Posts by Karley Kiker

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    • Karley Kicker is former reporter for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People. She is currently promoting her book, "Hitched in a Hurry."
  • Other Golden Gals Make Their Mark

    From left: Grace Cunningham, Ryan McBride, Susan Adelaide Moore, Farish Mozley, and Amanda White

    From left: Grace Cunningham, Ryan McBride, Susan Adelaide Moore, Farish Mozley, and Amanda White

    Congratulations to the area Girl Scouts who recently received their Gold Awards. Each girl has worked tirelessly to implement their projects; working a minimum of 80 hours. Each project addressed problems within the local community to ones on a global scale. Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Jul. 10, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Girl Scouts’ Golden Gals Benefit Communities

    Meredith Burke reintroduces native grasses at the Connemara Conservancy in Allen. (Photo: Girl scouts of Northeast Texas)

    Meredith Burke reintroduces native grasses at the Connemara Conservancy in Allen. (Photo: Girl scouts of Northeast Texas)

    Just call them the golden girls.

    Local Girl Scouts Meredith Burke, Grace Cunningham, Meghan Harshaw, Ryan McBride, Susan Adelaide Moore, Farish Mozley, and Amanda White recently received the organization’s prestigious Gold Award for developing projects as global-minded as they are gilded.

    “It takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete a Gold Award [project],” explained Ana Harshaw, who leads Troop 306. “Twenty of the 80 hours must be in leadership. The project must also be sustainable and global, and the girl must be able to evaluate the impact of the project.” Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Jul. 8, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Talking Trash With Liz and Jeff Helfrich

    People should recycle more. That’s the basic premise behind this Preston Hollow couple’s combination trashcan/recycling bin, the Solecan. The “Sole” stands for a lot of things — the term “environmental footprint” comes to mind, naturally — but primarily, the moniker is intended to signify that the corner-sized Solecan is the only one you need.

    The only problem: the Helfriches — who are first-time inventors — need $40,000 to purchase the mold that will allow for mass production of their prototype. If their Kickstarter campaign succeeds, you could soon see the Solecan in bathrooms, offices, dorm rooms…anywhere outside the kitchen, basically. Want (way) more information? Pick up a copy of this week’s Preston Hollow People for the full story. And when you’re finished reading the article, do the Helfriches a favor: recycle it.

    By Karley Kiker Mar. 13, 2013 | 9:09 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Don’t Screen These Phone Calls

    You may get a few phone calls on March 17. That’s the day that the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas will hold its annual “Super Sunday” event, where volunteers will conduct a fundraising phone-a-thon that lasts from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. If you’d like to be on the dialing end of those phone calls, you’ll find sign-up information here. Event will be held in the Zale Auditorium of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center.

    By Karley Kiker Mar. 7, 2013 | 9:25 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Southfork Ranch Hosts Birthday Bash For Halliday

    Southfork Ranch housed Halliday for her 102nd birthday celebration. Photo: @watchwithus on Twitter

    Around Dallas, there are two pieces of iconic real estate that everybody should (and does) know about: Southfork Ranch and Ebby Halliday. It makes sense, then, that J.R.’s place was selected to house the “Duchess of Dallas” and her family of associates for a celebratory breakfast feting her 102nd birthday yesterday morning — agreed?

    P.S. Although Halliday’s company-wide party was yesterday, we’d recommend sending personal birthday wishes a bit later in the week. Her actual date of birth is March 9, 1911.

    By Karley Kiker Mar. 6, 2013 | 8:39 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • “A Little Less Noise There!”

    If Peter Pan‘s “Mr. Darling” had been my escort at the last few events I’ve covered for our “People Watching” section, he could have shouted his classic line from the rooftops…and still I’m pretty sure that no one would have heard him. At one luncheon, a cancer survivor spoke about her aggressive fight for health, which necessitated over 100 hours of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, she was all but drowned out by the clink of cutlery and echos of conversations that couldn’t be paused. At another luncheon, it took three podium-pleas to call the room to attention before the program could proceed. The same was true at a recent ball, where a frustrated speaker finally asked, “Everyone who can hear me, can you please tap your knife against your glass?” Yet the talking persisted, even through a brief presentation about a particularly heartbreaking CASA case.

    I love covering events, and have been a firsthand witness to the hours upon hours of thought, planning, and hard work that go into bringing each one to life. Co-chairs often pull me aside to emphasize the importance of bringing attention to so many worthy beneficiaries in print. I couldn’t agree more with the directive — in fact, I count it my greatest privilege as a social columnist to spotlight all the good I’ve seen in Dallas. I’d just like there to be “a little less noise there,” so that I can hear a few good things, too. Anyone else?

    By Karley Kiker Feb. 28, 2013 | 9:02 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Is Texas Ranger Derek Holland’s House For Sale?

    Real estate blogger Candace Evans got me all a-twitter recently with the above teaser-tweet, which hinted that the pitcher’s home just might be on the market in Preston Hollow. As it turns out, the property belongs to another Derek Holland — good news in my opinion, considering how many World Series-era Rangers have already hit the highway (bye, Josh). But Candie’s photos of the home‘s zebra print carpet and hot pink workout room are worth checking out, anyway.

    By Karley Kiker Feb. 27, 2013 | 8:48 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Winter Tea Features Janine and Juliette Turner

    Nothing brings a mother-daughter pair together like the Constitution. At least that’s the way it went for actress Janine Turner and her daughter Juliette, who will be interviewed about Juliette’s new book by Jocelyn White at the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s Winter Tea on Sunday. Said emcee-of-everything Jocelyn:

    “Janine has been one of my closest friends for over 20 years. I’ve seen her through TV shows, movies, moves, dogs, horses, Longhorns and the birth and life of Juliette. I promise this will be an intimate and entertaining conversation!”

    Sold on attending the event? A seat can be yours for $75. For more information or to register, click here.

    By Karley Kiker Feb. 21, 2013 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Peggy Sewell, Roger Nanney Have Hearts For Arts

    And because of their hearts (and significant contributions to fostering growth and development in the Dallas arts community), they’ll both be named Silver Cup honorees at this Friday’s 35th annual TACA luncheon. Andrew Teller, chairman of the TACA board of directors, summed up the duo’s selection nicely:

    “Peggy and Roger lead by example in their giving of themselves and their resources to the Dallas arts community. It is our privilege to honor these esteemed volunteers by awarding them the TACA Silver Cup.”

    And it’s our privilege to write about them post-luncheon. You’ll find our coverage in the March 8 edition of Preston Hollow People.

    By Karley Kiker Feb. 20, 2013 | 8:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tim Tebow Tickets Go on Sale This Friday

    Hey, girl. Why don't you sponsor a table and come hear me speak?

    Ladies, prepare your wallets. Sponsor tables for “Faith and Football,” Trinity Christian Academy’s annual fundraising dinner, will be sold to the public beginning tomorrow. And — you guessed it — Tim Tebow will be headlining the event, which takes place on Saturday, April 27 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Guests can expect Tebow to talk all things testimony and professional journey (AKA, football). Interested in sponsoring? See below, and/or click here for additional information:

    • The MVP: $100,000. Includes seating for two with Tim Tebow; 12 invites to the private VIP reception at 6 p.m.; six photo opportunities with Tim Tebow; autographed Tim Tebow sports memorabilia; an autographed copy of his autobiography, Through My Eyes; name and logo placement on promotional materials; and VIP valet parking passes for six.
    • The All-Pro: $50,000. Includes 10 invites to the private VIP reception at 6 p.m.; five photo opportunities with Tim Tebow; autographed Tim Tebow sports memorabilia; an autographed copy of Through My Eyes; name placement on promotional materials; and VIP valet parking passes for five.
    • The Quarterback: $25,000. Includes autographed Tim Tebow sports memorabilia and an autographed copy of Through My Eyes.
    • The Running Back: $10,000. Includes an autographed copy of Through My Eyes.
    • The Wide Receiver: $5,000.

    Each sponsorship level includes a seated dinner for 10 guests, a listing in the event program, and complimentary valet parking. And do yourself a favor: don’t forget to take a knee for some “tebowing” after meeting the QB. Your photo album will thank you later.

    By Karley Kiker Feb. 14, 2013 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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