Alcuin 5K Moves Runners to Donate

Student volunteers at the Alcuin 5K included, from left, front row: Luke Mazur, Trevor Cook, Cole Murphy, Bella Smith, Rithu Sreenath, and Robin Veninga. Back row: Finn Johnson, Tejas Yannamani, Greg Yared, Kelsey d'Etienne, Ariana Carr, Jonathan Brady, and Wes Castillo.

Student volunteers at the Alcuin 5K included, from left, front row: Luke Mazur, Trevor Cook, Cole Murphy, Bella Smith, Rithu Sreenath, and Robin Veninga. Back row: Finn Johnson, Tejas Yannamani, Greg Yared, Kelsey d’Etienne, Ariana Carr, Jonathan Brady, and Wes Castillo.

Students, faculty members, and friends of Alcuin School worked up a sweat for a good cause during the school’s inaugural 5K run and 1-mile fun run on April 18 at Trinity Skyline Trail, adjacent to the new Continental Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Proceeds will benefit the Alex Podeszwa Legacy Fund, which was created to honor an Alcuin student who lost a nine-year battle with cancer in September. The fund provides scholarship assistance and other endowment funding to students.

Kleinert to Speak at DJF Luncheon

Ashlee Kleinert

Ashlee Kleinert

The Dallas Junior Forum is set for its luncheon, called DJF: The Art of Giving, on April 22 at the Belo Pavilion.

The guest speaker will be Dallas entrepreneur Ashlee Hunt Kleinert, founder of Ruthie’s Food Trucks and co-founder of Executives in Action. The mistress of ceremonies is Gigi Antoni, president and CEO of Big Thought.

Among the beneficiaries are a handful of the DJF service programs, including Nourish to Flourish, Under Our Wings, Child Stars, Golden Friendships, and At Your Services. The programs feed, mentor, and care for those in need.

Badovinus Brings Seafood to Preston Center


Nick Badovinus will open Montlake Cut this spring. (Courtesy photo)

Seattle’s culinary culture is known for two things: seafood and coffee. Nick Badovinus hopes to bring both of those to Dallas in a new way with his latest Preston Center concept, Montlake Cut.

The restaurant, named after the canal that links Lake Washington to the Puget Sound, evokes Badovinus’ childhood in the Seattle area.

“There’s a saltwater-scented, blue collar appeal to it,” he said. “That’s what we kind of hope to bring — that great, quality fish doesn’t have to be rarified. It’s a different point of view to fish.”

PHPC Welcomes New Pastor


kwr photographyPreston Hollow Presbyterian Church’s two-year search for a new head pastor is over. Rev. Matthew Ruffner was elected following a congregational meeting yesterday. He also preached at the church for the first time during a combined, single worship service.

“I believe God calls particular people to particular places at particular times, and I am excited that God has called our family to the Preston Hollow family,” Ruffner said in a statement.

Ruffner succeeds longtime pastor Blair Monie in the position, who retired in June 2014. Monie announced his impending retirement in 2013 to provide the pastor nominating committee with sufficient time to search.

Ruffner comes to PHPC from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga. His wife, Sarah, is a physician assistant in cardiology. The couple has an 18-month-old daughter named Olivia.

Zhen to Hold Student Art Fundraiser


Zhen artworkZhen Music and Arts Institute on Lovers Lane has always supported young artists, and the new student show IMAGINE is no exception.

The gallery will host a reception for the show from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, during which 50 percent of the proceeds from art sales will go to the Autism Treatment Center of Dallas.

So for those with an eye for creativity, here’s an opportunity to support aspiring artists and a good cause at the same time.

Amateurs Can Build DIY Veggie Gardens

Columnist Stephanie Casey

Columnist Stephanie Casey

Food doesn’t get any fresher or more delicious than when picked from your own yard.

I know, I know. That sounds great, but there is all that process, dirt, and green-thumb knowledge to contend with to make homegrown food a reality. I’d toyed with the idea before, but always decided it was easier to just buy veggies and herbs from real farmers. I mean, I only keep plants at home that require sunlight and (hardly any) water.

Orphan Outreach to Honor Simmons

Cindy Brinker Simmons will be honored tonight along with the medical team who helped Guatemalan orphan Gersi Ordonez.

Preston Hollow philanthropist Cindy Brinker Simmons, right, will be honored tonight along with the medical team who helped Guatemalan orphan Gersi Ordonez.

The civic and philanthropic legacy of Cindy Brinker Simmons is no secret, but what many people might not know is that the Preston Hollow resident — along with her son William — sponsor 18 orphans from around the world that she considers part of her family.

So it makes sense that Simmons will be honored tonight with the Champion of Hope Award during the second annual Children’s Hope Dinner at the Hilton Anatole.

“There are children from all corners of the world waiting for someone to give them hope,” said Simmons, the founder of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. “Love is a powerful tool. For those children who feel unwanted and unvalued, sponsorship lets them know they are worthy to be loved. It transforms their lives and the lives of the sponsor.

National Beer Day Pairings at Grain


Celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the end of Prohibition, aka National Beer Day, with a few brews and bites at Grain.

Grain’s Executive Chef Patrick McElroy is teaming up with Lakewood Brewing Co. to pair a four course Texas-themed food and beer tasting to celebrate the holiday on April 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50/person and seats are limited, so book your reservation by calling Grain at 469-232-4962.

CEO Shares Passion For Art

Ashmore thanks supporters and announces 2014’s winners. (Photo: Travis Lilley) 0
Ashmore thanks supporters and announces 2014’s winners. (Photo: Travis Lilley)

Eight years ago, Mickey Ashmore’s son asked a simple question: “Why don’t you go to Booker T. to look for art?”

For Ashmore, CEO of Universal Commercial Realty, the idea to look for gifts for his most valued clients for his company’s 20th anniversary was novel. Now, seven years later, the simple question has led to a legacy of art advocacy among high school students in the form of Retail as Art.

The scholarship photography competition, a charitable initiative of UCR, presents a number of high school students with prizes for images that capture their interpretation of the essence of retail. From fish markets to store racks, past winners have varied in subject matter, but all feature a high level of style. 

Ursuline Rower Signs With Creighton

is surrounded by her Ursuline teammates during a signing ceremony on Wednesday.

Louisa Karam is surrounded by her Ursuline teammates during a signing ceremony on Wednesday.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

Louisa Karam’s rowing career will continue at Creighton University.

The Ursuline senior signed with the Bluejays on Wednesday. Karam, who has been rowing since her freshman year, liked Creighton once she stepped on the campus in Omaha, Neb.

“I like that Creighton is a Jesuit school, and I like their business department,” Karam said. “Over the years, I just fell in love with rowing. I like the companionship and the teamwork.”

JLD Honors Rangel School Graduates


The Sustainers of Junior League of Dallas are hosting a luncheon to honor the 59 graduates of the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School on Saturday April 18.

The graduates of the all-girls’ school, many of whom are the first generation to be college-bound, were previously paired with Sustainer mentors for career advice and encouragement to continue volunteering.

“Our goal in hosting this luncheon is to raise the awareness of opportunities available to the graduates once they finish college, particularly those related to volunteerism,” said Beth Brown, luncheon chair.

The speakers at the luncheon are JLD members Cynthia Villanueva and Miranda Bond. Villanueva, attorney and JLD diversity chair, will speak about her relationship with school namesake Rep. Rangel, and Bond will speak about the importance of leadership.

The luncheon honorees will receive mementos to celebrate their graduation and will keep in touch with their Sustainers throughout their college careers.

St. Michael’s to Host Human Trafficking Symposium Saturday


Human trafficking is a big problem in Dallas. That’s why organizations such as New Friends New Life and Traffick911 go to work every day to rescue girls from helpless situations. But there’s more to be done. Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church is hosting the Dallas Symposium on Human Trafficking from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 18 at the church.

The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and the American Friends of the Anglican Centre Rome are just of a few of the faith-based organizations coming together to stop trafficking. Use the hashtag #stopslaverydallas to spread the word about the event and mission.

“All people of good will, and especially people of faith, have a moral obligation to do all that they can to put an end to human trafficking,” said Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Here’s a video from the Global Freedom Network that St. Michael’s has posted on the event page: