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NDBT (North Dallas Bank and Trust Co.), a leading Texas community banking organization, announces the expansion of its community service efforts including an increased focus on NDBT Cares, the bank’s primary service organization. In conjunction with the new direction, Lisa Rushing, a 19-year banking professional, has been promoted to Director of Community Engagement and will lead the emphasis on elevating the overall impact of NDBT’s resource investment supporting the communities served.

“Community service has always been at the core of who we are as a community bank. Creating a more dedicated, manageable, and measurable approach to our focus and effort allows us to better engage and serve our communities,” said Larry Miller, NDBT’s president and chief executive officer. “Lisa’s passion and knowledge of our business, culture, and communities create a perfect fit to lead this initiative.”

In this newly created role, Rushing will identify service opportunities for NDBT to expand its reach across the bank’s business footprint, while connecting NDBT professionals to participate where most needed within the bank’s communities. Rushing has managed the NDBT Cares program for the past year, while also serving as a corporate business development officer. She began her career at NDBT as a teller followed by roles in personal banking and lending.  

NDBT Cares was formed in 2019 to create a more formalized and strategic approach to the bank’s service efforts. Last year alone, NDBT’s community engagement through NDBT Cares produced more than 130 service hours from its banking professionals with pledged donations in excess of $487,000 benefiting approximately 80 organizations. To learn more about the bank’s community impact through NDBT Cares, please visit https://ndbt.com/ndbt-cares.html.

ABOUT NDBT
Founded in 1961, NDBT (North Dallas Bank and Trust Co.) is an independent community bank with five banking centers located in Dallas, Addison, Frisco, Las Colinas, and Plano. Headquartered on the corner of Preston Road and LBJ at 12900 Preston Road in Dallas, NDBT is dedicated to helping people make smarter choices in business and life by offering authentic banking solutions, wealth management, and innovative online banking tools. NDBT is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information, call 972.716.7100, or visit online at www.ndbt.com or www.facebook.com/NDBTMarketing/.

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THE PLANO HOUSE OF COMEDY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING AT THE SHOPS AT LEGACY NORTH
The 8,000-square-foot venue will host the biggest names in stand-up comedy, in addition to housing a full-service, chef-driven restaurant and bar

PLANO, Texas (November 4, 2021) – The much-anticipated Plano House of Comedy has officially opened at 7301 Lone Star Drive in Plano, Texas, where it will host both local and national stand-up comedy acts and operate a full-service, chef-driven restaurant and bar, all under one roof.

Dubbed as one of “the best comedy venues on the globe” by comedy industry insiders, The Plano House of Comedy seats up to 280 guests and occupies 8,000 square feet within The Shops at Legacy North, Plano’s premier destination to eat, drink, shop and explore in the heart of the Legacy Town Square.

Offering a “Las Vegas-comedy experience,” The Plano House of Comedy will feature the hottest stand-up comedy acts on tour, whose credits include the biggest names from Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, and Netflix, and whose resumes include appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, and more.

The Plano House of Comedy’s November lineup includes international comedian Asif Ali (Nov. 4-7), Comedy Central star Annie Lederman (Nov. 11-14), Vegas star Rocky Dale Davis (Nov. 18-20), and “top comics to watch”-star JC Currais (Nov. 26-28). Headliners performing in December include MTV’s “Girl Code”-star Jessimae Peluso (Dec. 2-4), Hollywood hit Steve Simeone (Dec. 9-12), and “Best Female Comic” award-winner Jessica Kirson (Dec. 16-18).

The Plano House of Comedy is also home to a full-service restaurant and top-shelf bar, with special three-course dinner services available during all shows. A-la-carte menu options include sharable appetizers such as buffalo bites, hummus flights, baked crab, spinach and artichoke dip, and charcuterie boards; main courses such as sliced flat-iron steak salad, flatbread pizzas, beef short ribs, Cuban sandwiches, and a selection of specialty burgers; and signature desserts such as New York-style cheesecakes, chocolate brownie sundaes, and cinnamon-apple tarts. Bar highlights include domestic and imported ales, lagers and seltzers; red, white and sparkling wines; and specialty craft-driven cocktails such as a Blackberry Old Fashioned and fresh-squeezed Moscow Mules.

The Plano House of Comedy location marks the company’s first in Texas, with other Comedy House locations in Phoenix, Arizona; Bloomington, Minnesota; New Westminster, British Columbia; and in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hours of operation include Tuesdays through Sundays, with the box office opening at noon on Tuesday-Thursday, 1 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees must be 16 years or older.

"We’re excited to bring the world’s top touring comics to Plano," said co-owner Rick Bronson. "We're definitely going for guys with cachet and name recognition, along with many acts one would usually have to go to Vegas to see.”

For more information on the new Plano House of Comedy or to buy tickets, visit https://tx.houseofcomedy.net/.

ABOUT THE SHOPS AT LEGACY NORTH
The Shops at Legacy North is a vibrant destination to eat, drink, shop, work, and explore in the heart of Legacy Town Center in Plano, Texas. The 236,000-square-foot mixed-use lifestyle property is situated on 12.7 acres at Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway, and features a variety of upscale, amenity-driven retailers such as Apricot Lane and Ella Bleu, local and national restaurants such as The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Mexican Sugar, Benihana and Ra Sushi, and nearly 115,000 square feet of office space, housing tenants such as Unum, Technologent, Timmons Group, BRP, Shift Digital, and WeWork’s technology and amenity-based Enterprise Model coworking space. The Shops at Legacy North is managed by Vestar, a nationally recognized leader in the acquisition, management and development of retail real estate with more than 26 million square feet in its property portfolio. For more information, visit The Shops at Legacy North:
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FORT WORTH, Texas (August 4, 2020) – Lena Pope, the Tarrant County beneficiary of DFW Restaurant Week for the past 22 years, is urging local residents to support the 19 Tarrant County restaurants that are participating in 2020 DFW Restaurant Week, taking place August 31-September 6, with optional extension through September 27.

Doing so will not only support local restauranteurs and chefs in dire need of business, but also help improve the behavioral and mental health of the hundreds of local children and families served by Lena Pope.

With more than $2.2 million raised since 1998, DFW Restaurant Week is one of Lena Pope’s largest annual fundraisers.

“As restaurants are suffering 50 percent drops in sales and fighting daily to continue operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important now than ever before to dine-in or get take-out from the 19 Tarrant County restaurants participating in this year’s DFW Restaurant Week,” said Ashley Elgin, Ph.D., chief executive officer at Lena Pope. “We are so thankful they’ve chosen to participate and give back during this cataclysmic time where every penny counts, so we’re calling on you – Tarrant County – to do your part, too.”

This year’s participating restaurants will offer both dine-in and take-out options, including three-course prix fixe dinners for either $39 or $49, and two-course lunches for just $19. For each meal purchased at Tarrant County participating restaurants, 10 percent will be donated back to Lena Pope.

Tarrant County restaurants participating in this year’s DFW Restaurant Week include (*indicates first-time participants):

FORT WORTH
• Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse – 812 Main Street – www.delfriscos.com
• Eddie V's Prime Seafood – 3100 West 7th Street – www.eddiev.com
• *Gemelle – 4400 White Settlement Road – www.gemelleftw.com
• Grace – 777 Main Street – www.gracefortworth.com
• Lonesome Dove Western Bistro – 2406 North Main Street – www.lonesomedovefortworth.com
• Rise Souffle nº3 – 5135 Monahans Avenue – www.risesouffle.com
• Silver Fox Steakhouse – 1651 S. University Drive – www.silverfoxcafe.com
• Texas de Brazil – 101 North Houston Street – www.texasdebrazil.com
• The Capital Grille – 800 Main Street – www.thecapitalgrille.com

ARLINGTON
• Mercury Chop House Arlington – 2221 E. Lamar Boulevard – www.mercurychophouse.com
• Restaurant506 at the Sanford House – 506 North Center Street – www.thesanfordhouse.com
• The Melting Pot – 4000 Five Points Drive – www.meltingpot.com

COLLEYVILLE
• Next Bistro – 5003 Colleyville Boulevard – www.nextbistrotx.com

GRAPEVINE
• Ferrari's Italian Villa – 1200 William D. Tate Avenue – www.ferrarisrestaurant.com
• Mac's on Main – 909 S. Main Street – www.macsteak.com
• Perry's Steakhouse & Grille – 2400 W. State Highway 114 – www.perryssteakhouse.com

HURST
• La Bistro Italian Grill – 722 Grapevine Highway – www.facebook.com/labistrotx/

SOUTHLAKE
• Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse – 3305 E. Highway 114 – www.kirbyssteakhouse.com

WEATHERFORD
• *Fire Oak Grill – 114 Austin Avenue – www.fireoakgrill.com

“In 2019, DFW Restaurant Week had 162 total restaurant participants and raised a record $1 million for its charity partners – $289,070 of which came to Lena Pope. This year, we’d be fortunate to see a quarter of that,” added Elgin. “We hope our local residents will see this as an opportunity to give back and open their hearts and wallets to support these benevolent Tarrant County restaurants and our hundreds of families in-need. It’s a win-win.”  

ABOUT LENA POPE
Lena Pope believes that children are an asset with unlimited potential deserving of investment. Since 1930, Lena Pope has worked to improve child well-being in Tarrant County. Lena Pope provides evidence-based, research-tested programs focusing in prevention and early intervention services that support child development and improve the behavioral and mental health of children and families. Lena Pope uses investment from the community to change lives, families and Tarrant County. For more information, visit www.LenaPope.org.

ABOUT DFW RESTAURANT WEEK
DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is North Texas’ largest culinary event. Each summer, diners enjoy delicious prix fixe meals at fine dining restaurants across the area, with a portion of the price donated to the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope.  Over the past 23 years, DFW Restaurant Week has raised more than $10.2 million in donations for its charity partners, including $1 million in 2019 alone. DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is an Entercom event. The 23rd anniversary campaign is proudly sponsored by Metroplex Cadillac Dealers, Atmos Energy, Beef Loving Texans (Texas Beef Council), FedEx Office, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Holmes Murphy, OpenTable, D magazine, the Star-Telegram, 214 Interactive and The Lovell Group. For the full dish on DFW Restaurant Week, please visit dfwrestaurantweek.com and follow on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

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Q Car Wash, one of DFW’s highest-rated car wash companies, will provide free car washes to all customers beginning Monday, April 27, through Thursday, April 30, as part of its company-wide “Support Local Business Week,” benefitting Tarrant Area Food Bank. To obtain a free wash, customers must simply show a take-out bag and/or receipt from a local restaurant.

In addition, Q Car Wash will donate $3 cash to the Tarrant Area Food Bank for every car that comes through its wash April 27-30, with the goal of giving more than $20,000 by the end of the week. These funds would provide 100,000 meals to local families and individuals struggling with food insecurity and hunger.

Q Car Wash’s “Support Local Business Week” will take place at all five (5) Q Car Wash or Q Speedwash locations, which include:

  • 3236 Alta Mere Road - Fort Worth, TX 76116 
  • 3251 Golden Triangle Boulevard - Fort Worth, TX 76177 
  • 9521 Clifford Street - Fort Worth, TX 76108
  • 9012 Benbrook Boulevard - Benbrook, TX 76126
  • 4106 S Great Southwest Pkwy - Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Operating hours at all locations are from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays.


“As local businesses, organizations, and even entire industries across the region suffer dramatic closures and losses because of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for our local community to band together to lend a helping hand to those in need during this great time of uncertainty,” said Viran Nana, owner and CEO of Q Car Wash. “Providing free car washes, encouraging customers to support local restaurants, and donating cash to our local food bank will certainly not solve the larger issue at hand, but it will hopefully inspire others to support local business and do what they can to give back to the community.”

Q Car Wash is best known for its “Unlimited Wash Club” memberships, 3-minute express washes, free vacuums, top-notch customer service, and focus on the environment. Fully automated and computerized, Q Car Wash’s high-quality and environmentally friendly car washing system uses soft cloth and filtered, recycled water. Customers stay in their vehicles while being automatically guided through the system, where the vehicle is soaked, soaped, washed, polished, rinsed with spot-free water, and dried, all in a matter of minutes.

Q Car Wash has a history of sponsoring local events and athletic programs, as well as contributing to community groups' fundraising efforts. Q Car Wash is regularly named the favorite or best car wash in the areas where they operate and has been recognized and honored for sustainable business practices and water conservation.

ABOUT Q CAR WASH

Q Car Wash, a division of Euless, Texas-based Q Companies, has five (5) locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including three in Fort Worth, one in Benbrook, and one in Grand Prairie. The Q Car Wash concept grew from a desire to get cars clean using the best technology and to do it extremely fast. Fully automated and computerized, the high-quality and environmentally friendly car washing system uses soft cloth and filtered, recycled water. The customer stays in their vehicle while being automatically guided through the car wash where the vehicle is soaked, soaped, washed, polished, rinsed with spot-free water, and dried, all in a matter of minutes. For more information, call 817-962-2100 or visit www.QCarWash.com.

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On October 4, Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) will honor the memory of late alumnus Barrett Havran by dedicating its track and field facility in his name. Now named the “Barrett Havran Track,” the dedication event will take place at 1 p.m. at the track’s new-and-improved entrance, located on the south side of FWCD’s Rosacker Stadium.

Havran was a 1998 graduate of FWCD and died in 2011 at age 31. While at FWCD, Havran achieved numerous accolades in both academics and athletics. During his senior year, he served as captain of the football and track teams and set multiple school athletic records – some of which he holds to this day. After graduating from FWCD, Havran accepted a scholarship to run on the men’s track and field team at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the ninth-ranked decathlete in school history and ranked 18th in the nation before graduating in 2002.

This dedication marks a milestone in the ongoing fundraising efforts given in Havran’s memory over the years. In addition to the track’s new entryway, funds were allocated for updated fencing around the track’s perimeter, as well as added signage to the press box and concession stand area. The inside of the track features four new long jump pits, two new long jump runways, and a new pole vault runway and landing pad. An endowment also was created to support future track updates and improvements, as well as community service initiatives.

“FWCD is honored to dedicate this facility in remembrance of Barrett’s legacy and we’re extremely grateful for all of the generous donors who have made these new additions possible,” said FWCD athletic director, Brian Phelps. “Not only will these updates help improve our athletics amenities as a whole, but they will ultimately advance the practice and potential of our athletes.”

ABOUT FORT WORTH COUNTRY DAY
Since 1963, Fort Worth Country Day has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional and ethical development of its students. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth Country Day’s 220 faculty/staff members lead and teach grades JK-12. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Fort Worth Country Day focuses on the 3A’s—academics, arts and athletics—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Fort Worth Country Day, visit www.fwcd.org or www.Facebook.com/FortWorthCountryDay.

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