Greenhill Runway Show Puts Teen Charity in Fashion

The Runway for a Cause fashion show raised more than $8,000 for the Grant Halliburton Foundation. (Photos: Chris McGathey) 0
The Runway for a Cause fashion show raised more than $8,000 for the Grant Halliburton Foundation. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

Planes surrounded the catwalk as the lights dimmed. Strutting down the runway came four feet of sass, Alex Ladin, the first of many student models in Greenhill’s fourth annual Runway for a Cause.

The late January event, entirely student-run, benefited the Grant Halliburton Foundation, which works towards promoting mental health for teenagers.

The event chairs, seniors Madison Pidgeon and Caroline Early, raised more than $8,000 for the charity.


First Baptist Academy Performing “High School Musical”

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Here’s a treat for anyone looking for some fun Friday night plans:

The 9th-12th grade students at First Baptist Academy of Dallas are performing “High School Musical” on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The show was student choreographed and student directed, guided by Mary Wilcox.

The show will be in the CenterStage auditorium. Reserved tickets are $15, and admission tickets are $10 at the door. To reserve tickets, please contact Elaine Stone at estone@firstdallas.org.


Lamplighter’s Patricia Vermillion Visits Sudie Williams’ Reading Night

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Patricia Vermillion speaks to students and parents at Sudie Williams Elementary.

Patricia Vermillion speaks to students and parents at Sudie Williams Elementary.

On Monday night Patricia Vermillion, The Lamplighter School’s librarian, made a visit to Sudie Williams Elementary School’s Reading Night for a writing workshop. Over 20 families attended the event.

Aside from being Lamplighter’s librarian, Vermillion is also a children’s book author. She read her 2013 book “Texas Chili? Oh My!” to students and their parents, and then discussed the process of writing a children’s book.

“What a rewarding experience,” Vermillion said. “The students and parents at Sudie Williams were very interested in the reading and writing process.”


BelAir Gets Fresh Digs on Lovers Lane

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BelAir is moving to a larger storefront on West Lovers Lane.

Home decor retailer BelAir is moving to a larger storefront on West Lovers Lane.

UPDATE: The grand opening event has been postponed to April 1.

Home decor retailer BelAir will hold a grand re-opening celebration on Thursday for its new location at 4719 W. Lovers Lane.

The store, owned by sisters Shannon VanBeber and Melani McDougal, specializes in decor, furniture, clothing, and accessories. It recently finished a move from a bungalow location down the street to the former Wild Birds Unlimited storefront, which is two stories and 2,300 square feet.

Thursday’s festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes the usual bites and sips.


Bo Knows the Way to Walker Middle School

Bo Jackson and Melvin Gordon visited with athletes from Walker Middle School and W.T. White High School on Friday.  (Photo: Clare Dempsey) 0
Bo Jackson and Melvin Gordon visited with athletes from Walker Middle School and W.T. White High School on Friday. (Photo: Clare Dempsey)

Hopefully kids today still know the name Bo Jackson — one of the greatest all-around athletes of his generation who found success both as a running back in the NFL and a slugger in Major League Baseball during the 1980s and 1990s.

While students at Walker Middle School are too young to have seen Jackson in his prime, they received some words of wisdom from the Heisman Trophy winner when he visited the school on Friday, in advance of his receiving the Doak Walker Legends Award later that evening.

Jackson, 52, spoke at an assembly for athletes from Walker and neighboring W.T. White High School along with University of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, this year’s Doak Walker Award recipient.


Baskin Named DSM Board Chairman

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Dorsey Baskin

Dorsey Baskin

Preston Hollow resident Dorsey Baskin, an accounting executive and civic leader, has been named chairman of the Dallas Summer Musicals board of directors for its 75th anniversary season this year.

Baskin is a longtime volunteer in the Dallas arts scene and has been a supporter of DSM, which is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit theater groups in the country. His accounting firm, Grant Thornton, counts the ballots for the annual High School Musical Theatre Awards Show.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious arts organization, especially during its 75th Anniversary in 2015,” Baskin said. “DSM belongs to the people of Dallas and we are here to safeguard it and make sure that it is passed along in good condition to the next generation.”


Winston Science Receives Donations

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Thanks to Lyda Hill, The Stephen M. Seay Foundation, and Winston School parent Sharron Hunt, the science department at The Winston School is receiving donations totaling $95,000.

Hill’s $60,000 donation will be used to purchase all the supplies necessary in science classrooms, and the Seay Foundation’s $25,000 donation will create two new science labs.

Hunt donated $10,000 to create a learning partnership between The Winston School and The Perot Museum. Through this partnership, The Perot Museum will bring demonstrations and other learning tools to the school. They will also assist with the school’s annual science competition.


Pipe Dreams Come True at St. Mark’s

Students in the boys choir sing accompanied by the new organ (Courtesy Photos) 0
Students in the boys choir sing accompanied by the new organ (Courtesy Photos)

Custom organ reinvigorates St. Mark’s ChapelA brand-new, custom-built pipe organ is music to everyone’s ears at St. Mark’s School of Texas. After all, it’s been a project in the works for about five years.

That’s when Tinsley Silcox came on to lead the boys’ choir. He noticed that the organ didn’t seem to be a perfect fit in the campus’ chapel. Others had known it, too.

“After I got here, I was going through files from the previous choirmaster and discovered a folder of information on getting a new organ for the chapel,” he said. “I looked at information and realized there was interest.”


Lamplighter Students Help the Hungry

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Lamplighter fourth graders prepare sandwiches.

Lamplighter fourth graders prepare sandwiches.

The winter weather last week didn’t stop the students at Lamplighter from helping others in need.

On Thursday morning, the fourth graders went to school early to help make 168 sandwiches for the Austin Street Shelter. In November, the third graders made sandwiches.

Lamplighter parents and Lamplighter’s Community Outreach Committee donated the sandwich materials.


Bishop Lynch Ends Ursuline Title Streak

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Ursuline fell to Bishop Lynch 2-1 on Friday to end its streak of 24 straight TAPPS state titles.

Ursuline fell to Bishop Lynch 2-1 on Friday to end its streak of 24 straight TAPPS state titles.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

WACO — Ursuline tried for its 25th straight TAPPS state title on Friday night, but the head-turning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to rival Bishop Lynch in frigid conditions at Waco ISD Stadium.

The Bears attempted to defeat Bishop Lynch for the third time this season, but the Friars built a 2-0 lead and held on after Ursuline midfielder Katie Lund scored on a penalty shot in the 73rd minute.

The Bears (20-5) played from behind in two 2-1 district wins against Bishop Lynch this season. Friday was no different. Bishop Lynch’s Eva Gonzalez started the scoring in the 30th minute, and Natalie McDonough made it 2-0 in the 59th minute of the physical battle.


No Really, Send Us Your Snow Pics

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Look at these Lamplighter cuties enjoying the snow. (Courtesy photo)

Look at these Lamplighter cuties enjoying the snow. (Courtesy photo)

OK this time, it’s not a drill: Pete Delkus clearly prayed enough to the snow gods that we’re getting real snow this time. Who knows what the schools will do (we’re keeping an eye on it), but I’m willing to bet that your kids will have a lot more playtime over the weekend. Send us your pics of snow angels and snowmen galore, and we will all squee over their cuteness on Monday. Send them to editor@peoplenewspapers.com.