Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pat Smith stars in Mrs. & Mr. Smith airing March 26th on OWN

Emmitt and Pat Smith on the red carpet of the NFL Honors in San Francisco (February 6, 2016)

The photo above accurately illustrates how most of the world views Pat Smith. As a beautiful piece of arm candy belonging to NFL legend and Dancing With The Stars champion, Emmitt Smith. But Pat Smith is so much more than just a pretty face and on March 26 at 9:00PM (CST) Oprah's OWN network will introduce her to the world in "Mrs. & Mr. Smith". The hour-long show will air as special and be treated like a pilot episode. The episode will follow Pat as she wrangles 5 kids, a superstar husband and, like every woman in America, struggles to not lose herself in the process. We'll learn about Pat's commitment to faith and philanthropy and see how she's making a difference in the world through her charities, Treasure You and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. If viewers tune in with strong numbers, additional episodes will be considered. You have to be pretty interesting to get Oprah's attention and behind that gorgeous smile is one helluva story.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Cheryl "Action" Jackson Show Debuts Saturday, February 6

Cynthia Smoot with Dr. Cheryl Jackson

Dr. Cheryl "Action" Jackson is not just a woman. She is an author, philanthropist, TV host, emcee, ambassador for Oprah's OWN community - a super human force of nature disguised as a mere mortal. You can get to know her through a new weekly TV show called (shocker) the Cheryl "Action" Jackson Show which will air on Verizon or you watch live online at the UA Network every Saturday at 7:30AM. "This platform will allow me to show viewers the faces and tell the stories of the people who are hungry in our community and the people who care about this community and are making a difference," says Jackson. In addition to the TV show, Jackson will be writing a regular feature for the Huffington Post called "People of Action" and integrating them into the show. I will be joining her every week for a feature called "Discover Dallas" where I bring you the hippest and hottest events, exhibits and shows coming up for the following week. On tomorrow's first episode, Cheryl introduces me to viewers and we chat about Decadence: Fashions of the 1920s at the Galleria.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Discover Mend. It's the modern day house call.

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Life in 2016 is busy, busy, busy! Who has time to run errands or go shopping? You need a ride? Call Uber. You need some sneakers or a Crock-pot? Order it from Amazon. You need a massage? Use the Soothe app and a masseuse comes to your house. More and more, we expect our goods and services to come to us. Wouldn’t it be great to have a doctor come to you instead of you having to drag your sick child to an urgent care facility and waiting hours to be seen? Well, hallelujah! Leave it to a Dallas-based company to create the answer to my prayers. Mend is a Dallas-based health-tech startup that offers users healthcare on-demand through an app on your mobile device. The service delivers convenient, affordable, timely urgent healthcare to your home, office or hotel, for patients age 1 to 64. A house call is usually $199 but for a limited time your first visit is just $50! Much like an urgent care facility, Mend offers services for the treatment of common illnesses and injuries, which require prompt evaluation, but aren’t serious enough to require a visit to an emergency room. This would include conditions like flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, eye, ear, nose and throat infections, urinary tract infections, sprains, minor broken bones, cuts, boils and skin infections, to name just a few. House calls are made 7 days a week: 8am – 8pm. Mend providers are certified Physician Assistants (PAs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs), with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in acute care and emergency medicine – which is exactly who you are seeing at urgent care facilities.

Oh So Charitable: 7th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kickoff

7th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Kickoff
photos c/o Gittings

The 2016 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational kicked off at the beautiful Preston Hollow estate of Lisa and Steve Lieberman on Wednesday, January 13. Pat and Emmitt Smith announced honorary chairs LeeAnn and Alan White, event chairs Carmen and Thomas Surgent and thanked all event sponsors for graciously offering their time and resources to make the 2016 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational a success. A theme of 007 was announced in honor of the event’s 7th anniversary. Country music star, Billy Dawson, flew all the way in from Nashville to surprise guests with an acoustic performance at the event. “Pat and I are thrilled to host this weekend-long fundraiser for the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. We are gratified by the continued support of our friends, family, colleagues and our ever generous corporate and community sponsors. It is a true labor of love for us, and we feel blessed by the opportunity to provide for underserved children in our community” -Emmitt Smith. Guests had the opportunity to hear firsthand from four of TEAM 22’s participants, who shared the life changing experiences they’ve been afforded through TEAM 22 and the exciting news of one of the first program graduate’s acceptance to Duke University this fall. Tickets for the Friday Night Party begin at $500 and pavilion passes for the Saturday Golf Tournament are $50 each.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reese Witherspoon Sets Her Sights on Dallas For New TV Show

The Dallas Film Commission announced today that ABC Studios has selected Dallas as the location for an upcoming - still untitled - Meaghan Oppenheimer Project television pilot. The storyline will follow the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. The new show is expected to show off the vibrant, urban city that Dallas is. Reese Witherspoon will executive produce alongside her producing partner at Pacific Standard, Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Warm Bodies). Meaghan Oppenheimer (We Are Your Friends) wrote the pilot and will co-executive produce. The cast has not been announced.

Good News: Reese Witherspoon is involved in the project
Bad News: There is no guarantee that Reese Witherspoon will ever set foot in Dallas

“The City of Dallas is very excited to have once again secured filming of a television pilot set in our city. Given the competitive nature of the industry, we are pleased that we could assist in making Dallas not only the obvious location choice, but a good choice for the bottom line too” said City of Dallas Director of Economic Development Karl Zavitkovsky. “The Texas Film Commission is thrilled that ABC has chosen the Dallas region for such a prestigious pilot. We look forward to the opportunity the show brings to showcase the beauty of Dallas as well as create jobs in the region” said Heather Page, Director, Texas Film Commission. The Dallas Film Commission is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development. Its mission includes marketing and promoting the area to content creators; serving as the primary liaison between the industry, government and the community as well as promoting and advocating for growth of the local industry through job creation and economic vibrancy.

ChildCareGroup Raises $320,000 at Annual Great Adventure Hunt

6th Annual Great Adventure Hunt
photos provided by ChildCareGroup

ChildCareGroup hosted its sixth annual Great Adventure Hunt on Jan. 23, 2016. The fun and clever puzzle hunt at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science raised $320,000 to support CCG’s early childhood education programs. Established in 1901, ChildCareGroup provides safe, nurturing care and education to Dallas’ most vulnerable children and holistic support services to their low-income parents. ChildCareGroup is the Dallas area’s leading resource in early care and education, helping to lift two generations of families out of poverty through high-quality early childhood programs for children and parents. Following a cocktail hour and dinner, over 300 guests competed on teams of six to solve mind-bending puzzles throughout the museum’s 11 exhibit halls. The puzzles are designed by Tom Shroder, award-winning journalist and former editor of The Washington Post Magazine and author of “Acid Test: LSD Ecstasy and the Power to Heal.” Shroder is known for his creation, along with humorists Dave Barry and Gene Weingarten, of the Herald Hunt in Miami and the Post Hunt in Washington. “ChildCareGroup provides or manages early care and education for more than 14,000 Dallas-area children every day,” said Tori Mannes, ChildCareGroup CEO. “The Great Adventure Hunt is an exciting and engaging way for corporations and individuals to support our high-quality programs that support the community’s most vulnerable children and provide holistic services to parents.” Christy and Robby Berry, Tessa and Bob Mosteller, and Barb and Mike Tonti co-chaired the 2016 Great Adventure Hunt. Amy Vanderoef, TV and radio personality best known from her role as a host on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, served as the emcee. As a single mother, Vanderoef’s passion for early childhood care and education made her the perfect match to lead guests throughout the evening. For more information about ChildCareGroup, visit