Giving Back

Tara loves Dallas' focus on fundraising.

Thank goodness the temperature in Dallas finally dipped below 110 degrees so I can finally sit by the pool to write my blog.

In tonight’s episode, you can see the relationship between creativity and charity fundraising events. So, before I talk about what happened in the show, let me give you a little background about my true passion -- Paws in the City animal rescue.

While our mission is to rescue dogs and cats from Dallas Animal Services before they are euthanized, we also take in strays and hardship cases. So in this tough economy we’re seeing a lot of dogs and cats being surrendered to Paws In The City, because their owners simply cannot afford the expense. Therefore, in these cases where the owners are not to blame, we place the pets in foster homes where they wait while our volunteers work tirelessly to find them a permanent home.

Let me brag a second about our volunteers. They are simply the best teammates that anyone could ever have. Not one person at Paws in the City receives any salary or payment. Instead, our charity is a 100% all-volunteer group, and each person gives her heart and soul to this incredible cause. Since there is strength in numbers, more volunteers equal more rescued animals. So to our volunteers I say thank you; and to those who want to volunteer, I say give us a call!

OK, let’s talk about tonight’s Most Eligible Dallas. In this episode, you can see how creativity is an absolute must when trying to raise charitable contributions. Since Dallas has so many charity events, sometimes it’s necessary to be “over the top” to stand out in the crowd. That’s why Paws in the City is known for our fabulous fundraisers that keep people anxiously awaiting our next event. But believe me, it is a ton of work to make the events run smoothly and that’s why I couldn’t be prouder of Drew

Drew, Drew, Drew…he was so awesome with the fundraiser. He has worked so hard and dedicated so much time to DIFFA, which is such an important organization in Dallas. Its mission to fight HIV/AIDS speaks for itself. Despite its important cause, DIFFA knows how to throw a spectacular event, and Courtney and I were honored to attend (not to mention how fun it was getting ready!).

One of the things I love most about Dallas is that it is such a philanthropic city. There are hundreds of charity events during the year. I'm so proud that I live in a city that dedicates so much to giving back.

If you are interested in volunteering, please go to or contact a local shelter. You will make a difference!

If you would like to share your ideas or rescue info directly with me please go to

Who Run the World

Neill talks about her band's debut and being a single mother.

Hello there, beautiful people! Lots of love, love, love to you all! Thanks for hanging in with us here through all these episodes… Who'd have known everything would turn out the way it did? The good news is I believe everything happens for a reason. 

As far as this final episode goes, I don't have too much to say. I believe the majority of the episode speaks for itself… it was nice, funny, awkward, charming, and in the end, my band got to play! I was very happy we got some of that on the last episode. I love how they showed us (my band, Kitty LaLa) playing the song "Come Home With Me" as Matt and Courtney had an intimate stare/gaze-into-my-eyes-before-we-kiss moment... Hey, that's what I write for, moments like that!  

Anyway, the show was a success, and to conclude it all, I've got to give you a bit of my "behind the scenes/is it time to pull my hair out/what did I just do" inside scoop!

1. Filming a reality show is the most stressful job I've ever had in my life! 

2. I was writing and putting my band together as the show was being filmed… Talk about stress! Aside from the fact that I'm a new mother, that one really took the cake! Glad you all got to see a glimpse of our Dallas debut. Very proud of myself and the guys… Kitty LaLa killed it!

Thank you everyone for all of your sweet, beautiful, and encouraging words. It means a lot not only as a mother, but as a single mother finding her own path, a singer/songwriter/entrepreneur, and most importantly, a young woman coming into her own. I consider this experience as a true blessing. I see all the beauty that could've come from it along with everything in between… Thank you all for your sweet words and encouraging statements. Everyone on the show has been such a blessing to me and my son. I love all of you! 

I would love to hear from you (seriously!). You can contact me via Twitter @NeillSkylar or Facebook me (if my personal page is overloaded, just hit my fan page and I'll be sure to get back to you even quicker, hehe).

And please be sure to like my band Kitty LaLa or follow us on Twitter (preferably both) @KittyLaLaMusic! Here's our new music video, "Come Home With Me" --

Love you all so much! Please keep in touch! Muah! And for all those single mamas out there, let's stick together. If we can do all that we do, we might as well take over the world! All my love, heart, and soul to you all! God Bless! Once again… XOXO!