Southwestern Medical Foundation Presents Sprague Award to Hoblitzelle Foundation

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The Southwestern Medical Foundation presented the Sprague Award to the Hoblitzelle Foundation during a private dinner at Old Parkland Hospital. Hoblitzelle was recognized for its generosity and for carrying the torch in remembrance of Karl Hoblitzelle, who played a key role in identifying the priorities of the city.

The Sprague Award was created in 1991 to honor those who give of their time and effort to provide significant support to improving medical education, medical research, and patient care.

In 2016, Hoblitzelle Foundation provided $2 million to advance the work of Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern with the purchase of a magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine.

Mad Hatter’s Tea to Celebrate 29 Years


Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 11.28.14 AMBenefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden, the 29th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea will take place April 27 at the Dallas Arboretum. The tea may be best known for the gorgeous and over-the-top hats worn by the women in society. Amy Warren and Amanda Hill will serve as this year’s honorary chairs.

Attendance for the even has grown, with people now traveling from as far as California. Fashion icon Rachel Zoe will be the celebrity guest. She is known for her effortless glamour and style to the stars. Zoe has been a clothes designer, author, and editor for The Zoe Report.

Dallas’ own Tootsies will highlight spring and summer trends produced by Jan Strimple.

Attended by over 450 people in the past, the Women’s Council is looking forward to what is to come.

ESPN’s Overholt to Give Journalism Lecture at SMU

Alison Overholt (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Alison Overholt (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, will give the William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at SMU at 4 p.m. on April 4.

The first female editor of a national sports magazine, Overholt will speak about her experiences in rising to the top in a male-dominated industry, and about the growing prominence of women in sports. The lecture takes place in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. For further information call 214-768-3695. The O’Neil Lecture Series is presented by the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

Overholt serves as editor-in-chief of both ESPN The Magazine (since February 2016), a biweekly print publication, and espnW (since April 2014), a digital product suite targeted to female athletes and their fans. At espnW, she is responsible for developing comprehensive content strategies through digital, mobile, social, print, video and events. At ESPN The Magazine, she drives collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Under her direction, ESPN The Magazine just won the magazine industry’s highest honor, the 2017 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Dallas Historical Society Announces Upcoming Series



The Dallas Historical Society presents An Evening With!, a four month lecture series exploring Dallas and Texas History. The series begins March 16 with Evelyn Barker, information literacy librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington. She will discuss her published essays about Polly Smith, a young photographer hired by Dallas’ Centennial Exposition to document Texas photography.

On April 20, landscape architect and urban planner, Kevin Sloan will lecture on George Kessler’s 1911 plan for what he called “Crusade against Ugliness.”

One Dead After Preston Place Fire

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Courtesy Red Cross DFW

The seven-alarm fire that destroyed the Preston Place condos this weekend has resulted in fatality.

Firefighters found a body early March 6 and believe the deceased is Jacqueline McDonald, an 89-year-old resident who had been missing, according Dallas Fire-Rescue.

“We found a body near the area where the missing woman lived,” Public Information Officer Jason Evans said. “Considering all the information we’ve gathered up to this point, and the people we’ve spoken with, the most likely case is that it is her. . . the medical examiner will be the one to make that confirmation.”

The fire started late Friday at the four-story condominium building in the 6200 block of Northwest Highway near Preston Road.

La Madeleine Founder Honored by Freedoms Foundation

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La Madeleine founder Patrick Esquerré was honored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for his efforts with Kid Vision for life, an organization working to help low income students with vision correction.

Esquerré received the George Washington Honor Medal Award for going above and beyond.  He partnered with eyeglasses manufacturer Essilor, helping Kids Vision for Life expand. In nine major areas in Texas and across the US, the program has provided more than 415,000 screenings and more than 105,000 pairs of glasses.

Esquerré previously served as board member for KERA, CASA, and the North Texas Food Bank. He has received the PBS Humanitarian Award, Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur on the Year, and named a Top 50 Power Player by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2004, he was awarded the L’Ordre National du Merite  for distinguished civil and military achievements in France.

Ashton Kutcher to Speak at New Friends New Life Luncheon


Ashton KutcherActor Ashton Kutcher will be the keynote speaker at the New Friends New Life luncheon May 10 at the OMNI Dallas Hotel. The event will be chaired by Lisa Cooley and Tanya Foster.

Kutcher is using this platform to call for action against human trafficking. New Friends New Life is a nonprofit organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked and sexually exploited women, teens, and children. 

Troy Aikman to Lead United Way Fundraising Campaign


troy-aikman-819x1024Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman will lead the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 93rd annual fundraising campaign. The campaign raised a record-breaking $75 million for the North Texas community last year.

Resources raised will support efforts to achieve 10-year community goals to prepare at least 60 percent of all high school graduates succeed in college and careers, move 250, 000 out of poverty, and improve health and quality of life across North Texas.

Aikman has been involved with the United Way since his playing days. In 2011, he and Dr. Kenneth Cooper launched the Healthy Zone Schools Recognition Program, a partnership between United Way and The Cooper Institute to fight childhood obesity.

Aikman named United Way as the beneficiary of the “25th Anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champions” celebration. The event, which was organized by Aikman, honored teammates and coaches from Super Bowls XXXVII, XXVIII, and XXX on February 25th.

Fire Rips Through Northwest Highway Condos

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Courtesy Red Cross DFW

Dallas firefighters continue to battle a 7-alarm fire that started late Friday at a four-story condominium building in the 6200 block of Northwest Highway near Preston Road.

Dallas Fire-Rescue received a 911 call at 11:26 p.m. for a structure fire at 6225 West Northwest Highway. When crews arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the building as residents evacuated. Shortly thereafter, flames engulfed most of the structure, causing firefighters to escalate the fire to 6-alarm and then 7-alarm status. Between 170 and 180 firefighters were dispatched during the height of the blaze.