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Leukemia Texas’ Concert For A Cure At The Rustic Features Reckless Kelly—And Great Results For Fighting Leukemia

As more than 400 people streamed into The Rustic’s outdoor patio Thursday, September 28, for Leukemia Texas‘ fifth annual Concert for a Cure, the group’s CEO, Mandy O’Neill, sat in a “cabana” at the back of the property reviewing notes with the chairs before taking off to supervise the festivities.

Below her, guests like JB Hayes, Natalie Solis, Angela Nash with Billy Martin Jr., Roger Hendren, and Amanda and Lloyd Ward were catching up with friends and eagerly awaiting the appearance of the evening’s headliner, Reckless Kelly. Mandy, meantime, was expressing her hope that the evening’s take would at least match last year’s total of $125,000.

Jenny Anchondo, Marco Rivera, Stephanie Hollman and Mandy O’Neill*

The aim seemed do-able, if the crowd’s enthusiasm was any indication. Up on the raised stage, Sybil Summers and Nathan Fast from AMP 103.7-FM—followed by event Co-Chairs Jenny Anchondo and Stephanie Hollman—spent time revving up the partygoers. Jenny sits on the Leukemia Texas board, the audience was told, while Stephanie successfully underwent a bone-marrow donation in May in Oklahoma City.

Sybil Summers and Nathan Fast**

After introducing “Natalie,” a young woman who was having various medical problems, the chairs brought out  former NFL guard Marco Rivera, who played two years (in 2005 and ’06) with the Dallas Cowboys. Marco asked the crowd to bid on tickets to the ‘Boys’ upcoming game with the Green Bay Packers, saying, “I promise you, the Dallas Cowboys will not kneel!” After Marco started the bidding at $500, the ducats went for $1,100.

Natatlie’s mother Vivian, Natalie and Marco Rivera**

Then it was time for Reckless Kelly, the much-lauded, Austin-based Americana band. The group played generously for more than an hour, sprinkling their hits with a few cover songs by Merle Haggard (“Mama Tried”) and Bob Dylan (“Subterranean Homesick Blues”). As they did, a few “swing” dancers showed off their fancy steps down in front of the stage.

Reckless Kelly’s Willy Braun**

They weren’t the only ones strutting their stuff. When all was said and done, Mandy reported that “it looks like we will be exceeding our event goal.” After accounting for expenses—they were roughly 8 percent of the total take—Concert for a Cure was on track to net $110,000.       

* Photo provided by Mandy O'Neill 
** Photo credit: Brian Maschino

Leukemia Texas 20th Annual Golf Classic

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Co-Chairs: Lori Seinera and Terri Fishman

Speaker: Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Leukemia Texas website

St. V-Day Luncheon/Fashion Show Had Guests Lined Up For Leukemia And Lymphoma Society North Texas Chapter’s Annual Fundraiser

Despite the “100% guarantee” of the area getting drenched for St. Valentine’s Day, the showers held back for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Meyerson on Tuesday, February 14, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s North Texas Chapter.

Registration lines

While the weather held fast, the registration line wasn’t so swift. One guest critiqued the check-in: “The ladies are complaining.” It seems that instead of guests being able to check in with their group, each person had to find the right line to get their table and seat assignment. One guest, after 10 minutes of trying to locate the right line, grumbled, “I need a drink.” But, alas, the poor thang discovered, like so many others, that the champagne was long gone and the herd of guests was hustling into the McDermott Concert Hall.

While it would have seemed that the table guests would have all been seated together in the Hall, it turned out not to be so. One five-figure sponsor discovered her guests were seated all over the place. Frustrated, the leader of the pack finally found an empty group of seats and declared them theirs.

Gina Betts, Roz Colombo and Anne Besser

To fill the time both in line and in the hall, the favorite indoor game of “catch-up” was played. Cindy Turner smiled that she was going to be a grandmother come July… Paige McDaniel reported that tickets to the Chick Lit Luncheon with Bethenny Frankel were going fast… Sunie Solmon decided that after wearing red to Go Red for Women, she would opt for pink…Bina Patel brought her too-young-to-wear-stilettos daughter along… MIA were Lisa Cooley and Tanya Foster, who were in NYC for Fashion Week … Another MIA was Advisory Co-Chair Michael Flores. But what could you expect? It was St. V-Day and he had heads to fashion… Luckily, Advisory Co-Chair Gina Betts was front and center with pal Roz Colombo. Gina and her legal buds are in the process of opening Dorsey and Whitney’s new Dallas office on Wednesday, March 1.

Lisa Singleton, Heather Randall and Jana Paul

Other faces seen in the crowd included Angie Kadesky, Lisa Singleton and Jana Paul with Event Chair Heather Randall, all-in-red Nancy Gopez, Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniels, Heather Furniss, Lunch Co-Founder Rusty DuvallSiiri Dougherty, Wanda Gierhart, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Vicki Howland and Elisa and Stephen Summers.

Angie Kadesky and Don and Robyn Conlon

Rusty Duvall

Siiri Dougherty and Wanda Gierhart

Jack and Doris Jacobs

Stephen and Elisa Summers

Inside the hall, the program was delayed a bit. Once the presentation started, a groups of chairs on the floor were empty, due to the back-up at the registration tables. As guests did arrive late, they found themselves walking the darkened aisle searching for their row ID.

Lillie Young and Clarice Tinsley

The program provided the presentation of the Memorial Hero Award presented by Robyn and Don Conlon honoring the late Charles Young, who died in September 2015 after battling multiple myeloma. As his wife of 45 years, Lillie Young, left the stage after accepting the award, she told emcee KDFW anchor Clarice Tinsley that the Youngs’ daughter, Erin Young Garrett, was due to deliver any minute. Married to Judd Garrett last March, the baby will be the first for the newlyweds.

The next presentation was the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award presented by Lillie Young and Family to Robyn and Don Conlon. The Conlons’ years of involvement in supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society resulted from the death of Robyn’s dear friend Linda Somerville, who died from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. It was a touching moment especially when insiders knew that the Conlons’ son, Keith Conlon, married Linda’s daughter Megan Somerville in 2015 and the twosome had a granddaughter this past December.

The final presentation was the showstopper, with last year’s Spirit of Tom Landry Awardee Luke Lange escorting this year’s recipient, Bennett William, to the stage following a video featuring Bennett’s family. Both boys looked so healthy, it was hard to imagine they had ever gone through the daunting journey of treatments and tests. However, the youngsters’ success stories were the result of years of funding research and family support.

Bennett Williams, Kirsa Williams and Luke Lange

Erin Ragsdale

A slight hiccup in the program followed Luncheon Chair Heather Randall’s and LLSNT Board Chair Erin Ragsdale’s personal reasons for supporting the fundraiser. Their stories were indeed sincere and touching on how the blood disease had hit them and their families. As they stepped aside and looked at the mega-screen on stage for the video, the lights dimmed and … nothing happened. After 10 seconds, giggles were heard in the back of the room. A few awkward seconds later, a video was shown. It would have been just as well if the ladies’ moving talks had stood alone.

Then Clarice returned to the podium to say that after the fashion show, guests could support the “Fund the Fight” by

  • buying a raffle ticket
  • making a donation
  • purchasing a centerpiece for $100 that would also get the buyer a better valet service.

Bruno fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Escada fashion

Etro fashion

Market fashion

St. John fashion

The fashions provided by Highland Park Village merchants ran the course from lighter-than-air sundresses to Herrera wedding gowns. It was interesting to note that, while great-granny Gertie might have approved the return of the below-the-knew hems, they aren’t exactly flattering to the most shapely leg.

Market fashions

Following the show, guests lunched in between being hit by raffle solicitors. One table got solicited four times. Finally, a guest told the raffle salesperson, “Everyone at this table has already bought a ticket.” The fella apologized. Too bad organizers didn’t provide stickers to designate raffle purchasers from potential buyers.

For more photos from the luncheon and fashion show, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetWishList: The North Texas Chapter Of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

According to The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  Deputy Executive Director Stacey Russell, LLS’s wish is

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society*

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society*

“The wish of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is simple…its mission:cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, while working to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The North Texas Chapter and its supporters and sponsors work tirelessly all year to raise money to fund much needed life-saving research and to support patients currently in the fight of their lives. There are a number of different ways for you to get involved and help us achieve our goal of creating a world without blood cancers. Our Wish List to help get us closer to this goal includes purchasing tables or tickets for the upcoming 30th anniversary Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show , joining us to train to end cancer with Team In Training or climbing towards a cure in the Big D Climb. Please join us today as we work to end cancer today. It starts here. With you.”

Graphic provided by The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Texas Leukemia Kicks Off “Concert For A Cure” For October In Klyde Warren Park Announcing Papa Kelcy Warren As Honorary Chair

There’s no doubt that downtown Dallas is alive and thriving. Need an example? Well, Leukemia Texas is proving the point across the boards. The organization not only kicked off its big plans for its “Concert for a Cure” at NYLO just south of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center on August 15, it’s holding the October 19 event with the Good Question Band on stage at Klyde Warren Park on the northside of the CBD.

Mandy O'Neill

Mandy O’Neill

If the event sound new, that’s because it is. LT CEO Mandy O’Neil has big plans for the event. “We would love to raise $100K from the concert.”

To do this they tapped someone as honorary chair who is known but rarely seen — Kelcy Warren (aka the father of the Klyde Warren Park namesake). How did they land the gent? According to LT Program Director Madeleine Smith, “We just happened to talk. We said, ‘We’re gonna have the event in your park. Would you be honorary chair?’ He said, ‘Yes.’”

Doug Carson and Melissa Poe

Doug Carson and Melissa Poe

With a crowd of 95 gathered in the NYLO lobby, the beverages flowed and the food served up non-stop. Melissa Poe, who was at a high top with Doug Carson, is on the host committee because her buddy Tiffaney Dale Hunter is the concert chair.

Tiffaney Dale Hunter

Tiffaney Dale Hunter

Melissa was a smart girl to pick that table, because it was the perfect spot to hear the plans about the event and see the raffle prizes announced.

First up was Mandy, who announced the date of the outdoor concert, explaining that LT would be one of the first nonprofits to have an event like that in KWP. As for the unpredictable North Texas weather, Mandy tossed it off with, “We know that on that day we’ll have wonderful weather.”

Next up was Tiffaney, who revealed that the concert would be free. . . but there will be VIP tickets sold, giveaways, food provided by LARK on the Park, signature cocktails and other perks. (Editor’s note: Tickets would definitely be wise to get.) Then Tiffaney added that the “event wouldn’t be possible without McGladrey.”

Roger Hendren

Roger Hendren

On cue, McGladrey office Managing Partner Roger Hendren introduced some of the other McGladrey partners in the room, adding that presenting sponsor McGladrey’s “been involved with LT for eight years.”

Regarding the concert entertainment, Roger explained that he saw the band play at Watters Creek in Allen and joked that, “Mandy has promised me they’ll do at least two Billy Idol songs.”

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

After the brief remarks, it was time for the drawing. Drafted to pull the winning names out of the bowl were munchkin leukemia survivors Kaitlyn Johnson and Jude Cobler with his big brother Joshua.

Jude Cobler

Jude Cobler

The first prize was $100 in NorthPark gold. And the winner was — Roger! Without hesitation, he donated it back for a re-drawing.

Another prize was $200 worth of services/merchandise from Skin Specialist of Allen. And the winner was — ironically, model/event producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers, who didn’t hesitate to snap it up, joking, “Is it a face lift?”

The final prize was a NYLO package including $50 at the restaurant and a one-night stay at the NYLO. And the winner was — Jude’s dad, Keith Cobler. If anyone deserved to win, it was a parent who helped his family through conquering leukemia. Well done!

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Is Heading Up Central Expressway For Leukemia And Lymphoma Society’s Fundrasier

Roz Colombo (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

While folks are having their couture Halloween outfits being finished, 2018 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon Co-Chairs Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez are thinking cupids and dreams of heart-shaped occasions.

Whoa! The gals really have their change-can-be-good thinking caps on. Bulgari gem Roz and Brinker International yummy Nancy have done a 180-degree turned for the 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser.

Nancy Nasher (File photo)

The first change is that the red-and-pink clad guests will be seen at NorthPark. What! Yup, that’s right. Instead of the Meyerson, the fashion show and luncheon will take place in NorthPark’s center courtyard with fashions provided by NorthPark neighbors.

Gee! This is world changing. Questions still being asked:

  • Will it be a tented affair?
  • Which merchants will be providing the fabrics and gems?

Nancy said that “Oh, and yes, clear tent in the center courtyard! :)”

Cannot wait to see which of the high-tone retailers will be on the runway!

In the meantime, am still digging for the merchants, the honorees and the answers to world peace.

If anyone was wondering, “Who’s gonna be the honorary chair?” Immediate response from thrilled Nancy: “Nancy Nasher!”

There will be a kick-off event, but to get an invite, you gotta have connections. Connections? Like hit Nancy G. and/or Roz or come through with a sponsorship. Suggestion: Sponsorship makes you a very BFF with Nancy and Roz.

Stay tuned for developments, but put this baby on the calendar. It will be Thursday, February 8, with fashion wizard Jan Strimple working her magic with the NorthPark merchants.

Beat Leukemia 2018

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Co-Chairs: Irma and Kent McAfree

Host Committee Co-Chairs: Karen and Larry Anfin

Honorary Co-Chairs: Darlene and Ron Mead

Attire: Black tie optional

Beat Leukemia Ball 2018 website

St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Heather Perttula Randall Reveals Deets For Leukemia And Lymphoma Fundraiser

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Gee, whiz. Could those with news slow down? Heck, no! Another missive arrived for sharing. 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Heather Perttula Randall just sent word that those vets of leukemia, Tracy and Ben Lange, will be the honorary co-chairs for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser.

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange (File photo)

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange (File photo)

If you just hopped off the bus at the Greyhound station, then you just might not know how Tracy and Ben not only journeyed through their son’s Luke Lange’s battle with lymphoma, but they also made lemonade out of the leukemia lemon. Not only did adorable Luke create Luke’s Fast Break T-shirts, but just as importantly they kept their family together. Too often the family unit can become a casualty of battling leukemia, cancer and other deadly diseases.

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

But Heather had even more news about the 2017 awards. The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award will be presented to Robyn and Don Conlon, who know the devastation of leukemia and lymphoma. Their new daughter-in-law’s mother, who happened to be a dear family friend, died of the disease.

Sponsored by Baker and Botts, The Spirit of Tom Landry Award will be presented to six-year-old Bennett Williams, who is an acute Lymphoma leukemia survivor.

The Memorial Hero Award, sponsored by Robyn and Don Conlon, will honor Lillie Young’s late Charles Young, “who fought a valiant battle again myeloma.”

BTW, this year’s luncheon will take place at the Meyerson on….believe it or not, on Tuesday, February 14. Yup, you read that right. It will actually be on St. Valentine’s Day. And the fashions will be provided by Highland Park Village merchants, so you just know it’s gonna be clothes tailor made for ladies who set trends.

Joining Heather in putting the festivities and fundraising together are Underwriting Co-Chairs Daffan Nettle and Yvette Ostolaza and Advisory Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores.

Tickets and sponsorships are available via phone, mail, online or carrier pigeon. No, that last one isn’t true, but we just we’d see if you were really paying attention.

St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon Kept The Champagne And Fashions Flowing To Battle Leukemia And Lymphoma

The weather on Tuesday, February 16, was major payback for the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon’s years of Mother Nature’s dumping ice storms and freezing temperatures on the Leukemia and Lymphoma North Texas fundraiser.

Some still recall how the pashmina favors the year that Rainey Fogiel and Natalie Fogiel co-chaired the event became necessities instead of perks thanks to frigid conditions.

But still the weather on this day was ideal. Sure, it was a couple of days after St. V-day, but who was gonna have the event on Sunday? And then there was the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 15. So, the Tuesday pick made perfect sense.

But not to worry. The flourish of reds and pinks was sparkling in the Meyerson lobby at the pre-show reception. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have flutes of champagne adding sparkle to the crowd.

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

Going against the typical Valentine colors was Co-Chair Gina Betts in a St. John turquoise dress and coat bottomed off with splashy Jimmy Choo stilettos and matching purse.

Despite the smile and the day’s glow, Gina had had a rough few days. Seems the attorney had had plans to celebrate her anniversary with husband Ken Betts in Los Cabos. But just hours before taking off, she was hospitalized, with her doc saying “No way” to the trip. The Betts family trips seem to be jinxed. They had scheduled Christmas in Paris, but the November 13th  terrorist attack squashed that and now this one.

Speaking of clothes, Lisa Cooley and Cara French had stories about the fine art of mother-daughter sharing. While Cooley daughter Ciara Cooley considers Lisa’s closet a type of fashion lending library, Cara admitted that she was wearing her mother Prissy Gravely’s coat.

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Speaking of mother-daughters on the scene, Lee Bailey and daughter Leigh Bailey Carrizales reported that mama Lee’s Turtle Creek palazzo was on the market. Talk about fabulous on steroids with a wondrous spot on Turtle Creek. Wonder if Lee’s black swan, Ziggy, goes with the estate?

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Another sale item but not tagged with four figures were Spirit of Tom Landry Awardee Luke Lange’s so very uber-friendly Luke’s Fast Breaks T-shirts. At the patron party the week before, Luke had sold $2,500 worth of the shirts. What’s so special about the T-shirts? Not only are they designed to accommodate leukemia/lymphoma patients going through treatments, but when purchased for $25 they are given to the patients free with the moola going in toto to the leukemia and lymphoma research.

But not all of the day’s awardees were on hand to celebrate the sunshine. The late Ed Robinson, who was the recipient of the 2016 Memorial Hero Award, was honored with the presence of his family and friends like Frank Risch. As Frank put it, Ed had been his associate at Exxon, but he had also been a great friend.

Frank Risch

Frank Risch

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Sidley Austin Attorney Yvette Ostolaza revealed that her buddy/Underwriting Chair Heather Randall had not only gotten her on board for the law firm to co-sponsor the meal with Trinity Industries, but Heather would be chairing the 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon. Had they selected a date? Not yet, but stay tuned.

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

A much slimmer Kent Rathbun arrived and reported that after losing 100 pounds, he still wanted to shed 30 more. When asked how the dramatic weight loss hadn’t resulted in a sagging skin, Kent claimed that it had been a result of his working out over the year. As he put it, the healthy guy had always been there, just under extra layers.

Ray Washburne was on the phone but also on the scene for the HP Village fashion show. Unfortunately, he had to duck out before the show got underway.

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Arriving to the delight of photographers was Nancy Rogers with Event Co-Chair Michael Flores. Before heading to the lobby, Nancy was found chatting with Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jan Langbein. Made sense. Nancy and her bud Gina Betts are chairing the Genesis Luncheon featuring Tyler Perry. Wasn’t it interesting that just a few days after the St. V-Day event, it was announced that Nancy and husband Richard Rogers were offering a million-dollar match for any donations/sponsorships given to the Genesis Luncheon?

But back to the St. V-day festivities. As a trio of Carolina Herrera-gowned models were on display in the reception area, the Meyerson chimes called all to the McDermott Hall for the Jan Strimple-produced program. It was running just a tad bit behind schedule due to a traffic kerfuffle resulting from a nearby funeral procession.

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Eventually all were seated and the show was underway with KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley doing the emcee duties. After good words from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Chief Relationship Officer Mark Roithmayr, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Executive Director Dr. Patricia Thomson, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Board Chair Erin Ragsdale, Gina and Michael, the awards were presented to:

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

  • Accepting the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award presented by Park Place Motor Cards for his father George Alden Ryan, St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Honorary Co-Chair Brint Ryan admitted that his dad had indeed had his ups-and-down but he was rising to the challenge. Adding to George’s own battle with chronic myeloid leukemia was the loss this past winter of his good friend Brint’s father-in-law to cancer.

    Brint Ryan

    Brint Ryan

  • Surrounded by her family, Ruth Robinson graciously accepted the Memorial Hero Award presented by Robyn and Don Conlon for her late husband Edgar Robinson. The former community leader and ExxonMobil executive succumbed to leukemia and lymphoma on April 19, 2015.

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

  • And then there was Luke, who stole the show with his smile and his story of raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer. The youngster admitted that he was truly honored by being awarded the Spirit of Tom Landry Award presented by Baker Botts. He revealed that when Gina had called his folks about his being chosen for the award named after the late Dallas Cowboys coach, he heard that Gina was so pleased that she cried and according to his folks “that was evidently not typical of Gina.”

After a call-to-action for members of the audience to join “the team against leukemia/lymphoma” resulting in $195,000,” the fashion show of Highland Park Village fashions from Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hadleigh’s, Hadleigh’s Kids, Market and St. John was underway.

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

As usual, the munchkins in the show held their own alongside the willowy professional models. These kids knew how to work the runway with hands on hips and flirty smiles.

But before the models did their finale, Luke’s dad Ben Lange hustled out the door to man the sale of Luke’s T-shirts in the lobby. After all, every cent counts when it comes to shutting down leukemia and lymphoma.

For lots more photos from the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon fundraiser, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

BEATLEukemia Ball

Leukemia Texas BEATLEukemia Ball

Leukemia Texas BEATLEukemia Ball

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Co-Chairs: Becky and Dr. Bill Jordan

Attire: Black tie

Attendance: 600-700

Leukemia Texas website

Concert For A Cure To Kick Off Texas/OU Weekend

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Tri-Chairs: Lori Seinera, Terri Fishman and Alyson Feaster

Honorary Chairs: Alicia Landry and the family of the late Tom Landry

Entertainer: Jack Ingram

Attire: Country/collegiate

Leukemia Texas website

Lyda Hill Pledges $50M To University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots Program

Well, she’s gone and done it again. Lyda Hill just pledged $50 million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots Program.

Lyda Hill (File photo)

Lyda Hill (File photo)

“We’re astounded by Lyda Hill’s incredible generosity and humbled by her commitment to cancer patients and their families through this truly transformative gift,” said Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “Its broad application across the cancer care continuum of prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship will play a significant role in the success of the entire Moon Shots Program, especially in the areas of early detection, risk assessment and the development of more effective treatments for multiple cancer types.”

What are “Moon Shots”? No, they’re not a new cocktail nor a video game. It’s “an unprecedented, comprehensive assault on cancer.”

The program is made up of six teams of MD Anderson professionals with the focus on the following eight cancers:

  • acute myeloid leukemia (AML)/myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS),
  • chronic lymphocytic leukemia,
  • melanoma,
  • lung cancer,
  • prostate cancer, and
  • triple-negative breast and high-grade serous ovarian cancers.

Lyda’s gift will “support high-priority flagship projects including:

  • the lung cancer team’s efforts to develop mire reliable, low-cost screenings that can be available in community clinics, including blood-based biomarkers to detect the disease at its earliest stages and
  • the breast/ovarian cancer team’s integrated program to screen patients for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations and to prescribe new personalized therapies.

“I’m excited about the Moon Shots Program,” said Hill. “It represents a different direction for research that crosses disciplines and offers new hope for breaking cancer’s codes. I’m pleased to offer my support to this historic effort.”

In honor of Lyda’s generosity, “the institution will name the Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center.”

The Moon Shots Program will cost $3 billion in the first 10 years.

Santa Claus had better watch out. Lyda is giving him a run for his money when it comes to being the #1 gift giver.

Start Enjoying St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show Early At Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar On January 22

If you’re fishing for an excuse to eat out, the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show team have come with a doozy! No, we’re talking about the luncheon itself. That’s still on for February 12 at the Meyerson and will start with a champagne reception at 9:45 a.m. Well, what else would one expect when Myrna and Bob Schlegel are the honorary chairs and Korshak is presenting Monique Lhuillier creations on the runway?

Ah, but back to the “excuse to eat out” mentioned earlier. Seems the luncheon co-chair trio (Angela Choquette, Maggie Kipp and Paige Slates) have arranged for Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar at HP Village to donate 10% of the dinner sales on Tuesday, January 22, to the St. V-Day Luncheon. Of course, that percentage is before taxes and doesn’t include alcohol.

BTW, Chef Tre Wilcox‘s last day at the Marquee is Friday, January 25, so you’ll still be able to have a Tre dinner, while fighting leukemia and lymphoma.

Pitch Your Nonprofit: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Patricia Thomson*

According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s Executive Director Patricia Thomson,

“Last week I had the opportunity to hear from an older gentleman who was told he had nine months to live after three rounds of chemotherapy for his chronic myeloid leukemia diagnosis proved to be unsuccessful.  As he and his wife prepared to spend his last months crossing off items on his bucket list, he happened to hear on the morning news that a new ‘miracle drug’ called Gleevec was now available for the public.  He contacted his doctor immediately and began taking the new pill daily.  He started his treatment 11 years ago and today he is enjoying life cancer-free and is working items off his bucket list at his own pace.

“I am proud to say that Gleevec was developed by a blood cancer researcher, funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Last year LLS invested $75 million in funding the best and brightest blood cancer researchers in the world.  Early detection is rare for blood cancers and there are no measures that can be taken to prevent the onset of these diseases.  A cure is the only answer.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society*

“The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is very active in the North Texas community and we invite you to get involved in one of our local events today.  The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show, chaired by Angela Choquette, Maggie Kipp and Paige Slates, is one of the largest fundraisers for the North Texas Chapter.  More than 800 men and women will come together at the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center on Tuesday, February 12th to honor cancer survivors and those who support LLS.  Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock, winner of the 2013 Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award, put it best when he said, ‘Someday soon there will be a cure for blood cancers and I am proud to be part of that legacy.’

“Consider joining The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2013 by joining us at the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show or at another one of our events.  (Please visit our website, , for a full list of ways to get involved with LLS.)  With a new person diagnosed with a blood cancer every four minutes and a patient losing their battle every ten, the need is great.  Join us as we create a world without blood cancers.”

-Patricia Thomson

*Photo provided by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

October 27 Round Robin: Bones Bash, BeatLeukemia, Legends 2012 And MakeAWay

Saturday night downtown Dallas looked more like a Tim Burton movie than a civilized business district. Automobiles were locked in place vying for event parking, but the headlights and brake lights seemed to make the mess look rather festive. On the sidewalks were all types of strange creatures in costumes bound for pre-Halloween parties; all types of music rose in the air (Burt Bacharach, the Fab Four, Trombone Shorty, Polyphonic Spree); and the glittering skyscrapers looked like colorful giant druids overseeing the whole evening.

Arthritis Foundation’s 7th Annual Dallas Bone Bash

Emma Nichols

Pity the poor soul who had had one too many cocktails in the Fairmont bar as guests arrived for the 7th Annual Dallas Bone Bash. Having developed quite a reputation for making the most of Halloween dress up, the Arthritis Foundation fundraiser presented by The Carrell Clinic proved that imaginations were livelier and current.

Natty Harley Warren came in sports jacket and khakis as Mitt Romney with a “Women Binder” hanging around his neck. Uh, what about that mustache? Harley admitted that there was just so much he would do for the sake of dressing up.

Looking like she was fresh from a tanning salon, Emma Nichols, with a baby doll strapped to her chest and a sign reading “I’d Rather Be Tanning,” came as the New Jersey Tanning Bed Mom.

Paul Devereaux

Speaking of sunny topics, Paul Devereaux wore a sandwich board with a collection of items — sunglasses, fans, sun visors, sunscreen, grenades — grenades?! He was promoting the Nasher Sculpter [That’s the way Paul spells it] Center Souvenir Shop. No one came as the Museum Tower or Klyde Warren Park.

Ruth and Mike Doocy

Evening emcee/KDFW-CH. 4’s Mike Doocy and his wife Ruth looked a little out of place in normal cocktail  attire surrounded by the

Bo and Sharon Frederick and Detron Powell

likes of Queen Bee Clair Hyde and her husband/beekeeper William,

Detron Powell as “the tan version” Hugh Hefner with martini in hand, and Bo “Snow White” Frederick with his wife Sharon, who was the “eighth dwarf, ‘Psycho,” wielding a blood-drenched cleaver.

Travis and Amy Ripley

Winning the historical odd couple category were Amy and Travis Ripley, who came as Mary and Abraham Lincoln. What made them stand out was the fact that itty bitty Amy came as whiskered Honest Abe and Travis was a towering Mary. When asked why, they honestly said that when they discovered the costumes at the Dallas Costume Shoppe, they thought “trading places would be funny.” Must admit that it was downright tempting to give Amy’s whiskers a tug.

After a show-and-explain-your-costume reception, guests entered through a cave-like hallway into the Regency Ballroom for dinner starting with tomato basil bisque en croute following by an entree of Dijon and thyme roasted chicken with lemon caper sauce and butternut squash risotto, asparagus, carrots and  blistered red and yellow tomatoes. Dessert was a chocolate hazelnut mousse martini with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate swirl.

Paul Rook and Kevan Wong

While all looked right at home among the 500 costumed celebrants, one couldn’t help but wonder how the walk to the car and ride home would be. Pity the poor policeman who pulled over “satyrs with big horns” Kevan Wong and Paul Rook literally in red body paint and woolly looking leggings, black wigs, soul patches and “hooves” and gold horns.

BeatLeukemia Ball

Fab Four

This year’s BeatLeukemia Ball experienced some changes from last year’s fundraiser for Leukemia Texas. Instead of the Hilton Anatole, it was decided to hold it at the Omni Dallas. Instead of co-chairs, it was decided to “recognize a decade of chairwomen and men” (2003 Co-chairs Susan Holman and Lindalyn Adams, 2004 Chair Joanne Fay, 2005 – Co-chairs Stephanie and Dr. Robert Haley, 2006 Co-chairs Kaki and Dr. Shelton Hopkins and Honorary Chair Alicia Landry, 2007 – Co-chairs Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, 2008 – Co-chairs Sally Cullum and Pam Busbee and Honorary Chairs Peggy and Carl Sewell, 2009 – Co-chairs Cynthia and Brice Beaird and Honorary Chair Lindalym Adams, 2010 – Co-chairs Pam Busbee and Sally Cullum and Honorary Chair Caroline Rose Hunt and 2011 – Co-chairs Kim Miller and Janie Condon and Honorary Chairs Julie and Jim Turner), and have retired Capt. Dick East and the Southwest Airlines Family as honorary chairs. That was a natural since it was Dick who lost his daughter, Muffy, to leukemia when she was just 9. In the early ’80s he got the idea that Southwest pilots on their layovers should volunteer to cook dinner for families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses. It was such a great idea that the flight attendants joined onboard, and so did SWA’s then-main-man Herb Kelleher and then-main-gal Colleen Barrett. In fact Colleen told Dick,  “You keep recruiting the pilots, we’ll get the SWA board of directors behind it,” and they did just that.

Dick and Peggy East, Gloria Schaffer and Michael Sharpe

Looking around at the crowd growing to 350, Dick claimed they [Leukemia Texas] “drafted’ me as honorary chair because of what I’ve done for leukemia.

Dinner consisted of tomato mozzarella salad (sliced red, yellow and green tomatoes, micro greens, sliced fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, cracked pepper and chilled lobster chunks served with balsamic vinaigrette), filet and shrimp duo (seared potato terrine, asparagus, baby carrots and baby zucchinis) and white chocolate mousse and raspberry cake with raspberry sauce and cream and truffles.

Then it was time for The Fab Four to take over and for the dance floor to fill.

Legends 2012

The lineup of cars heading into the House of Blues parking lot  was backed up as a Bentley eased its way into a primo parking spot. Six-figure vehicles definitely have privileges. As soon as the luxury car was in place, things picked up immediately. Guests for Legends  2012, the St. Paul Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern’s Heart, Lung, Vascular and Cerebrovascular programs fundraiser featuring Burt Bacharach, were directed to the Music Hall. No costumes for this group. They came as themselves and that was plenty enough.

Tanya and Pete Foster and Nancy Rogers

Honorary Chair Nancy Rogers was just back from a week in New York City with her gal pals like Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Sunie Solomon. While there they attended the Anderson Cooper “Anderson Live” show, where her second-oldest, goddaughter worked. At the show it was announced that Mary Kay was presenting a check for $1M to Love in Respect to combat domestic violence. Nancy admitted that they had just gotten out of the Big Apple in time to miss Hurricane Sandy.

Olivia and Jeff Kearney

After a lot of talking and enjoying beverages, guests settled in to their seats on the main floor and in the balcony including Fort Worthies Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Ebby Halliday Acers with Cody Baker, Charlotte and Kirk Dooley,

Laura McClung and Dr. Hugh McClung

Laura McClung in from the country with her brother Dr. Hugh McClung, Katy and Lawrence Bock and Lynn and Allan McBee.

Michael and Betty Bullington and Mersina and Phin Stubbs

Unlike other parties where the event chairs find their front row seats after greetings from the stage, not so for Co-chair Couples Betty and Michael Bullington and Mersina and Phil Stubbs. After they handed out thanks and recognition to the people and companies supporting their efforts, they quietly went upstairs to the balcony.

Burt Bacharach

Then it was time for Burt to come on stage wearing an orange scarf that he quickly tossed on top of the piano, saying, “I’ve been cold all day,” but adding that he didn’t need it now.

One person was surprised that Burt was . . . shall we say, not as tall as thought. The guest described the multi-award (Academy, Golden and Grammy) winner as “an achondroplasic dwarf.” Dare you to look that one up.

Regardless of his height or age, Bacharach proved to be legendary as he launched into a medley dedicated to his late partner Hal David,  who died two years ago. It wasn’t a surprise that these guests were humming “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Walk on By,” “This Guy’s In Love With You,” “I Say A Little Prayer,”  “Trains and Boats and Planes,” “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and  “Always Something There to Remind Me,” as they drove home past the characters leaving the Bones Bash.


Since MySweetCharity’s main forces were trapped downtown thanks to traffic, an elf north of LBJ filed this report:

More than 400 people attended the Get Groovy with MakeAWay Charities annual gala and donated $96,000 at the silent and live auction. Combining that with sponsorships and ticket sales, a total of $240,000 was donated. This 4th annual event was held October 27, 2012 at the Westin Galleria. With Pat and Emmitt Smith* as honorary chairs, the 60s-themed event featured entertainment by internationally top-rated Beatles tribute band Hard Day’s Night and 60s-themed dancing by Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

Aside from the band (which convinced me I would have been “one of those girls” in the 60s had I ever been exposed to any of the real Beatles), the highlight for me was when la Madeleine founder Patrick Esquerre took over the live auction mic to explain the Parisian trip he donated and spur donations. As the bidding for the trip appeared to be winding down at $15,000, he surprised everyone and asked if both bidders wanted to go on the trip. When they said yes, he agreed and threw his hands up in the air in celebration, doubling the donation to nearly $30,000. The photo of this moment is in the link above.

Another highlight is when a MakeAWay volunteer at the event was given a car that had been donated by an anonymous donor. Marshall is a hard-working single dad struggling to make ends meet with his wage-paid job and no car. Without a car or enough money for reliable transportation, he bikes or walks to work and can not easily see his son who lives apart from him. The anonymous MakeAWay donor donated their family’s used car with request that it be given to a single parent in need.

Jill and Jay Hellwig with Hard Day’s Night members in black jackets**

Before the band took the stage, founders Mike and Kathy Hayes and executive director Jay Hellwig hosted a speed-donating round of “Fund a Need” where they read excerpts from 20 financial assistance applications from struggling families. Individuals donated nearly $10,000 in 10 minutes to fully fund those 20 requests for energy, rent and medical bill assistance.

Donors and sponsors of this year’s Get Groovy Gala benefiting MakeAWay Charities include: Generational Equity (title), Metroplex Pain Management, la Madeleine and Covenant Church (presenting sponsors), and P.M. Standley Motors, PhotoStat, Jason Montgomery DDS and Uptown Enterprises.

If MakeAWay is new to you, it is relatively new considering it was created in 2008. But during this brief time it has helped “more than 1,000 families in North Texas. . . More than 95 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to families in need. The support allows families to stay in their homes, get vehicle repairs so they can transport children to school and commute to work, and not have to choose between keeping electricity or getting needed medical help.”

* Editor’s Note: Pat and Emmitt were able to greet guests via video, due to the fact that they had to be on the West Coast for Dancing With the Stars.

** Photo credit: Jason Janik

BeatLeukemia Ball Got All Gold Stars Except For One Oops

Janie and David Condon and Kim and Greg Miller

The October 12th’s BeatLeukemia Ball may not have been the biggest fundraiser. Some of the gals wore gowns from past big soirees (Co-Chair Kim Miller chose one from Crystal Charity a couple of years ago and added a glitter tattoo), while a couple of costumed-types like John Pascone, Sue Golden and  Erika Navarro braved scrutiny by others. Why, it didn’t even have a silent auction, but it turned out to be the little blowout of the season with only one  oops. More about that later.

John Pascone

The entire reception, dinner and partying took place in the Chantilly Room of the Hilton Anatole to benefit LeukemiaTexas. With only 650 guests, it worked out perfectly. The decor was black draping along the wall behind the staging, black table clothes with raspberry-colored overlays, chairs draped in black and a blazing Sgt. Peppers on black T-shirts.

Amy Turner and Jeff Smoke

Pam Busbee was making her way through the crowd with a crutch after damaging her knee while playing soccer with her grandchildren. . . . Speaking of athletes, former Olympian Jeff Smoke was with Amy Turner and her folks Honorary Chairs Julie and Jim Turner. . . .Tincy Miller with her sorority sister Carolyn Wilson, who had flown in for Tincy’s and husband Vance‘s party the night before at Prestonwood Country Club. The occasion? The Millers’ __ wedding anniversary party for 1,000. In honor of Veterans Day, it was an Armistice theme with

Carolyn Wilson and Tincy Miller

cute WWI soldiers greeting guests at the door and paperboys handing out newspapers and shouting, “The war is over!” One elderly gent with his wife upon hearing the paperboys told friends, “Not in our house.” While the buffet action was now-stop in one room, T-bird’s band kept the beat going for the various generations gathered for the celebration. Upon departure, guests discovered goody bags with CD’s of Tincy’s and Vance’s fav tunes. . . Cardiologist Michael Sills recalled attending Woodstock for a couple of days when he was living in New York. . . The reason for D’Andra Simmons‘ tardy arrival was not another party. Nope. She had spilled mascara all over her pink dress and had to find another gown that would still go with diamonds and rubies. Perfect selection was tomato red. . . . Representing a total gold shimmer look was a marvelous short silk

Kristi Hoyl

beige dress covered in sequins that evidently was quite popular since three gals including Kristi Hoyl and Adrienne Akin Faulkner were spotted wearing it. Looked great on each one!

Adrienne Akin Faulkner

As guests settled at their places for a dinner of fall pear salad, filet mignon of beef, BeatLeukemia banana split and key lime cheesecake, LeukemiaTexas Exec. Director Steve Young took microphone in hand on stage and addressed the crowd.

That’s when the “night’s one flaw” took place. The speakers were situated so it was difficult to understand Steve, Co-Chairs Janie Condon and Kim Miller or LeukemiaTexas Board of Trustees President Roger Hendren. At one point in Steve’s talk about a youngster whose leukemia treatments cost in the millions, he was distracted by a far-away-table of guests laughing. Perhaps they, like others, couldn’t hear the “personal story” and were just enjoying their own company.

Still another problem resulting from the poor audio was the Ultimate Music Trivia Contest presented by American Airlines and 98.7 KLUV. It was a simple game. A few bars of music would be played and tables would submit the artists. Alas, when KLUV Music Director Jay Cresswell explained the rules, a number of tables had difficulty understanding the POA until  the first of three or four of 15 tunes were played. Thank heaven, they repeated 15 giving the tables a second chance. Okay, so it’s not that big a deal. A trivia contest? Ah, but the prize was round-trip tickets on AA to any place in the continental USA for everyone at the table.

The Fab Four and dancers

But despite 640 losers, no one cared once The Fab Four took the stage. As soon as the first tune was played by the faux Beatles ala the early years, the dance floor was jammed. No, take that back. It was jamming with as many as could get their feet on the floor.  Even those still seated at their tables were rocking.

Muffin Lemak, Susan Palma and Pam Perella

And to get into the oh-too-cool-mood, trays of dazzling sunglasses were distributed to guests like Muffin Lemak, Susan Palma, Pam Perella and Rand Horowitz.

Janice and Keller McCrary and Cindy Lukehart

Janice and Keller McCrary were such fans of The Fab Four they bought tickets to the fundraiser at the last minute and talked their friends Cindy and Alan Lukehart into joining them.

The Fab Four and dancers

The second half of the program, The Fab Four returned a la Sgt. Pepper era costumes and mustaches. Naturally, the songs this time included “Drive My Car,” “Magical Mystical Tour” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

Fab Four John Lennon

The Beatle songs conjured up memories of the past as well as dancing. Julie Turner first heard the Beatles when she was at Baylor. She saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show and didn’t like them right away, because they were so different. Eventually she came around. . . . Chris LeBlanc recalled the first Beatles’ song he heard — “Come Together.” He also remembered as a youngster the family driving to their place in Vail and his father insisting on playing two artists only: John Denver and the Beatles.

Julie Turner


October 26 MySweetCharity Round Robin: DCAC, Habitat For Humanity, BeatLeukemia, Arboretum

Last Wednesday the weather was perfect in Dallas, but it was pretty miserable in St. Louis. Thus, the World Series matchup between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals was called due to inclement weather. You could hear the heavy sigh of relief by Wednesday night event planners. It’s tough to rally the troops when you’re up against the World Series.

Groundbreaking of The Rees-Jones Center for Child Protection

DCAC groundbreaking shovels

But earlier in the day, there was a gathering of kids, dogs and very responsible adults — Lynn Davis, Chuck Meadows, Caren Prothro, Joe Norville, John Wiley Price, Bill Morrison and a tent filled with people for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center‘s Rees-Jones Center for Child Protection. One of the last to arrive was the couple of the hour — Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones. Just making their way through the crowd proved to be a challenge, since their $5M contribution to the $11M capital campaign for the new center helped make the building come true.

Jan Rees-Jones

While Trevor checked in with the Rees-Jones Foundation’s Thornton Hardie, Jan headed straight for the pooches that are a part of DCAC’s well-known therapy program. Just the past weekend, Jan had been the main attraction touring the preview of the SPCA’s new Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center Home. The Rees-Jones Foundation had contributed $4M for the new center.

And then there were there were the kids from the Classical Center at Vial Elementary Honor Choir. The rows of youngsters had been among the first to arrive and been there for an hour. But despite their patience and being

Kids and therapy dog

on their best behavior, the youngsters couldn’t help but get excited upon seeing the dogs that are used to help children in the program.

Trevor Rees-Jones

But there were shovels that needed to be put to work, so the ceremony started. At one point, Trevor told the guests that according to the program, he was listed as “benefactor.” To this designation, Trevor said he had been called a lot of things but never a benefactor, so “the benefactress (Jan) and I thank you.”

To close the event, the children’s choir sang a musical farewell and, as if planned, just as the last note was sung, one of the dogs barked twice in approval for a groundbreaking well done.

BeatLeukemia Ball Underwriters Party

Janie Condon

BeatLeukemia Co-chairs/cousins-in-law Janie Condon and Kim Miller were in high spirits at Private Social for the BeatLeukemia Ball‘s Underwriters Party. It was sinking in that their November 12 gala at the Hilton Anatole had all the earmarks of a record-breaking year with more than 700 expected to attend and topping a goal of $250,000.

Leukemia Texas Executive Director Stephen Young reported that in addition to entertainment being provided by The Fab Four (they just played with the London Philharmonic Symphony), there were surprises in store for the gala.

While Honorary Chairs Julie and Jim Turner weren’t on hand for the party, Dee Dee and Jim Lee popped in before heading to a 26th anniversary dinner. . . Speaking of Dee Dee, she, Janie, Kim and a slew of the

Bob White

gal pals were still talking about the Kappa Alpha Theta “Heart-to-Heart” luncheon earlier in the day that featured Joanne King Herring. Turns out the Joanne is a Theta, too. . .  When asked why Bank of Texas sponsors the BeatLeukemia Ball, BOT’s Bob White replied, “We like their cause, primarily.” BOT’s Park Cities Banking Group President of Commercial Banking Cass Robinson added, “We like to support those who did business with us, too.”

Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 2011-2012 Founders’ Award

Over in Preston Hollow, Lisa Baron Blue opened her mansion and the surrounding gardens for the presentation of the Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Founders Award to Steve Coke.  Established in 1996, the award is presented to individuals “whose dedication and volunteer contributions have made a monumental impact in the growth and prominence of The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.”

In the crowd of 100 were Caroline Rose Hunt, Patricia Cowlishaw, Patricia Deason and Mary Brinegar. Women’s Council President Sharon Ballew presented Steve with the traditional porcelain yellow rose embedded in an acrylic base.

But remember, the World Series almost upstaged the presentation. Not to worry if it had. Sharon and Writer’s Garden Chairman Jocelyn White were prepared. They gave him a blue-and-red gift bag. Jocelyn smiled brightly, as always, saying, “Steve, the Rangers are supposed to be clinching the World Series right now. So, in spite of the rain-out in St. Louis, we thought you might appreciate these.”

Out Steve pulled a limited edition Ranger’s cap and jersey.

Speaking of Jocelyn’s Writer’s Garden, the Thursday, November 10, event’s theme is “Unstoppable Women.” The purpose of the 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  symposium/luncheon is for attendees to be inspired and motivated by “Dallas women who have followed their passions, believed in their dreams, overcome obstacles and achieve success.” The women addressing the topic will be Unstoppable Woman Dina Moor, Paula “Ms. Mozzarella” Lambert and Hedda Dowd of Rise No 1. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Dee Simmons and D’Andra Simmons.

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Underwriters’ Party

View from Clay Mulford's residence

Back in downtown Dallas, about 120 people got an absolutely spectacular view of the sunset from Clay Mulford‘s residence. . . all three levels ranging from the 18th floor to the 21st floor. To prepare for the party, construction was just completed a couple of hours before the Habitat for Humanity party for underwriters started.

David Holl

While youngsters helped sell raffle tickets, the adults like Honorary Chairs Suzanne and David Holl were exploring the third level with its putting course, the library and marvelous art in the home. After making the rounds of the highrise, Paige and John Slates headed to Bistro 31 to celebrate 21 years together.

Clay Mulford

Clay recently got re-involved with Habitat for Humanity by joining the fundraising committee. It’s an all-male group called “Crew Chiefs.”

Kristi Bare, Gina Betts, Nancy Gopez, Paige Slates

Event Co-chairs Gina and Ken Betts and Paula and Bay Miltenberger had lined up George Foreman as the speaker for the 25th Anniversary Celebration, “Unlock the Dream” at the Fairmont the night of Thursday, November 3.

The Rustic Is Gonna Be Rocking In September For Voices For A Cause And The 5th Annual Concert For A Cure, But Not At The Same Time

September may be known as the start of Friday night lights, the kickoff of the State Fair and the first hints of fall in the air. But this year it’s gonna be full of singing for nonprofits. Two concerts are being held to raise funds and they’re both gonna be at The Rustic, but not at the same time!

Voices For A Cause*

First will be Dallas CASA’s Voices for A Cause with Signed Out getting things started and followed by country artist Brandon Rhyder as the evening’s headliner starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. The benefit concert is being hosted by Dallas CASA Young Profession, whose “mission is to increase awareness for Dallas CASA while providing charitable and social opportunities for people ages 21 to 40.” Co-Chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke and Dana Swann have arranged for the $25 ticket to include the concert, two drinks and appetizers.

2017 Concert For A Cure**

Two weeks later Leukemia Texas is holding its 5th Annual Concert for A Cure with Honorary Chair/former Dallas Cowboy Marco Rivera and Event Co-Chairs Jenny “New Mom” Anchondo and reality personality/marrow donor Stephanie Hollman. On the performing stage will be Grammy-Award winning Reckless Kelly. Individual tickets start at $75 and include a private VIP reception starting at 7 p.m., hors d’ oeuvres, two drink tickets, open seating and valet parking. But as you know, underwriting brings perks like additional seats with better views, recognition in signage and collateral materials and boasting rights.  

Can’t decide which one? No problemo. Attend both! The attire will be comfortable casual. The throngs of folks will be your type — generous and fun to be with. The causes are both life-changing.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Concert For A Cure

According to Leukemia Texas CEO Mandy O’Neill,

Mandy O’Neill, Dr. Maro O’Hanian and Erin Krah*

Over the past several years, Leukemia Texas has been able to fund every, eligible patient aid applicant. That was close to 500 applicants last year battling this devastating disease in Texas, a large number of these from the Dallas area. Their success is because of perseverance, limited expenses and generous donors who believe in their unique motto as ‘the only organization of its kind where funds raised in Texas, stay in Texas!’

Over the past five years, Leukemia Texas has increased their annual revenue more than 250%. As the demand for patient support increases, the need to generate revenue is strong. I’ve continued to keep the tradition of this 47-year-old organization, founded by the Minyard Family (Gretchen Minyard Williams and Liz Minyard Lokey continue to be active board members) by keeping expenses low and strengthening their signature events. The Beatleukemia Ball, Golf Classic and Concert for a Cure all generated record numbers this past year. They have also partnered with the MJ Event bringing in at least $250,000 new net dollars every year.

Concert For A Cure*

With their tremendous growth, and an estimated 3,000+ new leukemia diagnoses across the state, the addition of a third full time staff member is crucial. Leukemia Texas is currently searching for a seasoned Director of Program Development who is well versed in program management and major gift fundraising. Those interested in applying may reach out to Mandy at [email protected].

Their next event is the 5th annual Concert for a Cure to be held at the Rustic on Thursday September 28. Previous honorees include Kelcy Warren, Alicia Landry and Lynn McBee. Join Fox 4’s Jenny Anchondo, Real Housewife of Dallas Stephanie Hollman and former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer Marco Rivera as they celebrate, eat delicious bites and raise critical funds to directly support leukemia patients in our own backyard.

* Graphic/photo provided by Leukemia Texas

5th Annual Concert For A Cure

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Co-Chairs: Jenny Anchondo, Emmy Award Winning News Anchor, and Stephanie Hollman, Philanthropist, Bone Marrow Donor, and Real Housewife of Dallas

Honorary Chair: Marco Rivera, former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Fame

Attire: Casual

Concert for a Cure website

3rd Annual Concert For A Cure

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Co-Chairs: Leigh Ann and Courtney Kee

Honorary Chair: Lynn McBee

Leukemia Texas website



Party Run 5K & Fun Run

Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas

Party Run 5K & Fun Run website

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On! Announcement Parties

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were at AT&T Stadium celebrating “Habit for Humanity” at Building Hope Celebration Dinner with Wynonna Judd on stage and loads of swells on the floor of the stadium. Or, there was the Leukemia Texas‘s sold-out Concert for Cure at The Rustic, where car- and people-watching started in the parking lot as the guests jammed the place to hear Jack Ingram on stage. With the weather perfect, it was optimum conditions for the inside/outside venue to showcase its ability to party hearty. Other activities taking place included:

Thrift Studio Preview Party

Thrift Studio preview

Thrift Studio preview

Over in the Design District, Dwell With Dignity’s semi-annual Thrift Studio’s preview party had another lineup of vehicles and guests waiting their turns to get in to see the staging of “available” furnishings donated by area interior decorators and vendors. Dwell With Dignity Co-Founder Lisa Robison was being congratulated once again on the success of the program that “creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.”

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Event Chair Laura Chancellor arranged for sets designed by CDA Interior Design, Catherine Dolen and Stacy Coulter & Associates and Carlin & Company; Dan Nelson, Vision Desing Inc., Jan Barboglio and Peacock Alley; Denise McGaha Interiors and ID Collection; Eleven 11 Design, Brendan Bass Showroom and Robert Allen Design; Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira for X+III and David Sutherland Showroom; Joseph Minton; Paul Duesing Partners; and Peter Sandel Design LLC, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Tara Harper and her brother Brad were upstairs checking out the furniture, while others were checking out Joe Demoruelle’s colorful jacket. Also on hand were Honorary Chair/designer Tobi Fairley and Meredith Hite, who had joined Shay Geyer’s IBB Design Group. Remember, the Thrift Studio like Brigadoon is a temporary wonderland. The pop-up shop is open until Saturday, November 8th with ever-arriving new goodies.

Flora Award Patron Party

Adam and Stacey Beck

Adam and Stacey Beck

Less crowded was the invite-only patron party for the Flora Award that will take place at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 6, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. But this evening it was business attire at Joan and Steve Smith’s Park Cities home. It was a natural to have the party there. After all, the Smiths’ daughter Stacey Beck and her husband Adam were co-chairing the fundraiser for the Gardens.

Co-honoree Suzy Rhodes greeted guests, like past honoree Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Celeste and Michael Bosco and past Flora Award chairs Marilyn Waisanen and Bettye Slaven, while husband Tom worked the back of the house near the Smith’s Grey African Parrot, Juma, that was entertaining guests with his moves and conversation. Suzy and Tom met in eighth grade at the former Highland Park Junior High School (now McCullough) and have been married 39 years. Tom kidded friends saying, “She would not leave me alone.”

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis told the 70 guests that the gardens were in overdrive with butterflies. In addition to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, which had just celebrated its fifth anniversary in September, the newly renovated gift shop had a “spectacular selection of framed tropical butterflies” that has resulted in an increase in sales.

Dick also revealed other changes taking place at TDG, including The Welcome Garden featuring deep shade tolerant plants including the hardy windmill palm, which had won “Best in Show” at the State Fair. It had been “been made possible through donations” from Suzy and Tom, the TDG Board and Board Members Janet Smith and her husband Norman.

Other TDG news included a refreshening of the Minnie Marcus Garden and the building of the Nature Learning Center by hand and “featuring reclaimed materials and serving as an outdoor classroom space, native snake exhibit, greenhouse and green gardening demonstration site.”

Soup’s On! Kick-Off Party

One of winter’s favorite fundraisers, “Soup’s On!,” got kicked off Brad Oldham’s studio and for good reason. Here is a report from the field about The Stewpot Alliances’ big fundraiser as it enters its 40th year in operation:

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore announced that author, singer/songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 luncheon and art sale to be held Tuesday, January 20, at the Omni Dallas. Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon will act as honorary chair of the popular event. The announcement was made at the brand new Brad Oldham Studio at 1200 Ross Ave. The retail studio will open to the public within a few weeks.

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Kristine Schwope chaired Thursday’s Fall Kick-off party and membership drive which also collected items for the annual Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Friday, December 4.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

“It was a treat to be at the new Brad Oldham Studio for the Soup’s On! announcement. Oldham has created ‘Birth of the City’ — a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall that stories from the history of Dallas from its founding until the mid-1930’s. This site-specific installation will feature ten-6’ by4’ panels along Park Avenue and Young Street. There will be a public unveiling of the Sculpture Wall @ Encore Park on Friday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m.”

* Photos provided by The
Stewpot Alliance

Sold Out Alert: Concert For A Cure

If you haven’t got tickets for tonight’s Concert For A Cure with Jack Ingram at The Rustic, you should ask your mirror, “Why did I wait?”

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

The Leukemia Texas fundraiser tri-chaired by gal pals Alyson Feaster, Terri Fishman and Lori Seinera is so sold out. Great way to kick off the Red River Rivalry weekend.

Remember to dress light and drink light.