It’s a done deal. Groveling won’t even help. . . well, maybe if you know the right person, but still doubtful.
Since it was established in 1992 by Rainbow Days, the Promise Awards has honored nearly 200 individuals, corporations and organizations that have “made extraordinary contributions to benefit the children and further the mission” of Rainbow Days.
Thursday the following honorees were recognized at Brook Hollow Golf Club -
- Board member: Chuck Curtis and Jason Hammons
- Community organization: MetroCare Services
- Education partnership: Mountain View College
- Foundation: Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation
- Government official: Senator Florence Shapiro
- Individual: Susan Hoff
- Local partnership: Hunger Busters
- Unsung heroes: Michele Danches and Rosie the therapy dog
- Individual volunteer: Josephine Rihoo
- Corporate volunteer: Bank of America
- Youth services: Chelsea and Dori Neason
- Memorial: Mike Williams
The plans are in place for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration to take place on the MHHB Friday. As Event Chair Lynn McBee put it this morning, “We are rolling and all is going to be superb!”
But this is not going to be like events at the Hilton Anatole or Brook Hollow. Translation: What makes it special and a little challenging is that it’s never been done before, so we thought you might like some tips on how to enjoy the experience.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way for the naysayers. The funds raised by this $200-a-head event with Lyle Lovett on stage are going to help pay for the free weekend of activities open to the public on the MHHB.
TENTATIVE TIME LINE:
- 6:00 p.m. — Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge gets lit. No, the bridge is not going to get tipsy. The lights will be turned on. Really!
- 7:00 p.m. — Official start time
- 7:45 p.m. — Brief remarks by dignitaries and members of the Margaret Hunt Hill family
- 9:00 p.m. — Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will perform on stage
- 10:00 p.m. — Fireworks and a final number by Lovett and his band
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:
There will be complimentary valet parking on the west side of the Trinity River. To get to the parking, you are advised to use the Continental Bridge or Singleton. If you’re on Continental, get in the left lane. Be patient. You just know there’s likely to be a lineup for parking.
TICKETS: There are none, but don’t get any ideas of crashing the party. The organizers have a mammoth list with the names of all the guests. If your name ain’t on the list, you ain’t getting on the bridge. Check-in will be just behind the valet parking area.
ATTIRE: Leave the silks, satins and pearls at home. Wear comfortable shoes or boots because you’ll want to stroll the bridge. Also, a jacket would be a good idea. At Monday’s press conference, the temperature seemed cooler on the bridge thanks to the winds. Layered dressing has always been a lifesaver in Texas.
SEATING: There will be seats throughout the venue, especially in the VIP area, but this event is not a sit-down-dinner affair. It’s a walk around to explore the bridge and the booths which “contain interactive displays from non-profit organizations involved in the Trinity River Corridor development (Trinity River Audubon Center, Trinity Waters, Groundwork Dallas and The Trinity Trust Foundation).”
FOOD: Lots of it from Trinity Groves celebrity chefs and specialty drinks, .
ENTERTAINMENT: In addition to the Lyle Lovett concert, Lucy Wrubel will be DJ-ing, Street Corner Symphony will perform, Dallas Pedicabs will be there, and more.
RESTROOMS: Portable lavatories will be in place.
RECOMMENDED MUST-ACCESSORY: Cameras. On the other hand, sunglasses won’t be necessary. That is unless you’re having eye problems or want folks to think you’re special.
WEATHER: Let’s be honest. Nobody can guarantee the weather conditions, so check with MySweetCharity. If there are any POA changes, they will be posted here immediately.
SMOKING: Yes and no. Signs will be posted around the tents designating “No Smoking” areas. Otherwise, light up. UPDATE: We’re oh-so flattered! Seems that someone in charge of fire dug into the situation and decided “No Smoking” anywhere on the bridge. No, it’s not because of some city ordinance. Well, not exactly. Seems that due to the fuels on the bridge for cooking, etc., they’re fearful that one loose spark might give birth to an unwanted fire grill. . . uh, drill. So, if you want a smoke, you’re going to have to march down to the Trinity basin and light up there.
FINAL SUGGESTIONS: This will be the one-and-only-time that a gala will ever be held on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, so you’ll be a part of history. So be patient, be safe and have fun.
As the majority of guests gathered just outside the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom for the annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, a coterie of VIP’s were holed up in the Plum Blossom Room across the way Friday. These were the current and past recipients, family and “friends.”
Among the friends was Mayor Big Mike Rawlings, who seems to be everywhere, everywhere from Central Market openings to major fundraisers. On this occasion, he was not only here to promote the arts within the community but to have an impromptu chat with Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration General Lynn McBee (aka former chairman of the TACA board). They were probably touching base on plans for a press conference Monday regarding the final arrangements for the March 2-4 bridge festivities.
Just inches . . . okay, so it was a couple of feet away. . . no, make that a yard or so away, were Pisces types Diane Brierley (February 23), Caroline Rose Hunt’s girl Friday Charlene Howell (February 20) and society photographer Dana Driensky (February 24), who were high-fiving each other on their birthdays. (Editor’s note: the Brierleys have two silver cups in their household. Hmm, requires a lot of polishing, no doubt.)
Luncheon Chairs Suzanne and David Droese were chatting with Barbara Daseke about her new teak home that architect David designed.
Barbara also reported that to accommodate the 280 guests at the WaterTower gala Saturday, they removed the seats in the main theater, so “People could talk.”
Suzanne looked terrific despite just having knee surgery. She later admitted that just minutes before the party, hair designer Ceron had been putting the finishing touches on her tresses. Poor boy was a busy one. Just as he arrived at the VIP party, he was checking on Todd Fiscus‘s tie to make sure it was straight.
AT&T PAC top man Mark Weinstein told TACA President/CEO Becky Young, “We have three different tables for AT&T PAC. It’s very exciting. Congratulations in advance.”
Rosewood’s newish President Radha Arora arrived with wife, Karen, and Mansion GM Duncan Graham. This was one of Radha’s first events in Dallas because he’s been traveling these past five months or so since his appointment. After all, there are 17 Rosewood properties and he’s been making the rounds. As a matter of fact, he had just flown in from the company’s newest property in Mexico, the Rosewood Mayakobo.
Billie Leigh Rippey opted for wearing a fur because, “I stepped out on the terrace, and it was cold! Eighty degrees two days ago! That’s why we Texans are so flexible.”
Over on the couch was TACA Silver Cup recipient Caroline Rose Hunt with Barbara Womble. When asked how she felt about being in the spotlight, Caroline admitted, “Everybody’s said such sweet things. So it’s a pleasant experience being in the spotlight for something like this, rather than for something negative!” Then she admitted to being a bit nervous because she had not prepared notes. Instead she was going to speak from the heart.
Unlike years past when the presentation and opening of the “silver cups” was cause for guests to be silent and admire the newest recipients untie ribbons and pull out the cups, this year it was done while guests kept talking. Too bad because it turned out to be a moment of laughter, as Frank struggled with the bow and Becky Young suddenly realized that each had opened the other’s box. After a quick switcheroo, the mix-up was history and photos were taken.
Then the task of rounding up all the past recipients for the traditional picture was undertaken. It was like herding polite Persian cats. They were lovely and accommodating, but still all over the place. And, of course, there was always the fear that not all were really truly present. But time was moving ahead and schedules needed to be kept. Photos were taken. Just as the “kittens” scampered off, past recipient Elaine Agather arrived with apologies.
Once inside the ballroom, guests took their seats with mini-stages set up for performances by representatives from James Gilyard Ensemble, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Junior Players, Cara Mia Theatre and Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
But this crowd wanted their full serving of catch up.
Caroline’s buddies Ruth Buzzi and husband Kent Perkins told of their newest project — a wild-hog pen at their ranch near Fort Worth. Seems they capture the hogs without violence and take them to a place where they’re raised as domestic hogs before winding up as “prosciutto.” When rounding up the hogs, Ruth doesn’t get on a horse. Instead, she demonstrated squatting down, she mugged, “I have strong thighs!” Kent with a smile added, “I’m proud of this little lady!”
Finally emcee Lee Cullum called the group to order because again there was a timeline to
be fulfilled. In introducing Rabbi David Stern for the invocation, Lee admitted she had initially mistaken David for the other David (Droese) earlier in the day.
Rabbi Stern’s invocation was both beautiful and mistaken. It seems that many in the audience thought he was just doing a “lead-in” and continued to sip their ice tea and keep their heads up. A few realized that this was the invocation and bowed their heads. Guess the others initially thought those with bowed heads were checking their smartphones. Eventually, more caught on that this was the main event and heads dropped. Regardless, it was a beautiful prayer and received applause with Lee adding, “It’s certainly OK to applaud such elegance and eloquence.”
As guests began their lunches, some seemed a little confused by the offering on the table. One asked, “Is this the salad course?” No, it was the whole enchilada, preventing the need to remove and replace plates for a variety of courses. The menu included Vietnamese vegetable spring roll with hoisin peanut sauce; chilled cucumber soup with curry leaf accent; beef tenderloin with chili-teriyaki glaze and local greens; and a multi-tiered centerpiece of desserts (toasted coconut pudding, deconstructed lemon meringue pie, creamy mango custard, caramel-chocolate budinos and rainbow cookies).
After Mayor Mike won the group’s heart by saying that Dallas knows how to make money and he wanted business to support the arts, Lee gave her state-of-the-arts report. At one point she addressed the city council members in the audience, saying, “Don’t you dare sell WRR! You know you’d just spend the money in a week anyway!” That statement probably made new WRR GM Sarah Colmark feel encouraged. One person in the audience said, “She [Lee] tells it like it is!”
Neiman’s Ginger Reeder followed TACA Chair Andy Teller, who reported that TACA has distributed $1 million in grants to the arts yearly for the past five consecutive years. Ginger’s job was to introduce Meadows Performer Hando Nahkur, who masterfully played “Rigoletto Paraphrase de Concert, S. 434″ on the stage in front of the faux-grassed covered podium at the head table.
Then 2011 Silver Cup recipient John Eagle introduced Caroline, who said, “I consider myself blessed, because I’ve enjoyed the performing arts. We lived in Tyler” and she recalled the family riding in the car all the way to Shreveport to hear Paderewski play. Then there were the five years of piano lessons, but, “I can hardly even play ‘Chopsticks.’” Despite her lack of piano skills, Caroline’s involvement has resulted in ongoing support of the performing arts including the Dallas Children’s Theater having a home base, resulting in its being “one of the best in the country.
Then 2011 Silver Cup recipient Sarah Perot introduced Frank, describing him as “financially savvy as well as artistically sensitive.” Having served on the board with Frank, where he quietly builds consensus, the blonde added, I would never vote against him.”
Like Caroline, Frank told of his early introduction to art. He recalled buying for $10 (“half of his and Helen’s net worth at the time!”) a piece of art at a student art show at college in the ’60′s. He went on to encourage the audience, “We need the arts to build a great city! . . . [Dallas' greatness] is recognizing when there’s a challenge, and stepping up when you have to. That’s what’s been happening in the arts.”
It was a great way to end the luncheon celebrating heroines and heroes of the Dallas community.
BTW, if you’re wondering about Rabbi Stern’s invocation, we got a copy of it and have it after the jump. Read it, enjoy the eloquence and be inspired. [Read more...]
In preparation for hearing Lyle Lovett Friday at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration, turn on WFAA’s “The View” now. He’s performing.
BTW, stay tuned to MySweetCharity for tips on Friday night’s happenings.
The 7th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party organizers are revealing plans like Angelina Jolie‘s right leg — very interesting! They’re expecting 2,000 guests for the event benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas.
Dessert time at the Frontiers of Flight Museum will start at 8 p.m. with yummies providing by Komali Restaurant, Dallas Affaires Cake Company, Nothing But Bundt Cakes and Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery.
The top-sought spot to dine will no doubt be No Tie Media Ambassador D’Andra Simmons‘s new cottage. Okay, so maybe a 6,659-square-foot mansion is bigger than a bungalow, especially when it includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an art and music studio and the usual accessory rooms.
For this dinner catered by Jim Lee Events, they’re expecting 200-300 including D’Andra’s fiancé Colin Duchin, No Tie Chair David Nelson, Honorary Chair Dr. Gary Tigges, ASD President and CEO Don Maison.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to make the dinner, ask D’Andra about the master bedroom headboard. Seems it’s actually a “gate from a Tibetan Buddhist Temple,” and getting it transported to Dallas in the bedroom was epic.
Remember, the No Tie is the largest fundraiser for ASD, which provides housing and supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless men, women, children and families with HIV/AIDS.
#2 UPDATE: Less than 125 tickets are left. Groveling may not work, so get your tickets ASAP, or listen to Lyle’s newest CD and wait for cover on MySweetCharity.
UPDATE: WFAA‘s tall Brad Watson just reported city officials were going to enforce the limit of 6,750 people on the bridge Friday night. Well, uh, event planners are only planning on a max of
3,000 2,720 guests for the gala. Think the limit only applies for the Saturday and Sunday events. It was nevah an issue for the Friday night party. No doubt the lead will be changed by the 10 p.m. newscast.
Just back from a press conference on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge about the upcoming weekend of celebrations. Everyone from Bridge-o-Rama, Trinity Trust, Trinity Levee Run, musicians to event producer Todd Fiscus was on hand to put rumors to rest.
What rumors? Like Mary McDermott Cook donning Victoria Secret wings and para-gliding off the top of the MHHB arch or Lyda Hill flying a plane under the arch.
Let’s get the big message over with — the celebration is taking place regardless of when the traffic will be allowed on the bridge or whatever the weather may be.
That last one has been an ever-changing subject of discussion. Texas weather has caused more ulcers than a bride’s mother the week before the wedding. Every day the forecast for Friday has changed lately. One minute it’s going to be clear and in the 70′s. The next report says 20% chance of showers.
Why just as the press conference was taking place, clouds hovered overhead and disappeared and temperatures went from nice to a bit of chill.
Todd assured everyone the weather backup plan is for the Friday night fundraising gala with Lyle Lovett to take place at Gilley’s if Mother Nature cries on the big night.
As the media listened to every word of the press conference, Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm sat on the sidelines holding a turquoise blue MHHB Celebration T-shirt. Perhaps she’s saving it for Friday night.
It’s going to an incredible weekend, but three caveats — now pay attention:
- The nightly fireworks over the Trinity are going to be dazzling. Make sure you have your cameras out, but absolutely under no circumstances, stop on one of the nearby bridges to view the light show. That is, unless you want to get to know a tow truck driver.
- City officials have let it be known that while they’re expecting more than 20,000 for the Saturday and Sunday events, there will be a limit on how many people can be on the bridge at any one time. That number is 6,750.
- No pets (except service animals) allowed on the bridge at any time.
Check back with MySweetCharity for any changes for the upcoming MHHB celebration.
Oh, and tickets for Friday night are still available, though, Celebration Chair Lynn McBee is selling them at an average of 20 per hour.
On The Heels Of Taking Home Five Academy Awards, 3D “Hugo” Slated For Nasher’s Spring Break Til Midnight
You’ve got to hand it to the folks at the Nasher. Their timing is darn good. After last night’s five wins at the Academy Awards, the Nasher Sculpture Center is having a “Special Spring Break ’til Midnight” on Friday, March 16, with a 3D screening of “Hugo.” You know! That’s the film that Marty Scorsese directed and the Joule’s Tim Headington produced.
Here’s the game plan:
- 6 p.m. – doors open
- 7 p.m. – Emerald City performs
- 9 p.m. – “Hugo” is shown
And it’s all free. Well, almost. The Wolfgang Puck picnic baskets and salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages at Café Nasher have price tags, but they make life so much easier. Remember, you’ve got to pre-reserve your picnic baskets. They don’t grow on trees!
Don’t plan on heading to Tootsies on Saturday, March 3, for the Dallas Stiletto Stampede. The 100-yard dash for high heelers has been moved to May 24. That’s the Thursday before Memorial Day. And instead of being held in the morning, it will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
According to the official word, the change of date was
“Due to utility construction beginning on Luther Lane, the stampede course was in jeopardy as well as the safety of participants, so organizers agreed to postpone the event.”
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen County affiliate, organizers say that the event is competing for the Guinness Book of World Records of 1,000 persons.
But if you’re looking for a reason to run this Saturday, you can participate in the 8th Trinity Levee Run over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge! Suggestion: Leave the stilettos at home for this one.
So often when a gala is held, the ladies take over the helm and the gents’ main responsibility is hand holding and check writing. Ah, but last Saturday’s Billiard Ball not only broke that traditional relationship, it also had a mix of guests that resulted in a great time at the Ritz-Carlton and raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas.
First, let’s start with the chairs. It was solo-gal JB Hayes and couple Rachel and Chris Trowbridge. From the start, Chris took the lead. . . well, sorta. He included the gals on all decisions and attention, but he was definitely the front man. Were the girls upset with this man-o-man? Heck, no. The threesome were always on the same page.
According to JB, “He is awesome. He is the only reason I was there in my role last night. He convinced me I needed to co chair with them when I kept saying – no! I told Chris and Rachel I’d chair anything with them – any time. He is the hardest working co-chair I’ve met. Most guys let their wives do the work. I think I mentioned – he wrote all our letters – even the one in the program. He rocked it.”
(If you’re wondering whose fingers are behind Chris and Colin, it’s JB.)
Now, as for the mix of guests, someone once said that in Dallas society there are pods and the pods don’t cross over or mix. Well, the pod rule was dropped for the Billiard Ball. What’s more even Dallas’ best dressed types put aside their cutting-edge couture and flapped. Excuse me? Well, it was a jazz theme and 21st century Dallas jazz babies interpreted the style with long strings of pearls, headbands with feathers, wing-tipped collars and white dinner jackets. Mayor “Big” Mike Rawlings, looking like a Texas version of Casablanca’s Rick, explained, “I thought I’d do the Gatsby look. and if they need a [musical] conductor, I thought I could do that, too!”
Of course, a best dressed type still must have a touch of elegance even in costume. Rachael Dedman‘s Valentino’s stilettos felt right at home with all the pearls in the room. Myrna Schlegel kept her full-length white fur coat on during the reception. Unfortunately, every time a new guest arrived via the adjacent circular driveway, the wind blew a chill through the lobby. Perhaps that’s why the one-third of the room was rather vacant and the ladies checking folks in wore pashminas.
But once the ballroom doors opened, the guests easily found their way into a marvelous room and a fabulous dinner (mixed greens with marinated tomatoes, hearts of palm and picked red onions, shallot thyme vinaigrette; smoked almond and chile crusted airline chicken with creamy collard greens, roasted fingerling potatoes, tangerine cinnamon sauce; and classic crème brulee madeleine and fresh seasonal berries).
Then Chris told the sold-out gathering that this was the largest crowd in BB history because of the sponsors and the Nancy and Robert Dedman family (” a lot of them are in headbands and feathers tonight!”). This gala was the ninth year that the multi-generational Dedman clan has “been there for us.” BTW, this year there was a new addition to the “clan” with the recent wedding of Jonathan Dietz and Saryn Hoover in January.
The he added, “If you want to sell out an event, invites the Durhams!”
Speaking of the Durhams, Barbara and Steve were at what someone described as a “wedding-styled” table front row center with Linda and Steve Ivy, Myrna and Bob Schlegel and a host of others.
After a video presentation in which Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas’ President Charles Englishdescribed the clubs as “learning centers,” Scott Murray took over the emcee duties saying, “This is no longer your father’s Boys & Girls Club.” This lead
into the introduction of Chadae Catherine Sauls, who gave a stirring description of her life and how the B&GCGD had impacted her. Chadae had trouble at home. Parents argued about money. Dad drank and partied. Mother lost her job and they became homeless. She said during those days she dreamed of “a magical place where everything was perfect, and nothing could go wrong.” The Oak Cliff B&GC became her magical place.
In closing, she said, “I’m a leader. I’m a winner. I’m strong and talented.. . The sky’s the limit.”
It was such a strong, impassioned speech, that Scott looked in the direction of the Rawlings’ tables and said, “Mayor Rawlings, you better watch out!”
It was then time to present the Robert H. Dedman Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy and another brief video was shown with tribute from Sheila and Jody Grant, the Schlegels, Toni Brinker, the Ivys and Durham kids Bill Durham and Julie Rado.
Patty Dedman Nail officially did the presentation adding, “This is dad’s (the late Robert Dedman Sr.) birthday week.”
In accepting the award, Barbara and Steve kept their remarks very brief and appreciative, but in closing Steve said that as a matter of fact there were several Pisces in the audience, but only one with a 1911 birthday (specifically March 9, 1911) — Ebby Halliday. With that everyone stood and sang “Happy Birthday” to the soon-to-be 101-year-old, who looked rather surprised by the recognition.
As the Durham were invited to lead off the dancing, the first one to congratulate Ebby was Mayor Mike, as he hustled across the room.
While the dance floor filled, others kept up the conversation end of the evening. Diane and Hal Brierley reported that they had asked their names be taken off the Brinkers series for the March 2 lecture becuase of the conflict between Alex Baldwin‘s appearance and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge gala. . . Susan and Tom Stanzel (aka Rachel’s parents) were beaming over the incredible success of the evening. . . Lynn McBee reported that it was all-systems-go for the MHHB gala and she should know since she’s chairing the three-day opening. But she hasn’t got much time to rest before she oversees the Dallas Film Society’s Dallas International Film Festival in April. . . Chadae and hip-hopper Xaiver, who headlined the BB patron party walked through the crowd arm-in-arm, until they got caught in to different conversations. Xaiver found himself getting advice from Jeff Rich, who advised young hip-hopper to smile real big when they take your picture and it will end up in the paper.
What was most interesting in looking out on the room of flappers and dignitaries was it almost seemed like a multi-family affair with Dedmans, Durhams and Stanzels. Perhaps it was because these families truly appreciate how the Boys & Girls Club provides “a magical place” when it’s lacking at home.
Slipper Club’s “An Arabian Night” Was Dreamy From Invitation To Henna And Hookah Booths For Heroes For Children
Back in 1934 the Idlewild Club was just 50 years old, the Junior League was 12 years old, Neimans was 27 years old and the young people around town were “the Margaret’s” (as in Hunt Hill and Milam McDermott) and the Marcus boys. But there were four former Idlewild debs (Mary Blakeney, Bonnie Compton, Lucy Jo Davis and Sally Dunlap), who felt young Dallas women needed their own social club. After all, the men had Idlewild, Calyx, Dervish and Terpsichorean. The gals should have a social club, too.
So, they created the Slipper Club. Over the years, the club changed with the times. It maintained its reputation for elegance, but in 1995 the membership realized that it could be both social and socially responsible by becoming a non-profit organization and raising funds for different charities each year.
Saturday the Slipper Club’s 16th annual charity gala, “An Arabian Night,” at Brook Hollow Golf Club proved once again that it has gorgeous members who know how to raise money for Heroes for Children and how to be ultra fashionable.
Perhaps the first indication that the night was going to be a step-above-gorgeous was the invitation. One of the prettiest to hit a mailbox in ages. Everything from the quality of paper, the design and the elements were right on target to set the mood for a black tie event. It was created by the Wilkinson Rhodes Events & Invitations that has just opened up shop here in Dallas. Seems Billinda Wilkinson has been ruling super-duper social events down in San Antonio and decided to expand to Dallas with her daughter at the helm.
Before the 400 expected guests arrived, Slipper Club President Christina Conway hosted a president’s dinner in the Oak Room. For some of the diners, it was a little hard to get to the Oak Room. After all you had to walk through the main ballroom and terrace. Like the invitation, it was beautifully done and kept the Arabian Nights theme going without being hokey. Despite a mammoth four-sided bar in the center of the room, loads of silent auction items and games throughout, there was still plenty of room for guests to dance to Motion. And dance they did.
The guests looked like they had been the pick-of-the-litter for a Vanity Fair cover. Gala chair Olivia Liland greeted guests with Matt Nunley at her side. She was in a fabulous navy-blue sequined David Meister that she was hesitant about buying. It didn’t have the pizazz on the hangar, but once on and with that slit on the right side of the skirt, she fell in love with it because “it was so comfortable.”
The underwriting for the event was a huge success thanks to Lauren Chapman. According to one committee member, this was “one of our strongest years for underwriting historically!” She must get it from her mother, Vicki Chapman. To emphasize the fact that this was a fundraising event, representatives from Heroes for Children did a great job of explaining where the money was going.
Among the members and dates was Slipper Club advisor Barbara Paschall Averitt, who looked like she had just returned from the Auriga Spa, instead of supervising the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s mega-successful presentation ball weekend. But this is nothing new to Barbara. She’s seen all sides of the deb scene from making her debut in 1982, being president of the Slipper Club and serving as coordinator extraordinaire for all things débutante in Dallas.
In addition to hosting the dinner of “the best-looking and most lively crowd” ever seen at a president’s dinner, Christina and Olivia carried the success to the main event itself. In addition to the games, auctions, grown-up beverages and the setting that indeed looked like something out of Scheherazade’s dream of a palace, the gals arranged to have henna and hookah booths open up at 10. Only thing missing was Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Too bad. They missed a tale to behold.
Okay, so the city mothers and fathers and TXDOT have decided that all the finishing touches aren’t quite up to snuff for traffic to start on March 5. They’re now talking about a March 29 opening.
Ah, but what’s a delay of a couple of weeks after waiting years for it to get up and going?
But the party planners are rip and rearing to get the celebration started. Think baby shower before the baby is born. So, if you want to hear Lyle Lovett on Texas Independence Day (March 2) and party with all types of rich-and-famous and wannabe-rich-and-famous folks, get your tickets now.
If your budget won’t allow you to join the swellegants on Friday night, you can party your hearts out Saturday and Sunday at both the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration on the not-open-bridge hosted by the Trinity Trust, and Bridge-o-Rama, which will be taking place on the west side of the Trinity.
And don’t forget the fireworks that will be all over the place. . . up in the sky.
Get the popcorn out. It’s movie time! Yes, there is the Academy Award presentation this Sunday, but it’s also time for the Dallas Film Society to start announcing all types of news for its April 12-22 Dallas International Film Festival. First out of the box, let’s give some credit to the group that will be supporting the 11-day festival with transportation. As presenting sponsor, Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers will provide a Volkswagen fleet to transport filmmakers and festival guests around town.
“For the last five years we have watched the impressive evolution of the Dallas International Film Festival,” said Scott K. Ginsburg, owner of Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers. “As the festival enters into its sixth year, we are thrilled to be a part of the celebration of the arts within our community. At Boardwalk Auto Group Volkswagen Dealers, we have a fierce commitment to integrity and service performance and in this we feel a natural synergy with the Dallas International Film Festival – it is renowned for its hospitality and putting the filmmakers and their work on a pedestal. We celebrate that.”
Before naming the films and the legendary names associated with them, you’ll want to know some basics about this year’s DIFF:
- There will be a Festival Village at Mockingbird Station, where filmmakers and film fans will have the chance to mingle and network at the Festival Lounge, and CBS Radio will present its first-ever Music Lounge showcasing local music to the public every evening for the festival’s eleven-day duration.”
- This year’s Dallas Film Society Honors will be held Friday, April 20, at the Hotel Palomar, where prizes will be awarded for various competitions.
- On sale now, passes range from $100 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass.
Now let’s get to the first-out-of-the-box lineup of the 180 films that will be presented. This initial group of 15 includes two world premieres and nine Texas premieres. They also have such familiar names as Lawrence Kasdan and Takashi Shimizu associated with a couple of the films. They’re all listed with descriptions after the jump. The one with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline should be a fast sell-out. [Read more...]
Dallas Arboretum‘s VP of Human Resources Charlotte Morrison is putting the shout-out to the community for help. Seems that since they’re expecting a load of visitors during the recently announced Chihuly Exhibit (May 5 – November 5), they need volunteers to “help in areas such as art hosts, information booth staff, garden greeters, etc., but our major need will be art hosts who are stationed near the exhibit pieces to interact with our guests.”
Specifically, they’re looking for individuals to work a minimum of five two- or four-hour shifts and two shifts of 12 or more from groups/corporations.
So, you’re thinking, “Ah, come on. How many volunteers are they looking for? Give us numbers!” According to Charlotte, “In May we will need a potential of 4,000 slots to fill (based on two-hour shifts).”
Betcha want examples! So here’s Charlotte’s examples of support:
- Corporations/groups, committing 15 volunteers for a two-hour shift, taking the first Saturday of each month during the exhibit or all Monday mornings during May, and
- Individual help might be every Wednesday evening during one month, or the first Tuesday each month during the run of the exhibit, etc.
And the opportunities are not limited to daytime only. There are evening slots open, too.
If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 214.515.6509.
Photo provided by Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Despite The Wet, Cold Weather, Love Was Definitely In The Air At The Generational Equity Cupid Dash For MakeAWay
Saturday was not the best of days for outdoors events with the cold and damp weather. Ah, but two groups that are oblivious to such conditions are runners and lovers. So, the 450 runners who participated in the annual Generational Equity Cupid Dash for MakeAWay Charities probably weren’t bothered one iota by the crummy weather as they ran the 10K/5K/1-mile fun run around The Shops at Legacy.
For those who opted to take a pass on braving the outdoors, 141 chose to “Sleep in for MakeAWay” and donated from their beds. Too bad, because they missed a “surprise” moment. It seems that organizers created a new addition to the run — a “best love story contest.” Contestants submitted their stories on “How you met and fell in love.” The prize was a Zales bridal set (a round-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond-studded shank and frame and a matching diamond wedding band, all in 14K white gold and totaling 1-3/4 carats), and a his-and-hers hot stone massage package from Elizabeth Arden Red Door, which probably sounded darn good on Saturday.
Demany Daniel submitted his story and the panel of judges deemed it the winner. Ah, but the story didn’t end with the judges’ decision. Nope. Demany surprised girlfriend Heather Wilmoth with a proposal at the run with balloons and hoop-la supplied by the Cupid Dash event production team. Demany’s string of luck held out nicely. Heather said, “Yes!”
Like we said, runners and lovers are oblivious to weather.
Photo credit: Jerry Glover
Mad Hatter’s Tea Judges And Categories Announced Friday Evening At Cicada Before Adjourning To The Mansion
It’s rare that you have an announcement party on a Friday evening, but Mad Hatter’s Tea chairs Barbara Daseke and Carmaleta Whiteley promised it would be a quickie at Cicada in Snider Plaza — exactly one hour, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oops, it didn’t work out that way. The guests were still there at 7:15.
The reason for the gathering was the announcement of the judges, categories and retailers involved in the April 12 “The Art of Nature” show-and-swell hatfest presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers at the Dallas Arboretum. This year’s luncheon/fashion show is expected to attract 600 chapeau-wearing ladies and gents with runway fashions provided by Forty Five Ten, Cicada, Betty Reiter and V.O.D.
Carmaleta had to make the announcements solo. Seems her co-chair Barbara had a flat tire and was stuck elsewhere and Honorary Chair Nancy Rogers was MIA. Luckily Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden President Sharon Ballew was standing in the wings supporting Carmaleta.
This year’s judges come with blue-ribbon credentials from the art world, since the theme focuses on “The Art of Nature.” They will include
- Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher® Diamonds — Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Lita Asscher is President of Royal Asscher® of America and heiress to the world famous Asscher diamond dynasty. Her ancestors were responsible for such eminent achievements as the creation of the original 1902 Asscher Cut diamond, and the cutting of the largest diamond ever found, the 3105 carat Cullinan diamond for Great Britain’s Crown Jewels. Royal Asscher® is jeweler to the crown of many nations; the company has a legendary European heritage and an exclusive clientele of international royalty and celebrities.
Brenda Bogart, artist, is blessed with an abundance of creativity as well as the talent and know-how to express it in many ways. She spent a number of years in interior design and was also the owner of an enormously popular children’s clothing business. In 2006 she picked up her paintbrush and began painting in earnest, exploring a range of themes in oil on canvas.
Kenneth Craighead and partner, Steve Green, opened Craighead Green Gallery in 1992 in the Uptown Dallas Arts District. They relocated the Gallery to Dragon Street in the Design District. Craighead Green is recognized as one of the finest contemporary art galleries throughout Texas and the Southwest, representing over 40 artists of all mediums.
Patricia Meadows, President of Art Connections — Curator, consultant, juror, speaker, advocate for contemporary art and artists.
- Gail Sachson, MFA, has been a cheerleader for the arts in the area ever since 1978, when she founded ASK ME ABOUT ART, an educational service offering lectures, programs , writings and consultation. Sachson serves on a myriad of arts related and educational Boards of Directors, teaches “50 Reasons to Love Dallas” through SMU/CAPE, blogs for KERA’s ART & Seek and is a Dallas Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and a member of the Dallas Public Art Committee.
- Jeremy Strick, Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since March 2009. Jeremy oversees collections, exhibitions, and operations at the 2.4-acre facility located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, formed largely by the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher. Previously, Strick served nearly ten years as Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).
Disappointing news was that earlier-announced Bonnie Pitman had to withdraw from the judging duties due to health issues.
This year’s categories include:
- Gents Top Hats: Diamonds in the Rough
- Most True to Theme: Organically Chic
- Botanical: Nature’s Bounty
- Most Whimsical: Florals’ Follies
- Most Elegant: Nature’s Glamorous Jewels
- Best of Show: Horticulturally Hip
- Most Outlandish: Mother Nature’s Humor
When word started making its way through the crowd including Steve Kemble, Shane Walker and Billy Fulmer that the party would continue at the Mansion for post-party drinks, the place began to empty. That is, except for Doris Jacobs, who had to join husband Jack at Cafe Pacific to celebrate his birthday.
And then there was Jan Strimple, who will be producing the Mad Hatter’s Tea fashion show. She was still having fun checking the clothes on the racks.
Memories Of Margaret Hunt Hill And Bridge Artwork Were Centerpieces For Thursday Night’s Bridge Patron Party
The folks on both sides of the Trinity are in a countdown mode for the real live, official March 2-4 opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (MHHB). Before going into brain overload, about 200 gathered Thursday at the Omni Dallas for the MHHB Celebration patrons party.
The program was not to start until 6:30 p.m., but due to a multitude of other commitments by guests, organizers kicked it off at 6:15.
There was a lot to cover. Not only did Celebration Gala Chair Lynn McBee review all the plans for the weekend including the Bridge-O-Rama doings, but Toni Brinker also announced the winners of the children’s art contest. Area school children submitted art drawings of the bridge that might win prizes for themselves and their schools. Among the winners was the grand prize champ Emmanuel Ramirez‘s submission.
Another highpoint during the evening were the memories shared by the late Margaret Hunt Hill’s (MHH) children, Al Hill Jr. and Lyda Hill. Al recalled the story of his mother’s wedding to Al Hill Sr. in 1938 when she tossed the bouquet to a group of young women. Margaret Milam caught the bouquet, meaning that she would be the next to wed. Well, that didn’t happen for 17 years, but Margaret Milam claimed it was because she had to wait for the best man in the world — Eugene McDermott. In response to that, MHH said, “The second-best man in the world.”
Al summed up the friendship between the two women by saying that he was glad that Margaret McD would be riding over the MMHB in the days ahead, as well as over her own bridge in three years.
Next up were Ruth Altshuler, Gene Jones and Billie Leigh Rippey with tales of their late friend. One thing that has become very apparent to gatherings of late is you don’t want to follow Ruth on the podium. With a twinkle in her eye, she admitted that the late MHH could be intimidating. One time when meeting a young gal, who evidently was having “complexion challenges,” MMH said, “Hello, I’ll give you the name of my dermatologist.”
And then there was MHH’s answering machine message — “Leave your message.”
But there was another side to MHH that Ruth related. Prior to marrying Dr. Ken Altshuler, Ruth was married to the late Charles Sharp, who was a lovely and handsome man (Ruth has very good taste in men). Unfortunately, he battled Parkinson’s, but did not want to stay at home and let the disease alter his life. MHH and her late husband Al realized that attending events was challenging for the Sharps, so the Hills would arrive early and save two seats for Ruth and Charles.
Next at the podium was Gene, who acknowledged that no one should want to follow Ruth. Gene told of how MHH and her granddaughter Heather Washburne and husband Ray were in Washington D.C. for a Dallas Cowboys game. When the Joneses learned that Heather and Ray were then headed to Europe and MHH would be flying home alone, they insisted that she fly home on the Cowboys jet with them. MHH responded, “Yes, I can go.” But what about her luggage? MHH’s replied, “Heather can take care of it.” After flying home surrounded by players, coaches and Joneses, MHH said she had had a grand time being treated so royally adding, “I don’t ever ride first class.”
Billie Leigh was last up to bat and recalled how MHH was like a big sister for her and how they would kick off their shoes and watch old Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies. She also recalled that during MHH’s tenure as president of the Dallas Woman’s Club, MHH had a larger-than-life clock installed on the back wall of the DWC’s wall. The reason? To let speakers know “when to get off the stage.”
And then there was the time that Billie Leigh’s grandson Brent Besing was five-years old. Upon being introduced to MHH, the youngster extended his hand and said his name. MHH told him, “You extend your hand with a firm grip and saying your name.” Brent replied to Billie Leigh and MHH, “I see why you’re best friends.”
Denton’s own Phyllis George has accomplished so very much. In addition to being Miss America, she’s been a morning show co-anchor, wife, mom, actress, businesswoman and sportscaster. It was during her days as the first female to have a nationally prominent role in televised sports coverage at CBS Sports that many recall her interviewing Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Muhammad Ali and Reggie Jackson and covering three Super Bowls. That experience has prepared her for her upcoming role when she returns to Dallas on Friday, March 23, at the Hilton Anatole. She’ll serve as mistress of ceremonies for the A.W.A.R.E. 2012 Luncheon honoring college football’s legendary rivals/friends, the Texas Longhorns’ Darrell Royal and the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Frank Broyles.
The two coaches were not selected just because of their successes on the football field. They also have a vested interest in the battle against Alzheimer’s.
As you may know, Frank wrote “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” based on his being the caretaker for his late wife Barbara, who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in 2004. Not only were Darrell and his wife Edith known for their ongoing support of the Broyles family, but Frank’s son, Jack Broyles, is chairman of the board for the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
You can definitely expect many alumni from both schools to be in attendance.
Over the weekend, the finishing touches were being polished up on this Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration wrapped bus — blues skies with the white Calatrava-designed bridge! It was literally under wraps until today, when it was scheduled to hit the streets of Dallas.
Understand there are still tickets available for the Friday night gala with Lyle Lovett center stage.