Carry The Load helps to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day

Meet Last Year's Charity Partner

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Editor’s note: Carry The Load was last year’s winner of the CultureMap Charity Challenge. There are only a few hours left in this year’s poll, so vote now for one of the worthy nonprofits. The new winner will be announced January 5.

Walker Stovall’s father died a decade ago. After driving 10,000 miles delivering supplies to American troops in Iraq, the truck the Army National Guardsman drove hit a roadside bomb. Walter wears his dad’s hat and dog tag and was thrilled last year when Carry The Load marchers asked him to be the flag bearer as they passed through Memphis, Tennessee.

While marching, he met Stephen Holley, a former Navy SEAL, who co-founded Carry The Load with fellow former SEAL Clint Bruce. “That relationship [with Holley] has been really cool,” says Stovall’s mom, Natalie Stovall Frady.

To honor fallen soldiers, policemen, firemen and other first responders, Carry The Load walks each spring 1,600 miles from the cemetery at West Point, New York, to Dallas, arriving on Memorial Day. “It is really an uplifting way to recognize the holiday,” Frady says. “You feel you are doing something.”

Carry The Load has raised more than $2 million over the past four years.


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to support the outstanding work of Carry The Load, winner of last year’s CultureMap Charity Challenge.

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YWCA Nurse-Family Partnership fosters strong starts for teen mothers

Charity Profile

Eighteen-year-old Angelica Rodriguez was not supposed have this life. Pregnant at 13 with little support and even fewer opportunities, Angelica joined the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ Nurse-Family Partnership — a program that pairs a licensed nurse with a teen mom for 60 home visits over two years — through which she met Holly.

“Holly taught me everything — like what was happening with my body, that I should read to my son every day to help him build his vocabulary and how to keep control of tense situations with my family,” says Rodriguez, who fast-tracked high school and graduated with her associates in science.

Now she is pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. Rodriguez’s son, Sebastian, is also a star student — already reading in both English and Spanish at only 5 years old.

According to Jennifer Ware, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, currently 286,000 women and girls live in poverty in Dallas County, and that number is expected to increase by another 100,000 by 2020. Programs such as these address poverty where it starts: in the family.

Vote now for the YWCA Nurse-Family Partnership— 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 the YWCA.

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SPCA of Texas finds loving homes for our furriest friends

Charity Profile

When Valerie Jones became an empty nester, she knew she wanted to spend her newly acquired free time volunteering and giving back. After almost a year of research, she fell in love with the mission of the SPCA of Texas, the private and independently funded nonprofit that provides love and care to homeless and neglected animals.

Through training classes, Jones learned to assist in the surgery room, work with behavior training and provide excellent foster care.

“It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life,” she says. “I’m an animal lover, and all of their training and the way they treat their animals is so positive and loving.”

The SPCA strives to give each animal the attention it deserves. Jones is a shining example of a heart truly dedicated to helping those who cannot speak for themselves.

Vote now for SPCA of Texas — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.


Briggs Freemans Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to support the outstanding work of the SPCA of Texas.

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Snowball Express helps heal the families of our fallen heroes

Charity Profile

Before they came to the Snowball Express event last December, the teenage son of a fallen soldier had never talked with his mother about the death of his father eight months earlier. On the first night, after a full day of fun in Dallas, the mother found her son talking with another teenager, opening up for the first time about his father.

That was the breakthrough she had hoped for. When they returned home on one of the American Airlines charters, her son asked her to discuss his feelings of loss. “Without Snowball Express, that conversation may never have happened,” the mother said when she called to thank executive director Buck Kerns.

This month, thanks to the generosity of many Texans, Snowball Express will bring 700 families, almost 2,000 family members, of fallen soldiers to Dallas for the ninth annual event, designed to nurture family connections and encourage children and parents to talk about their loss.

Vote now for Snowball Express — 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 Snowball Express.

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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas eases burden for families with sick children

Charity Profile

When serious illness or injury strikes a child, a parent shouldn’t have to worry about anything else but getting that child the care he or she needs.

That’s the premise upon which Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) was founded. The only organization that provides a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment at local hospitals, RMHD exists solely to ease the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact and enhance these families’ quality of life.

RMHD does that by providing a caring, home-like atmosphere for families to stay. It offers 52 bedrooms with private baths as well as six suites with fully equipped kitchens. The organization also provides daily, home-cooked meals; transportation; laundry facilities; and activities for parents and siblings such as crafts, games, movie nights and seasonal celebrations.

And Ronald McDonald House does all of this at little or no cost to the families, so they can stay focused on what’s most important: healing their children.

Vote now for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas — 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 the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Nexus Recovery Center breaks the chains of addiction with compassion

Charity Profile

“I have been an addict since the age of 17,” says Kim, a client of Nexus Recovery Center. “After about one week of sharing with other women and counselors, my mind started opening up to the possibility of change and looking at what got me here to begin with.”

Through programs like the Intensive Outpatient, Supportive Outpatient and Aftercare, as well as live-in options, Nexus provides multiple levels of care for every situation. For Kim, it has created a new sense of community.

“I truly love this program and my Aftercare family,” she says.

At Nexus Recovery Center, dedicated professionals work to rehabilitate women caught in addiction. Through multiple programs, including parenting classes, counseling and life skills training, women at Nexus are able to find healing and opportunity.

Since 1971, Nexus has assisted more than 20,000 women, adolescents and children. The 12-acre campus in east Dallas includes dormitories, a childcare center, outdoor recreation facilities, classrooms and more. Funded through donations, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to rebuilding lives through compassion and care.

Vote now for Nexus Recovery Center — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.


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'Freaks' Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper parade through Dallas on 2023 tour

Shock Rockers on the Road

Shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper have made plans for the 2023 "Freaks on Parade Tour," which will kick off in Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion on Thursday, August 24.

Taking place over the course of one month, the tour will hit 19 cities in both the United States and Canada. The Dallas stop is the only date in Texas scheduled. Ministry and Filter will serve as supporting acts in all cities.

This is the second year for Freaks on Parade Tour, which saw Zombie team up with Mudvayne in 2022 for stops in Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston.

Both Zombie and Cooper have had long and successful careers. Zombie has released seven albums in his 25-year career, most recently 2021's The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, with each reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Cooper has released music in seven different decades, debuting in 1969. His most recent release was 2021's Detroit Stories.

Tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, February 3 at 10 am on livenation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10 am until Thursday, February 2 at 10 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.


  • Thu Aug 24 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Sat Aug 26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sun Aug 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tue Aug 29 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • Wed Aug 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • Fri Sep 01 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Sat Sep 02 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
  • Tue Sep 05 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Wed Sep 06 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
  • Fri Sep 08 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
  • Sat Sep 09 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Sun Sep 10 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
  • Tue Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • Sat Sep 16 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
  • Tue Sep 19 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
  • Wed Sep 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
  • Fri Sep 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
  • Sat Sep 23 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
  • Sun Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

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Rob Zombie headlines the Freaks on Parade for a second year in a row.

Winter storm watch issued for North Texas and more Dallas news

City News Roundup

In this roundup of Dallas news, DFW is girding itself for an imminent winter weather event, condemning a brutal death in Memphis, banning TikTok, and waving goodbye to an old-school technology.

Here's what's happening in Dallas this week:

Winter weather
The weather is going to be bad this week. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued across North Texas, beginning Monday January 30 through Wednesday February 1. They're predicting freezing rain, sleet, and ice, with roads becoming most hazardous on Tuesday January 31. TxDOT has already begun pre-treating the roads, and the National Weather Service recommends avoiding travel unless necessary.

Tyre Nichols RIP
Police departments in North Texas and across the U.S. released statements condemning the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old man who was beaten by five Memphis police officers following a traffic stop on January 7; Nichols died in the hospital three days later. The Memphis PD released videos of the encounter on January 27. Demonstrations were held across the country including a vigil outside Dallas City Hall. The Atlantic posted a story about the ways that public officials have managed the aftermath to reduce violence. The five officers — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — have been fired and charged with second-degree murder, assault and kidnapping.

TikTok ban
DISD has banned TikTok. Dallas students, teachers, and visitors can no longer access TikTok from school district devices and networks. A DISD official issued a statement said the move is in response to cybersecurity concerns that said “experts believe the cybersecurity risk stems from the belief that TikTok’s parent company tracks data from users — including when, where and how a person uses the internet — that could be used to share sensitive information and ultimately harm our IT infrastructure."

DISD joins a number of Texas universities who've also banned TikTok, including UT Dallas, UNT, UT Arlington, and UT Austin. In 2022, Gov. Greg Abbott banned state employees from downloading or using TikTok on government-issued devices, joining a growing number of states.

Landlines going away
Old-school landline phones are on their way out. In August 2022, the FCC ended a requirement for companies to provide copper landline services. Among major cities, Dallas has the least number of landlines, found in 16 percent of homes. Their demise is anticipated to affect small business owners, people over 65, people with Parkinson's disease who can’t use a smartphone, or people who need a back-up phone.

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.