Preston Hollow People October 2021

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FLAVOR FINDERS A search for tasty healthy alternatives to favorite dishes prompts a Preston Hollow mom to experiment in her kitchen and launch a company, Ohla! Foods. PAGE 24

Lauren Schwalb and her girls, Olivia, 4, and Hadley, 2. (PHOTO: JOHN CAIN PHOTOGRAPHY)




Orphan Outreach taps technology to keep ministering

Archives offer delightfully spooky pics

SMU exhibit showcases prisoner art




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

Business .................................. 24

Cattle Baron’s Ball ................... 46

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

Real Estate .............................. 25

Living........................................ 50

Community .............................. 14

Schools .................................... 33

Classifieds ............................... 55

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

Society .................................... 42

2 October 2021 |


Elm Thicket/Northpark residents are seeking a zoning change to protect their historic neighborhood. (PHOTOS: COURTESY ELM THICKET/NORTHPARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION)


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n this month’s issue of Preston Hollow People, you’ll find stories on two zoning cases we’ve been following — one regarding a piece of land on Forest Lane and another at the tornado-ravaged Walnut Hill Elementary School site. In both cases, neighbors of those plots wanted something very different than what developers proposed. Melshire Estates residents don’t want the city to allow a developer to build 26 zero-lot-line homes on the 3.5-acre plot on Forest Lane. Walnut Hill neighbors don’t want a much bigger Dallas ISD Career Institute on the spot where their beloved neighborhood school stood until the 2019 tornado battered it. In both cases, community members lobbied hard to avoid the proposed zoning changes, but — as you will see — the city council ultimately moved ahead with those changes. During the debate, the concept of the right of neighborhood self-determination came up frequently — that is, should a longstanding neighborhood expect its desires to rank above the long-term needs of the city? Do neighborhoods have the right to say, “This is what we look like, this is who we are, and we want this to stay the same?” This brings us to another zoning case. People living in the Elm Thicket/Northpark community are requesting a zoning change for protection from what they see as efforts by developers and real estate agents to erase the historic neighborhood

with new construction and a new name. If you’re new to the area, you may have been shown a home and told it was in Inwood Park. But if you ask the neighbors — it was and should remain what they know it as: Elm Thicket/Northpark. The Elm Thicket Authorized Hearing Steering Committee recommended that the city place height restrictions on new construction, as well as lot-size coverage restrictions for new two-story homes, and restrict the types of roofs used in new construction. They’re also asking that the city include the entire Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood, not just new construction south of University Boulevard. “We believe our rezoning case is different because it was born out of the Authorized Hearing Steering Committee through the city of Dallas Neighborhood Plus initiative,” Save Elm Thicket spokesperson Eric McHenry said. “Former Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano selected the Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood in 2016 to participate in the Neighborhood Plus program so we could document our neighborhood’s history and preserve the traditional style and character of our neighborhood.” The Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood story is a story worth telling. We’ll be digging deeper into the faceoff online as the zoning case makes its way to the city plan commission. Also, watch for potential updates in the November issue.




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Neighbors unhappy about new zoning for former Walnut Hill school site By Bethany Erickson


ntil Oct. 19, 2019, the neighborhoods around Walnut Hill Elementary enjoyed their award-winning, small school in a building with years of history. But in one night, an EF3 tornado damaged that school badly as it cut its destructive swath across North Dallas. Almost two years later, Dallas ISD is proposing a school designed to help high school students learn a trade for that site. The new building would incorporate the old Walnut Hill Elementary facade. Neighbors have been arguing — including at a September city council meeting — that the proposed building is too big and inappropriate for the quiet neighborhood.

The neighbors of this school are being asked to go from a sweet little elementary to a new building that — even though it is preserving the Spanish facade of the old school — will have a bigger footprint. Gay Donnell Willis “Ninety percent of those who live within 500 feet … are opposed to putting in a Costco-sized building on a toosmall lot,” said one neighbor during public comment. “We need the city council’s help to protect our neighborhood.” Several district staffers also spoke, explaining that only staff would park there because school busses would bring students to and from their respective high schools at specific times. Walnut Hill, they said, was the ideal site over Tom Field. It lets the district comply with state restrictions by keeping commute times for students attending from Thomas Jefferson, Hillcrest, W.T. White, and Conrad high schools down to 20 minutes. The site sits in council member Gay Donnell Willis’s district. After hearing the speakers, Donnell Willis moved that the council approve

The North Dallas Career Institute planned for the site that housed Walnut Hill Elementary until a 2019 EF3 tornado, would train students in a variety of careers — but many neighbors feel it’s too big for its location. (PHOTO: BETHANY ERICKSON) (RENDERINGS: WRA ARCHITECTS) the request — with some changes designed to reduce disruption. Those include noise dampening, screens to hide equipment, specific lighting requirements, and more. Donnell Willis also said that before any new amendments or applications for a zoning change, the district would notify property owners in the notification area 30 days before applying and submit proof they did so with the zoning application. “Nobody imagined that one of our be-

loved and highly-honored and respected neighborhood elementary schools could almost disappear due to an EF3 tornado on a horrible Sunday night,” Donnell Willis said. “Walnut Hill Elementary was a symbol of pride and history and neighborhood involvement — and then it just wasn’t.” “The neighbors of this school are being asked to go from a sweet little elementary to a new building that — even though it is preserving the Spanish facade of the old

school — will have a bigger footprint,” she added. The council ultimately voted in favor of the zoning change by more than a ¾ majority. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the issue is done. Neighbors are talking about hiring a lawyer. Barring legal intervention, the district said, construction on the North Dallas Career Institute is pending permit approval, which could come by Nov. 8. | October 2021  5

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8 October 2021 |

Crime Reports for Aug. 17 to Sept. 11 Aug. 17

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A prowler didn’t quite get the opendoor treatment at a 45-year-old man’s home in the 10500 block of Barrywood Drive. But an unlocked window proved convenient enough for the crook to get in and out with some loot. The resident didn’t report the caper until 9:51 p.m. Aug. 20.

Before 12:47 p.m., a robber tried to use a gun to take an 82-year-old man’s watch at NorthPark Center.

Officers responded at 3:08 a.m. to a fatal fiery crash south of Walnut Hill Lane on Midway Road, where a Ford Mustang struck a pole, trapping the driver inside. Read more online.

Overnight before 7:14 a.m., a crook drove away with a vehicle belonging to a 70-year-old woman from the 12100 block of Elysian Court after convincing her to buy gift cards online from CVS.

Sept. 7 Reported at 8:18 p.m.: A thief took the taillights off a 39-year-old man’s truck at a home in the 4600 block of Allencrest Lane.

Sept. 11 Reported at 6:50 p.m.: This was no accident. A mischief maker “intentionally” damaged a 47-year-old woman’s vehicle at NorthPark Center.

Aug. 18 Officers responded at 1:13 a.m. after a suspicious person was seen “messing” with the door of a 62-year-old man’s home in the 7100 block of Royal Lane.

Aug. 19 Stolen before 5:55 a.m.: a 36-year-old man’s vehicle from his home in the 6400 block of Glendora Avenue.

Aug. 20 At 5:35 p.m., a 49-year-old Sachse woman needed a ride home from NorthPark Center. A thief had stolen her vehicle.

Aug. 21 Reported at 5:02 p.m.: Two ruffians on Aug. 20 injured a 61-year-old Coppell man in the 5200 block of Royal Lane.

Aug. 23 Reported at 4:40 p.m.: A theft at a 59-year-old man’s home in the 6200 block of Dykes Way. Aug. 24 Before 5:48 p.m., a prowler working the 5700 block of Stanford Avenue took contents from a 54-year-old Plano man’s vehicle.

Aug. 26 Stolen overnight before 8:43 a.m.: property from a 54-year-old woman’s vacant house in the 6700 block of Orchid Lane. Aug. 27 Reported at 9:27 a.m.: a UFO (better make that a UTO). The unidentified thrown object damaged a 32-year-old woman vehicle in the 5300 block of West University Boulevard.

Aug. 29 Overnight before 9:04 a.m., a vandal used an unidentified object to break a window at Take 5 Oil Change on Forest Lane near Central Expressway. Aug. 30 Reported at 4:13 p.m.: Dog bites 29-year-old woman at Inwood Village.

Aug. 31 Reported at 6:50 p.m.: easy pickings in the 11500 West Ricks Circle. To take a 55-year-old man’s property, the thief only needed to enter through the open garage and remove items from the unlocked vehicle.

Sept. 1 Guessing this one made someone hot: Before 5:31 p.m., a prowler snatched stuff from a Houk Air Conditioning vehicle calling on a home in the 7000 block of Orchid Lane.

Sept. 4 Say a little prayer for the 61-year-old Garland man whose vehicle was stolen before 4:54 p.m. near Lovers Lane United Methodist Church’s Copeland House & Prayer Garden on Meadowbrook Drive.

Sept. 9 Overnight before 9:03 a.m., a prowler didn’t need to do any damage to enter and remove contents from a Total Comfort Group HVAC service team vehicle at Preston Center.

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: STEP BY STEP A 60-year-old woman from the 6400 block of Stefani Drive followed these simple steps for getting her purse stolen overnight before 7:50 a.m. Aug. 25: 1) Leave the garage door open. 2) Leave the backdoor unlocked. 3) Leave the purse alone.


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10 October 2021 |

Tornado Brought Shock, Awe, And The Best In People

Luce family returns to Preston Hollow, but in another house, after 2019 storm By Daniel Lalley

Special Contributor When most people imagine the mayhem of an EF-3 tornado, they think Kansas, Oklahoma, Bill Paxton, and airborne big rigs. They see wide-open farm country, gnarled green skies, and grain silos tumbling through cornfields like kicked soda cans. They don’t imagine Preston Hollow. They don’t picture a 115-mph twister turning the corner of Royal and Hillcrest, kicking up Terracotta roofing tiles, pillaging the picket fence class, and leaving all manner of anguish plus the spoils of a Central Market seafood sale in its wake. But as Ken and Nancy Luce, and many others can attest, that was the reality of Oct. 20, 2019. “You don’t realize the state of shock and awe until it happens,” Ken said. “Awe, because of the destruction and shock, because it happened to us.” Not a fan of atmospheric pressure, force density, or temperature gradients, Ken’s quick to send an email if the office thermostat should deviate from an exact ease point of 73.5 degrees. How do I know this? He’s my boss. The Luces were settled into their

home on Tulip Lane – Ken upstairs asleep while Nancy watched as the Dallas Cowboys levied a swift and decisive blow against the Philadelphia Eagles. “They never made a break in the game,” Nancy said. “I heard a siren in the distance, and there was a ticker on the screen warning of a tornado at Love Field, but they never cut the broadcast.” Eventually, the sirens faded. Nancy spoke with her son, Andrew, living in the guest house, and things seemed to settle. The quiet before the storm fell upon the northeast corner of Preston Hollow, but it wouldn’t last. Within seconds, their home was under siege. Internal alarms sounded as the windows detonated. Their 10 oak trees toppled. Ken made it downstairs as the roof was swept away, dodging the brick and debris of a falling chimney – escaping it by seconds. “I get under the stairs and ask Nancy what happened,” he said. “She tells me a tornado hit.” It seemed like a blur as Ken and Nancy emerged from the wreckage of their home. Their son made it to the back house just seconds before the biggest touchdown of the evening. The first thing they did was locate him. They spent the next hour hunting for neighbors, teaming up with first

responders to sift through the rubble, ensuring everyone made it out. There were no fatalities. Soon, the whole neighborhood came together. Supplies were distributed, chainsaws were manned.

You don’t realize the state of shock and awe until it happens. Awe because of the destruction and shock because it happened to us. Ken Luce

Ken Luce reflected recently on the tornado that destroyed his Tulip Lane home two years ago. The family has since returned to Preston Hollow in a home on Prestonshire Lane. (PHOTOS: COURTESY TOM LUCE)

“You really saw the best in people,” Ken said. Two years later, the Luces are finally resettled in Preston Hollow. It’s the only place they’d call home, Nancy said. “We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.” Daniel Lalley, a freelancer, also works as a copywriter for Ken Luce’s advertising firm LDWW. | October 2021  11

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Two Year Mission: Get 2,600-Plus Homeless Into Supportive Housing

By Bethany Erickson


The Dallas Real Time Rapid Rehousing initiative aims to get more than 2,600 homeless residents into supportive housing in the next two years. “The key to ending homelessness is a home,” said Dallas city councilmember Casey Thomas before joining his colleagues in voting for the city to participate in the $72 million effort. What’s next? The nonprofit Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance will help those selected for the program with at least a year of rent and connections to social services needed to help address the issues that contributed to their homelessness. Funding will come from private donations, and the Dallas Housing Authority will provide $10 million in vouchers. The city of Dallas and Dallas County are contributing about $25 million each in federal stimulus funds. The effort, however, doesn’t rest just on Dallas’ shoulders. It will happen in conjunction with efforts in Grand Prairie and Mesquite, as well as Dallas County. But two councilmembers pointed out that the effort will be for naught if the region doesn’t get a handle on its need for affordable workforce housing. “We’ll have nothing to show for this plan in three years, in five years or 10 years, because we’ll have spent it all on rent instead of spending it and investing it in structures that could last decades,” council

member Cara Mendelsohn said. “Our work is not finished. This council along with city staff must now help launch a similar community-wide commitment to build and retain affordable housing,” councilmember Chad West agreed. The homeless population has increased since the pandemic. In September, the Dallas Morning News reported that homeless encampments increased by 30% in Dallas during the pandemic, partly because shelters have been forced to take in fewer residents to improve social distancing efforts. During a recent discussion hosted by MDHA, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot detailed other plans for helping homeless individuals, including his Dallas Deflects initiative. “We want people who are homeless, mentally ill, and maybe some other low-level offenses … introduced to services,” he explained. “We want them to start off with medical services if necessary, health services, a path to a home — but to get well, to have a home, and to be a productive citizen.” The initiative addresses petty offenses like criminal trespass (which often land homeless individuals in jail) by having police officers take them to the Homeward Bound treatment center to access social services, health services, and mental health services. Last year, county commissioners approved $1 million to renovate an unused wing of the treatment center, turning it into a diversion center.

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Melshire Estates residents say a proposed development at Forest Lane and Nuestra Drive is too big for the 3.5 acre lot, seen here from Quincy Lane looking southwest toward Forest. (PHOTOS: BETHANY ERICKSON, COURTESY CITY COUNCIL DOCUMENTS)

Forest Lane Parcel To Get 26 Homes Neighbors unhappy about zoning change By Bethany Erickson

A recent zoning change clears the way for Forest Park Development to build 26 single-family residences – all 3,000 square feet and priced in the $1 million range – on a long-vacant site at the corner of Forest Lane and Nuestra Lane. Many neighbors from the Melshire Estates community bordering three sides of the land that has sat dormant for more than a decade aren’t pleased. The Dallas City Council voted last month to approve a zoning change for the land the city paid more than $3 million for as part of a bond package. Plans included a new library to replace the aging Preston-Royal branch, but the city ran out of money. Neighbors have argued that the proposal was just too much development for a 3.5acre lot zoned initially for no more than nine homes. “Please know: Our neighborhood overwhelmingly wants and welcomes development,” said Christina Norris. “In fact, we also support funding the library. However, what is being proposed is not reasonable. The city’s own staff recommended denial of this rezoning.” Janelle Alcantara, a real estate agent living in the neighborhood, said that the project does not meet city zoning standards and shouldn’t have won approval. “They say they have had nine meetings — they’ve had nine meetings with very specialized audiences,” she said. “I need you guys to listen to us. We need our City Council to do the right thing. Please oppose this with us.” Forest Park Development’s Bill Davis told the council that in addition to reducing the number of homes, the developer had agreed to double the amount of green space. Councilmember Gay Donnell Willis, who has only represented District 13 for about three months, negotiated changes. Those include keeping the existing mature trees on Forest Lane; a prohibition on

flat roofs; a requirement that patios, balconies, and decks are ground-level only; and a maximum number of stories above grade at two. The developer also agreed to larger setbacks on the homes and to avoid second-story windows on homes facing the neighborhood. It will move power lines and plant more trees as well.

They say they have had nine meetings — they’ve had nine meetings with very specialized audiences. Janelle Alcantara Donnell Willis added that neighbors should know that for all their concerns about the density of the Forest Park Development project, they could face worse further down the road from another developer if the zoning change didn’t move forward. “It’s very likely that a project of far greater density would likely await, and it could be multifamily, and it could easily become part of the equation in order to make the project go due to the expenses,” she said. “The city and Council will be under a lot of pressure to take the next deal, and the prospect of more density than the current project represents is my concern, because I listened, and I heard.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Holland Roden recently appeared in the sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. (PHOTO: SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT); Holland Roden plays Kathleen McChesney, the FBI agent who hunts down serial killer Ted Bundy, in the 1970s biopic American Boogeyman. (PHOTOS: DARK STAR PICTURES)


Former Hockaday, HPHS student lives in a van, even with her acting career rolling By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


olland Roden’s acting resume wasn’t supposed to be quite so frightening. That’s why the Park Cities native welcomed a break from a recent run in the horror genre by playing FBI agent Kathleen McChesney, who hunts down serial killer Ted Bundy, in the 1970s biopic Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman. “I get way too scared of horror movies to watch them, but I do appreciate thrillers with an element of surprise,” Roden said. “I’ve gotten sort of lucky in the horror genre that they’re all things that I’m genuinely interested in.” That includes a recent role in the sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, which conjured memories of birthday parties during her years as a student at Hockaday and Highland Park High School. Roden, 34, enjoys projects with a basis in history or nonfiction, which is part of what drew her to playing McChesney, who was a decorated criminal investigator on many high-profile cases before her retirement.

“I was honored to play someone who was such a trailblazer,” Roden said. “In Hollywood, women especially are portrayed in a very particular way aesthetically — tall and lanky like models — and that’s just simply not true. I loved that she happened to be a 5-foot-2 redhead.” Roden’s affinity for performing began as a teenager while taking classes with renowned Texas-based author and actor Ken Farmer, who remains her acting coach today. “ He was the o n e w h o re a l ly urged me to do this professionally. That’s where I really found my footing and learned how much I enjoyed storytelling,” she said. “Growing up, I was always so depressed when a movie would end, and the lights would come up. I wanted to see more of that story. It had a big effect on me.” Roden’s first professional audition was for a role in the Friday Night Lights movie, which she didn’t get. However, she

subsequently landed bit parts on series such as CSI, Lost, and Community before her breakthrough as a main character on Teen Wolf, which ran for six seasons on MTV. More recently, some downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic enabled the California resident to indulge in another of her passions by building a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van with her own hands. After completing the conversion, which she documented extensively on her social media channels, Roden has enjoyed living slightly off the grid on four wheels for much of the past year. “It ’s definitely harder than normal living, but it’s been awesome. It’s a bit of a meditative practice,” said Roden, who enjoys skiing and rock climbing between acting gigs. “The community online is incredible, and you make instant friends wherever you go.”

I get way too scared of horror movies to watch them, but I do appreciate thrillers with an element of surprise. Holland Roden

BIOGRAPHY Birth Name: Holland Marie Roden Birth: Oct. 7, 1986, in Dallas Television credits: Teen Wolf (2011), The Event (2010), Community (2009), 12 Miles of Bad Road (2007), Criminal Minds (2005), Weeds (2005), Grey’s Anatomy (2005), Lost (2004), Cold Case (2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). Films: Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman (2021), Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021), Bring It on: House of Dust (2013), Fight to the Finish (2009). College: The former molecular biology major earned her degree in women studies from UCLA High School: Graduate Hockaday School in 2005 where she was in robotics club “for like a semester.” Extra: She’s a “huge Michael J. Fox fan” and one of her favorite movies is Back to the Future (1985). Source: | October 2021  15

Chick Trip Sojourns with sassy sorts are like a facelift for my emotions. Post recovery, it’s still me, but better – happier. After a pause for the pandemic, my allstar friends resumed our galavants with 72 hours of MICHELE VALDEZ middle age crazy in Steamboat Springs. It was our version of The Hangover, but rated PG13 rather than R. The first evening began with catch up chatter. To impress, I sourced a specialty cocktail from a local bar. A “Finocchio” martini is a concoction with enough sweetness to fool you into gulps rather than sips. In the excitement of serving my gal pals, I inadvertently served the martinis intended for an 8-ounce pour into 16-ounce goblets. The night took off like an Elon Musk rocket. We transformed into sailors on a 3-day shore pass. The next morning, over quiche and berries, I learned that, while under the influence of Finocchio’s, I had turned into Pinocchio and told tall tales – involving my cute husband - “Outlander” style. I single-handedly took our PG-13 weekender to an R+. I don’t recall the revelations, but my friend fatales claimed they would not betray our sacred oath of “What happens in Steamboat stays in Steamboat.” Our afternoon mission was a trip to the local dispensary, “Billo.” At a certain age, sensibilities prevail. Gummies for arthritis, sore muscles, and insomnia ruled the day. The second night, decked out in our best western wear, we went to the rodeo. As if on cue, we spotted a bear and her cub on the way. Like children on Christmas morning, we released high-pitched screams of delight. We closed the evening at our VRBO with a sing and dance along. With wooden spoons in hand, we belted out our favorites from Aretha to Journey. We performed with enthusiasm like it was our farewell tour at Madison Square Garden. We hollered the lyrics, kicked our legs like Rockettes (old ones), gyrated, and even tried a twerk or two. The only injury was a bruised lip from the youngest member of our band, who got a little aggressive with her wooden microphone. That night, thanks to citrus gummies, we slept well sans aches and pains. We headed home refueled, dignity intact, except for my Finnochio-inspired Dr. Ruth confessions. Michele Valdez, a slightly compulsive, mildly angry feminist, has been an attorney and community volunteer. She has four demanding adult children, an enthusiastic black lab, and a patient husband.

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WhatsApp? Technology Keeps Ministry Going

Orphan Outreach Marketplace provides work for Guatemalan artisans By Amber Billops

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread globally and businesses began shifting to remote work or shutting down, whether temporarily or permanently, Orphan Outreach Marketplace took a different approach. Orphan Outreach Marketplace, a social enterprise for faith-based Orphan Outreach, needed new ways to design products and communicate with partner foreign artisans when the usual method, mission trips to Guatemala, became unavailable. WhatsApp, a free mobile text, voice, and messaging service, made it possible to continue operating, said Jennifer Kassing, a Preston Hollow resident and OO Marketplace product designer. “It is an incredible way we can all globally stay connected,” Kassing explained, adding it also helped with maintaining consistent relationships and building new ones. For Kassing, the most challenging part involved language. Some artisans would message her in Spanish because they don’t speak English. She used Google Translate to understand their message and compose her replies, but it doesn’t always translate correctly. Communication depends on

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TOP FROM LEFT: Jennifer Kassing serves orphaned and vulnerable children during a pre-pandemic mission trip with Orphan Outreach to Guatemala and shops for handmade items there. Products available from Orphan Outreach Market place include coin purses, bracelets, and a salt cellar with a lid and small teaspoon. (PHOTOS: COURTESY JENNIFER KASSING) sending one question at a time and getting an answer before asking another, she said. “There is a lot of detail in design and development when it comes to colors, measurements, and sizes,” Kassing said. With communication maintained, OO Marketplace could continue to source products for its online business while providing employment to the artisans and revenue for Orphan Outreach’s ministry to

vulnerable children and families in several nations. “People that I have never met that I have gotten to know, I now know their children’s name, their husband’s name, and their community very well,” Kassing said. “I know things they needed prayer for.” OO Marketplace grossed more than $70,000 while providing work for more than 100 artisans in Guatemala and their families, she said. “Keeping those relationships and

connections literally makes me a different person now from when I started this because of these amazing people that have such humility and integrity,” Kassing said. “They have so little, yet they bring so much joy and impaction to their craft, and they have blessed me beyond measure.” OO Marketplace works with 11 artisan groups in Guatemala and partners with two companies in the United States that support efforts to end human trafficking in North

Texas and China. Products include scarfs, towels, pillowcases, bags, clothing, and other items. “I really think the Lord went before us in this, and because we have been working with artisans for so many years in Guatemala, I think it was just an obvious opening to be able to continue working with these artisans,” Kassing said. “Since it happened right at the time COVID started, we were able to come alongside them and help provide meals, and kids were able to stay in school. All of the proceeds from our product selling in the United States go back to our orphan and vulnerable children program. I think in the years to come, we might think of something else, but we did what we could with what we had. God was really gracious to bless our ministry and our artisans, and for that, we are so thankful.” | October 2021  17

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here has never been a market like the one we currently are experiencing.

Keith Conlon, president; Allie Beth Allman, founder

Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ numbers have hit new records. With the help of a strong real estate market, the luxury firm has achieved astounding numbers, including an average sales price of $1,185,152 and selling more homes over $4 million in the first six months than ever before. As of July 31, the firm closed over $2.5 billion in sales, and, according to MLS, sells the most homes in DFW in the $2 to $5 million range.

From our point of view, it is all about “The People.” Every day, the Allie Beth Allman & Associates team is searching, calling and asking friends and colleagues for homes that could be available for their clients. Amazing things happen when you add tenacity to market knowledge. “’The People,’ our clients, have trusted us and we do not disappoint,” said both Keith Conlon, president, and Allie Beth Allman, the firm’s founder.

This summer there was a slowdown of out-of-town buyers. However, people in California and other major cities continue to

In the first six months of this year, Allie Beth Allman & Associates sold 22 of the 37 homes over $5 million in Dallas



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1730 JT Ottinger Road $12,900,000

4115 Stanford Avenue $3,395,000

3117 Hanover Street $3,375,000

Lillie Young | 972.467.5714

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Christine McKenny | 214.662.7758



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SOLD – Represented Buyer 5130 Radbrook Place $3,895,000

4201 Livingston Avenue $5,900,000

Maribeth Messineo Peters | 214.566.1210

Stephanie Archer and Allie Beth Allman 214.803.1614 / 972.380.7750

SOLD 4535 Harvest Hill Road $729,900 Marianne Percy | 214.533.0784

5111 Meaders Lane $2,795,000

4425 Windsor Parkway $2,400,000 Rachel Trowbridge | 214.395.3702

3442 Potomac Avenue $899,000

9646 Douglas Avenue $7,650,000

Susan Bradley | 214.674.5518

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

SOLD – Represented Buyer


Ashley Rupp | 214.727.4992

Jackie Converse | 214.673.7852

4201 Edmondson Avenue Private Sale

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591


4308 McFarlin Boulevard $2,795,000



SOLD – Represented Buyer

Anne Kashata | 214.356.7200

Stephanie Archer and Sue Krider 214.803.1614 / 214.673.6933

Shirley Cohn | 214.729.5708

4309 Greenbrier Drive $1,895,000

2525 N. Pearl Street #1202 $5,400,000

4311 Livingston Avenue Private Sale

All listing information, either in print or electronic format, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and listing broker is not responsible for any typographical errors or misinformation. Prospective buyers are instructed to independently verify all information furnished in connection with a listing. This information is current as of the distribution of this material, but is subject to revisions, price changes, or withdrawal without any further notice. Allie Beth Allman & Associates strictly adheres to all Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations. | October 2021  19


5816 Walnut Hill Lane $3,300,000


3305 Drexel Drive $1,995,000

23 Ash Bluff Lane $7,900,000

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Eve Sullivan | 214.534.1698

Lillie Young | 972.467.5714

5924 Waggoner Drive $2,590,000

6630 Orchid Lane $2,050,000

Lillie Young | 972.467.5714

Christine McKenny | 214.662.7758

9211 Esplanade Drive $550,000

SOLD – Represented Buyer

SOLD – Represented Buyer 8607 Midway Road $1,495,000

Jackie Converse | 214.673.7852

4408 Purdue Avenue $2,350,000

4231 Normandy Avenue $1,350,000

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Laura Graves | 214.802.1729

Frank Purcell | 214.729.7554

SOLD – Represented Buyer


SOLD – Represented Buyer

Jamie Ashby | 646.620.6676

Susan Bradley | 214.674.5518

Shirley Cohn | 214.729.5708

4401 Westway Avenue $3,050,000


4623 Westside Drive $975,000

4657 Southern Avenue $998,500

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SOLD – Represented Buyer 5517 W. Hanover Avenue $1,995,000

4206 Middleton Road $2,499,900

Shady Oaks Ranch, Flower Mound $14,900,000

Catherine Osborne | 214.733.9727

Bev Berry | 214.205.4993

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

6148 Averill Way #107E $405,000

7609 Oakbluff Drive $1,100,000

Susan Baldwin | 214.763.1591

Mayo Redpath | 469.231.7592

Stephanie Archer | 214.803.1614




Richard Graziano | 214.564.2602

Deanne Brock | 214.535.1585

Maribeth Messineo Peters | 214.566.1210


SOLD – Represented Buyer


Beth Gilbert Parks | 214.444.4176

Rachel Trowbridge | 214.395.3702

Susie Thompson | 214.354.8866

4533 Southern Avenue $1,395,000

4609 Mockingbird Lane $825,000

3009 Purdue Avenue $2,475,000

4300 Armstrong Parkway $17,500,000

SOLD – Represented Buyer 3825 Potomac Avenue $6,800,000

5539 Montrose Drive $2,225,000

2901 Fondren Drive $1,799,900

All listing information, either in print or electronic format, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and listing broker is not responsible for any typographical errors or misinformation. Prospective buyers are instructed to independently verify all information furnished in connection with a listing. This information is current as of the distribution of this material, but is subject to revisions, price changes, or withdrawal without any further notice. Allie Beth Allman & Associates strictly adheres to all Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity laws and regulations. | October 2021  21

Neighbors on the Move: New Gigs for Williams, Kleinman, and the Rawlings Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Preston Hollow’s Todd Williams to the Texas Commission on Community College Finance. W illiams, chairman and CEO of The Commit Partnership and the founder and president of the Todd A. Williams Family Foundation, is the former board chairman for the Real Estate Council of Dallas and the Real Estate Finance Investment Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he is the former chairman of the Dallas ISD Citizen Budget Commission, Teach for America Dallas Fort Worth, and Austin College. He previously served on the Texas Commission on Public School Finance. Williams received a bachelor of arts in economics from Austin College and a master of business administration in finance f rom the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lee Kleinman Former Dallas City Council member Lee Kleinman, who represented District 11, has landed at the planning and consulting firm Masterplan, the firm announced.

Kleinman, who will serve as a senior advisor to the company, says he’ll use his experiences working at City Hall and lobbying and working with state and federal legislatures to help clients seeking government approvals. “While I am restricted from directly lobbying at Dallas City Hall until June, I am available to assist in every other municipality in North Texas and Austin,” Kleinman said. “In Dallas, I can indirectly provide services by supporting the extremely capable staff here. I’m lucky to join an entire team of talented people, many of whom are former city employees and ready to help in multiple capacities.”

Mike and Micki Rawlings Mike Rawlings, former Dallas mayor, and Micki Rawlings have been named the honorary chairs of the Dallas Education Foundation’s 2021 annual campaign – “The Heart of Teaching.” The Dallas Education Foundation is the direct, non-profit philanthropic partner of Dallas ISD with a mission of inspiring community investment to accelerate student success. The campaign theme — the

Heart of Teaching — is a tribute to the 10,000+ teachers in Dallas ISD and an opportunity to recognize the talents of our Dallas ISD art educators, a majority of whom are working artists. The theme is a collaboration between the Dallas Education Foundation, Dallas ISD, and Dallas Summer Musicals. It will feature an art exhibition of nearly 60 Dallas ISD teacher-artists open for viewing at the Music Hall at Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas. Admission is free with valid entry to the Fair. The exhibition will culminate with an evening of drinks and a dessert reception on Oct. 25 in the Crystal Terrace at the Music Hall at Fair Park. All artwork will be available for purchase with bidding starting on the opening day of the State Fair and closing on Oct. 25, with proceeds supporting the Dallas Education Foundation. Atmos Energy serves as the Heart of Teaching’s title museum sponsor, with the Addy Foundation, the Dallas Mavericks, Grand Canyon University, and Texas Instruments as the additional significant sponsors. – Compiled by Bethany Erickson

Todd Williams


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VERSATILE JESUIT SENIOR SPENDS LITTLE TIME ON SIDELINES Northwestern-bound 3-way star Fitzgerald has strength, speed, smarts By Todd Jorgenson

“Robert is an unbelievable athlete,” said Jesuit head coach Brandon Hickman. “We’ve got to find a way to get him on the field and get him the ball as much as possible. We can’t afford for him to be standing on the sidelines much. He’s an all-around player and a great leader.”

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ou can find Robert Fitzgerald playing four or five different positions at any given Jesuit game this season. He’s primarily a hard-hitting safety, which is the position he’ll play next year at Northwestern University. But the senior also takes snaps at running back, and on special teams, he can serve as a punter or punt returner. “I always do whatever the team needs me to do in order to win,” Fitzgerald said. “Defense comes first for me. Whenever I’m needed on offense, and I have my breath back, then I’ll go out there. It’s definitely a challenge. I feel it the next day, for sure.” With his ability to run, catch, block, tackle, kick, and run down opponents, he probably could add more spots to his resume under the right circumstances. But one position where Fitzgerald hasn’t yet seen action at the varsity level is at quarterback, where he played until his freshman year. The following season, he became a varsity starter at safety as the Rangers won a school-record three playoff games. He made 79 tackles that year and grabbed the game-clinching interception in a postseason win over Klein Collins. Last season, he secured 81 more tackles and was named the District 7-6A defensive MVP.

It’s definitely a challenge. I feel it the next day, for sure. Robert Fitzgerald

Jesuit’s Robert Fitzgerald is primarily a safety, but he was also the team’s top returning rusher entering this season. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY)

As the leader of a team with district title aspirations again this season, the naturally soft-spoken Fitzgerald knew he needed to become more of a vocal leader. “For the past two years, I’ve tried to lead by example,” he said. “This year, I’ve had to speak up and lead with my voice, as well. I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with it.” Fitzgerald plans to sign this winter with Northwestern, near where his father grew up in Chicago. He verbally committed to the Wildcats after attending a camp there during the summer. “I wanted to go somewhere to get a great education that also has a great football program,” Fitzgerald said. “I chose Northwestern because I really like the trajectory of where their football program is going.”

Long Wait: New Facilities Have Helped Boost Longhorns, Panthers

Bond package led to new gyms, other improvements at various DISD campuses By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers

When W.T. White High School football coach Tony Johnson first arrived on campus four years ago, his players lifted weights in a double-wide trailer with holes in the floor. Since then, he’s found space in spare corners, bussed athletes off-campus, or scaled back the types of strength workouts many schools take for granted.

It’s made an immediate difference in terms of closing the gap. Jacob Ramon C

That changed over the summer1 PCP_Nov2021_Banner-1-Revised.pdf when Dallas ISD unveiled a brand new 4,000-square-foot weight

room at WTW as part of a 2015 bond initiative that included millions of dollars in athletic upgrades. “I can now get 50-plus players in there to lift weights. They feel like they’re respected and taken care of,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to build a program when you don’t have that. They take great pride in it.” The facility enhancements benefit other athletic programs, too, with renovated locker rooms and a new gymnasium that hosted basketball games starting last season. A new practice field and track are slated for completion this fall. “We’re filling every inch of those spaces,” said Johnson, also the school’s athletic coordinator. “When you’re looking at houses, if the yard doesn’t look good, you don’t go in. Athletics are the front porch.” A few miles away, Hillcrest has won more than a dozen district championships across several sports since 2018. That roughly coincides 9/14/2021 10:40:59 PM with the opening of an expansive new on-campus weight room,








which probably isn’t a coincidence. “That has complimented every sport. A lot of collaboration went into that. It’s made an immediate difference in terms of closing the gap,” said Jacob Ramon, Hillcrest football coach and athletic coordinator. “Kids want to be in there.” The weight facility and a new competition gym are among more than $30 million in improvements at the school. “I put mirrors in that weight room on purpose,” Ramon said. “When a kid puts a lot of effort in the weight room and then sees his progress, it’s motivation to get back in there.” Likewise, the new gym has become a source of school pride, as reflected by increased fan attendance and student participation. “The gym has had an impact on the spirit at our school,” Ramon said. “Hillcrest has a lot of great tradition, and that tradition is coming back, and the biggest reason is the facilities.”

TOP: Hillcrest High School recently got a new competition gym as part of than $30 million in athletic facility improvements that also included the weight room that opened in 2018. BOTTOM: W.T. White High School expects work to wrap up this fall on a new practice field and track. (PHOTOS: COURTESY DALLAS ISD)

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on’t miss out on favorite foods such as chips and tortillas because of food sensitivities. Preston Hollow mom of two Lauren Schwalb launched Ohla! Foods to provide healthy, child-friendly alternatives to traditional foods and created almondflour-based chips and tortillas that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free. “Food is so important to me,” she said, adding food restrictions shouldn’t interfere with that. “People shouldn’t sacrifice taste.”

I love tortillas and chips, but I started playing around in my kitchen and developed a product. Lauren Schwalb Her family-owned business came to be after Schwalb’s youngest daughter, Hadley, began having food

Lauren Schwalb says her Ohla! Foods products aren’t just for Tex-Mex dishes, so try them in a variety of ways. allergies. Schwalb and her family started an elimination diet but never found out what their youngest was allergic to specifically. In 2020, Schwalb and her husband, Stephen, did Whole 30. A diet where sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, sulfites, and junk food is not allowed for 30 days. Dieters are also encouraged to focus not on weight loss but instead on body composition. Schwalb noticed a disconnect between what she usually ate and healthy food. There were no good alternatives

for those who wanted to eat chips or tortillas and eat healthier, she said. They were all substituted by vegetables and tasted nowhere near the real deal. “I noticed that there was a gap in the market,” Schwalb said. “I love tortillas and chips, but I started playing around in my kitchen and developed a product.” She knew she needed to develop something that made her feel satisfied with what she ate without sacrificing taste and quality. After many hours in the kitchen trying to develop the perfect

product and lots of taste tests with her two toddlers, she came up with Almond Flour Tortillas and later Ch!pOhla! — also almond-based. “I’ve come across so many families that need to eat a certain way,” Schwalb said. “With Ohla!, we like to give people an alternative, something that tastes like a real deal. I want it to be authentic. Similar tortillas might break; ours won’t tear.” Schwalb recommends using her tortillas as an alternative for bread. One of her family’s favorites is PBJ rollups. She also recommends eating the almond flour chips with

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hummus and guacamole. They even belong in salad for extra crunchiness and as a substitute for croutons. She expects Ohla! Foods expect to grow, bringing on more tasty and approachable food to those with food sensitivities in the years ahead. New chip flavors should arrive later this year. “To me, my happy place is in the kitchen,” she said. “I want to impact people’s lives. We are learning more and more about the gaps in the market, and we are thinking of the number of products that we can produce.” | October 2021  25

‘Father of eSports’ Looks to Score with Video Conferencing

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Muñoz’s Beacon X features encryption By Norishka Pachot Special Contributor

Call Angel Muñoz the “father of esports” if you like, but don’t expect him to remain in just one lane of the technology and communications industries. The Preston Hollow man who founded the world’s first professional eSports league in 1997 has created what he describes as the newest video conferencing service. His journey in the world of technology took off at age 19 with perfect results on a U.S. Air Force test. Seeing himself score as an engineer would, Muñoz decided to focus his life on what he was good at and what he loved. So, he got a job, learned how to program in several languages, then launched New World Investments, specializing in technology. He later sold that, launched Adrenaline Vault, then created Cyberathlete Professional League, the first organization to define video game competitions as professional sports. In 2011, he launched Beacon Technologies through his company, Mass Luminosity, and GTribe, “a positive social media network that appeals to your better angels,” Muñoz said. “There is no profanity. It has rules of engagements.” Muñoz then wanted to launch something that could help people pursue their dreams and money, to love what they did, regardless of where they live. “When people move away, they need an outlet,” he said. Move over Zoom. Meet Beacon X. After six years of development, the newest video and voice conferencing platform launched on July 8, featuring endto-end encryption and a focus on privacy for a secure user experience. The Dallas-based video platform – accessed through – has no wait rooms, no connectivity issues, and is

Angel Muñoz, who founded the world’s first eSports league in 1997, introduced his Beacon X video conferencing platform this summer. (PHOTO: COURTESY MASS LUMINOSITY)

100% secure, he said. It has three principles, to be secure, high-quality, and simple. Beacon offers instant connection and reconnection, Ultra HD video, 3D binaural audio, and speed. Anybody can reconnect in a call with Beacon’s four-second connect speed. Beacon can also instantly translate up to 82 languages and has a calendar. Beacon X has reached 300,000 users, and Muñoz expects it to reach 10 million users and become one of the top 5 video conferencing platforms. “ We are the post-pandemic platform,” Muñoz said. “I think the world has changed. I don’t think we’re going to go back to the way we are, and we want to make it the best.”

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ooking for a luxurious contemporary stucco home located in highly desirable Preston Hollow? This green energy-certified home has private access to the Northaven Trail. Upon entering from the large drive, you’ll see the massive three-car garage and spacious home with more than 7,000 square feet. The massive foyer opens to the formal living and dining spaces and offers plenty of natural


light. The luxury chef ’s kitchen has a GE Monogram appliance package and butler’s pantry for hosting. The primary suite has direct patio access, a spa-inspired bathroom suite with double walk-in closets, and a private Peloton or yoga room. Downstairs, there is a secondary guest quarters and living space. Two staircases lead upstairs to the home theater, loft game room, and three additional bedrooms.

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Comings and Goings MOVED

Lane Florist

Snider Plaza The longtime, award-winning Snider Plaza flower shop moved to a new location near Nekter Juice Bar.

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Snider Plaza Once named “Store of the Year” by the International Christian Booksellers Association, the bookstore recently celebrated a grand reopening in a new location near Gemma Collection after 47 years in the former spot.

NOW OPEN Van Cleef & Arpels Highland Park Village The French luxury jewelry, watch, and perfume brand recently opened in a 2,600-square-foot, two-story space next to Trina Turk. The boutique features pieces from the brand’s Snowflake collection of jewelry, alongside more recent Perlée and Alhambra pieces. The brand has more than 130 boutiques worldwide, 27 in the U.S.

Bike Mart

5427 W. Lovers Lane The bike shop recently opened its fifth location. In addition to in-

The Finch (PHOTO: COURTESY CALLISONRTKL) store and online retail, the company offers used bike and trade-in programs, maintenance services, and free bike safety checks on local trails.

COMING The Finch

Mockingbird Station Construction on the new 5,760-square-foot eatery in the former home of Café Express should begin this fall, with an opening date slated for spring of 2022.


It’s the latest venture by Milkshake Concepts, which operates Vidorra, STIRR, Harper’s, Dirty Bones, Serious Pizza, and Citizen. The menu is described as bold and will feature a raw bar with such seafood as oysters, snow crab, and yellowfin crudo. Other selections will include soups and salads, handmade pastas and pizzas, fish and meats off the grill, as well as starters and mains, such as dry-aged beef sliders, tuna tataki, cioppino style seabass, and risotto.

Zalat Pizza

11613 N. Central Expressway The pizza place is planning to open another Dallas-Fort Worth location soon, in a space formerly occupied by a Which Wich sandwich shop, according to its website. The eatery offers traditional pizzeria fare, including pepperoni and Margherita pizzas, and more unique offerings like the ‘pho shizzle’ pizza, topped with chicken, red bell peppers, caramelized onions, hoisin, and sriracha swirl.


Trinity Hall

Mockingbird Station The pub closed recently after 20 years in Mockingbird Station. The Mockingbird Station location had plenty of space for gatherings and often hosted live music and trivia nights and aired rugby and soccer games. The pub offered an extensive selection of craft and European beers, and the menu featured traditional Irish fare like Shepherd’s pie and fish and chips and bar fare like ‘tater skins’ and wings. | October 2021  27

Buyers Love Highland Park 4546 Westway Avenue — SOLD Represented Buyer Offered for $1,799,000 4 Bed / 5 Bath / 3,429 Sq.Ft. Marc Ching 214.728.4069

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and had a lot of female leaders,” Ostolaza said of Sidley. “In Texas, we’ve expanded quite a bit. In Dallas alone, we’ll have over When Yvette Ostolaza, the managing 170 employees by the end of the year.” She was recently elected to chair the partner of global law firm Sidley’s Dallas office, isn’t in the courtroom, she’s often firm’s management committee and, effecplaying leadership roles in Dallas cultural tive April 2022, will lead one of the two organizations. main governing bodies of the sixth-largThe Miami-raised daughter of Cuban est law firm in the U.S. in terms of reveimmigrants moved to Texas after gradu- nue. Ostolaza will succeed Larry Barden ating from law school at the University of in that role. “This role is a natural for Yvette, who Miami in 1992. “I’m very proud of being a role model to has proven to be a highly dynamic and many women ... and diverse attorneys,” Os- effective leader, lawyer, and partner,” Mr. tolaza said, noting there weren’t many like Barden said. “She is the kind of leader her when she started practicing 30 years ago. who brings out the best in those around “I’ve been able to build a loyal follow- her, the kind of lawyer who clients trust ing of clients across the world who have with their most important matters, and looked at me for counseling, not only to the kind of partner who is completely help them with litigation or investigations dedicated to the success of the firm.” or board advice,” she said. Ostolaza is involved with USA Film Ostolaza made headlines back in 2013 Festival and serves on the boards of the when she was among Dallas Theater Cen50 lawyers and staffter, AT&T Performing Arts Ceners who left the Dallas office of Weil ter, and Lionsgate Gotshal & MangEntertainment, the es LLP, where she’d studio behind films including The Hunworked for about 22 ger Games. years, for Sidley, as She’s also served our sister publication D Magazine reon the board of ported. Girls Inc. and was named a recipient of The Chicago-based law firm boasts​​ the Girls Inc. Women of Achievement 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide Award in 2016. The University Park mother of three and is famously where former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle and her husband, Peter Dewar, also a lawObama met. yer, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in “What I liked when they reached out November. The family moved to the Park was that it was not only a global firm that Cities shortly after her first son, now 25, had 20 plus offices across the globe where was born. She added that her sons were my clients were located but also, cultural- Eagle Scouts and her daughter’s a Girl ly, it was a firm that was very pro-diversity Scout.


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BOY SCOUT BAXTER PERRY-MILLER CREATES A BUZZ St. Marks sophomore qualifies for rare conservation award By Maddie Stout

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he name Baxter Perry-Miller is certainly abuzz at Bonton Farms. And it’s not just from the bees he brought there, although that’s certainly part of it. The St. Marks School of Texas sophomore has earned the Distinguished Conservation Award, one of the rarest and most difficult awards to procure as a Boy Scout. In the past, less than 150 people have won it, but Perry-Miller is almost there. After achieving his Eagle Scout rank, Perry-Miller heard about the conservation award from a merit-badge advisor who recognized the teen’s passion for the environment and background working with the Park Cities Quail Coalition.

The real reason I’m doing this isn’t so much for the actual projects or award, but to teach more people about conservation.

Baxter Perry-Miller To receive the honor, he must complete four major conservation projects. For his first project, Perry-Miller worked with the Trinity River Audubon Center. There,

TOP: Baxter Perry-Miller is working with Bonton Farms in South Dallas to build a functional bee apiary. BOTTOM, FROM LEFT: He takes his dog along to monitor quail conservation at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) and delivered four outdoor recycling bins to the Trinity River Audubon Center. (PHOTOS: COURTESY BAXTER PERRY-MILLER) he established an outdoor sustainable recycling program. Next, he led a battery drive, which ended up falling during the pandemic. “I had to switch the drive to basically be on my porch, but I managed to collect 418

pounds of batteries,” Perry-Miller said. “It was a lot of trips to the collection center.” For his third project, Perry-Miller collaborated with the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Together, they worked to release

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112 pen-raised quail on the 2600-acre property. After doing so, he monitored the quail, tracking their survival rate and other data. For his final project, Perry-Miller knew he wanted to work with Bonton Farms, a

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community farm in South Dallas, working to end the food desert there and provide employment opportunities in the community. Initially, Perry-Miller pitched a rain barrel system to the farm, but they already had one set up. “The people at Bonton mentioned the bee apiary project instead, and how they wanted to dedicate the project and the area to a former member of the farm who had unfortunately passed away,” Perry-Miller said. “I just thought that it was a really cool project that was very close to my heart.” The project involves setting up a bee apiary with wildflowers, native Texas grasses, and 15 beehives. Ultimately, the apiary will help with cross-pollination, said project manager Beau Babcock of Bonton Farms. “Bonton is really an agrotourism farm, so having a space like the apiary where we can teach people about the benefits of native plants and the benefits of pollinators is very helpful,” Babcock said. “I hope Baxter’s work catches on with the rest of his peers as well.” To receive the honor, he had to complete four major conservation projects. “The real reason I’m doing this isn’t so much for the actual projects or award, but to teach more people about conservation,” Perry-Miller said. “The award is great recognition, but I didn’t do this to have it on my resume. I did it for conservation.”

34 October 2021 |

Ghosts Haunt Halloweens of Yesteryear 1989: Jessica Watkins

2006: Dominique Castanheira


Bring on Halloween, a season when masks aren’t so controversial (usually). A spooky trip through newspaper archives dug up photographs to delight and, in some cases, haunt. Why did previous editors follow a plastic jack-o-lantern through the recycling process from curb pickup to crushed? Our earliest coverage included a warning about the potential for flammable costumes to explode but, thankfully, no stories of such tragedies happening. Crime Reports covered miscreants who targeted inflatable decorations in 2005, stealing a Frankenstein monster and damaging a pumpkin (valued at $50 each) on Waggoner Drive. In 2009, burglars couldn’t leave behind a bowl of candy while taking televisions and computers in the 10400 block of Barrywood Drive. Decades of papers show you love school carnivals and pumpkins. Have another awesome Halloween but be careful what you wear. – William Taylor

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Student Achievements: Five To Celebrate



1. Giving a big check Student co-chairs for the Junior Symphony Ball ( JSB) presented Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) president Anne Ligon with a $238,432 check. The ball was finally held outdoors in June at the Toyota Music Factory after being delayed from January because of the pandemic. The “Purpose with a Party,” now in its 64th year, brings high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from 40-plus participating schools together to raise funds for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music education and outreach programs. More than 1,300 students attended. “The funds raised by JSB will ensure these kids have years of music instruction with the best teachers,” Ligon said. “In 20 years, some of these kids will be at a DSOL event sharing their success story, and you are actively taking part in it now.” Student co-chairs attend the Episcopal

School of Dallas – Fletcher Calvert, Riley Calvert, and Lili Kelly; Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas – Sam Jackson; Highland Park High School – Harrison Keys and Madison Muncy; the Hockaday School – Kate Wills; Parish Episcopal School – Abbey Jackson; and Ursuline Academy of Dallas – Emma Sweeney. Parent co-chairs were Alison Muncy, Suzy Calvert, Liz Kelly, Debbie Robinowitz, Paula Wills, Justine Sweeny, Angela Jackson, Alyson Jackson, and Tish Key. PICTURED FROM LEF T: Anne Ligon, Lily Kelly, Jake Robinowitz, Sam Jackson, Emma Sweeney, and Kim Noltemy. Next year’s JSB is scheduled for Jan. 29 at Gilley’s. Visit (Photo by Deborah Brown)

2. Young Woman of Distinction Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will honor Margot Meyer, a senior at The Hockaday


School, at noon on Oct. 29 during the 17th annual Women of Distinction event, presented virtually this year by AT&T. Other 2021 Young Women of Distinction honorees include Plano West High School senior Katie Chang and Rock Hill High School senior Alexandra Vincent. Margot’s three-part Girl Scout Gold Award project at Dallas ISD’s David G. Burnet Elementary focused on health. She painted murals, organized, and provided new furniture for the school clinic, promoted on-campus telemedicine to students, and provided a database of physicians to serve as resources to clinic staff. She received the U.S. Presidential Service Award for that work. At Hockaday, she founded the Hockadocs Medical Club to inspire young women to pursue medical careers, has participated in Hockaday’s varsity swimming and softball teams since her freshman

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3. In the Army now Cadet Michael Nolen, son of Michael Sr. and Toni Nolen, Sr. of Dallas, has completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he expects to graduate in 2025 and earn his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The basic training, designed to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence, and a high sense of duty, includes first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship, and nuclear, biological, and chemical instruction. Michael Jr. graduated from The Cambridge School of Dallas and was active at Park Cities Baptist Church in University Park, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2018 with BSA Troop 518.

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4. Border photographer In November, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will present St. Mark’s School of Texas junior Ekansh Tambe with a 2021 Power of Children Award (POCA). The honor rewards sixth through 11th-graders committed to service and improving others’ lives and comes with a $2,500 grant to invest in their social action projects and the opportunity to choose a partial scholarship to a university in Indianapolis. Four years ago, when he was 13, Tambe convinced his father to take him to Brownsville to see for himself what was happening on the border. The short trip inspired a multi-year, multi-continent photojournalism project called Beyond Borders and led to several public speaking opportunities. “I was incredibly surprised by how the reality I witnessed contrasted with the divided public opinion,” Tambe said. “In actuality, borders are more than places | October 2021  37

of conflict; they’re intersections of rich cultures and exchange of ideas, hubs for trade and commerce and even places of natural beauty.”

5. Quail comeback Northern Bobwhite Quail will be making their calls in North Texas this year – thanks in part to efforts by Spencer Burke and others at the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve. Burke, a senior at St. Mark’s School of Texas and Eagle Scout, incubated and hatched quail eggs in his house, raised the quail in brooders in his garage, and recently banded and released hundreds of them throughout the Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve and Oak Point Park in Plano. Spencer worked under Bob Mione, Texas master naturalist, Connemara Meadow Nature Preserve manager, and president of the Connemara Conservancy Foundation Board of Trustees. – Compiled by William Taylor

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Celebrating 50 Years of Parish

To appreciate Parish Episcopal School, one must understand its first five decades and Parish Day School legacy. Since 1972, Parish has focused on the whole child, nurturing students to thrive in a joyful, supportive and collaborative environment. And, the School has never stopped at the student. With an inclusive Episcopal community, it strives for belonging for every member. The unmatched sense of community that one experiences as part of the Parish family – parents, grandparents, students, faculty/staff, alumni – is special. Celebrating and building on that foundation throughout the last 50 years, Parish Episcopal School (PreK-12th grade), remains steadfast in its commitment to families while expanding the possibilities for students. From signature programs exploring leadership, STEM, global studies and more, to social/emotional programs ensuring needs of students are met, to premier facilities in STEM, athletics and arts, including the recently opened 55,000sq. ft. Noble Family Performing Arts Center, the possibilities are infinite at Parish.


Portrait of an Ursuline Graduate An Ursuline graduate is a woman of faith and reflection. She embodies Serviam by using her gifts to learn from and serve others. She appreciates multiple perspectives and celebrates the uniqueness of all locally and globally. She encourages and exemplifies integrity and resiliency. She is a lifelong learner who engages with others ethically, critically, and empathetically. She is an independent, innovative thinker who instigates and embraces change. She strives to build a strong sense of community. Join us at Ursuline Academy of Dallas, an all-girls Catholic college preparatory school for grades 9-12. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at 469-232-1800 SAINT MICHAEL EPISCOPAL SCHOOL Saint Michael Episcopal School welcomes children 12 months through kindergarten. We invite you to visit our school where we help develop confident and compassionate students through a foundation of Service, Education, Love and Faith. We look forward to meeting prospective families back in person during school visits this October and November. Call Elizabeth Keogh at 214692-3023 or email: Schedule your tour or a Virtual Tour to see our children in action and our teachers doing what they love most! Go to www.

Not the Loch Ness monster? At a university known for its Mustangs (or Ponies), SMU researchers sure love their dinosaurs. A recent CT scan has paleontologists talking about the minimal evolution in a long-extinct marine reptile with a striking resemblance to the mythical Loch Ness monster. “Basically, in anything except living fossils, you don’t go 22 mil- Miguel Marx with skull lion years with- cast. (PHOTOS COURTESY SMU) out evolving,” said Louis Jacobs, professor emeritus of Earth Sciences at SMU. Elasmosaurid plesiosaurs were the largest of the long-necked plesiosaurs, growing as long as 43 feet with half of that length deriving from their small heads and very long necks. A CT scan of a 71.5-million-year-old skull from a species called Cardiocorax mukulu looked in 3D models nearly identical to those from much older elasmosaurids, including one found at Cedar Hill, Texas, in 1931. See its 93-million-year-old remains at SMU’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology. “The skull shape, organization of muscles, and the shape and arrangement of the teeth largely reflect how an animal acquired prey,” said co-author Michael J. Polcyn, research associate and director of SMU’s Digital Earth Sciences Laboratory. “It appears that this animal’s predecessors adopted a particular feeding style early in their evolutionary history and then maintained the same basic skull structure for the next 22 million years.”

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For SMU engineering graduate student Collin Yarbrough, a classroom assignment to evaluate the design of Dallas’ Central Expressway resulted in a recently published book about the long-forgotten history of Dallas’ racist past buried beneath the city’s freeways. “I saw the same pattern of injustice Collin Yarbrough over and over,” Yarbrough said. “From Tenth Street to Fair Park to Deep Ellum, the history of Dallas highways is part of a tangled web of infrastructure, policy, and race.” Among his findings: In the 1940s, frontage roads to Central Expressway paved over more than 1,000 graves of Black residents buried in Freedman’s Cemetery. Construction of Central Expressway bisected a thriving Black community. The construction of I-35 in the mid1950s led to the demolition of significant homes and businesses and split a thriving Black community founded initially by formerly enslaved people. The Tenth Street Freedman’s Town Historic District is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places. In the 1960s, I-345, formerly part of Central Expressway, was redesigned to become elevated over part of the area known as Deep Ellum, limiting foot traffic and shuttering a once Black-owned commercial and residential district. The Dallas native knew nothing about the racial history buried under the highways he traveled every day until he researched his paper, which led to his book, Paved a Way, Infrastructure, Policy and Racism in an American City (New Degree Press, 2021). Writing a paper on Central Expressway changed his life, Yarbrough said. He began work in the fall on a doctorate in civil engineering at SMU, specializing in transportation, economic geography, and urban economics. “Infrastructure is symptomatic of a larger ill – racism,” he said. “I’d like to seek ways to prevent infrastructure from promoting racism again.” – Compiled by William Taylor

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40 October 2021 |

Kevin Lee’s Forbidden Phrases: “I can’t” and “I don’t know”

Former couch-surfing homeless teen charts path as SMU Law Student By Rachel Snyder Kevin Lee’s journey has taken him f rom homelessness after a snowstorm while a teenager in Pittsburgh to studying at SMU’s Dedman School of Law. “Growing up, I had everything that a child could want,” Lee, now 27, said. “When I was 16, my mom and I lost our home to a flood.” Health officials deemed their home uninhabitable, so Lee and his mom couchsurfed after the blizzard before moving to stay with a friend in Georgia. Then when trying to register for his senior year of high school in 2012, Lee discovered not enough of his credits would transfer for him to graduate on time. “Big shock to us, so they said the only way that you will be able to graduate on time is if you go back to Pittsburgh,” Lee said. “My mom did the unimaginable and gave up the home that we had just so that I could go back to Pittsburgh and graduate.” His mother, Tamara Williams, said there were two phrases she didn’t allow: “I can’t” and “I don’t know.” “There’s always a way to find out something,” Williams said. “I just kept on telling him, ‘Never give up.’” He was able to register for school after they found an apartment in Pittsburgh. He then graduated valedictorian of his class.

I just want to be a person that people can look at and say you know what, ‘I can do that too,’ or ‘I can do even better than that.’ Kevin Lee

SMU law student Kevin Lee hopes to become a judge one day. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) While applying to colleges, Lee and his mom watched The Great Debaters, based on the story of a professor at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, who started a debate team there. “That was the only movie we had, and so we watched it probably 10 times, and on the seventh time, I said, ‘You know what? I’d like to be on the debate team,’ he

said. “My mom said, ‘Hey, well you have that cellphone in your hand, research Wiley College.” Lee ended up attending Paul Quinn College in Dallas with a scholarship and serving as class president there. “I was able to visit SMU during my time at Paul Quinn College, and I was actually a speaker at an event here, and so

just being able to spend time on the campus, I said that is a place that I want to go for law school,” he said. After he graduates from SMU’s law school, he hopes to advocate for others and become a judge, he said. “I just want to be a person that people can look at and say you know what, ‘I can do that too,’ or ‘I can do even better than that.’”


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Looking Ahead Women of Distinction

FROM LEFT: Alison Matis and Cheryl Weis organized meal pick up events for furloughed restaurant and hospitality workers. (PHOTOS: MANNY RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY AND ONE SHOT FILM)



t felt like someone unplugged our lives,” recalled a hotel server whose husband was serving as a chef de partie for a well-known Dallas restaurant when the pandemic hit. The couple, who didn’t want their names shared in print, met 18 years ago while working at the same hotel. “We ‘grew up’ in the industry; it’s our family,” the wife said. “One day, we were all unemployed, separated from our work families, and unsure about our futures.” When restaurants and hotels shut down last year due to COVID-19, thousands of restaurant and hospitality workKERSTEN RETTIG ers lost their jobs. Some companies offered partial pay furlough deals, but many were just let go with no severance. Alison Matis and Cheryl Weis are experienced event producers, planning large-scale food events such as Park & Palate and Chefs for Farmers through their company, FestEvents Group. With their event business cratering, and Matis’ husband, chef de cuisine at Fearing’s, and many of his team furloughed, Matis and Weis saw first-hand that industry folks were losing their jobs and food and beverage providers were losing their customers. The pair, who also co-founded FestEvents Foundation dedicated to workforce sustainability and development in the restaurant and

hospitality industries, jumped into action. They connected with industry leaders locally and created Staff Meal, a massive collaboration between industry leaders such as Steve DeShazo, director of workforce development at Dallas College, suppliers such as Chef ’s Produce, and other contributors such as Omni Hotels & Resorts. Staff Meal provided more than 50,000 meals to displaced hospitality workers and their families. While they were managing Staff Meal, Matis and Weis, through their foundation, created Piehole Project, an online auction of 25 pies made from some of Dallas’ top chefs and bakers, including Anastasia Quiñones-Pittman of José, Matt McCallister of Homewood, and Chad Houser of Café Momentum. That auction raised $14,000 for their Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarship program, which funds culinary and hospitality scholarships at schools such as Johnson & Wales, the University of North Texas, and Dallas College.

It’s a tough industry, but it’s filled with advancement opportunities and educational support such as FestEvent Foundation’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships. Bolstered by the success of the Piehole Project and keenly aware of the need to support and develop the hospitality industry

workforce, which is suffering a staffing shortage, Matis and Weis are producing another fundraiser. Piehole Project Live! The Variety Show is a one-night-only special event on Oct. 28, where 15 Dallas chefs will prepare dinner for small groups of diners. Between courses, entertainment acts including an aerialist, a magician, and a belly dancer will perform on center stage. The event includes another online pie auction which will start two weeks before the event and conclude that evening. Tickets, tables sales, and sponsorships are available. Matis and Weis expect to raise $25,000 for culinary student scholarships in 2021-22 to help relieve the restaurant staffing shortage we all feel right now. It’s a tough industry, but it’s filled with advancement opportunities and educational support, such as FestEvent Foundation’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships. Follow Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and public relations, On Instagram @KerstenEats.

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Gir l S couts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will honor Kit Addleman, Hattie Hill, and Cris Zertuche Wong during the 17th an nu al Kit Addleman Women of Distinction (COURTESY PHOTOS) celebration. The event, presented by AT&T virtually at noon Oct. 29, celebrates outstanding women leaders of all ages for their service in the community. Hattie Hill “It is such an honor to recognize these incredible individuals for their servant leadership and dedication to making our community the best community for girls Cris Zertuche Wong and women to thrive,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is committed to ensuring that the girls have strong opportunities for success and role models to look up to.” Addleman is a partner at Haynes and Boone; Hill, president and CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, and Cris Zertuche Wong, vice president of Goldman Sachs. Visit

‘Power of One’ gala Mercury One, a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by media personality, entrepreneur and author Glenn Beck will celebrate 10 years of restoring the human spirit with “The Power of One: Renewing Kindness” anniversary gala at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Christian music artists Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey will headline the gala as part of a special stop on their 2021 “Stand in Faith” tour. Mercury One provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief, offers education programs about the nation’s founding, fights human trafficking, and works to protect persecuted religious minorities worldwide. Tickets for the gala must be purchased in advance. General Admission B tickets are $25 per person, General Admission A tickets are $50 per person, and VIP tickets, which include VIP seating, a special VIP reception, and one drink ticket, are $300 per person. Visit and search for “Renewing Kindness.” – Compiled by William Taylor

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44 October 2021 |

Dallas Zoo Supporters Party With Flamingos at Dallas Galleria

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Supporters of the Dallas Zoo gathered at POP! by Snowday inside the Galleria Dallas, where the zoo leaders revealed details for this year’s exciting fundraiser: Return To The Wild: Zoo To Do 2021 on Nov. 6. On July 20, servers wandered through the Galleria crowd with bites as guests got up-close and personal with several of the Zoo’s Animal Adventures Outreach ambassador animals, including a Eurasian eagle owl, a radiated tortoise, and a friendly pair of flamingos. Rhealyn Carter, vice president of advancement at Dallas Zoo, reminded guests that for the past 30 years, Zoo To Do has raised $17 million-plus for the zoo’s mission of engaging people and saving wildlife. – Staff report | October 2021  45


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46 October 2021 |

Cattle Baron’s Ball

CATTLE BARON’S BALL CO-CHAIRS ‘DOUBLING DOWN’ AGAINST CANCER D E A L I N G W I T H D E TA I L S What: 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball When: Oct. 23 Where: Gilley’s Dallas Schedule: 6 p.m. – VIP party begins 6:30 p.m. – Cole Swindell performs 7 p.m. – Cattle Baron’s Ball opens to all guests 8:15 p.m. – Live auction begins 10:25 p.m. – Raffle winners announced 10:30 p.m. – Dierks Bentley performance begins Ticket and tables: Visit Raffle: Call the Cattle Baron’s office at 214-443-9222 or email

By Rachel Snyder After the pandemic scuttled the in-person gala and scooted fundraising online last year, Cattle Baron’s Ball organizers are gearing up for a return to Gilley’s this fall. Since 1974, Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $86 million for cancer research and become the largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Co-chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall, who stuck around after last year’s adjustments, may be the only people to chair the event twice. Dierks Bentley also stayed on as the headline entertainer for the Oct. 23 party.

We’re going to try to transform Gilley’s into the Bellagio. Heather Randall “Our theme this year is double down,” Hamilton said. “We thought this was very appropriate being our second year, and we’re doubling down more than ever in our fight against cancer as we were unable to give the money last year we normally do.” They’re also “doubling down” with an “upscale Vegas” look and feel for this year’s event. “We are a little bit upscale Vegas to go down with the Double Down theme, so we’re going to have casino tables all over Gilley’s this year versus just having it in one room,” Hamilton said. “We’re kind of bringing the glam back — country glam.” “I call it the high-end casino theme this year,” Randall added. “We’re going to try to transform Gilley’s into the Bellagio.”

TOP: 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall are preparing to ‘double down’ against cancer at this year’s event. (PHOTO: TAMYTHA CAMERON) BOTTOM LEFT: Hamilton and Randall, along with tournament co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez, were joined by more than 124 golfers for the 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball Golf Tournament in May. The event returned for the first time since 2008. (PHOTO: TAMYTHA CAMERON) BOTTOM RIGHT: Grammy-nominated multi-Platinum musician Cole Swindell will perform at the 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball VIP party. (COURTESY PHOTO) While they had mulled moving the 2020 event to The Star in Frisco and then Klyde Warren Park before the in-person event was scrapped altogether that year, Hamilton and Randall felt it was important to host the 2021 soiree in its traditional home of Gilley’s. “When it came back down to it for this year moving forward ... the common theme is like I want to go back to that restaurant I love, I want to go back to that event that I know,” Hamilton said. The return to Gilley’s isn’t the only tradition they brought back this year. The first Cattle Baron’s Ball Golf Tournament since 2008 was held in May at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas and raised more than $268,000. “What was good about it is it brought

back a lot of our old supporters and new supporters, so it was something that everyone could get around,” Hamilton said. “It was hugely successful.”

We’re kind of bringing the glam back – country glam. Diana Hamilton Hamilton added that the pandemic and its impact on cancer research and healthcare revenue put the event’s focus back on the American Cancer Society. “Everybody took a step back and just kind of was like, ‘What is the reason we

do this?’” Hamilton said. Randall acknowledged reports that the pandemic had caused people to put off routine screening and said organizers would raise that issue during the event. “ We are partnering with UnitedHealthcare, who has a screening initiative,” she said. “People just didn’t want to go to the doctor’s office, they didn’t want to go to hospitals, they were scared of COVID last year, and so just a lot of people didn’t receive other treatments.” Though the pandemic remains a concern, organizers are counting on present protocols to provide a safe event. “I want everyone to feel comfortable,” Hamilton said. “For sure, we’re having the event, and we’ll make sure to take care of everybody.” | October 2021  47


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“How Am I Doin’?” Great!. Dierks Bentley Returns as Headliner Act By Rachel Snyder

Swindell will perform at the VIP party beginning at 6:30 p.m. A Grammy-nominated multi-Platinum rising superstar in his own right, Swindell has toured with some of the biggest superstars in country music, including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. Throughout its 48 years, some of country music’s most revered and highly anticipated entertainers have taken the stage at Cattle Baron’s Ball. Perhaps none were as highly anticipated as this year’s returning headliner Dierks Bentley, though, after the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled last year’s soiree. The multi-Platinum singer/songwriter will perform at the Oct. 23 event at Gilley’s Dallas. He takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. Like this year’s returning co-chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall, Dierks Bentley is no stranger to the gala that’s become the largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He performed at the 2011 event with Darius Rucker, according to the Cattle Baron’s Ball website. “I think Dierks is going to put on a fabulous show,” Randall said. “He’s already reached out to us and told us that he’s excited, and he can’t wait to get here.” Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association Award, Billboard Music Awards, and more while earning 14 Grammy nominations. He co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on his ninth studio album “The Mountain,” released in 2018, earned him the highest

He’s already reached out to us and told us that he’s excited, and he can’t wait to get here. Heather Randall

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debut sales of his career, and became his seventh chart-topping album. Outside of music, Bentley’s professional endeavors include a Flag & An-


them partnership to create the lifestyle collection Desert Son and his “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” franchise. Before Bentley takes the stage, Cole

Swindell has also received numerous songwriting honors and awards, including the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year (2016), CMA Triple Play Awards in 2015 and 2016, and Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year award during his debut (2015). His songwriting credits include his eight No. 1 singles, “Chillin’ It,” “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” “Let Me See Ya Girl,” “You Should Be Here,” “Middle of a Memory,” “Flatliner” and “Love You Too Late,” plus No. 1 singles for Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan. The festivities will close with a midnight after-party performance by Emerald City AllStars and dancing.

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50 October 2021 |


Miles of Freedom’s sixth annual “Arts of Oppression” exhibit features works by dozens of artists. It includes historical references to mass incarceration, human rights, and the criminal justice system. (COURTESY PHOTOS)


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erzy Kosinski once said, “The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” That idea comes to life in SMU’s Pollock Gallery’s most recent exhibit, “The Arts of Oppression.”

society, the Pollock Gallery’s Arts of Oppression showcases current and former inmates’ works. The exhibit also includes an auction with proceeds benefiting the featured artists and Miles of Freedom. Pieces featured range from depictions of struggle and turmoil, such as the Vietnam War or the crucifixion of Jesus, to calming scenes such as a bird pecking at a dandelion. Not only does this exhibit invite viewers to consider important issues such as human rights and the criminal justice system, but the process of creating these works also provides many of the artists with relief and an avenue for expression. “I love expressing myself this way,” said Arthur Anguiano, an artist featured in the show. “It’s just about having the freedom to

The individuals involved in our organization just want to be seen, and I think through their art, you can see them by their virtue and not their past. Richard Miles In collaboration with Dallas nonprofit Miles of Freedom, which helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate back into

take that leap of faith and letting the work speak to you. All you have to do is take one step, and you’ll learn from your own walk. This is me walking, and I’m grateful for the people who have helped me along the way.” Richard Miles, the founder of Miles of Freedom, started the nonprofit after he was wrongfully convicted of murder, imprisoned for 15 years, then fully exonerated in 2012. Miles is also aware of the benefits art has had on both the artist and the viewers. “The individuals involved in our organization just want to be seen, and I think through their art, you can see them by their virtue and not their past,” Miles said. “This exhibit creates a moment of empathy. When you come in here and look at the art, you connect. You’re brought into a space where you want to know more.” Arts of Oppression provokes undeniable emotion and invites visitors to ask themselves questions they may have long ignored.

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Follow the redline and markers of Boston’s Freedom Trail and see such sites as the Old Town Hall and a Paul Revere bronze statue with the Old North Church in the distance. (PHOTOS: MARY MEIER-EVANS)

Self-Guided Option Best Bet for Touring Boston’s Freedom Trail It’s October, the prime time to visit New England for fall foliage leaf-peeping. If your visit takes you through Boston, there are dozens of amazing sites to experience. At the top of my list is the Freedom Trail. The 2.5-milelong path through downtown Boston passes by 16 significant American MARY MEIER-EVANS sites. Mainly marked with a red brick trail embedded into the sidewalks and streets, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Many first-time visitors wonder precisely how to “do” the Freedom Trail. Here are my recommendations: Yes, the Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long, strictly speaking, but there are many sites you will want to walk through, around, etc. And you might make a detour here and there for shopping or eating. In July 2021, I walked the entire Freedom Trail with my husband and daughter. We each recorded almost 7 miles of walking over six hours. Some points are steeply uphill, and some are downhill, depending on where you begin. There are stairs. This would make an arduous undertaking for anyone not in decent physical shape. If you begin the Freedom Trail at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, you will embark from a high point, cross the Charles River into the North End of Boston, and continue where almost all the other sites along the trail can be found. There’s a great Visitor Center, where you can get an overview of the Battle of Bunker Hill and use the restroom before you head out. Alternatively, you can begin the trail on the Boston Common. The historical sites

from this starting point come quickly and frequently. What about a formal tour group? May I be honest with you? I HATE group tours. I loathe them. I don’t like walking amidst a big group of people. I don’t like being subject to the speed of a group. There are dozens of apps you can download on your phone, allowing for a selfpaced walk with information about the sites along the way. While walking the trail, if you can go inside a site, do it. You will pay for a ticket, but I believe, if you are going to do a thing, then do it thoroughly. Go inside Paul Revere’s Home. Go inside the Old North Church. See it all.

I don’t like walking amidst a big group of people. I don’t like being subject to the speed of a group. A few other tips: The Freedom Trail takes you through the heart of the North End, a predominantly Italian neighborhood with dozens of great restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries. A must-eat while in Boston: a Boston Creme Pie. Obviously. Mike’s Pastry Shop is the go-to spot in the North End. Pick from a dozen flavors of cannolis, cookies, and cupcakes in addition to fantastic Boston Creme Pie by the slice. I have no recommendations for Boston Baked Beans. You’re on your own, there. Now, fire up the John Philip Sousa and get knee-deep in American History, y’all! Mary Meier-Evans, of University Park, has a Texas-sized curiosity. Check out her blog and podcast at


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Try These Four Pointers for Teenage Bedroom Design Designing a teenage bedroom can be an interesting challenge. At this point, the nursery décor your teen grew up with has got to MARGARET go. On the othCHAMBERS er hand, you can’t simply decorate the room the same way you would with an adult bedroom. Thankfully, there are some general guidelines you can keep in mind that could apply to any teenage bedroom.

1. Create separate zones for resting, studying, and socializing. Any teen’s bedroom needs to be a refuge, a home study, and a hangout space for them and their friends. Make sure there’s a designated zone for each of these. A comfortable work desk will help your teen stay focused and on-task. If the room is too small for a separate seating area, you could also create a lounging space on the floor with pillows and a rug or add ottomans to the foot of the bed. 2. Use your teen’s favorite colors in a sophisticated way. While nurseries usually have pastel colors, and most adult bedrooms are in neutrals, teens tend to gravitate to bold color combinations. For teen boy bedrooms, navy blue or warm neutrals (such as warm gray) are popular wall colors. Today’s teenage girls usually prefer

green, purple, grey, or blue over pink as the dominant color in their rooms.

3. Plan for plenty of storage space. If you have a teen who keeps their room tidy, you have a rare teen indeed. Including enough storage space and shelving in the bedroom can help your teen keep clutter out of sight. 4. Design around accents and art that express your teen’s individuality. Before you begin decorating in earnest, ask your teen if they have art pieces or prints in mind that express their personality. Some other ways to set your teen’s room apart from those of their friends include: incorporating an unusual piece of furniture that makes a conversation starter, adding wallpaper to all four walls, or wallpapering the ceiling. Sometimes even when you follow recommended design guidelines, it can still be difficult to bring everything together. When I work with clients with teens, I ask them to provide examples of rooms that inspire them. An experienced designer will know how to accommodate both the parents’ and the teenager’s requests and deliver a result that will wow them and visitors alike. Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Look for opportunities to add more storage wherever possible. A bedside table with pullout drawers is a good choice for a small bedroom. Navy blue and brick red are great colors for a boy’s room, such as this one in a Preston Hollow home. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER) Charcoal-gray-and-white patterns feel mature, making them a better choice for teen bedrooms. (PHOTO: NATHAN SCHRODER)

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Enjoy Homemade Treats for Hungry Ghosts and Goblins

I’m basically a kid at heart who adores celebrating holidays of all kinds, and that trait comes through at Halloween. I love everything about it – decorating, dressing up (usually in something scary), making a fuss over the little ones who come costumed to our door, and creating fun-to-eat treats. As soon as October arrives, I give our front porch autumn décor a Halloween makeover. Bright orange pumpkins cut CHRISTY ROST into jack-o-lanterns get tucked in among baskets of yellow and bronze chrysanthemums. Scarecrows with smiling faces join witches with stern expressions, and wispy spiderwebs hanging from light fixtures cast eerie shadows at night. In my kitchen, I decorate countertops with silk autumn leaf garland, fresh yellow chrysanthemums, pinecones, pumpkins to use later for making pies, breads, cakes, and soups, and a collection of ceramic jack-olanterns that make me smile. Surrounded by this festive Halloween backdrop, I’m always inspired to create treats guaranteed to appeal to hungry ghosts of all ages. One of my favorites is Halloween Caramel Popcorn. This easy-to-make recipe requires just six ingredients. A big bowl of caramel popcorn is the ideal snack to enjoy with a frightening Halloween movie. For neighbors or trick-or-treaters I’ve

HALLOWEEN CARAMEL CORN Ingredients: 12 cups popped popcorn (¾ cup corn) ¾ cup unsalted butter 2 cups brown sugar, packed ½ cup light corn syrup ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon vanilla

It was still August on the calendar when the trappings of Halloween arrived at Swan’s Nest, Christy Rost’s Colorado home. (PHOTO: COURTESY CHRISTY ROST) watched grow up on our block, I love to scoop it into individual clear cellophane bags, tie them with black, gold, and orange ribbon, and pile them into a basket for easy gift giving. It’s fun watching kids’ eyes light up when I drop a bag of homemade, buttery caramel popcorn into their Halloween sack, and it’s hard to beat the neighbors’ smiles when I stop by their door with an unexpected treat. This basic recipe provides plenty of room for variation. For hazelnut caramel corn, sprinkle chopped, toasted hazelnuts into justpopped popcorn, then add three tablespoons

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of hazelnut syrup along with the corn syrup while making the caramel. Or, for a simpler upgrade, once the basic caramel corn has completely cooled, gently stir in candy corn, chocolate chips, or M&M’s. Whether you enjoy the caramel corn as is or tweak the recipe to suit your taste, it’s utterly irresistible. Happy Halloween! Christy Rost is a cookbook author, chef on PBS stations nationwide, and longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. Her Celebrating Home 4-minute cooking videos are available at and on her website.

Directions: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of a large roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour the popped popcorn into the pan. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, stir in brown sugar, and cook 2 minutes until the brown sugar has partially dissolved. Stir in corn syrup and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook 5 minutes without stirring. Remove the caramel from the heat, add vanilla, and stir to mix. Slowly pour the hot caramel over the popcorn. Spray a large wooden spoon with nonstick cooking spray and gently stir the caramel into the popcorn. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to distribute the caramel that melts to the bottom of the pan. After 1 hour, remove the caramel corn from the oven, stir well, and set it aside to cool. Break it apart with your hands when the caramel corn is warm to the touch; then, finish cooling. When the caramel popcorn is completely cool, divide it among individual cellophane bags and tie them with orange and black ribbon. Yield: 6 quarts caramel popcorn

54 October 2021 |




Back-To-School Shopping: Real Estate Edition

Marti Voorheis Offers Stylishly Appointed Condo in Plaza I

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It’s back-to-school season, and what does that teach many parents? That they wish they lived closer to their kid’s school. But, it’s not too late. You can still find a home that will make drop-offs and pick-ups convenient for years to come. Allie Beth Allman & Associates offers listings near Dallas’ most exceptional public and private schools. At 6630 Orchid Lane in Preston Hollow, a stone house with six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths sits just steps away from St. Mark’s School. A perfect hub for afterschool hangouts or group projects, the home boasts inviting open spaces. As an original Rosewood Custom Home built in 2005, it has prestige, but was carefully remodeled in 2020 for today’s luxury living. Classic elegance abounds at a delightful duplex in University Park. The 5-bedroom home at 4231 Normandy Avenue is just a short walk to Bradfield Elementary. It’s warm and welcoming, so you can gather around the large den’s Austin stone-clad fireplace to play games with family or host friends for lunch on the charming patio Allie Beth Allman & Associates sells more homes in premier neighborhoods such as Highland Park, University Park, and the Park Cities and Preston Hollow combined. To connect with an expert, visit


Luxury and convenience have never looked so good! In the heart of Dallas, next door to The Mansion on Turtle Creek is the magazine-worthy 3535 Gillespie Street #306 (3535gillespie306. Marti Voorheis with the Park Cities office is offering the two-bedroom, 2.1-bath unit in The Plaza I for $850,000. Every detail in the unit has been meticulously elevated with European fabrics, stonework gilded in 18-carat gold, grasscloth wall coverings, and top notch appliances by Woodard Dunn Designs. This is the most sophisticated and custom work you will find in any condominium in Dallas. If you’re looking to shed all the trappings of life in a big house, this 1,651-sq.-ft. condo is move-in ready with 24-hour concierge, valet parking, resort-style pool, fitness center and a wine room. To schedule a showing, contact Voorheis at 214-870-6864 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

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BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY Embodying the spirit of community commitment at Allie Beth Allman & Associates, President Keith Conlon has been named Dallas Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-North Texas Chapter. Conlon raised the most donations during the organization’s 10-week fund-raising campaign. The society’s 2021 Dallas Man & Woman of The Year candidate class raised more than $500,000 in 10 weeks. “I’m glad to be able to support such an important organization, and I hope my efforts can help find a cure for blood cancers,” Conlon said. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary nonprofit health organization focused on funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. It aims to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Top-producing agent Lillie Young, whose Lillie Young Group agents are dedicated to helping their community through service projects year-round, was the society’s 2021 Leadership Team and Nomination Chairwoman. “It makes me proud to see the Allie Beth Allman & Associates family contributing so much to Dallas organizations,” said brokerage founder Allie Beth Allman. “Keith’s and Lillie’s work is the perfect example of giving back to the community.”

There is a lot of noise in the real estate industry around the topic of technology. Ask most professionals and they will tell you they just want agent-centric simplicity along with ease of access to help them provide their clients with the best possible service. With that in mind, the Ebby Halliday Companies recently launched ART (Agent Resources & Technology). The new, Google-based intranet consolidates everything an on-the-go professional needs to make their business run more efficiently and quickly. Said President and CEO Chris Kelly, “What this means for clients is added responsiveness from an agent and an overall enhanced transaction experience.” Travis Mathews, Vice President of Operations, spearheaded the project. “This modern platform fits the way agents work, which is primarily on-the-go and at a brisk pace,” says Mathews. “It’s searchable, optimized for mobile, and organizes content in a way that allows for both quick access to tools as well as detailed resources on how to use them in your business.” Agents have taken to ART quickly, making comments like “Ebby agents have the best support team in the industry!” and “Very user friendly! Thanks for your vision of this great on-the-go tool!” Learn more at

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11345 West Ricks Circle, represented by Melissa Jennings for $7,995,000. This home changes everything. Inspired by the famous Farnsworth House — the glass-

It all comes down to targeting, and that is particularly important when it comes to listing and selling luxury homes. In a region as competitive as Dallas, it takes experience, cutting-edge techniques and resources to serve clients well. From March 2020-March 2021, Allie Beth Allman & Associates listings were seen more than 62 million times across DFW – as well as across the U.S. With placements in numerous local newspapers and magazines, the brokerage’s marketing efforts met potential buyers right where they live. Targeted digital and direct mail campaigns extended the impact farther, attracting buyers from California, Texas and New York as well. The company’s devotion to effective marketing has helped make Allie Beth Allman & Associates the leading local brokerage year after year when it comes to luxury home sales. Superior marketing requires precise strategies and goals. The brokerage’s luxury marketing strategies set a smart direction with established measurables, producing tremendous results in listing and selling a client’s home at a premium. reports that rising home values in North Texas added equity to area homes. More than 40% of homes with loans in DFW have high amounts of equity, says a new report by Attom Data Solutions. Dallas-Fort Worth led the country in singlefamily home building in the first six months of the year, a new survey says. Builders started 49,733 single-family homes in the DFW area, the latest figures from housing consultants Zonda show. Builders across the country continue to scramble to meet buyer demand during a shortage of listings. DFW home sales fell for the second month in July, but price increases continue to climb. Sales fell 3% in June and 17% in July. Even so, singlefamily homes sold in July for a median $349,000, up 20% from 2020. In July, agents sold 11,299 single-family homes, down from a year ago, but higher than in 2019. Continued price increases and home shortages have pushed more people to the sidelines in the past several months, compared to the frenzy over the past year during the pandemic. To subscribe to The Allmanac: registerfornews walled home by Mies van der Rohe in the woods by a river — the sleek and sophisticated 11345 West Ricks Circle in North Dallas appears to float over its minimalistic landscape. Designed by Dallas architect Joshua Nimmo, it is a composition in space and light made by steel, glass, concrete, limestone and burnished plaster. At more than 6,300 square feet, it is a peaceful retreat, too, with three bedrooms, flowing spaces and grounds by Hocker Design that evoke an art park. The luxuries here include a wine/bar area; a sleek Poggenpohl kitchen with Miele appliances; a primary suite with two sleeping areas and a sybaritic bath; a circular pool of black granite; and a car-collector’s garage with polished-concrete walls and ceiling. As says: “[It is] an impactful work of architecture that melts away when experienced from within.” 11345 West Ricks Circle is represented by Melissa Jennings for $7,995,000. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in the Park Cities in 1960, represents luxury homes, high-rises, ranches, land and commercial properties. Its briggsfreeman. com website is a cutting-edge portal featuring properties, neighborhoods, schools, virtual tours, architecture guides and more. | October 2021  55


commanding gas fireplace and a wall of windows accented with transom

Elegant in Preston Hollow

detailing, the living room offers broad views of the covered patio and yard. The adjacent wet bar enjoys granite surfaces, glass faced cabinetry with wine rack, a sink and Scotsman ice maker. An enormous kitchen with island, custom cabinetry galore, built-in desk and walk-in pantry adjoins the large breakfast area with sideboard. Open to the kitchen, the welcoming paneled family room, anchored by a warm marble encased fireplace, provides built-in cabinets and a panoramic view of the terrace and yard through a wall of windows. A large game room loft area and two additional bedrooms with separate vanities and shared bath occupy the second story, easily reached by one of the two staircases in the home.

6441 Norway is currently being offered for $1,790,000.

Additional features include an electronic gate to the large three car This elegant Preston Hollow home offers an expansive entertaining

garage with storage and workbench as well as a first-floor utility room.

floor plan, handsome custom millwork, soaring ceilings, myriad large

Located at a wonderful Preston Hollow locale, this home is a true

windows, and a host of architectural details. With a split yard footprint,

opportunity to enjoy living spaces of both elegance and comfort accented

this property could easily accommodate a pool and still have the

by graceful architecture and handsome details throughout.

advantage of a separate play/entertaining area.

Contact Karen Fry (214.288.1391) to schedule a private showing or

Appointed with a handsome, twenty-foot coffered ceiling,

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Designed by architect Elby Martin, a Tuscan- inspired stoneclad estate home with Italian barrel tile roof, manicured 1.1-acre site with mature trees and landscape by Harold Leidner. Gourmet kitchen topped by a barrel brick ceiling is open to one of several family rooms. Custom Knotty Alderwood cabinetry with White Castle hardware provides storage. Two full-size SubZeros refrigerators, two Asko dishwashers, two gas Wolf ovens and warming drawer. Outdoor Kitchen equipped with a Wolfe outdoor grille and Subzero undercounter refrigerators, and electric screens. Resort like pool, cabana, turfed back yard, private guest house. Home is equipped with Geothermal HVAC and natural gas generator. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310.

5335 Meaders Lane 6 Bedrooms | 6.2 Baths | 12,612 SqFt Offered For $9,750,000

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