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Generous Dallas philanthropist opens lush backyard playground for Recess

Dallas philanthropist opens lush backyard playground for Recess

Leigh Anne Haugh, Kate Rose Marquez, Julie Bagley, recess for dallas after school
Leigh Anne Haugh, Kate Rose Marquez, Julie Bagley Photo by Kristina Bowman
Christina Norris, Taya McDonald, Faye Briggs and Meredith Camp, recess for dallas after school
Christina Norris, Taya McDonald, Faye Briggs, Meredith Camp Photo by Kristina Bowman
John and Janet Mockovciak, Mike and Marilyn Lenox, recess for dallas after school
John Mockovciak, Janet Mockovciak, Mike Lenox, Marilyn Lenox Photo by Kristina Bowman
Amy Turner and Nancy Gopez, recess for dallas after school
Amy Turner, Nancy Gopez Photo by Kristina Bowman
Sarah And Alan Losinger, recess for dallas after school
Sarah Losinger, Alan Losinger Photo by Kristina Bowman
Chris and Diedre Bacala, Lauren and Scott Maggard, recess for dallas after school
Chris Bacala, Diedre Bacala, Lauren Maggard, Scott Maggard Photo by Kristina Bowman
Co-Chair Christina Norris, Anne and Terry Conner, Co-Chair Meredith Camp, recess for dallas after school
Christina Norris, Anne Conner, Terry Conner, Meredith Camp Photo by Kristina Bowman
Aaron and Jennifer Tobin, Christina and Alan White and Kevin Cotten, recess for dallas after school
Aaron Tobin, Jennifer Tobin, Christina White, Alan White, Kevin Cotten Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kate Rose Marquez and Lynn McBee, recess for dallas after school
Kate Rose Marquez, Lynn McBee Photo by Kristina Bowman
Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge, recess for dallas afterschool
Emy Lou, Jerry Baldridge Photo by Kristina Bowman
neiman marcus sand bag, recess for dallas afer school
Guests dug through the sandbox for goodies from sponsors such as Neiman Marcus. Photo by Kristina Bowman
Leigh Anne Haugh, Kate Rose Marquez, Julie Bagley, recess for dallas after school
Christina Norris, Taya McDonald, Faye Briggs and Meredith Camp, recess for dallas after school
John and Janet Mockovciak, Mike and Marilyn Lenox, recess for dallas after school
Amy Turner and Nancy Gopez, recess for dallas after school
Sarah And Alan Losinger, recess for dallas after school
Chris and Diedre Bacala, Lauren and Scott Maggard, recess for dallas after school
Co-Chair Christina Norris, Anne and Terry Conner, Co-Chair Meredith Camp, recess for dallas after school
Aaron and Jennifer Tobin, Christina and Alan White and Kevin Cotten, recess for dallas after school
Kate Rose Marquez and Lynn McBee, recess for dallas after school
Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge, recess for dallas afterschool
neiman marcus sand bag, recess for dallas afer school

The beautiful backyard of the always-philanthropic Faye Briggs served as a posh playground for the second annual Recess event benefiting Dallas Afterschool. Briggs’ backyard resembled a cafeteria, art class, gym, and monkey and hopscotch bars, and guests partook in lots of fun and games — and a few drinks courtesy of Moet Hennessy USA.

Event co-chairs Meredith Camp and Christina Norris helped welcome guests — including Aaron and Jennifer Tobin, Christina and Alan White, Kevin Cotten, Kate Rose Marquez, and Lynn McBee — who dug through a goody-filled sandbox in search of coins redeemable for prizes such as a $1,000 Neiman Marcus gift card and Waterford crystal. The Sandbox was designed and constructed by students from Color Me Empowered, one of Dallas AfterSchool’s partner programs, along with Big Thought, Bridge Lacrosse, Circle of Support, Communities in Schools, Dallas Can Academies and many more organizations.

After playing basketball, hula hooping, and tossing bean bags, attendees recharged with nibbles from chef Christopher Short of Kent Rathbun Catering. He served an assortment of Southern comfort foods such as fried chicken strips, corn dogs, beef sliders, and a macaroni and cheese station.

What kind of a schoolyard event would it be without a good field trip to auction off? Recess sold a seven-day trip to Fiji’s spectacular Turtle Island Resort to the highest bidder. Talk about the coolest kid in school.

The evening raised $225,000 to fund Dallas Afterschool’s important mission to inform, train, support and evaluate afterschool sites that serve low-income youth in the community.