News and Press
September 10, 2019
Charity dance concert shines a light on the plight of Dallas’ homeless. Ashton Benn, a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, is the brains behind the Starfish Dallas Dance Concert, taking place September 18 at Moody Performance Hall. The net proceeds from the event will be given to St. Jude Center and Our Friends Place to promote homeless awareness and inspire community involvement, according to a release.
June 4, 2019
My Sweet Charity's blog post - Our Friends Place’s Gala, Auction & Casino Night presented the Ebby Award and raised funds to support young women.
May 31, 2019
The Dallas morning news
Kudos to OFP's Sue Thiers Hesseltine and Marina Dewberry, along with Keri Stitt of Promise House and Youth Committee Chair, for the terrific article written by Obed Manuel of The Dallas Morning News on the upcoming Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Homeless Youth Count - “Do more youth experience homelessness in Dallas, Collin counties in the summer?”
May 22, 2019
TEXAS NETWORK OF YOUTH SERVICES
Member Spotlight: Our Friends Place
April 27, 2019
2019 Gala, Auction& casino night
Thank you to HollyFrontier Corporation for partnering with Our Friends Place as the 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night Presenting Sponsor! Your incredible support makes both this event and OFP programs possible for young women who need help to break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. A highlight of the evening is the 15th Annual Ebby Awards presentation honoring Terry Greenberg of North Texas Alliance to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Southwest Airlines for their significant achievements for the advancement of girls and young women in North Texas! Many thanks to the Honorary Chairs, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Burns, Sr. and the Gala Co-Chairs, Dorinda Cavender-Akin, Suzanne Jaco, and Jill Svoboda for your time and commitment to sharing OFP’s mission with new friends and supporters. Browse all the fun with the auction, dinner, dancing and casino tables here. For more information on OFP programs watch the 2019 Program video which debuted at the Gala event.
March 28, 2019
Guests and supporters enjoyed a lovely evening at the City View at Renaissance Dallas Hotel thanking the many sponsors and underwriters of the 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night. We appreciate the generosity of Paladin Partners and 12 GCS as presenters of the Patron Party. Photos showcasing the fun evening are available for viewing and sharing.
December 11, 2018
2018 ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Almost 100 attendees celebrated OFP's Anniversary Party on December 11, 2018 at a beautifully staged home thanks to Profit Sky LLC and the Perry-Miller Streiff Group. View the amazing photos capturing highlights of many friends and alumni enjoying a festive Anniversary party. Thanks to everyone who was a part of our annual celebration - here’s to the beginning of OFP’s 31st year helping girls and young women soar to success!
October 25, 2018
2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night Kick Off Party
Our Friends Place 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night Kick Off Party, underwritten by Bradford Companies, is a great way to get in the gala spirit as shown in the event photos. The kick off was held on October 25, 2018 at the beautifully appointed home of Dorinda Cavender-Akin and Hugh Akin. Thanks to the Gala Co-Chairs, Dorinda Cavender-Akin, Suzanne Jaco and Jill Svoboda, the evening was well attended by supporters and friends having a great time in a lovely outdoor setting!
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
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
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
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
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! Check out our event photo albums are posted.
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 email@example.com (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 click here; 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
Thank you to the White Rock Lake Weekly newspaper for highlighting Our Friends Place as a charity of the week!
January 25, 2017
Thank you to the Katy Trail Weekly newspaper for highlighting Our Friends Place as a charity of the week!
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.
May 4, 2016
Adriana, Ashley and Lizzeth share how Our Friends Place changed their lives.
March 24, 2015
BARBARA CAMBRIDGE WINS 2015 EBBY AWARD
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
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
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.
September 3, 2010