Trinity River Mission’s “Mission Ole” Kick-Off Party Reveals A Change In Arrangements For 2014

The Trinity River Mission’s Mission Ole has changed its usual POA for its fall fundraiser. Instead of having the party at a private home, it’s headed in a different direction. Here’s a report from the kick-off party that took place at Elements on Wednesday, July 16:

LeeAnne Locken and D'Andra Simmons-Lock*

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock*

“This year’s Mission Ole benefiting Trinity River Mission will take place on Saturday, September 27, at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The VIP reception begins at 6:30 PM and the party starts at 7 PM. The fundraiser will feature Live & Silent Auctions, Tequila Tastings and Latin music and dancing.

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock are the co-chairs this year, and Joyce and Linus Wright are the honorary chairs.

Phil Brumley*

Phil Brumley*

[At the kick-off party] “Guest Tiffany Hendra won a $200 gift card which was graciously donated by Elements for the raffle, and a huge highlight was the presence of both Dee Simmons and Doris Jacobs. Guests enjoyed the wonderful sounds Phil Brumley (photo attached) on guitar his renditions of John Legend‘s “All of Me” and Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer” had guests singing and humming along to the music!

“Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas.”

Photo credit: Thomas Garza

Hollywood Domino Dallas To Fundraise For Texas Scottish Rite Hospital And The Art Of Elysium

To passersby there were a lot of folks with back problems Saturday, July 12, as more than 100 people were seen arriving at Surgical and Spine Institute. Ah, but on second look a lot of them were in Saint-Tropez white and smiling. It turned out that they weren’t in any pain whatsoever. Instead they were there to learn about Hollywood Domino coming to Dallas to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and The Art of Elysium.

It’ll be taking place at FIG on Saturday, September 6, with Tri-Chairs Sally Evans, Reese Threadgill and Christa Wetzel at the helm. The question being posed first was, “What the heck is Hollywood Domino?”

Christa Wetzel, Sally Evans, Amy Vanderoef and Reese Threadgill*

Christa Wetzel, Sally Evans, Amy Vanderoef and Reese Threadgill*

First, dominoes is a “parlor game” that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) involving numbered tiles, also known as “bones.” Needless to say, there have been variations of the game throughout the ages. While some folks think it was an old fellas’ game from the Depression Era, they’re so wrong. Why, this past winter a group of Dallas socialites spent a snowed-in-weekend in the mountains playing Mexican Train for a buck a round. But Hollywood Domino Dallas will put “a unique twist on the classic game by creating a movie reel of dominoes based on the film genre.”

Second, the Hollywood factor for the fundraising event will be Austin-born actress/The Art of Elysium supporter Amber Heard, who be hosting the night along with Honorary Chair Amy Vanderoef. Some might recall Amber’s debut in Friday Night Lights; others who follow TMZ will point out that she’s engaged to Johnny Depp.

According to event planner Kit Sawers, the theme is going to be in keeping with an Old Hollywood and black-and-white theme a la Casablanca. Plans call for 450 guests to wear black, white or black-and-white. You just know there will one smarty pants who’ll show up in red.

Michael Rimlawi and Haylee Gibson*

Michael Rimlawi and Haylee Gibson*

Hosting the announcement party was Surgical and Spine Institute’s Dr. Mike Rimlawi, who specializes in adult spinal surgery. He got involved in the fundraising project because of a trip to Peru and learning of the great need for medical treatments by children.

New York transplant Advisory Chair Ayaan Almed, who led the effort to bring Hollywood Domino to Dallas, explained her motivation: “Dallas is one of our most philanthropic cities, year after year. It is very open to new charities. I contacted my friend Russell Simmons to bring Diamond Rocks here in 2008 and 2009. A lot of my friends are involved with fundraisers.. . . The celebrities who participate in Hollywood Domino in other cities [London, New York, Cannes Film Festival, Puerto Rico, Panama and Los Angeles] not only lend their names, but support it with their presence by flying in from film locations to attend.”

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for purchase. In the meantime, it might be wise to buy yourself some dominoes.

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano

Two Harps Are Far “Better Than One” Harp For A Sunday Afternoon Of Chamber Music International Fundraising

There’s something soothing about the music emerging from the strings of a harp. No wonder angels claim them as their musical instruments of choice. And as the summer heats up hotter-than-the-opposite-of-heaven, soothing would be extremely nice in grand, air-conditioned surroundings.

Better Than One*

Better Than One*

Interested? Come Sunday, August 17, Classical Music International will present “Better Than One,” an hour-hour recital featuring Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell playing “English folk songs, Argentinean tango, contemporary American sounds and Gypsy-like dances” on their harps.

And Jaymee and Emily aren’t just some street musicians. Of course, you’ll want their credentials to prove that point. So, here goes:

“Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell have individually earned their acclaim for their artistry on the harp. Jaymee Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006 and continues to maintain an active role in the American Harp Society as the National Secretary and Southwest Regional Director. Ms. Haefner has performed as a soloist all over the world including Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She also received numerous awards such as the Laurete prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow and won the President’s Concerto Competition in Tuscon, AZ.

“Professor of Harp at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Mitchell was raved as a ‘marvelous harpist’ by the New York Times. Her performances can be heard on many recordings with RCA Victor, NPR’s Performance Today, and has toured around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Colombia Artists. Ms. Mitchell has taught at NYU and Purchase College as well as given master classes at the Royal College of Music in London and Madrid conservatory. She has also won several awards including first prize at the 7th International Harp Contest in Israel.”

And just where would these heavenly sounds feel right at home? Why at angelic philanthropist Faye Briggs’ home, of course. But even Faye’s place can’t hold thousands plus two harps. So, attendance will  belimited to under 100 guests. For $75, guests will enjoy a Sunday afternoon of “light and delicate snacks and drinks,” as well as the performances.

If CMI is new to you, it’s a non-profit performing arts organization that’s been around since 1986 “to present the highest artistic level of chamber music to a broad spectrum of patrons in North Texas.”

For more info about CMI and/or the “Better Than One” concert, contact Sandra Wu.

A Passing: Nona Barrett

Dallas lost one of its true treasures on Saturday, July 12. She and her husband may have shunned the public eye, but their reputation for being the best of Texas and Swiss art collectors was renowned throughout the world. When their Texas collection grew so large that they ran out of room, they arranged for museums throughout Texas to receive the pieces.

She was born Lucy Norsworthy, but she didn’t care for being called “Lucy.” So she changed her first name to Nona in honor of her mother, None Blair Norsworthy. Then Nona married an elegant British gentleman, Richard Barrett, 28 years ago resulting in Nona Barrett. Despite the name changing, her personality did not change one iota. She was still brilliant, funny and interested in other people.

Her memorial service Friday had some of Dallas’ and the country’s leading art lovers in attendance, as well as friends and classmates from Dallas Country Day School and Hockaday School. In addition to outstanding solos by soprano Ekaterina Kim, her husband, four stepdaughters (Sarah Jackson, Libby Ferguson, Katie Campbell and Joss Carruthers), three sons-in-law (Tom Jackson, Andrew Carruthers and Stephen Ferguson) and Dr. Rick Brettell gave touching talks about her remarkable life.

She was indeed a woman whose presence enriched her family, friends and the world of art. Her memory, generosity and legacy will continue to inspire for generations to come.

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Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

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Bob and Ann Dyer (File photo)

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Teddy Bear

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ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson To Receive H. Neil Mallon Award With Dr. Robert Gates As…

Robert Gates*

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Lynn McBee And Nick Even To Co-Chair Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night…

Nick Even and Lynn McBee*

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Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden Continues Celebrating The Year Of Children…

Rory Meyer Children's Adventure Garden (File photo)

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David Pidgeon

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