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Donna Brazile to Speak at Walden University Academic Residency in Dallas

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 16, 2009

Donna Brazile, the nationally acclaimed political strategist and commentator and chair of the Voting Rights Institute, will deliver an address titled “The Political Environment and Mood of the Country” at Walden University’s winter academic residency. The event will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Brazile’s plenary address will touch on her breadth of political experience, which includes running the Gore/Lieberman campaign in 2000 and serving as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. She will also offer an overview of the political environment and discuss trends shaping and driving the mood of the country.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign since 1984, making history in 2000 as the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. After the Gore-Lieberman campaign, she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, an organization established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process.

Walden is offering 200 free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-served basis (two per person). While supplies last, tickets will be available at Borders bookstore located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas. For more information call (214)363-1977.

Walden’s academic residencies provide face-to-face sessions that give Walden doctoral students the opportunity to interact and develop critical-thinking, writing and research skills. The sessions are attended by a diverse community of career professionals and faculty, and serve to establish meaningful networks that promote quality graduate research while students attend the university online. Academic residencies are held throughout the year across the United States and internationally. More than 1,200 doctoral students will participate in the Dallas residency.

For more information about this online university, visit http://www.WaldenU.com.

About Walden University:

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, nursing, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business, psychology, and child development. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit http://www.ncahlc.org or call (312)263-0456.







Heart of a Champion Luncheon September 23rd at The Tower Club Celebrates Heart House Dallas’ 10th Anniversary of Service to Children

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 3, 2010

The 2010 Heart of a Champion Luncheon will benefit Heart House Dallas, a free afterschool educational program, on its 10th anniversary of service to children in the Dallas County area. The event, presented this year by Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at The Tower Club, 1601 Elm Street, Dallas, at 12 Noon.

Bill Lively, President & CEO, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, is the keynote speaker at the September 23rd luncheon. Everson Walls, former Dallas Cowboys noted cornerback and current nationwide speaker is serving as Honorary Chairman. Local personality, Scott Murray, will act as Master of Ceremonies. A very special Heart of a Champion award presentation will be made to Barbara and Stanley Levenson, fervent advocates for Heart House Dallas and well-known in the local area for their philanthropic work in the community.

During the past ten years, Heart House Dallas has provided a safe, nurturing, and supportive haven for at-risk children at the apartment complexes where they live. Heart House provides academic support offering various programs that include homework assistance, citizenship and character development, math, science, and literacy lessons. The Heart House Dallas environment helps these children through each success to build their self-confidence significantly both at school and in life and the opportunity to become the best they can be as individuals.

This years Heart of a Champion luncheon is special in so many ways and we are honored to have Bill Lively, Everson Walls, and Scott Murray join us in our celebration, said Lea Beach, Executive Director, Heart House Dallas. We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize Barbara and Stanley Levenson who are so strongly committed to Heart Houses mission and goals.

We are enormously proud of the success Heart House Dallas has achieved since its opening in 2000 in helping so many students of diverse backgrounds and cultures become more adept at school and feel safer in their communities, Beach continued. Anyone who supports the programs of Heart House Dallas changes what life will be for our children.

We are changing our community and the world one child at a time, she added.

The Heart of Dallas Boards committee co-chairs for the 2010 Heart of a Champion luncheon are Lisa Armstrong and Amy Stewart. The other committee members include Amy Krumholz and Elizabeth Moundas.

Key sponsors for the Heart of a Champion benefit luncheon are Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Touchdown Sponsor and Jackson Walker, L.L.P., Goal Line Sponsor. Other sponsors to-date include AD&T (Alexander, Dubose, Townsend); Amy Stewart Law; Andrews Kurth; Lockton Dunning; AmegyBank; Swingle Collins and Associates; and McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. Sponsorship opportunities, donations, luncheon reservations, and other information is available at http://www.hearthousedallas.org.

About Heart House

Heart House Dallas is a free afterschool educational program that provides a safe haven and academic support for at-risk children while encouraging them to become good citizens. Nearly 136,000 children in Dallas County need quality after school care. At Heart House Dallas, children have access to caring adult role models, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety topics, and literacy programs.

Heart House has touched the lives of hundreds of children since September 2000. By giving these children a safe environment, the program protects them from the idleness and negative elements they may encounter when they step off the school bus and while walking to their homes. http://www.hearthousedallas.org

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FastBucks Gives Back to Dallas Community by Donating Over $5,000 in Food and Clothing

Plano, TX (PRWEB) February 18, 2011

Over 300 of Dallas’ homeless will be fed by FastBuck’s $ 5,000 donation to SOUL Church of Downtown Dallas. Nick Vujicic, author and inspiration for Life without Limbs (http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org), will be speaking to FastBucks before they prepare, transport and serve food and other essential supplies to the less fortunate of Dallas’ growing downtown on Sunday, February 20th 2011.

Together, SOUL Church and FastBucks plan to motivate Dallas’ poverty-stricken to overcome obstacles and attain stronger self-reliance. By giving back at this time of year, both FastBucks and SOUL Church want to promote constant charity and generosity to communities often neglected outside of the holidays.

The mission behind this partnership is one of personal growth and self fulfillment. Through FastBucks’ team-building and empowerment, CEO Charles Horton aims to energize his employees, managers and fellow Dallas residents. “Through inspiration, giving and sharing experiences, one begins to feel unity with mankind. Through understanding and belief, one can overcome!” says Horton.

In conjunction with SOUL Church, FastBucks will embark on a team building exercise to give back and provide meals to over 300 homeless individuals in Downtown Dallas in what will be an energizing and uplifting experience for everyone involved.

FastBucks, Inc. is one of Inc’s fastest-growing companies nationwide providing financial services to middle and low income communities. FastBucks is committed to education, child protection and health care throughout the United States. FastBucks is also the driving force behind the national Firewalking Institute.

FastBucks can be found online at http://www.fastbucks.com for a full list of locations and services.

SOUL Church provides charity and services to all income persons in Downtown Dallas offering specific community-engaging activities. Jennifer Birdd, Director of SOUL Church, says “We exist primarily to feed the mind, body and soul of all people, housed or un-housed, rich or poor, and from any denomination. We don’t want any walls to come between us and our community.”

SOUL Church is located at 1727 Corsicana, Dallas, Texas 75201. Visit online at http://www.soulchurch.org or visit during Sunrise Services from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Firewalking Institute is committed to lasting motivation and positive mindset of individuals for their self-empowerment and life accomplishments. A favorite speaker for many Fortune 500 corporations, The Firewalking Institute offers events nationwide all year round.

For information or details about events, contact Firewalking at http://www.firewalking.com or call 1-800-218-0055.

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Sleep Experts Supports Dallas Childrens Advocacy Center with April Like Us Facebook Campaign


Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 5, 2011

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sleep Experts will donate $ 1 to Dallas Childrens Advocacy Center (DCAC) for every Like to the companys new Share the Gift of Sleep Facebook page during April. Using the power of social media to get the North Texas community involved, the companys goal is to donate at least $ 5,000 and spread DCACs message of hope and healing.

According to Lynn Davis, president and chief executive officer of Dallas Childrens Advocacy Center, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18, and only one in 10 will tell. At DCAC we help empower communities to protect children from abuse, and empowerment starts with spreading the word, said Davis. We believe the Share the Gift of Sleep Facebook campaign will be a great tool to accomplish just that.

Through its Share the Gift of Sleep community program, Sleep Experts helps families in need by recycling and donating customers old mattresses. The new Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/gift.of.sleep, will enable the company to share information about more than 30 D-FW non-profit partner agencies that care for families in crisis, and to encourage the community to get involved.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is the time to recognize that we can all do our part to keep our children safe from harm, said Christine Cook, Wife, Mom and President of Sleep Experts. We invite North Texans to join the Share the Gift of Sleep Facebook community today, and help us reach our goal of raising $ 5,000 to support the great work of Dallas Childrens Advocacy Center.

Sleep Experts will donate up to $ 10,000 to DCAC through this campaign. The value of the donation will be calculated based on the total number of Likes to the Share the Gift of Sleep Facebook at the end of the business day on April 30, 2011.

About DCAC

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is where healing begins for abused children. Founded in 1991 to provide a more seamless approach to the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse, the mission of DCAC is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provide national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC provides a unique multi-disciplinary model that reduces re-victimization of the child, removes barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhances criminal prosecution. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC partners with public and private agencies including Dallas law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Medical Center (REACH Clinic) to provide hope and healing to child abuse victims. DCAC also educates the community about recognizing and reporting child abuse and keeping children safe. In 2010, DCAC served over 1,800 victims of child abuse, conducted over 1,400 forensic interviews, provided over 9,000 therapy sessions to children and their families, and educated over 7,000 community members on child abuse issues. DCAC has provided assistance to more than 25,000 children in Dallas County in its 20 years of operation. For more information on the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, please visit http://www.dcac.org.

Dallas Clinical Professionals to be Honored at Sierra Tucsons Gratitude for Giving Breakfast


Tucson, AZ (Vocus) November 10, 2010

On Friday, November 12, 2010, Sierra Tucson, a premier treatment center, will host the first Dallas Gratitude for Giving Breakfast to recognize clinical professionals and others for their considerable contributions to the Dallas community. The breakfast and ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, Texas. Over 100 attendees are expected to join this celebration to pay tribute to their peers. Media are invited to attend free of charge.

The following individuals will be recognized for their years of service to others:

Compassion Recognition Barry Knezek, M.D.

Hope Recognition Susan Hutchison

Humility Recognition Pam Newton, M.S., LCDC

Pillar of the Community Robert Miles, M.A.-Counseling, AAC, LCDC, ADC, CCGC, CPS

Spirit Recognition Susie Hair, LCSW, PLLC

Vision Recognition Uma Rao, M.D.

Gratitude Recognition Lois Jordan, LCSW, LCDC

Sierra Tucson has been working with clinicians in the Dallas area for over 26 years, states Christi Cessna, Sierra Tucsons Director of Clinical Outreach and Marketing. We are always looking for ways to give back to the community that helps so many people. While Sierra Tucson sponsors this event, the observance is truly shaped by the Dallas therapeutic community to honor the passion of the recovery and behavioral health professionals.

For over 26 years, Sierra Tucson has provided compassionate care and clinical excellence. Multi-licensed as a psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center, Sierra Tucson excels at treating coexisting disorders and has developed internationally renowned programs for Chemical Dependency, Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Pain Management, and Sexual and Trauma Recovery. In-depth assessment services are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Sierra Tucson has been awarded dual Accreditation by The Joint Commission and Pain Program Accreditation by the American Academy of Pain Management.

Located on 160 acres at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, Sierra Tucson offers patients a beautiful, natural healing environment and the highest level of confidentiality. For more information, call 800-842-4487 or visit SierraTucson.com.

Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. For over two decades, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit CRChealth.com.

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Mortgage Field Services Provider U.S. Best Repair Service Teams Up with 9-1-1 for Kids Charity and NFL Legend Tim Brown at Five Star Conference in Dallas


(PRWEB) September 07, 2013

Over 250 million calls are made to 9-1-1 annually and nearly half of those calls are caused by misuse and abuseprank calls, people asking for information, duplicate calls, people asking for driving directions, and even calls for help finding a lost pet or hurt animal.

In addition to being a waste of costly resources, 9-1-1 misuse and abuse is a major safety issue as emergency lines are limited, which means crime prevention and life-saving solutions are delayed when 9-1-1 operators and first responders are busy dealing with non-emergencies. Thats why the charity 9-1-1 for Kids was created.

9-1-1 for Kids helps educate children about proper 9-1-1 usage. Former Los Angeles/Oakland Raider and future NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown is the charitys international chairman. Supermodel turned business mogul Kathy Ireland is the Worldwide Ambassador. They have been helping raise awareness through special charity events and fundraising that goes toward educational materials. For example, the charity created a video program for schools that teaches children how calling from a landline is preferred because the location of the call is automatically transmitted to 9-1-1 call centers. Accurate address information is central to coordinating emergency services quickly.

Mobile phones do not transmit location as reliably or efficiently as landlines. In the 1970s, a system was developed–known as Automatic Location Identification (ALI)–to connect landlines to a database program that would transmit addresses to 9-1-1 call centers. Mobile phones often times transmit inaccurate location or no location at all. That is why it is important to use a landline if possible.

This type of education is valuable for children and adults to know. 9-1-1 for Kids executive director Elise Kim says teaching children is the most effective way to inform families about proper 9-1-1 usage because children talk about what they learn to their parents, and they influence adults to behave safely. This protects neighborhoods, argues Kim, because proper 9-1-1 usage allows emergency resources to be directed to real emergencies, making communities safer.

Enter U.S. Best Repair Service, a leading provider of default mortgage field services and general contractor. In the mortgage industry, they specialize in repairing and protecting abandoned bank-owned homes, which attract crime and neighborhood blight if left unkempt. Their services include painting over graffiti, boarding broken windows, maintaining overgrown lawns, and securing hazards like empty pools which are unsafe for curious neighborhood children.

As an advocate for neighborhood safety and a specialist in removing community blight, CEO Mark Zaverl felt 9-1-1 for Kids was a charity that fit well with U.S. Best. Its a cause that affects literally everybody, says Zaverl, or as 9-1-1 for Kids co-founder Elise Kim likes to say, Everybody should care about 9-1-1 education because even if you dont like kids, one day a child could save your life by dialing 9-1-1 for you.

The three seemingly unconnected pioneers–Elise Kim, co-founder and director of 9-1-1 for Kids; Tim Brown, Raider football legend and future NFL Hall of Fame inductee; and Mark Zaverl, founder and CEO of a small handyman service turned national general contractorwill be attending Five Star Conference in Dallas, TX on September 8-10 at the Hilton Anatole for the mortgage servicing industrys largest gathering of its kind to raise awareness for 9-1-1 for Kids and abandoned bank-owned home protection.

Tim Brown will be available on Monday, September 9th, from 12pm to 2pm at booth #112. Media coverage is welcome. Advanced credentialing is necessary for this event. Please contact Mike Gleason for media inquiries:

Mike Gleason

mgleason(at)usbestrepairs(dot)com

714-599-7831 office

949-236-7421 mobile

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Dallas Divorce Attorney Katherine Lewis Receives Board Certification in Family Law


Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 11, 2013

Katherine Katie Lewis, an associate attorney at Dallas boutique family law firm ONeil & Attorneys, has recently become a board-certified family law specialist. By becoming board-certified, Attorney Lewis has shown that she has met a number of stringent requirements under the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, therefore proving her advanced knowledge and experience within her legal field. Ms. Lewis was among only 24 lawyers within the state of Texas who passed the examination for family law board certification this year, out of the 39 who took the test.

The State Bar of Texas only allows board-certified lawyers to call themselves specialists in their legal practice areas. Of the more than 70,000 licensed attorneys within the state of Texas, only about 725 are board certified in the legal practice areas of family law, according to the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

In order to pursue family law board certification, an attorney must have been practicing law for at least five years, and he or she must have spent at least three years devoting certain portion of his or her practice to family law, according to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The lawyer must also meet many other requirements, including attending a certain number of hours of continuing legal education (CLE) seminars, obtaining acknowledgement from fellow lawyers and passing a grueling six-hour written examination that covers a broad spectrum of topics related to Texas family law. According to the Texas Board of Legal Specializations website, the specialty area of family law covers matters related to marriage, divorce, adoption, custody, support and ownership of property obtained before or during marriage.

Now that Attorney Lewis is board-certified, she further bolsters ONeil & Attorneys ability to provide specialized family law services to its clients. Michelle May ONeil, the law firms founder and lead attorney, received her board certification in Texas family law in 1997 and has maintained it ever since that time. Furthermore, the law firm has a member of its legal team who is a board-certified Texas family law paralegal.

Ms. Lewis came to family law from her own personal history, being inspired by her experiences as a child of divorce. She received her bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in 2002, and she received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law (soon to be called Texas A&M School of Law) in 2005. When handling family law cases, Attorney Lewis uses a friendly but firm approach. She has been bestowed with the honor of being accepted as a member of the Annette Stewart Inn of Court based on her professionalism and ethics in the legal profession. Furthermore, she is on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Bar Associations Family Law Section, and she is also involved in many other professional organizations.

ONeil & Attorneys is committed to protecting clients rights and best interests when they are dealing with divorce and other family law matters. Individuals who turn to the law firm for legal support get to benefit from more than 20 years of combined experience provided by the legal team. The firm has attorneys who have received various prestigious honors, such as being included in the Super Lawyers

Dallas Divorce Law Firm ONeil & Attorneys Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary


Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 18, 2013

Dallas divorce law firm ONeil & Attorneys has reached an important milestoneas of September 2013, the law firm has now been in existence for 10 years. The boutique law firm was founded by Michelle May ONeil, a seasoned litigator who has 22 years of experience practicing family law in Texas, which includes 16 years practicing in Dallas. ONeil & Attorneys has a team of Dallas divorce lawyers who are dedicated to protecting clients best interests in their divorce proceedings and other family law matters.

ONeil & Attorneys legal team includes certified-family law specialists. Attorney ONeil has been certified as a family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1997, and Attorney Katherine Lewis has received her family law board certification as well. The firms attorneys serve as compassionate legal advisors to the individuals they represent while also serving as aggressive advocates on their behalf. The attorneys are not afraid to take on even the most difficult litigation matters. The law firm represents individuals who are dealing with many different family issues, whether they are filing for divorce, fighting for child custody, establishing pre-marital agreements, working to establish paternity issues, etc. Attorney ONeil and her team are proud that the law firm has completed a decade of providing high-quality legal service to families in an around the Dallas area.

The lawyers at ONeil & Attorneys have received a number of impressive accolades throughout their careers for the professional excellence they have exhibited in their field. Attorney ONeil has been selected for inclusion in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 lists of Texas Super Lawyers