Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
Co-Chairs: Lori Seinera and Terri Fishman
Speaker: Ed “Too Tall” Jones
Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
Co-Chairs: Lori Seinera and Terri Fishman
Speaker: Ed “Too Tall” Jones
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.
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.
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.
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 Duvall, Siiri Dougherty, Wanda Gierhart, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Vicki Howland and Elisa and Stephen 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
According to The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Deputy Executive Director Stacey Russell, LLS’s wish is
“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
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.
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.’”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
Co-Chairs: Becky and Dr. Bill Jordan
Attire: Black tie
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
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.
“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:
Lyda’s gift will “support high-priority flagship projects including:
“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.
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.
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.
“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, www.lls.org/ntx , 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.”
*Photo provided by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in from the country with her brother Dr. Hugh McClung, Katy and Lawrence Bock and Lynn and Allan McBee.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 recently got re-involved with Habitat for Humanity by joining the fundraising committee. It’s an all-male group called “Crew Chiefs.”
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.
Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
Co-Chairs: Leigh Ann and Courtney Kee
Honorary Chair: Lynn McBee
Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
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:
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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:
“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.
“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.
“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
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?”
Remember to dress light and drink light.
Better hustle if you were planning on partying Texas/OU Thursday with the Leukemia Texas crowd. Just got word from Leukemia Texas that tickets for the October 9th Concert For A Cure “are close to selling out with a limited number of VIP spots left.” VIP places are going for $75 donations.
Alicia Landry and the rest of the Landry clan are the honorary chairs.
It’s taking place at The Rustic with Jack Ingram on stage. Event Tri-Chairs/buddies Alyson Feaster, Terri Fishman and Lori Glasser have arranged for all types of fun including the giveaway for two game-day tickets. Don’t you dare ask what game!
So, why not give your tuxedo and gowns the night off. OK, so if you really have a need to gussy up, you can wear your formal gear, but you’ll stick out like an old maid at a bachelor party. If you want to play it safe, don’t wear red or orange. But then you’ve never played safe, so pick out your Red River Showdown colors and party to raise funds for Leukemia Texas Research and Patient Aid Programs.
According to Concert For A Cure Tri-Chair Lori Seinera,
“In 2002 my best friend Terri Fishman was vacationing and became ill during her travels. When she returned she received the devastating diagnosis that no one wants to hear – ‘You have leukemia.’ Terri fought and beat leukemia. Today, years later our friend Alyson Feaster, Terri and I jumped at the chance to chair an event that would kick off Texas/OU weekend in Dallas, but more importantly raise critical funds to support the mission of Leukemia Texas.
“The 2nd annual Concert for a Cure will be held at The Rustic on Thursday, October 9, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. to kick off the Red River Rivalry between our beloved schools — UT and OU. During this celebration with Jack Ingram on stage, we will offer a VIP experience like no other including valet, private entrance, bites, beverages, swag bags, and private seating for Jack’s performance. One lucky attendee will also win 2 game day tickets! The event is hosted by Title Sponsor McGladrey.
“We are also proud to recognize Alicia Landry and family of the late Tom Landry. Not only was Coach Landry a fighting Longhorn, but he fought leukemia. It is an honor and privilege to Chair the 2nd annual Concert for a Cure to benefit our favorite charity, Leukemia Texas and we can’t wait to see you there!
“Tickets are $75 each and sponsorship starts at $1,000. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.LeukemiaTexas.org or by calling 214.265.7393. Attire is country/collegiate chic! Follow us online for exciting updates.
“Leukemia Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of those with leukemia through the funding of research and patient aid. We are the only organization of its kind in Texas where 100% of our funds remain in Texas. Our current program awards up to $1,000 per patient, ten times more than any other similar organization in Texas.”
* Photo and graphic courtesy of Leukemia Texas
Word was passed at the VIP reception for the 11th annual Billiard Ball at the Ritz-Carlton that keynote speaker retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark didn’t want to do a grip-and-grin with guests at the Saturday, October 19th fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. When this situation occurs where the celeb type doesn’t want to pose for that keepsake photo with big-buck sponsors, the celeb ends up getting cornered by a small group the entire time. At one such event, a very well-meaning activist buttonholed the speaker for three-quarters of the reception, despite organizers giving her every hint under the sun. At one point a handler suggested having someone bump into the non-stop-talker and spill their water on her.
Luckily, The Billiard Ball situation turned out without spilled water. A handler managed to ease in Robert H. Dedman Lifetime Achievement Awardees Lee Ann and Alan White, Ball Chair Gina Betts and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas’ President/CEO Charles English for howdy moments with the general as photographers snapped away.
Most guests didn’t care about the missed opportunity. One person quipped, “What would I say to him?”
As the chimes rang, the VIP types joined the rest of the 400 who had been checking the silent auction in the lobby and into the ballroom, where tables boasted the likes of Nancy Dedman with daughter Patty Dedman Nail and her husband Bobby Nail, Jane and Bud Smith, Isabell Novakov and her folks Lydia and Dan Novakov, Rachel and Chris Trowbridge, Kelli and Jerry Ford and Lana and Barry Andrews.
Among the crowd was one couple who truly appreciated the date night opportunity — Elizabeth and Mario Alcala. He was one of the Wounded Warriors who was invited to attend the ball. Having served in Iraq four times, the native Dallasite served in the Marines for nine years after playing football at Southern Oregon University. During his tour, he was in Fallujah in 2004. During his fourth tour, he was on a ship that captured one of the Somali pirates who overtook the Maersk Alabama. In 2010 he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury requiring 15 hours of surgery. In addition to being treated at the VA, he is studying sports management at Dallas Baptist University. And as you may have guessed, his recovery, both physically and professionally, is being supported by “WOWW” (Wife Of Wounded Warrior) Elizabeth.
At one point in the program, an award was presented to PwC for its corporate sponsorship of the Boys & Girls Club. As the award was presented, emcee Scott Murray noted over the PA that no photographer was recording the moment. With that, a photographer was Johnny-on-the-spot with flash blasting.
Later Scott admitted that while he didn’t “mean to throw anyone under the bus,” it was an opportunity that he felt shouldn’t be missed.
Following dinner, Clark was introduced and provided a talk that seemed to cover a lot of bases, from his childhood humiliation in Little Rock, Ark., to the U.S.’s place in today’s world.
He started off by telling of his joining the swim team as a boy. After missing his time, his coach swatted him 10 times on the rear end. Adding to the boy’s humiliation and pain, the coach announced: “Your problem is you. You don’t believe in yourself.” Clark said that comment made him a stronger person. Some eyebrows were raised at that suggestion. The Boys & Girls Club is renowned for supporting youngster via positive reinforcement. But the general’s era was a different period and mindset. He was raised in the 1940’s and 1950’s, when joining the B&GC cost just 75 cents.
Later, while serving in Vietnam, Clark recalled how his unit went on patrol on February 18, 1970. Most of his company had been drafted. They moved into an “awful position” facing a firefight. Thanks to his soldiers, who hardly knew him, he survived the battle. It also taught him a lesson: “The secret of America is the people at the bottom.”
Then the retired general moved into the world theater of today, saying people in other parts of the world don’t believe in us anymore. The U.S. is seen as a declining superpower, one that fails to emphasize the education of children. However, thanks to the shale gas boom and fracking in Texas, the country can do well thanks to private enterprise, not the government, Clark said: “Because of energy, all these claims about America being in decline are wrong.”
Eventually, the Dedman Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Patty Dedman Nail to Lee Ann and Alan. In accepting the award, Alan was brief in his comments: “Lee Ann has taught me a lot. But tonight’s not about us, but about the Boys & Girls Club – it’s so important.”
This moment was the reason for so many like Peggy and Carl Sewell and Patty and James Huffines to be at the Ritz, despite numerous other events taking place that night, including the St. Paul Medical Foundation’s “Legends 2013” at House of Blues, Leukemia Texas’s “Concert for A Cure” at Klyde Warren Park, Evening of Hope Gala at Hotel InterContinental, Halloween at the Heard, A Feathered Affair at the Trinity River Audubon Center and the Bone Bash at the Perot.
Beneficiary: Leukemia Texas
Chair: Tiffaney Dale Hunter
Honorary Chair: Kelcy Warren
Now is the time to hustle up anybody with mind-boggling knowledge about the Beatles. No, not the obvious stuff like George was married to Patti and Ringo replaced Pete Best. That’s oh-so-everybody-knows-that-stuff. No, it’s got to be people who know minutiae like the connection between Julie and Jim Turner and the Beatles. Later.
The reason is the Beat Leukemia Ball on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton Anatole chaired by Janie Condon and Kim Miller. Leukemia Texas executive director Steve Young told the group at Cru on Wednesday that this year’s event would reward the Beatlemania types big time. The table that wins the trivia contest will win round trip air fare on American Airlines for everyone at the table. Hello? That amounts to a value of $9,000. According to organizers, KLUV is putting the prize together.
Speaking of Beatle aficionados, Steve himself is a great lover of the Fab Four. But he did admit to a childhood regret. It seems that when he was just a new kid at St. Marks back in the 60’s, a friend had tickets to the Beatles concert in Dallas and offered a seat to Steve on the fourth row. Steve, being a typical guy, took a pass and went to the St. Marks football game. He didn’t say if St. Marks won.
Oh, you wanted to know what honorary chairs Julie and Jim Turner of Dr Pepper fame have in common with the Beatles. Well, it seems that in writing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul McCartney originally wanted it to be Dr. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Evidently band leaders during the Victorian era were called “doctor.”Then someone told him that there was this soft drink in “the colonies” called Dr Pepper. The doctor became a sergeant and the rest is history. Even Julie didn’t know that one!
On Tuesday, February 14, the Meyerson was filled with guests in reds and pink for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on Tuesday, February 14, for the Leukemia And Lymphoma Society of North Texas.
Even on stage for the fashion presentation of Highland Park Village merchants, the color of red seemed to pop up.
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