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PrestonHollowPeople DECEMBER 2018 VOLUME 14 NO. 12
“THE BEST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER IN TEXAS”
Annual ball celebrates $6.5 million in gifts to benefit eight children’s organizations, including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. PAGE 32
COURTESY BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
ART EXPERTS DISCUSS ROLE OF MUSEUMS IN COMMUNITIES
PRESTON HOLLOW ACTRESS STARS IN LIFETIME MOVIE
CHURCH MINISTERS TO BANGLADESH COMMUNITY
Panelists from around the country converged in Dallas to discuss opportunities for cultural institutions to engage better the residents they serve.
After performing in local theatre, Ella West Jerrier, 12, landed a role in a Lifetime movie, a thriller that focuses on mental health and recognizing online dangers.
The final story in a three-part series looks at community outreach from a local church that supports mission work in Bangladesh.
2 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
REASONS FOR GIVING, VOLUNTEERING
n a recent Sunday at church, I was making an appeal to the congregation to support our food pantry, the Holy Trinity Center. While practicing my talk, I concluded I didn’t want to just 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 32. During the holiday season there will be plenty of opportunities to give, and yes, please open your check books, but I encourage you to also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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4 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Crime S KU L D U G G E RY of the MO NTH
EAT MOR CHIKIN
CRIME REPORT OCT. 8 - NOV. 4 OCT. 8 Merchandise was stolen around 4:30 p.m. from the AT&T store at the Preston Royal shopping center. Stolen around 9 p.m.: merchandise from Macy’s at NorthPark Center. OCT. 9 Stolen before 6:11 a.m.: a vehicle parked overnight in the 4700 block of Wildwood Road. Around 3 p.m., a customer at Cornerstone Animal Clinic in the 11900 block of Preston Road bought merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill.
We know Texans love them some Chick-fil-A, but using fake money to buy some is going too far. Apparently, it was worth it to one person to take a walk on the wild side and use the counterfeit money for a good meal at the location in the 3800 block of W. Northwest Highway, management reported to police around 2 p.m. Oct. 30.
Around 7 p.m., a resident in the 7700 block of Greenway Boulevard reported his apartment had been burglarized. OCT. 10 Stolen before 9:30 a.m.: property from a vehicle parked overnight in the 6300 block of Northwood Road. OCT. 11 Around 6 a.m., the front door of ClothesHorse Anonymous in Preston Forest Village was pried open and merchandise was stolen. Around 5:10 p.m., a customer at iFix Phone Repair in the 5900 block of Forest Lane took his or her phone from the store after it was repaired without paying for the work done.
Center regarding a shoplifting incident. Around 9:30 a.m., merchandise was stolen from Ulta at Preston Forest Village. A vehicle parked in the 5300 block of Lovers Lane was burglarized around 11:30 p.m. Sometime before noon, the tires and rims were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. A vehicle parked in the 8700 block of Rexford Drive was stolen around 2:45 p.m. OCT. 14 Stolen before 10:36 a.m.: property from a vehicle parked overnight in the 11100 block of Eastview Circle. Property was stolen from a vehicle around noon while parked in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. Around 6 p.m., merchandise was reported stolen from the Gap at Inwood Village. OCT. 15 Sometime before 8:35 a.m., the Stop and Shop convenience store in the 5300 block of Lemmon Avenue was burglarized. Stolen before 10:40 a.m.: a vehicle from a home in the 5800 block of Meaders Lane.
OCT. 20 Stolen before 4:45 a.m.: a vehicle parked at the Preston Valley Shopping Center. OCT. 21 A resident in the 7200 block of Inwood Road reported to police around 10:45 a.m. that his home had been burglarized the prior day. Around 4:05 p.m., merchandise was stolen from Macy’s at NorthPark Center. OCT. 22 Merchandise was reported stolen around 9 a.m. from Gucci at NorthPark Center. A vehicle parked in the 4700 block of Wildwood Lane was stolen sometime before 4:11 p.m. Around 6:20 p.m., a vehicle in the 11700 block of Preston Road was burglarized. OCT. 23 Stolen before 8:30 a.m.: property from a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Bonham Street. OCT. 24 A vehicle parked in the 4900 block of Stanford Avenue was stolen sometime before 7:50 p.m. OCT. 25 A home in the 4500 block of Cedarberry Drive was burglarized around 9:10 a.m. Property was stolen around 4:30 p.m. from the AT&T store in the 5900 block of Royal Lane.
Sometime before 5:45 p.m., merchandise was stolen f rom the Verizon Wireless store in the 5900 block of Northwest Highway.
OCT. 16 Stolen before 9:48 a.m.: property from inside a 2016 Cadillac parked in the 11300 block of Hillcrest Road.
Medication from a 32-year-old man’s backpack was stolen around 6:45 p.m. at Preston Forest Village.
Around 9 p.m., a vehicle was burglarized in the 5000 block of Harvest Hill Road.
Merchandise was stolen around 6:30 p.m. from the Ulta in Preston Forest Village shopping center.
OCT. 12 A 43-year-old man was assaulted around 1 a.m. in the 6300 block of Park Lane.
OCT. 18 A homeowner in the 6600 block of Deloache Avenue reported at 3:50 p.m. that his vehicle had been burglarized the prior day.
OCT. 26 A firearm was stolen from an unlocked vehicle sometime before 10:16 a.m. while parked in the 4300 block of Fawnhollow Drive.
OCT. 19 Stolen before 8:22 a.m.: the rims and tires off of a 2017 GMC Yukon Denali parked in the 7700 block of West Greenway Boulevard.
Around 10:30 p.m., a vehicle owner reported to police that his car was burglarized while parked in the 8700 block of Rexford Drive.
Stolen before 7:30 a.m.: a vehicle parked overnight in the 5800 block of Boca Raton Driver. Around 10:48 a.m., a vehicle was stolen from the 7200 block of Azalea Lane. Property was stolen around 3:35 p.m. from a vehicle parked in the 7000 block of Orchid Lane. OCT. 13 Just before 9 a.m., police were dispatched to Gucci at NorthPark
The gates of a home in the 5300 block of Park Home were locked sometime before 11:40 a.m., preventing the exit of the homeowner.
A vehicle was damaged around 5:45 p.m. while parked in the 12300 block of Inwood Road.
OCT. 27 Stolen before 1:26 a.m.: the rear license plate from a vehicle parked overnight in the 5000 block of West Lovers Lane. Sometime before 6 a.m., a vehicle parked in the 6700 block of
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Northmoor Drive was broken into. Nothing was stolen. Around 6:30 p.m., a homeowner in the 6100 block of Yorkshire Drive reported to police that her property had been intentionally damaged the prior day. OCT. 28 Damaged before 1 a.m.: the door of a vehicle parked in the 5900 block of Azalea Lane. A vehicle parked in the 4600 block of Forest Lane was burglarized sometime before 7:15 a.m. OCT. 30 Around 11 a.m., a home in the 7000 block of Inwood Road was burglarized. A 20-year-old man reported he was assaulted around 3:35 p.m. while in the 11300 block of Preston Road. OCT. 31 Before noon, a vehicle parked overnight in the 6200 block of Northwood Road was burglarized. Just before 7 p.m., a package was stolen from the front porch of a home in the 5000 block of Forest Bend Road. NOV. 1 Two vehicles at separate residences in the 6700 block of Glendora Avenue were burglarized overnight before 8:15 a.m. A vehicle was burglarized around 9:20 p.m. while parked at the Embassy Suites in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway. NOV. 2 Around 4:10 a.m., the front door of Dougherty’s Pharmacy in the 5900 block of Royal Lane was damaged in a burglary attempt. NOV. 3 Around 1:20 p.m., merchandise was stolen from a Texaco gas station in the 12900 block of Preston Road. NOV. 4 Stolen before 9:11 a.m.: a vehicle parked overnight in the 5500 block of Meaders Lane. A vehicle was stolen around 7:30 p.m. while parked in the 12900 block of Preston Road.
8 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
ONCOR PAUSES TREE REMOVAL, BUT FOR HOW LONG? Officials examine impact of project on neighborhood, tollway
BIANCA R. MONTES
By Bianca R. Montes People Newspapers
ABOVE: Bonnie Brown watches Oncor workers trim trees behind her Quincy Lane home. BELOW: Signs protesting tree removal line Oncor right of way.
art of Bonnie Brown’s morning ritual includes sitting at her dining room table by 5:30 a.m. and watching the sunrise as she studies the Bible. The rustling of trees that lie in between her Melshire Estates home and the Dallas North Tollway play a part in the morning meditation. However, whether those trees would be there much longer remained unknown as the newspaper headed to press on Nov. 12. In late October, Oncor began cutting down dozens of trees in the North Dallas neighborhood, some of which were more than 30-yearsold. The deforestation was needed to start a capital improvement plan to
install new transmission lines, Oncor communication manager Grant Cruise said. The company said new lines are being put in from Dallas to Plano along the Dallas North Tollway as part of a $17 million transmission line replacement project. Those plans were recently put on pause after an impromptu meeting with the city of Dallas and the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). But reasons given for the pause varied based on who was asked. Oncor officials said it was to both allow NTTA to study ways to provide better noise abatement stemming from the removal of the trees, as well as to give NTTA more time to review Oncor’s operational plans.
“The trees not only help in noise attenuation but provide so much more: They filter much of the dust, dirt, and exhaust emission caused by the DNT.” Richard Brown According to NTTA, the only concern was whether the work would impact the toll road. NTTA media relations manager Michael Rey stressed that whatever
happened was Oncor’s action alone, as it is their right of way, and that the trees only provide “visual barrier” and the wall is what assists with noise pollution. In the interim, Oncor will continue to cut a 50-foot perimeter around the lattice towers, which is necessary for the safe removal of six towers and the installation of new monopoles. Crews also may trim some of the taller trees. Brown and her husband, Richard, have both been vocal about the removal of the trees, as they were decades ago when they advocated for the wall to be built between their neighborhood and the tollway. “At that time, Melshire Estates was the only residential area abutting the DNT that did not have a wall,” Richard Brown said. “We made it our mission to correct that glaring omission.” While the neighborhood did get its wall, he said the NTTA cut costs by building a shorter wall than the study they paid for advised and justified it by planting a significant number of trees. “The wall only attenuates noise. The trees not only help in noise attenuation but provide so much more: They filter much of the dust, dirt, and exhaust emission caused by the DNT,” he wrote in a statement. When asked what the best resolution to the problem might be, the Browns and Oncor officials agree: Build a taller wall. NTTA officials said they’re not considering that as an option. “The sound walls are good. That is not going to change,” Rey said.
10 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
Broadnax Touts Need To Work Together By Tim Glaze
People Newspapers As North Texas continues to grow, taking advantage of opportunities and tackling challenges requires an all-in approach from the private and governmental sectors, Dallas’ city manager says. “In order to accomplish all of the city’s goals, we must partner and collaborate with others and develop solutions together,” T.C. Broadnax said. “This takes the collective action of the city, nonprofits, businesses, neighborhood organizations, the faith community, and every resident.” Broadnax, who was hired as Dallas’ city manager in 2017 following a five-year stint at the same position in Tacoma, Washington, has worked to adapt to the “enormous” growth seen in Dallas and its surrounding suburbs. “We strive for customer service for all residents and visitors of this city,” he told the Rotary Club of Park Cities this fall during a speech titled Leadership Challenges for Dallas. Broadnax identified key issues for the city, including making the most of the bond programs and addressing housing policies, transportation strategies, and homelessness – a high priority in the city budget. His other goals include raising police and fire pay, leveraging bond funds to improve roads, and increasing economic development. “There are so many different issues and
Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax says he’s focused on service. projects going on in the city right now,” he said. In Tacoma, Broadnax said, he addressed several budget deficits - a $30 million midyear budget deficit his first year on the job and a $63 million projected deficit on his first biennial budget. One of his hallmarks is transparency, something he hopes to bring to issues in Dallas such as the budget and other financial projects, he said. His work in Dallas so far has been enjoyable, thanks in part to the city employees he interacts with every day.
12 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
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.’”
14 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
‘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
cle to 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 un-
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.
SMU HOMECOMING PARADE
P H O T O S B Y C H R I S M C G AT H E Y
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 email@example.com.
16 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com
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
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 | prestonhollowpeople.com
HILLCREST RUNNER A FAST LEARNER Reynolds looks to lead Panthers to bright future By Todd Jorgenson
hen Jacob Ramon arrived at Hillcrest High School in late July, it didn’t take long for him to pick Nasir Reynolds out of the crowd.
“I like putting the team on my back. I think we’ll be good in the next year or two.” Nasir Reynolds Like his head coach, Reynolds was new on campus. After moving to Dallas from Danville, Virginia, during the summer, the quiet and unassuming sophomore didn’t make an immediate impression — until he got on the field. “He stood out because he’s a lot faster than everybody else,” Ramon said. “He didn’t say much, but he showed up every day and did every-
thing you asked him to do. And he did it fast.” Just like that, Ramon found the focal point for his offense. Despite Hillcrest’s struggles, Reynolds sped past opposing defenses all season, finishing with more than 2,000 rushing yards, or more than 200 per game. He averaged in excess of 11 yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns, which is especially impressive considering the Panthers only won two games during a rebuilding year. “I like putting the team on my back,” Reynolds said. “I think we’ll be good in the next year or two.” Reynolds rushed for 140 yards during the first quarter of the season opener against Fort Worth Poly, and had two touchdown runs of more than 70 yards before halftime in that game. “I knew he was going to be something special,” Ramon said. “But he was out of gas in the fourth quarter.” So while most Hillcrest starters
Sophomore Nasir Reynolds has emerged as one of the top running backs in the Dallas area. play both offense and defense, Hillcrest coaches cut back on the defensive snaps for Reynolds to help conserve his energy. Bigger games followed, including a 339-yard, six-touchdown performance in a win over North Dallas. Reynolds didn’t even start playing football until two years ago, at the encouragement of some of his eighth-grade classmates in Danville. He became the starting JV running back last year as a freshman.
“I started really growing a passion for the game, so I kept rolling with it,” said Reynolds, who also plans to compete in basketball and track for the Panthers. “I worked on my craft and my speed. I wound up getting the starting spot.” The move to Texas coincided with his father getting a new job. But while he reluctantly had to leave some family and friends behind, he’s enjoying his new surroundings. “That’s the one thing I thought
about on the way down here. . . football,” Reynolds said. “They welcomed me with open arms. It wasn’t hard getting acclimated.” As Ramon tries to build the Hillcrest program, he said players already have gravitated to Reynolds, a straight-A student with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. “He’s the nucleus of our team,” Ramon said. “He’s the total package. We’re blessed to have him.”
Ex-Lions Sharpshooter Finds the Right Fit at Cornell Gordon looking forward to Dallas return, Dec. 22 date with SMU By Todd Jorgenson
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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.”
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WITH A NOD TO THE FUTURE
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.
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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.
The family-owned-and-operated business has shuttered its doors after serving the Dallas community for 80 years.
NOW OPEN Tulum
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.
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
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.
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 ridealto.com.
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH 5251 Ravine Drive
his home pro vides a r are opportunity to live in one of the most coveted areas in Old Preston Hollow. Nestled on the curve of Ravine Drive, the home is a stunning blend of classic traditional and modern tastes. Built in 1938, it was expanded many years later to include the great room, a twostory, windowed sanctuary that overlooks
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the diving pool and lush landscaping to effectively bring the outdoors inside. The spacious master bedroom, located downstairs, enjoys the same pastoral view of the gardens and a fountain on the east side, and looks out on a putting green to the west. Most of the upstairs rooms have the full view out of the great room windows.
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‘TERROR IN THE WOODS’ AND ON THE WEB
Ella West Jerrier (right) stars in a scary Lifetime thriller.
By Jordan Kiefer
ince she was 2 years old, Ella West Jerrier wanted to be on stage. The Preston Hollow resident started with dance, became interested in acting, and began performing in local plays and musicals. “She’s always had a really big personality and has never been a shy kid,” her father, Jay Jerrier, said. After a dance teacher/acting friend introduced her to an agent at The Campbell Agency, she did a few commercials, print ads, and industrial training videos. Ella, now 12, improved her acting skills by working at the Acting for Film School in Lewisville and with Cynthia Bain’s Young Actors Studio in Los Angeles, and starred in her first television movie this fall. Lifetime’s Terror in the Woods follows two best friends, Rachel ( Jerrier) and Kaitlyn (Sophie Grace), who become entangled with a spooky Internet-based urban legend. The controversial thriller deals with such weighty issues as mental health and online safety – heady topics for a preteen actress.
“She has always been very safety-focused, so this movie was a good reminder of how things can escalate so quickly and to be aware of things – especially with this being based on true events,” her father said. Aside from a couple of heavy days of shooting, the whole experience was a blast for Ella and her family.
“I love the challenge of trying to make the audience feel sympathy for your character – even if she may not be such a nice person.” Ella West Jerrier “Well, all days weren’t as intense as you would think, but research was key for this part, and being on set with my best friends always makes me happy,” Ella said. “I am just honored to be a part in this powerful message.” Child actors are limited to only so many hours of work per day, so there was an on-set teacher to make sure the children did schoolwork,
and there was always an advocate present to make sure the kids were safe and not stressed out, Jay Jerrier said. Oddly enough, Ella said she worked longer days in her normal life between school and dancing than she did on set. As a result, it felt more like fun than an actual job, she said, adding she became great friends with her co-stars and the crew, learned so much about filming, and loved being on set. “I love having the ability to tell a story and the power to be able to help people,” Ella said. “I love the challenge of trying to make the audience feel sympathy for your character – even if she may not be such a nice person.” Her father’s advice for children interested in acting: Don’t just memorize the lines; also understand the intent behind them. Everyone has to be prepared every single day on set. Enjoy the opportunity, regardless of whether it goes beyond the audition or not, he said. “You should really treat every audition as a 3-4-minute show starring you. If it goes beyond the audition – all the better.”
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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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FROM LEFT: Pulkit Gupta, Rishika Kaja, Robert Gao, Emily Budarapu, Andrew Estrada, Manvi Mittal, and William Shi. NOT PICTURED: Joshua Kwon and Brain Zhou.
Katherine K. McGarrity
Etan R. Cohn
FROM LEFT: Sophia Love, Mary Chen, Kaitlynn Soo, Morgan Andrulis, Emma Tanner, Rachel Pierce, and Laurel Wood.
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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
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: crystalcharityball.org
$143 MILLION raised for more than 100 children’s charities since 1952
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BENEFICIARIES AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS NORTH TEXAS
FRIENDS OF THE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
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.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER DALLAS
NEXUS RECOVERY CENTER
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.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS
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.
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CIRCLE OF ANGELS
Lee Bailey and Doris Jacobs
Rob and Sarah Bowlby, Clay and Lisa Cooley, and Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse
Beth and Chuck Thoele
Robyn and Don Conlon PHOTOS BY DANA DRIENSKY
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 yearâ€™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.
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DSOL’S FASHION NOTES LUNCHEON AND STYLE SHOW
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
Bronwyn Cordiak PHOTOS BY DANA DRIENSKY
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.
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TWO X TWO FOR AIDS AND ART
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
Laura Cunningham and Thomas Keller
Gary Tigges, Cyrus Hadjesmaili, and Quinn Tivey
Geoffroy van Raemdonck and Alvise Orsini
Walter and Laura Elcock
A N D K E V I N TA C H M A N
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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FIRST SIGHT, FIRST NIGHT DALLAS OPERA
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
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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BURGERS AND BURGUNDY AT THE EYE
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
Terri Provencal and John Tesar PHOTOS BY JOSEPH BREWSTER AND THOMAS GARZA
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/Dallasâ€™ 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.
44 December 2018 | prestonhollowpeople.com WEDDING
LAUREN TOLEDO & ROBERT VAUGHN JR.
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.
EMILY CLAIRE STANZEL | NATIONAL DEBUTANTE COTILLION AND THANKSGIVING BALL
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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.
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DAUGHTER INHERITS MOTHER’S LOVE FOR PRETTY PACKAGES Immigrant entrepreneur aims to make others feel special By Bill Miller
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 (giftwrapcreations.com), 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
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 (krish.com). 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
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THINGS TO DO COURTESY PHOTOS
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 northparkcenter.com and thetrainsatnorthpark.com 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 dallasarboretum.org.
‘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 avantchamberballet.org. 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 lightsallnight.com. 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 (texasballettheater.org) 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 (dallasballetcompany.org) 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.
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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@ peoplenewspapers.com or call 214-523-5255. For more information about GFM Ministries, visit GFMMinistries.org 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.”
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING CONTENT ALLIE BETH ALLMAN
Baldwin Makes Bold Move to Better Serve Her Clients
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Passive and Perfect at Home
The home at 3846 Lively Circle is listed by Vicki White for $1,044,000.
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Situated on a deep .689-acre lot, this Preston Hollow property is a glorious retreat where the backyard paradise winds along a private lake and boasts a saltwater pool and outdoor living area with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in grill. The interior is equally exceptional with over 4,100 square feet of space, all on one level. Updated with a neutral palette, the home showcases architectural detailing like exquisite crown molding, coved and vaulted beamed ceilings, wood floors, walls of windows, Plantation shutters and abundant natural light. Graceful arched entries unite the main living areas, including the elegant formal dining room with built-in glass fronted cabinets and a serving buffet, and the main living room with a brick fireplace and wall of glass opening to the backyard oasis.
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 www.alliebeth.com.
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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.
Lauded for eco-friendly design and touted as the first internationally certified passive house in Texas, the home at 3846 Lively Circle was built to exacting standards for energy efficiency, air and air quality. The Fagin Partners home has 14-inch-thick exterior walls and an 18-inch-thick roof. In a sharp temperature change, it takes about 24 hours for the residents to need the heating or cooling system. Built as a spec home, this passive house uses leadingedge materials and green technology to create a comfortable, beautiful dwelling. Low energy bills are just one of the benefits of a passive house. It also offers extremely high air quality, thanks to the structure being almost completely air-tight and having two systems to deal with air, each with its own ductwork. Other features include high-performance doors and windows and a water-harvesting system that holds 2,500 gallons of rainwater. In the yard, three miles of buried tubing create an irrigation soaker system that does not lose water to evaporation. Smart house technology makes almost everything controlled from a smartphone or tablet, and the house is pre-wired for solar panels. 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 briggsfreeman.com
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Spectacular Modern on 2/3rd Acre Lot in Preston Hollow
Lori Kircher lists Preston Hollow home with pool, spa
Rare Opportunity in Glen Lakes
Steps away is the delightful chef’s kitchen and breakfast area, sparkling with granite counters, a dining bar and stainless steel Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances. The thoughtful floor plan also offers a study surrounded by built-ins, a utility room with a sink, and dual master suites, plus two additional bedrooms and two and one half baths all sumptuously appointed. This rare find at 7127 Brookshire Circle is offered at $1,230,000. Contact Lori Sparks at 214-680-6432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premier Park Cities Homes on the Market
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The home at 2 Glenkirk Court is listed by Jeannie Nethery and Pam Brannon for $899,000. Located on a quiet cul de sac, just steps away from a lush greenbelt with walking trails, the classic two-story gem at 2 Glenkirk Court has walls of windows providing lots of natural light. Travertine floors and neutral colors set the stage for a serene ambiance. Generous-sized formals accommodate large groups or a comfortable family gathering. A well-appointed kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, double ovens, warming drawer and six-burner gas cooktop and butler’s pantry is sure to please the chef in the family. The downstairs master suite has a doublesided fireplace that connects to the master bath. Upstairs, a handsome library overlooks the downstairs great room. Two en-suite bedrooms, a game room, card room, large cedar closet and utility closet are also located on the second floor. This home is well-priced, allowing prospective buyers the opportunity to update without overpricing in the neighborhood. Glen Lakes amenities include breathtaking grounds, a landscaped common area, and seven well-maintained lakes and ponds. Enjoy several miles of lighted walking paths, a game of tennis or pickle ball with friends, a round of golf at the monthly outings and the ever-popular dog park. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Glen Lakes, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com.
This new listing at 9119 Guernsey features 4 bedrooms and 4.2 baths for $3,090,000.
Set at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on over a 2/3 acre lot in the estate section of Preston Hollow, is this spectacular modern elevated to new heights by JH Design + Build. 9119 Guernsey’s expansive elevation of light-colored brick exterior and standing seam roof provide a timeless, yet fresh look to Dallas’ recent modern construction. Offered for $3,090,000, 9119 Guernsey features 4 bedrooms, 4.2 baths, 5,225 sq ft, and pool. Spacious living and dining areas are bathed in natural light through LaCantina doors and windows. An open kitchen with Wolf and Subzero appliances has beautiful views out to the pool with stone decking, and raised pavilion area with grilling station and built-in heaters. A fire pit sitting area separates the view from the main living to the master suite. The owner’s suite enjoys views of the backyard oasis and comes equipped with a spa-like bathroom and walk-in closet with coffee bar area. Discerning buyers will appreciate the incredible architectural features, amenities, and indoor/ outdoor spaces, all set on an incredibly private lot on a modernist cul-de-sac in one of Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhoods. Please contact Laura Michelle (laura@ daveperrymiller.com) or Ryan Streiff (ryan@ daveperrymiller.com) for more information or visit DPMFineHomes.com.
The home at 5811 Del Roy Drive is listed by Amy Harris for $1,295,000. Surrounded by exotic tropical and native landscaping, this 2001 Texas Hill Country-style home is set on a .36-acre cul-de-sac lot. Offered for $2,135,000 by Lori Kircher with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 6215 Rex Drive (6215rex.daveperrymiller. com) encompasses 7,390 square feet (tax rolls) with five bedrooms, five baths, two half-baths plus media room, game room and more. A wide circular driveway and spacious front veranda extend a warm greeting. The interior is infused with luxurious features including: a two-and-a-half-story entry; handscraped, clear-stained wood flooring on all three levels; 11-foot exposed beam ceilings; Marvin wood windows; solid fir doors; stone walls; and an extensive sound system. Twenty-one exterior glass doors throughout highlight every outdoor amenity and allow for seamless flow when guests gather. Special climate-control features and the outdoor fireplace encourage yearround outdoor entertaining. A large patio overlooks the game pool with waterfall spa. A fireplace, pool house and pergola complete this outdoor oasis. To schedule a private showing, contact Kircher at 214-789-4060 or email@example.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.
Situated on a beautiful, 110-foot-wide corner lot is the stylish traditional home at 5811 Del Roy Drive. The wonderful living experience includes a downstairs master suite with soaring ceilings and views of the gorgeous Riverbend Sandler pool, plus covered outdoor living spaces, a limestone fireplace, covered outdoor dining and a full kitchen and bar surrounded by lush landscaping and waterfall. Inside this 4,233-square-foot home are four bedrooms, beautiful living spaces, a study/ home office, a dining room and an eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, Wolf range plus double ovens, built-in wine refrigerator, island and elegant granite countertops. Three guest suites, a media room and a loft are located upstairs. Appreciated for its winding streets, multi-acre lots, private lakes and distinctive architecture, the estate neighborhood of Preston Hollow is home to many of Dallas’ business, arts and political influencers. Preston Hollow is renowned for its landmark mansions and rural feel, afforded by tree-lined streets that offer both privacy and a sense of community. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com
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SPECIAL ADVERTISING CONTENT EBBY HALLIDAY COMPANIES
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 ebby.com.
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Renovated Preston Hollow home offers flexible floor plan, pool
Preston Hollow & North Dallas Are Great Neighborhoods
Residences at the Stoneleigh
Nestled under a canopy of trees on a .4-acre lot is this expanded and beautifully updated ranch-style home with gated driveway at 6815 Prestonshire Lane (6815prestonshire.daveperrymiller.com). Built in 1952 and thoroughly modernized over the last three years, the four-bedroom, three-bath home with two half-baths, is represented by Keith Callahan with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $1,259,000. Step in through the leaded glass front doors to the spacious entry, and see how the home’s open flow enhances versatility, allowing many of the rooms to be what you need them to be. Gorgeous hardwood and porcelain tile flooring stretch out below, while a large central skylight looms above to bathe the interior spaces with sunshine. The beautiful traditional has recently undergone an amazing transformation and now has a transitional feel. The many designer touches and generous room sizes throughout give it an ethereal quality. For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Callahan at 214-675-6777 or keithcallahan@ 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.
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 www.alliebeth.com.
2300 Wolf Street #9D 2 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths | 2,567 SqFt Offered for $1,699,000 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org)
BRIGGS FREEMAN SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Magnificent Location in Preston Hollow
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The home at 6315 Lavendale Avenue is listed by Bryan Crawford for $1,999,000. Spanning a desirable 100-foot wide parcel of lush landscaping, the residence at 6315 Lavendale Avenue welcomes with a private, gated front entry courtyard. Gleaming hardwoods and exquisite formal areas fashion an inviting atmosphere. The spacious family room is highlighted by a cast stone fireplace and large living areas complete with an oversized wet bar, wine storage and butler’s pantry. The chef’s kitchen features an oversized natural stone island, professional series appliances, detailed accents, efficient design flow and a charming breakfast nook. The master retreat offers a separate sitting area with expansive windows overlooking the heavily landscaped yard. An immense master spa features a freestanding tub, heated stone floors and dual split closets for wardrobe organization. The private library is enriched with generous built-ins, hidden file storage and a coffered ceiling. Downstairs, a guest suite and elevator-ready double-stacked closet give the home maximum flexibility. Upstairs, three guest bedrooms each have private en-suite bathrooms. A theater room, game room and creative flexible space check all the boxes for a family home. Outside, a screened-in living center with woodpaneled ceilings and stone fireplace offers views of the grounds while providing a year-round, insect-free relaxation zone. To see all the homes, ranches and land represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty—in Preston Hollow, all of North Texas and around the world—go to briggsfreeman.com
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