Avoid Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Gucci purses were seized this year. (U.S. Customs)

With holiday gift-buying gearing up, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations are warning consumers to avoid counterfeit goods.

Last year, Customs seized more than $1.3 billion in counterfeit goods, according to a news release. Earlier this year, the agency seized counterfeit Gucci purses.

Bushes React to Death of Ruth Altshuler

Ruth Altshuler

UPDATE: A live webcast of a memorial service Thursday to honor renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Altshuler will be available at smu.edu/live

Ruth Altshuler, a Dallas icon of leadership and philanthropy, died Friday at age 93.

News of her death drew reaction from the likes of the Bushes, Troy Aikman, and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who tweeted, “Our prayers are with her.”

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush issued a statement on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Ruth Altshuler,” they said. “Dallas has lost an outstanding civic leader in Ruth. Ruth taught us the lessons of philanthropy, service, and friendship. She was charming, humble, talented, generous, and funny. We loved being with her, and we will miss her.”

Exploring Colores de España

La Fiesta Committee Chairs: Michaela Dyer, Mary Gill Parker, Jill Tananbaum, Pam Stegegna, Elizabeth Gambrell, Anne Besser, Katie Pedigo, Courtney Madden, Mary Deaver, Fran Matise, and Jill Willis. (Photo: James French)

La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas kicked off the 2018 presentation season with a gathering of the La Fiesta Committee Chairs at the home of Michelle and Houston Hall. The home and courtyard’s Spanish architecture and influence provided the perfect backdrop for over 100 ladies to learn about the year’s events.

La Fiesta Chairs Anne Besser and Elizabeth Gambrell announced the theme for the 33rd year of La Fiesta: “Exploring Colores de España.” This theme celebrates the flag of the Kingdom of Spain and Spanish art and architecture. The Spanish flag flew over Texas from 1519 to 1685 and from 1690 to 1821.

Novelist Returns to Scene of the Drive

Bradley Spinelli. (Courtesy photo)

More than 20 years ago, Bradley Spinelli got his professional writing start publishing articles for People Newspapers while working as the delivery driver for Uptown People.

In November, he returned to Dallas for a reading of his most recent novel, The Painted Gun.

“Dallas is the first city that was truly ‘mine,’” Spinelli said. “Writing-wise, my first two novels were set in Dallas. That’s where I found my voice.”

22nd Holiday Wreath Collection

One of the wreaths from the 2017 Holiday Wreath Collection. (Photo: Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster)

On Nov. 16, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, DIFFA/Dallas, hosted its 22nd Holiday Wreath Collection at the Fashion Industry Gallery to ring in the holiday season. The holiday spirit was in full swing at this year’s event. Guests mixed and mingled amongst 60 one-of-a-kind wreaths, works of art and curated accessories displayed beautifully throughout the Vintage White Christmas themed space.

Working Mom Shares Success

Sallie Behnke and Christine Ashmore look to empower other moms. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

Juggling a small business and life as a wife and mother hasn’t stopped Sallie Behnke from excelling at both.

The financial planner from University Park recently became Texas’ only Morgan Stanley adviser named to Working Mother Magazine’s Top Wealth Adviser List for 2017. She ranked 104 out of 200. She works with clients with a typical net worth of $7 million to $15 million.