Event Types

Noter: 5:30 pm- 7 pm for Happy Hour

Evening Social 5:30pm
 Sep 13, 2017
 Sep 14, 2017
6:00 AM – 11:59 PM

Commissioner Mike Cantrell is a graduate of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy, and received his Basic and Intermediate Certificates in Law Enforcement. He served as a police officer for the Dallas County Community College District from 1976 to 1979 while attending Eastfield Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa & Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Abilene Christian University at Dallas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree at Southern Methodist University’s School of Law.

Commissioner Cantrell opened a private law practice and, in 1983, was appointed by the Garland City Council to the position of Municipal Judge for the City of Garland. He served in that capacity for two and one-half years and in 1986 was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 (Garland area). He was elected to a second four-year term in 1990, and served a total of eight years. In 1994, Commissioner Cantrell was elected as the Dallas County Commissioner for District 2 where he currently serves.

While in office, Commissioner Cantrell has been active in a number of initiatives, including drug courts, law enforcement, domestic violence, child abuse, and juvenile issues, including truancy. He has led several collaborative initiatives including:

  • Juvenile Case Management System
  • Child Welfare Information System (CWIS)
  • Adult Case Management System: ACMS Courts & ACMS Prosecutor
  • Dallas County Specialized Truancy Courts Project

All initiatives seek creative and collaborative solutions and encourage intergovernmental cooperation, innovation, and more efficient use of resources.

Commissioner Cantrell currently serves on the Regional Transportation Council and the Texas Conference of Urban Counties.

Commissioner Cantrell was instrumental in the formation of the Protective Order Rapid Response Team and the Truancy Intervention High Impact Teams, and served on the DIVERT Drug Court Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Dallas County Community Plan from its inception in 1995 to 2002. He served on the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Executive Board and was President of the Board from 2001–2002. He served from 1998 – 2003 as an appointee of former Governor George W. Bush on the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. Commissioner Cantrell was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve on the State Judicial Committee on Information Technology from 2001-2014.

Commissioner Mike Cantrell and his wife Lorrie have one daughter and two grandchildren

Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell
 Sep 20, 2017

Shirley Hu is the Director of Business

Development for Ticketingbox, a company that

provides ticketing system for Performing Arts,

while it is similar to Ticketmaster, it offers

superior service and much reasonable prices .

Shirley earned her bachelor’s degree in

Economics from National Taiwan University, a

master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling

from Tulsa University, and another master’s degree in Computer Science from

New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In her Information Technology career, Shirley has worked for Dow Jones, Bell

Labs, Johnson & Johnson, and Alcatel-Lucent as an applications development

manager and project manager.

Recently, Shirley has been devoting her time to various volunteering activities. She

provides community services for Rotary clubs, Dallas Arts District, Project

Management Institute and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women. She is

also the founder of her high school alumni association in Dallas. And when she’s

not doing all that, she volunteers as an events coordinator for the Shen Yun

Performing Arts to promote moral values.

Shirley Hsia
 Sep 27, 2017

Commissioner Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms as a Dallas County Commissioner from 2005 to 2013. Prior to her election to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Maurine served as the former Chairman of the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, and was the only County Commissioner to have ever served on the Parkland Board.

While a Commissioner, Maurine was very involved in regional issues such as transportation and high speed rail. She represented Dallas County on the North Central Texas’ Council of Governments’ Regional Transportation Commission, as well as serving on the COG’s Board of Directors. She chaired the County’s Clean Air Task Force and served as the Vice President of the Texas High Speed Rail Corporation. While at the County she also helped start and was chair of the non-profit Prostitute Diversion Initiative that partnered with the Dallas Police Department in changing the paradigm for many of the women caught in prostitution and provided a way to offer them an escape through treatment rather than jail.

For six and a half years she served on and was Chairman of the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services, an agency that is devoted to the protection of children. She also served as chair of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, served on the County Juvenile Board. She was a founding member of CPS Community Partners and The Rainbow Room in 1990.

Maurine and Roland Dickey have two grown sons. All are graduates of Southern Methodist University.

Since 1941, the Dickey family has taken pride in serving slow-smoked barbecue in their local communities. Today, the Dickey family and its family of restaurants takes pride in serving those who serve our communities, local police and firefighters.  This evolution in community involvement and civic stewardship is Barbecue, Boots & Badges. The foundation, enthusiastically led by Maurine Dickey, supports local law enforcement, firefighters and their families. The foundation is national, yet the support is intensely local — benefiting law enforcement and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day, serving the public. This is a way for Dickey’s Barbecue to serve in return.

Barbecue, Boots & Badges also creates partnerships between law enforcement and communities that are crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives.

Maurine Dickey
 Oct 04, 2017


Join Us!

Be Part of the Grassroots Effort to "Make It Happen"




Tues., Oct. 10




Wildflower Patio & Grill (formerly Marcus Cafe)




5:30-9 pm

Special 3-course Dinner • Live Music

Happy Hour Drink Pricing Until 7 pm Raffle Prizes*

Come for drinks • Come for dinner

Come for the entire evening

Social/Fundraiser ------Note this is a Tuesday
 Oct 10, 2017

About Us: Our Mission

Challenge Air was created to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift flight. Since 1993, we have been committed to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. With a network of 3,500 volunteers nationwide, we continue to grow through events called Fly Days.

By eliminating the belief that they are limited, the children can grow to their full potential. They are given the opportunity to find courage within themselves and build in areas where they lack self-esteem. Challenge Air provides an unforgettable growing experience that opens the door to possibilities while allowing the children to see if they can fly a plane they can do anything.

Challenge Air for Kids & Friends, Inc., exists to build confidence and self-esteem in children and youth with special needs through the gift of flight.


Program Goals:

1) To improve the quality of life for children/youth and families with special needs

2) Arouse children/youth with special needs to be excited about learning and inspired about their future

3) Educate children/youth about the aviation industry and encourage them to consider occupational roles other than the customary ones to which they are generally directed

4) Involve and promote civic and community engagement

5) Create an environment for peer interaction for children/youth with special needs.

6) Promote local organizational resources to families with special needs.


Avery Culver
 Oct 18, 2017

Various Chairs to speak regarding sponsors, silent auction, tickets, volunteers and media.

Miki Mankin
 Oct 25, 2017
Jeff King with Harmony Funds
 Nov 01, 2017

Our evening social for November will be on the covered Patio at Casa Cha Cha on Nov 8th. We will start at 5:30 pm to take advantage of their 5:30-6:30 happy hour. I hope all of you can join us. Please remember we will be on the patio and dress accordingly.

Social 5:30pm-7:00pm
 Nov 08, 2017
Edge Awards
 Nov 15, 2017
 Nov 15, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving

No meeting
 Nov 22, 2017

Eli Davidsohn, one of three children, was born in 1943 in La Paz, Bolivia, and was raised in Lima, Peru, where he lived until the age of eighteen. His parents ended up in Bolivia after having escaped Nazi Germany; his father became a mining engineer. Eli has played the accordion from the time he was a little boy, and has always loved leading services with his musical talents. Eli attended a Jewish day school in Bolivia, but shares that he experienced much anti-semitism in the country. He decided to move to America and ended up in Houston. Eli served in the U.S. Army, worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, and then married two months after the completion of his service. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of many, and continues to share his contagious energy and passion through his teaching and song-leading.

Eli Davidson
 Nov 29, 2017
 Dec 02, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
 Dec 02, 2017 6:00 PM –
Dec 14, 2017 9:00 PM
FRE Choir
 Dec 06, 2017
 Dec 13, 2017
 Dec 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
 Feb 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM