Alex Perry & Alexis Smith Step Up to the Plate, Helping Kids

Share News:

Allie Beth Allman’s Alex Perry and Alexis Smith say they have been devastated watching the spread of COVID-19, novel coronavirus, in their community and across the country.

Not only was the power real estate agent concerned for the well-being of many friends in the local restaurant industry, they worried, too, for the children who benefit from local charities, such as the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

What’s the connection?

Amidst closures of restaurants, bars, movie theaters and entertainment venues in the city of Dallas, many of the city’s largest fundraisers for charitable organizations have had to be canceled as well.  Which means, the kids lose, too.

“During this trying time, I wanted to support my friends in the restaurant industry any way I could,” said Alex Perry. “I was buying gift cards and ordering takeout, and realized there was so much more I could be doing, so much more we could be doing as a community.” 

Alex and Alexis pondered and came up with a strategic move to feed kids and support local restaurants: Kids Save Dallas Restaurants.

Now the pair is asking the Dallas community to come together to support small business owners in their time of need AND provide meals to the children of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Alex and Alexis will use donated funds to purchase gift cards from each of the participating restaurants and donate them to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. This way, they can help boost local restaurants’ business AND provide meals to the children they support. 

“My goal is $100,000,” Alex told me by phone on Friday. “And we are now almost half-way there!”

“So many of us have friends in the restaurant industry, or are loyal to our favorite, local eateries,” said Alexis Smith. “Kids Save Dallas Restaurants gives us the opportunity to help both the restaurant industry AND children who are in need.” 

Some of the restaurants participating in Kids Save Dallas Restaurants include: Spring Creek Barbecue, Norma’s Café, Feed Me Pronto, Terry Black’s Barbecue, Eno’s Pizza Tavern, Whisk Crêpes Café, Al Biernat’s and Easy Slider. The list grows daily.

Donations for Kids Save Dallas Restaurants are accepted through Friday, March 27, 2020.

If you are a local restaurant owner and would like to be considered for the fundraiser, please email Alexis Smith at

For more information, or to donate, visit the GoFundMe page at

Posted in

Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

Reader Interactions


  1. Alex Perry says

    Thank you to everyone who has donated at any level. It all adds up and makes a difference. These Restaurant owners could not be more thankful, with most saying its the only good news they had in weeks.

    Thank you to some others who have been extremely helpful with huge donations or spreading the word.

    Chad Barrett- Agent at Allie Beth and on the board of DCAC- Large Donation
    Munear Kouzbari- Large Donation
    Elliott Perry- Hudson Construction- Large donation
    Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie- Large Donation
    Mimi’s Pizzeria- 20% of sales to the charitable donation
    Vodi Cook- Plug PR

    And again to everyone who has helped in one way or another. We are so thankful and so are these restaurants. All next week when these kids start using these gift cards, the trickle effect of thankfulness will begin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *