Talk about going to great heights for a charitable project: On May 13, a group of Dallas chefs will be rappelling down Reunion Tower. The chefs are swallowing their fear of heights to participate in the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel, where they will rappel down the tower, which, in case you did not know it, is 50 stories tall and 561 feet in the air.

Participating chefs include Stephan Pyles, Alex Astranti, Katherine Clapner, Molly Mandell, Matt McCallister, Aaron Staudenmaier, Nathan Tate, Tim Byres, and Angela Hernandez.

The rappel benefits Shatterproof, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the devastation and stigma caused by the disease of addiction. The Dallas rappel is the first of the national 2017 Shatterproof Challenge Rappel which takes place in five cities across the country.

Shatterproof is based in New York and was founded by Gary Mendell after the death of his son, Brian. The organization provides families with resources to support prevention, treatment, and recovery. It also advocates for changes in federal and state policy and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.

Chef Aaron Staudenmaier (Lovers Seafood and Market, Shinsei), is participating because he once struggled with addiction.

"That's why I answer the phone at 3 am when a friend calls struggling to stay sober, to stay sane, to keep it together one more day," he says. "It's why I am so incredibly proud to participate in the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel, in honor of the names of those in my life who fell too early."

Rapscallion chef Nathan Tate says that his personal experiences mirror the industry at large.

"I've battled an addiction to alcohol in the past, and it's prevalent in this industry," he says. "If you're in the restaurant industry, it affects you every day."

But Tate's also excited just for the extreme element of the event.

"To hang off Reunion Tower in Dallas? That's a one-in-a-lifetime event," he says. "I don't think I have a fear of heights, but I don't think I've ever been that high hanging by a rope."

Participants can either rappel 50 stories from the top of Reunion Tower, or 10 stories from the roof of Hyatt Regency Dallas. Hundreds are expected to rappel. All funds raised through the event go directly to Shatterproof's advocacy efforts and provide trusted, evidence-based resources for families.

Shatterproof spokesperson Caroline Hartman says that participants will get on-site training and will have an instructor talking them through the process.

"Once they train you, it's in your hands how quickly you go down," she says. "The rappel is such a positive experience where you're forced to rely a lot on yourself, and is symbolic of the solitary effort needed from individuals in recovery."

The experience is open to anyone, and no previous rappelling experience is needed — or you can just come and watch. For more information or to sign up to rappel, visit RappelDallas.org. There is also a raffle with prizes such as dinner for 2 at Flora Street Cafe, and gift certificates at restaurants such as Uchi Dallas and FT33. Anyone who donates $50 to their team is entered to win; here's the link to donate.

"One of the reasons Shatterproof has begun working with Chefs is because so many prominent chefs are currently in recovery, and are openly talking about it," Hartman says. "We believe in having less darkness around addiction, in bringing it out into the light."

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Treasured Dallas charity gala is back and brighter than ever

Yellow Rose Blooms Again

Last year, Fallon Wynne Way and a group of active young community leaders resurrected one of Dallas' most cherished charitable events: the Yellow Rose Gala. Originally founded in 1986 by Way's mother, Dee Wynne, the gala raised funds for multiple sclerosis research and quickly became one of the city's most prominent social events.

It was discontinued in 2001, when Wynne's own battle with MS made planning and executing the gala too much. But in 2015, less than a year after Wynne had passed away from complications of the disease, Way announced that the Yellow Rose Gala would be returning in 2016. That event would have brought a smile to Wynne's face, as once again charitable Dallasites enjoyed a fabulous party while donating to a very worthy cause.

This year's Yellow Rose Gala promises to be even more spectacular. Scheduled for April 8 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel and produced in partnership with Southwestern Health Resources, the evening will include delicious cuisine, live and silent auctions, and entertainment from Motown legends The Temptations.

The theme is Going Global!, which is a nod to YRG's partnership with the International Progressive MS Alliance. 100 percent of the evening's net proceeds raised directly fund MS research through this new global initiative, which is breaking down international barriers to fund the best and most promising research, no matter where it exists.

Guests can expect to get lost in the cultural bazaar decor, which will highlight multiple countries through interactive features from partners such as Sugaire, Nespresso, and Yellow Rose Distilling.

As in years past, the live and silent auctions will feature an impressive array of treasures and experiences. For example: an Argentina dove hunt and top of the line Beretta shotgun, lustrous jewels from C.M. Yater and Sons and Carter Malouf Private Jeweler, a five-star Chilean fishing trip, and many more one-of-a-kind items.

Not only will guests get to groove to "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" when The Temptations take the stage, there will also then be a concert from energetic dance band Manhattan and an afterparty, with tunes being spun until 2 am.

Three generations of the Eugene and Mary Ann Smith family will be honored for their years of unrelenting support in finding a cure for MS. That includes not only the memory of Eugene and Mary Ann Smith, but also their children — Fay Sheehan, Ann Barbier-Mueller, and Bragg Smith III — and grandchildren.

Walker Bateman IV is the recipient of this year's Dee Wynne Courage Award, which will be presented to him by emcee Lauren Przybyl.

For more information about the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, visit www.theyellowrose.org or call 512-842-ROSE. To purchase tickets to this year's gala, visit www.theyellowrose.org/buy.

Wesley Way, Fallon Wynne Way, Witten Way, Jimmy Wynne, Katie Wynne, Kennedy Wynne, Toddie Lee Wynne IV

Photo courtesy of Yellow Rose Gala
Wesley Way, Fallon Wynne Way, Witten Way, Jimmy Wynne, Katie Wynne, Kennedy Wynne, Toddie Lee Wynne IV
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Revered Dallas foundation sweeps Charity Challenge 2017

Meet Our Charity Partner

The votes have been cast and tallied, and we have a winner in our 2017 CultureMap Charity Challenge. With a sweeping victory of 45 percent of the more than 8,000 votes, this year’s winner is the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation.

The nonprofit was selected from among 12 young professional groups making an impact in the Dallas community. Nominees included Dallas Autumn Ball, Dallas CASA Young Professionals, Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates, Flight, Heart of Dallas Young Professionals, KT Trailblazers, Lee Park Junior Conservancy, the One Society, Rhapsody in Red, and Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas — all of whom were vying for a CultureMap advertising package valued at $10,000, and bragging rights as CultureMap’s 2017 charity partner, which, of course, is priceless.

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, founded by Dee and Jimmy Wynne, works to advance research to treat, cure, and ultimately eliminate multiple sclerosis. In 1985, Dee was diagnosed with MS and she made it her mission to fight the disease. After her death in 2014, Dee’s children decided to continue her legacy through the relaunch of the highly anticipated Yellow Rose Gala and its partnership with the National MS Society.

For more information about how you can help the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, visit the website.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Autumn Ball

Who will be CultureMap’s 2017 charity partner? That’s up to you.

Charity Challege Returns

CultureMap Charity Challenge is back, which means you have work to do: Vote in this poll for your favorite of these 12 young professionals organizations to determine which one will become our 2017 charity partner.

The group with the most votes wins big: an advertising package valued at $10,000 and bragging rights as CultureMap’s 2017 charity partner. The winner will be announced on January 6, 2017.

You can vote once a day, every day, through December 17 at 11:59 pm. But before you do, learn more about these YPs making a difference in our community:

Dallas Autumn Ball
Dallas Autumn Ball is one of the hottest black-tie events in town. But when the party’s over, DAB mobilizes young adults to make a positive impact in underserved schools in South Dallas through its collaboration with Reading Partners of Dallas and monthly service projects.

Dallas CASA Young Professionals
Dallas CASA Young Professionals is a vibrant group of volunteers with a passion for improving the lives of abused children through outreach, volunteerism, and fundraising. This year’s black-tie-optional CASAblanca party promises an evening of casino games, cocktails, fare, prizes, and a whole lot of fun.

Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce
Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce cultivates and empowers young leaders in the community through service opportunities, mentorship, professional development, and special projects. DJCC hosts a variety of events, including wine tastings, an Easter Egg hunt for kids, and the Johnny Sides gala.

Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates
In conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art, the dynamic Junior Associates program offers young professionals unique educational, social, and networking events year-round. These like-minded individuals have a passion for the arts and value immersive, cultural experiences found only at the DMA.

Members of Flight take a service-first approach to further the efforts of Vogel Alcove. This dedicated lot’s mission is to engage young professionals, raise awareness of the plight of homeless children, fundraise, and grow future leaders. Flight’s signature event is Flight for the Alcove Urban Race.

Heart of Dallas Young Professionals
Heart of Dallas Young Professionals aim to inspire the next generation of leaders in the Dallas sports and entertainment fields by connecting young professionals with one another and providing opportunities to fuel bold social change. Fast Pitch allows nonprofits to make a live pitch to a panel of judges.

KT Trailblazers
The newly formed KT Trailblazers is a dedicated group of Katy Trail enthusiasts that support the efforts of Friends of the Katy Trail. These outdoor aficionados ensure the Katy Trail remains a clean, safe, and beautiful retreat for the community to enjoy while connecting trail lovers with one another through social and networking events.

Lee Park Junior Conservancy
Lee Park Junior Conservancy supports the conservation and preservation of 20 acres of urban green space and the historic building within the park. LPJC members host creek clean-ups, business networking opportunities, and social events like A Day at the Races, one of Dallas’ best Derby soirées.

The One Society
The One Society supports Children’s Health Children's Medical Center by engaging and fostering young leaders to make life better for children through philanthropic, educational, fundraising, volunteer, and social opportunities. The Annual One Society Gala is a fête favorite among the Dallas YP crowd.

Rhapsody in Red
The newly formed Rhapsody in Red young professionals group recently hosted a sold-out, inaugural, black-tie charity ball benefiting Cherish Uganda. The global organization ministers and serves children in Uganda diagnosed with HIV by providing them with much-needed foster homes, education, and medical services.

Yellow Rose Gala Foundation
The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, founded by Dee and Jimmy Wynne, works to advance research to treat, cure, and ultimately eliminate multiple sclerosis. Today, Dee’s children continue her legacy through the relaunch of the highly anticipated Yellow Rose Gala and its partnership with the National MS Society.

Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Young Friends auxiliary organization furthers the Ronald McDonald House’s mission of meeting the needs of seriously ill children and their families. Young Friends offers opportunities through volunteer nights, fall and spring happy hours, membership drives, and their not-to-miss signature Young Friends Party held each spring.

Dallas Autumn Ball

Photo courtesy of Dallas Autumn Ball
Dallas Autumn Ball
Photo by Michael Bruno

Cancer-fighting Dallas young professionals sweep Charity Challenge 2016

Meet Our Charity Partner

The polls are closed and votes have been tallied in the 2016 CultureMap Charity Challenge presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty. Young Texans Against Cancer has emerged victorious to become our charity partner for 2016. The nonprofit earned more than 28 percent of the more than 3,000 votes cast.

Ten deserving organizations — including Center for Brain Health, Community Partners of Dallas, DIFFA/Dallas, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Men of Nehemiah, Nexus Recovery Center, Operation Kindness, and the Rise School of Dallas — battled it out in the third annual competition. The prize? A CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.

Young Texans Against Cancer was originally founded in Houston in 2001, with the Dallas chapter establishing itself in 2008. The YP group works to help research and support organizations, while volunteering in the community. Members have either lost a loved one to cancer or witnessed someone battle the disease, so they serve from a very personal place.

YTAC raises awareness through several events throughout the year, such as an annual chili cook-off and the beloved BubblyQ, and has funded close to a million dollars since its Dallas chapter was formed.

For more information about how you can help Young Texans Against Cancer, visit the website.

Photo by Michael Bruno

Dallas young professionals rally from a personal place to fight cancer

Charity Profile

Cancer touches many lives, and the experience forever changes those who have a friend or family member stricken with the disease. That’s why, in 2001, a group of 44 young Houstonians came together to found Young Texans Against Cancer to increase cancer awareness among 22- to 40-year-olds.

With chapters in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, YTAC supports research and support organizations, while volunteering in the community. Each member has either lost a loved one to cancer or witnessed someone battle the disease, so they serve from a very personal place.

YTAC’s Dallas chapter has raised more than $985,000 since its establishment in 2008. YTAC raises awareness through several events throughout the year, such as an annual chili cook-off and the beloved BubblyQ.

The organization also serves as a support system for members who meet at quarterly happy hours, where lifelong friendships are given the chance to form.

Vote now for Young Texans Against Cancer — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to support the outstanding work of Young Texans Against Cancer.

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Nickelback's upcoming tour stop rocks this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Juggernaut rock band Nickelback is touring summer 2023 with stop in Dallas. Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'. Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, including Dallas on July 22 at Dos Equis Pavilion.

2. Behind the wall of greenery and other Dallas restaurant must-haves. If you're a Dallas restaurant in 2023, you're nowhere without a wall of greenery. Walls covered with greenery are among the features restaurants are deploying these days to lure in diners. Food is still the official reason people go out to eat, but restaurants these days are more experience-oriented. Here are few features being rolled out at restaurants around town.

3. Affluent Dallas neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. South Polk Pizzeria in Dallas' Oak Cliff slings perfect pies in pizza desert. Dallas has plenty of pretty pizza these days — but nearly all of it is found north of I-30. So let's hear it for South Polk Pizzeria, a new shop that opened in late December in Oak Cliff, at 3939 S. Polk St #527, just off US-67 and north of Loop 12, slinging the same kind of artisanal pies that are being slung across Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and North Dallas.

5. 12 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories. Here are the nominees.

Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs

Fashion News

Dallas' original hometown airline is having a moment: Braniff International will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an event that promises to be a must for fashion and airline buffs alike.

Called The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show, it'll take place on March 11 at the Alexander Mansion, with David Preziosi, Braniff Airways Foundation Board Member and Executive Director of Texas Historical Foundation, presenting a program on what a release calls one of the most revolutionary airlines in history.

The event will include lunch and a mini fashion show featuring Braniff’s epochal flight attendant uniforms created by haute couture fashion designers Emilio Pucci and Halston.

Braniff International began in June 1928 with a small Stinson Detroiter single-engine six-passenger airplane that flew its first flight from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. It operated as an airline until 1982.

braniff airlines stewardess Braniff Airlines flight attendants decked out in stylish uniforms.Courtesy photo

Braniff Airways is now a branding/marketing, online retail and historic airliner tour firm with a portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide. Its history has been preserved by Braniff Airways Foundation, an organization created by Richard Ben Cass, a former pilot and Braniff collector and expert whose book Braniff Airways: Flying Colors was published in 2015.

The Foundation curates the Braniff International Heritage Archives, formerly Braniff Flying Colors Collection, which contains Cass' lifetime collection, and includes original Braniff Airways Advertising Department records and archives.

The collection was founded in 1972, and has become the largest and most comprehensive collection of Braniff memorabilia that includes more than 1000 crew uniforms.

The Foundation also acts as an advocacy group for Braniff buildings in danger of demolition, including the mid-century themed Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in conjunction with lead Flying Crown Land Group.

In 2014, they authored a nomination for the Braniff Hostess College to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Hostess College is undergoing a complete restoration and will become a public use facility in the future.

The fashion show promises lots of stretchy fabrics and zowie colors, while the lunch menu is a fun throwback, inspired by vintage Braniff flight menu, with chicken Romanoff, a garden vegetable medley, and strawberry cheesecake.

The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show is March 11. Doors open at 10:30 am, with the style show beginning promptly at 11 am, and lunch at 12 pm. Tickets are $60 for "First Class" (includes lunch) and $20 for "Coach" (style show only). Tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Alexander Mansion.

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at DFW university


A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.