Monica Buskuhl: Giving Purpose to Beauty Samples

This past May Monica Buskuhl founded FACE Foundation in order to give new purpose to piles of unused beauty samples and travel-sized toiletries. With donations from friends and family, the new FACE Foundation has donated 1,700 bags to five local shelters for women experiencing homelessness.

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Mary Martin
Kathryn Jacob: Creating a Safe Haven

CEO of SafeHaven, Kathryn Jacob has dedicated the past 20 years to serving those who have experienced domestic violence, and creating programs to prevent it. During October'‘s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the SafeHaven team is spearheading a campaign throughout North Texas in hopes to ignite a fire for change.

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Mary Martin
A Cookies and Castle Gingerbread Extravaganza

For the past 12 years, members of Tri Delta Alumnae chapter have hosted a Gingerbread Extravaganza™ in order to raise funds for Texas Scottish Rite hospital and their prosthetics department. This year the three-day event is due to host 1,300 people and create just as many candy-covered gingerbread houses! Co-chair Katie Broussard shares the history and behind the scenes for this year’s event.

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Mary Martin
Roselle Tenorio: Full Circle Giving

For Roselle Tenorio, giving back in the same way she experienced giving as a child, propelled her towards her career as Grants Coordinator at Texas Women's Foundation. Her work with Americorp led to a career in the nonprofit sector, but Roselle still makes time for volunteering with some of the causes she is most passionate about.

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Mary Martin
Eddie Coker: The Wezmore Project

Back in 1987 Eddie Coker left his career as an opera singer and began writing, recording, and performing children’s music. Today, Eddie Coker is still entertaining us on the stage, but he has also turned his efforts into building The Wezmore Project, focused on emotional wholeness and wellness for children and their families.

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Mary Martin
Foundation 45: A Message of Hope, A Place for Community

In the heart of Deep Ellum, Foundation 45 is creating a community where musicians, artists, and creative people regularly meet to talk about their mental health. Topics can range from post-tour depression to the anxiety that comes with booking gigs at bars and clubs while recovering from addiction. As Foundation 45 continues to grow, they are bringing more visibility to the issue of mental health in the arts community.

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Mary Martin
Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin Visit the Dallas Arboretum

Starting on Saturday, September 21st, the Peanuts Gang and the Great Pumpkin are on display with 90,000 pumpkins, squash, and gourds at the annual Autumn at the Arboretum festival. For its 14th year, a team of landscapers, horticulturists, and artists designed a pumpkin-filled wonderland, set to attract over 300,000 visitors.

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Mary Martin
Jef Tingley: Journey to Zoo Keeper

Jef Tingley has spent more than a decade volunteering at the Dallas Zoo while he ran a media and public relations business. Earlier this year Jef made the decision to officially join the zookeeper staff, setting aside his previous career. Working in the Children’s Zoo, Jef is able to work closely with the animals and guests, while learning from experienced trainers.

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Mary Martin
Dawn Moore: Zoo To Do

Dawn Moore, chair of the upcoming Dallas Zoo fundraising event, ZooToDo, shares about her passion for giving back across her childhood, career, and parenting. Dawn has been a leader in Dallas’ legal and business community for over 35 years, working with the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Dallas Habitat for Humanity, as well as her service on the University Park City Council and a season as Mayor Pro Tem.

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Mary Martin
Botham Jean: His Good Work Continues

This year on September 29th, Botham Jean would have celebrated his 28th birthday. Instead, a Red Tie Gala will celebrate his life’s work, and raise the funds necessary to see it continue. The Botham Jean Foundation is setting out to continue Botham’s legacy of caring and justice in St. Lucia and around the world.

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Mary Martin
Cynthia K. Olson: A Connecting Point

Cynthia K. Olson is the newest Executive Director of Connecting Point of Park Cities, joining the team after working with vulnerable populations at The Salvation Army, Austin Street Center, and Best Buddies International. Cynthia also draws inspiration for her life of service from her brother Aaron, who was born with Down’s syndrome, giving her a personal perspective on the power of inclusive language and community.

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Mary Martin
Susan Stephens: Exodus Ministries

Exodus Ministries is the only organization in the state of Texas who takes in previously incarcerated women and their children in a comprehensive, residential surroundings and help them rebuild their lives from the inside out. Jan Osborn sat down with the Executive Director of Exodus Ministries, Susan Stephens and shared about how the nonprofit is serving women here in North Texas.

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Mary Martin