staircase and a gallery that overlooks the first floor. There are two laundry rooms and a large butler’s pantry. For more information on any of these homes, visit | October 2020  51

Fight Cancer With Granola, Dried Florals By Maddie Spera

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People Newspapers For Elaine Pearlman and Tiffany Lustig, giving back starts with granola. The business partners launched their company, Park Lane Pantry, in April of last year, and since a 2019 People Newspapers story, their product has been picked up by Central Market locations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin. Park Lane Pantry’s granola is low sugar, gluten-free, soy-free, dairyfree, and is naturally sweetened with monk fruit. There are four recipes on the market, and a new keto-friendly mix will soon be on the shelves. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, and after my diagnosis I had limitations on what I could eat,” Pearlman said. “I had to eat soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, all these things, and so I started making my own granola because there was nothing on the market that followed all these restrictions that tasted good to me.” Pearlman and Lustig joined forces when Lustig was working on her executive MBA at SMU and was assigned to write a three-year business plan for a business of her choosing. For the month of October, the Park Lane Pantry partners will collaborate with Jody Stein, founder of Trove Florals, for a promotion that combines Stein’s dry floral arrangements and Park Lane Pantry granola. All proceeds will go to the Dwight Powell Children and Family Support Fund. “Dwight Powell is a friend of our family and is the same age as my son, so we’re close with him,” Pearlman said. “His mother died of breast cancer when he was a freshman in college, so we bonded over my diagnosis, and he was really there for me and my family.” Powell started his fund to help families impacted by breast cancer have a clean house, done laundry, groceries in the fridge, dinner made, and a way to get children to after-school activities. “When Elaine came to us and asked to team up with them for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it was a no brainer,” said Stein. “Elaine, as a survivor, has been such an awesome support for people going through this nasty disease.”

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STONE, PARISH LOOK FOR REPEAT ATOP TAPPS By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


Sometime this season, Parish quarterback Preston Stone could surpass 10,000 passing yards for his high school career. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

arish Episcopal School reached the summit of Texas private school football last season by winning its first state championship in the highest Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) classification. That accomplishment, however, has only made the Panthers more determined. “It’s harder to stay on top of the mountain than it is to climb there,” said Parish head coach Daniel Novakov. “It takes a really special group to do it twice. That’s the new challenge.” An encore performance seems within reach thanks to returning dual-threat quarterback Preston Stone, who passed for more than 3,200 yards last season with 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Stone, who has verbally committed to SMU, also ran for 11 scores.

“You’ll see a more relaxed version of him,” Novakov said. “Hopefully, he can relax and enjoy his senior year and take it to a higher level.” Stone will have plenty of talent around him at the skill positions, such as the return of all-purpose back Christian Benson, who was electrifying in the title-game win over Plano John Paul II. The receivers include sophomore Daniel Demery, a blue-chip recruit who will start on both sides of scrimmage and return kicks. Also providing a boost are transfers Blake Youngblood (Austin Vandegrift) and Andrew Paul (Keller Central). On defense, Parish allowed fewer than 28 points in every game last season. Allstate linebacker Kenneth Borders leads the returnees, along with Henry Partridge, Keegon Addison, Foster Malloy, and Omari Hayes. The line will be bolstered by transfers Jeremiah Bodwin (Bishop Dunne) and Jayden Jones (Pantego Christian).

It’s harder to stay on top of the mountain than it is to climb there. Daniel Novakov


2019 RECORD: 12-1 (4-0 in district) NOTABLE: Parish’s modified schedule includes two matchups with rival Bishop Lynch, but only the second game will count in the district standings. PA RISH VA RSIT Y SCH E D ULE September 25

at Bishop Lynch

7 p.m.

October 2

at Argyle Liberty*

7 p.m.


at Midland Christian*

7 p.m.


Plano Prestonwood*

7 p.m.


Bishop Lynch*

7 p.m.


at Plano John Paul II*

7 p.m.

November 6

at Fort Worth Nolan*

7 p.m.


Fort Worth All Saints*

7 p.m.

* — TAPPS district game

Longhorns See a Clear Opportunity in 2020 By Todd Jorgenson


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2019 RECORD: 4-6 (2-5 in district) NOTABLE: Senior receiver Dejon Baker transferred from Hillcrest, where his 715 yards and 12 touchdowns led the Panthers last season. W. T. WHITE VARSITY SCHEDULE October 2 Richardson Berkner 9 Molina* 15 at Carr. R.L. Turner* 23 Woodrow Wilson* 29 at Sunset* November

7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

13 Samuell* 19 at Newman Smith* 27 Bryan Adams* December

7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

at Lancaster*

* — District 6-5A, Division I game

W.T. White hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007 and hasn’t finished with a winning season in two decades. But this is the year that the Longhorns could — and probably should — put that futility behind them. The reasons include an influx of talent, both new and returning, and a favorable result from UIL realignment. WTW drops from Class 6A to 5A Division I, into a district that includes state powerhouse Lancaster. But nobody else made the playoffs, and four of the nine teams were a combined 2-38. Plus, 13 starters return from a squad that made significant strides a year ago despite a late-season stumble. “We have high expectations for this team,” said third-year WTW head coach Tony Johnson. “We were playing in 6A

with 5A numbers. Now it’s a more level playing field.” The Longhorns enter the season with three legitimate quarterbacks. Returning starter Jason Salinas threw for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore. Johnathon Ware was arguably Thomas Jefferson’s best player for the last two years. And sophomore Jaydyn Sisk transferred from DeSoto. “It’s a good problem to have,” Johnson said. “They’re all three very athletic and will play somewhere.” Elsewhere on offense, running back Elijah Edwards is healthy after suffering a knee injury during basketball season. At receiver, Patience Carey returns with Hillcrest transfer Dejon Baker. On defense, WTW has depth and experience in the secondary. Standout cornerback Dom Dozal will be joined by K.D. Dennis, and two-way players Marcus Wise and Justin Joof.

We were playing in 6A with 5A numbers. Now it’s a more level playing field. Tony Johnson

Junior quarterback Jason Salinas gained valuable experience for WTW against some formidable defenses last season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

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4B | October 2020

Reynolds, Panthers Face New 5A Challenge By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

If Hillcrest is going to end its five-year postseason drought this season, Nasir Reynolds almost certainly will be the catalyst. The electrifying Reynolds played in the first seven games of last season, amassing more than 1,000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, and leading the Panthers to a 6-1 start. Then the Virginia native missed the final three games of the year, and Hillcrest dropped all of them, causing the Panthers to miss the playoffs. Reynolds is back and healthy this fall, although the Panthers’ challenge will be magnified by a jump from Class 4A to a nine-team district in 5A Division II. “There’s nothing you can say negative about Nasir. It’s great to have one of your

best players also be one of your hardest workers,” said Hillcrest head coach Jacob Ramon. “We’re going to rely on him a lot, but he has the parts around him to where it’s going to be difficult to focus on just stopping Nasir.” Four starters return along the offensive line, which should benefit new quarterback Carter Sido, who led a 7-3 junior varsity squad last season. “He’s a natural leader,” Ramon said. “He has a lot of tools. He’s handling everything we put on his plate. I’m excited for his potential.” The Panthers will feature a handful of three-year starters on a defensive unit that generated 30 takeaways and scored seven touchdowns a year ago. Hillcrest should be solid up front with Demarlynn Bell, Trevor Cabell, Corey Untersee, and Matt Gann leading the way.

It’s great to have one of your best players also be one of your hardest workers. Jacob Ramon

Hillcrest senior Nasir Reynolds has been among the leading rushers in the Dallas area for the past two years. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

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2019 RECORD: 6-4 (2-4 in district) NOTABLE: The Hillcrest offense averaged 52 points per game in its six victories last season, but just 13.8 points in its four defeats.

HILLCREST VARSITY SCHEDULE October 2 at Bryan Adams 9 at Dallas Christian 15 South Oak Cliff* 23 at Mesquite Poteet* 30 Conrad* November 6 at Seagoville* 12 Adamson* 20 at Kimball 27 Thomas Jefferson* December 4 at Spruce*

7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

* — District 6-5A, Division II game

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Rangers Hungry for More Playoff Success By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

After gaining 10-15 pounds of muscle during the offseason, Jake Taylor should see an increased role in the offensive backfield. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

A historic season that ended with Jesuit advancing to the Class 6A Division II Region II finals is in the rearview mirror, and many of the key participants have graduated, including running back E.J. Smith. Just six starters return from that squad whose playoff run included a dramatic upset of Longview. But that doesn’t automatically mean the Rangers will retreat. UIL realignment moved Jesuit from one of the state’s toughest districts into a much softer grouping in Region I. Plus, the 2019 success has resulted in heightened expectations in the locker room. “A n y t i m e yo u do well in the playoffs and get over that hump, the bar has been raised. It keeps the kids hungry for sure,” said Jesuit head

coach Brandon Hickman. “They carried the momentum into the offseason. Every kid wants to be a part of winning teams.” New quarterback Gage Roy will take charge of an offense that was remarkably consistent last year, scoring at least 27 points in all nine of its wins. “He’s going to be a pretty special quarterback,” Hickman said. “He’s got a big arm and throws the deep ball really well. I’m excited to see him develop this year.” Meanwhile, a bulked-up Jake Taylor returns after rushing for a team-high 1,207 yards last season. The offensive line should be bigger and stronger, anchored by Matthew Craycraft and Baylor commit Ryan Lengyel. Jesuit returns some critical pieces on defense, too, including lineman Peter Melle and safety Robert Fitzgerald. Also back is standout kicker Parker Brown.

Every kid wants to be a part of winning teams. Brandon Hickman


2019 RECORD: 9-5 (5-2 in district) NOTABLE: Jesuit’s remarkable turnaround followed an eight-game losing streak. The Rangers avenged four 2018 losses in a six-week span. J E S U I T VA R S I T Y S C H E D U L E September 25 at Flower Mound Marcus October 2 Rockwall 9 at Plano East 23 Richardson Pearce* 30 at Lake Highlands* November 5 at Irving MacArthur* 13 Irving Nimitz* 20 at Richardson Berkner* 27 Irving* December 4 Richardson*

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* — District 7-6A game

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Spangler, Knights Ready for Next Step By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

The progress has been deliberate but steady for the Covenant School in its six seasons at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 11man varsity level. Last year, for example, the Knights recorded seven victories for the first time. After finishing second in a tough district, they also advanced to the state quarterfinal round of the Division III playoffs for the second consecutive season, where they narrowly fell to eventual champion Shiner St. Paul. “Last year was a huge building block,” said second-year head coach Jacob Zinn. “Being able to compete with them was big for our program. It was good to see where we were and where we want to be.” The pieces are in place for further

improvement this year. After losing just five players, the Knights will have 12 seniors on their roster, making it perhaps the deepest and most experienced they’ve ever had. Participation numbers continue to rise across the board. Dual-threat quarterback Ben Spangler broke almost every Covenant passing record last season, finishing with nearly 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also ran for five scores. “He’s starting to become more of that vocal leader that you like to see from a quarterback,” Zinn said. “His evolution over the past four years has been great to see. We’re looking for him to take another step forward.” Many of the seniors will start on both sides of scrimmage. Garrett Graham is a standout at both running back and linebacker, while Hayden Anderson provides size as a tight end and defensive lineman.

Last year was a huge building block. Jacob Zinn

Covenant quarterback Ben Spangler is a fouryear starter who had a breakout campaign last season as a junior. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)


2019 RECORD: 7-5 (3-2 in district) NOTABLE: Prior to transitioning to 11-man football six years ago, Covenant was a powerhouse in the six-man ranks, winning TAPPS state titles in 2012 and 2013. COVENANT VARSITY SCHEDULE September 25 Cedar Hill Newman October

7 p.m.

2 Tyler All Saints* 9 at Waco Reicher* 16 Pantego Christian* 23 at Tyler Gorman* 30 Shelton* November

7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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at First Baptist* 7 p.m. at Arlington Grace Prep* 7 p.m. * — TAPPS district game

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The worst-case scenario has become reality for most football players and coaches in fall sports at SPC schools — they won’t play this season. The 16-team Southwest Preparatory Conference announced it wouldn’t sanction any competitions this fall because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, schools can pursue a partial schedule as an independent. League officials cited travel as a primary factor since the SPC membership extends from Oklahoma City to Houston. Most football programs make multiple road trips of more than 200 miles each season. “We recognize we are members of a conference with a wide variance in local conditions, approaches, and opinions regarding how to handle these challenging circumstances as they relate to athletic competition,” the SPC said in its brief statement. “Our member schools are located in multiple metro areas, spread

over a wide geographic area, with varying health conditions, regulations, public opinions, and governmental recommendations.” The cancellation could prematurely end the high school careers for seniors at St. Mark’s, ESD, Greenhill, and elsewhere. Previously, the SPC said its member schools would begin practices on Sept. 8 and begin an abbreviated season schedule in late September before changing course in late August. “I certainly share in your disappointment regarding this news and know that this feeling is magnified for our seniors. I have been inspired by the resilient attitudes of our student-athletes during these challenging times,” said St. Mark’s athletic director Sean Lissemore in an open letter to students and parents. “In the event that health conditions improve sufficiently to make some limited athletic competition possible later in the fall, we will make every effort to provide our students with opportunities to engage with athletes from local peer schools.”

October 2020 | 7B

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