The Crystal Charity Ball Presents The Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas

“We believe that women now are more feminine but in a new way, more rock ’n’ roll, not so classic.” — Valentino co-designer Maria Grazia Chiuri

Brooke Hortenstine
October 09, 2011

Photography: Maxine Helfman. Styling Assistant: Jane Sublett for Kim Dawson Agency. Makeup and Hair: Jeanna Doyle for The Campbell Agency. and Mateo Sifuentes for the Kim Dawson Agency. All fashion, shoes and hosiery from Neiman Marcus.

The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon

Clear your calendar for Thursday, September 8, at 10:30 am … The scene is set at Neiman Marcus Downtown … Welcoming you will be fashion show chairman Aileen Pratt and ball chairman Connie O’Neill ... On the second floor, The Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas and the Hall of Fame Honoree will walk the catwalk ... Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will then send their feminine Fall 2011 collection down the runway ... A seated luncheon on the fourth floor will follow … Tickets from $500 … For information, ring 214.526.5868 or log onto

The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball

Pencil in Saturday, December 3, at 7 pm … The luxe locale is the Hilton Anatole Hotel … Ball chairman Connie O’Neill will receive hundreds of well-heeled guests anxious to experience the “‘Tis the Season” theme … Tickets from $5,000 per couple … For information, dial 214.526.5868 or log onto 

Honorary Chairman Annette Simmons

“This will be a very special year for everyone involved, especially with Annette serving as honorary chairman.” — Shelle Sills, vice president and general manager
of Neiman Marcus Downtown


The Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon Chairman 

Mrs. Jack (Aileen) Pratt

What she’s wearing: Valentino.
Beauty Favorites
Perfume: Carolina Herrera
Lipstick: Maybelline Sweet Blush Lip Polish
Mascara: L’Oréal Voluminous
Eye cream: Natura Bissé Eye Contour Cream
Moisturizer: Natura Bissé Diamond Cream
Sunscreen: Neutrogena
Shampoo: KeraGreen
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers
Fall Favorites
Fashion collaboration: Valentino for Gap
Shoe: Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Valentino
Travel destination: New York City

The Crystal Charity Ball Chairman 

Mrs. Chris (Connie) O’Neill

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Kimberly McDonald earrings. Vendorafa bracelets.
Beauty favorites
Perfume: Bulgari Rose Essentielle
Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Mascara: Chanel Inimitable Mascara
Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically
Different Moisturizin sg Lotion
Sunscreen: Clinique Sun Protection
Shampoo: Toni & Guy Dumb Blonde
Nail polish: OPI Dutch Tulips
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: I don’t have a favorite, but I think it is a wonderful opportunity for the legacy of such great designers to live on and inspire a broader base in fashion.
Shoe: A classic pump
Must-see exhibition: Any exhibition at the Smithsonian while I am in Washington, D.C. — I can wander around parts of it for days
Travel destination: Austin and Washington, D.C., to visit two of my children

Shop Talk with Neiman Marcus VP and Fashion Director Ken Downing and Valentino Designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri

In September 2007, after Valentino Garavani’s decision to retire from the fashion world, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli were appointed creative directors of the Valentino accessory lines. The success of the Roman duo’s fresh and original style has consolidated through the years, thanks to the unanimous approval it has received from the leading figures of the fashion world. They were appointed creative directors for Valentino in 2008.

Ken Downing: Knowing you designed the shoes and the gorgeous handbags with Mr. Valentino and had the ability to work with him, what’s one of your favorite moments with Valentino?
Pier Paolo Piccioli: I really like all the personal moments we shared with him, because he is a legend. He is …
Maria Grazia Chiuri: An iconic man!
PPP: When we fitted the show together, we always asked him about Studio 54, Bianca Jagger riding the white horse, the kind of things you just read in fashion books.
PPP: There were some rules that we break now. Everyone knows Mr. Valentino would never show an evening dress with leather shoes, because they were not satin shoes. We’ll show an evening dress with crocodile pumps. For Mr. Valentino, this was crazy.

KD: I actually love the balance of a man designing with a woman because I think that is what makes fashion so modern for our times, that tension between the masculine and the
feminine, colliding together in a perfect divine moment, which we see every season when we come to the runway collection.
MGC: The last couture collection was a special moment for us.
PPP: I’m never satisfied. Never. But couture was a moment when we were confident of what we were doing … very romantic and in the spirit of Valentino, but also very modern. Couture is the most modern thing you can do in fashion today, so if you translate this culture of couture in prêt-à-porter, I think fashion could have a new great moment.
KD: But do you use haute couture as a laboratory for the ready-to-wear?
MGC: It’s a very good school in some ways, because you test something that you can use after in prêt-à-porter.
PPP: Couture is really magic. It’s the place where dreams come true.

Mrs. Allen (Lee Ann) White

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Margot McKinney earrings. 

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Hermès Eau Des Merveilles
Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté #16
Mascara: Christian Dior DiorShow
Eye cream: Yves Saint Laurent Temps Majeur Yeaux
Moisturizer: Yves Saint Laurent Visible Énergie Complete Day Creme
Sunscreen: Clarins Sunscreen
Shampoo: Kérastase Bain Miroir
Nail polish: Essie Fiji
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: The designers of Valentino
Shoe: Valentino and Christian Louboutin
Handbag: Louis Vuitton and Hermès Birkin
Travel destinations: Italy for our 10-year marriage anniversary

Mrs. Dwight (Claire) Emanuelson

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Nicholas Varney earrings. Alex Soldier bracelet.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Chanel No. 5
Lipstick:  Chanel Rose Baby, but they have discontinued it and I am down to my last two tubes ... eeks!
Mascara: Estée Lauder MagnaScopic
Eye cream: Amore Pacific and Natura Bissé
Moisturizer: ReVive
Sunscreen: Kiehl’s
Shampoo: Kevin Murphy Angel Wash
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slipper
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Zac Posen for Target
Shoe: Anything tall with a platform that I can walk in
Handbag: Valentino lynx-print
Must-see exhibition: Alexander McQueen at the Met ­— hope it’s still open
Travel destinations: Italy, Los Angeles, Nashville and Mexico

Mrs. Don (Ellen) Winspear

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Margot McKinney earrings and cuff.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Angel by Thierry Mugler
Lipstick: Chanel
Eye cream: Chanel Sublimage
Moisturizer: Renée Rouleau
Sunscreen: Elta MD
Shampoo: Frédéric Fekkai
Nail polish: OPI Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs.
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Versace for H&M
Shoe: Dries Van Noten pumps
Handbag: Chanel
Must-see exhibition: Jean Paul Gaultier at the DMA
Travel destination: British Columbia, Canada

Mrs. Gene (Nancy) Carter

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Vhernier earrings.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Escada Desire Me
Lipstick:  Lancôme L’Absolu Rose Essencea
Mascara: Lancôme
Eye cream: Lancôme Absolue Replenishing Eye Cream Repair
Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Anti-Aging Cream
Sunscreen: Kiehl’s
Shampoo: Kérastase
Nail polish: OPI
Fall favorites
Shoe: Valentino
Handbag: Jimmy Choo
Travel destinations: A trip to Oregon to see my brother and to New York for a football game

Mrs. Don (Robyn) Conlon

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Margot McKinney earrings.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Chanel No. 5
Lipstick: Chanel
Mascara: Chanel and Lancôme
Eye cream: Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Cream
Sunscreen: Elta MD
Shampoo: Pantene Pro-V
Nail polish: Anything that works for a French manicure
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Shoe: Valentino
Handbag: Valentino
Must-see exhibition: Alexander McQueen exhibit in New York
Travel destinations: San Antonio to see my son, Casey, who is in law school, and in the Park Cities to see my grandson Luke

Mrs. Charles (Pat) McEvoy

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Neiman Marcus earrings and bracelet.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford
Lipstick:  Tom Ford Vanilla Suede and Chanel Glossimer in Constellation
Mascara: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill
Eye cream: Sisley Sisleya Lip Contour Cream
Moisturizer: Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Cream
Sunscreen: Elta MD
Shampoo: Frédéric Fekkai
Nail polish: Chanel Black Pearl
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Hussein Chalayan for J Brand and Stella McCartney for GapKids
Fall shoe: Valentino lace high-heel pump, Chanel charcoal ombre tall boot and Jimmy Choo red patent pumps
Fall Handbag: Nancy Gonzalez colorblock-stripe tote
Fall must-see: Jean Paul Gaultier at the Dallas Museum of Art
Fall travel: Boston, New York and Cabo

Mrs. Gil (Tricia) Besing

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Buccellati earrings and bracelet.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Chloé
Lipstick: Chantecaille Sweet Pea and Revlon #130 Gloss
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Big
Eye cream: 3Lab
Moisturizer: SkinMedica Ultra Sheer
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios
Shampoo: Davines DeDe Delicate Ritual Shampoo
Nail polish: OPI Sweetheart
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Missoni for Target
Shoe: Valentino bow-back riding boot
Handbag: Céline Luggage Tote
Must-see exhibition: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” coming to Dallas Museum of Art in November
Travel destination: Amalfi Coast

Mrs. Greg (Kim) Miller

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Margot McKinney earrings. Buccellati bracelet.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Colette Musk Oil from Colette Paris or Opening Ceremony NYC
Lipstick:  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion and Chance
Mascara: Christian Dior DiorShow Black Out
Eye cream:  Neocutis Lumiere
Moisturizer: Tensage Advanced Cream
Sunscreen: Elta MD and Supergoop
Shampoo: Moroccan Oil and Kérastase
Nail polish: Chanel Peridot Limited Edition
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Versace for H&M
Shoe: Charlotte Olympia leopard bootie and
Herve Leger buckle shaft platform boot
Handbag: Valentino Rockstud Leather Tote and
Nancy Gonzalez Croc Burgundy Hobo
Must-see exhibition:  “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” at the Dallas Museum of Art
Travel destinations: LegoLand in San Diego and Horseshoe Bay

Mrs. Richard (Nancy) Rogers

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Margot McKinney earrings.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Journey by Mary Kay, Un Jardin Sur le Nil by Hermès and Fendi’s newest scent, Fan di Fendi. Dior Addict, Bulgari Black and Jasmine Noir by Bulgari
Lipstick: Fancy Nancy Nourishine Lipgloss by Mary Kay
Mascara: Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara
Eye cream: Mary Kay Timewise Firming eye cream, and if I have a late night, MK Indulge soothing eye gel is a lifesaver in the morning.
Moisturizer: Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream
Sunscreen: Mary Kay SPF 30 Sunscreen and the Mary Kay tinted Lip Balm Sunscreen in Natural or Blush
Shampoo: L’Oréal Professional Intense Repair
Nail polish: Chanel
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Target and Missoni collaboration and Versace for H&M
Shoe: I have to choose only one? Impossible! Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Lanvin or Alaïa, and Rick Owens has a hot fall boot that I’m looking forward to wearing.
Handbag: I love Valentino’s new fall handbag line
Must-see exhibition: Alexander McQueen at the Met in NYC
Travel destinations: NYC, San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Jose del Cabo

Mrs. Vin (Pam) Perella

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Roberto Coin earrings. Vendorafa bracelets.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Chanel No. 5
Lipstick: Laura Mercier
Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent
Eye cream: Guerlain
Moisturizer: Obaji and SkinCeuticals
Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay
Shampoo: Kérastase
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Missoni for H&M
Shoe: Valentino booties
Handbag: Prada
Must-see exhibition: Van Cleef & Arpel exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City
Travel destination: New York City

Hall of Fame Honoree:

Mrs. Neils (Elaine) Agather

What she’s wearing: Valentino. Nicholas Varney earrings. David Webb bracelet.

Beauty favorites
Perfume: Fracas
Lipstick: Tom Ford Pure Pink
Mascara: Chanel Inimitable
Eye cream: Chanel Sublimage
Moisturizer: Chanel Sublimage
Sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70
Shampoo: Kérastase
Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers, but at Christmas, my favorite is Essie Lollipop.
Fall favorites
Fashion collaboration: Kermit Oliver, a postman from Waco, who designs the western scarves for Hermès
Shoe: Miu Miu with lots of glitter
Handbag: Céline luggage tote
Must-see exhibition: The new Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, opening on 11.11.11
Travel destination: Dallas!


“I believe that life is inspiration. Of course I love to travel, see art exhibitions, films, music.” — Valentino co-designer
Maria Grazia Chiuri

“But inspiration can also come from your daily life.”— Valentino co-designer Pier Paolo Piccioli


The Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Hall of Fame Honorees

1989  Mrs. James B. Francis *
1990  Mrs. Kenneth Altshuler
1991  Mrs. William A. Custard
1992  Mrs. R. H. Pickens
1993  Mrs. Jeremy L. Halbreich
1994  Mrs. Richard C. Strauss
1995  Mrs. Albert G. Hill Sr. *
1996  Mrs. David R. Webb Jr.
1997   Mrs. Harold C. Simmons
1998  Mrs. Vance C. Miller
1999  Mrs. Sam T. Hamra
2000  Mrs. David F. Martineau
2001  Mrs. Jerry Jones
2002  Mrs. Robert H. Dedman
2003  Mrs. William P.Clements Jr.
2004  Mrs. Guy U. Griffeth
2005  Mrs. P. Mike McCullough
2006  Mrs. Carl Sewell Jr.
2007  Mrs. Charles J. Wyly
2008  Mrs. Lamar Hunt
2009  Mrs. Harvey R. Mitchell
2010  Ms. Marilyn Augur
2011  Mrs. V. Neils Agather

The Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Hall of Fame

Mrs. V. Neils Agather
Mrs. Frank M. Aldridge III *
Mrs. Kenneth Altshuler
Mrs. Shy Anderson
Mrs. Barry Andrews
Ms. Kimberly J. Askew
Ms. Marilyn Augur
Mrs. Fritz E. Barton Jr.
Mrs. Buford P. Berry
Mrs. Kenneth Bilby
Honorable Nancy G. Brinker
Mrs. Dan Busbee
Mrs. David Carruth
Mrs. A. Baron Cass III
Mrs. Robert T. Chapman
Mrs. Elloine Sinclair Clark
Mrs. William P. Clements Jr.
Ms. Jeanne Marie Clossey
Mrs. Larry W. Collins
Mrs. Hugh Corrigan IV
Mrs. William A. Custard
Mrs. Robert H. Dedman
Mrs. Robert H. Dedman Jr.
Mrs. David Donosky
Mrs. Lowell C. Duncan Jr.
Mrs. William C. Duvall
Mrs. Thomas L. England
Mrs. Henry Exall Jr.
Mrs. Robert E. Farrow
Mrs. Randall Fojtasek
Mrs. Robert S. Folsom
Mrs. Gerald Ford
Mrs. James B. Francis *
Mrs. Robert J. Frank
Mrs. Todd A. Furniss
Mrs. William E. Gibbons
Mrs. Don Godwin
Mrs. Oliver Gould
Mrs. Warren L. Gravely Jr.
Mrs. Norman Green
Mrs. Guy U. Griffeth
Mrs. T. W. Griffiths
Mrs. Dean P. Guerin
Mrs. Jack P. Gunter
Mrs. Jeremy L. Halbreich
Mrs. Sam T. Hamra
Mrs. Edward G. Harding
Mrs. Bob D. Harrison
Mrs. William M. Hayner
Mrs. Al G. Hill III
Mrs. Albert G. Hill Sr. *
Mrs. Yerger Hill *
Mrs. James Hoak
Mrs. William Hodges *
Mrs. J. L. Huffines
Mrs. Kenneth H. Hughes
Mrs. Clark K. Hunt
Mrs. David S. Hunt
Mrs. Lamar Hunt
Mrs. Laura Bayoud Hunt
Mrs. Leete Jackson III
Mrs. David Johnston
Mrs. Jerry Jones
Mrs. A. Joe Justice
Mrs. Charles A. Kehoe
Mrs. John J. Kendrick Jr.
Mrs. John P. Koons
Mrs. Nancy O. Lemmon
Mrs. Meryl Levy *
Mrs. P. Mike McCullough
Mrs. Jan McDonald
Mrs. Hayden McIlroy
Ms. Nancy Cain Marcus
Mrs. David F. Martineau
Mrs. Jerry M. Meyer
Mrs. Vance C. Miller
Mrs. Harvey R. Mitchell
Mrs. Maurice E. Moore Jr.
Mrs. W. Lee Moore III
Mrs. John D. Murchison *
Mrs. Fulton Murray Jr.
Mrs. Robert Neely
Mrs. Nickey L. Oates
Mrs. Buford Penland *
Mrs. Ross Perot Jr.
Mrs. R. H. Pickens
Mrs. George Poston
Mrs. John H. Rauscher Jr.
Mrs. G. Stuart Reeves
Mrs. Steven S. Schiff
Mrs. Carl Sewell Jr.
Mrs. David S. Shelmire
Mrs. Harold C. Simmons
Mrs. James E. Sowell
Mrs. Robert C. Stack
Mrs. Marc H. Stewart
Mrs. Pamela S. Stewart
Mrs. Robert H. Stewart III
Mrs. L. Henry Stollenwerck
Mrs. Richard C. Strauss
Mrs. Theodore Strauss *
Mrs. Lewis T. Sweet Jr.
Mrs. Deborah G. Thomas
Mrs. Kenny Troutt
Ms. Amy Turner
Mrs. James L. Turner
Mrs. Fletcher W. Ward
Mrs. David R. Webb Jr.
Mrs. Julian A. Wells
Mrs. James R. Wikert
Mrs. Max Williams
Mrs. Stephen H. Wisdom *
Mrs. William K. Woodruff
Mrs. Terry Worrell
Mrs. Charles J. Wyly
Mrs. Toddie Lee Wynne Jr.

The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball Active Members

Libby Allred
Cynthia Beaird
Kay Beecherl
Tricia Besing
Gina Betts
Cordelia Boone
Delilah Boyd
April Bright
Carole Lou Bruton
Pam Busbee
Nancy Carlson
Ann Carruth
Christie Carter
Nancy Carter
Rozalyn Colombo
Janie Condon
Robyn Conlon
Janie Cooke
Sally Cullum
Marie Dean
Rachael Dedman
Leslie Diers
Suzanne Droese
Ann Dyer
Knoxie Edmonson
Claire Emanuelson
Tucker Enthoven
Dianne Etheredge
Fredye Factor
Susan Farris
Mary Clare Finney
Patti Flowers
Ola Fojtasek
Tanya Foster
Kim Gatlin
Suzy Gekiere
Tricia George
Barbara Hancock
Margaret Hancock
Pat Harloe
Juli Harrison
Helen Holman
Kristi Hoyl
Sally Johnson
Di Johnston
Angie Kadesky
Caren Kline
Pam Krueger
Ruth Kupchynsky
Ann Lardner
Vicky Lattner
Beth Layton
Patty Leyendecker
Paige Locke
Lisa Longino
Sarah Losinger
Lynn McBee
Pam McCallum
Wendy McCaslin
Pat McEvoy
Melissa Macatee
Mary Meier
Leslie Melson
Peggy Meyer
Kim Miller
Bette Mullins
Daffan Nettle
Elsa Norwood
Connie O’Neill
Linda Paulk
Pam Perella
Jan Pickens
Maria Plankinton
Michal Powell
Aileen Pratt
Amy Prestidge
Linda Quisenberry
Brandy Ratchford
Anne Reeder
Vinnie Reuben
Susan Roberds
Pat Rosenthal
Gigi Salley
Jennifer Sampson
Nancy Saustad
Linda Secrest
Connie  Sigel
Shelle Sills
Paige Slates
Cameron Smith
Betsy Sowell
Carol Spies
Mersina Stubbs
Deborah Sutton
Ashley Tripplehorn
Amy Turner
Julie Turner
Kristina Whitcomb
Emilynn Wilson
Alicia Wood

* Deceased Former Hall of Fame Honoree


The 2011 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiaries

Communities in Schools Dallas Region, Inc.
A caring community of support for at-risk students.
A drop-out prevention program founded in 1985 to address the growing number of high school dropouts in Dallas and surrounding areas, CISDR helps students at-risk of failure stay in school, achieve academically and graduate in order to become productive and contributing members of the community.
The Project: Students Stay in School
The Commitment: $758,992
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used over two years to expand campus-based, integrated academic support services and a continuum of care to at-risk elementary, middle and high school students in order to promote student achievement and success. In addition to providing program materials and support, funds will be used to hire 14 additional professionals to provide individualized on-campus case management services. Through this coordinated, caring community of support approximately 2,200 additional children will be served over two years.

CONTACT Crisis Line
Moving teens from breaking point to turning point.
In 1967 CONTACT Dallas became the first center in the United States and the model agency for a nationwide network of crisis intervention lines. CONTACT Crisis Line offers free, 24-hour telephone crisis prevention and intervention, information and referral, emergency aid and community education and outreach.
The Project: Teen Support Group for Depression and Mental Health
The Commitment: $205,146
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used over three years to begin Teen CONTACT support groups for teenagers ages 13-18 with depression. Established by CONTACT in 1986, Teen CONTACT currently offers two dedicated crisis lines and presentations in classrooms and youth centers across the metroplex. The addition of support groups in North and South Dallas locations will allow CONTACT to focus on teens recently released from mental health facilities as well as teens with ongoing crisis or depressive issues. Funds will be used to cover teen support group program costs. Approximately 400 children will be served annually; 1,200 over three years.

Dallas Mission for Life (Dallas LIFE)
Ministering to the needs of homeless children and their families.
The largest homeless shelter in North Texas, Dallas LIFE reaches out to homeless men, women and children with food, clothing, shelter, education and long-term rehabilitation programs founded on spiritual principals and teachings. Providing for the needs of Dallas’ homeless for over 50 years, it is the only shelter that allows families to stay together.
The Project: Children’s Program
The Commitment: $389,573
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used to continue program services and improve facilities to care for an increasing number of homeless children. While at the shelter, children receive three balanced meals a day, clothing, medical and dental care, enrichment opportunities and spiritually enhancing services. They reside in individual family unit rooms with their parents. Funds will provide children’s programming, new playground equipment, fencing and security; bus shelters; and a new endowment to continue meeting the needs of homeless children. Approximately 375 children will be served annually.


Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Inc.
Meeting the health care needs of impoverished children.
Since 1972 Los Barrios has provided culturally competent primary health care and supportive assistance to the most at risk, uninsured and underinsured populations in Dallas. Located in West Dallas and Grand Prairie, Los Barrios Unidos works to improve health and quality of life by providing a medical home or individuals and families and by offering a wide range of comprehensive primary care services to all ages.
The Project: Full Service Saturday Pediatric Clinic
The Commitment: $483,150
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used to sponsor the first two years of staffing for a full service Saturday Pediatric Clinic serving low income children from birth to age eighteen at the Los Barrios West Dallas campus. Services will include well and sick child care, lab services, vision and hearing screening, immunizations and mental health care. Funds will provide salaries and benefits for clinic personnel. Approximately 1,200 children will be served annually.

Methodist Health System Foundation
Reducing premature births to teen mothers through innovative group care.
One of North Texas’ oldest nonprofit health systems, Methodist Health
System is committed to providing compassionate, quality, leading-edge
health care. In 2009 the System provided more than $90 million in
unreimbursed charity care.
The Project: Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program
The Commitment: $766,825
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used over two years to help reduce premature births to teen Moms by expanding the Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program at Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic. The only Centering Pregnancy® project in Dallas, Life Shines Bright is a clinically-based prenatal and post-delivery care program that integrates health assessment, education, and support into a unified program within a group setting. Focusing on high-risk pregnant teens in Dallas’ southern sector, the program provides a full range of medical prenatal and follow-up care and addresses all health and social aspects to achieve healthy, full-term deliveries. Funds will support expanded program operations. Approximately 528 teenage mothers will be served annually; 1,056 over two years.
Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.
A nurturing, supportive environment for teens with substance addiction.
For more than 37 years Nexus Recovery Center has provided recovery and sustained independence from alcohol and drug abuse for disadvantaged women through residential and outpatient treatment. Focusing solely on women and adolescent girls struggling with substance abuse and addiction, Nexus removes the common barriers female addicts often face when seeking treatment.
The Project: Adolescent Dormitory
The Commitment: $ 337,297
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used to help build a new 12,500-square-foot adolescent dormitory for teens ages 13 to 17 with substance addiction. To be located on the agency’s 12-acre campus, the new dorm will have 30-beds, two classrooms, a library, a computer lab, group and family therapy rooms and a workout room. Requested funds will provide the remaining balance needed to completely fund the construction of the dorm. Approximately 340 teens will be served annually.

Trinity River Mission
Improving academics through Tutoring, Reading, and Mentoring.
Originally founded as an outreach ministry of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in the early 1960s, Trinity River Mission is a community learning center serving the intergenerational education needs of children, youth, and families in West Dallas. Believing that education connects children to life’s possibilities, the agency promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in grades K-12.
The Project: Capital Improvements/Tutor Power Hour
The Commitment: $822,236
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used over three years to increase the agency’s ability to meet escalating student academic needs in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Texas. Funds will provide capital improvements including vans, signage and technology; as well as salary and other program expenses to support the expansion of Tutor Power Hour, an on-line math tutoring program. Approximately 550 children will be served annually.
Vickery Meadow Learning Center
Preparing children for successful school entry.
Founded in 1997 by the members of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Vickery Meadow Learning Center is dedicated to improving English literacy levels among low income non-English speaking adults and children by providing programs in communication and life skills.
The Project: Early Childhood Education Program
The Commitment: $501,811
Crystal Charity Ball funds will be used over three years to expand the Early Childhood Education Program for children ages 4 months to 5 years from non-English speaking homes in two of Dallas’ poorest neighborhoods. The Center was initially founded to address the critical need for adult English literacy classes. In response to the lack of quality early learning opportunities for clients’ children, the Center later expanded its on-site child care program to include early childhood education classes. Children and parents attend daily classes, simultaneously. Funds will be used for staff salaries at the Vickery Meadow and West Dallas sites. Approximately 230 children will be served annually.