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Dallas young professionals pride themselves on giving, and regardless of their passions, they can find a group that shares them. Although these budding philanthropists get together often, these seven fall events are must-attends for any young mover and shaker on the Dallas social scene.

Silent Disco, September 11
We’ve explained how this event got its name, and here is why you shouldn’t miss it. Henderson Avenue hot spot Candleroom comes to life when the Young Friends of Wilkinson Center enjoy cocktails, music, and fun until the wee hours of the morning. The event features six DJs, and if you haven’t experienced a silent disco, regardless of the cause, now is the time.

The Night in White, September 11
The One Society supports Children’s Medical Center, and this year the group is taking its signature fundraising event to the D.E.C. on Dragon Street. Expect food and drink and exciting silent auction and raffle items. Be prepared to dance the night away, thanks to Latin House Krew, and don’t even think about showing up in anything other than white.

Director’s Cut, September 19
Dallas Museum of Art director Maxwell L. Anderson and his wife, Jacqueline, along with co-chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn, are hosting this one-time-only event in lieu of An Affair of the Art. It’s expected to include a special announcement by Anderson revealing the future direction of the Junior Associates’ annual fundraising initiatives. The location of the event is released only after ticket purchase, and it benefits the DMA’s teen education programs.

CultureMap Social: Innovation Edition, September 30
It’s a good thing our events speak for themselves, because details for this one are still under wraps. That said, you can always count on some new party tricks. Stay tuned for the big reveal on Wednesday, September 9. In the meantime, pencil in this young professional happy hour, which is going down at 129 Leslie in the Dallas Design District.

BubblyQ, October 22
There are few things better than an evening under the stars filled with endless champagne, oodles of food from Dallas’ best restaurants, and a stacked silent auction. This event, hosted by Young Texans Against Cancer, always draws a big crowd to Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. In 2014, YTAC raised $175,000 for Dallas-area cancer initiatives, and this year’s co-hairs, Sarah Groves and Katherine Vanlandingham, hope to make this year an even bigger success.

Milestones Luncheon, November 12
Each year, the Junior League of Dallas reels in an impressive speaker for this prestigious luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. In 2014, the ladies welcomed former first lady Laura Bush. This year, JLD keeps it in the family with special guest Jenna Bush Hager. The luncheon, chaired by Hollee Hirzel and Nancy Gopez, also is a chance for the league to recognize its Sustainer of the Year.

Dallas Autumn Ball, November 13
This annual party attracts young professionals who are passionate about supporting Reading Partners, an organization that works with Title I elementary schools to support students who are reading six months to two-and-a-half years below grade level. This exciting event at Hotel ZaZa features a top-shelf open bar, delicious bites, and the Emerald City Band.

BubblyQ 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

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BubblyQ 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.
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Dallas young professionals take fundraising to new heights at first Flight gala

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What: Flight YPO inaugural gala

Where: Hall of State at Fair Park

The 411: Flight YPO, the young professionals group that supports Vogel Alcove, held its first fundraising gala at Hall of State in Fair Park. The sold-out event included dinner, dancing, and a raffle for such prizes as Jordan Spieth-signed memorabilia and an all-inclusive trip to Jamaica. The organization also handed out awards to Josh Webb, Flight YPO member of the year, and Lauren Halsey, board member of the year. The event raised more than $50,000, which aids Vogel Alcove in its mission to provide free, quality early childhood development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children from six weeks to 12 years old.

Who: John Gillis, Kathrine Brody, Anna Heald, Sarah and Ben Cornwell, Brian Allen, Evan Carter and Jonathan Richter.

John Gillis, Kathrine Brody, Anna Heald, Ben Cornwell, Sarah Cornwell, Brian Allen, Evan Carter, Jonathan Richter

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John Gillis, Kathrine Brody, Anna Heald, Ben Cornwell, Sarah Cornwell, Brian Allen, Evan Carter, Jonathan Richter
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Pretty young professionals give serious thought to Dallas derby fun

YPs in Action

What: Fifth annual Think Ahead Group (TAG) derby party

Where: Empire Room

The 411: For the fifth annual rendition of this TAG favorite, these young professionals eschewed typical derby-watching venues and instead welcomed supporters to the Empire Room in the Dallas Design District. Upon arrival, partygoers were greeted by a beautiful horse, so naturally they took pictures with their new four-legged friend before procuring the requisite mint juleps. Once the 141st Kentucky Derby had come and gone, the group danced away the afternoon to music by Petty Theft and strolled through the silent auction to bid on coveted items up for grabs. Since its inception as a young professionals group in 2009, TAG has raised more than $360,000 in support of Center for BrainHealth research.

Who: Julie Fratantoni, Justin Powell, Stephen Richman, Maggie Flagg, Courtney O’Callaghan, Stephen Stark, Samantha Olguin, Lakan Foster, Katherine White-Spunner, Taylor Brown, Kristen Carter, Andrew Matt, Kendal Kramer and John Jackson.

Anna Watkins, Helen Callan, Lucy Durbin, Kate Seale

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Anna Watkins, Helen Callan, Lucy Durbin, Kate Seale
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Dallas young professionals get lucky at their dearest derby party

Day at the Races

Derby day in Dallas means one thing for young professionals: parties, parties and more parties. And Lee Park Junior Conservancy exceeded all expectations during its seventh annual Day at the Races — themed, appropriately, “Lucky Number 7.”

Harry, the official Day at the Races horse, was there to greet charitable YPs upon arrival at Lee Park. And while attendees sipped mint juleps and champagne, Good Morning TexasJane McGarry and Lee Park patron Judy Pittman scanned the crowd of seersucker suits and larger-than-life hats, looking for best-dressed contenders.

Before the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” hungry attendees filled up at the build-your-own biscuit bar and gathered around the television to cheer on their picks. Guests — including Carmaleta Whiteley, Allison MacNealy, Jason Treu, Linda Snorina, Michelle and Chris Cummings, Scott Turner, Dean Driver, Blake Eltis, Aaron Carroll, Lori Lesniewski, Carey Barnes, John Willding, Sue Krider, and Laura Sparkman — were momentarily transported to Kentucky thanks to the elegant derby decor designed specifically for the event by Todd Events and Sandone Productions.

Once American Pharoah ran away with this year’s title, guests celebrated the victory with entertainment by Jordan Kahn Music Company and hand-rolled cigars.

Proceeds benefited the Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy, which helps to renovate, conserve and further develop the park so that Dallasites can continue to see it for the scenic, urban green gem that it is.

Micah Baker, Elizabeth Bautista, Kira Valentino

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Micah Baker, Elizabeth Bautista, Kira Valentino
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Young Dallas partiers get their fundraising on with help from Reckless Kelly

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When word gets out that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Young Friends are throwing a party, the young professional scene buzzes with excitement. And for good reason: This group has a track record of bringing in hot entertainment, great food and amazing auction items to help support this worthy cause.

This year was no exception, as hundreds of charitable YPs descended on The Foundry for a casual, cool concert featuring beloved Texas country crooners Reckless Kelly. Although this fundraiser has traditionally been a Friday night cocktail party and silent auction, current president Jenny Harris says the organization decided to blaze a new trail.

“We wanted to make sure we were keeping things fresh and fun, so this year we decided to shake things up and put on our dancing boots. Once Reckless Kelly was on board, we knew a laid-back Thursday night concert was the way to go.”

Event chairs Lizzie Duplantis, Margretta Wikert and Katie Crow welcomed guests to the eclectic outdoor venue to first enjoy appetizers and drinks while making their way around the silent auction tables. The list of items was a mile long, but our favorites included the Jackson Durham flowers-for-a-year prize and a trip to Vail. We may or may not have walked away with NorthPark Gold and valet passes. Oh the dangers of bidding while on assignment.

When it was time for Reckless Kelly to take the stage, partygoers grabbed a koozie of Texas beer and hit the dance floor for some toe tappin’ and two steppin’. Young Friends members went around to attendees — including Dan Harris, Julie Denham, Aida Reyna, Chris Talamantez, James Starcher, Stacy McElreath and Celeste Newton — to deliver cowboy hats, blinged-out glasses and other various party props.

The successful Foundry fête helped raise money and awareness to further Ronald McDonald House’s mission of meeting the needs of seriously ill children and their families.

Lizzie Duplantis, Margretta Wikert, Katie Crow

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Lizzie Duplantis, Margretta Wikert, Katie Crow
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Real estate young guns bankroll Dallas shelter with fun casino party

YPs in Action

What: Real Estate Council Young Guns ninth annual Casino Night

Where: South Side on Lamar and Soda Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side

The 411: Young professionals on the Dallas commercial real estate scene put on their party shoes for the ninth annual Casino Night, an ’80s-themed evening with casino-style games, cocktails, raffle prizes and tunes from DJ Jason Esquire. But these guys played craps with purpose: to raise funds for this year’s Young Guns foundation project, Genesis Women’s Shelter. Their efforts will create a cleaner, more efficient and welcoming facility for hundreds of women and children victims of family violence — from fundamentals like electrical repair to enhancing the outdoor landscaping. The Real Estate Council Young Guns are commercial real estate professionals 35 and under who are driven by a common vision to develop relationships while promoting awareness and involvement in social, political and community issues that affect the city of Dallas.

Who: Megan Fortune, Liz Stutts, Lindsey Jamar, Ester Cox, Brad Barton, Brian Smith and Justin Goertz

Megan Fortune, Liz Stutts, Lindsey Jamar, Ester Cox

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Megan Fortune, Liz Stutts, Lindsey Jamar, Ester Cox
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Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs

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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

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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.

Indie Dallas coffee shop chain unveils modern new location in Uptown

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Beloved indie Dallas coffee shop White Rock Coffee has opened its newest location. The chain founded in 2005 by husband-and-wife Bob and Nancy Baker has softly opened its shop in Uptown Dallas at the Rosewood Court office tower.

Located at 2101 Cedar Springs Rd. #130, between Ocean Prime and Flower Child, the shop will serve coffee, pastries, lunches, and treats to tenants and the surrounding community. It'll mark its official opening on Tuesday January 31.

This is the sixth for the small chain, joining the original in Lake Highlands, plus Lakewood Express/drive-thru, Preston Royal, Preston Center, and University Park.

The company had been looking for a downtown space, and were "picky and patient to find the right fit," says Wesley Ballard, Executive Manager of Coffee Education.

They stayed true to their goal to connect each location to its neighborhood, which for Uptown meant incorporating modern, upscale details such as the walnut honeycomb hex tile bar front, quartz counter, and mid-century seating and light fixtures.

Food & drink
The coffee menu features bestsellers such as the White Rocker, a double espresso with white mocha, caramel, and steamed milk; and the Adam Bomb, a double espresso with vanilla syrup, white mocha, and cinnamon powder with steamed milk.

But exclusive to this location will be the Rosewood Blossom Latte, featuring syrup infused with rose and orange blossom tea.

For food, White Rock Coffee has a central commissary that provides food for all six stores daily. The menu includes pastries, grab-and-go salads & wraps, and breakfast sandwiches and strata with choice of sausage and vegetarian.

Two customer favorites come from Nancy’s family recipes: Texas pecan coffeecake muffin, and chicken salad with rotating flavors such as their current Spring Citrus.

Hours are 6 am-6 pm weekdays, 7 am-3 pm on Saturdays, and closed Sundays.

The Uptown shop opens in a heavily saturated coffee market. Ascension and Starbucks both have locations across the street at Crescent Court, and Magnolias Sous Le Pont in the Harwood District is just a couple of blocks away.

But the White Rock team feels confident that their emphasis on customer service will keep them in good stead.

"Our hiring process is centered on authentic people," Ballard says. "Coffee, we can teach. I’d rather train people that I enjoy being around."