Preston Hollow Women’s Club Kicks Off 40th Year

Members of The Preston Hollow Women’s Club are looking forward this fall to seeing a new digital marquee installed at Preston Hollow Elementary School.

The club, which turns 40 this year, raised more than $30,000 to buy the sign for the neighborhood school.

The club began with a group of Preston Hollow Elementary School moms in 1979 and recently held its Fall Kick-Off Luncheon at Royal Oaks Country Club.

Debor Cassen, who heads up the St. Simon’s After-School program, spoke about the mission to provide free after-school care to children of low-economic working parents.

Program activities include assisting children with homework, reading to groups or one-on-one, arts and crafts, playing games and doing puzzles, she said. Flexible schedules are available for

Symposium Helps Women Connect

Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect, will serve as the keynote speaker for the third annual Comerica Women’s Business Symposium.

Reshma, of New York City, is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.

Her international nonprofit Girls Who Code “works to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does,” according to

Comerica Bank bills the symposium as “the power networking event of the year” and an opportunity to “learn, connect, and grow with some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most influential businesswomen.”

The day-long mid-October event will benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. The agency serves women and children fleeing from domestic abuse with a daycare, emergency shelter, therapeutics, and access to legal representation at no cost to the client.

Symposium speakers also include work/life fulfillment expert and entrepreneur Samantha Ettus, technology strategist and futurist Crystal Washington, and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen.

Everyone Loves Dirk

Starstruck mayors snapped photos as Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki made a surprise appearance at the 2019 North Texas Giving Day pep rally to gin up support for nonprofits participating this year.

The packed house in September included 11-year participating nonprofits, mayors from 10 counties, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Communities Foundation of Texas and North Texas Giving Day funders, and the UNT Mean Green marching band.

Kid Links won the random drawing for the $10,000 prize. The Nowitzkis posed with “Why I Give” signs and various event attendees.

Learn more about North Texas Giving Day at

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