The DMN Charities Kickoff 2015

The Dallas Morning News Charities Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary & Selects 23 Charities for Annual Campaign to Aid the Hungry & Homeless in North Texas

Dallas Morning News Charities kicks off 30th year of raising money for Dallas’ hungry, homeless

With a sprinkle of pixie dust, Dallas Morning News Charities kicked off its annual fund drive Tuesday to raise money for the Dallas area’s homeless and hungry. Some extra sparkle came from Tinker Bell, who visited from the local production of “Peter Pan 360.”

The Dallas Morning News Charities selected its twenty-three North Texas nonprofits to receive contributions during the upcoming 2015-16 campaign. These agencies were selected because of their provisions of shelter, emergency assistance, food, clothing, job skills training and counseling for those in greatest need in the North Texas area.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the program focused on ending hunger and homelessness. Since 1986, the Dallas Morning News Charities has distributed over $26.3 million. The Dallas Morning News pays all administrative costs of the campaign in order that 100 percent of all donations received go directly to the agencies. Last year, the campaign raised $1,301,227 from 1,669 donors. This year the campaign will run from November 10, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

Jewel Williams, Director of Revenue Accounting at The Dallas Morning News and Chairman of The Dallas Morning News Charities board said, “Contributions from our readers make a significant difference for helping those in greatest need in North Texas. The agencies we support are on the front lines every day, addressing issues facing the homeless and hungry.  We look forward to the campaign and the impact it has on helping our communities.”

The campaign kicks off with an event at the Winspear Opera House on Nov. 10 and has already raised more than $360,000 as a result of the generous support of $150,000 from Jonelle Williams and the J.L. Williams Foundation, $75,000 from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, $31,925 from the Community Impact Fund of the Dallas Foundation, Community Foundation of Texas–$10,000 from the Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton fund, $4,713 the Hertich Estate Fund and $29,267 from the 2015 North Texas Giving Day. The Morning News hopes to raise more than $1.5 million during this campaign to help those in the communities served by the paper.

Agencies apply in June to receive funding from the Dallas Morning News Charities. The applications are reviewed by The Charities board of directors, with assistance from the Communities Foundation of Texas. Recipients are selected based on the quality of services provided, geographic and demographic coverage of the area, board and volunteer involvement and sound fiscal management. A balance is maintained between shelters, emergency services and rehabilitative programs, with each agency receiving a board-designated percentage of the contributions.

In August of 2007, The Charities board of directors established the Dallas Morning News Charities Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas in order to achieve increased efficiency and accountability for The Charities campaign. As part of this partnership, CFT manages many of the administrative responsibilities related to the campaign, including processing all donations and maintaining donor records.

To see the full list of the 2015-2016 Dallas Morning News Charities, head to our Agency List.

April 22nd, Dallas wine enthusiasts can take part in an exclusive unveiling

Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux

Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Grand Tasting Event

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
6PM – 8PM

42nd floor
2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas Texas 75204

On Wednesday April 22nd, for one night only, 36 of the best wineries from the famed Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux, will treat Dallas’s foodies and wine enthusiasts to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions.

The tasting includes a generous Silent Auction, featuring rare to find magnums of prestigious Bordeaux wines and benefiting The Dallas Morning News Charities.

Speak with some of the industry’s most respected winemakers, explore and sample some of the finest wines that Bordeaux has to offer. You will also be treated with both a cheese and charcuterie tasting. The event, conveniently located at CityPlace, will begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm.

UPDATE: DMN Charities Check Presentation from I Heart Grand Cercle. The DMN Charities received a check for $1,500 from this fabulous bigInk French Bordeaux wine event. Picture here is Camille Grimes, Nicole Young, Jewel Williams and Jeffrey Yarbrough at Cedars Social.

bigInk Wine Event



Bordeaux Supérieur
Grand Vin de Reignac

Château Dalem
Château La Vieille Cure
Château Les Trois Croix
Château Moulin Haut Laroque

Lalande de Pomerol
Château Siaurac

Château Vray Croix de Gay

Montagne Saint-Emilion
Château Faizeau

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Château Boutisse
Château Croix Cardinale
Château La Croizille
Château Magrez Fombrauge
Château du Parc
Château Tour Baladoz
Château Trianon

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Château de Pressac
Château Fleur Cardinale
Château Fombrauge
Château Laroze
Château La Marzelle
Château Le Prieuré


Château Haut-Selve

Château du Cartillon
Château Lestage Simon
Château Peyrat-Fourthon
The Winemaker’s Collection

Château d’Arsac

Château Les Grands Chênes

Château Brillette

Pessac Léognan
Château Haut Bacalan
Château Haut Lagrange
Château Le Sartre

Château Serilhan
Château Tour de Pez

About The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux came into existence thanks to the aim of Alain Raynaud, its president and founder, to bring together in one entity the wines of the Right and Left Banks. The Cercle Rive Droite, established in July 2002, has represented for the past 10 years a selection of 137 wines whose keyword is excellence. As for the Cercle Rive Gauche, it was founded in April 2013. A parallel association to the Cercle Rive Droite, it groups together 51 wine estates carefully selected for the quality of their wine. The concept is to take advantage of the drive and efficiency of the Cercle Rive Droite, to promote the fine wines of the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac. With almost 200 wines, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux presents, during its trips abroad, a showcase of Bordeaux wines selected for their high quality. Its vocation is to prove that in Bordeaux there are superb, top-of-the-range and reasonably priced wines.





Announcing the winners of the 2014 Holiday Cookie Contest


Lots of cheering for the winners this year!

We will be posting the winning recipes on our blog and on social media. If you like to make cookies, or if you want to follow our campaign, visit our site often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We want to thank all of the participants, including the sponsors, the judges and the cookie makers.

Entry fees for The Dallas Morning News – Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest benefit The Dallas Morning News Charities.

Click the link below to watch the video and see the creative entries for the 19th annual Dallas Morning News – Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest.


The Dallas Morning News – Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest

Watch as cookie bakers from across the DFW bring in their best offerings in hopes of winning.