Bryan’s House Students and Staff Treated to an Easter Eggstravaganza Sponsored by the Lone Star Monarchs Who Donated $25,000 for Children with Special Needs

(Featured photo: Cindy Ryan, Director of Advancement, Bryan’s House; Anna Berman, Al Zwanenburg, Rhonda Johnson Pickrell, Cindy Tessenneer, Carla Russo, Regina Bruce, presenting the check for $25,000.)*

Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo, founders, Lone Star Monarchs, having chosen Bryan’s House as a Charity to Love, sponsored an Easter Eggstravaganza for Bryan’s House students, teachers and staff and presented Cindy Ryan, Director of Advancement, Bryan’s House, with a check for $25,000 to help further its mission of serving children with special needs. 

Seventy of these children (birth to age five) were treated to Easter baskets filled with goodies, books, sidewalk chalk, bunny fans to color, stuffed toys, bunny ears and bubbles and spent the day reading their new books and doing arts and crafts. A large donation was made to the Bryan’s House library that included a collection of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss children’s books.   There was even a visit from the Easter Bunny (David Andrews). 

Lone Star Monarchs also provided lunches, sweet treats and gift cards to all the teachers and staff who were served lunch from Eatzi’s and Whole Foods, as well as receiving other holiday delights. They were all surprised with Target gift cards in appreciation for their love and care for these beautiful children.

Bryan’s House board chair Nicole Blythe said, “We are so grateful to Lone Star Monarchs for understanding the power of connection and for helping our kids with special needs have the opportunity to learn, have fun, and to thrive.  The Lone Star Monarchs’ contributions and volunteer service are making a beautiful difference in their lives.”

“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 this Easter. 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 $25,000 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.”

Joining in the fun as donors and volunteers were Mustapha Aassar, David Andrews, Anna Berman, Tina Henley, Jeanne Lewis, Rhonda Johnson Pickrell, Elizabeth Smith, Cindi Tesseneer and Al Zwanenburg.

Corporate sponsors included:  BDO USA, LLP, CAPTRUST, Microsoft and The UPS Store on Lemmon.  Individual sponsors included:  Stephen Hoyl, John Pickett, Rhonda Johnson Pickrell and Joe Russo.

Mustapha Aassar, Tina Henley, Jeanne Lewis, Dr. Carla Russo, Easter Bunny (David Andrews), Regina Bruce, Cindy Tessenneer, Elizabeth Smith, Anna Berman,  Rhonda Johnson Pickrell, Al Zwanenburg*

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 and their 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.