More Than Designer Fashions Highlighted The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Whoopsie! That’s what was the word going through the minds in the blacker-than-black tent at Brook Hollow for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, May 4.

For once it wasn’t a case of Ma Nature pulling one of her thunderous blasts, nor was it a terrorist attack.

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

As dedicated shoppers elbowed each other to shop the treasure trove of gently experienced fashions in the ballroom and “card room,” all was going perfectly.

OK, so maybe a couple of gals weren’t thrilled that they both wanted a one-and-only item in the card room where couture outfits were displayed, but there were no cat fights. Oh, please! This was Brook Hollow and the event was benefiting the Salvation Army of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Finally the guests found their way from the clubhouse down the steps through the tunnel leading to the darker-than-dark tent for the show. Course, it took some time to take their seats, but eventually all were in place including the no-funny business Secret Service types who escort former first lady Laura Bush. While she took place on the front row near her friend Ruth Altshuler, posed for photos with Gene Jones and chatted with Kappa Alpha Theta sister Valerie Bell, the Secret Service took their places along the back of the tent with no smiles. In the meantime, some guests snuck out their cellphones for a quickie, fuzzy shot of Laura in her green suit.

Betsy Chambers

Betsy Chambers

Janet

Janet

Following a video about “Janet,” who had overcome an abusive relationship thanks to Salvation Army resources, SAWA President Betsy Chambers introduced Janet to the audience and presented her with flowers.

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Luncheon Co-Chair Ginger Sager recognized the 2015 honorary mother/daughter co-chairs of Marilyn Augur and her daughters (Margaret Hancock, Anne Hardaway and “Elizabeth Taylor, who is unable to be with us today”) and Sharon McCullough and her girls (Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Terry McCullough and Lissie McCullough). They also pointed out “special guests” Sharon’s sister, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Laura Bush.

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

It was becoming apparent that this event was a mom-daughter coming together with Tucean Webb with daughters Suzanne Webb and Tucean Franks, Nina Thornburgh and daughter Lisa Ogle, Faye Briggs still in a wheelchair and daughter Pebble MeGehee.

Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Then just as the luncheon committee chairs were to stand for recognition, the lights went out. Why, shoot! All the electricity including the A/C shut down. Had Brook Hollow not paid its electricity bill? Heck, no! It was some complicated snafu that was basically showstopping….literally.

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

But as darkness provided some laughter about holding a fashion show in the dark, it also caused the Bush team to look a tad bit antsy. As the darkness continues beyond the 30-second mark, the Secret Service wasn’t laughing. After two minutes of darkness, Ginger and her Co-Chair Dixey Arterburn persevered and tried to carry on in the dark thanking committee members and how the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme was selected because the day was the late Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. In the meantime, the Secret Service started easing toward the aisle leading to Laura just as the lights came back on at the two-and-a-half-minute mark. Whew! What guests didn’t realize was the electrical stoppage had also caused the massive A/C units to stop. Now, they were having to reboot from scratch to cool the tent.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Unruffled Dixey and Ginger continued on script. They introduced Margot Perot on stage and told how the Margot Perot Award had been named after her for playing “a vital part in organizing the Women’s Auxiliary of Dallas over 23 years ago.” It was then that Gene Jones and her daughter Charlotte Anderson Jones joined Margot, Dixey and Ginger on stage as the recipients of the Margot Perot Award for their “work tirelessly to promote good in all they come in contact.”

As the five ladies exited the stage, Shelly returned saying “Where else but the Salvation Army can we talk about Audrey Hepburn, the Dallas Cowboys, Margot Perot and domestic violence in the same conversation?” She then introduced the show leaving guests to figure out which one of the outfits on the runway had originally retailed for $19,000. (FYI: It was the black gown that was the show’s closer.)

Fashion show finale

Fashion show finale

Once the show finished, Major Michele Matthews was on stage. With her voice breaking, she thanked the SAWA, extolled the greatness of the recycled fashion show project and more or less made a farewell speech. While some might have felt Michele was a bit dramatic, they didn’t realize that this would be the Michele’s last SAWA’s fashion show. She and her husband Ward Matthews were being reassigned to Atlanta.

For more photos and loads of clothes, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night Leadership And Deets Revealed

Don and Ellen Winspear (File photo)

Don and Ellen Winspear (File photo)

It’s been making the rounds among the Dallas Opera lovers, but now it’s official. The Dallas Opera’s 2015 First Sight/First Night deets are official.

Mike and Micki Rawlings (File photo)

Mike and Micki Rawlings (File photo)

Ellen and Don Winspear will co-chair the glamorama fundraisers at the Winspear on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. They’ve arranged for Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as honorary co-chairs.

Micki is going to have to clone herself. In addition to serving as honorary co-chair for both events, she’s also going to serve as chair for the First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon that will be held in the Winspear lobby and presented by NorthPark Center. On the runway will be fashions by Mulberry plus the showstopping “original opera-inspired designs by Dallas style-makers.”

Who will the 2015 “style-makers” be? stay tuned. That news is just around the corner.

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

Hopefully, she’ll grab a good night’s sleep and be all ready for Friday’s season opener at the Winspear. Dinner Co-Chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill have arranged for the black tie event to include a red carpet arrival for the VIP’s, who will attend a seated three-course dinner in a tent in Sammons Park adjoining the Winspear.

Following dinner, the guests will attend the season’s opening performance of “Great Scott” and then return to the restaged tent for the after party with DJ Lucy Wrubel handling the music.

Individual tickets for the luncheon are $250. As for the Friday evening festivities, the tickets are $1,000 per person with tables starting at $25,000. All the ticket and sponsor information can be found here.

 

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show

This year’s Salvation Army Women Auxiliary Fashion Show had loads of mothers and daughters and delicious designer clothes all ready to be snapped up on Monday, May 4, at Brook Hollow. There were also a couple or three surprises, like former first lady Laura Bush on one side of the runway and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on the other.

Betsy Price

Betsy Price

There was also a third surprise, but that will be in the post that’s being prepared. In the meantime, enjoy the gently experienced fashions and ever-generous guests at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: 2015 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Awardee Announced

Yesterday Allie Beth Allman, Rev. Mark Craig and Rev. Paul Rasmussen were announced as new members of the Methodist Health System Foundation’s board of trustees. Today another announcement sprung from the MHSF — the 2015 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient.

The dinner, which is always one of the favorites of the fall fundraising season, will return to the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom on Wednesday, October 14. The event will be co-chaired by TDIndustries CEO Harold MacDowell, Bob Ferguson and Ben Houston.

Jack Lowe Jr.*

Jack Lowe Jr.*

What’s that? Oh, you want to know who the awardee will be. It will be businessman/community leader/philanthropist Jack Lowe Jr., who served as TDIndustries from 1980 until his retirement in 2004.

His community involvement has included serving as a Dallas Independent School District trustee, where he was president from 2005 to 2008. In addition to being a member and past president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Jack serves on the boards of Momentous Institute, NACD North Texas.

According to MHSF President/CEO April Box Chamberlain, “Jack’s servant leadership has helped resolve many complex business and community issues, including support for the Dallas Independent School District, Momentous Institute and others. We look forward to honoring his many achievements, which have had an incredible impact in our community. Plus, as with past Folsom events, we will have a few surprises in store for those who attend to help us honor Jack!”

And surprises indeed, since Co-Chairs Bob and Ben have worked with Jack for 50 years at TDIndustries. But it will take a lot to top last year’s monkey business.

* Photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation

Kent Cooked Up Fixin’s, Dunia Served Up Ice Cream And Jan Took On A Mechanical Bull At The Taste Of The NFL

The Cowboys draft was still making headlines when the Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party was setting into its new home-sweet-home at AT&T Cowboy Stadium on Sunday, May 3. Benefiting North Texas Food Bank, more than 800 enjoyed a food fest coordinated by Kent Rathbun and rubbed elbows with Cowboy notables Jason Garrett, Chad Henning, Preston Pearson, Charles Haley and Troy Aikman and cheerleaders.

Kent Rathbun

Kent Rathbun

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Rowdy

Rowdy

Preston Pearson

Preston Pearson

This was Kent’s 11th year and he was very pleased to be at the stadium this year — “It’s where we should have been all the time.” He went on to remind folks that “when we raise $1, it’s basically three meals (for those in need).”

Despite his catering operation having handled six events the day before and his preparing for the opening of his new restaurant — Hickory Kitchen in Plano — and another Jasper’s in Richard this fall, he was cooking up waffle cut fries with braised short ribs and blue cheese.

Dunia Borgia

Dunia Borgia

Tom Landry statue

Tom Landry statue

Before the masses were allowed entry, the VIP types partied somewhere within the building while in the Miller Lite West Plaza Kent and 20+ chefs set up stations with the wind giving them a challenge. But not Dunia Borgia. She should have been elected Miss Congeniality as she wandered the grounds offering Micrema Bespoke Frozen Dessert. The handmade pistachio ice cream was a huge hit. Dallas Cowboys PR Scott Agulnek said, “I don’t eat desserts and sweets, but the pistachio is the best! I’ve had two spoonfuls already!” Dunia whispered that the secret was using nitrogen to freeze it.

Cowboys on Tour

Cowboys on Tour

Over to the side of the plaza was the Big “Cowboys on Tour” truck chock full of Cowboys great days memorabilia — Super Bowl rings and trophies, TV screens showing 2014 season highlights, helmets, a Tom Landry statue and so much more. Hall of Fame Driver Charles Blotas proudly detailed the massive mobile museum. It’s pulled by a big blue-and-white Freightliner cab boasting a star. Including the trailer and cab the whole thing measures 83 feet.

As the general admission types were allowed in from one side of the silent auction area, the VIP’s emerged from their partying.

Charles Haley

Charles Haley

Like other former Cowboys, linebacker and defensive end Charles Haley said, “I come every year. I do whatever I can. We need to fight hunger. It needs to be on more people’s minds. This year is the best because it’s at Cowboys stadium. A lot of players are here. It ties everything together; didn’t have the same feel before. I’ve been coming every year. If everyone in the country gave just $1 or $5, it would wipe out hunger. I’m just one man… if we did more as a nation, we could knock it out!…[I got into philanthropy] in 1986, my rookie year with the 49ers, when Ronnie Lott made me hand out shoes. I saw people crying. It taught me so much. I’m always in the community, always trying to make a difference. I want to set an example. I do whatever it takes. I raise money of ‘Istation,’ (an animated learning curriculum).

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

As the sunset in the west, NTFB CEO Jan Pruitt slo-moed the bucking bull. She’d never done it before but said, “Anything for a good cause! It’s all about feeding kids in our community. The goal is to make people aware that there are children in our community tonight that are hungry. The Cowboys have opened the door to their home and said, ‘Not in Dallas, Texas!’ If we’re gonna talk about affordable health care, we’ve gotta talk about feeding the kids. Richard a bull to raise money for hunger is easy compared to the mother who has to tell her child there’s not enough food to eat.” The good news is that Jan stayed on board the bull. Her only regret was that her orange nail polish didn’t match her seaside blue nail polish. Oh, the woes of a bull riding fashionista!

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

 Eliot Sorel

Eliot Sorel

Taryn Timmons and Jean Wilde

Taryn Timmons and Jean Wilde

Speaking of fashion, emcee Gina Miller’s long legs were rooted in her Dallas Cowboys boots that her mom had bought at auction in 1990. She was joined on stage with KTVT’s Doug Dunbar were on stage with Rowdy and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders…. George Washington University Medical Center Dr. Eliot Sorel in bowtie was in town for the National Council on Youth Sports Safety of which he was co-chairing… Taryn Timmons and Jenn Wilde were looking for Taryn’s sister Danya Anderson, who is a big supporter of the event because “She has a heart for the Food Bank!”… Near the mechanical bull were Ricardo Marin, Danny Foreman, Frances Benavides, Genie Pattison and Josh Sanchez playing Jenga. They got it to 23 blocks high before it tumbled down. Josh, recalled playing the block building game back in Telluride where they played Jenga at a bar, “There.”… Former Dallas Cowboys/Air Forces Academy grad Chad Henning was talking with fellow Air Force grad Col. Joseph Sanders, who heads up the Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development…Troy Aikman and gal-pal Tracy Ripsin posed for photos with Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei, the widow for Dallas Cowboys Mark Tuinei.

Chad Henning, Jason Garrett and Joseph Sanders

Chad Henning, Jason Garrett and Joseph Sanders

Tracy Ripsin, Troy Aikman, Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei

Tracy Ripsin, Troy Aikman, Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei

Louisiana band Rusty Brothers fessed up that for the evening that, “We may or may not be Saints fans, but tonight we’re Cowboys fans!”

And on this night foodies were feeding themselves so that the North Texas Food Bank could feed children in the days to come.

More photos of former Dallas Cowboys and fundraising foodies can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Shannon Roberts Named Dallas Historical Society Executive Director

After searching the nation to head up the Dallas Historical Society (DHS), the new executive director is a hometown gal — Shannon Roberts.

Shannon Roberts*

Shannon Roberts*

A fourth-generation Dallasite, Episcopal School of Dallas graduate Shannon received her B.A. in communications and journalism from Baylor University. She is currently an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

But she brings to the position more than smarts. Most recently she has served as executive director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, “where she successfully restructured museum operations, programming and financial dependencies after a significant financial crisis nearly closed the institution.”

According to Shannon, “I started visiting Santa Fe when I was 19 years old. When the museum was in crisis, I realized that I have experience with other organizations that could help. I was called to save the institution for the sake of my daughter and the other children who visit it. Now that the museum is in great shape, I have moved back to Dallas for another wonderful opportunity.”

Prior to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Shannon was “development director of the Resource Center, executive director of the Dallas Children’s Museum when it merged with the Children’s Museum @ Perot Museum (formerly the Museum of Nature and Science), and development director for Dallas Children’s Theater.

Heading up the search was DHS board members Bill Helmbrecht and Andrew Clendenen joined by DHS Trustee Mary Brinegar and DHS Co-Chair Lynn McBee.

According to Lynn, “We were most impressed with Shannon because of her extensive experience in the non-profit world in various management positions, and her demonstrated skills in fundraising, financial management, community outreach, team building, and in clearly defining the missions of the organizations where she has worked.”

Shannon officially starts Monday, June 1.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Esperanza

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Taste Of The NFL

AT&T Cowboys Stadium had ‘em lined up waiting to get in on Sunday, May 3. No, Kenny Chesney hadn’t arrived yet for his May 16th concert. There was no football game on the field. But there were plenty of former Dallas Cowboys (Troy, Preston, Charles, Chad, etc.), cheerleaders and Super Bowl memorabilia in the “Cowboys on Tour” mobile museum.

Kent Rathbun

Kent Rathbun

Dunia Borgia

Dunia Borgia

Tom Landry statue

Tom Landry statue

It was the Taste of the NFL with “chef quarterback” Kent Rathbun and 20+ area chefs cooking up all types of goodies for more than 800 people to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank. Delicious doyenne Dunia Borgia was strolling the grounds offering tastes of her pistachio ice cream. Even folks who don’t usually like ice cream asked for seconds.

Preston Pearson

Preston Pearson

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

Rowdy

Rowdy

And, of course, there was a mechanical bull and guess who gave it a try? Check that photo out and the rest at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Children’s Advocacy Center Of Collin County’s Black Tie Gala Folks Partied With Guests Joining The Pointer Sisters On Stage

There are just no two ways about it. Collin County is the kissing cousin of Dallas. The folks there are energetic, growing and bound and determined to do the best thing…especially when it comes to kids. Perhaps that’s why the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County felt right at home holding its annual Black Tie Gala presented by Rent-A-Center at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, May 2.

Christa Carrell and Richard and Cindy Sutley*

Christa Carrell and Richard and Cindy Sutley*

Tony Bradley, Dan Powers, Dave Hoffman and Richard Estell

Tony Bradley, Dan Powers, Dave Hoffman and Richard Estell

As 825 of the black tie and glittery set including Christa Carrell, Cindy and Robert Sutley, Angela and Attorney General Ken Paxton, Tony Bradley, Dan Powers, Dave Hoffman, Richard Estell, Frank Stanesic and Ana and Raj Asava arrived, the gargantuan silent auction practically filled the reception area outside the Chantilly Ballroom with treasures ranging from clothes and jewelry to travel, wine and sports memorabilia.

Carolyn Speese and Cathy Ramsey

Carolyn Speese and Cathy Ramsey

And then there were those rows of bags lined up on the tables behind a gong. As usual the bags sponsored by Willow Bend’s Neiman Marcus was a huge success with surprise goodies inside.

Longtime CACCC supporter Carolyn Speese told a buddy, “You’d better get a bag before they’re all gone.” And everybody knew when the bag count was dwindling. A gong was sounded as the sale was made.

Richard and Cathy Riccardi and Angela and Ken Paxton

Richard and Cathy Riccardi and Angela and Ken Paxton*

But it wasn’t just a silent auction. Heck, no! Of course, there was a dinner, but then there was the entertainment. Gala Co-Chairs Cathy and Richard Riccardi had arranged for the Pointer Sisters to entertain.

Realizing that the evening was to be a full one with a drive back to Collin County, the decision was made to have the meet-and-greet with the trio before the dinner.

One party circuit vet upon hearing that the Pointer Sisters would be on stage shrugged. Another, who had witnessed the Sisters in action at the Children’s “Celebration of Our Century” fundraiser in 2013, chastised the vet saying, “Just wait and see. The place is going to explode.”

Sadako Pointer, Anita Pointer and Ruth Pointer*

Sadako Pointer, Anita Pointer and Ruth Pointer*

Ruth Pointer and Anne Davidson*

Ruth Pointer and Anne Davidson*

Truer words were never uttered. In addition to two of the original Sisters — Anita Pointer and Ruth Pointer — on stage, they were joined by Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Pointer, who was obviously pregnant. Didn’t matter. The grandmother Sisters and mother-to-be nearly rocked the Chantilly’s chandeliers from the ceiling. At one point they offered to let anyone who made a nice financial contribution to CACCC to join them on stage. Whoa! Hands immediately went up and the sisters were joined by the likes of Anne Davidson.

Yup, those Collin County cousins know how to party and how to raise funds. In this case, the net was $525,000 to support abused and neglected children.

* Photo credit: 
Kristina Bowman

Center For BrainHealth’s TAG Cuties Were Off And Partying At The Empire Room For Day At The Races

This year’s Kentucky Derby was the perfect occasion to celebrate and fundraise in Dallas. The lawn of Lee Park in front of Arlington Hall grew with ladies in hats and gents in khakis waiting for the Day at the Races benefiting Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy. On the other side of I-35, the Center for BrainHealth’s TAG’s long-legged gals in sundresses and hats and fellows looking very dapper gathered at The Empire Room with horsepower in place thanks to Co-Chairs Gabi Sztamenits and Jodi Sparrow.

Jessica Edwards, Ashton Pearley, Gabi Sztamenits and Anne Brown

Jessica Edwards, Ashton Pearley, Gabi Sztamenits and Anne Brown

Mike Rials and  Bethany Voss

Mike Rials and Bethany Voss

Kinsey Blalock and Jason Stangel

Kinsey Blalock and Jason Stangel

Sullivan Franklin Mitchell, Adrienne Gehan and Natalie Chavez

Sullivan Franklin Mitchell, Adrienne Gehan and Natalie Chavez

But that horsepower was more than the four-legged variety. Sure, 18-year-old gelding Lazer was posing for photos, but it was the white Lexus inside that was being considered for future relationships.

Suzanne and Kevin Burns and Jaimee Perra

Suzanne and Kevin Burns and Jaimee Perra

As Suzanne and Kevin Burns and Jaimee Perra posed for photos at the Photomadic booth, they soon found themselves dining on fried macaroni and cheese and pecan tarts. What tasted best? “Everything!”

The trio of Katie Bivins, Judson Stafford and Stephanie Schwartz posed for a photo after sending a buddy home via Uber. Seems his legs, unlike Lazer’s, had gotten a bit wobbly due to partying and they wanted him to make it home safe and sound.

Katie Bivins, Judson Stafford and Stephanie Schwartz

Katie Bivins, Judson Stafford and Stephanie Schwartz

Editor’s note: Such friendship deserves a tip o’ the hat. In addition to friends making a smart choice for their “buddy,” the fellow agreed to being driven home without making a scene.

But back to the party. As the minutes ticked away for the horses to break at the Derby, the crowd could have cared less. They were having too much fun.

On the other hand, it appeared that the band was having issues. Looking like parents trying to put together a train set on Christmas Even with little success, the musicians tried their best even as the seconds clicked down to the Derby start.

Derby watching

Derby watching

But again, who cared? American Pharoah won, the long-legged gals looked fabulous and the fellows were two-minute racing experts. As soon as American Pharoah crossed the finish line, it was back to partying.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery!

JUST IN: Allie Beth Allman, Mark Craig And Paul Rasmussen Join Methodist Health System Foundation Board Of Trustees

And you thought the rain and people heading out of town for summer were going to stop the action in Dallas. Au contraire!

Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain just sent word that the Foundation’s board of trustees have added three to their ranks. And their names are so familiar.

Allie Beth Allman (File photo)

Allie Beth Allman (File photo)

Mark Craig (File photo)

Mark Craig (File photo)

Paul Rasmussen*

Paul Rasmussen*

The three newbies are residential real estate czarina Allie Beth Allman and two men well associated with Highland Park United Methodist Church — retired senior minister Rev. Mark Craig and current senior minister Rev. Paul Rasmussen.

Follow the jump for all the accomplishments these three have racked up.

* Photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation [Read more...]

Dallas Was Filled With Music From Flying Horse To Curtain Call

May busted loose with a heck of a lot of talent on stage for fundraising in Dallas. For Friday, May 1, Julie Hawes and Muffin Lemak were reining the Flying Horse 2015’s Made in the Heart of Dallas. Things started off in the east patio of the Winspear Opera House with a pre-show cocktail party followed by a Booker T. Washington Student Showcase in Booker T. Washington High School’s Montgomery Arts Theatre. Afterward the party continued for patrons at Place at Perry’s to raise funds for Booker T.

Across town at Fair Park, the Dallas Summer Musicals’ Curtain Call had the Music Hall filled with boldfacers, music and food. Here’s a report from the field:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) rolled out the red carpet to welcome guests arriving at the Music Hall at Fair Park for the 11th Annual Curtain Call gala honoring Ruth Sharp Altshuler and celebrating Dallas Summer Musicals’ 75th Anniversary.

Dorsey Baskin*

Dorsey Baskin*

Dee Simmons and Calvin Frank*

Dee Simmons and Calvin Frank*

Cindy and Chuck Gummer*

Cindy and Chuck Gummer*

Ross and Margot Perot*

Ross and Margot Perot*

Among those joining in the celebration were DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins, Chair of the Curtain Call Steering Committee Wendy Jenkins, DSM Chairman of the Board Dorsey Baskin, Nancy and Ron Natinsky – Nancy had just wrapped up chairing DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards a couple of days before – Margot and Ross Perot, Ed Cox, Sally Hoglund, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Holly and Brad Reeves, Sara Lee and Stan Gardner, Dee Simmons, Regina Pistor, Suzanne and David Palmlund – Suzanne is chairing next year’s gala – and more, most of whom were members of the host committee.

David and Suzanne Palmlund and Michael Jenkins*

David and Suzanne Palmlund and Michael Jenkins*

While enjoying wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the bidding in the silent auction was the topic of conversation, especially the Premier items, including a Breathtaking Autumn Mountain Getaway in Colorado, a Grand Slam Evening with The Texas Rangers at Globe Life Ballpark and a Panama City getaway. One of the most exciting of all prizes was the raffle of 75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles.

The 75th Anniversary program The Music, The Magic, The Memories began with Dorsey welcoming everyone and thanking Superstar underwriters, including Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc., Caroline Rose Hunt, Billie Leigh Rippey and DSM’s 75th Season Sponsor, Texas Instruments, and the Steering Committee of past chair women including Cynthia Beaird, Wendy Bridges, Patti Flowers, Mary Gill, Cindy Gummer, Wendy Jenkins, Milla Perry Jones, Holly Reeves and Sandy Watson.

Ken and Ruth Altshuler*

Ken and Ruth Altshuler*

Michael Jenkins introduced Ruth as not only a friend but a member of the DSM family and related a story of her late husband, Charles Sharp, and his involvement in the early 1960s. Since those years, Ruth has continued her involvement in DSM both as an honorary chair and as a member of the Executive Committee, giving countless hours and contributions.

Taking the stage, Ruth related many stories of her recollections of memories with former DSM Managing Director Tom Hughes, and her involvement through the years not only with Dallas Summer Musicals, but with the community and the many personalities, political and business leaders with names familiar to everyone in the audience.

Joseph Scott Holt, Traci Lee, Victoria Valentine, Sally Soldo and Blake Davidson*

Joseph Scott Holt, Traci Lee, Victoria Valentine, Sally Soldo and Blake Davidson*

The show began with a video celebrating the rich history of Dallas Summer Musicals, including a selection of melodies and photographs from over 660 productions. Accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Brian Piper, an ensemble of performances by Blake Davidson, Megan Demsky, Joseph Scott Holt, Keron Jackson, Traci Lee, Sally Soldo, Victoria Valentine and Richmond Punch – a violinist who, as a former usher at DSM, received a scholarship funded by the coins in the fountain downstairs at the Music Hall and today, came back to perform for DSM. The performances were topped off with a special treat: Tony® Award winner and Fort Worth native, Betty Buckley, who has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” sang a selection of Broadway favorites.

Betty Buckley*

Betty Buckley*

After the show, dinner was served and a champagne toast celebrated DSM’s 75th Anniversary to a standing ovation. Everyone left with a copy of the newly published 75th Anniversary book, 75 years of Creating Memories, full of photos and a timeline of performances, dating back to the first performance in 1941, and a custom candle gift sponsored by Thompson & Knight Foundation and created especially for this event by Lakewood Candle Company.

2015 Curtain Call program*

2015 Curtain Call program*

Funds raised from Curtain Call benefit the children’s programs of Dallas Summer Musicals, including High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Academy of Performing Arts, Stage Right, Seats for Kids, Kids Club and Hear Us Now!™

For the past 75 years, DSM has played a leading role as the oldest and largest nonprofit theater company in North Texas and a presenter of extraordinary musical theater productions, while increasing its presence in education and community programs which invest in the next generation of artists, performers and future patrons.

The Jenkins agree, saying, “DSM is a professional and personal passion for both of us, one we have been involved with for numerous years and one that is dear to our hearts. We encourage everyone to attend in support of these programs which bring the magic of musical theater to thousands of children each year. These programs are the very heart of Curtain Call. Seventy-five is the year of the diamond, but what really makes us sparkle is the opportunity to open a child’s eyes to musicals and watch how that experience changes their life.”

The host committee is Cynthia and Dorsey Baskin, Cynthia and Brice Beaird, April and Michael Bosworth, Dianna and Ed Bratton, Wendy and Brad Bridges, Diane and Hal Brierley, Connie and Denny Carreker, Angela and Brad Cheves, Cindy and Scott Collier, Richard Collins, Dolorie and Paul Corley, Jr., Kathy and William Cothrum, Betsy and Guinn Crousen, Barbara and Don Daseke, Peggy Dear, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, Jay Fox, Sara Lee and Stan Gardner, Mary Gill, Donna and Rick Graham, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Kay and Jim Hammond, Shyla High and Ed Valentine, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Caroline Rose Hunt, Linda and Steve Ivy, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Sue and Phil John, Milla Perry Jones, Darrell Jordan, Shanna and Sheffield Kadane, Norma and David Little, Sara and David Martineau, Cynthia and Lester Melnick, Jennifer and Steve Metzger, Anne and Bruce Monning, Nancy and Ron Natinsky, Suzanne and David Palmlund, Jane and Chick Pierce, Regina Pistor, Gail and Bill Plummer, Patsy and Bud Porter, Holly and Brad Reeves, Billie Leigh Rippey, Carol and Don Spies, Victoria and Michael Steindorf, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Sandy and Steve Watson, Jane and Clark Willingham, Susan and Addison Wilson, Debbie and Robert Witte, Laura and Randy Wright, Kimberly Yamanouchi and Jim Sackett.

Curtain Call media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and Park Cities News/The Waters Family. Dallas Summer Musicals presenting sponsor is Texas Instruments. Season partners are American Airlines, Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8.

* Photo credit: Christian Waits

Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.) To Be Keynote Speaker At Stars & Stripes Film Festival Luncheon Benefiting Sons Of The Flag

Pete and Tanya Foster (File photo)

Pete and Tanya Foster (File photo)

Timing is everything. And 2015 Stars & Stripes Film Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster are right on time. With Memorial Day reminding young and old of the sacrifices those serving in the military have made, they’ve announced initial plans for the Sons of the Flag fundraiser.

Of course, there will be the film festival that is “anticipated” to have nine screenings at the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station starting on Thursday, November 12. Coordinating arrangements with the Dallas Film Society, they plan to announce final deets for the festival in August.

Re. General Tommy R. Franks*

Ret. Gen. Tommy R. Franks*

But what they have locked down is a seated luncheon on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club. The keynote speaker will be none other than Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.).

According to his bio, “President George W. Bush calls Franks ‘a down-to-earth, no-nonsense guy.’ His troops call him ‘a Soldier’s General,’ and his associates call him ‘an astute businessman.’ His grandkids call him, ‘Pooh.’

Since the luncheon is a part of the overall festival, it will be included in the various sponsorship packages.

According to Tanya, “We do not anticipate having single luncheon tickets available once we process the sponsorship contracts.”

Translation: If you want to lock down a place at the luncheon, better check out the sponsorship level that suits you. And it would be wise to go ahead and do it now instead of waiting until August when the final rundown of films is announced.

* Photo provided by Stars & 
Stripes Film Festival

Memorial Day Allows For The Living To Honor The Dead With A National Moment Of Remembrance

Old Glories

Old Glories

Memorial Day is a day to recognize and honor those in the military who have died while serving this country. There are those who pooh-pooh Memorial Day as a “Yankee” holiday. In a way they’re right. Originally it was called Decoration Day following the Civil War.

The date was selected because the flowers would be in bloom and it would serve as a day of healing. But that was a time when the country was physically divided following devastating years of mayhem.

Following World War II, it was decided to honor those killed “who have died in all American wars.”

In 1971 Memorial Day was officially made a holiday honoring those service people who lost their lives in military service.

In December 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance was passed decreeing that at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, one minute of silence would take place remembering and honoring those who have died in service to the nation.

For those who still cling to the idea that it is a “Yankee holiday,” give it up. We allow this one day to honor the hundreds of thousands of service people — men and women — who lost their lives serving this country dating back to the Revolutionary War.

And while we celebrate all who have served in the armed forces on Veterans Day, today belongs to those who died wearing a United States uniform.

The United States may not be a perfect spot on the globe, but for those who died defending its ideals, this country was honored with their ultimate sacrifice.

A Passing: Jac Alder

Jac Alder and Ken Villalovos (File photo)

Jac Alder and Ken Villalovos (File photo)

It was just this past January when Theatre Three  co-founder/executive producer/director Jac Alder stole the show at the Wyly for TACA’s presentation of checks to area performing arts. After receiving his $30,000 check, he headed back to his seat, almost skedaddling away before his photo with the check and Ken Villalovos was taken. Luckily, Jac backtracked amid the laughter and had the photo taken.

But that was Jac. There wasn’t a stage on which he didn’t make his presence felt. It was also the final appearance that many within the arts community will remember seeing 80-year-old Jac. He died Friday at Baylor from respiratory failure.

And the tributes from the performing arts community have already started pouring in.

TACA Executive Director Becky Young said, “Jac is /was a colleague who kept us honest. He taught each of us who came to Dallas (or to this work after he did) how the theatre scene in Dallas came to be…right down to where the buildings were located… Including under bridges.

“I saw ‘for colored girls’ and ‘little shop of horrors’ in his theatre. Both made huge, very different impressions.

“Jac led all of us toward the work of collaboration – long before it was the buzz word that it is today. He always took the time to help one understand where he thought our arts scene was on any given day. And, if he called you for coffee or breakfast you went because you knew you’d come back to your own work smarter and with more tools to work with.

“He never hesitated to share his perspective and each of us is the wiser and more dedicated arts professional for it.”

According to Dallas Theater Center Creative Director Kevin Moriarty, “Jac Alder was a friend to me, as he was to so many of us in the Dallas theater community. His death is a cause of great sorrow for everyone who loved him, but it is also an opportunity for us to reflect upon his life. Because of Jac’s remarkable leadership, Theatre 3 has provided outstanding art for our community for more than 50 years. His commitment to collaboration has been an inspiration to all of us, as has his love for artists and his steadfast belief that North Texas could support a great, thriving theater community. Theater 3 stands as an enduring testament to his artistic vision and the power of his belief.

“On a personal level, I will miss our lively conversations, often-long breakfasts filled with Jac’s entertaining anecdotes, insights, wit and the positive energy and great warmth with which he inspired me and made me feel welcome from the moment I first arrived in Dallas. He is irreplaceable.”

The curtain may have come down on Jac’s life, but his love of theatre and his personality will continue on through those he inspired.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 5th Annual TAG Kentucky Derby

Suzanne and Kevin Burns and Jaimee Perra

Suzanne and Kevin Burns and Jaimee Perra

American Pharoah is on a roll with the Belmont up ahead. His start got underway at the Saturday, May 2nd Kentucky Derby with a bunch of adorable gals and gents watching at Dallas’ Empire Room. Besides killer-looking fashions — hats, sunglasses, bowties and frocks showing off long legs — the guests were also fundraising for the Center for BrainHealth’s TAG.

Derby watching

Derby watching

The 5th Annual TAG Kentucky Derby post is being prepped, but the pix can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery now!

JUST IN: Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday And Monday Outdoor Concerts Have Been Moved To The Meyerson

If you were planning to head over to Klyde Warren Park on Sunday and Flagpole Hill Monday for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “Memorial Day” concerts, respectively, change your plans.

Due to Mother Nature’s saturation of Mother Earth lately and still more predicted this weekend, the musicians, instruments and patriotic tunes will still take place. Only they’ll be in the Meyerson Symphony Center.

The concerts are still free, family-friendly and open to the public. Sunday’s event starts at 8:30 p.m. and Monday’s concert will commence at 8 p.m. But it’s first come, first seated.

As for the scheduled fireworks following the concerts, you’re out of luck. They’ve been “canceled and will not be moved or rescheduled.” So, you’ll have to wait until Saturday, July 4, for flashes in the sky.

“Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?” Once Again Provides Surprises And Puzzles For Adult Panelists And Guests

Lucy Billingsley and Caren Kline

Lucy Billingsley and Caren Kline

Lucy Billingsley arrive at Frontiers of Flight Museum on Thursday, April 30, loaded for bear. As one of the adult panelists for the “Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?” competition, she had prepped warm-up questions for her team of Pastor Bryan Carter, Clay Jenkins, Steve O’Brien, Will Rose, Florence Shapiro, George Tang, Bernice Washington, Lucy Wrubel and Edwin Flores subbing in for Pauline Medrano. She did a trial run of her questions with Caren Kline:

  • What is a camel-hair brush made of?
  • Where are Panama hats made?
  • What is the color of a Purple Finch?

A couple of Lucy’s fellow panelists probably wished she had just said, “Drop and give me ten.”

Steve O'Brien, Clay Jenkins, Bryan Carter, Chris Brown, Lucy Wrubel, George Tang, Will Rose, Florence Shapiro, Edwin Flores, Lucy Billingsley and Bernice Washington

Steve O’Brien, Clay Jenkins, Bryan Carter, Chris Brown, Lucy Wrubel, George Tang, Will Rose, Florence Shapiro, Edwin Flores, Lucy Billingsley and Bernice Washington

On one side of the stage, the driving-age panelists were chatting up and looking pretty light-hearted and confident. On the other side of the stage behind the screen were the KIPPsters in their navy blue polo shirts and khaki pants getting revved up for the confrontation. It seemed as if the adults thought the questions would be throw-aways, while the kids appeared ready for bar exams.

From the left: Judah Foster, Yesenia Avalos,  Leslie Uribe, Lyrun Young, Romero Lucero, Damian Breedlove, Ailin Castillo, Saadiq Muhammad, Alexis McCain and Melody Munoz

From the left: Judah Foster, Yesenia Avalos, Leslie Uribe, Lyrun Young, Romero Lucero, Damian Breedlove, Ailin Castillo, Saadiq Muhammad, Alexis McCain and Melody Munoz

For first-time guests, the evening was filled with surprises. Why, even those who had attended last year’s KIPP:DFW fundraiser were in for a surprise.

Quinton Vance and Lindsay Billingsley

Quinton Vance and Lindsay Billingsley

As guests literally filled the ground level tables after a VIP reception on the upper level, Event Chair Lindsay Billingsley and KIPP DFW Executive Director Quinton Vance welcomed the hundreds of guests and directed their attention to a stage in the middle of the room and introduced the KIPPP Destiny Elementary Show Choir.

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir finale

KIPP Destiny Elementary School Choir finale

If the word “adorable” had a video to define it, The Kippies would be performing. They sang; they gestured; they should have been arrested for stealing everybody’s heart.

The evening could have ended right there and then and nobody would have complained at all.

But Jeopardy! two-time winner/emcee Chris Smith moved swiftly to the podium and introduced the two panels — the adults and then the KIPPsters (Yesenia Avalos, Damion Breedlove, Ailin Castillo, Judah Foster, Alexia McCain, Saadiq Muhammad, Melody Munoz, Lucero Romero, Leslie Uribe and Lyrun Young) — and started the quiz.

Panelists and Chris Smith

Panelists and Chris Smith

Anyone in the audience or on the panel thinking the questions would be softballs like “Mary had a little … a) alligator, b) lamb c) pain in her neck or d) pig?” went into cerebral shock.

Here are some of the questions that faced the panelists:

Which of the following describes a result of the 13th Amendment?

  • African Americans in the North could vote
  • State governments were required to protect individual rights
  • Former confederate officials were prohibited from holding elected office
  • Africa Americans in the South could move elsewhere

 

Brett’s desk is 40 inches long. Given that 1 inch is approximately 254 centimeters, how many centimeters long is the desk?

  • 75 cm
  • 54 cm
  • 6 cm
  • 120 cm

 

The atomic number of an atom is equal to

  • The number of protons in the atom
  • The number of protons and neutrons in the atom
  • The number of protons and electrons in the atom
  • The number of protons, neutrons and electrons in the atom

 

Which of these keeps Earth in its orbit?

  • The rotation of the Earth
  • The gravity of the Sun
  • The revolution of the Moon
  • The gravity of the Moon

 

In the early rounds, it was looking pretty bleak for the Dallasites as they fumbled and grumbled. Finally, they got one question right and their fellow panelists did a wave to celebrate.

Adults celebrated getting a right answer

Adults celebrated getting a right answer

The kids, on the other hand, looked at the adults acting like kids.

Deb and Clint McConnough

Deb and Clint McConnough

After the first part of the quiz ended for a break, KIPP DFW Campaign Co-Chairs Deb and Clint McDonnough put a shout-out for guests to support and get involved “to provide children in under-served communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college and the competitive world beyond.”

A moving point in the evening was when 2003 KIPP Truth Academy Founding 5th grader Jozlyn Hall told about her experience with KIPP. Thanks to KIPP DFW she went on to Texas Woman’s University, from which she would be graduating in seven days. But the KIPP connection didn’t end with her being able to study at TWU. She revealed that she would be teaching sixth-grade science at KIPP Destiny Middle School that opens this fall.

The evening ended with the lighting round that resulted in the KIPPsters once again taking home the honors.

Oh, were you wondering what the answers were to Lucy’s and the KIPP quiz? Don’t blame you. Follow the jump and the answers are there. [Read more…]

White Party Kick-Off Celebration Attracted Overwhelming Number Of Guests And Netted $27K Plus For The Wilkinson Center

Mother Nature decided to cooperate with sunshine and a nice breeze on Saturday, April 30. Perhaps it was because the old gal was attending the White Party Kick-Off hoop-la at Hotel Zaza. Here’s a report from the field about the Wilkinson Center fundraiser:

The White Party Kickoff party*

The White Party Kickoff party*

We started off this event with 2,700 RSVP’s on The White Party Kickoff Facebook page! This Saturday, April 30th event was our big White Party Kickoff event where patrons could buy White Party tickets and Young Friends of Wilkinson Center memberships for a discounted rate and learn more about the Young Friends.

Madison McPherson, Hunter Woodlee and Brayson Burchfiel*

Madison McPherson, Hunter Woodlee and Brayson Burchfiel*

Krystal Houle, Julie Ellis and Aaron Garcia*

Krystal Houle, Julie Ellis and Aaron Garcia*

This was our first event of the year to announce our big White Party fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, June 13, at Saint Ann from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Hotel Zaza provided “complimentary strolling bits including Chinese 5 Spice Crispy Calamari with Thai Chile Sauce, Southwestern Egg Roll Bites, Chicken Tomatillo Quesadillas, Strawberry Gazpacho Shooters and Assorted French Macaroons. While there was a cash bar, the hotel offered complimentary “welcome drink/specialty cocktail — Whiskey-based cocktail similar to an Old Fashion but with a twist to lighten it up for spring/summer.

Mindy Loll, Steven Strobt, Michael Rodriquez, Mike Preacher and Jessi Moreau*

Mindy Loll, Steven Strobt, Michael Rodriquez, Mike Preacher and Jessi Moreau*

John Desmond, Karen Israel and Ginger Varga*

John Desmond, Karen Israel and Ginger Varga*

Taylor Nichols, OJ DeSouza and Tiffany Heath*

Taylor Nichols, OJ DeSouza and Tiffany Heath*

When guests weren’t dining and sipping, they were recording their cuteness at Instaphotobooth that also donated its services.

We also raffled off a VIP White Party table and sold sponsorships for the White Party. We netted $27K plus change the night of the event and Hotel Zaza gave us 10% of all alcohol sales.

If you didn’t make it to the kick-off party, there’s still time to sign up for a spot at The White Party. Then you’ll have a grand excuse to shop for a white frock and schedule that spray tan.

* Photo credit: Lisa Means

MySweetCharity Will Be With You On Your Summer Sojourns

Before toddling off to some fabulous place for summer, don’t you worry about keeping up with the Dallas doings. If you subscribe to MySweetCharity, you’ll continue to get your daily updates. The MSC rise-and-shine squad of elves will be hitting the button promptly, so you get your updates to review with your morning java.

If you avoid commitments in any form, even subscriptions, then just continue checking in MySweetCharity whereever you are. As long as you have an Internet connection, MySweetCharity will be at your beck and call.

Friends Of The Warren Center Had “Movement” Of Fashions To Benefit Children With Development Differences And Disabilities

While the Center for Vital Longevity was listening to Dr. Claudia Kawas on living past 90, the Friends of the Warren Center were checking out the spring fashions for the benefit of Richardson-based Warren Center that provides resources and support for “children with development differences or disabilities, and their families.” Here’s a report from the field:

Fred Jones and Staci Alexander

Fred Jones and Staci Alexander

Jake Pavelka and Sydney Null*

Jake Pavelka and Sydney Null*

Magnus Wetterstrand and Sylvia Hargrave*

Magnus Wetterstrand and Sylvia Hargrave*

Danielle Bels and Jordan Roberts*

Danielle Bels and Jordan Roberts*

Taylormarie Davenport and Imran Sheikh*

Taylormarie Davenport and Imran Sheikh*

The Friends of the Warren Center including Jen Tomasik, Kim Charles, Sharon Broussard, Sonetta Palmer, Debbie Fruithandler, Dr. Kara Bentley, Dr. Cathy Zhon, Andrea and Dick Doyle, Deepa and Vasu Moparty, Taylormarie Davenport, Imran Sheikh, Danielle Bels, Jordan Roberts, Magnus Wetterstand and Sylvia Hargrave gathered for their spring fashion show, “Movement.”

Kara Bentley, Designer Shemara Jeyarajah and Cathy Zhon*

Kara Bentley, Designer Shemara Jeyarajah and Cathy Zhon*

At 6 p.m., guests entered the newly renovated event space, Couture Gallery on Riverfront, owned by designer Shemara Jeyarajah to enjoy light bites by Eddie V’s, cakeballs by CakeBallz and Neurosonic Beverages.

At 7 p.m., The Warren Center Development Director Tara Null welcomed everyone to the fashion show and discussed The Warren Center mission. DFW Style Editor Leah Frazier emceed the fashion show produced by Willie Johnson of WJ Productions.

Kirsten Williams*

Kirsten Williams*

Gary Walden*

Gary Walden*

Rohan Jeyaraja*

Rohan Jeyaraja*

Linda Snorina*

Linda Snorina*

Models from Frisco ISD, Friends of the Warren Center, The Warren Center children and special guests Jake “The Bachelor” Pavelka, Gary Walden, Allison Edwards, Jason Treu, Paul Salfen, Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah, Linda Snorina, Kirsten Williams, Wendy Rodriguez, Sydney Null and The Warren Center child, Constance Jackson modeled Spring/Summer and White Hot Summer Night scenes. They wore designs from Aftershock London, Elaine Turner, Edo Popken of Switzerland, Kid Biz and The Biz.

Designer Shemara Jeyarajah concluded the show with her Shemara Couture line featuring her custom women’s cocktail dresses, suits, gowns and men’s shirts.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

Center For Vital Longevity’s 2nd Annual Jean And Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture Focused On The Oldest Old

Thursday, April 30 was slam-bang theater for the nonprofits. With summer nearing, it was pretty obvious that many were trying to squeeze in as much activity as possible before the town was abandoned for vacationing. The Center for Vital Longevity was holding the 2nd Annual Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Claudia Kawas, who spoke on the “Lessons from the Oldest Old: The 90+ Study.” If you watch “60 Minutes,” you might recall seeing her on the show.

Those folks at the Center are pretty sharp cookies. They taped the talk. If you’re interested in the determining factors associated with living to 90 and beyond, then you just might want to turn up the sound and settle back for a view of the video.

Calling All Burglars

We know how you troll websites and blogs looking for snippets about richly types being away from home. You know those little items about “Susu Soso” heading to the Hamptons to get away from Dallas heat. Or, “Hortensia Healthnut” is hiking up in the mountains in her spiffy shorts with the kids. Or, “Geoffrey Gurgle” is going to attend a Far Niente wine tasting in Napa that he won in charity auction.

These little travel notes are ripe for your hitting their homes while they’re away.

Good for you to be so industrious.

Just wanted you to know that you don’t need to waste your time mining MySweetCharity for such tidbits to help your wanton ways.

Ever since MSC launched, the policy has been that we only post news about trips and away-junkets after the folks return. You’ll need to look for another accessory to your shenanigans.

Thrift Studio Has Marked Everything At Half-Price For the Final Days Including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Donations

Yipes and holy yipes! The Dwell with Dignity‘s Thrift Studio has only days… or, rather, hours left until it’s a woof of history.

Thrift Studio (File photo)

Thrift Studio (File photo)

According to the organizers, “EVERYTHING (they capitalized it) at Thrift Studio is 50% OFF (they colorized that and capitalized “OFF”).

There’s additional news that hasn’t been colorized or capitalized. It’s that those very cool chaps with great taste, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, have donated 60 items to the mix.

If you decide to ho-hum and not be tempted, you’re gonna have to hold your breath until 2016 for the next Thrift Studio.

It’s the last five days, so get going!

Morgan Fairchild To Be Honorary Chair For Paws In The City’s “Top Hat & Tails”

Back in the 1960’s Patsy Ann McClenny was typical of most Dallas gals. She wanted to be part of Ron Chapman’s Sump‘n Else’s “The Little Group” that included Joanie Prather, Delpha Teague, Colleen Anderegg and Kathy Forney. But despite repeated auditions, she just didn’t make the cut.

Now, most teenagers would have sulked, gone into therapy about rejection and/or gained a ton of weight. But not Patsy Ann. She simply made a couple of changes—like her name to Morgan Fairchild and her location to New York City.

Morgan Fairchild*

Morgan Fairchild*

It worked. Six weeks after arriving in the Big Apple, she ended up landing the role of murderess Jennifer Pace Phillips on the CBS soap “Search for Tomorrow.”

Next she headed to the West Coast where she appeared on the most popular TV series around — “Dallas,” “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” “Murder, She Wrote” and loads of others.

Instead of working with “The Little Group,” Morgan ended up working with everyone from Bette Davis, Robin Williams, Roddy McDowell, Jane Wyman, Willie Nelson and countless others.

But she hasn’t been a one-note song. Nope. In addition to being a successful businesswoman, she’s heavily involved with numerous causes including animals. She really raised a stink when when she led efforts to save an abandoned “pet” baby Bobcat who now, thanks to Ms. Fairchild, is safely living in a wild cat sanctuary and is known as “Morgan.”

That, plus the fact that she’s still a hometown gal, is the reason she’s been announced to be the honorary chair for the May 30thTop Hats & Tails” fundraiser for Paws in the City at the Westin Galleria Hotel.

In addition to Morgan being on hand, Bonnie Hill will receive the prestigious St. Francis of Assisi Award for “her pioneering work as the founder of the Spay Neuter Network.”

The evening’s emcee will be the ever-young, retired WFAA sportscaster George Riba.

Entertainment? It will be an Elvis Tribute Show featuring Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Kraig Parker and his Royal Tribute Band.

Why does one think that selfies will be in high gear on Saturday, May 30th at the Westin?

* Photo provided by Paws in the City