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A Village Holiday

DALLAS September 2009 Experience the magic of Highland Park Village on Friday, November 27th, as the spirit of the holiday season comes to life. Yuletide festivities will take place from 2 to 6pm and will include cookie decorating , caroling, face painting, balloon artists and special events and offers at participating retailers. The merchants of Highland Park Village are also hosting a toy drive that will benefit the S.M. Wright Foundation and Children’s Medical Center. Photos with Santa will be taken by Holt Haynsworth and one complimentary photo will be offered upon ordering online at Sponsors for the event are Park Cities People Newspaper and

“We are excited to invite the community to celebrate the holiday season at Highland Park Village,” says Ray Washburne, managing director of HP Village Parnters, LP. “In changing the event from what it has been in years past to an afternoon full of festivities and a toy drive, we hope to see a huge turn out from the community and that this will continue to be an annual tradition for the families of the Park Cities.” The holiday lights that have become a signature feature of Highland Park Village will be lit that evening for the first time of the season. Performances throughout the day from Park Cities Dance and Power House of Dance will also be a part of the day’s festivities. Additionaly, 15-minute carriage rides around the town of Highland Park will begin at 6pm. Rides are available for an hourly rate for tours of the grandly decorated neighborhood . Rides may be booked through Monday, December 31st (excluding Christmas day) by calling 214.521.6717 or by visiting

About the S.M. Wright Foundation
The S. M. Wright Foundation serves the South Dallas Fair Park community with the mission of continuing the legacy of Dr. S. M. Wright Sr. by providing support to enhance the quality of life through the areas of race relations, health, education, community economic development and social assistance programs. Dr. Wright was the founding pastor of People’s Baptist Church where he served for over 37 years. As a civic and national leader, Dr. Wright served as the President of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Dallas and president of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America leading over 2.5 million members. As a civil rights leader he worked to bridge the gap between races and empower those disenfranchised in the Dallas community. A 4-mile stretch of South Central Expressway between U. S. Highway 45 and Loop 12 in Dallas was renamed the S. M. Wright Freeway in remembrance of the leadership of Dr. S. M. Wright, making it the first freeway named in honor of an African American in Dallas. For more information or to make agift, visit

About Children’s Medical Center
The Children’s Medical Center pediatric healthcare system devotes itself solely to caring for the complex medical needs of children. The hospital is ranked among the nation’s top 10 hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, and its nursing services rank in the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for nursing excellence. Children’s is also the state’s only pediatric hospital with Level I Trauma status and one of only 15 in the United States able to care for severe traumatic injuries in children. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s medical staff conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and a greater understanding of pediatric diseases. Children’s is private, not-for-profit, and is the ninth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 483 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Many of the more than 50 specialty programs of the Children’s system have received national and international recognition, confirming an outstanding reputation for Children’s and UT Southwestern Medical Center as one of the finest pediatric healthcare providers in the U.S. For more information or to make a gift, visit

Highland Park Village is a favorite among locals, as it has been for generations. Built in 1931 and widely regarded as the country’s first true shopping center, the Village is internationally recognized for its architectural significance and mix of the world’s best-known upscale retailers including Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Harry Winston and Hermès. It is a treasured part of the community and offers several annual events including a special holiday celebration and horse-drawn carriage rides each winter. In 2000, Highland Park Village was named a National Historic Landmark. Highland Park Village Gift Cards are available for purchase by calling 214.443.9898. Complimentary valet parking is available.