With A Slight Change of Agenda, TACA Grant Presentation Went Off Without A Hitch Handing Out $1.3M To Performing Arts

With a full moon peeking through the clouds, the lovers of the performing arts gathered at the Wyly Theatre on Monday, January 25. The occasion was the handing over of the checks by TACA to area performing art nonprofit. Thanks to the 2015 year-long effort, a gangbuster $1.3M was being divvied up.

Only problem was, some folks showed up at 5:30. Oops! Seems the early bird missive had listed the evening start at 5:30. Then there was a change in plans. According to a TACA spokespeep, they had decided to change things up this year. Instead of a pre-presentation reception, there would be a post-presentation, on-stage celebration. Only problem? Not everyone got the COP (change of plans) word.

WAnda Gierhart

Wanda Gierhart

Robyn Flatt

Robyn Flatt

Barbara Daseke and Laree Hulshoff

Barbara Daseke and Laree Hulshoff

Not to worry. There was a massive row of flutes filled with champagne in the lobby for thirsty early birds like Linda Gibbons, Pat PorterRichard Holt, Carol and Don Glendenning, Robyn FlattJeremy Strick, Brent Christopher, Kevin Hurst, Wanda GierhartBarbara and Don Daseke, and Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer.  Laree was taking a break from the Aging Minds Foundation fundraiser and the OMG Sue Gragg 18kt rose gold, diamond, and white topaz ring valued at toppest tier four-figures for the Aging Minds Foundation.

According to the gals, they’ve partnered up with the incredible BvB Dallas to sell the raffle tickets for this one. And the BvB ladies are incentivized. The prize for selling the most tickets is a pair of Gragg earrings.

Hmm, Laree and Barbara D. were whispering to each other about the Aging Mind Foundation trio of live auction items. Laree swears on her Shih Tzus that the three items are killers. Stay tuned on this one. Think dining above the Performing Arts District, and adventure on Togo Island and a killer Kentucky Derby weekend!

On the other hand, Wanda was second-thinking her luck. Seems her new home was having all types of adjustment issues like leaks, flooding of the master bedroom and the need to replace the underground pipes.

Kevin, fresh from participating in the Dallas Marathon, reported that he signed up for a couple of other high-stepping events as well. The reason? He admitted that when he had lived in Chicago, he had been more active in the marathon world. He had decided recently to make a change and was getting back into the run of things.

Parisa Khobdeh

Parisa Khobdeh

One of the evening’s highlights was former Plano resident/Paul Taylor Dance Company artist/2016 Grant Awards Guest Artist-Speaker Parisa Khobdeh’s recalling how despite life-threatening issues, she has managed to continue her love of dance.

When the checks were presented, it all went according to plan. Well, sure, Echo Theatre’s Terri Ferguson got her shawl momentarily caught on the railing. A gasp went up from the audience, but she made a quick recovery. Without missing a cue, emcee Ken Travis said, “Bravo!”

For a breakdown on how all the checks were distributed, check here!

JUST IN: World-Renowned Designer Carolina Herrera’s Bringing Her Collection To 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

Hot off the FedEx truck, news comes about the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon’s featured designer, whose resort collection will be on the runway at Neiman Marcus Downtown on Friday, September 16.

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

Carolina Herrera (File photo)

It’s going to be the divine Carolina Herrera and, yes, the diminutive designer will be here in person.

According to 2016 CCB Fashion Show Chair Pam Perella, “We are thrilled that Carolina Herrera will attend the fashion show and luncheon. Her collection is admired and worn by stylish women all over the world.”

Oh, really, Pam! Herrera is the go-to designer for flourish, femininity and fantastic daytime dresses, vacation attire and glamorama gowns.

The elegant 77-year-young Venezuelan attributes her couture creativity to her grandmother, who “took her to Paris to see the Cristobal Balenciaga haute couture show. As she elegantly puts it: “My eye was accustomed to see beautiful things.” Don’t you just wish every little gal had such a granny?

As for the ladies, who will make up the Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter reported that they will be announced on Wednesday, March 30.

This year’s event will be the 42nd fashion fundraiser that “recognizes women with a sense of style who are also deeply committed to community service.”

Want a ticket to the show? Darn it! They won’t be available until mid-May! Start gathering your pals to buy a table for this one. It’s gonna be a memory maker.

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Raffle Will Make Your Heart Go Pitty-Pat

The St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores have not only revealed the raffle items for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser, they’ve made the tickets available online for purchase!

The drawing will take place at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser at the Meyerson on Tuesday, February 16. The marvy trips, shopping sprees and sweetheart of indulgences are broken down into the following three groups —

  • Platinum Level Raffle — 75 tickets available at $300 per ticket
    • ASPEN GETAWAY (Value: $9,900) — Enjoy gorgeous Aspen, Colorado with a seven-night stay in a two bedroom residence at the St. Regis Aspen (SET DATE: May 14-21, 2016) with airline miles courtesy of American Airlines. Suit up for the slopes with a custom pair of ski or snowboard boots from St. Bernard Sports.
Aspen Getaway*

Aspen Getaway*

  • Red Level Raffle — 200 tickets available at $200 per ticket
    • SANTA FE SUN (Value: $2,420) — Includes a two night stay for two at the Rosewood Inn of Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico, airline miles courtesy of American Airlines, and dinner for two at the Rosewood Inn Anasazi Restaurant.
    • SHOP THE VILLAGE (Value: $2,550) — Includes a shopping experience curated for you by Liz Thrash, personal shopper for Highland Park Village. The shopping experience includes a $2,500 Highland Park Village credit and up to three hours with the personal shopper. Grab lunch afterwards with a $50 gift card to Mi Cocina.
    • BIENVENIDOS A MIAMI (Value: $2,600) — Includes a two night stay for two at the Loews Miami Beach and airline miles courtesy of American Airlines.
  • Pink Level Raffle — Unlimited number of tickets available at $100 per ticket
    • PAMPER YOURSELF (Value: $2,500) — Includes a two night weekend stay in luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Dallas, brunch for two at the Rosewood Mansion Restaurant on Turtle Creek, $1,200 Lela Rose gift card, a $150 Bandier gift card, a day of beauty certificate from Frederic Fekkai (blowout, makeup application and manicure), LAFCO gift set, and a bottle of 2010 Napa Syrah.
    • DALLAS STAYCATION (Value: $2,860) — Includes a one night stay for two in a deluxe king room with valet and breakfast at the Warwick Melrose Hotel Dallas, a $150 gift certificate to Bob’s Steak and Chop House, four tickets to Dallas Summer Musical’s The Little Mermaid, and a beautiful Manjani necklace and Tani Starr cuff from Ashley Pittman, and a red glitter fabric clutch bag with shoulder chain from Jimmy Choo.
    • WINE AND DINE (Value: $2,750) — Includes a wine dinner for ten at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and a wine tasting for ten at Times Ten Cellar.
    • DALLAS DATE NIGHT (Value: $2,350) — Includes a two night stay for two in an original concept suite at Hotel ZaZa, $100 gift card to Savor Gastropub, $50 gift card to Uchi and a bottle of 2010 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • FOR THE MEN (Value: $2,400) — Includes two tickets to the Dallas Stars game on March 19th vs the NY Islanders with a pre-game meet and greet with Stars Center, Vernon Fiddler. Package also includes a 24 hour drive of a Model S Tesla, Deep Ellum Brewery gift basket, $50 gift card to Five Creeks Tavern, and an Edo Popken of Switzerland blue and white limited edition button down shirt.
    • ACCESSORIZE ME (Value: $2,350) — Includes a gorgeous Anne Fontaine Tsarina tulle collar necklace, a printed scarf made from luxurious Italian fabric and a $20 gift card from Leggiadrio, a pair of pink suede high heels from Giuseppe Zanotti and a trendy handbag from Trina Turk.
    • YOU AND ME – THE VIPS (Value: $2,950) — Enjoy a private party with you and your best friends at Alice + Olivia. The winner will take home a complimentary outfit and each of their guests will receive 20% off their purchase. You’ll also receive a private champagne party at St. John with 10 friends. You will receive a $500 gift certificate for your next St. John outfit. Afterwards, head on over to Kiehl’s since 1851 for a Private Skincare Party. Once you pamper your skin, you’ll leave with a gift box filled with head to toe deluxe travel samples.

Here’s a thought. Buy a raffle ticket for that extra-special person in your life and give it to him/her for Valentine’s Day.

BTW, if you’ve been hitting the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon website checking for raffle and ticket information under the categories, stop it. They’re all posted under the “Donations” page. Here’s the one-stop-shopping link!

* Graphic provided by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Birthday Party Project Celebrated Its Fourth Birthday With “Saturday Night Live” Theme Inspiration

The Birthday Party Project Founder Paige Chenault and her team have been so busy celebrating the birthdays of children without homes that they have become true-blue experts on the art of partying. So, it was only natural that they would blow the roof off of  Sixty Five Hundred Cedars Springs. They were so successful that they’re now half-way to their fundraising goal for 2106. Here’s a report from the field about their “Saturday Night Live” blowout:

The Birthday Party Project, a Dallas-based, non-profit organization that brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays, marked its fourth birthday on Saturday, January 23. The non-profit hosted a “Saturday Night Live”-themed celebration at sixty five hundred in Dallas. Guests and birthday enthusiasts dressed the part of their favorite SNL character, from classic metal-loving Wayne and Garth to Spartan cheerleaders.

The Birthday Party Birthday Party*

The Birthday Party Birthday Party*

The event started with a cocktail hour, where guests enjoyed drinks and food prepared by notable Dallas restaurants and chefs including: Chef Michael Scott of Rosewood Beef, Chef Justo Blanco of Bosla Mercadom, Chef Lex Webb of Bite, Chef Jeff Moschetti of Jasper’s, Chef Denise Shavandy of Café Modern, Chef Christof Syre of The Four Seasons, Midori Sushi, Outlaw Taproom, Cane Rosso, and Law Restaurants. Patron Spirits Company provided Ultimat Vodka, Pyrat Rum and Patron Tequila.

Special piñatas with two round-trip Southwest airlines tickets were auctioned off throughout the night. Silent auction items included a trip to New York City with a stay at the Plaza Hotel, a jazz brunch and tickets to a Broadway show and a suite at a Texas Rangers game. Live auction items included tickets to the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and a one-week stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Paige Chenault, Lizzie Chenault and Colin Chenault*

Paige Chenault, Lizzie Chenault and Colin Chenault*

Julian Leaver*

Julian Leaver*

Birthday Party Enthusiasts performed their own rendition of a “Saturday Night Live” skit complete with big laughs from all of the guests. After, Founder and CEO Paige Chenault, who has been recognized by Glamour, “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Today Show” and “The Chew,” graciously thanked everyone who has generously helped actualize her celebrates birthdays. Chenault stated, “We’re thankful to you, our Birthday Enthusiasts, for understanding the power of birthdays.  Because of your incredible support, we’re bringing JOY to children that need it most.” Chenault was moved to tears at the end of her speech by the generosity of the guests in attendance, adding “Because of you, thousands of children across North Texas and beyond will feel valued and loved in a time of confusion and crisis.”

Co-Chairs, Julian Leaver and Jennifer Burns spoke about the Birthday Party Project’s impact on agencies across North Texas: giving more than 20,000 volunteer hours to their partnered agencies.

Jamie and Brian O'Boyle*

Jamie and Brian O’Boyle*

Brad Koons and JB Hayes*

Brad Koons and JB Hayes*

The event honored The Birthday Party Project’s partnership with Gradus, whose mission is to invest, impact and empower their non-profit partners. The evening was presented by Kinsler’s Kids, professional baseball player Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess Kinsler’s foundation and Credit Suisse. Surprise Chairs Katy Taylor and Sam Jacobson, Board Chairs Jim and Kelli Griffin and Auction Chairs Jamie and Brian O’Boyle celebrated with Dallas socials including Debbie Frazier, Lynn and Allan McBee, Deborah Bigham, Molly and Will Folse, Heidi and Phillip Fristoe, Carson and Megan Hall, JB Hayes, Nick Kennedy, former Dallas Stars player Marty Turco and his wife Kelly Turco, Emily Clarke and Detroit Tigers player Bryan Holaday and his wife Ashley Holaday.

* Photos provided by The Birthday Party Project

ChildCareGroup Nets A Sweet $250,000 Thanks To Its Great Adventure Hunt Orchestrated By…

Tori Mannes and Amy Vanderoef*

The brainiacs and puzzle-lovers were MIA around town on Saturday, January 23. The reason? They were hunkered down at the Perot Museum for the Great Adventure Hunt and to bring in a net total of $250,00 for ChildCareGroup. Under the supervision of Great Adventure maestro Tom Shroder and ChildCareGroup President/CEO Tori Mannes, this year’s event […]

Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jocelyn White Announces Chapeau Categories For April 21st…

Jocelyn White (File photo)

Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Jocelyn White has been pounding away at her iPad with news about the Thursday, April 21st chapeau show-off benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden. Already established are Honorary Chair Connie Carreker and fashions on the runway courtesy of Tootsies. And, yes, it will start off […]

JUST IN: Diane And Hal Brierley Gift A Whopping $5M To The United Way Of Metropolitan…

Hal and Diane Brierley (File photo)

Diane and Hal Brierley are probably gonna be clipping grocery store coupons after today. The philanthropic duo, who have supported everything including the arts, healthcare and animals, are $5M lighter in the wallet. Tomorrow it is going to be announced that the Brierleys have donated $5M to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unite Forever […]

Galleria Dallas’ “Decadence: Fashions Of The 1920’s” Opens Its Run…

Ken Weber, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan and Nicholas Moore*

It was during the 1920’s just before The Great Depression hit that fashion soared with flappers’ raising their hemlines, rouging their knees and framing their faces with spit curls. To the shock of their parents, these styles were very naughty. To showcase that revolutionary era of fashion, the Galleria Dallas has created “Decadence: Fashions from […]

Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon Ain’t Fooling Around With April 1st Fundraiser…

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Friday, April 1, is gonna be ground zero for luncheon fundraisers in North Texas. As has already been posted, Community Partners of Dallas’ Chick Lit 10th Annual Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole will have natty Tim Gunn. While some may have thought this event would suck all the air out of the lunch rooms, it […]

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Parkland Memorial Hospital Chairman Of The Board Of Managers Debbie Branson To Receive…

Debbie Branson (File photo)

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the 87th Linz Award will be presented to Debbie Branson at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Wednesday, April 6. In addition to being a fourth-generation attorney and involved in various community efforts (Dallas Women’s Foundation, Dallas CASA, UT Dallas Center for Children and Families, etc.), Debbie has served […]

Blake D. Lewis III Named Communities In Schools Dallas Region Chairman Of The Board…

Blake Lewis III and CISDR student*

Just in time for the Communities in Schools Dallas Region’s Dream Achievers luncheon Thursday honoring Caroline Rose Hunt, it has been announced that Blake D. Lewis III has been named Chairman of the Board. This is big news since this changing-of-the-guard is historic for CSDR. Former ExxonMobil assistant general tax counsel Karl Schmalz has held […]

Teaching The Next Generation About Philanthropy Was Made Easy Thanks To The Dallas…

Susan Crites Price and Toni Garrett*

For some parents, just trying to teach their munchkin how to tie a shoelace or an older kiddo what the word “curfew” means can be harder than getting a hummingbird take a nap. Still another life lesson that seems boggling is getting across the importance of philanthropy to the younger generation and easing them into […]

JUST IN: 2016 Crystal Charity Beneficiaries Announced…

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

There are tears and cheers being experienced through the area this evening. After a marathon meeting of the Crystal Charity Ball membership with presentations by hopeful nonprofits, the 2016 CCB beneficiaries have just been announced to share in a goal of $5,650,258. Captain Hope’s Kids/Hope Supply Co. ($600,000) for Hope for Homeless Children Community Partners […]

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Women Helping Women And Young Leader…

Word has just been received that the Dallas Women’s Foundation has finalized its plans for its annual Leadership Forum and Awards Dinner, where the 2016 Maura Women Helping Women Award and Young Leader Award are presented. Presented by AT&T, the dinner will be held on Thursday, April 21, in the Trinity Ballroom at the Omni […]