Laura Chancellor Black, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, and Kelly Cantu Dees

On September 20, supporters of Texas Discovery Gardens gathered to applaud the 2018 Flora Award honorees Allie Beth and Pierce Allman at the Highland Park home of Stephen Jones (son of Jerry Jones), and his wife Karen, whose house is listed with Allie Beth Allman & Associates

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Real estate magnate Allie Beth Allman and her husband, Pierce, will be honored by Texas Discovery Gardens with the 2018 Flora Award at the annual gala.

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman will be honored with the 2018 Flora Award for their years of service to the Dallas Community on October 25, the jade anniversary of this prestigious Dallas occasion. Since its inception in 1982, The Flora Award has been presented in support of Texas Discovery Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The honor serves to recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, natural resource education, protection of the environment and quality of life.

“If there is a worthy cause in Dallas, chances are the Allmans have supported it in a meaningful and generous way,” said Dick Davis, Executive Director of Texas Discovery Gardens. “While the Allmans don’t seek recognition, those of us in the nonprofit world seek every public opportunity to show our gratitude. That they would allow us to honor them for their decades of philanthropic efforts is gratifying beyond words. Yet, we plan to find just the right words at the 2018 Flora Award Gala.”

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Update 12:00 pm: this item has been updated to reflect today is not Father’s Day, it is next Sunday: we are getting a head start!

Our own Pierce Allman was named Father of the Year at the 42nd Anniversary Father of the Year Awards Luncheon this past week, one of three to receive the honor. The luncheon was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Wednesday, June 7. In a tradition dating back to 1976, three outstanding Dallas dads were honored, as they have been each year: John B. Poston, President, Daymark Living and Robert L. (Bob) Walker, President/CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Each year since its inception in the ’70s, the tradition of celebrating exceptional Dallas fathers accomplishments and generosity take place at this annual luncheon. The Father of the Year Awards has grown from a modest event raising a few hundred dollars to an annual celebration of fatherhood, raising over $4 million and benefiting more than 75 local charities. Recipients are selected as stellar examples of commitment to family and community. 

The Father of the Year Awards committee traditionally supports honoree’s charities. One of Pierce’s cherished charities is the S.M. Wright Foundation, with its work benefitting children through its Beds for Kids Program and the Education Center. The luncheon also benefitted LaunchAbility, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Father of the Year Scholarship Fund and the Sylvan Landau Founders Scholarship providing college funding for young adults seeking the skills they need to make a difference in their communities as they build their own future.

Celebrating with Pierce was his wife of over 50 years, Allie Beth Allman; his children, Amy Allman-Dean and Margaret Allman-Cowan; along with his youngest grandchild, Cora Elizabeth Dean. Other grandchildren sent their love and well wishes in a heartfelt video that was played at the event.

“This is truly a wonderful honor. For me, being a good father has been the most important part of my life,” said Allman. “Wherever my girls are, whatever they are doing, I want them to know “my father loves me”—it is unconditional love.”

His speech was so tender, beginning with the touching story of how he rushed Allie Beth to the hospital when she was in labor. Unfortunately, not all labors proceed without complications. For a bit, Pierce was scared to death he could lose both mother and baby. But his fear turned to sheer delight and overwhelming excitement when the physicians saved both baby and mother. (Gotta love those Ob/Gyns!) He purely described the awe and great responsibility he felt that day, something every father feels in the delivery room when handed a new bundle of love. Pierce vowed to be the best dad ever, though he was still not sure what that entailed.

So he went out and bought the baby girl a dress! (more…)

ABA GoFundMe 1

Kyle Crews alerts us to a GoFundMe site that has been setup for three Allie Beth Allman agents who reside at the now destroyed Preston Place condos. The fund was set up by Pierce Allman and Travis Mathews. As you know, the building was consumed by fire late Friday night, destroying the entire building. It appears that fund is growing by the minute.

If anyone knows of other charitable funds that have been started, let us know and CandysDirt.com will post them for our readers.

UPDATE:  Preston Hollow South Neighborhood Association has alerted me that the Red Cross is accepting donations for the displaced residents of Preston Place at:

Park Cities Baptist Church – Mission House
3945 Villanova
Dallas, TX 75225

When: March 6th – 10th
Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Items accepted: clothing, small household goods, and non-perishable food items.

UPDATE 2: We’ve been made aware of another GoFundMe page for a Preston Place tenant without renter’s insurance. The single mother and SMU student lost everything.  Those wishing to make donations of cash or furniture can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/fvwu9h-calla-spatz-house-fire-fund

 

Taylor Armstrong, Harlan Crow, Lucy and Henry Billingsley and Pierce Allman (Photo: Jake Dean)

The Crow Family has deep roots in Dallas and the Park Cities, so I’m not necessarily surprised that three of the family’s Park Cities abodes were dedicated as landmarks by the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society this month.

Henry and Lucy Crow Billingsley’s 6701 Turtle Creek Boulevard abode was designated a landmark due to its architectural significance. The home, which is one of the state’s best examples of a 1920s French Norman manor, was designed by Herbert M. Greene LaRoche & Dahl for banker Everette Owens and his wife, Cecille, in University Park’s Volk Estates development.

The home of Margaret Crow, widow of Trammel Crow, was deemed historical as well. The house, which is located at 4500 Preston Road in Highland Park, is the site of one of the first residences in the area. The C.D. Hill-designed home was completed in 1912 for Edgar Flippen. Just a couple of years prior, Hill designed the Mt. Vernon mansion at 4800 Preston. He also designed the Beaux-Arts Dallas City Hall at Harwood and Main, First Presbyterian Church, and Oak Lawn Methodist Church.

And showing that historic homes don’t have to be outdated, Harlan Crow’s home at 4700 Preston Road received landmark designation for renovation excellence. The house, originally built for Hugh Prather in 1917, is one of several fine homes in Highland Park designed by Anton F. Korn Jr.