2015 Côtes Du Coeur Patrons Sip The Product Of The Grape At “The Beck House”

Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz opened their fabulous estate (aka The Beck House) on Thursday, April 2, for the 2015 Côtes du Coeur patron party and what a turn out it was. With Baylor Scott White doctors, retailing arbiters like Shelle Sills and Jeff Byron and you movers-and-shakers like Nikki and Crayton Webb, it was a real mix of smart and fashionable types before fundraising efforts went quiet for the holiday weekend.

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

For some who had been to the mansion back in the day when Patty and Henry Beck were the homeowners, they were surprised to see how the main house had been updated and expanded. The water features were fabulous/

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

Typical of most parties, the kitchen turned into the gathering spot with Matt McAllister and Omar Flores cooking up a storm. While the chefs were preparing food, the talk included Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb back in town and Nikki swearing she was going to stay true to saying, “No” for volunteering…except for Cattle Baron’s…Shelle and Michael Sills were headed to a birthday party…Jana and Mike Brosin reported that they’ll be heading up Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, at the Fairmont.

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Mike and Jana Brosin

Mike and Jana Brosin

But before everyone toddled off, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took her place on the winding stairway and addressed the group (Nancy Gopez, Jennifer Sampson and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger) introducing sponsor Merrill Lynch’s Gillian Breidenbach. Then Kate Rose told of the developments that took place resulting in her personal battle against heart disease. Despite having a healthy heart, her episode with strep throat ended up with entering the world of heart disease and the threat that she would never have children. Thanks to research and technologies, she was able to have three healthy kids, but she and her medical team still carefully monitor her heart.

She then introduced Baylor Scott White cardiologists, who told of the amazing promises that were in the future for those battling heart disease.

JUST IN: Lyda Hill Receives Association Of Junior Leagues International’s Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award

When it rains, it pours. No, this post isn’t about the weather. It’s about Lyda Hill. Back on Thursday, April 2, she received the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from the Cary Maguire Center of Ethics. Today she just received the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.’s 2015 Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award.

Lyda Hill*

Lyda Hill*

Considered “the most prestigious award given by the League each year,” it is present to “an esteemed woman who embodies the same sense of social responsibility and volunteerism as the Junior League founder herself Mary Harriman.”

Past recipients have included former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Texas Senator Florence Shapiro, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support CEO Jan Langbein and community volunteer and philanthropist Ruth Altshuler.

According to Junior League of Dallas Julie Bagley, “We could not think of a more deserving recipient of this award than Lyda Hill, knowing the purpose is to honor those who are committed to life-long philanthropic efforts in the community. Her incredible and successful efforts to fund medical, scientific and educational communities in Dallas are unparalleled. It is an absolute privilege to have her as a member of the Junior League of Dallas, and it is only fitting for her to receive such a high honor.”

Among just a smidgen of her accomplishment are her chairing or serving as president of “many charities including: Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas and Texas chapters of the American Heart Association, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Dallas Easter Seal Society and the Women’s Texas Golf Association.

“In 2011, the JLD presented Hill with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given every five years to recognize an outstanding sustaining member, at the Leagues’ 90th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. She was the fourth recipient to receive the award, joining Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Lindalyn Adams and Linda Pitts Custard, who were previous recipients of this prestigious award.”

* Photo provided by the Junior League of Dallas

Dana Carvey’s A Hit At ‘Special Evening’ Event Hosted By Alliance Data Benefiting LaunchAbility

You can score two smash hits in a row now for the annual “Special Evening” series hosted by Alliance Data benefiting LaunchAbility at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The latest success in the series, “A Special Evening with Dana Carvey,” was presented on April 2. It followed last year’s outstanding “Special Evening with Smokey Robinson,” which had been chaired by Piper and Mike Wyatt.

While both fundraisers were enthusiastically received, the Carvey performance drew a whopping 1,400 guests and generated more sponsorship dollars. How come? “In part it was because of Dana Carvey,” said Karen Wald, president of the LaunchAbility board of trustees. “But it was really because of the donations of the [sponsor] companies and the commitment they have to care.”

Wald was chatting at the pre-show reception—a noisy, crowded affair where LaunchAbility CEO Kathryn Parsons was greeting guests such as Kara and Randall Goss, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Holly Reed, Harry Hunsicker, Ellen and Don Winspear, and Kathryn and Craig Hall (they were the evening’s honorary chairs). Over at a table by himself, Jody Dean of KLUV-FM 98.7, the evening’s emcee, was poring intently over some papers. “I’ve got to read the script at least once,” he joked, scarcely looking up.

Soon, it was time for Dean to stride onstage and start the show. Wald told the packed hall that this was the 14th annual “Special Evening” and that, over those 14 years, $5 million had been raised for LaunchAbility, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment. Then, with the help of Parsons and Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins, who were the evening’s chairs, some Brad Oldham-designed awards were given out. PwC received the 2015 Alliance Data Corporate Champion award, while the Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year awards went to Laura and Ellison Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord.

Dana Carvey*

Dana Carvey*

Then, it was Carvey time—and the veteran actor and stand-up comedian didn’t disappoint. Reprising many of his hilarious, spot-on impressions from TV’s Saturday Night Live show—he was a regular cast member from 1986 to 1993—Carvey spoofed George H.W. Bush (“…wouldn’t be prudent”) and H. Ross Perot (“You can’t put a porcupine in a bar and light it on fire and expect it to make licorice”).

He said the characters Hans and Franz were based on former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Arnold was always “ruthlessly positive,” Carvey said), and asked, at one point, “Are we near where Dick Cheney shot that guy in the face?!” Other targets of the comic’s pointed, rat-a-tat barbs were John Kerry (“Some feel I look like the trees from the Wizard of Oz,” he intoned in Kerry’s slow, deep voice) and even the Meyerson itself (“I told the promoters I want the ceiling to be 300 feet high. That’s real good for comedy. You always want to be able to fit an aircraft carrier inside the room”).

Following the show Carvey showed up for a meet-and-greet, chatting amiably with guests and sponsors and posing with them for photos.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

JUST IN: 2015 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Leadership And Plans Revealed

Plans are already being announced for the fall season. Yahoo! Here is the one that traditionally kicks off the black-tie lineup — the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala. Word just arrived that the date will be Saturday, September 26. Yes, it will be at the Meyerson.

Coley and Jennifer Clark

Coley and Jennifer Clark (File photo)

Key and Katherine Coker (File photo)

Key and Katherine Coker (File photo)

But here is the surprise: it’s not going to be chaired by a couple. Nope. It’s going to two couples! 2012 Gala Co-Chairs Jennifer and Coley Clark are returning to the helm to join Gala Co-Chairs Katherine and Key Coker. These four people exemplify formal galas to the letter. They’re gorgeous, have incredible taste and excel in being gracious. They’re also fun to be with.

As for the onstage talent, it will be Maestro Jaap van Zweden and violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman. What a combination they’ll make.

Tickets for the full complement of the evening’s activities (cocktail reception, dinner, concert and after party) start at $1250 per person. If your budget is really tight, then a ticket for just the concert and after party is $99.

AIA Dallas Celebrates And Honors Architectural Accomplishments By Individuals And…

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher*

While the Crystal Charity Ball committee was handing out checks at Communities Foundation of Texas, AIA Dallas was presenting awards to various individuals and corporations including James Clutts, Trammell S. Crow and Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger at Klyde Warren Park for the Fourth Annual Celebrate Architecture. Here’s a report from the field: Klyde Warren […]

Dallas International Film Festival Celebrates The Toga Party King And Blues Bro John…

John Landis*

There was a giggling, laughing and major league chortling from Queenie’s ultra-private complex. The elves were perplexed. She usually only guffaws when a country falls or when a face lift rises. But, no! Upon entering her extremely secured media room, Elder Elf asked what was so amusing to her ladyship. With a box of double-butter […]

Cindy And Bill Ward Provide A $25,000 Match Offer To Raise Funds For Klyde Warren Park…

Klyde Warren Park*

Klyde Warren Park seems to be the busiest place in Dallas. Morning, noon and night people, kids and pooches are enjoying Dallas’ latest and only over-the-freeway park. While it’s free for the walking, it still depends on money to maintain and improve it. That’s why the “i heart park” campaign was created. The goal is […]

2014 Crystal Charity Ball Check Presentation Kicks Off Easter And Passover Weekend…

Keith Conlon, Megan Somerville, Don and Robyn Conlon, Marybeth and Kevin Conlon

Before breaking for the three-day weekend to celebrate Easter and Passover, the Crystal Charity Ball gals played Santa Claus. At Communities Foundation of Texas, 2014 CCB Chair Robyn Conlon with tears welling up in her eyes announced that as wonderful as the night of the ball had been back on December 6, this evening of […]

Clad In—What Else?—Orange, Lyda Hill Receives The J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award…

Nicole Small and Gail Turner*

The roster of past winners of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award is an impressive one, including such names as Curtis W. Meadows Jr. (1997), Stanley Marcus (’99) and Mike Boone (’08). That high-powered lineup—and the prestige that goes with the award—were both on the mind of Bobby B. Lyle when he addressed the 2015 […]

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Kevin Mulcahy Brings Personal And Professional Firsthand Knowledge To Appetite For…

Rachel Trowbridge and Laura Siino

A cute young couple walked through the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon reception with its 900 guests at the Sheraton Dallas on Thursday, April 2. No one bothered the twosome. But the night before, they had been the center of attention at the Appetite for Advocacy’s patron party at PlainsCapital headquarters. They […]

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Announced Along With Hall Of Fame Honoree…

Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Francie Moody-Dalhberg, Patty Leyendecker, Julie Hawes, Christi Urschel, Ashley Hunt and Pat Harloe

The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed class was just announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown. The following ladies will be presented on Friday, September 18, along with the Oscar de la Renta Resort Collection: Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Ashley Hunt, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker and Christi […]

“Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?” Is Going To Pit Should-Know-It-Alls Against…

Last year a new fundraiser was held that surprised guests. It was totally fun. With area smartie pants competing against students, the audience had a great time seeing the kids do nicely and the adult contestants grateful that they weren’t still in school. The event was “Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?” Evidently, organizers decided […]

Loads Of Youngsters And Adults Attend Presentation Of Art Ball’s Young Artists…

It was a question of, how do you squeeze 25 people into a minivan at the Dallas Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 1. No, there really was no van, but more than 400 adults and kids tried to jam into the Chilton Gallery for the Art Ball’s Young Artists presentation. While kids and lemonade […]

Gerald Turner Addresses SMU’s Past, Present And Future At Park Cities Historic And…

Gail and Gerald Turner

While Gerald Turner may be only the 10th president of SMU, he may well one day see the university renamed Gerald Turner University. After learning of the history, present lay of the land and the future plans for the “Harvard of the South,” guests at the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society would probably vote […]