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With construction on the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake nearing the halfway point, the final steel beam was raised and installed today as part of a topping out ceremony.

Buckner International staff, Shining Hope Dallas campaign members, Hill-Wilkinson construction crew and Bachman Lake families served by Buckner were on hand to sign the beam before its raising.

The Buckner Family Hope Center is a 21,795-square-foot, two-story building, located on approximately two acres in Bachman Lake at the corner of Lombardy Avenue and Geraldine Drive. It sits strategically between multifamily housing communities and single-family homes in Bachman Lake, one of Dallas' most economically challenged areas.

Buckner operates 23 similar Family Hope Centers in Texas and six countries, including two other centers in Dallas. Buckner Family Hope Centers equip children and strengthen families for life. They are child-centered, family-focused places where families go to find hope, support, and empowerment in their community to reach their fullest potential.

Bachman Lake's community of 82,000 people is 93% Hispanic. It is home to the most children ages 0-5 years in Dallas, and 93% of its school-age children are economically disadvantaged. The area has a Child Protective Services removal rate twice the average in Dallas County.

The Center will offer preventive programs and services aimed at decreasing family separation and the number of children in the system.

Ground broke on the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in Sept. 2018; it will officially open in early 2020.

For more information about the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake and how to become involved, visit

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Chef Stephan Pyles and Ventana Executive Director Ventana by Buckner Enters Agreement with Restaurateur Stephan Pyles (

Buckner Senior Living and celebrated restaurateur Stephan Pyles have entered into an agreement to develop five dining and drink concept establishments within Ventana by Buckner®, a $140 million luxury high-rise Life Care retirement community in North Dallas opening later this year.


Per the agreement, Pyles, dubbed the father of modern Texas and Southwest cuisine, will devise and develop five food and beverage concepts exclusive to Ventana. Collaborating with a nutritionist, Pyles will craft breakfast, lunch, dinner and specialty drink menus that cater to the health needs of senior adults while also providing the acclaimed dining experience Pyles’ legacy is built around.


Pyles will also help locate, hire and train an Executive Chef and General Manager and work with his team to open and oversee all five concept establishments. The concepts will include one fine dining restaurant, one casual dining restaurant, one lounge and bar, one juice bar and one café.


The agreement marks the first time Pyles will lend his brand and expertise to a senior living community.


“My partnership with Ventana by Buckner is very exciting. I've never done anything like it, and it’s an opportunity to be a pioneer with Ventana,” said Chef Pyles. “I've done lots of consultancies, lots of license agreements, and I've worked with a lot of people from airlines, to museums, to hotels. This one is unique because I see my base. It's my folks that I've seen. I've been in the restaurant business for four decades and so it's the people that I know. It really feels like it's an opportunity for me to bring my food to them instead of them coming to me.”


“I want Ventana’s members to know that they're in for a great experience when it comes to dining. It's not going to just be food for sustenance. It's going to be an experience. I want to deliver a restaurant quality experience at Ventana, so they're going to have choices.”


Ventana by Buckner is Dallas’ first and only luxury high-rise Life Care community. Its adjacent 12-story towers will house 189 independent apartment homes, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options and ranging from 950 to 2,000 square feet. Ventana also includes the full continuum of care for senior adults with assisted living, nursing care, memory care and a rehabilitation component.


The community will also include underground parking, spacious common areas, modern wellness and fitness centers, heated indoor pool, salon and spa, movie theater, rooftop garden, multiple patios and more.


“Every aspect of Ventana has elevated what our members should expect from luxury senior living, from our amenities and health services to our restaurants,” said Rick Pruett, executive director of Ventana by Buckner. “Stephan Pyles has already created an unrivaled legacy in the world of American cuisine, but his work with Ventana will offer him the chance to explore new territory with his creations while establishing himself at the forefront of fine dining for senior adults.


“We look forward to keeping our members and all of North Texas updated on our new adventure with Stephan Pyles. This is truly an evolutionary step for the senior living industry.”


For more information about Ventana by Buckner, visit

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Tickets are now on sale for Buckner International’s Hope for Children fundraiser, which features an evening with Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”). All proceeds from the May 7 event at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel will benefit the nonprofit’s work protecting vulnerable children and strengthening families across North Texas.


Attendees will enjoy a three-course dinner of salmon and ribeye while listening to a moderated Q&A between Heaton and WFAA’s evening anchor Cynthia Izaguirre. In addition, Buckner International CEO and President Albert Reyes will speak about the faith-based nonprofit’s mission and how the community can help.


Heaton is best known for her role as Debra Barone on the series “Everybody Loves Raymond. She won two Emmy® Awards for the role and was nominated 7 times. In addition to her Emmy® wins, Heaton is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG award and three SAG nominations in the Best Actress category.


In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is a bestselling author whose book, “Motherhood and Hollywood -- How to Get a Job Like Mine,” was on the New York Times best-sellers list. She also wrote a cookbook, “Patricia Heaton’s Food for Family and Friends,” which published last year.


Never shy about proclaiming her Christian faith, Heaton has decided to use her influence to help vulnerable people around the world by highlighting the work of nonprofits.


“We are pleased to announce Patricia Heaton as this year’s featured speaker at our annual North Texas fundraiser,” said Dr. Albert Reyes. “Ms. Heaton has long used her platform as an acclaimed actress to help inspire change in the world through advocacy and philanthropy.


“We hope her words on the importance of family and service to others will likewise inspire those in the audience to become involved with Buckner, whether it be through volunteering, annual gifts or spreading our message of hope and ministry.”


Individual tickets for Buckner Hope for Children cost $250. Sponsorship opportunities, which include one or more tables, start at $5,000. VIP access will provide guests with signed books and a photo opportunity with Heaton.


For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorship options, visit