Dallas Doings

Barbara and Stan Levenson inducted into Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame

I can’t think of any couple more deserving of accolades than Barbara and Stan Levenson, both in business and community service. They are the dynamic duo behind The Levenson Group of Companies. Barbara and Stan have been longtime friends and ardent supporters of the TJP.
For nearly five decades of being partners in life and business, Stan and Barbara were recently inducted into the elite 2011 Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame, on Oct. 10.
Selected by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished marketing professionals who have had a positive impact in their industry and community. Stan and Barbara were among six other honorees to receive this prestigious honor this year.
Since 1966, the power couple and their namesake agency have built a reputation for long-term client relationships. Among them are: Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. for more than 40 years, Church’s Chicken since 1991, Zale Corporation since 1992, ALON USA (formerly FINA Oil & Chemical) since 1993, Glazer’s Distributors since 2006, Aaron Brothers Art and Framing since 2002, and Summit Entertainment, The Austonian, AT&T Performing Arts Center and USA Discounters can be added to their roster of valued clients.
Stan and Barbara’s decades of success have been driven by their strategic and uncompromising commitment to client service through The Levenson Group. This synergistic group of companies encompasses Levenson & Hill, marketing and advertising; Levenson & Brinker Public Relations; Levenson Interactive; and Legion, Levenson & Hill, a multicultural marketing company.
“Barbara and I are deeply honored to be recognized among the best marketing minds in the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame,” said Stan. “But this award is not just for us. It is for every professional and staff member who has helped us reach the level of success we enjoy today,” added Barbara.
Active in leadership roles on several civic and community organizations, Stan served as the Greater Dallas Chamber’s former marketing committee chairman, Dallas Arboretum and North Texas Commission board member, President’s Advisory Council Member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Legacy Council Member at the Sammons Center for the Performing Arts, Advisory Board Member of the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Chairman — Board of Trustees of the Urban League of Greater Dallas.
Barbara is active in civic and cultural affairs and has performed leadership roles including Founding board member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Central Dallas Association board member, YWCA board member, Dallas Ad League board member and many more.
Stan and Barbara’s dedication to their employees is equal to their clients, to say the least. Multiple employees at The Levenson Group have worked with the company for decades, as this couple has never lost sight of the importance each employee contributes to the growth and success of the company.
Mazel tov!

Some Berry good challah

Shearith Israel has come up with a unique way to support the Berry children, whose parents Robin and Joshua were killed in a tragic car accident in early July while driving home from a family vacation. The children survived the accident. Peter, 9, and Aaron, 8, are paralyzed from below the waist. Their sister, Willa, 6, is recovering from broken bones.
Many of us did not know Robin and Josh, but we do know their children are in need of a lifetime of medical and emotional support. Shearith Israel, together with its Sisterhood, is coordinating a fundraiser to help raise funds for the children.
Challah pick-up will begin on Oct. 28. and each week for four weeks, fresh challah can be preordered. The Mrs. C’s Challahs are certified kosher pareve and will be available for weekly pick up at both the SISterhood Gift Shop and at The Ann and Nate Levine Academy. Because this mitzvah is so important, these prepaid challahs will also be available for pickup following Kabbalat Shabbat services at both Shearith Israel Service locations, the Douglas location and at the Ann and Nate Levine Academy. One can order challah once or up to four times and can also have challah donated to the JFS Food Bank and/or make a donation directly to the Berry Trust Fund. For more information about the Berry Trust Fund, visit www.facebook.com/BerryChildren.

A unique parenting program straight from Stanford University

I am hoping that I will get the paper to bed for the next six Tuesdays in time to attend Levine Academy’s six-week Challenge Success parenting program which starts next Tuesday, Oct. 25. Hopefully you have been reading Levine principal Dr. Susie Wolbe’s TJP columns over the last year and learned about the Challenge Success program and its impact on the learning culture at Levine. All parents want their children to be successful. Parents pour time, energy, money, and most of all-their hearts into insuring that their children will lead happy and productive lives.
Yet in spite of all our good intentions, both research and clinical experience reveal that too many children are impaired and ill-prepared for life in the 21st century. We live in a culture that increasingly insists that success is about numbers — test scores, acceptance rates, and salaries. All parents know better. We know that success is complex. It includes a wide range of skills and character traits such as integrity, creativity, and cooperation that can’t easily be measured but are critical for success in life.
Since when do we allow misguided notions about success to dictate how we raise our kids? Rates of depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and psychosomatic disorders rise as our children become increasingly pressured, stressed-out, and unhappy. It’s time for us to return to our instincts: instincts that tell us that what children need most is emotional support, parental supervision, adequate sleep, healthy eating habits, physical and intellectual challenges, resilience and time to reflect and plan. If this is your vision, Challenge Success Parent Education Program will help you realize it.
The Challenge Success program can help you make more sense of this journey with your children.
Designed for parents of children 5 to 13, the cost is $150 per family with children currently enrolled at Levine Academy, and $200 for those families who do not have children currently at Levine Academy. For more information, contact Susie Wolbe or Barbara Carr-Goodman at at 972-248-3032.

Yavneh Academy to educate about Cyberbullying

Yavneh Academy of Dallas will host a “Lunch and Learn” lecture titled “The Impact of Electronic Hatred: Understanding and Responding to Cyberbullying,” featuring guest speaker Roberta Clark. The event is open to the general public and will take place on October 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the school campus, located at 12324 Merit Drive in North Dallas
Roberta Clark, associate regional director of the North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss with students and parents the epidemic of cyberbullying and the lasting effects it can have.
Cyberbullying is a growing problem that affects almost half of all U.S. teens, but many adults are unaware of the problem and, when they are aware, are unsure how to respond to cyberbullying activities. Most young people today consider e-mailing, text messaging, chatting and blogging a vital means of self-expression and a central part of their social lives. But an increasing number of youth are misusing online technology to bully, harass and even incite violence against others. This session will introduce the many issues related to cyberbullying as well as ways to respond to this growing concern.
Ms. Clark is deeply committed to ensuring the safety and security of the Jewish people, and protecting the rights of all Americans. She brings with her significant leadership and experience in programming, leadership development and Jewish education. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science and holds dual M.A. degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Gratz College in Melrose Park, Pa.
For additional information about Yavneh Academy of Dallas or to RSVP to the “Lunch and Learn” lecture, contact the Admissions Department at 214- 295-3419, or at admissions@yavnehdallas.org.

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