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ParkCitiesPeople DECEMBER 2018 VOLUME 38 NO. 12



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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS From ‘Nutcracker’ performances to New Year’s fireworks, the season brings plenty of activities to enjoy. PAGE 49








Eric Stonestreet, who plays ‘Cam’ on the hit sitcom, visited Dallas for a cancer awareness event that has raised nearly $33 million for research since 2010.

Dallas’ top gala, set for Dec. 1 at the Hilton Anatole, will celebrate $6.5 million raised for various children’s charities.

The final story in a three-part series looks at community outreach from a local church that supports mission work in Bangladesh.

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n a recent Sunday at church, I was appealing to the congregation to support our food pantry, the Holy Trinity Center. While practicing my talk, I concluded I didn’t want just to read the script that was provided. You see, I have had some experience with the folks who are served by the Holy Trinity Center, and I know an effective plea comes with a story. I went back through my notes on some people I had visited while volunteering with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) a couple of years ago. Many of these individuals and families are also clients of the food pantry. As SVDP volunteers, we go in pairs and visit people in their homes to learn more about their situations. I recalled Sarah, a 34-year-old single mom with four children. She had a good job and was making ends meet. But her brother died suddenly, and she took on the cost of his funeral, which put her in financial hardship. There was a sweet young family: Lisa, Jacob, and baby Jay. They moved here from Tyler for baby Jay to be treated at Children’s Medical Center for a very serious condition. They needed help with all the basics to set up a suitable home here, so the baby could get the care he needed.

And lastly, I included a mention of Ray, an 84-year-old veteran on a fixed income. He chose to help support PAT M A R T I N his grandchildren, leaving him with not enough for himself. These real stories reminded me of what charity means to me. Sure I can write a check for an organization that does good work, and there are many, like the organizations receiving vital support from Crystal Charity Ball on page 35. During the holiday season there will be plenty of opportunities to give, and yes, please open your checkbooks, but I encourage you also to make time to volunteer. When you get up close and personal and get to know someone, you can’t help but be moved. And you are rewarded with a rich experience that you will not soon forget. Blessings. Pat Martin, Publisher

Contents Crime ............................ 4 News .............................. 8 Community ................. 14 Business ....................... 20 Sports .......................... 24 Schools ........................ 31 Crystal Charity Ball..... 35 Society ......................... 40 Weddings..................... 47 Announcment .............. 47

Living Well ................... 48

Faith ................. ............51

Obituaries ..................... 53

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4 December 2018 |

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


CRIME REPORT OCT. 8 - NOV. 4 OCT. 8 A 2017 black GMC Denali, valued at $60,000, was stolen overnight before 7 a.m. from a driveway in the 6000 block of Andrews Drive. A blue St. Germain Linus women’s bicycle, valued at $400, was left in the alley behind the 3000 block of Drexel Drive. A passerby noticed the bike around 7:30 a.m. on the way to work.

A buzz-worthy crime took place in the 2700 block of Westminster Avenue after a University Park woman loaned out nearly $3,000 worth of bee equipment in July. As of 10 a.m. Oct. 24, the borrower still hadn’t returned the items, the owner reported to police.


OCT. 9 Stolen before 5 a.m.: A Tori Burch wallet, valued at $200, and $800 in cash from the center console of a 2018 silver Nissan Armada parked overnight in the 4400 block of University Boulevard. An unlocked 2016 blue Landrover parked overnight in the 3600 block of Haynie Avenue was stolen sometime before 7 a.m. A locked Trek 3500 bicycle, valued at $500, was stolen sometime before 7:30 a.m. from outside a home in the 3400 block of Normandy Avenue. A quick trip to Starbucks at Highland Park Village left one customer down a brown leather shoulder bag, valued at $200. The customer parked her 2016 black Jeep Cherokee outside of the location around 8:30 a.m. and when she returned about 20 minutes later, the window was shattered and the bag was gone. OCT. 10 Nearly $4,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen between 10 and 10:15 a.m. from an unlocked 2018 silver GMC Sierra parked in the 6400 block of North Central Expressway. OCT. 11 A 2012 black Chevrolet Tahoe, valued at $20,000, was stolen around 2:40 a.m. from the driveway of a home in the 3500 block of Colgate Avenue. Stolen before 7:10 a.m.: a laptop and Ray-Ban sunglasses, collectively valued at $1,250, from

a 2009 white Ford F-150 parked overnight in the 4300 block of Normandy Avenue. Around 7 p.m., a man flagged a police officer down in the 4700 block of Drexel Drive to inform him that he found a purse in the parking lot near the swimming pool in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue. At the time, the police officer attempted to locate the owner of the purse but was told she was out of town. OCT.13 Credit cards were stolen between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from a 2009 white Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the 6000 block of Preston Road. Sometime between 12:23 and 12:40 p.m., $200 in cash was stolen from inside a 2011 maroon Ford Exposition parked in the 6000 block of Preston Road. OCT.15 Pay attention because this one is a little confusing: Sometime before 7 a.m., a Ford key was stolen out of an unlocked 2017 GMC Yukon parked in the 4100 block of Purdue Street and then used to steal a 2018 black Ford F-150 Raptor, valued at $71,310. OCT.19 Sometime between 8:30 and 9:23 p.m., a 2013 silver Honda Civic was burglarized at the Whole Foods parking lot in the 4100 block of Lomo Alto Drive. A white mesh bag containing some miscellaneous pet care supplies, valued at $10, was stolen. OCT. 21 A family hanging out at a park near the intersection of St. Johns Drive and Lexington Avenue found a woman’s small black wallet on the bank and turned it into police around 4:20 p.m. Inside the wallet was a driver’s license, $21 in cash, 10 credit cards, two insurance cards, and a partridge in a pear tree – just kidding, the last item was a lottery ticket. OCT. 24 Around 2:30 p.m., a shoplift-

er took a pair of Golden Wood sunglasses, valued at $1,600. and Dolce & Gabanna glasses, valued at $385, from Peepers at Highland Park Village. OCT. 25 Around 3 a.m., two people walked into the CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane and stole two bottles of dandruff shampoo. Stolen before 7:40 a.m.: documents from inside a 2007 gold Chevrolet Tahoe parked overnight in the 3800 block of Wentwood Drive. The third-row seat and entertainment unit, collectively valued at more than $3,500, were stolen sometime before 8:30 a.m. from a 2007 tan Chevrolet Suburban parked overnight in the 3800 block of Colgate Avenue. Another vehicle in the 3800 block of Villanova Drive also was burglarized during the same time frame. Around 11:20 a.m., an electric grinder, valued at $84 was stolen off the loading dock of a specialty store in the 2600 block of Fondren Drive. Around 5 p.m., a customer asked to test drive a bicycle, valued at $850, for sale at a Snider Plaza store, but never returned after taking it out for a spin. OCT. 26 Around 10:15 a.m., a resident in the 4300 block of Bryn Mawr Drive reported to police that sometime between 11 p.m. Oct 11 and 7:30 a.m. the next morning, the tailgate, valued at $5,000 was stolen from his 2012 black Ford F-150. A night at Honor Bar and Bistro Village was dampened when one man found his $1,200 Lenovo laptop, $600 iPhone 8, $300 Bose headphones, and passport were stolen f rom his 2006 red Porsche Carrera sometime between 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 1:30 a.m. the next morning while parked by valet at Highland Park Village.

OCT. 27 At some point between Aug. 1 and Oct. 27, a black Trek Marlin bicycle was stolen from an attached parking garage at The Gables, in the 4200 block of Lomo Alto Drive, the owner reported around 11:45 a.m. OCT. 29 Two bottles of Dove body wash, valued at $15, were stolen around 1:10 a.m. from the CVS in the 3000 block of Mockingbird Lane. Stolen before 7 a.m.: a 2012 white Dodge Durango, valued at $45,000, from the driveway of a home in the 2900 block of Westminister Avenue. OCT. 30 A weenie dog took a bite of a sanitation engineer’s leg around 11:55 a.m. while the dog was being walked in the 3200 block of St. Johns drive. The woman walking the Dachsund refused to stop when the worker asked if the dogs had their shots. She was never found again. OCT. 31 A 357 Colt firearm was stolen before 6:10 a.m. from an unlocked 2018 white GMC Yukon parked overnight in the 4300 block of Shenandoah Avenue. NOV. 1 While working on a feature film in the neighborhood, a man reported that sometime between midnight and 8:30 a.m., his 2004 green Chevrolet Trailblazer was burglarized while parked in the 4200 block of Oak Lawn Avenue and his wallet and a box containing three audio earpieces, each valued at $150, had been stolen. NOV. 3 Around 4 p.m., a customer walked into All Vac in the 4400 block of Lovers Lane, spoke to a store associate and then stole a Miele Scout vacuum, valued at $1,095. Sometime between 6:10 and 6:16 p.m., a Trek bicycle, valued at $400, and a Haro bicycle, valued at $400, were stolen in the 4100 block of Druid Lane.

8 December 2018 |


TOWN COUNCIL GETS A CLOSER LOOK AT HACKBERRY CREEK Tour of parks another step in master planning process for $5.8M in improvements

MESA managing partner Stan Cowan guides town leaders on a tour of Hackberry Creek.

By William Taylor People Newspapers


n a fall Saturday morning, the community’s love for Hackberry Creek went on full display. Portrait takers, dog walkers, and picnickers were among those using the parkland along the creek, while a troop leader led Boy Scouts on a nature walk, looking out for poison ivy and other plants. Highland Park Town Council

members went on a tour as well – a fact-finding effort aimed at helping them better evaluate the area’s flaws and potential. “Are we removing trees,” Mayor Pro Tem John McKnight asked as consultant Stan Cowan guided the tour, pointing out where erosion is undercutting retaining walls and places where the creek may need new plantings to secure banks. “No. Not unless they are a hazard,” Cowan said. Cowan is managing partner of


MESA, the landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm the town hired to develop a master plan for a mile-long stretch the creek corridor. The plan covers an area from near Byron Avenue generally southward to Armstrong Avenue, including Prather and Davis parks, but excluding locations that cross private property. The town also has budgeted $5.8 million over 10 years in the Capital Improvement Program for projects. Work would begin with a $1.5

million phase potentially in this 2018-19 budget year, followed by about $500,000 annually after that, town staff has said. Public input gathered through surveys and a community meeting indicated residents want the area’s natural look and “Tom Sawyer” charm to remain. Town administrator Bill Lindley said the goal would be to match the look of materials already in the creek area as damaged retaining walls are restored or replaced. The goal: “to keep the charm of walls that have been there 80 years.” Some areas would remain untouched such as where exposed tree roots are doing a great job of naturally maintaining the creek bank – while others such as aging bridges could see some restoration.

New plantings, using native plants, could add beauty to some areas as well as a buffer from traffic on nearby streets. Outfalls, where storm drains open into the creek, would remain, but could be addressed to make them look less industrial. Safety issues – such as existing railings that don’t meet standards – would be addressed. Cowan suggested the town may want to replace a tennis court in Prather Park with a gathering place or amphitheater for concerts or children’s theater. That idea would need more study, town leaders said. “I’m intrigued by the idea that (that area) would be accessible to more residents,” Mayor Margo Goodwin said.

Town Leaders Resistant to Roundabout Solution By William Taylor People Newspapers

Introducing two roundabouts at the intersections of Preston Road, Armstrong Parkway-Avenue, Oak Lawn Avenue, and Lakeside Drive would save motorists 34 seconds on average during morning commutes, according to a recent analysis. The savings in the afternoon would be even greater – 47 seconds. But the cost of such a major rebuild of those intersections – potentially $4.68 million – combined with the learning curve for motorists accustomed to how those intersections work now has Highland Park leaders leaning toward more expedient approaches. “To save 34 seconds is expensive and painful,” Mayor Margo Goodwin said, adding she wouldn’t want to have to explain to displeased motorists why the town had made such drastic changes. “They are used to coming to a complete stop,” she said. “They are not used to a roundabout.” Director of engineering Lori Chapin explained that the town originally planned to do street resurfacing, concrete repairs, and


Consulting engineer Jay VonAhsen explains how replacing traffic signals with roundabouts would keep traffic flowing more efficiently. minor signal modifications at Preston and Armstrong during the third phase of the Preston Road project. However, in recent years the potential scope expanded to include the overall efficiency and safety of the area where Preston, Armstrong, Oak Lawn, and Lakeside meet and reducing “cut through” traffic on neighboring streets. Dallas County agreed this summer to contribute more than $1 million to solutions that incorporated roundabouts, and such a project could qualify for millions

more in Texas Department of Transportation funding. With substantial state funding, the town’s share of the cost could be the same as for signal upgrades and street resurfacing, but involving TxDOT would delay the project for three-to-five years and require substantial time from town staff, officials said. Town administrator Bill Lindley said staff doesn’t get many complaints about the intersections, which have seen few accidents, none fatal. “I don’t see it as a safety issue,” Goodwin

said. “People come to that intersection and know to be on their best behavior. ” She favors the staff recommendation to proceed with concrete repairs, street resurfacing, and signal upgrades – even though that wouldn’t address average morning delays of 70 seconds and 86 seconds in the afternoon. The six-month project would cost $1.2 million. With county contributions, the town’s share would be about $660,000. But Mayor Pro Tem John McKnight said he could see merit in an alternative that would construct one roundabout – where Lakeside and Armstrong meet – because that option, after state funding, could cost the town only about $300,000. It would reduce average delays by 24 seconds in the morning and 33 seconds in the afternoon. A decision was delayed until after council members David Dowler and Jimmy Grisham – who missed the most recent discussion – can be briefed on the issues. Consulting engineer Jay VonAhsen of MSA Professional Services said roundabouts are safer for pedestrians, in part, because motorists slow down when approaching an intersection instead of speeding up to beat a signal light.

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DeJean ‘Knocked Out’ But Not Finished By William Taylor

People Newspapers A few days after her elimination from The Voice aired, Highland Park High School senior Claire DeJean was tweeting about her next performance. “Singing with the – legend – @NoahKahan – at his Dallas show on Friday,” she said on Twitter, “Y’all better freakin be there.” Kahan, a 20-year-old pop-infused folk singer from Vermont, had a concert Nov. 2 at Club Dada. DeJean’s performance of “Hurt Somebody” by Kahan and Julia Michaels during blind auditions won the 18-year-old a spot on the hit NBC show, where she chose Kelly Clarkson as her coach, instead of Blake Shelton. DeJean advanced through the Battle Rounds, where contestants are judged based on duets with other team members, but she didn’t survive the Knockouts, where contestants are paired off, but perform separately. Clarkson chose Abby Cates to advance after DeJean performed “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” followed by Cates, who performed “Because of You,” a song by Clarkson. DeJean reached out afterward to her supporters on Twitter: “Very exciting things to come. I [love you] all. So much I can’t explain.” Highland Park ISD also went out a mes-


Claire DeJean performs “All This Love” by JP Cooper on ‘The Voice.’ sage after her elimination: “We are so proud of all her accomplishments and amazing talent,” the district said. “Claire says the best part of the process was the wonderful friendships she’s made and the life-changing experience on the popular TV show that over 40 million people watch weekly worldwide. “She would like to thank Highland Park and the community for their unending support and can’t wait to see what her future holds. Please continue to follow Claire in her music endeavors. Stay tuned!”

12 December 2018 |

National Panelists Say Museums Should Reach Out More Forum tackles declining audiences, ways to expand art opportunities By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers With years of serving communities through the support of art, meeting with people face-to-face has become an important principle of The Arts Community Alliance (TACA). “This is a really exciting time to be a part of the arts in Dallas,” said Zannie Voss, director of SMU DataArts. “We continue to develop bonds with the community – and it’s an ambitious and caring community.” Voss served as moderator this fall for a panel discussion during the TACA Perforum at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The annual forum focuses on important topics in the art community. This year’s theme centered on meeting specific needs of residents. Panelists were Carlos Contreras, director of marketing and innovation for Albuquerque, and a published author; Jon Hinojosa, artistic and executive director for SAY Si in San Antonio; Elizabeth Merritt, vice president of strategic foresight for the American Alliance of Museums and founding director for the

“Museums are like belly buttons – innies and outies. . . The ‘outies’ are the ones who look at problems in communities and think, ‘Let’s address these problems with museums.’” Elizabeth Merritt Center for the Future of Museums in Arlington, Virginia; and Ken Tabachnick, executive director of Merce Cunningham Trust in New York. They discussed understanding the attitudes, behaviors, and needs of those in communities – art related, or not. There are “declining [art] audiences” across the country, Voss said. “For more than half of the arts and cultural sectors across the country, that’s the trend,” Voss said. “Looking at data, 57 percent of people that have an arts and culture experience for the first time don’t go

Zannie Voss, Ken Tabachnick, Jon Hinojosa, Elizabeth Merritt, and Carlos Contreras. back – not to that specific experience, but to anything. So we need to ask, how can we better serve the needs of everyone?” Hinojosa saw the need for art in the San Antonio school system “almost immediately.” With such a focus on state testing, a focus on the arts has declined, he said. “Our public schools are overwhelmed,” he said. “What happens is the creative youth don’t have a

community or a place of belonging in the public schools. There’s such a focus on academics and state testing, which is very important, but the arts kind of get pushed aside.” However, his youth program, SAY Si, has flourished as a creative center for artistic students in San Antonio. Merritt spoke on the state of museums across the country, including ways she works specifically


with museum interactions with their communities. “Museums are like belly buttons – innies and outies,” she said. “You’ll have people who are very passionate about certain things that they want to share with the world. Those are the museum ‘innies.’ The ‘outies’ are the ones who look at problems in communities and think, ‘Let’s address these problems with museums.’”

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‘MODERN FAMILY’ STAR FIGHTS CANCER WITH LAUGHTER Stonestreet visits patients, celebrates nurses, joins with other celebrities to raise funds


FROM LEFT: Rowland K. Robinson, Karla McKinley, Eric Stonestreet, Pat McEvoy, and Shelle Sills at Celebrating Women Luncheon. mother with his boisterous physical form. Stonestreet ’s philanthropic work also is motivated by his mother. Inspired by her and other relatives who have faced cancer, the actor visits patients and raises funds supporting the advancement of innovative treatments such as immuno-oncology, which uses the body’s immune system to fight the disease. MATHEWMCCABE.COM

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Eric Stonestreet team up for the Ready. Raise. Rise. campaign to increase awareness of immunooncology research.

By William Taylor People Newspapers


iewers of ABC’s mockumentary sitcom Modern Family, have gotten a glimpse of what Eric Stonestreet’s mother is like.

Stonestreet based his role as the gay character Cameron Tucker, in part, on his mom, a twotime cancer survivor. “In the acting world, opposites work well,” he said, explaining the power of combining his impersonation of his soft-spoken, sweet

cancer and how his grandmother survived the disease three times. His mother recovered from kidney and uterine cancers. Stonestreet sat down for an interview with Baylor Health Care System Foundation president Rowland K. Robinson on stage at this fall’s Celebrating Women Luncheon, which drew more than 1,000 attendees at the Hilton Anatole Hotel The annual event has raised nearly $33 million

“The people who are there day in and day out are my heroes.” Eric Stonestreet “Cancer is a bad word,” he said. “But it’s not the same word it was five years ago. It’s not the same word it was 10 years ago. It’s not the same word it was 40 years ago.” The actor recently told a Dallas audience about losing his grandfathers and a favorite uncle to

since 2000 to help Baylor Scott & White Health fight breast cancer in North Texas. “The statistics are staggering,” luncheon co-chair Pat McEvoy said, referencing Texas Cancer Registry numbers of 13 North Texas counties. “Every two hours someone in (the Dallas area) is

diagnosed with breast cancer.” Luncheon organizers also celebrated the memory of the late Al G. Hill Jr., who donated more than $1.5 million to Celebrating Women during the past decade. As Cam on Modern Family, Stonestreet has received 20 award nominations, winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He’s proud of how the role has expanded cultural awareness and helped young people talk about their sexuality. However, his admiration goes to patients who choose to fight their cancers and the caregivers – especially the oncology nurses – who help them. “The people who are there day in and day out are my heroes,” he said, adding his girlfriend happens to be a nurse. In addition to fundraising, he finds his usefulness in being there and making people laugh. Like his character Cam, he’s a trained clown, but also a crier – a characteristic that helps on the show, but not at the hospital. “I don’t want to lose it in front of someone who is at the end of life,” he said. Instead, he aims for upbeat, normal conversations with humor when possible. Stonestreet recalled having to put on a hospital gown for his final visit with one patient. “You never want to be overdressed for an event,” the actor told him. “Tell me you aren’t wearing a tuxedo under that gown,” the patient replied.



The 2018 SMU Homecoming parade worked its way through the Park Cities on Nov. 3, with floats, bands, students, and families aplenty participating. As an added bonus, the SMU football team defeated No. 17 Houston that evening, 45-31 - despite a 90-minute rain and lighting delay.

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Forgettable Gifts Galore In a year with precious little good news, the calendar brings great news for merchants and LEN BOURLAND shoppers in America: an early Thanksgiving – Nov. 22. The holiday always falls on the fourth Thursday of November, as proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln and ratified into permanence by Congress in 1941. Some years it can fall as late as Nov. 28, leaving stores worrying about breaking even by Dec. 25. For those vowing to restrict conspicuous consumption (everybody) but failing to do so (also everybody), our wallets are endangered. Between Black Friday and Santa’s chimney night, there are 32 shopping days. We can pace ourselves. Ha! Sweet reason and logic are not terms often associated with shopping, especially for a family. The adrenaline rush of competitive shopping is in full swing. There is nothing wrong with a festive gift-giving season in the middle of winter, which gives us a glow exactly when the nights are longest, thereby staving off a national bout of Seasonal Affection Disorder, especially in these dysfunctional times. However, just try to recall what you gave or received two, three or five years ago. Can’t remember? Neither can the recipient. I remember eons ago searching for the Holy Grail of the Cabbage Patch doll for my little hopeful daughter. But they seemed to have evaporated from stores overnight. A friend found one in another city and shipped it. That 8-year-old, who is now herself a mother to a second-grader, has no recollection of that doll. That’s the peace you can give yourself. It really doesn’t matter all that much what you give. Nobody remembers. It’s the pleasure of the hunt and the joy of having people to give to. Lately, I’ve tried to go the experiential route with grandchildren when I have the good fortune to have them all together, an increasing rarity. Hiring an art teacher to do projects with the preschoolers, making jewelry at a local bead store were some of my event Christmas gifts. Still, there’s some mystique about having an alluring, beautifully wrapped gift under a tree or in a stocking. So I’ll be joining the throngs online and in the streets to search for the perfect stocking stuffers and probably feeling a bit glum when the January MasterCard bill arrives. Somehow, when it’s the people you care most about in the world, and it only happens once a year, it’s worth it. Len Bourland can be reached at

16 December 2018 |

Music Teacher on The ‘Rise’ With New Album

Flamethrower Shares Tales of Iwo Jima

Emmeline, other artists collaborated on five-year project

A well-decorated audience listened as Don Graves, a 93-year-old, World War II veteran, talked of his time fighting on Iwo Jima. Veterans from such wars and conflicts as DON GRAVES Vietnam, Korea, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan packed the banquet hall at Maggiano’s at NorthPark Center for the November event held by the Preston Center Rotary. Graves, who was born in Michigan, signed up to be a Marine when he was 17 after being moved by the president’s words in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. To this day, Graves still has Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech memorized. “We all loved our president,” Graves said. “He was an incredible man and war leader, and he did it from a wheelchair. We would have followed him to you-know-where and back, and we almost did.” Graves brought his work ethic with him to the military; as a 14-year-old, he worked weekends and three nights a week at a JCPenny store, giving more than half of what he made to his mother. When he was old enough to join the Marines, his mother refused to sign the permission papers until his father convinced her. As a flamethrower, Graves was in charge of “smoking out” enemy soldiers in tunnels along the island. It was, as he put it, a terrifying ordeal, but necessary to claim control of the pivotal island in the Pacific theater. “We needed to be able to land our planes and use the runways [on Iwo Jima],” he said. In March, Graves returned to Iwo Jima as part of a program sponsored by Daughters of World War 2 Vets and brought home a vial of black sand. “And when I went in March, it all came back to me,” he said. “This sand isn’t just sand – you have to think about how many Marines died on that sand.”

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers

By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor Texas native Emmeline Miles grew up memorizing words to Whitney Houston songs and singing to her parents from a kitchen chair stage. Once she heard that people could create for a living, she knew that was the job for her.

“Music is a constant reminder that, however different we may seem, there are lots of commonalities at the core of what it means to be human.” Emmeline Miles The Highland Park High School graduate and SMU doctoral student teaches private music lessons to Park Cities and Preston Hollow clients while using her first name only in her singing and songwriting career. Her new album, Rise , has been five years in the making, and like the journey she’s been on, is about trying to stay true to yourself above all else. “Music is a constant reminder that, however different we may seem, there are lots of commonalities at the core of what it means to be human,” Emmeline said. For the album, Emmeline co-wrote songs with other artists for the first time, and while complete strangers initially, they

Emmeline Miles has students in Preston Hollow and the Park Cities. came to realize that a lot of their fears and hopes were the same. “I’m beyond excited to finally bring it home to the people who have been kind enough to support these songs in every stage,” she said. Through the experience, Emmeline has learned a lot about herself and the music business. One of the biggest lessons: Everyone suffers setbacks and hears the word “no.” “If you really love something, you should never stop working hard for it,” she said. “Quitting is not an option, because progress often happens when we least expect it.” As a teacher, she enjoys seeing the transformations in other musicians. “Students who began as really shy, reserved, and uncertain people have turned into bold, fearless performers who take the stage with a smile and have genuine confidence in their ability to move an audience,” she said.


Since the beginning of Emmeline’s journey, family, friends, her faith, and her rescue dog, Chloe, have been her support system. Friends have been active in her career as well. One helped with the artwork for the album, another took the pictures, and another helped produce the tracks. “I’ve also been blessed with an amazing group of incredible friends who are emotional superheroes with big, billowing capes,” she said. “They swoop down when I’m in distress and let me wrap their capes around me like a blanket. This record is proof of what love can accomplish.”

A L B U M R E L E A S E PA R T Y WHAT: Emmeline and her band will perform songs from the new album, Rise.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 24 WHERE: Opening Bell Coffee, 1409 S. Lamar St.

18 December 2018 |

Animal-Loving Dallas Scholar Discussed During Symposium

Two-day annual event explores writings of institute co-founder James Hillman

James Hillman Symposium attracts a variety of scholars. Participants took a break from their discussions to beat on drums and dance.

By Tim Glaze

People Newspapers Those who knew James Hillman, a pioneering and imaginative psychologist and co-founder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, said he was always around animals. They recall a cat sitting with him at breakfast; a flock of chickens following him around outside his house; or a horse carrying him on one of many rides. “We need the animals, says Laurens van der Post, because animals are reflections of ourselves,” Hillman wrote in his work Animal Presences. “An animal, says the Zohar is ‘the highest grade of angel.’” Hillman’s death in 2011 didn’t keep those who read and subscribe to his work from engag-

ing in discussion. For the seventh consecutive year, dignitaries and scholars met to discuss Hillman, who is considered the originator of archetypal psychology and a scholarly contributor to several other fields, including philosophy, mythology, art, and cultural studies. Animal Presences was the focus as the institute presented this fall’s James Hillman Symposium. Animal spirits was an area of huge interest to Hillman, who wrote about what he called the “culture and the animal soul.” Connecting with animals, Hillman taught, was one of the most important things humans could do. He saw it as a way to reach “a more sensitive, more artful and more humorous place in the psyche.”

“I am suggesting that we dream interpreters not reduce the dream to the symbol but reduce ourselves, our own vision, to that of the animal. . .” James Hillman Numerous educators, novelists, publishers, and analysts – many with backgrounds in anthropology and psychology – spoke during the two-day event, including Klaus Ottmann, publisher and editor of Spring Publications, and Margot McLean, a New York City artist who collaborated with Hillman on many projects.

Ottman, who read excerpts from Hillman’s book during the symposium, spoke about the public’s perception of animals in art. Hillman, he said, always viewed animals in a different way, which is evident in his pieces. “There are animals everywhere in art, but people often view the animals as an aside,” Ottman said. “They’ll be sitting in someone’s lap, or they’re off to the side, or whatever. Artists almost try to sneak them in. But [McLean] and James always make them a focal point.” Hillman earned his doctorate in 1959 at the University of Zurich, where he studied with Carl Jung and later served as the first director at the C. G. Jung Institute until 1969. The scholar served several years as dean of graduate studies at the Univer-


sity of Dallas and was known to collect people’s dreams about animals. “ We would talk about the invisible world of dreams, and what role animals would play in our dreams,” McLean said. “It was a really important subject for James.” McL ean recalled a time when she and Hillman visited a ranch where donkeys lived. Hillman, she said, told her that you had to “share breathe” with animals for them to feel connected to you. “He bent over the fence and got in the face of this donkey, and just breathed into his face, and the donkey breathed back,” she said. “And just like that, [Hillman] and the animal were just fine with each other. He really had a way with animals.”

20 December 2018 |



Neighbor-Owned Hangout

Park Cities Club upgrades look, menu, technology Texas Republic Tavern celebrates

many connections to community By Fallon Lineberger Special Contributor

The Onyx Room has new seating and an expanded bar that lights up at night.

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


n the heels of renewing its lease for another decade, the Park Cities Club has unveiled its first major renovations in 34 years. General manager Mike Davis said the upgraded look was designed with long-standing members and a growing audience of young professionals in mind. The Park Cities Club, he explained, was built and designed in the early 1980s as a supper club by three Dallas businessmen with extensive private club experience. The renovations, he said fall in line with what members wanted: a modern imprint on the club’s traditional look. Club members first encounter the new look upon exiting the elevator. They are greeted with a bright, elegant foyer that’s decked with a black-and-white checkered

marble floor and a first glance at the club’s impressive view that looks over the treetops of the Park Cities to an unobstructed view of the downtown Dallas skyline. Nancy Martinez, who has been a member of the club for 17 years and has served on its board of governors since 2003, said her immediate reaction walking off of the elevator was, “Wow!”

“There’s no golf course. No swimming pool. Food is what we do.” Mike Davis That excitement, she said, continues into the club’s Onyx Room where lush blue sofas create a living room feel and dining chairs that nearly blend into the room’s wall of windows provide an air-


ier appearance. An enlarged bar that sparkles at night completes the look. Martinez, who uses the club both for leisure and for meeting her real estate clientele, said it is always a treat to bring guests in and that the renovations add to that impressed feeling one gets when they arrive. Other notable changes to the club include new lighting and flooring, additional healthier menu items, and an upgrade to technology and Wi-Fi capabilities. Davis described the changes an evolution – a nod to the future. What has stayed the same, though, is what continues to bring people into the club: fantastic service from staff that on average have worked at the club for nearly 12 years. That, and the quality of food, he said. “There’s no golf course. No swimming pool. Food is what we do.”

For restaurateur John Kinzer, food service is less about climbing to the top of the Yelp ratings, and more about community. That’s one of the reasons he conditioned the opening Republic Texas Tavern more than a year ago on securing substantial community support from the nearby residents it would serve. “I wanted it to be as far from Corporate America as possible,” Kinzer said. “People want to come out and have a good time, eating and drinking while meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones.” As friends asked him to open a place like Del Frisco Grille, Kinzer asked them to invest, and 90 agreed to do so. Most of the 90 are married, meaning Republic has as many as 180 duty-bound spokespeople in the community, he said. There’s an owner in the house at 12300 Inwood Road at all times. “A lot of people know each other when they come in,” he said. Republic Texas Tavern, inspired by Texas cuisine with a bourbon-stocked full bar, has hosted philanthropic events, wine tastings, cooking classes, art shows, and an

Oktoberfest celebration. Kinzer emphasizes using locally-sourced products. The interior design features a ceiling hanging made out of around 20,000 corks from bottles drank by the restaurant’s investors. He uses a store around the corner for his printing needs. The menu created by top Iron Chef Kent Rathburn features food specially picked for neighborhood clientele: light Spicy Tuna Cones for lunch dates, savory Shrimp & Grits for an easy-going Tuesday night dinner, or hearty Smoked Bone-in Duroc Pork Chop for concrete sustenance while sipping Select Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Kinzer and Rathburn went to Kentucky to create Republic’s own bourbon at Maker’s Mark. Two of the bourbon’s barrels greet customers. Across from the front door, a horseshoe-shaped bar houses more than 50 types of bourbon. The rear is filled with elegant wall décor inspired by Texan culture, but Kinzer insisted on no wagon wheels. A portion of the dining area can be converted into private dining with a TV monitor for presentations. Recently, Republic hosted an event for SPCA and a Halloween party to benefit Susan G. Komen. “Caring for people is what makes a business,” Kinzer said.


FROM LEFT: General manager James Shull, chef Ray Skradzinski, chef Kent Rathbun, and owner John Kinzer.

22 December 2018 |

Comings and Goings

COMING SOON Merit Coffee

4228 Oak Lawn Ave. A San Antonio-based coffee aficionado has his eyes set on Dallas, including Highland Park. Local Coffee, founded in 2008, is opening two Dallas locations that will be branded Merit Coffee early February.

Rex’s Seafood

Felix Culpa


Freed’s Furniture

The family-owned-and-operated business has shuttered its doors after serving the Dallas community for 80 years.


4216 Oak Lawn Ave. El Fenix owner Mike Karns and his wife have opened a new Highland Park restaurant dedicated to their favorite ritzy vacation spot on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Chef


Nico Sanchez is at the kitchen’s helm with a small menu of dishes such as roasted beet with goat cheese, scallops with smoked potato puree and roasted beet, and baby back ribs with roasted pineapple salsa negra and sesame seeds. Tulum is open 5-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Felix Culpa

3001 North Henderson Take a step back in time; the mid-century modern space offers a whimsical mix of plush decor and a swoon-worthy menu full of new

Merit Coffee


6713 W. Northwest Highway A new, family-friendly location is set to open by January under the direction of Beau Bellomy, who took the torch from his father in 2015.

The Hill

North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane Five new tenants are moving into the new shopping center, with the majority of them opening in early 2019. Among the growing list of tenants, the latest include Dallas-based artisans Empire Baking Company, Bellagreen, Pokeworks, Sauce Pizza and Wine, Sushi de Handroll, and Rose Couture Nail Bar.

American cuisine infused with a little European flare (think grilled octopus or a steak tartare replete with a bone marrow Béarnaise).


Across Dallas A new ride-sharing company in Dallas is looking to turn the traditional on-demand ride business model on its head. Costing less than an Uber Select, the members-only experience is said to provide professionally trained drivers and new vehicles and emphasize experience over the ride. For more information, visit

Rex’s Seafood

COURTESY PHOTO | December 2018  23

HOUSE OF THE MONTH 4201 Bryn Mawr Drive


his beautifully updated home is on a prime corner lot location in University Park. The superb floor plan features formals, an office and kitchen that opens to the breakfast area and gorgeous family room with wet bar. The family room is filled with light and has contemporary touches, including a tiled fireplace and open shelving. A huge up-


stairs master suite has a sitting area, his and her closets and a gorgeous updated master bath with floating cabinets. There are three spacious secondary bedrooms with separate bathrooms, one of which with a vaulted ceiling. The home has a large game room, and the backyard is landscaped wonderfully and large enough to add a pool.

24 December 2018 |



Pegasus program grows rapidly, draws young athletes By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers


hen Spencer Dornin conducted his first practice as the head coach at Pegasus Water Polo, he had just one child in the water. Almost two years later, the club includes more than 80 members and holds about 20 workouts per week at four different venues, including Highland Park High School and the new natatorium at SMU. Such growth speaks to the niche that Pegasus is trying to fill — giving aspiring water polo players in the Park Cities and surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to get involved and grow the sport. “It’s been really exciting,” Dornin said. “It’s been growing every year, and the competition is

getting stronger.” The club is the brainchild of its president, Nikola Zivaljevic, an orthopedic surgeon who grew up in a water polo family in Europe, where the sport is more popular. After moving to the United States during the 1990s, Zivaljevic founded a successful youth club in Pittsburgh. When he relocated to Dallas about four years ago, he saw a similar opportunity to get youngsters involved. “Building the program, we’ve touched a lot of families in a very positive way,” Zivaljevic said. “The kids are in a very healthy sport that’s physically demanding and builds character.” California is the hotbed for American water polo, but its popularity is increasing in other parts of the country. National officials see Texas, with its abundance of


Water polo is growing in popularity in Highland Park thanks to the work of coach Spencer Dornin. athletes and pools, as a key market to continue that trend. “We saw a gap in the market that nobody was serving,” said Houston Hall, a longtime Park Cities resident who serves on the board for Pegasus and for USA Water Polo, the national sanctioning body for the sport. “We’re really pleased at the growth so far.” Dornin grew up playing water polo in Southern California, was a team captain for the power-

house men’s team at UC Berkeley, and played professionally overseas. He joined Pegasus while serving as an assistant coach at St. Mark’s, which is the most decorated high school program in the state. “I just want the opportunity for more kids to experience what I’ve experienced,” Dornin said. “We try to create a positive environment for them to thrive.” One goal is to increase visibility for the sport, but it’s also im-

portant to boost competitive skills. Most members are children ages 8-15, both boys and girls, although Pegasus also serves older teenagers. Plus, with greater interest among high schools statewide, water polo is under strong consideration to become the next sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. “We’re building a pipeline for that,” Hall said. “It’s grown tremendously the last 10 years.”

Ex-Lions Sharpshooter Finds the Right Fit at Cornell Gordon looking forward to Dallas return, Dec. 22 date with SMU By Todd Jorgenson

People Newspapers


Former St. Mark’s standout Jack Gordon, now a senior at Cornell, was one of the top perimeter shooters in the Ivy League last season.

Jack Gordon almost wasn’t a Division I basketball player at all. Now he’s a team captain at Cornell while still on track to graduate in four years with an Ivy League degree. The former St. Mark’s standout is expected to be one of the top scorers this season for the Big Red, which hopes to secure its first winning season in almost a decade. Despite averaging more than 17 points per game in each of his final two seasons with the Lions, the only colleges that seriously recruited him were at the NCAA Division III level. One assistant coach at Cornell reached out, and encouraged him to come to upstate New York — a major change for someone who had lived in the Park Cities since he was 5. “Being in Ithaca is great,” said Gordon, a 6-foot-5 senior guard. “There’s a

lot to do here, but it’s definitely a shift from life in Dallas.” While he’s adjusted to the geography since arriving on campus in 2015, he’s progressed on the court, too. Gordon became a contributor midway through his sophomore season, which coincided with the arrival of head coach Brian Earl. The new system proved to be the right fit. “I started to pick things up a little easier and got more comfortable,” Gordon said. “It’s easy to play with a lot of my teammates. We move the ball really well.” During his junior year, Gordon started 13 games and finished third on the team in scoring. He averaged 7.1 points, was fourth in the Ivy League in threepoint shooting percentage, and scored a career-high 16 points in a win over Dartmouth. Gordon’s improvement coincided with the team’s success, as the Big Red finished in the top half of the Ivy League standings. This year, Cornell hopes to reach the NCAA tournament for the

first time since 2010. Gordon is earning a business degree, although he isn’t sure exactly what career he’ll pursue. Last summer, he worked as an analyst for a group that raises money for private-equity firms.

“Being in Ithaca is great. There’s a lot to do here, but it’s definitely a shift from life in Dallas.” Jack Gordon He has already played in arenas at such powerhouse programs as Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Auburn, among others. But he’ll have a unique opportunity to compete in his hometown on Dec. 22, when Cornell visits SMU. “The coaches hooked me up when they made the schedule,” Gordon said. “A lot of people whom I know from high school will get to see me play in person. It’s going to be great.”

26 December 2018 |

Future Looks Fast for Oliai, Lady Scots After State Finish Young cross country team keeps learning, comes in fourth place By Zach Smith

Special Contributor Susan Bailey could tell by the look on Sophia Oliai’s face that the Highland Park sophomore runner was going to have a good day. Oliai finished fifth overall in the Class 5A state cross country meet on Nov. 2 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, just seven-hundredths of a second behind the fourth-place finisher — a marked improvement f rom her 15th place finish a year ago.

“We’re very young, and we still have room to grow.” Coach Susan Bailey “It’s amazing, totally amazing,” said Bailey, the HP head coach. “It’s not easy doing well her f reshman year and then trying to repeat. She was a determined

young lady throughout the season.” As a team, the Lady Scots finished fourth, yet another improvement following last year’s seventh-place finish. “I’m never happy unless you get up on the medal stand, but am I proud of them? Of course,” Bailey said. “I want them to be rewarded for all their hard work. We’re very young, and we still have room to grow.” After Oliai’s fifth-place finish in 18 minutes, 20.49 seconds, Alli Grace Ott (19:16.65) came in 34th, Cameron Fawcett (19:19.53) finished 39th, Maddy Stephens (19:46.57) brought home 64th place, Phoebe Spackman (20:00.45) finished 74th, Isabel Blaylock (20:13.18) finished 86th and Gracyn Applegate (20:20.50) came in 95th place. Of HP’s seven runners, Stephens is the only senior, and the Lady Scots’ three fastest runners are underclassmen. So the future is bright for the team that has had at least one runner at the state meet every year since 1975. What stood out about this team was its ability to learn and grow on the fly,


Highland Park sophomore Sophia Oliai (right) finished fifth at the Class 5A state meet. After placing fourth in Class 5A (top) the HP girls will return six of their top seven runners next season.

Bailey said. “Just being young and figuring out how to race at a high level makes a difference,” she said. “We were young last year and we’re still young this year, and I think they’re learning. That’s different from some of the other teams I’ve been a part of. I’m pleased with what they did.” | December 2018  31


HPHS MUSIC EDUCATORS TRAIN WITH THE BEST Sabbaticals provide Brumley, Walker rare opportunities

By Spencer Allan

Special Contributor


s the 2017 fall semester wound down at Highland Park High School, band director Reagan Brumley wandered the streets of Tokyo. Months earlier, principal Walter Kelly had approached him with an idea: A privately-funded, mini-sabbatical program would allow the head music teachers to work with professionals in their field. “I wanted to find somebody I look up to, who is a master of my craft conducting-wise,” Brumley said. He contacted Jerry Junkin, conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony, asking to study with him monthly. “I thought he was going to say no,” Brumley said. “But to my shock, within about an hour, I had a reply from him.” Junkin, however, had more ambitious plans than once-a-month lessons. He invited Brumley to observe him working in Japan with the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Wind Symphony in Tokyo. All the high school had to do was fund the airfare and accommodations. “It’s the equivalent of the basketball coach hanging out with LeBron James,” Brumley said. “I saw the guy who was the very best in my field working every day for

“It’s the equivalent of the basketball coach hanging out with LeBron James.” Reagan Brumley a week.” As Junkin conducted, Brumley scribbled notes at a conference table in the rear of the classroom, waiting for the evening when he could ask questions during private teaching sessions. “The biggest takeaway from him was his knowledge of the most minute details of every piece he conducted,” Brumley said. Choir director Natalie Walker embarked on her sabbatical with mentor Doug Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Highland Park alumnus, who was working on a new theatre project in La Jolla, California. When Wright visited Highland Park, Walker, who helped direct the school’s musicals, mentioned the grant. “I talked to Doug and asked if I could be a fly on the wall, and if La Jolla Playhouse would allow me to get involved or assist in any way,” Walker said. Wright agreed, administration greenlit the plan, and Walker traveled to California in the spring.

Highland Park High band director Reagan Brumley visits Japan. “The brain power in that room was incredible,” Walker said. Observing Doug Wright’s team allowed her to discover nuances of the characters in Highland Park’s own theatre productions, she said. The sabbatical program is funded by the Highland Park Education Foundation and La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas, which are providing three $10,000 grants. Orchestra director Tara Cesario hasn’t scheduled her trip yet. “The impetus for the funding was an


effort to help retain our talented teachers,” foundation executive director Jan Peterson explained. “Tools and experiences of this kind are what keep our teachers motivated and excited about coming to Highland Park.” Brumley, drawing on his lessons from Japan, continues to fine-tune his vision for Highland Park’s band. “I’m doing better work for the students because of what I learned,” he said. Spencer Allan is a senior at Highland Park High School.

32 December 2018 |

National Merit Semifinalists The Hockaday School

St. Mark’s School of Texas

FRONT FROM LEFT: Caroline Subbiah, Isabel Peppard, and Sophia Kim. SECOND ROW: Eloise Sinwell, JoJo Gum, Emma Unglaub, and Sara Grace Aldis. THIRD: Ashna Ahuja, Sophie Dawson, and Shivani Ganesh. FOURTH: Nisha Singh, Tanvi Kongara, and Elaine Williams. FIFTH: Meghna Jain, Isabella Yepes, and Micelle Chen. SIXTH: Tosca Langbert and Chaucer Langbert. NOT PICTURED: Helena Perez-Stark and Christina Yang.

FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Nathan Han, Mark Weisberg, Connor Pierce, David Vallejo, Ruoming Fan, Rhys Arana, Shreyas Annaswamy, John Burton, and Daniel Mirochna. MIDDLE: Parker Davis, Max Wang, Dylan Liu, Sahit Dendekuri, Seth Weprin, Connor Cheetham, Owen Ditore, and Richard Shen. BACK: Jack McCabe, Madden Smith, Noah Carr, Jonah Simon, Albert Luo, and Duncan Kirstein. NOT PICTURED: Andrew D. Crowe, Kristof Z. Csaky, Chase E. Honaker, William Hunt, Joshua Kang, Mujin Kwun, Robert D. Newman, and Matthew Y. Zhang.

Episcopal School of Dallas Jesuit College Prep.

Trinity Christian Academy Lakehill Prep. School

FROM LEFT: Will Minnis, Annie Sawers, and Cooper Newsom

FROM LEFT: Ashley McWhorter, Avery Schuster, and Lindsay Bartol

FROM LEFT: William Courtney, Kota Ueshima, Riler Holcombe, and John Madden

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Highland Park High School

Greenhill School

TOP FROM LEFT: Pulkit Gupta, Rishika Kaja, Robert Gao, Emily Budarapu, Andrew Estrada, Manvi Mittal, William Shi. BELOW FROM LEFT: Brain Zhou and Joshua Kwon.

Parish Episcopal

Shelton School

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER: Jackson C. Alessio, Jerry T. Chen, Peter B. Davies, Man Hang Feng, Catherine L. Geilich, Benjamin N. Genender, Kenan Gursel, Matthew L. Healy, Jeffrey Jehng, Enayat P. Kapadia, Parker V. Lake, Justin Liang, Lily K. Marchetto, Eric A. Martin, Luke F. Martin, James J. McGinley, Deven D. Parmar, Halley C. Ray, Katherine G. Reenan, Sameed Sayeed, Calder C. Sinak, Marisa A. Tiscareno, Henry H. Wang, Jack N. Wheeler, Angela X. Wu, Michael W. Zhan, and Raymond Zou.

Ursuline Academy

Katherine K. McGarrity

Etan R. Cohn

FROM LEFT: Sophia Love, Mary Chen, Kaitlynn Soo, Morgan Andrulis, Emma Tanner, Rachel Pierce, and Laurel Wood.

34 December 2018 |

Student Achievements: Seven to Celebrate






The 2017-18 Highland Park Middle School Honor Band won a 2018 Mark of Excellence award from The Foundation for Music Education. For the national competition, bands from all over the country submit their best recording from the spring. This year, 279 musical ensembles from 38 states entered.

Thirty-three Highland Park Middle School Orchestra students earned spots in either the Region 20 Philharmonic or Concert Orchestras and two others were named alternates. For a full list of names, go to





The Highlander Band received straight 1s at the UIL 5A Marching Contest; won first place in 5A competition at the Duncanville Marching Invitational as well as awards for best color guard and best percussion; and took second place overall, as well as top honors for best marching and best percussion at the 2018 Midlothian Marching Showcase where the competition included bands from 6A schools. Also, the drumline placed first overall and earned caption awards for best snares, best tenors, and best front ensemble during the 27th annual Plano Drumline Competition, where junior Nicholas Chang took second place for his original snare solo and junior Zack Shawver took second place for his original multi-tenor solo.





The Highland Park Lady Scots soccer teams drew a large and enthusiastic crowd for the fourth annual Girls with Goals community picnic. FROM LEFT: captain Presley Echols, captain Megan O’Neal, JV Gold top seller Paige Selby, Varsity top seller Bella Mendoza, JV Navy top seller Parker Hart, captain Kathryn Franks, and captain Halley Ray.






The music class Recorder Karate was designed to take 12 weeks, but Armstrong Elementary School fourth-grader Sydney Davis earned her black belt in five, making her the first to earn one this year. Belts are gained by being able to play songs of increasing difficulty.

Bradfield Elementary School first-grader Jordan Neale and her rabbit, Oreo, won first place in their division of the State Fair of Texas livestock contest. They competed in the Junior Buck class, Dutch breed competition for the Dallas County 4-H program.



The HPHS 2018-19 Robotics Club, led by Robotics and Video Game Design teacher Timothy Thomas, has named its club captains. FROM LEF T: Katrina Liang, Grayson McTaggart, Matthew Healy, Zimri Hunt, and Sam Graham. NOT PICTURED: Michael Emerson and Andrew Graham. | December 2018  35

Crystal Charity Ball


Scenes from the 2017 “An Evening in the Alps” theme. This year, the Hilton Anatole will be “A Celebration in Nouvelle Orleans.”

Crystal Charity Ball Transforms Dallas into the Big Easy Claire Emanuelson

By Bianca Montes

People Newspapers


he grand dame of Dallas’ myriad of spectacular galas will celebrate those who’ve helped raise a record $6.5 million this year for children’s charities. True to its elegant reputation, the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball will do so in the spirit of Nouvelle-Orléans. Reigning over this year’s planning and fundraising is event chair, Claire Emanuelson. For the past decade, the southern belle has served in a variety of capacities for the glitzy ball, each leaving a lasting impression. Of those that stick out from the rest, her first tour of the selected beneficiaries in 2007 allowed Emanuelson to appreciate the magnitude of the impact Crystal

Charity has on the lives of children in our community. “The transformative gifts for children’s charities that make an impact for generations,” she said, is what makes the organization and ball important to her. Founded in 1952, The Crystal Charity Ball has distributed $143 million to more than 100 children’s charities in Dallas County. Emanuelson said this year’s theme is a homage to her New Orleans roots and her mother who had been French born in Orléans. Add in the fact that the Crescent City is also celebrating its 300th anniversary and The Big Easy adoration just makes sense. This year, the record $6.5 million will benefit After-School All-Stars North Texas; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas; Buckner

Children and Family Services; Friends of the Dallas Public Library; Mosaic Family Services; Nexus Recovery Center; and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. When it comes to the impressive year, Emanuelson isn’t a one-woman show. There are 100 active committee members, who work tirelessly to raise funds for the organization’s beneficiaries, she said. “The teamwork and comradery of the committee is very impressive,” she said. “The ball is a celebration to honor our donors, so we work very carefully with generous vendors and talented professionals to create a memorable evening to thank the individuals, companies, and foundations who have helped the committee to reach the goal of $6.5 million for eight beneficiaries.” As for what Emanuelson will be wearing to the black-tie celebration, “a com-

fortable gown,” she said with emphasis. Underwriters who give $5,000 or more will receive tickets to the Dec. 1 soiree. C RY S TA L C H A R I T Y B A L L

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 1 WHERE: Hilton Anatole INFO:

$143 MILLION raised for more than 100 children’s charities since 1952

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The Commitment: $592,141 Focusing services to disproportionately under-resourced schools, ASAS engages middle school students after school when violence, drug, and alcohol use is at its height. In the past five years, the program has grown to serve 725 students in six high-need schools.

The Commitment: $752,455 In 2006, the city of Dallas purchased land for a library to serve Vickery Meadows, and the November 2017 bond election included $7.7 million to build it. The library will be a cultural center for families, organizations, and children in this area.


MOSAIC FAMILY SERVICES The Commitment: $666,612 Mosaic Family Services offers emergency housing and is the only shelter in the northern region of Texas with a staff that is multicultural and fluent in more than 29 languages. Clients come from many different organizations including police departments, hospitals, Child Protective Services, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, and other domestic violence shelters.

The Commitment: $766,190 The school serves more than 1,000 multi-ethnic, extraordinarily-talented art, dance, theater, and music students. In 2017, BTW had a record-breaking five male dance students accepted to the Dance Division at The Juilliard School which only accepts a total of 12 men.



The Commitment: $600,591 The year-round programs offered in 18 clubs provide moral guidance, positive role models, and life-changing educational programs. More than 5,500 children benefit from the services designed specifically for them.

The Commitment: $747,681 Since 1971, Nexus has been a leader in providing alcohol and drug addiction treatment services to women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. The Crystal Charity Children’s Center was built in 1999 to house a nursery, preschool classrooms, after-school activity rooms, and the medical clinic.

BUCKNER CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES The Commitment: $1,125,435 Once known for orphan services, Buckner’s focus is to keep children and families together by providing services to decrease the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Buckner Family Hope Centers offer programming in four Texas cities. Plans are underway to build a center to serve the Bachman Lake area.



The Commitment: $1,250,000 The house helps families cope with the stresses of having a child in treatment while away from their home. It provides three meals a day, shuttle service to and from nearby hospitals, and offers a variety of activities and services.

38 December 2018 |


Lee Bailey and Doris Jacobs

Rob and Sarah Bowlby, Clay and Lisa Cooley, and Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Beth and Chuck Thoele


Marilyn Auger with Margaret and Barry Hancock

Paul and Aimee Griffiths with Sabrina and Field Harrison

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Ross Ameriger and Jacqueline Fojtasek

The annual Circle of Angels dinner honored donors who gave $25,000 or more to this year’s Crystal Charity Ball underwriting campaign. On Oct. 17, 130 guests enjoyed a four-course dinner at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The evening, sponsored by Deloitte, featured a contemporary setting designed by event specialists Jackson Durham.

40 December 2018 |



Tim Headington, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and Melissa Meeks Ireland

Dr. Agustin Arteaga and Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime

Dana Schutz, Bill Roedy, and Katherine Brodbeck

Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki with Thomas Hartland-Mackie

Hamish Bowles and Becca Cason Thrash

Harry Scrymgeour with John and Lisa Runyon and Lindsey and Patrick Collins

Elizabeth Chambers and Armie Hammer

Tom Lentz and Marguerite Hoffman

Alan Cumming, Bill Roedy, and Bertha GonzĂĄlez Nieves Alan Cumming PHOTOS BY IRWIN THOMPSON

Nasiba Hartland-Mackie

Oliver Barker

Laura Cunningham and Thomas Keller

Gary Tigges, Cyrus Hadjesmaili, and Quinn Tivey

Geoffroy van Raemdonck and Alvise Orsini

Walter and Laura Elcock


On Oct. 27, the 20th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised a record $9.3 million with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Five hundred people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted philanthropist, art patron and longtime TWO x TWO supporter Tim Headington and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their home, The Rachofsky House.

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Kim Hext and Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Ekaterina Kouznetsova and Don Winspear

Ken and Ellen Burger

Maureen Bello and Anthony Willis

Richard Gordan, Tracy Mott, and John Harpool

Ciara, Bella, and Lisa Cooley

Ian Derrer and Daniel James

Lynn McBee

Nancy Nasher and Joyce Goss

Rhonda and Fraser Marcus Scott and Liz Kimple PHOTOS BY THOMAS GARZA

Model from the fashion show

Steve and Anne Stodghill with Kim and Greg Hext

Kara and Randall Goss

It all began with FIRST SIGHT, presented by NorthPark Center, on Oct. 11 at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Following the next day, FIRST NIGHT, presented by Hall Arts Residences, was on Oct. 12 with a red carpet reception, pre-performance dinner, and an after party crowning two days of celebrations to mark the official Opening Night of the 2018-2019 Dallas Opera Season.

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David Gonzalez and Jim DiMarino

Dave and Punam Shallenberger

Kent Cummins and Lainie Kritser

David White and Gina Zucchet

Paul Hollowell, Doniphan Moore, and Nickki St. George Mitchell Moser, Lexi Dennis, and Michael Bowles

Lindsay Jacobs and Carlos Guzman

Chef Justin Brunson of Old Major

Chef Nick Walker of CBD Provisions

Isaac Boroughs, Myko Jesionek, and Jeff Fielder


Faith Washington, Keith Smith, and Michael Francis

Scott, Kate, and Clay Parks

Sarah Wright and Bryan Curran

Duane and Kay Rettig

On Oct. 5, Chef John Tesar and Terri Provencal presented DIFFA/Dallas’ tenth annual event, Burgers and Burgundy at The Eye at The Joule. Guests mingled in front of the iconic Dallas landmark while sipping on drinks and sampling a variety of burgers created by chefs from all over the nation. The 2018-2019 Style Council Ambassadors also were announced at the sizzling event. The night featured a silent auction of restaurant experiences, gift cards to exclusive retailers, and hotel stays.

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Barbara Averitt, James Leffler, and Susan Duvall

Dianne Etheredge, Amy Turner, Lela Rose, Lisa Loy Laughlin, and Meagan Etheredge Sells

Nita Clark and Caren Prothro


Kim Jacobs Calloway, Doris Jacobs, and Teffy Jacobs

Phyllis Coit, Roxanne Phillips, and Tandy Mitchell

Madelyn, Fallon, and James Hennessy

Donna Arp Weitzman and Bret McKinney

Nancy Connor with Dick and Carole Ann Brown

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show honoring Lela Rose was held Oct. 29 in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas. Fashions were provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The clothing was modeled by Dallas Symphony supporters including staff and musicians, DSOL members, and former debutantes. | December 2018  47 WEDDING




auren Wagner Toledo and Robert Carl Vaughn Jr. were married July 14, 2018 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California. Rev. William Blyth Rolland, Minister Emeritus at the Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, officiated the outdoor ceremony. Pebble Beach was an easy choice for this destination wedding as both families have spent meaningful time there and formed many close ties to the community. The wedding weekend began with a welcome party for guests on Thursday evening in downtown Carmel, Calif., hosted by friends and family. Cozy outdoor fires and the cool evening temperatures were the perfect introduction to the coming festivities. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom on the eve of the wedding at The Beach and

Tennis Club at Pebble Beach. The lush, beautiful surroundings provided a picturesque backdrop for the dinner which was followed by daiquiris and cigar rollers on the patio. The wedding and reception took place Saturday, July 14, 2018. The Monterey String Quartet played during the wedding and for the cocktail hour that followed. Cocktails on the patio featured Cuban themed mojitos and cuba libre signature drinks in honor of the bride’s father, who was born in Havana. A seated dinner followed with dancing in the newly renovated ballroom. A 10-piece band, the VIPs from Los Angeles, played during dinner and for the after dinner dancing. The couple’s first dance was “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs.

George Ansel Toledo of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Elsa Toledo Ashley and the late Dr. Jorge Toledo and Mrs. Gloria Sommerville Wagner and the late Mr. Alden Elwood Wagner Sr. and the late Mrs. Helena Underwood Wagner. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carl Vaughn of University Park. He is the grandson of the late Mrs. Mary Josephine Vaughn Rauscher, the late Mr. Jack Calvin Vaughn, the late Mrs. Jane Holland Browning, and the late Mr. William Webb Browning Jr. The bride was presented in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Lauren wore an Antonio Riva gown from Stanley Korshak Bridal. The gown was made in Italy of Silk Mikado, with a bow and lace overskirt. Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Audrey Matthews Toledo. Bridesmaids included Amanda Elmore Callahan, Caitlin Brady Costello, Avery Cowden Nelson, Dorothy Anne Padgett, Jenna Smith Ramsey, Madison Akerblom Seamens, Kristen Leigh Sebastian, Elizabeth Leonard Stinson, Kaitlin Rebecca Varga, Browning Cameron Vaughn, the groom’s sister; and Anna Kathryn Yanker. The bride’s brother, George Underwood Toledo, and the groom’s sister, Browning Cameron Vaughn, read the scriptures. Attending the groom as best man was Christopher George Jordan Jr. Groomsmen included Trevor Dearborn Dunlap, William Davis Felder V, Grant Ray Garrett, Corey Grafton Howell, Andrew Chapman Imel, Angus Alexander Macdonald, Noah Malone Mitchell IV, William Henry Nelson II, Robert Banks Newton, George Underwood To-

ledo, the bride’s brother; and John Newton Walker Jr. The ushers for the wedding were Dashiell Hammer Crowley, Stephen Daniel Deprizio, Peter Hunter Perot, and Matthew Eugene Strickland. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Highland Park High School. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 where she received a Bachelor of Science in human and organizational development. Lauren was President of the Salvation Army Auxiliary Organization, Echelon in 2016 and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity alumni. She worked for Goldman Sachs and Co. from 2011 to 2018. Lauren was a financial analyst from 2011 to 2013 and a wealth management professional from 2013 to 2018. Lauren is currently the business manager for her father’s medical practice, Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering and in 2015 he graduated with an MBA from Southern Methodist University where he was the recipient of the L. Frank Pitts Oil & Gas Scholarship. Robert was also President of the Idlewild Club in 2015. Robert currently works at Vaughn Petroleum, Ltd. The wedding trip took Robert and Lauren to Australia and New Zealand, two countries where Robert had studied abroad while in college. Lauren had never visited either of them and Robert wanted to share his experience with her. Their honeymoon was the perfect opportunity to go! Upon their return from their travels, the couple has made Dallas their home.





iss Emil y Claire Stanzel will make her debut at the National Debutante Cotillon and Thanksgiving Ball on the evening of November 23, 2018, at the Mayflower Hotel in the City of Washington, District of Columbia. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Andrew Stanzel Sr. of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alfred Stanzel of Highland Park, Mr. James Richard Fambro of Dallas, and Mrs. Cynthia Kay Jones of Dallas. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Frank Stanzel of Schulenburg, Texas, the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Henry Heller of Highland Park, Mrs. Luther James Fambro and the late Mr. Luther James Fambro of Strawn, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Cadenhead of Dallas. Her relatives who made their debut at the National Debutante Cotillion are her greataunt Mary Pauline Heller in

1968, her aunt Shelley Mosley Stanzel in 1988, and her aunt Rachel Stanzel Trowbridge in 1994. Her father was a fouryear member of the Midshipmen Floor Committee from the United States Naval Academy, serving as chairman in 1989. Miss Stanzel is a graduate of Highland Park High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and volleyball captain, receiving the Scot Pride Award for most valuable player, and was named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches 5A/6A All-Star Team. During high school, she served as president of the National Charity League – Turtle Creek Chapter. As a f reshman at The University of Texas at Dallas, she is studying biomedical engineering on a prehealth track and is a member of the NCAA Division III volleyball team and Delta Delta Delta sorority.

48 December 2018 |

Living Well

DAUGHTER INHERITS MOTHER’S LOVE FOR PRETTY PACKAGES Immigrant entrepreneur aims to make others feel special By Bill Miller

Special Contributor


hink back to a cherished gift. Did the wrapping paper dazzle with its color and texture, and maybe include an ornament reflecting your personality? Did the thoughtfulness move you to tears? That’s the aim when Anita Ivancevic gets busy for customers of her growing company, Dallas Gift Wrap Creations (, now in its fifth year. Packages wrapped by her with lavish paper, ribbons, and bows are sent throughout the U.S. and beyond. Ivancevic adds personalized ornamentation like a cascading arrangement of the recipients’ favorite flowers or a beloved motif. Whether it’s bumblebees or golf balls, she’ll find the right “toppers.” “Put it on the gift and watch the response,” she said. “It’ll really make an impact, trust me.” Zac Wilson, a client, said Ivancevic is unusual, because she’ll pick up your gifts, then wrap and deliver them. “This service is a dream,” he said. Another client, Meredith Wallace of Dallas, recalled how Ivancevic wrapped a massive case of diapers for a baby boy, decorating it with little-man suspenders. “I guess the term ‘concierge’ gets thrown around a lot, but she takes it to the next level,” Meredith said. “She just takes the stress out of it and makes it fun.” Ivancevic came to Chicago at age 6 in 1992 with parents Goran and Nermina Ivancevic—her “heroes”—from war-torn Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia. Despite the turmoil, her mother always made things “pretty and

Anita Ivancevic

PRO TIPS FOR WRAPPING RIGHT • If the gift doesn’t have its own box, find one. Straight dimensions give you more control to make the wrapping neat and clean. • Don’t use too much paper; excess tends to bunch up as you fold the ends, which gets in the way of making those perfect corners.

Dallas Gift Wrap Creations is in its fifth year. nice,” especially gifts – a lesson Anita Ivancevic made the most of after moving to Dallas in 2008 to pursue real estate. At the end of each sale, she showed her appreciation to clients with unique gifts, such as a wine decanter and two glasses engraved with their names, new address, and the closing date. “The women would tear up,” she said. One client loved the gift-wrap and asked Ivancevic to dress packages for her. Word spread of Anita’s “concierge” approach; referrals followed. “I did market research in Dallas, and there was nothing like it,” she recalled. “So, I incorporated and started doing all kinds of stuff—corporate clients, weddings,


birthdays, and everything in between.” One of her designs went to Kameron Westcott of Highland Park, a regular on the Bravo series, Real Housewives of Dallas. Ivancevic learned of Kameron’s love for pink and glitter and wrapped the present accordingly. “I didn’t even want to open it, so I slit the sides, and I tried to lift the gift (a pillow) out because it was so beautiful,” Kameron said. “I put it back together and left it under my Christmas tree, and it wasn’t even a holiday present!” For Ivancevic, that was mission accomplished. “The art of gifting comes down to slowing down and making an impact,” she said. “It’s important to make people feel special.”

• Double-sided tape is your friend. Use it! You don’t want to show tape, plus double tape allows for a tighter fit and for perfect creases and lines. • Texture! Texture! Texture! The paper can be solid, but a textured paper will always pop! • Heavy paper, almost as thick as wallpaper, resists tears at the corners. But for children, use lighter paper with fewer gluing mechanisms and less ribbon. They’re kids and they really want to tear into it. You don’t to delay their fun! • Gift toppers are an excellent way to add a personal touch. Dare to go beyond the bow! • Gift cards: there is nothing wrong with them, but they should be beautifully wrapped and presented.

Five Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep Millions toss and turn much of the night, unable to fall asleep – or to stay asleep once they finally do DR. SHAB KRISH drift off. “Lack of sleep can leave you fatigued and with a weakened immune system, which could make you more susceptible to infections,” said Dr. Shab Krish, director of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of North Texas ( She offered tips for those who find themselves still exhausted when morning arrives: • Set your clock to remind bedtime is approaching. Krish suggests 30 minutes before bedtime, which should be the same every night. • Set the mood. Make the bedroom an oasis with dark shades covering all windows and eliminating noise. Set the temperature between 68 degrees and 72 degrees. • Follow nightly bedtime rituals, such as taking a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, or reading. • Use your bed only as a bed. “Doing work or other stressful activities while in bed can make it difficult for your brain to relax when it’s time to sleep,” Krish said. • Rule out a sleep disorder. Experiencing trouble falling asleep, waking up regularly during the night, and snoring are a few of the indications that you might have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, Krish said. “When you wake up in the morning you should feel refreshed,” she says. “If you don’t, that might be an indicator of a more serious problem, and you should consider talking to a medical professional.” – Staff report | December 2018  49


NORTHPARK CENTER HOLIDAY EVENTS Ongoing through December The Dallas mall will be a hubbub of activities, including the Salvation Army Angel Tree, The Trains at NorthPark, Build-ADog-House from the SPCA, pet adoptions, stories, visits, and photos with Santa Claus, a puppet theater featuring Santa’s toys and Scrooge, and a gingerbread building center. Visit and for more details.

‘12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’ Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Through Dec. 31 Stroll through the garden and see the Victorian-style gazebos come to life, featuring each scene from the traditional carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the three French hens, 12 drummers drumming, and seven swans a swimming. The arboretum will have extended hours Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit

‘THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION’ Moody Performance Hall Dec. 7 – 8, 7:30 p.m. The dancers of Avant Chamber Ballet and the singers of Verdigris Ensemble will bring to life David Lang’s choral setting of the Hans Christian Andersen story. This will be the first time a contemporary choral work will be staged with ballet in Dallas. Visit LIGHTS ALL NIGHT FESTIVAL Dallas Market Hall Dec. 28 and 29 A two-day festival showcasing some of the top DJ’s and musical acts around the world. This year’s big names include Diplo, Gucci Mane and Rezz. Visit GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC AT&T Stadium Dec. 29 This year’s Cotton Bowl serves as a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff. Fans from all over the nation will converge on Arlington to see which football team will advance to the national championship game.

HIGHLAND PARK TREE LIGHTING Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The ceremony at the Big Pecan Tree on Armstrong Parkway includes a live reindeer, face painting, carols from the Highland Park High School Lads and Lassies, and Santa Claus’ arrival on a fire engine. The 5,000 red, blue, orange, and green Christmas lights will be on each night through New Year’s Day. ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Various venues A variety of dates Texas Ballet Theater ( has performances scheduled through Dec. 2 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas and from Dec. 7-24 at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. The Dallas Ballet Company ( has performances scheduled from Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland.

OVER THE TOP NYE 2018 Reunion Tower Dec. 31, 11:59 p.m. The fireworks spectacular will light up the Dallas sky with more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects and the downtown skyline as its backdrop. The best vantage points will be on the west side of the Trinity River, along the levees and Trinity Overlook Park or Trinity Groves. Watch the livestream on the Reunion Tower Facebook page. This is a new, 10-minute show with additional minutes of synchronized LED lighting and pyrotechnic effects.

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Time To Start Dreaming of a Sweet Christmas When our sons were growing up, selecting a fragrant, taCHRISTY ROST bletop-size HOME + KITCHEN Christmas tree was an annual tradition. It was “Mommy’s tree.” We would place it on a small table in the kitchen bay window, which faced the street, and adorn it with tiny white lights, culinary-inspired ornaments, and copper-colored glass balls.

“Homemade treats make a thoughtful gift for neighbors and friends, and for our families, they’re part of what makes the holidays memorable.” Christy Rost Each evening, as soon as twilight set in, I would light the tree, knowing it would bring a smile to passersby, while lending its cheer-

ful glow to our kitchen. Long after everyone else went to bed, holiday music and the tree kept me company while I baked late into the nights. Ask anyone – I’ve always had a passion for baking, but never more than during the month of December. Right after Thanksgiving, I stock my pantry with flour, sugar, chocolate, and sprinkles in every hue, and take inventory of my spice cabinet to ensure I have a fresh supply of whole nutmegs, ground cloves and ginger, and Saigon cinnamon. The latter is more pungent than everyday cinnamon, makes a noticeable difference in the spicy, holiday flavors we all love, and is available in the spice aisle of most supermarkets. Homemade treats make a thoughtful gift for neighbors and friends, and for our families, they’re part of what makes the holidays memorable. When I recall Christmases long past, I always think of my grandmother Henrietta’s eggnog pie, and butter cookies with a delicate flavor I can still taste, but cannot replicate no matter how many times I try. I’m also reminded of my grandmother Kathryn’s paper-thin, spicy gingerbread cookies and the anise-flavored Swiss Springerle

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Ingredients 1 12-ounce package bittersweet chocolate chips ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk 2 ½ tablespoons Grand Marnier, optional 1 teaspoon vanilla dash of salt 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut 1 ¼ cups chocolate or white sprinkles 1 tablespoon butter


Place chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat 1½ minutes at 50 percent power. Stir, heat 1 minute more at 50 percent power, and stir again. If the chocolate has not melted completely, heat 15-30 seconds more at 50 percent power.


Remove the bowl from the microwave and place it on a towel or potholder to keep the chocolate warm. Quickly add condensed milk, Grand Marnier, vanilla, and salt, and stir until well blended. Fold in the coconut, one cup at a time, until it is thoroughly combined. Pour the sprinkles into a shallow bowl. With buttered hands, roll teaspoons of chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls; then roll them in the sprinkles. Place truffles on a tray lined with parchment or waxed paper, and chill several hours or until they are firm. To serve, place truffles in foil or paper petit four cups. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

Yield: 45 truffles

cookies she served each Christmas, which inspired the Springerle cookies I bake and ship to family and friends each year. Chocolate is a special tradition from my kitchen – dark chocolate cakes covered in rich, chocolate ganache or a thick layer of creamy buttercream frosting, butter cookies dipped in chocolate and garnished with nuts or multi-colored sprinkles, and handmade chocolate coconut truffles flavored with Grand Marnier or cognac. One taste, and no one would guess these gorgeous chocolate confections are an easy, one-bowl, microwave recipe. It starts with bittersweet chocolate chips, melted in the microwave. After stirring in a few simple ingredients, the mixture is rolled into balls, coated with sprinkles, and chilled until ready to serve. Tucked into clear cellophane bags or tiny boxes tied with gold ribbon, they’re an elegant, decadent giftfrom-the-kitchen. Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays from my kitchen to yours! For additional recipes and entertaining tips, please visit christyrost. com or follow Christy Rost on Facebook and Twitter @ChristyRost. | December 2018  51


PARK CITIES BAPTIST HELPS MINISTRY IN BANGLADESH Charity uses small loans to help poor Muslims open businesses By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers


ears ago, Park Cities Baptist Church gave two members $100,000 to bolster humanitarian efforts to change the lives of those living in impoverished Muslim communities in Bangladesh. That couple, Abraham and Annie, used that donation to open their ministry’s first micro-loan branch in 2008, a program that has grown to 14 branches across Bangladesh, with more than $5.4 million in circulation. GFM Ministries asked that the last name of Abraham and Annie not be published to protect them as they do work in international areas that are not always sympathetic to their mission and goals. With loans that average about $120, Annie said the ministry has helped people living on $2 a day create sustainable businesses and interrupt generational cycles of poverty. Families, she said, gain tremendous dignity when they can provide for themselves, because building themselves out of poverty circumvents survival practices like selling children to human traffickers.

Park Citites Baptist pastor Damon Berry visits the Bangladesh ministry. “For us as a church, it’s been so great to serve members of our church,” said Jessica Lamberth, the mission volunteer coordinator with PCBC. “It’s an honor for us to participate.” Lamberth added that she sees GFM Ministries as an extension of the church – one PCBC will continue to support by funding projects and serving alongside An-


nie and Abraham in the South Asia villages. One of the most successful efforts of GFM Ministries has been building a recently-completed fish farm that houses 60 tanks and will provide 500,000 pounds of sustainable and organic fish, as well as jobs for villagers. The ministry also operates 28 free vil-

lage schools. It built the first medical care facility on a remote island of about 100,000 people and is preparing to build a self-sustaining pediatric hospital. When it comes to how they incorporate their Christian faith into the ministry, Annie said the ministry’s workers merely follow what Jesus would have done: show compassion. “They talk about their motivations and Christian faith if asked,” she said. “A lot of people are looking for hope, but we’re not here colonizing (them),” Annie said. “If you just went in with the Gospel without working on people’s economic needs, you might have wonderful things happening, but you haven’t changed a community.” SERIES: Outside Their Walls This is the final story of a three-part series looking at ways churches serve outside of their communities. We continue to welcome your stories of faith. Email Bianca.Montes@ or call 214-523-5255. For more information about GFM Ministries, visit or call 972-717-9857.

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Former Preston Hollow Presbyterian Pastor Dies After Year-Long Cancer Battle

The Rev. Blair Monie retired in 2014.

By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers

After Blair Monie found out he was dying, he never showed any sense of worry or distress, those


who knew him said. Facing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, the former Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church pastor remained confident in his faith and unwaveringly would say that while

God once called him to preach, the Lord was now calling him home. “I’m ready, and I’m not afraid,” he would say. Terry Price, the church’s music director, said that was an incredibly powerful message for him to take from what could have been an incredibly sad time for someone in Monie’s situation. “He was a true example of how to live and how to die,” Price said about his friend of 16 years. Monie’s year-long battle ended late October. He was 70-years-old. The Rev. Matthew Ruffner said that days earlier Monie asked for him to read from the prophet Isaiah – words that brought great comfort to the moment, “Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted,

but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:30-31) Ruffner joined Preston Hollow Presbyterian following Monie’s retirement in 2014. The late reverend had led the church for nearly 20 years. “I don’t think transitions are always as good as the one I had,” Ruffner said. “I don’t think it typically goes as smoothly, but Blair and I always talked about what a gift our friendship was. “There are two types of people in the ministry world: pastors and professors. Blair was a rare breed with a world-class mind but also a pastor’s heart.” Those who knew him, say he was full of life. Whether making a joke to cut-

ting through tense moments or showing off his skills on the dance floor with his wife, Cyndy, Monie’s friends say they will remember him as gracious in every sense of the word and fun to be around. His legacy will live on through a slew of recognition, such as the Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics at Austin Seminary where he served as a distinguished pastor following his retirement, and the fund at Preston Hollow Presbyterian made in his name to bring in young ministers for two-year periods. “His persona is going to live on in the church until all these people are gone,” Price said about the many who came to know Monie. “He had such an effect on all these people, young and old.” | December 2018  53 OBITUARIES


9/13/1936 - 9/28/2018


ette Lynn Frederick passed away peacefully September 28, 2018 in Dallas. Born September 13, 1936, in University Park, to Seth Burton “Burt” Ford and Marion Louise Ford, Bette Lynn attended University Park Elementary School and Ursuline Academy in Dallas before going to boarding school at Broadmoor School for Girls in Scottsdale, Arizona. She attended Stephens College in Columbia,

Missouri, upon graduating high school. She was the apple of her Daddy’s eye who, prominent in the fashion business, made sure she was always perfectly turned out. After college she returned to Dallas and Althea Humphreys, a vice president at Texas Bank and Trust, thought she and a young man named Hugh Frederick Jr. would make a perfect pair and set them up on a blind date. He became her lifelong love. They married in 1959 in her hometown of University Park, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church and were married for 51 years before Hugh passed away in 2011. Her husband’s career that began in New York at Chase Manhattan Bank and continued in Dallas at Republic Bank of Dallas, took a westward turn to El Paso, Texas in 1971 when he became president of American Bank of Commerce. While in Dallas, Bette Lynn was busy raising two sons, Burt Frederick and Kirk Frederick and was active in the Junior League of Dallas and The Dallas

Garden Club. While the initial move to El Paso was a bit of a shock for them with her big open skies, desert and mountains, they both grew to love El Paso so much they remained there for over 40 years until after Hugh passed away. There, she was involved with The Assistance League and with The University of Texas at El Paso alongside her husband. But for anyone who truly knew Bette Lynn, the first thing they would say about her is that she had an enormous love of all animals and was known to rescue several including “Pickup” her favorite cat “Highway” and “Tilliemarie” her beloved dogs, “Marie Peace”, her dove, as well as many other pets during her lifetime. As a young girl, she had a horse named “Stokes” she dearly loved. Oftentimes neighbors would find birds and bring them to Bette Lynn to rehabilitate. She will be remembered for her sweet, generous and kind nature because for anyone who knew her, they would be hard pressed to remember a time


7/15/1977 - 10/20/2018


eigh Summers Fulgham was born July 15, 1977 in Lamar County, Texas in the town of Paris, and died October 20, 2018 from heart failure in Dallas, Texas surrounded by her family. At the age of ten she moved from Paris with her family to Dallas County and lived in the Town of Highland Park. Leigh was both graceful and athletic throughout her life. She was a gymnast, a member of the Highland Park High School tennis team, and was a cheerleader. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1996. Leigh attended The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas from 1996 to 2001 and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Leigh returned to Dallas after college and accepted a position with luxury retailer, Peacock Alley. Later she worked in the couture department at the Stanley Korshak specialty department store. Leigh was a wonderfully gifted artist and spent her leisure time producing beautiful sketches and drawings. She was an avid reader from child-

when she was ever anything but kind and sweet – a true Southern Belle. Bette Lynn is survived by her loving sons, Burt Ford Frederick of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Hugh “Kirk” Frederick III, along with her daughter-in-law, Michaele Frederick, grandchildren: Rachel Frederick, Hugh Frederick IV, Yardley Frederick, and Waverly Frederick, all of Dallas; her beloved sister-in-law, Betty Jo Graham of El Paso; her son Burt’s partner, Mary Ozenne of Las Cruces; and her cousin Ford Lacy of Dallas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Kirk Frederick Jr., and her parents, Seth Burton Ford and Marion Louise Ford. A memorial was held for Bette Lynn at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 12th, in the Sanctuary at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please honor her with donations to the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at www.spca. org or the American Cancer Society at

HELEN GRAY hood and always had a book in her hand. Leigh was a lovely young girl and an exquisitely beautiful woman. She loved fashion and through the years she continually developed her own wonderful, distinctive style. Leigh married Jonathan Graham Nelson of Kansas City, Kansas on September 1, 2007 at the Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their reception was a beautiful celebration and was held at the Broadmoor Hotel where Leigh regularly spent summers with her family as a young girl. The couple resided in Henderson, Nevada where Graham was a partner with Odyssey Real Estate Capital, a commercial real estate firm. They made their home in Henderson, Nevada and adopted an adorable Shih Tzu pup named Duke. Leigh later moved to Newport Beach, California where she developed a love for the people, the culture and the climate of southern California. Most recently she returned to Texas and made her home in Dallas. Leigh was loved by her friends for her warmth, her kindness and her sense of humor, and she delighted all with her infectious laughter. She was sweet, playful and lighthearted and was sensitive and deeply caring, always available to listen to anyone who was experiencing a challenge in life. Leigh was respected by her family and friends as a courageous woman who struggled diligently throughout her life. She found her greatest joy and deepest sense of purpose in helping others. Leigh is sur vived by her mother Sharon Fulgham Smith and her husband, Douglas Blair

Smith; her grandmother, Patricia Summers Foree and her husband, Robert L. Foree Jr.; her two brothers Daniel Earl Fulgham and his wife, Anita Fedesevich Fulgham, and Patrick Rawles Fulgham; her sisters Anne Fulgham Jones and Gypsie Fulgham Owens and her husband, Mark Spencer Owens. Leigh was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Eldon Charles (Chuck) Fulgham Jr.; by her father, Eldon Charles Fulgham; and by her grandfather Earl Taliaferro Summers. She is also survived by her precious nephews and nieces, twins Thomas Eldon Jones and Henry Goodwin Jones, and Charlotte Mae Fulgham of Dallas; and William Charles Winslade and Ellie Griffith Winslade of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as many, many faithful, loving aunts, uncles, cousins and f riends. An intimate memorial service for L eigh’s family and close f riends was held Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in the Chapel at the Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, with Philip Jones, Senior Pastor of All Saints Anglican Church and Apostolic V icar of the Anglican Mission in the Americas and Pete Deison, Associate Pastor at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, presiding. All are welcome to pay their respects at the family home at 4324 Fairfax Avenue between the hours of 3-5 pm. The family suggests that those who may wish to contribute memorials may consider directing them to the charity of your choice.

8/31/1925 - 10/28/2018


elen Sheldon Gray passed away on October 28, 2018 at her home in Dallas, Texas. Helen was born in Waco, Texas on August 31,1925 and was the daughter of Maude Kendrick and Thomas Guy Sheldon. Upon graduation from Waco High School, Helen attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for 2 years, returning to Texas to obtain a BBA degree from The University of Texas in 1948. Helen was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Helen moved to Dallas upon her marriage to Richard E. Gray. Jr. (Dick) in 1948, and they remained married for 45 years until his death in 1992. Helen is also predeceased by her son, Guy Gray, and sister, Margaret Mixson. She is survived by her sons: Rick Gray and his wife, Leslie; Jim Gray and his wife, Franny; daughter-in-law Debbie Cooper; and grandchildren: Britten Hardie (Scott), Richard Gray (Erica), Brady Davidson (Ryan), Bailey Gray, Lindsay Cooper, Preston Cooper (Chelsi), Sheldon Gray, Davis Gray, Spen-

cer Gray, and Connor Carrigan (Sarah); and great grandchildren: Paydon Hardie, McKenna Hardie, Stella Davidson, and Avery Cooper. Helen was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and the family is deeply grateful for her love, commitment and devotion to us all. Helen was an active member of Park Cities Baptist Church for nearly 70 years. She served on the Board of Trustees of Paisano Baptist Encampment for many years and remained an Emeritus Board member until her death. Her strong devotion to Jesus Christ was an inspiration. She was also a member of The Dallas Women’s Club, The Dallas Garden Club, The Mentor Club, Mary K. Craig Class, past President of The Dallas Lawyers Wives Club, an Alpha Phi Alum, and a former member for over 50 years of The Northwood Club. Helen enjoyed being with family, friends and traveling the world. A Memorial Service was held in Ellis Chapel at Park Cities Baptist Church at 11 am on Friday November 2, 2018. A private family interment service was conducted preceding the service. The family is eternally grateful to Queen Payne for her friendship to Helen and the entire family over the past 35 years and to Amanda Hennessey who provided incredible loving care to Helen these past few years. For those desiring, memorials may be made to Park Cities Baptist Church - 3933 Northwest Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75225 or to Paisano Baptist Encampment P.O. Box 973, Alpine, TX 79831

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Baldwin Makes Bold Move to Better Serve Her Clients

Drawn to the strong foundation of client service, cutting-edge marketing and entrepreneurship at Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Susan Baldwin and her group have joined the luxury real estate boutique. “I’ve admired Susan for years, and I’m excited her team is joining the family,” said CEO Allie Beth Allman. “We’re fortunate to have a leader who is so focused on delivering for her clients.” The Baldwin Group includes Fiona Richards and Missy Townsend. Baldwin was a consistent top agent for her previous brokerage, and has closed more than $50 million in transactions so far in 2018. With a background as a real estate attorney, she is known as a formidable negotiator in real estate deals in Dallas’ premier neighborhoods, including the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. “We came here because I instinctively thought it would be beneficial to our sellers, and it has been,” Baldwin said. “Joining Allie Beth Allman & Associates just expanded the sphere of who was looking at our homes, both online and in person.” Baldwin said her goal is to find the right buyer for each of those homes by the end of the year. And she knows she has the marketing and sales support to make it happen at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.


Chateau Lumier

Listed by Debra Brown, Chateau Lumier is available for private showing. Call 214-478-7543 for an appointment. See more photos at In the heart of McKinney is a 15.8-acre estate situated at 1075 Gray Branch Road. Built by Dallas’ Sharif & Munir Custom Homes, with design work by Dallas Design Group Interiors, this French-inspired estate, given the name Chateau Lumier, is a work of art and craftsmanship. At approximately 15,000 square feet, with six bedrooms in the main home and two bedrooms and two baths in the attached apartment, the estate is a rare find. Upon entering the home, you are greeted by a 26-foot-high entry with two beautiful crystal chandeliers and a marble floating staircase. Spectacular design details include an antique, 1845 communion rail from Tuscany and specialty stones such as Breccia De Vendome marble and African Blue granite. The well-equipped media room has a 123-inch media screen and is located downstairs, along with a formal study and another separate home office. Additionally, the home includes a master bedroom with luxurious closets, a large secondary bedroom, an exercise room/flex room and a 1,000-bottle wine room. Enjoy al fresco dining on the covered travertine patio (with a Linx stainless grill, two mounted TVs and a romantic fireplace) while overlooking the manicured gardens. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty— in all of North Texas and around the world—go to


Rare Find in Old Highland Park

The home at 3517 Gillon Avenue is listed by Madeline Jobst and Ralph Randall for $5,300,000.


Offers Beautiful Transitional Custom in Lake Forest

The historic home at 3517 Gillon Avenue in Old Highland Park has been completely remodeled and expanded by the present homeowners. Situated on a large corner lot across from Lockhart Park, the private and secluded residence is surrounded by more than 80 mature trees. Generously sized formals with high ceilings and many windows provide natural light throughout. The central staircase is flanked by a beautiful dining room, butler’s pantry and one of two offices. Nearby, a spacious kitchen is designed for entertaining with a large island, top-ofthe-line appliances, dual dishwashers, breakfast bar and excellent storage. Beyond the kitchen is an additional dining area and great room with a wood-burning fireplace and French doors opening to a terrace, gorgeous pool, spa and landscaped side yard. The master bedroom has a fireplace, a private study/library, dual closets, a covered terrace and a luxurious master bathroom. Three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a den/playroom and laundry room complete the upstairs. The home has an oversized two-car detached garage with a 1,100 square-foot space above, currently being used as a game room. It would make the perfect guesthouse. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Highland Park, all of North Texas and around the world—go to

In the heart of North Dallas in the exclusive gated Lake Forest community, this pristine transitional custom showcases quality workmanship and impeccable design. Peacefully situated on an interior cul-de-sac lot, the home offers over 4,800 square feet of space accentuated by soaring ceilings and beautiful wood floors. The main living area is breathtaking with exposed beams in a tall, vaulted ceiling, beautiful cast stone fireplace and wall of windows overlooking covered patio, bubbling fountain and picturesque garden. There’s also a handsome library and separate formal dining room. A wet bar and built-in wine cooler complement gracious entertaining. Superb “Chef’s” island kitchen is adjacent to a sunny breakfast room and gleams with granite counters and a full suite of stainless appliances. A separate utility room overlooks a small courtyard. The luxurious owners’ retreat includes a sitting area and bath with a jetted tub, dual vanities and walk-in closets. Both a sweeping staircase in the foyer and elevator lead to the second floor housing another living area, reading room and two privately placed ensuite bedrooms. This stunning home at 7010 Stone Meadow Dr. is offered at $1,415,000. Contact Margot Tschantz: 972743-2891,



Custom-Built Hip Pocket in Highland Park

Traditional meets modern in Old Highland Park home

This custom-built home at 5500 Auburndale Avenue is located in the heart of Highland Park.

This custom-built home at 5500 Auburndale Avenue presents an incredible opportunity for the discriminating buyer that appreciates thoughtful architecture and timeless style. This home features 6,245 square feet of living space with a downstairs master, 4 secondary bedrooms (each with an en-suite bathroom), a half bathroom, 2 living areas, library with fireplace, a well sized kitchen and breakfast room, custom wine room, a slate roof, and an attached 3-car garage. Situated on an oversized 100x160 foot lot in Highland Park, this property features mature landscaping and tranquil courtyards adorned with fountains and gas lit lanterns that provide a private and serene setting. This elegant residence greets visitors with a sunlit gallery style entry, 11-foot ceilings, and a wall of French Doors and windows. Unique custom flooring is evident throughout the home and is comprised of handsome brick and rare Sinker Cypress hardwoods procured from the Bayou of Louisiana. For more information please contact Courtney Jubinsky ( or Ryan Streiff ( Please visit for more available homes through the Park Cities, Preston Hollow and Dallas.

Quiet elegance defines this traditional Old Highland Park home at 3510 Gillon Ave. (3510gillon., offered by Frada Sandler and Peggy & Dave Millheiser. The 1990 custom home, close to Knox Street and several area parks, is priced at $2,995,000 and has four bedrooms and 6½ baths in 6,180 square feet (per tax rolls). An inviting shaded porch, topped by a Southernstyle balcony, welcomes you and invites you into the two-story foyer. Slate tile flooring continues in from the porch and extends throughout most of the downstairs. Dual baths serve the first-floor master bedroom, a rarity in the area. A vaulted ceiling and French doors overlooking the heated/chilled pool, enhance its spaciousness. An elevator goes to all four floors, accessing three secondary bedrooms plus a third floor multipurpose room and finished basement. Two electric car chargers round out the list of this home’s features. To schedule a private showing, contact Sandler at 214-616-6476 / or the Millheisers at 214-616-9777 / peggy@ or davem@daveperrymiller. com. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.


Premier Park Cities Homes on the Market

The Park Cities are premier communities with easy access to downtown and other major centers for employment, arts and entertainment. Students who live here may attend the Highland Park School District, which consistently ranks at the top in academics and athletic programs. Surrounded by the dynamic city of Dallas, the Park Cities retain their small town feel. Homes in Highland Park and University Park, which feature classic architecture and well-landscaped yards, are among the most soughtafter. In these prestigious communities Allie Beth Allman & Associates ranked number one among real estate firms last year in both home sales and listings, according to MLS data. Here are two exceptional homes available in the Park Cities. The five-bedroom home at 3805 Greenbrier Drive is on a desirable block of the University Park Fairway, the modern-style home blends regional materials, historic techniques and modern detailing. The master suite has vaulted ceilings, dual vanities, a jetted tub and large walkin closet. The four-bedroom home at 3104 Beverly Dr. in Highland Park sits on a cul-de-sac of the town’s most prestigious street. It is set back from the street with a circular drive, creating a great play space. The well-equipped kitchen has double ovens. Relax in the downstairs master suite with dual vanities and a large walk-in closet. To find your Park Cities home, visit


Privacy, Luxury and Transitional Design

The home at 3617 Euclid Avenue is listed by Lezley Nugent for $4,195,000. The marvelous five-bedroom home at 3617 Euclid Avenue offers a desirable transitional interior and is beautifully situated on a corner lot. Outstanding amenities include a large two-bedroom backhouse with exercise room, beautiful outdoor covered porch with separate deck and a three-car garage with electric gate. An open floor plan, a warm neutral palette and the great flow throughout welcome both formal and casual entertaining. Flanked by an expansive living room, music room and study, the entry offers wonderful natural light to all three areas. The gourmet kitchen opens to the breakfast room, keeping room and den with woodburning fireplace and a wall of windows with French doors that lead to a large covered porch. The upstairs master suite includes a balcony with sitting area and views of the majestic trees, plus a perfectly appointed bathroom with dual sinks, large walk-in steam shower with body sprays, garden tub, and walk-in closet. There are four additional bedrooms upstairs, each with en-suite baths. The two-story backhouse offers great possibilities for additional living quarters, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor and a first floor with kitchen and living area currently being used as a large gym. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty— in the Park Cities, all of North Texas and around the world—go to | December 2018  55


New CEO Announced

Chris Kelly has been named chief executive officer of the Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallasbased Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew. Mary Frances Burleson, longtime president and CEO, will now focus on the Ebby Halliday Foundation, a nonprofit that honors the philanthropic commitment of the company’s namesake, Ebby Halliday. Kelly’s most-recent position was Senior Counsel with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the nation’s second-largest residential real estate brokerage, where he supported the company’s acquisitions and technology initiatives. Ebby Halliday Companies is owned by HomeServices of America. As CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, Kelly will shape the company’s strategy and direct operations with a focus on driving future growth while preserving Ebby’s legacy of exceeding clients’ expectations. “Mary Frances and her exceptional leadership team set an incredible level of excellence for the company,” Kelly said. “I am thrilled to join this team of immensely talented agents, sales managers, employees and lending and title professionals. The opportunity to help lead this iconic company to its next level of growth and performance is both humbling and exciting.” Learn more about North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage at the award-winning




Low-maintenance W. Highland Park home offers location, space

Preston Hollow & North Dallas Are Great Neighborhoods

Residences at the Stoneleigh

This low-maintenance, move-in ready home is a short commute to Love Field, the Medical District, the Design District and downtown. The four-bedroom, 3½-bath residence at 3700 Fairfax Ave. (3700fairfax. is a single-family-attached home, measuring 3,222 square feet (per tax rolls). It’s offered by Suzanne Altobello with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $640,000. The entrance consists of a NOLA-esque gated courtyard and patio. Highlights include a downstairs master suite with sitting area and fireplace, and a private home office with built-ins. With its flexible, open floor plan, it’s an excellent place to entertain. There are two open living areas downstairs, one with a fireplace designed by renowned Dallas interior designer, Brant McFarlain, and one with custom mahogany builtins. Upstairs are three bedrooms, two full baths and builtins for extra storage. At the top of the grand staircase, is a big open media area with TV, sound wiring and all AV equipment included. To schedule a private showing, contact Altobello at 214-335-8219 or Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (daveperrymiller. com) is a division of Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with five locations that specialize in Preston Hollow, Park Cities, North Dallas, Lakewood, East Dallas, Uptown, Oak Cliff and Farm & Ranch properties.

The sales of $1 million-plus homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are up by 9 percent over last year. And Allie Beth Allman & Associates continues to sell the most million-dollar homes by volume in Dallas County. Many of those million-dollar homes are in Preston Hollow, where the Allman firm last year was the top brokerage firm. Here are outstanding estate homes Allman associates believe could be your dream home. On a premium 1-acre lot in Preston Hollow stands a five-bedroom, newly constructed estate. The home at 5400 Edlen Dr. has a well-equipped kitchen, wine room and two wet bars. On the second floor is a theater, game room and exercise room with a stairs from the master suite. The five-bedroom custom home at 6346 Desco Dr. in Preston Hollow sits on a large corner lot. It has custom finishes inspired by Paris’ Baccarat Museum. The kitchen has a large island, and the master suite has a custom closets and a marble shower. Also available is the five-bedroom home at 4206 Valley Ridge Rd. Custom-built in 2002, the Georgian-inspired home has had one owner and is low maintenance and energy efficient. One bedroom downstairs with an office could be the master suite. For more, visit

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Stunning new two-bedroom with study, luxury high-rise home on the 9th floor of the incomparable Residences at the Stoneleigh. Two terraces offer incredible views of Uptown and Turtle Creek. Hand scraped hardwood floors throughout and designer stone finishes in kitchen, gourmet kitchen is equipped with Viking stainless steel appliances including 5 burner gas cook top, wall oven, microwave, full size side by side refrigerator freezer. Spa-like master bath features soaking tub, oversized shower, double vanities and his and hers closets. 2 assigned in-garage parking spaces and private storage unit included. Building amenities include media room, club room with catering kitchen, fitness center, pool and private dog park. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214.538.1310 |

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The home at 4517 Southern Avenue is listed by Kate Mote for $2,349,000. Welcome home to this exquisite five bedroom, newly updated manse with lush backyard and pool in Highland Park. The marble entry reveals a timeless, center-hall floor plan and iron work staircase. The freshly painted home features 11-foot ceilings, extensive moldings, designer hardware and dark, scraped hardwood floors. The gourmet-ready kitchen includes Viking appliances, double commercial-grade sinks and fixtures and double Bosch dishwashers. A drink chiller, two warming drawers and a large walkin pantry with small computer station complete the space. The first floor also includes a home office and a serve-out catering kitchen/drinktending station. Relax in a master-suite retreat with double balconies and French doors, a gas-log fireplace and dry bar. The luxurious marble and granite bathroom has double vanities, a jetted tub and a separate shower with specialty sprays. Two en-suite bedrooms are generously sized with baths that open to a flex space/large game room on the second floor. The third floor features two bedrooms and two baths with a common area and a mini kitchen/snack bar. A double set of French doors opens onto a private backyard retreat with plunge pool. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in the Park Cities all of North Texas and around the world—go to

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