Bryan’s House Students and Staff Treated to a Delightful Valentine’s Day Sponsored by the Lone Star Monarchs Who Donated $5,000 Towards Funding Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs      

(Featured photo: Carla Russo, Lone Star Monarchs; Cindy Ryan, Abigail Erickson, CEO, Bryan’s House; Regina Bruce, Lone Star Monarchs.)

Regina Bruce and Carla Russo, founders, Lone Star Monarchs, chose Bryan’s House as a Charity to Love, where they sponsored a Valentine’s Day Party for Bryan’s House students, teachers and staff, delightfully decorating the venue with colorful Valentine’s hearts. Sixty-three children with special needs (birth to age five)  were treated to gift baskets full of coloring books, crayons, arts and crafts supplies, and children’s books, along with cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats. All teachers and staff were served lunch from Eatzi’s and Whole Foods, as well as receiving other holiday sweet treats. They were all surprised with Target gift cards in appreciation for their love and care for these beautiful children.

Abigail Erickson-Torres, CEO of Bryan’s House, said, “We are so grateful to Regina, Carla and the Lone Star Monarchs for their dedication and passion for the children and families we serve. Children with special needs are often overlooked and it is so uplifting to see such compassion for this special group of children.”

“We were delighted to sponsor such a fun event for everyone at Bryan’s House,” Regina said. “It warmed our hearts to see how happy it made everyone to be celebrated on this Valentine’s Day. Carla and I, along with our wonderful friends and supporters, appreciate all of them and were also honored to present a check to Bryan’s House for $5,000 to benefit this meaningful nonprofit and to spend the day volunteering in their classrooms, where we read books and did arts and craft projects with the children.”

  Rhonda Johnson-Pickrell, Dalia Fuentes, Elizabeth Smith, Sandra Amaya, Diane Moten, Michelle Ramirez, Linda White, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Regina Bruce, Cindy Tesseneer*

Joining in the fun, as donors and volunteers, were Emily Hocking, Jeanne Lewis, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Diane Moten, Rhonda Pickrell, Elizabeth Smith and Cindi Tesseneer.  Friends Rick Adams and Glenn Morrill, from UPS on Lemmon, along with Anna Berman and Steve Hoyl, were unable to attend in person, but they gave major support to contribute to the party’s overall success.”

To find out more about the work of these two charitable organizations, visit Bryan’s House at  and Lone Star Monarchs at

About Bryan’s House:

The mission of Bryan’s House is to provide children with special needs and their families with trusted case management, educational, therapeutic, and medically-supported care.

About Lone Star Monarchs:

To inspire and nurture the human spirit, as together, we build an effective network of individuals and organizations to support a broad spectrum of charitable organizations in Dallas and throughout Texas. Lone Star Monarchs’ (LSM) purpose is exclusively educational and charitable to connect people and enrich lives.

LSM welcomes all people who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. We promote volunteerism and a spirit of service.

LSM has no paid employees. All contributions and funds raised go to LSM services and grants for our service partners.

*Photos by Danny Campbell

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Bryan’s House special events and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.