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Preservation Park Cities' Distinguished Speaker Luncheon will highlight Ray Washburne, president of Highland Park Village, as the keynote speaker for the event. The title of his presentation will be "Highland Park Village: Then and Now." The luncheon will be chaired by Tish Key and Alisa Sell.

In 2009, Washburne and his wife, Heather, and Stephen and Elisa Summers purchased the landmark 80-year-old Highland Park Village and have taken significant measures to protect, preserve and enhance its architectural and historical integrity. Washburne was a featured speaker years ago and presented his historical photographs, personal stories and documents. Now years later, he will bring more details and updates on the continuing evolvement of the oldest shopping center in the United States and Dallas’ premier open-air shopping and dining destination.

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Trailblazing actress Christina Ricci shows support for The Family Place in Dallas

Lunching for a Cause

Recently Emmy-nominated actress Christina Ricci was the keynote speaker at The Family Place's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on September 23 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Ricci — known for her roles in such movies as The Addams Family, Mermaids, and Now and Then, and the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets — posed for pictures and mingled with VIP guests prior to the luncheon's start.

As the more than 550 guests found their seats in the ballroom, they listened to recreated calls received through The Family Place's 24-hour crisis hotline. The Family Place CEO Mimi Crume Sterling then welcomed patrons and shared how The Family Place removes barriers to ensure brighter futures for survivors of family violence.

Host Andrea Lucia from CBS Channel 11 introduced the invocation from Rabbi Nancy Kasten with Faith Commons and Chaplin Carlos R. Bell of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Co-chairs Jeannie Barsam, Stacee Johnson-Williams, and Lisa Sherrod shared their personal connections to family violence. Each guest was given a “shoe card” at their place setting that lists the signs of abuse and The Family Place’s contact information to share with anyone in need.

The Texas Trailblazer Awards have, since 1996, honored those who create positive change in the community. This year’s recipient was Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is set to retire in January 2023 after serving her 15th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas.

She is the first African American female to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and is also the highest-ranking Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In 2020, she introduced the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which received bipartisan support, was signed into law, and created the recently introduced 9-8-8 hotline.

“Congresswoman Johnson leads by example, working tirelessly to help others and create change at the local, state, and national level,” Sterling said. “This year’s Texas Trailblazer goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Texas and our United States a better place.”

Patty Bryant-Jones, domestic violence survivor and a case manager at The Family Place, then shared her story via an inspiring and moving video of life after abuse, and how she was able to create a brighter future.

Ricci then took the stage to discuss her decades-long entertainment industry career, experiences, and personal hurdles. Ricci stressed the importance of organizations such as The Family Place in educating and supporting domestic violence survivors.

Spotted in the crowd were Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Elizabeth Chow, Lauren McKinnon, Denise Wolford, Karen Danage, Theresa Little, Diana Aguirre, Theresa Flores, Delia Jasso, Irish Burch, Murphey Sears, Nancy Bierman, Elizabeth Ward Creel, Andrea Cheek, Nikki Webb, and Lynn McBee.

In addition to donations, guests were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets in support of The Family Place. Raffle items included a $1,000 gift certificate to Miron Crosby; a two-night stay at any Omni property valued at $1,000; a $400 gift certificate to Al Biernat’s; $4,000 toward a Naturepedic mattress; and 1 ct. solitaire diamond earrings and a Bulova Latin Grammy watch, both donated by Zales.

All funds raised go to support prevention, intervention, restoration, and educational programs for survivors of family violence. For more information on The Family Place, visit

To conclude the afternoon, Lucia announced the 2023 Texas Trailblazer Awards date, September 29, 2023, and announced next year’s event chairs, Lindsay Jacaman and Holly Krug.

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Irish Burch, Murphey SearsPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Jeannie Barsam, Lisa Sherrod, Stacee Johnson-WilliamsPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Mimi Sterling, Nakita Johnson, Lauren McKinnonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Nancy Bierman, Elizabeth Ward Creel, Andrea CheekPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Nikki Webb, Lynn McBeePhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Patty Bryant-JonesPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Theresa Little, Christina RicciPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Congresswoman Eddie Bernice JohnsonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Elizabeth Chow, Lauren McKinnonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

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Children's Cancer Fund presents 33rd Annual “Light It Up” Gala

The Children’s Cancer Fund Gala “Light It Up” celebrates 33 years of stories of survival. The gala will feature a silent auction and VIP reception, followed by the dinner and program. Gala Co-Chairs Heather Randall and Blake Stephenson join Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Dak Prescott to kick off the evening.

Photo by Tamytha Cameron

Arty party and auction raises record $1.45 million for Dallas children

Parties for a cause

What: Art for Advocacy benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Where: General Datatech in the Dallas Design District

The 411: Art for Advocacy, the annual fundraiser and silent art auction that benefits Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, brought in a record-breaking $1.45 million at the 2022 event on September 10.

Hosted by Stephanie and John Roberts and chaired by Victoria Brown, Kate LaGere, and Evan Westerburg (with honorary chairs Ellie and Sam Lam), the evening attracted a crowd of 700.

The event included cocktails, a seated dinner, paddle raise, silent art auction featuring 84 works, and live art auction of five pieces. The highest selling work was Threads of Happiness, 2022, by Carlyn Ray, which went for an impressive $30,000.

All proceeds will go toward DCAC's mission to fight child abuse and provide healing for families and children who are impacted throughout Dallas.

Who: Emily Clarke, Maleiah and Ryan Rogers, Beth Babb, Sharon Lee Clark, Abby Evans, Ashley Nowak, Jessica Bolander, Julie and Kevin Linderman, Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman, Marisa and Frank Howard, Macy and Gordon Huddleston, Kacy Tolleson, and Katie Walters.

Kate LaGere, Kacy Tolleson, Katie Walters Kate LaGere, Kacy Tolleson, Katie WaltersPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Macy and Gordon Huddleston Macy and Gordon HuddlestonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Marisa and Frank Howard Marisa and Frank HowardPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman Lindsay and Chuck JacamanPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Julie and Kevin Linderman Julie and Kevin LindermanPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Honorary chairs Ellie and Sam Lam Honorary chairs Ellie and Sam LamPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers Maleiah and Ryan Rogers Photo by Tamytha Cameron

Carlyn Ray, Emily Clarke Carlyn Ray, Emily ClarkePhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Beth Babb, Sharon Lee Clark, Abby Evans, Ashley Nowak, Jessica Bolander, DCAC Art for Advocacy Beth Babb, Sharon Lee Clark, Abby Evans, Ashley Nowak, Jessica BolanderPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Event hosts Stephanie and John Roberts Event hosts Stephanie and John RobertsPhoto by Tamytha Cameron

Metrocrest Services presents Hidden Heroes Luncheon

The first ever Hidden Heroes Luncheon will celebrate community members creating change through everyday actions. Guests can enjoy fun and festivities with friends, network with community leaders, and browse the Hidden Treasures Boutique, a pop-up store with rare and unique items from the Metrocrest Resale store.

Funds raised at the event will help meet the increased need in the communities, funding essential programs and services that provide support during a crisis and a path to financial independence.

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AIA Dallas presents Impact Dallas Gala

The Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Architecture and Design Foundation will present their second annual Impact Dallas Gala,

Impact Dallas raises funds to directly impact real-world problems, connect communities, and improve peoples’ lives. As AIA Dallas and the Foundation aim to foster access to architecture and design for all, the gala will bestow awards on one community member and one architect who exemplify their shared mission.

AIA Dallas’ Lifetime Achievement award is the highest honor given to an architect by the organization, the nation’s 6th largest AIA chapter, and this year will be awarded to Betsy del Monte, FAIA, for her enduring dedication to sustainability, resiliency, and climate impact.

The AD EX Community Cornerstone Award will be awarded to a non-architectural entity in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by shaping environments and building community. The winner will be announced at the gala, among the three finalists: Bonton Farms, Parks for Downtown Dallas, and Texas Trees Foundation.

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Top-ranked high schools make the grade in 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. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.