Ritz Residences 1704 Ritz Residences 1704 masterThis is #1704 of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, a brand new floorplan debuted to respond to the consumer’s appetite for larger condominium living in Dallas. That’s right: buyers downsizing from 6000 square feet say 1500 just isn’t enough. The 2,841 square foot home has two bedrooms, a study, and three full baths and could well be a prototype of residences to come. Connie Howe of Incognito Interiors staged the home, bringing in color and all that jazz! Connie is a homeowner at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Tower One. She is also a dear friend who I have known since our daughters were in pre-school!  #1704 is priced $2.7 million, listed by the dynamo Kyle Crews & crew, Allie Beth URBAN.


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Ani Nosnik, Daylon Pereira, Sales Associates at The Residences

#1704 was also the scene of a wonderful party recently to promote the upcoming 12th annual Bingo Luncheon to benefit the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The Bingo event is this Saturday at The Belo Mansion, and I think every high-powered Realtor in town is attending. Allie Beth dynamo herself Debbie Ingram is president of the DCAD League with Bingo Luncheon Chairman, Ashlee Brill Weidner, who has knocked herself out with an AMAZING silent auction, ten games of Bingo with prizes ranging from Gift Cards to Nordstrom’s, Tootsies, and Luxury Dallas Spas to $500 Central Market Gift cards, a $600 Exxon Mobil gift card to about 50 pieces of Kendra Scott jewelry. It all begins with a champagne reception and delicious lunch to boot. This event is produced by the DCAC League and is the 12th annual year! The luncheon is Saturday, and I’m pretty sure it’s sold out, but of course, just like working with an impossible seller, Debbie Ingram can work negotiation miracles to snag an extra ticket or two. Bingo ritz party ash debPhoto: The Bingo Luncheon Chairman, Ashlee Brill Weidner and DCAC League member Diana Ingram Miller are all smiles

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DCAC League member Diana Ingram Miller, lower

The Bingo Luncheon benefits the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), whose mission is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provide national leadership on child abuse issues. This is something you perhaps cannot imagine cloistered in a beautiful environment like the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, but child abuse does take place in our fair city. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in our community.

Last year, DCAC served more than 2,400 children (and their non offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. DCAC provides a warm, child-friendly environment to help children who are referred by law enforcement or CPS.

Lisa GarzaWake-Us-Up-Fact: the average DCAP client is a 9-10 year-old girl, sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. In fact, just a few weeks ago at the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon benefitting Family Gateway, celebrity chef, TV personality and restaurateur Liza Garza bravely revealed that she, too, was sexually abused at age 14.

(I was a bad girl at the luncheon, all in the name of charity, here’s what I did — it starts with a T and rhymes with “work”.)

But then, that is what I love about Dallas. That people like Lisa Garza are out there sharing their pain so that others can be spared. That people like Debbie Ingram, Diana Miller and Ashlee Weidner are working fingers to the bone to create a fun event while never losing sight of the whole point: raising money to raise awareness about a not-so-pretty topic, child abuse. Right here, maybe rvrn closer than we think. The subject is helping those who need a hand… or a life raft.