PHES Presents Donation to UNICEF

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UNICEF representative Hannah Wright (right) accepts a check from PHES 4th graders.

UNICEF representative Hannah Wright (right) accepts a check from PHES 4th graders.

Students at Preston Hollow Elementary School upped their “trick-or-treating” game this past fall.

The kids of PHES raised $1,000 for UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat campaign by selling popcorn after school and gathering monetary donations. Roughly 75 percent of the total donation came from selling the 50-cent bags of popcorn.

On Jan. 8, the school celebrated their accomplishment by watching a slideshow of their fundraising efforts and listening to a few students’ personal narratives about what the fundraising process meant to them. Local UNICEF representative Hannah Wright was part of the crowd that day at to accept a donation check from the fourth-grade team.


Kleinman Appointed to Transport Committee

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rsz_kleinman_leeOur own city councilman Lee Kleinman has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2015 Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee.

That’s a mouthful, but apparently, it’s a committee that develops federal policy positions on transportation issues including but not limited to: planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. Whew.

Kleinman will help the committee prepare policy to present before Congress on behalf of towns and cities across the country.

Kleinman, a St. Mark’s graduate, served on the city’s park and recreation board before becoming a councilman in 2013.


Volunteer Warms Hearts Across Globe

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HeartGift board member and volunteer transporter Grace Cook cuddles with heart patient Chintushig and his parents at the airport. (Courtesy Photo)

HeartGift board member and volunteer transporter Grace Cook cuddles with heart patient Chintushig and his parents at the airport. (Courtesy Photo)

For some people, the love of philanthropy runs in the family.

That happens to be the case for Grace Cook, whose grandmother, Margaret McDermott, is a well-known Highland Park civic leader in many sectors.

But Cook is making her own marks through one organization: HeartGift.

The group works to make sure that children in developing countries with congenital heart defects can get surgeries to save their lives.

Cook, who serves as a board member for the organization, was able to travel to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, with the family of one such child in November.

“I had such an overwhelming emotion when I got there and got to see the family being reunited,” the Hockaday graduate said. “I started crying, which is absurd.”


Please Help Us Welcome Our New Interns

Mackenzie Cimala, Andrea Miranda, and Paige Kerley 0
Mackenzie Cimala, Andrea Miranda, and Paige Kerley

Over the next few months you might see some new bylines on our blog. Please join us in welcoming three amazing SMU students: Mackenzie Cimala, Paige Kerley, and Andrea Miranda.

Mackenzie is a junior majoring in creative advertising and studio, and minoring in graphic design. Paige is a senior studying journalism and minoring in law and legal reasoning. And Andrea is a junior studying advertising and graphic design.

So if you get a call from one of these lovely ladies and they say they work for People Newspapers, they in fact do. Just so the record shows. Yay new interns!!


Spieth Extends Lucrative Under Armour Deal

You'll be seeing more of this Under Armour golf apparel on Jordan Spieth in the upcoming years. (File photo) 0
You'll be seeing more of this Under Armour golf apparel on Jordan Spieth in the upcoming years. (File photo)

It’s good to be Jordan Spieth these days. Along with his recent success on the golf course, the former Jesuit standout and Preston Hollow native recently signed a 10-year extension to his endorsement deal with Under Armour.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the contract is that Spieth, 21, is consulting on the company’s first golf shoe, which is set for release this spring. He will wear only Under Armour gear during tournaments.

Spieth originally signed with Under Armour about two years ago, before he was on the fringe of stardom on the PGA Tour.


Ebby CEO to Moderate Economic Panel

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Mary Frances Burleson

Mary Frances Burleson

The present and future of the Dallas economy will be the topic of an economic outlook forum on Friday morning at the Cooper Hotel and Conference Center.

The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting the panel, which will be moderated by Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies.

Speakers will include Dr. Ted Jones, chief economist and senior vice president for Stewart Title, and Dr. Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU. Cost is $40 for chamber members and $60 for non-members, and you can register here.


ESD Sophomore Reels In Another Film Honor

ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York. (Courtesy photo) 0
ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York. (Courtesy photo)

ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry has been chosen to screen his short film Everyday next month at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif.

Etcheverry, who lives in University Park, is no stranger to film festivals, having traveled to New York in October to show three of his films at the All-American High School Film Festival.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our program,” said ESD film teacher Bobby Weiss said on the school’s website. “Cal’s efforts to submit to film festivals has put him in a great position to win a lot of scholarships in the future. I am so glad to see that he has made such great leaps in his film career and is now getting recognition for all of his hard work.  I am very proud of him and his partners who worked on the films with him.”


Ursuline Alum Spends Term in Dominican

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Ursuline alumna Camille Mavelian is among a group of students from Austin College who will spend the January term in the Dominican Republic, at Iberoamerican University in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Mavelian and her classmates will live with host families and immerse themselves in the culture, including food and music. They’ll also visit the country’s botanical garden and business district, along with many other sites that have Spanish names such as Punta Cana and Boca de Yuma.

Mavelian is a junior soccer player for the Roos who started all 21 games during the fall season and scored two goals.


New Classes Get Feet Tapping at ESD

Dance teacher Glen Dawson instructs ESD girls on their form and technique during class.  (Photo: Nicole Jacobsen) 0
Dance teacher Glen Dawson instructs ESD girls on their form and technique during class. (Photo: Nicole Jacobsen)

In its 40 years, Episcopal School of Dallas had never had a dance program.

That ended this fall, when the school’s fine art department hired a dance teacher and began to offer its students class credit in dance.

“It was just a huge gap in our fine-arts program,” said Dusty Davidson, chair of ESD’s fine-arts department. “It’s something we needed. I think it adds to all other aspects of the arts we have.”


Soup, Art Converge For a Good Cause

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Do you like soup? Do you like art? So do we. That makes the Stewpot Alliance annual Soup’s On! Luncheon just about perfect in our eyes.

The luncheon and art sale on Tuesday at the Omni Dallas will feature 12 local chefs serving up signature soups, and a sale of original paintings to boot. Country singer Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker, with Susie Simon as the honorary chair. Anne Besser and Jackie Moore are luncheon chairs.

Proceeds will benefit The Stewpot, which provides food and social programs for the homeless, in its launch of the upcoming Encore Park project. Individual tickets start at $150, with sponsorships and tables also available. For information, call 214-382-5915.