There was a lot of show and swell Wednesday night at David Yurman‘s in NorthPark. But then that’s typical when one is entertaining the ladies of Cattle Baron’s. It wasn’t enough that Yurman was launching their new fragrances that you can pair or wear individually or that a percentage of the proceeds from the shop-til-you-drop night went to CBB.No! In a glassed case the guests discovered a belt buckle custom-made by David for the CBB auction. On one side was sterling silver and turquoise and on the other was signed by David with the date of the 2011 CBB. Since they couldn’t take the buckle home, the gals opted for jewelry. Well, duh! The most popular items were rings, rings, rings in all flavors — onyx, lavender, etc.
“Frasier’s” Niles And Cary Grant/Dyan Cannon’s Daughter Partied At The Stodghills For USA Film Festival
Hopefully, Anne and Steve Stodghill‘s neighbors have gotten over the mammoth traffic jam created Wednesday by their USA Film Festival opening-night, after-movie party. The block-long backup of cars was so great that the chief valet wrangler walked the line telling folks “turn your car off and leave the keys in the ignition.”
But once inside the Stodghills’ home, it was well-worth the vehicular situation. Yes, it was indeed crowded, but Anne just smiled and said she could have gotten 50 more people in.
First of the VIP’s to arrived was David Hyde Pierce, who was three deep in admirers. Two of his favorites were Bobbie Wygant and Betty Bob Buckley, mother of actress/ singer Betty Buckley. It seems that the two gals had gotten to know David when he was rehearsing “Spamalot” with daughter Betty in New York.
When asked how he avoided being typecast as “Frasier’s” Niles Crane, he said that he intentionally stopped doing TV after that and headed to the New York theater for work. It was a conscious decision. Simply put: “The way I avoided it (typecasting) was, I stopped doing television.”
Local Ralph Randall told friends that while Frasier was on television, he was kidded for looking like Hyde Pierce.
Standing nearby with Allan McBee and Stubbs Davis, novelist Harry Hunsicker admitted that he’d missed the movies that night due to his father’s celebrating his 81st birthday, but he was looking forward to seeing the USA Film Festival’s “White Irish Drinkers” on Sunday.
Later in the evening the second VIP of the evening appeared — Jennifer Grant, the daughter of the late Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon. Word kept being passed throughout the crowd how much she looked like her mother. Somehow she was maneuvered into the kitchen, where people had her autograph her book, “Good Stuff, A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant.” Graciously, she handled each request.
When asked if having two such famous parents had been a curse or blessing, she seemed a little surprised and thought for a moment. Finally, Jennifer said, “I have to say, thankfully, that it’s been great. It’s been great.”
Here’s a thought — Take your favorite mom to the movie as an early Mother’s Day celebration. And since you’re feeling generous, splurge and buy a big box of popcorn.
Today the Dallas Symphony Orchestra issued a release announcing that Bill Lively resigned his position as president and CEO of the DSO due to health reasons.
According to the prepared statement, Bill said:
“Based on strong recommendations over the past few weeks from my physician, I have made this precautionary decision and will devote significant time this summer to rest and recuperation,” said Lively.
“I entered into this position with a full heart and intention to stay long-term as president, but it became quickly apparent that my health concerns would not allow me to fulfill these obligations,” he continued. “It has been a privilege to work with Jaap van Zweden, the musicians, and the Dallas Symphony board and staff in the process of identifying and strategizing the immense opportunities this organization has in front of it. I sincerely regret that I need to leave this role prematurely.”
Bill, who among other things, headed up the fundraising campaign for the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.
At this time no replacement has been named.
May Bill’s health issues be resolved very soon.
(The full release follows the jump.)
Word has come to the MySweetCharity headquarters that a BIG announcement will be made this afternoon. If you are wearing a hat, make sure that you’re holding on to it. If you’re not wearing a hat, then you’ll just feel the earth shake a bit.
It’s really BIG news. Stay tuned.
With the Dallas International Film Festival less than a month old, Lynn McBee has been named the new chairman of the board of directors for the Dallas Film Society. In addition to the Dallas Film Society, Lynn is also currently chairing The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Tocqueville Society and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Opening Weekend Celebration.
“We are thrilled that Lynn is taking the lead as chairman of the board of directors at Dallas Film Society,” said Dallas Film Society President Tanya Foster. “Her love of film coupled with her vast volunteer and leadership background are exactly what we need to take our organization to the next level. There is no stone left unturned when it comes to working with Lynn. Her determination and willingness to succeed make her the ‘secret sauce’ to the Dallas Film Society.”
Lynn is also Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association, Board Member, The Visiting Nurse Association Foundation, Board Member, The Trinity Trust, Board member, The Salvation Army, Immediate Past Chairman and Board member of TACA, UTD Center for Brain Health Board of Directors, Chi Omega Foundation National Board Trustee, Children’s Medical Center Foundation Trustee, The Chiapas Project Board of Directors, Dallas Historical Society Trustee, AT&T Performing Arts Center President’s Advisory Council, Dallas County Community College District Foundation Board member, The Family Place Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Dallas Film Society Board, Community Partners of Dallas Advisory Board, Heroes for Children Advisory Board, Launchability Community Advisory Board, member of the Crystal Charity Ball, Sweetheart Ball, associate member of The Cattle Baron’s Ball, member of the Dallas Woman’s Club, Hesitation Club and the Junior Group of the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club.
She is a past President of the Junior League of Dallas, Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball, Chairman of TACA, Junior League of Dallas Ball, TACA Silver Cup Awards Luncheon, Genesis Women’s Shelter Mother’s Day Luncheon, The Salvation Army Fall Luncheon, The Dallas Historical Society Awards for Excellence Luncheon, Community Partners of Dallas Chairman of the Board, The Family Place Partners Auxiliary Board President, Chairman of the Partners Card Fundraiser, and Chairman of the Chi Omega Christmas Market. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and Legacy Dallas and was a 2006 finalist for the Texas Trailblazer Award.
This fall, she will be honored at the Presbyterian Foundation Luncheon with the “Each Moment Matters” Award. She will also receive the 2011 “Real Women, Real Girls” Award from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and the 2012 ”Partners for Children Award” from Community Partners of Dallas.
McBee is a seventh-generation Texan and is the great, great, great, great-granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin, The Father of Texas. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She has been employed as a consultant with New England Biolabs, a privately held Biotech firm, for 19 years. Additionally, she is a principal in GenTest, Texas, exclusive distributor of OncoVue.
The one thing that Lynn doesn’t have is spare time.
While some gals were shopping to support nonprofits Wednesday night, Lynn McBee had the perfect excuse not to. She was hostessing a party for the Women of Tocqueville at her home. No, this group does not sample cucumber sandwiches or discuss the most exhilarating romantic novel. These are top-notch, savvy women who define leadership in business and philanthropy. Need names? Try Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Frito-Lay, Exxon Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo, JCPenney, Jones Day, Texas Instruments, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Locke Lord Bissell & Lidell and Baker Botts.
Their live-by-the-rule: “Give. Volunteer. Advocate.”Citi’s Debbie Taylor, who in 2007 realized that so many women were big givers, joined up with Ruth Altshuler to start the Women of Tocqueville. Starting with just 139 women, that number is now over 150 females.
The reason for Lynn’s having the party at her place was simple — she’s chairing the entire Tocqueville Campaign for 2011.
Just to be a member of the Tocqueville team, one contributes at least $10,000 a year. In 2010 there were 681 members of Tocqueville, an increase of 3% over the previous year.
Yes, we know your next question and got the MySweetCharity hand-crank calculator out. That means this group of Tocques raised at least $6,810,000 alone to support United Way. Hard to believe! But we ran the numbers four times because it was so hard to believe.
With that past goal achieved, you just know that Ms. McBee is planning on topping that one. Let’s say a nice round number like $7 million. The MSC calculator is fired up to see how things add up.
BTW, they do more than count dollar signs. Seems they really got into the advocating part in the 2009 Legislative session, when a group of the women went to Austin to learn the fine art of lobbying, which they proceeded to do for a pre-school education program. It wound up passing the Legislature, but Gov. Perry vetoed the bill. They learned, you can never stop!
MySweetCharity’s Queenie came back in a huff complaining about her nails being ragged and not having enough “quality time” to take care of her personal needs. The rest of the MSC minions looked at each other and then looked at the news reports about the tornadoes in Alabama and in the surrounding areas of Dallas. A slight revolt took place. Queenie was told that her attitude definitely needed adjustment or she would end up like a distant relative by the name of Marie Antoinette.
Lesson learned: Let’s be grateful that the small things are just that. . . small. Now let’s proceed with helping those with much, much bigger things than Queenie’s cuticle problems.
MySweetCharity admits to being prejudiced when it comes to firemen. They face daunting situations 365 days a year solely to help others. When asked, they are there ASAP.
So, if you see one on the corner today with a boot, give them a donation.
And you might want to add, “Thank you!”
The Dallas Arboretum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is hardly a week old and, by golly, the newly-named
president and co-chairs are already setting up for spring 2012. Sharon Ballew will be president with Barbara Daseke and Carmaleta Whiteley serving as co-chairs for the hatty fashion show/luncheon.
The Daseke-Whiteley teaming has been rumored for a few weeks, but was just confirmed yesterday.
For old-time Parkies, the storefront at the southeast corner of HP Village was the site of Skillerns drugstore with its soda fountain where many tried their first chocolate soda and French fries. Well, now decades forward the spot where the Skillern’s cosmetics used to be sold is now Stephanie Anne, the jewelry boutique.
To debut her new line and the store’s “refreshed look,” Stephanie Anne owners Stephanie Anne and Anthony Burroughs came up with a clever way to draw the nonprofit supporters into the shop — 10-10-10.
No, that’s not the secret combination to the SA jewelry vault. The SA team selected 10 nonprofits that would receive 10% of every purchase made in the nonprofit’s name for two days for “10 times the fun.”
According to Anthony, “The organizations chosen were based on recommendations we received. There obviously are a lot of very worth causes but we tried to balance this as much as possible so we had organizations representing a range of issues – from the arts to children’s causes to healthcare to community programs, etc.”
Wednesday’s luncheon kicked off the project with all 10 profits being repped by a powerhouse group nonprofits show horses including Dallas Film Society/Dallas International Film Festival (Tanya Foster), Dallas Museum of Art (Julie Hawes), Dallas Summer Musicals (Mary Gill), Turtle Creek Manor (Nancy Gopez), Jewel Charity/Cooks Children’s Hospital (Olivia Kearney), Kids Come First Diamond Gala for Communities in Schools Dallas Region (Amy Turner), TACA (Ashley and Elizabeth Tripplehorn), The Trinity Trust (Lynn McBee), Wipe Out Kids Cancer (Gina Betts) and Wish Auction/The Dallas Contemporary (Capera Ryan).
Later Wednesday evening Mary Gill was still upping the Dallas Summer Musical’s chances by having her troops including former DSM chairman Stan Gardner and his wife Sara Lee in to see the newly-revamped jewel box of a store and up the potential income for DSM. She evidently read the fine print that said an extra 5% would be given to the group that had the most purchases.
In another part of the shop Melanie Mills and Ellen
Harbison were checking out the trinkets, while Paige Lane and Jennifer Metzger were deep in conversation.
Too bad the SA program isn’t a 10-10-10-10. What would have been the last 10? For the fundraiser to last 10 days, of course.
10-10-10 ends tonight, so shop-shop-shop.
The Junior League of Dallas’ Rummage Roundup is this weekend at Market Hall with the VIP sneak preview Friday night. But you already knew that.
Someone sought information from MySweetCharity about the men’s opportunities. “Will there stuff for guys, too? Or, is it strictly for the ladies?”
Your question is MSC’s assignment. According to spokesperson Kelly White, “Yes, they have a huge men’s department. . . suits, lots of shoes and work attire.”
Anything else? If not, see you then and there.
It’s a well-known fact that the late Frank Olive was literally “head man” when it came to women’s fashions. The designer of hats for stars and fashion houses was the mainstay of the millinery artform. According to Frank, who died in 1995, “I think that hats are an essential part of being a woman,” he told an interviewer in 1968. “I design hats for a woman who feels this. I want to help her discover herself.”
Last Thursday hundreds of women discovered themselves as well as others in the sisterhood at the Dallas Arboretum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Interestingly enough, this discovery was once again helped along courtesy of some designing men like Shane Walker, Todd Fiscus and Steve Kemble. More about that later.
But before getting started, let’s set the stage. It was a gray, threatening day with dampness in the air. Oh, great! That translated into “Teflon-strength hairspray” for the hats’ hairdo foundations. And then what about the delicate hats surviving the potential drizzle. Not to worry. Valets with umbrellas allowed nary a drop to drip on the heads of those arriving.
Some guests had limousines and mega-SUV’s transport their entourage. Emerging from their vehicles, it was obvious the reason for the special carriage. Some of the hats were as big as a Smart Car.
Once within the walls of the Arboretum, the wet stuff seemed to disappear. But who would have noticed when being greeted by Jill “Tweedle Dee” Rowlett and honorary chair Yvonne “Tweedle” Crum, whose burlap look of last year was replaced with colorful “tweedle” outfits. The gals admitted the hardest part of their outfits was locating white tights.
Just beyond the greeting Tweedles was a fantasy table set up for the Mad Hatter, the white rabbit and the entire mad crew. Unlike the luncheon tables under the mammoth tent, the Mad Hatter’s table was out in the open and none the worse for it.
Favorite game of the day was guests checking each other out. After all this event requires more than dropping by MJDesigns and gluing a flower on a bonnet or digging out that ages-old hat from the attic. Nope. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party has become a fierce but friendly undertaking creatively and financially.
Pity the poor judges (Valerie Elizabeth, Lisa Garza, Daniel Lewis, LeeAnne Locken and David Wren), who scampered around trying to figure the winners of the day.
Susan Scully, who won last year for best hat, once again took top honors as “Best of Show” by working with Atlanta designer Nicholas Kniel. Despite having never met, the two have got their program down perfectly. During the year, they exchange ideas and voila, the hat arrives. This year’s delivery was similar in color to her 2010 version, only scaled down dramatically. Instead of a 180-degree fan of deep-pink peacock feathers, it was an carefully designed anorexic gathering of feathers surrounding a red-hot cushioned heart. Susan admitted that last year’s was easier to wear, but , shoot, sometimes fashion demands a little pain, suffering and balancing.
Speaking of feathers, Virginia Chandler Dykes, whose dazzling nest of white feathers, flowers and butterflies (no, not real ones!), was perhaps more subtle than others, but its beauty won her “Most Whimsical Hat.”
Some like Carmaleta “Most Botanical Hat” Whiteley and Barbara Daseke turned to local creative brain trust Todd Fiscus for their floral artworks. In Barbara’s case, it
was too much of a good thing. There were so many flowers that the brim sometimes waylaid her view of the surroundings. On the other hand, Carmaleta decided to make some last minute adjustments to her citrus-colored chapeau resulting in her winning one of the day’s awards.
But the ladies weren’t the only ones in the race for the roses. This year the gents decided to join in the fun and had a jolly romp. Steve “Most Outlandish Hat” Kemble had been a judge last year causing whiplash-damaged necks thanks to his hat — a Super Duper Bowl complex. This year he was back to compete with a “Kate in Wonderland” on his head complete with Kate Middleton, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth waving.
But giving Steve a run for his money was Shane Walker. Not only did Shane create some of the best looking hats at the event, he had a top topper, too. Among his clientele were –
- Petite Faye Brigg‘s gray cocktail hat with inlaid rhinestone and topped off with white feathers and netting surprised no one when it was announced “Most Elegant Hat.”
- D’Andra Simmons‘ gargantuan royal blue, purple and black hat with silk flowers and
bigger-than-life- feathers challenged many from closed encounters with her. She even managed to find a dress and pink shoes to fit the dramatic look.
- Tanya Roberts‘s “My Fair Lady” white showstopper thanks to feathers, flowers and gold
highlights was positioned just right on her head, but pity the person who sat behind her at the fashion show.Earlier in the year, Tanya had won a Shane Walker creation for the Mad Hatter’s at an auction.
But that Shane was a smarty. He saved the very best for himself and his partner Billy Fulmer. After completing all this
commitment, he had burned the midnight oil to come up with two hats that set cell phone saluting from friends and wannabe’s. Their hats were mind-boggling in beauty and detail. While Billy’s featured a smiling green-and-yellow caterpillar encrusted with rhinestones happily settled among leafy greens, Shane’s had a white rabbit covered in
rhinestones with his eyes focused on a clock just below a floral teapot. Shane and Billy tied for “Most True to Theme.”
When asked how much such a masterpiece would run retail, Shane replied a negotiable $3,000 depending on if you use rhinestones or the real things. That must be the going rate for over-the-top toppers because that was the same price that Steve Kemble quoted on his head-strong complex.
But not everyone was out for awards and bankrolling a one-of-a-kind topper. Some of the girls just wanted to have fun. Barbara Bigham had the smallest fun with her itty-bitty Barbie top hat that was barely visible. . . Chief judge Dee Wyly wore an invisible hat that was quite fetching according to those who saw it. . . Leigh Lombardi managed to wear an adorable rose
sundress that blended nicely with her pink sunhat topped with green flowers. . . . Jocelyn White and Dale Robinowitz decided red and wide brims were just right for the occasion.
Then it was inside for the fashion show including everything from formal linen shorts to evening gowns from Tory Burch, Karen Millen, Betty Reiter, Anne Fontaine and Tootsies. Closing the show was a very formal Mad Hatter with the fuzziest ears, pocket watch at the neck and mischievous look.
Opening weekend at Lone Star Park, the ponies and the human were raring to go. The Retina Foundation of the Southwest was one of the first fundraisers out of the gate with its 14th annual Racing for Sight on Sunday, April 17.As the general admission folks checked out the horses in the paddock or along the track, the RfS guests were happily ensconced high above in the glass-enclosed grandstand with food, food and more food. Besides lunching, guests checked out the silent and live auction items including a guitar signed by the Eagles. Honorary chair Lisa Blue Baron and race co-chairs Leesa Alhadef and Cindy Stager arranged to have the races names after key sponsors (Faye C. Briggs Dash, Broughton Foundation Turf Dash, DFW Door & Hardware Mile, T. Boone Pickens Turf Classic, Mrs. Thomas L. Anderson Sprint, Lisa Blue Baron Route Classic, Nancy and Herbert Hunt Maiden Turf Mile, Sharif & Munir Luxury Custom Homes Run and Dr. and Mrs. Bill Snyder Turf Mile). While some guests were old hands at analyzing the racing forms, others like Faye Briggs fell back on the old standby, “I liked the name (of the horse.)” Alas, Faye’s strategy ended up in a minimal loss for the day. At another table, Ralph Gorman and his sister, Marsha Sonnenberg, were feverishly working the sheets and rarely looked up from their plotting.
Ah, but one of the day’s winners was Jack Jacobs, whose wallet was a lot fatter upon departure.
Herbert Hunt in wrap-around sunglasses admitted that the horse expert in the family was his brother Bunker, who had one of the finest collections of race horses in the world.
According to Herbert, who was there to support the Retina Foundation along with wife Nancy and daughter Libby Allred, Bunker had “offered to let me in on it at the beginning, but I said I didn’t want to invest in anything that ate while I slept.”
Another of member of the Hunt family supporting the sight-saving cause was Caroline Rose Hunt with a rose-wrapped cane in one hand and on the arm of Del Frnka decked out in a king of spades shirt.
Speaking of lucky fashion, Billie Leigh Rippey brought along her “vintage” purse — the one with the horse-head clasp.
Start thinking Christmas. That is if the 2011 Crystal Charity Ball is in future plans. Ball Chair Connie O’Neill and her crew ofmerry ladies presented the plans at Suzanne and Patrick McGee‘s David Easton-designed home Wednesday. Too bad they could squeeze the ball into the McGee’s home. It’s one of those rarities that is fabulous to see and an envy to live in. In place of honor was a family favorite, a model of the Perot Museum, of course!
With the doors facing the back grounds of the house open, it was a gorgeous setting for anything.
Back to the announcement. Sorry. Got carried away.
The announcement party was sponsored by Apollo Power & Light L.L.C.
After last year’s Japanese theme, the decision was made to return to a Yuletide feel with “Tis the season.” Just as the announcement was made, the pianist started playing “Tis the Season.” How appropriate! Then desserts were served with major snowflakes topping the chocolate concoctions.
The fun will be event designer Tom Addis‘s interpretation of “season.” But you’ll have to wait until Saturday, December 3.
At 10:45 this morning the Dallas Arts District Ticket and Information Center will be opened at NorthPark Center with ribbon cutting. dignitaries (Dallas Arts District’s Veletta Lill, NorthPark’s Nancy Nasher, Cadillac’s Tom D’Angelo, etc.), special performances by Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and giveaways.
Presented by Cadillac, the Center will be located in the corridor between Barneys New York and Nordstrom and staffed by Arts District Ambassadors to provide information and tickets for performances and exhibitions by such organizations as Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Arts District Chorale, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Winds, Nasher Sculpture Center, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS and Turtle Creek Chorale.
This project should be no surprise to anyone who has been in the area more than an hour. NorthPark has been supporting the Dallas arts community since it opened its doors.
When it comes to eating out, service is half the experience. You remember those memorably great waiters as much as those that you wished you could have skewered with a knife. But, on the other hand, not everyone is cut out to be a waiter. It’s tough to wait hand and off on strangers hoping that the pay off of a tip will be worth the antics that the guests demand.
That’s why the 17th Annual Celebrity Waiter Gala on April 16 at the Palomar probably resulted in many “celebs” grateful that they had day jobs and didn’t have to depend on tips.
In the prep meeting before dinner, it all seemed so simple according to gala chairs Ann and Joel Hurley, CAPC Exec Director Jessica Trudeau and event organizers. The celebrity waiters weren’t being thrown out there without lifesavers. Nope, there would be trained professionals to make sure that the guests didn’t starve. All the celebr-aiters had to do was entertain and do whatever to earn tips. . . big tips. Goal: $1,000 per waiter with the proceeds going to Child Abuse Prevention Center!
A couple of the veteran waiters knew how to work the tables. KXAS-NBC’s Kim Fischer was an old hand at waiting tables for a cause. Last fall she had rocked at a celebrity waiter luncheon performing “Baby Bump” with the gal waiters backing her up.
Ah, but this one was going to be different. While the ladies drinking champagne at the Ritz had raised theroof, the couples (Kit and Kemp Sawers, Wesley and Jeff Brady, Honorary Chair Donna Lane and Walter Adams) were a little more proper and sedate. . . to a point.
As emcee/retired celebrity waiter Brendan Higgins watched from a safe distance, the waiters worked their magic to achieve their goals.
Model maven Rhonda Sargent Chambers had barely recovered from orchestrating the Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show the day before, then she was serving up wine and all types of goodies. That Rhonda looked like a sweet gal, but she was an old pro when it came to getting her tips. For instance, she saw no problem in holding silverware hostage. And let’s face it — eating a beef tenderloin without utensils can be challenging.
Actress Sonia Acavedo had her table eating out of her hand without any muss or fuss. She played famous lines from movies. Well, maybe some of them weren’t so famous, but she had the entire table including Cartier storemanager Nicole Dabbert and attorney Walter Roper playing into her hands. That Walter really knew his stuff!
Singer Brittnee Lee from Rowlett performed “Walkin’ After Midnight” to the whole room courtesy of her table.
Sheryl Guth in her tomato red evening gown, crown and sash reading “Jello Shot Queen” sashayed around the room with a tray of jello shots.
Robert Clover Brown found his niche in reciting prose from the “old bard” to the delight of guests.
But leave it to the guests, who got mischievous. From nowhere, someone hollered, “Egg race!” Kim Fischer and Kris Clinton looked at each other and knew they were designated competitors. Someone else suggested that it might be nice if one of the contestants was topless. Being the gentleman and pretty darn hunky, Kris accommodated the request returning to the ballroom with two eggs and sans shirt.
However, that’s where Kris’s chivalry stopped. No sooner had the “flag” dropped, then he picked up his egg and raced to the finish line leaving poor Kim to nose the entire length of the ballroom according to proper rules of egg racing.
Alas, not all the celebs made it. Tooth Fairy and Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks had to cancel, but NFL veteran/All-Around-Good-Guy Jeff Yarbrough stepped in to save the day.
And honorary chair/Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki was a no show. But he had a good excuse. Something about a play off at American Airlines Center.
Jennifer Grant, Barry Corbin, Malcolm McDowell, David Hyde Pierce, William Fichtner Headline USA Film Festival
Some folks prefer two-seat sports cars. Other demand mammoth SUV’s. So it is with film festivals. Earlier in the month the Dallas International Film Festival’s staff swamped the area with its 10-day film tsunami of 170 films. Now, the USA Film Festival‘s team is ramping up for its five-day 41st Annual Spring Festival at the Angelika film Center – Dallas starting Wednesday.In addition to the 29 films on the schedule, tributes will take place honoring Barry Corbin (Friday), Malcolm McDowell (Friday) and William Fichtner (Saturday).
Another plus is the Wednesday night’s on-stage conversation with Jennifer Grant, daughter of the late Cary Grant.
Tickets are just $10 per film, but don’t wait to buy your tickets at the door. Chances are the very event you want will be sold out . . . especially for the tributes and VIP-attended events.
Like a perfect North Texas storm front when a Rocky Mountain norther collides with a Gulf Coast backlash, two totally different groups fought for parking rights at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, April 15. Taking over the Chantilly Ballroom and its primo valet drive was the Collin Country Children’s Advocacy Center. At the same time, DIFFA, which was holding “Dramatically Different,” its annual party in Trinity Hall, discovered valet parking was a modified self park. Guests found themselves entering a self-parking area and driving three-quarters way down the aisle, where the valets took over and parked the vehicle in a spot. Might have been just as easy to have self parked period. Had it been a rainy night, it would have been a long sprint to the hotel.
But DIFFA chairman of the board Mark Stafford must have an inside arrangement with Mother Nature. She was smiling on the DIFFA crew, though, so a little walk to the hotel and then on to Trinity Hall through the construction wasn’t a problemo at all.Once in the reception area it was the age old DIFFA question, which was more fascinating: the models with the designs up for bid, or the veterans of past DIFFA’s in their prized auction purchases?
Gary Karwacki admitted that when he bought his Loretta Gonzales-designed jacket — with customized collar and a back of black-and-white photos of movie greats — back in 2008, he was just a bit tipsy. But he didn’t seem to have one regret. That’s the get-out-of-jail card at DIFFA. If you purchase one of the designer pieces of clothing, you can opt to wear it instead of the traditional formal tuxedo attire. That is unless you’re Michael Stephens, who decided to showcase his calves in his kilt attire. “It’s fun to wear something couture and unique,” he said about the Scottish regalia that was designed by Tami Reed. But Tami doesn’t limit herself to natty skirts for gents. She proved that by her own self-designed gown.
But then there were the true tuxedo-wearing traditionalists like Billy Bob Harris, who was escorting DIFFA award-winner Holly Forsythe. She picked up the Community Hero award.
Once the doors opened to the grand hall, the 1,200 guests discovered the results of Steve Kemble‘s designs and Jan Strimple‘s and Brian Brothers‘ creativity. Think big slice of a great Super Bowl party. The team had divided the mammoth hall in half. So, unlike in years past, dinner was on one side and then the guests were moved to the other half for the ballroom. Here guests discovered dessert stations, dazzling staging, VIP Salons designed by local designers, a VIP seating area and a dance floor with music by DJ Brandon Olds. The highlight, of course, was the fashion show incorporating the infamous newly designed jackets on the 150 models.
You know that Jan is a real trooper. Little did anyone suspect that the red-haired fashion show producer’s father-in-law had just died.
Well done, Jan, Brian, Steve, Mark and all those involved in a great night and a successful effort to raise funds to fight HIV/AIDS.
Savor the Symphony chairs Carlen Long and Natasha Hallam were in perfect sync about meeting their goal Saturday night at the Adolphus. Yes, they could have had 300 or more at the lavish five-course, wine-paired dinner. But they wanted to keep it very, very special to reach their $100,000 mark and it was a very, very wise move.
Not only was the black-tie event benefiting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra more or less a sell out two months before the invitations even dropped, guests never felt jostled around or unpampered by Adolphus staff. Of course, this situation
allowed more time to eyeball the silent auction items during the reception, like the bottles of wine and collectibles.
Oh, you were wondering about the menu that kept this group smiling. Here goes:
- First course — Adolphus crab cake with Asian jam and lobster ginger sauce (2009 Williamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris)
- Second Course — Tomato and mozzarella with micro basil and balsamic reduction (Maso Canalo Pinot Grigio, Italy)
- Intermezzo — Kiwi or orange champagne sorbet
- Entrée — Duo of peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin and herb crusted sea bass with creamy cous cous, chianti demi and chef’s selection of vegetables (2009 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Dessert — Traditional crème brûlée with fresh berries and flourless chocolate cake with cherry port sauce (LaMarca Prosecco)
Treat of the night was the money raised to support the DSO and its community outreach programs.