Making Moms’ Wishes Come True

Founder Heather Bryan, founder Melissa Cary, event chair Laura Downing, honorary chair Tricia Sims, founder Missy Phipps, and founder Holly Reed (Photos: Bob Manzano) 0
Founder Heather Bryan, founder Melissa Cary, event chair Laura Downing, honorary chair Tricia Sims, founder Missy Phipps, and founder Holly Reed (Photos: Bob Manzano)

On April 30, hundreds of philanthropic hearts joined forces at Gilley’s Dallas for the Ally’s Wish Foundation’s second annual Boots & Blessings Gala to help grant the wishes of terminally ill mothers.

The foundation is named for the late Allyson Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was a wife, a mother of three boys, a devout Christian, and a warrior in her battle against ovarian cancer. She kept a blog over the course of seven years, detailing her life during this battle. Hendrickson’s strength and faith, even in light of her prognosis, inspired many, including four women at her church.

They didn’t know Hendrickson very well outside of the glances and quick chats at church, yet they felt compelled to do something for her. So in 2014, they developed the concept for the nonprofit foundation, which provides the gifts, transportation, and lodging needed to make moms’ wishes come true. 

Police Reports: May 9-15



Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., a vandal cut a burlap wreath in the 7100 block of Blairview Drive.

Between 5 p.m. on May 9 and 10 a.m. on May 10, a thief entered a construction cite in the 4200 block of Cedarbrush Drive. It is unclear if anything was stolen.

Between 5:30 and 6 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 5800 block of Meaders Lane and stole property.

Hockaday Student to Tickle the Ivories at Carnegie Hall

Hockadaisy Grace Cai.

Hockadaisy Grace Cai.

Not all musicians can add Protégé to their list of titles, but Hockaday junior Grace Cai can. A first place winner of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, Cai will display her abilities on the piano with a recital in one of the most renowned music halls in the country — Carnegie Hall.

Cai’s instructor Dr. Grace Long found the competition on her never-ending search for musical opportunities for her students. The contest is open to musicians of any age and with specialties from piano to brass. Long encouraged Cai to submit a recording of her performance of Chopin’s “Ballade No. 3 Op. 47.” The 16-year-old will be one of several winners to perform in New York City on an evening in early July. While she’s still deciding on which piece to perform, Cai said she was leaning toward Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude No. 10 Op. 32.”

“I’ve heard about [Carnegie] ever since I started playing,” Cai said. “We always look up to the big virtuoso concert pianist and you always hear they went to Carnegie Hall … I always thought that stage was reserved for very talented people, like professional pianists.”

Following her trip to New York this summer, Cai will board a much longer flight to Monti Castello di Vibio, Italy. There she will join Long and seven other students to give two concerts. 

High Schoolers Play Lacrosse For One Love


High school boys and girls from public and private schools across Dallas will play lacrosse at Greenville School on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the One Love Foundation. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. and will be governed by girls’ lacrosse rules.

One Love was founded to honor Yardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend in 2010. The organization has been conducting relationship violence education and prevention programs all year at participating schools.

The organizers expect more than 200 students to show up.

Coming to a Mall Near You


Husbands, hide your credit cards. Wives, start making room in your closets. Some newcomers are on their way to NorthPark Center, and looking at the list, my bank account is already weeping.

So take a look at the line up, and get ready to pamper yourself this summer.

  • Sam Edelman – May
  • Warby Parker – June
  • Tory Sport, by Tory Burch – August
  • Kate Weiser Chocolate – August
  • ivivva athletica – August
  • Lilly Pulitzer – August
  • MiniLuxe – August
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels – August
  • Zara – August

Hillcrest’s Gilliam Nets State Tennis Title

Hillcrest sophomore Anne Gilliam won the Class 5A girls singles title on Tuesday in College Station. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

Hillcrest sophomore Anne Gilliam won the Class 5A girls singles title on Tuesday in College Station. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — The last time a Dallas ISD player won a state tennis title, John F. Kennedy was president and gas was 31 cents a gallon.

A lot has changed since Hillcrest’s Lynn Haines hoisted the trophy in 1961, and on Tuesday, Hillcrest sophomore Anne Gilliam made history by claiming the Class 5A girls singles crown in her first state tournament appearance.

Victory didn’t come easily for Gilliam on Tuesday, considering Austin Vandegrift’s Tyler Duncum came close multiple times to winning the three-set title match.

“It feels really good. I’m just really proud of myself that I was able to do it, because I was down so much in that match,” Gilliam said. “Just feels really good to get the win.”

An Hour With Condoleezza Rice

Preston Hollow resident Roger C. Gault intereviewed Dr. Condoleezza Rice in April.

Preston Hollow resident Roger C. Gault intereviewed Dr. Condoleezza Rice in April.

The Dallas Assembly traveled to San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Napa Valley, Calif. for its annual seminar in April. During the trip, the group visited Stanford University, where Assembly President, and Preston Hollow resident, Roger C. Gault has the opportunity to interview Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

The former national security advisor and secretary of state under President George W. Bush talked about her childhood, teaching at Stanford, current international events, and U.S. relations with other countries.

In 2000, Gault founded Gault Company, a real estate development business that develops and invests in a variety of properties.

The Dallas Assembly works to educate and enlighten its group of leaders, passing knowledge on to the community. The organization is comprised of various leads in Dallas’ business, civic, and nonprofit industries committed to improving the city.

Second Saturday Offers Second Chance for Financial Knowledge


Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.55.12 AMWhen it comes to helping women who are getting a divorce understand the financial, emotional, and legal implications, Second Saturday has the bases covered. Since its start in San Diego in 1989, the organization has provided workshops featuring professionals in those three fields to help women prepare for and cope with divorce. In fall of 2015, Cynthia Thompson formed a Dallas location at Unity of Dallas, gathering women for three hours once a month on the namesake Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual divorce rate in Texas has decreased from 3.6 per 1,000 total populations in 2004 to 2.7 per 1,000 total population in 2014. This puts Texas below the national rate of 3.2 per 1,000 total population throughout the United States.

But while the rates may decrease, divorce is still an overwhelming topic, said Thompson, the founder of Divorce Planning LLC. According to her, money is almost always a point of concern. Second Saturday seeks to serve those women who have not had a hand in the household budgets, or aren’t fully aware of how their finances will be impacted by the dissolution of their marriage.

“Divorce is a huge change in your life and your identity,” said Dr. Susan Sturdivant, a therapist of more than 30 years. “I think it never occurs to people to do what I call financial engineering to minimize the financial impact of a divorce without harming the other party.”

Sequel on Tap for Jesuit, HP This Week

Jesuit swept Highland Park last season. Can the Rangers repeat the feat? They'll find out this week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit swept Highland Park last season in the playoffs. Can the Rangers repeat the feat? They’ll find out this week. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

As with most blockbuster attractions these days, Highland Park and Jesuit will stage a sequel to their baseball playoff series from a year ago.

The rivals separated by only about six miles along the Dallas North Tollway will renew their rivalry in the Class 6A Region II quarterfinals this weekend.

The best-of-three series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park, and will shift to Jesuit for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A third game, if necessary, is slated for noon Saturday in Prosper.

Both squads are 4-1 thus far in the playoffs. The Scots (29-6) swept Rowlett in a pair of close games in the area round — including a 17-inning marathon in the opener — while the Rangers (29-6) stumbled in their series opener against Belton before rallying for a series win.