News and Press

April 21, 2018

30th Anniversary 2018 GALA - Auction & Casino Night

The evening was a spectacular sell-out event at the Omni Dallas Hotel on April 21, 2018! Our Friends Place was thrilled to have many friends and supporters placing silent and live auction bids, honoring the Ebby Award winners plus Lifetime Achievement Award winner Susybelle Gosslee, playing casino games and dancing to the very end. The atmosphere was engaging, dinner was superb, and OFP had their most successful event to date! All benefiting the young women reached through the TLC and SOAR programs. Thank you to the Co-Chairs, Suzanne Jaco, Angela Maverick, and Leslie Simmons plus the Honorary Co-Chairs, Netta Blanchard and Jefflyn Williamson for a night to remember! Relive this special 30th Anniversary event through the photo galleries.

 

April 6, 2018

14th annual 2018 ebby award winners and lifetime achievement award

Our Friends Place unveils the 14th Annual 2018 Ebby Award Winners recognized for their contributions to the advancement of girls and/or women. We are honored to announce two winners receiving the 2018 Ebby Award: Kaleta Doolin, acclaimed artist, author, philanthropist and arts advocate and the Junior League of Dallas. Click here for the official Ebby Award announcement.

Additionally, in honor of OFP's 30th Anniversary, a first ever Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to our founder, Susybelle Gosslee.  View the press release to learn more.

 

April 3, 2018

PATRON PARTY

Guests gathered on a lovely evening to thank the many sponsors and underwriters of the 30th Anniversary 2018 Gala - Auction & Casino Night.  Many thanks to Ellen and Andy Welch for sharing their fabulous home with OFP supporters. The Patron Party was presented by Paladin Partners and 12 GCS. We appreciate their generosity in celebrating OFP's 30th anniversary! Photos from this delightful evening are available for viewing and sharing.

 

January 19, 2018

30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Over 100 attendees were present to celebrate OFP's 30th Anniversary Party on December 12, 2017. We thank our very special host, Jefflyn Williamson, OFP 2004 Past Board President, for opening her beautiful home on this special evening. View the lovely photos that showcase many friends enjoying a spectacular 30th Anniversary party. Thanks to all the friends, supporters, partners and alumnae who truly make a difference in the lives of the young women we serve!

 

October 3, 2017

30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AUCTION & CASINO NIGHT KICK OFF PARTY

Our Friends Place 30th Anniversary 2018 Gala Auction & Casino Night Kick Off Party event photos capture the energy of the evening. The event was held on October 3, 2017 at Saint Rocco's Rooftop at Trinity Groves. Thanks to the Gala Co-Chairs, Suzanne Jaco, Angela Maverick and Leslie Simmons, plus all our new friends and supporters who attended this fun and successful kick off event! 

 
 

April 29, 2017

14TH ANNUAL 2017 OFP GALA - AUCTION & CASINO NIGHT

Our Friends Place 14th Annual Gala - Auction & Casino Night held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on April 29, 2017 was spectacular!  Thanks to all who donated, volunteered, sponsored, supported,  attended and engaged in our annual Gala - Auction & Casino Night in any way! Our mission is not possible without the support of all of our friends! Event photo albums are posted - click here to view.

 

March 15, 2017

13TH ANNUAL 2017 EBBY AWARD WINNERS

Our Friends Place unveils the 13th Annual 2017 Ebby Award Winners recognized for their contributions to the advancement of girls and/or women. We are honored to announce two winners receiving the 2017 Ebby Award: Suzan E. Fenner, retired partner of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and the Northwood Woman's Club. Click here for the official announcement.

 

February 20, 2017

BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY COMMUNITY FORUM AND WORKSHOP

Our Friends Place is hosting two great Bridges Out of Poverty events at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Mabel Peters Caruth Center, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane @ Central Expressway in Dallas.  This is presented by aha! Process, founded by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. author of "A Framework for Understanding Poverty".

  • A free, open to the public, Bridges Out of Poverty Community Forum will be held March 1st from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Come learn about the issues that surround poverty in the community and how awareness for using tools and resources can help build stability and remove barriers for the economically disadvantaged.  RSVP required via email to cindy.washlesky@ourfriendsplace.org (include name, address, phone and email).
  • For community partners, resource providers, city and school leadership there will be a two day Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop on March 2nd and March 3rd from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  This workshop is a comprehensive approach to developing tools and strategies to build community stability, remove barriers for clients with few resources and to help prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty.  To register visit www.ofppovertyworkshop.eventbrite.com; fee is $50 and includes lunch both days.

Thank you to the generosity of our sponsors David M. Crowley Foundation and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.

 

January 25, 2017

LOCAL PRESS

Thank you to the White Rock Lake Weekly newspaper for highlighting Our Friends Place as a charity of the week!

 

January 25, 2017

LOCAL PRESS

Thank you to the Katy Trail Weekly newspaper for highlighting Our Friends Place as a charity of the week!

 

January 11, 2017

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2017 EBBY AWARD

Breaking generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness is no easy task. Yet, Dallas community members continually dedicate their time and efforts to combat these issues and empower the young women of tomorrow.

To recognize these inspiring efforts, Dallas-based nonprofit Our Friends Place has announced the opening of nominations for its 13th Annual Ebby Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions and/or achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in the North Texas area.

Submit nominations at: 2017 Ebby Award Nominations.

 

Adriana, Ashley and Lizzeth share how Our Friends Place changed their lives.

 

March 24, 2015

BARBARA CAMBRIDGE WINS 2015 EBBY AWARD

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Our Friends Place proudly recognizes Dr. Barbara S. Cambridge as the 2015 Ebby Award honoree. Dr. Cambridge is a social worker, psychotherapist, certified personal life coach, author, lecturer, consultant, and storyteller.

For 44 years, Dr. Cambridge worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology, where she covered a wide range of mental health and social support services for women and families. Also, as the first African American faculty member, Dr. Cambridge was a trailblazer.

She continued trailblazing when her passion for ensuring quality health care and social services to low income women and their families extended to women with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Cambridge helped launch AIDS Arms, and for 27 years, provided therapeutic counseling for women living with HIV/AIDS, which became the longest continually operating support group in the country.

Dr. Cambridge is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother to three wonderful grandsons. She is also the author of two personal affirmation books for young children, And This I Know and Beloved.

Dr. Barbara S. Cambridge joins past Ebby Award recipients Ebby Halliday Acers, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, Elizabeth Solender, Sarah Losigner, Suzanne Bryan, Lyn Berman, Dr. Martha Felini and Sergeant Louis Felini, Sharan Goldstein, and Christine Cook.

The Ebby Award recognizes individuals who contribute significant achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in North Texas. It is named after Ebby Halliday Acers for her commitment and contributions to women in our community.

 

May 5, 2014

CHRISTINE COOK WINS 2014 EBBY AWARD

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Our Friends Place is proud to recognize Christine Cook as the 2014 Ebby Award honoree. Christine Cook is wife, mom, and President of Sleep Experts. Since Christine and her husband Chris opened their first store in 2003, Cook envisioned a company culture of heartfelt commitment to giving back to the community. By founding the company's Share the Gift of Sleep mattress donation program, she achieved just that.

Share the Gift of Sleep mattress donation program recycles customers' old mattresses to more than 40 non-profit organizations. To date, Sleep Experts has donated more than 12,000 beds valued at $1,000,000, resulting in more than a million nights of sleep for thousands of local families. Most bed recipients are women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, extreme poverty or homelessness.

To further assist women and children in crisis, Cook hosts public awareness campaigns by donating valuable airtime to run Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on local radio and TV stations. Cook also hosts annual events, such as Share the Warmth Blanket Drive in November, encouraging community members to donate new and gently used blankets at its stores. Over the past 10 years, Share the Warmth has donated more than 20,000 blankets and other comfort items for area shelters serving women and children.

Christine Cook joins Ebby Halliday Acers, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, Elizabeth Solender, Sarah Losigner, Suzanne Bryan, Lyn Berman, Dr. Martha Felini and Sergeant Louis Felini, as well as Sharan Goldstein as Ebby Award Winners.

The Ebby Award recognizes individuals who contribute significant achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in North Texas. The Ebby Award is named after Ebby Halliday Acers, the award's first recipient in 2005, for her commitment and contributions to women in our community.

For questions and additional information about the Ebby Awards, please contact Beth Waller at 214.520.6268.

Past Ebby Award Recipients:
Ebby Halliday Acers
Sister Margaret Ann Moser, President, Ursuline Academy
Elizabeth Solender, President, Solender/Hall and Past President, CREW
Sarah Losinger, Philanthropist
Suzanne Bryan, Community Volunteer
Lyn Berman, Executive Director for Attitudes & Attire
Martha Felini and Louis Felini
Sharan Goldstein

 

February 11, 2014

OUR FRIENDS PLACE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER

Our Friends Place broke ground Friday on a $1.8 million transitional living center called Pauline's Place that will provide housing for young women ages 18 to 24 with histories of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness.

For Full Dallas Morning News Story, click here

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September 3, 2010

NBC SPOTLIGHTS OUR FRIENDS PLACE