Allison Tolman to receive Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas

Allison Tolman (with Bob Oedenkirk in 'Fargo') will receive a Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas.

Allison Tolman (with Bob Oedenkirk in ‘Fargo’) will receive a Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas.

Allison Tolman — the Baylor grad, co-founder of Second Thought Theatre and award-winning star of this season’s hit series Fargo — will join legendary comic Ruth Ruzzi as the recipient of a Topaz Award, presented by Women in Film Dallas at their annual gala on Nov. 22.

Tolman received an Emmy Award nomination (she lost to Kathy Bates — not bad) and a Critics Choice Award as deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo. She is familiar to Dallas stages, but has spent the last several years in Chicago. Buzzi, of course, is the iconic comedian, best remembered for her days on Laugh-In opposite Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson.

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Business Briefs: AssociaTitle names Mark Sadlek director of business development

AssociaTitle names Mark Sadlek director of business development

Mark Sadlek

AssociaTitle announced it appointed Mark J. Sadlek director of business development at its corporate headquarters in the heart of Uptown Dallas at Crescent Court.

“We are thrilled to be adding Mark Sadlek to the AssociaTitle team,” said AssociaTitle President Paul Reyes. “He is a seasoned real estate professional in the Dallas area with a track record of proven success and will serve both our clients and our company well.”

Sadlek joins AssociaTitle from Republic Title of Texas, where he served as vice president of business development and director of coaching services. He worked to build and promote the company externally with Realtors, developers and lenders. His focus also included business coaching and training.

He has also served as vice president of business development for American Title and as home mortgage consultant for Shelter Mortgage & Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Previous to his work in the North Dallas real estate industry, Sadlek worked in marketing and sales for almost 20 years and was intimately involved in the start-up of two companies, VerCeram and Velux-America.

For the past nine years, Sadlek has worked in the North Dallas real estate industry, building positive relationships with local Realtors and lenders. He was awarded the 2010 Affiliate of the Year Award from MetroTex Association of Realtors, served on the MetroTex Board as an affiliate appointee board member, and chaired the Affiliate Forum Committee of MetroTex.

He was a co-founder and co-chair of Leadership Lambda Inc., an LGBT leadership development organization. He was also a board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and has chaired the Heart Strings Fundraiser at the Majestic Theatre. Additionally, Sadlek served on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign, as well as a co-chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Club.

Ernst & Young Announces Gross Up for Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, Ernst & Young joined more than 30 major U.S. employers that are equalizing the pay for gay and lesbian employees by covering the cost of state and federal taxes for domestic partners.

Employees enrolled in domestic partner benefits incur additional taxes as the value of those benefits is treated as taxable income under federal law, while the value of opposite-sex spousal benefits is not.

Federal law treats domestic partner benefits differently from federally-recognized spousal benefits.

—  David Taffet

Wells Fargo Gives $150K to AIDS Program

MARK ANTON GARY HALL X390 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COMMark Anton (pictured, left), the executive director of Palm Springs,
Calif.’s AIDS Assistance Program, happily received a 0,000 check for
his organization from Wells Fargo Bank, presented by executive Gary Hall
(right) this week. Daily News

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Veterans Lobby Senate Staff in Fargo

Last week, veterans from the Fargo area shared their experiences in the military with staff from the offices of Senator Dorgan and Senator Conrad. Wayne Danielson also wrote to the Fargo Forum:

I served in the Navy from 1986-90, and all the men in my family have been in the military. I enlisted and quickly progressed through the ranks. After deployments to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, where I served as an aviation storekeeper, I was offered a position on the admiral’s staff in Norfolk, Va. I turned down this opportunity because I no longer wanted to live a lie.

This was prior to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but I decided that in order to live up to the values of honesty and integrity, I had to leave the military. I was the best in my field, yet I was forced to hide who I was in order to serve my country. It’s time for Congress to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” before we lose more qualified service members.”

We all know that the August recess is a great time to meet with lawmakers and their staff. Click here to see exactly where your members of Congress stand on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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—  John Wright