Dallas Doings

Goldberg Brothers support Dallas fireworks show

Dallas will have a Fourth of July fireworks celebration this year at Fair Park after all. After the disappointing news of this festive tradition being canceled due to insufficient funds, Gold Metal Recyclers stepped up to the plate last week with a sizable donation to keep this civic event alive. Kenny and Neil Goldberg are natives of Dallas and remain very involved with the community. “Sponsoring the annual fireworks show is just one way we can show our support for our city and our nation’s birthday,” Kenny Goldberg said. “We have operated our business here for over three decades and will continue to give back to our community in times of need.”
This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, July 5, at Fair Park. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available. Everyone is encouraged to join the Goldbergs on Monday evening to celebrate this exciting and memorable occasion for our city of Dallas.

Big winners score at Casino Night at the J

Bingo, roulette, craps, three-card poker, slot machines and blackjack were all part of Casino Night, June 17, at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center. Between games there was plenty of cheesecake drizzled with chocolate and caramel along with light appetizers to accompany the punch bowl full of sangria. The big winners took home restaurant gift cards, a Neiman Marcus spa package, wristwatches and accessories for the home. The J thanks the Bingo/Casino Committee and sponsors (Anita Marx, Bravo Health, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Research Across America, Town Village North Dallas, Treemont Retirement Community and 770 KAAM Radio) for their generous support. For more information about senior programs and activities at the J, contact Heather Cordova at 214-239-7149 or hcordova@jccdallas.org.

ExxonMobil Foundation grant brings summer intern to Media Projects

Andrea Schpok has joined ­Media Projects, Inc. as an ­ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program intern in Dallas this summer. At Media Projects, Andrea will engage in marketing and social networking work while getting a behind-the-scenes introduction to film production and the nonprofit sector.
Filmmakers Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell, founders of Media Projects, bring important social and community issues to life through their films, which have earned numerous awards and their place at prestigious screenings in the United States and abroad for the past three decades. Media Projects has a strong history of addressing historical and current Jewish issues through their films, “The Monster Among Us,” “The Dallas Jewish Journey,” “West of Hester Street” and “Make Me a Match.”
Andrea’s marketing work will focus around two Media Projects films. The first, “Sole Sisters,” Cynthia Salzman Mondell’s newest film in progress, unites women of all walks of life through stories of their relationships with shoes. The second, “A Reason to Live,” sheds light on the serious issues of depression and suicide among young adults and their impact on families.
“After watching one of these films or even meeting the Mondells, you realize that Media Projects is really something special,” Andrea said. “I am delighted to have the task of promoting material I can believe in and am excited to be involved with the production of the latest films in progress.”
Back from Tufts University in Boston to her hometown of Dallas for the summer, Andrea will intern for eight weeks. Media Projects was selected as one of 75 Dallas-area not-for-profit agencies granted student interns through the 2010 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, funded by the ­ExxonMobil Foundation.
For more information, visit www.mediaprojects.org and www.solesistersfilm.com. “Sole Sisters” also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/solesistersfilm.

JWVA plans fun, food, music at elegant luncheon

The Jewish War Veterans’ Auxiliary 256 membership luncheon will be held in an elegant setting at The Tradition–Prestonwood, 15250 Prestonwood Blvd., on Sunday, July 18, at 11:30 a.m.
There is no pressure to join the auxiliary. The occasion is to honor members who give of themselves in so many ways and to enlighten guests as to what they do. Attendees will enjoy the music of vocalist Lori Cohen and pianist Mimi Guten. The event promises fun, food and entertainment.
There is no charge to members or guests, but reservations are required by Friday, July 9. Please RSVP to Dottie Garment, 972-985-7806, or Rosalee Cohen, 972-233-2001.

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