MySweet2015Goals: Kate Rose Marquez

Kate Rose Marquez

Kate Rose Marquez

According to Côtes du Coeur Event Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

My goals are:

  • “To help people know that 1 in 3 people die of heart disease – 1 in 3.
  • “To raise awareness that heart disease is preventable 80% of the time.
  • “To be well enough that I don’t have to drill my daughter and sons on how to dial 911.
  • “To be able to say to my children, ‘Sure!’ instead of ‘No, Mommy better not.’
  • “To raise more money than ever for Côtes du Coeur, Dallas’ Heart Ball and the number one gala for The American Heart Association in the United States that supports research and education for heart disease.
  • “To educate people on the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke, and that symptoms are different for women and men. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Symptoms-in-Women_UCM_436448_Article.jsp

Soup’s On Patron Party Found A Perfect Nest At Susie Simon’s

Susie Simon’s Park Cities house literally crows. It’s because the diminutive hostess loves roosters and they’re found roosting especially in her top-notch kitchen. One was the MacKenzie-Childs creation that was a gift from one of her kiddos. Its mate was a gift from her other daughter, but it was nesting at Susie’s lake house.

Mackenzie-Childs rooster

MacKenzie-Childs rooster

On Monday, January 19, Susie pointed to a black-and-white teapot on her Viking range. Smeared words decorated the pot. It seems that five years ago following the death of Susie’s husband, she had met Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson on her visit to Dallas to promote her association with MacKenzie-Childs at Neiman’s Downtown. Upon purchasing the pot, Fergie wrote a personal note on it. Only problem? Susie’s diligent housekeeper tried her darndest to wipe off the scribblings.

Didn’t matter. Susie knew and appreciated the effort of all. But on this night, the focus wasn’t on teapots or roosters. It was on the guests attending The Soup’s On! patron party.

On the covered porch teenagers Kate Clifford and her brother John Clifford were joined by Grace Coleman. They were there because, “Our folks were involved in the party.”

Katy Clifford, John Clifford and Grace Coleman

Katy Clifford, John Clifford and Grace Coleman

Actually the Clifford kids’ folks were half present. Mom Jennifer Clifford was meeting and greeting. Dad Joe was en route. He had just recently returned from Haiti. Jennifer admitted that while her husband wasn’t’ a doctor, he knew how to meet- and-greet Haitians. He even managed to learn a few Haitian Creole French words, like “Just have a seat over there.”

Susie Simon, Jackie Moore, Jimmy Wayne and Anne Besser

Susie Simon, Jackie Moore, Jimmy Wayne and Anne Besser

In the living room, Soup’s On! Speaker Jimmy Wayne was joining Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore to the delight of photographers.

In the entrance, Jan Osborn reported that earlier in the day she had tried out the new SMU tennis courts. Review? Spectacular.

Robin Bagwell, Gail Davis and Jan Osborn

Robin Bagwell, Gail Davis and Jan Osborn

But it was an early evening. The next day’s luncheon benefiting The Stewpot Alliance would have all ladling the goods Chef Chair Brian Luscher and his crew of celebrity chefs (Donald Chalko, Bruno Davaillon, Omar Flores, Chad Houser, Chad Kelley, Matt McCallister, Danyele McPherson, Janice Provost, Abraham Salum, Oliver Sitrin and Sarah Snow.

MySweet2015Goals: Lynn M. Davis

According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s President and CEO, Lynn M. Davis,

Lynn M. Davis*

Lynn M. Davis*

“DCAC provides a child-friendly setting where a skilled team of professionals comes together to conduct forensic interviews, provide therapy and victim assistance services to child abuse victims, and to coordinate those investigating and prosecuting cases – always keeping the best interest of the child in mind. Last year, DCAC served more than 4,000 children and their non-offending family members who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. Child abuse isn’t an easy subject to talk about, but it is one that cuts across all socioeconomic margins – and one that is happening every day right here in Dallas County.

“Our 2015 goal is for individuals in the Dallas community to become more involved in our cause – and there are so many ways to do this. You can purchase tickets to our upcoming Appetite for Advocacy luncheon on April 2 at the Sheraton Hotel or sign up to participate in April for Child Abuse Awareness Month activities. We also host a sporting clay tournament, Aim for Advocacy on August 27th as well as an art auction, Art for Advocacy, on November 7th.

“Our longer-term goal is to be known as a national leader in professional education for those who fight crimes against children. We recently produced a series of video-based child abuse education curriculum to educate parents, children and child-serving professionals. (You can visit www.trainingcenter.net for more information.) In 2014, we also launched our on-site Research Institute which will track the long-term effects early intervention has on our clients and their families.

“It only takes one word, one conversation, one moment to make a difference in the life of a child. It is through the support of people like you who volunteer, give, learn, and speak out about the issue of child abuse that makes the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center possible.”

* Photo provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Weather Update For Saturday’s A Wagon Holds Promise

The MySweetCharity weather department has been working with their charts, maps and chicken bones to figure out the weather for Saturday morning’s “A Wagon Holds Promise” parade for Community Partners of Dallas.

A Wagon Holds Promise*

A Wagon Holds Promise*

According to their brainstorming, the earlier forecast for rainfall in the morning is GWTW. It appears the wet stuff will hold off until afternoon. Sure, there will be clouds in the sky, but what’s wrong with a cloud or two or three?

Evidently the CPD staff has pull with Ma Nature.

So, if you haven’t signed up to parade, come join the crowd cheering and video taping the hundreds of red wagons rolling through the Guinness World Record and have a Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe feast afterwards. Then you can go shopping for Super Bowl fixin’s or catch a movie. Remember, the Oscars are less than a month away and there’s that nominated movie you’ve been promising to see.

MySweet2015Goals: Patty Leyendecker

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

According to fundraiser Patty Leyendecker,

“To work hard, and to do something kind for someone every day.”

MySweet2015Goals: Skye Brewer

According to fundraising volunteer Skye Brewer,

Skye Brewer (File photo)

Skye Brewer (File photo)

“My goals for 2015 are to care for my family, raise funds to fight cancer and survive yet another child heading for college! I plan to wake up each day grateful for my beautiful family and fabulous friends – and as a result, 2015 will be a terrific year!”

JUST IN: Martha Hawthorne To Receive Sandi Haddock Impact Award

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon is just a week away and word comes that this year’s recipient of the Sandi Haddock Impact Award will be Martha Hawthorne.

Martha Hawthorne*

Martha Hawthorne*

The award is annually given “to a key female leader in the Dallas Community. The honoree is someone who has made a significant impact in the community with a particular focus on the betterment of women’s health issues.”

The event at the Omni Dallas will also feature a on-stage conversation with Charlotte Jones Anderson and her father Jerry Jones.

My, but the Joneses are going to be busy. That night they’ll be at AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unite Forever Gala.

Congratulations to Martha.

* Photo credit: James Edward

JUST IN: Dallas Arboretum $5 Special Is Extended

Just got word that the $5 special deal at the Dallas Arboretum has been so successful, they’re going to extend it until Friday, February 27. Naturally, the success is due to her ladyship, Mother Nature, who has been generous with her nice weather.

And while this weekend might be a little damp for wandering through the gardens, just think of Valentine’s Day, which is on a Saturday. You’ll be able to stroll the grounds with your sweetie for less money than it costs to see a movie.

Two lips among the tulips (File photo)

Two lips among the tulips (File photo)

But those Arboretum folks aren’t dumb. Come Saturday, February 28, the prices return and Dallas Blooms busts out all over.

Deadline Looms For Come-Rain-Or-Shine “A Wagon Holds Promise” Parade To Break The Guinness World Record

While the northeast is plowing through this week’s blizzard, North Texas has been enjoying spring-like weather. So, what the heck happened to winter? It just took a couple of days off. But a smidgen of it is returning this weekend complete with a dose of rain.

That’s good news and something to think about. The good news is that it will alleviate the drought in these parts a bit, so program your sprinklers to relax for the next few days.

A Wagon Holds Promise*

A Wagon Holds Promise*

The “something to think about” is Community Partners of Dallas’ “A Wagon Holds Promise” parade on Saturday. Sure, it may be damp, but the weather-guessers think it will be light in the morning when the parade takes place. And what’s rain compared to raising funds to help Dallas County’s abused and neglected children.

So far, more than 450 folks have signed up to participate, including 250 adults and kiddos to pull the little red wagons. Because of the overwhelming response, the CPD-ers, who like to go over the top every time, have extended the sign-up deadline until 5 p.m. today. Tickets are free, but absolutely required. So don’t dawdle, because they need a headcount.

Red wagons wait their turn to parade

Red wagons wait their turn to parade

BTW, if you “rent” a wagon for $50, it’s a twofer bonus. Not only does the money go to CPD, but the wagon is put into the CPD Christmas toy drive.

Even if you have your own wagon, you still have to register to be part of the world-record-breaking event.

The celeb du jour will be the Guinness World Record representative, who will be doing a wagon count to verify that a world record has been set.

As for the rain, it’ll be a perfect opportunity to dress yourself and the kids in yellow slickers, cute galoshes and amazing umbrellas.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the parade commences at 11 a.m. come rain or shine. And afterwards, there will food to celebrate thanks to Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe. Yum!

* Graphic and photo provided by Community Partners of Dallas

MySweet2015Goals: Lisa Longino

According to fundraiser Lisa Longino,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

“My goals…serious, though actually really funny if you think about what I’m attempting to do!!!!!!!! (trying to keep this very old brain from drying up).

“I’m learning to fly…trying to get my pilots license (have 6 hours of dual training so far)…long way to go!

“And I’m continuing to learn how to speak Italian….can just see your eyes rolling around at the thought of my Eastern North Carolina Italian. Anyway, I HAVE spent five weeks in an immersion course in Montepulciano!

“Ciao e buona notte!”

Loris Gréaud’s “The Unplayed Notes Museum” Evacuated Dallas Contemporary As Angels Fell To Zombies

Like parents prepping for Christmas morning, insiders exchanged knowing looks at the Dallas Contemporary patron party on Saturday, January 17, for Loris Gréaud‘s exhibit, “The Unplayed Notes Museum.”

John Clutts and Sami Arslanlar

John Clutts and Sami Arslanlar

For DC supporters like Nancy Rogers, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Muffin Lemak, John Clutts, Dr. Sami Arslanlar and Kenny Goss, this was up there with the Olympics and Super Bowl rolled into one.

Fists on poles

Fists on poles

Loris had taken over the entire 26,000-square-foot space. While guests enjoyed their adult beverages outside at high tops warmed by patio heaters, others wandered through the various rooms. In one darkened room ringed by a tube of light were rows of sculpted fists on poles atop rectangular blocks facing a wall with artwork. A voice could be heard reading William Burroughs. In the room adjoining the fist room was an open space with gargantuan black shiny deformed sculptures from Versailles with black paintings on the wall.

Grinning angel

Grinning angel

A little further was a two-fold presentation.In the back for the gallery were towering, grinning angels arranged like Stonehenge standing guard around thousands of dead butterflies. On the wall at the front of the room was a thermal video. At first glance it looked like dough being massaged. Close but no cigar. It was two porn actors having sex. A person remarked how the thermal shows body parts heating up.

Crowd watching thermal video

Crowd watching thermal video

In the largest gallery space was an upside-down tree on a stage surrounded by silver light bulbs. This sight appeared to be attracting a herd of black mutant quadrupeds. On the far wall was a showing of an underwater explosion that appeared to be more of a Rorschach test. On the adjoining walls were dozens of black relief paintings.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds

Herd of mutant quadrapeds

Media types like Holly Haber suggested that friends stay at least until 8:30. Why? Was Loris going to address the crowd? The answer: “You’ll just have to see.” Some like Jeff Byron and Kevin Hurst couldn’t stick around and headed out the door.

At 8 p.m. someone muttered that one of the now-routine earthquakes had just hit. Was that the surprise? Nope.

John Reoch

John Reoch

As guests continued to wander the rooms, it became apparent that most had abided by the suggestion to wear black or white. John Reoch was so typical of John Reoch in white jacket and shirt topped with a white top hat and sunglasses. DC Senior Curator Justine Ludwig just couldn’t resist being different and wore a raspberry cocktail dress. Nancy Rogers was in a nifty black evening gown with a delicious slit showing her left leg. But leave it to Lady Rogers to be a tad bit different. It wasn’t just the diamonds on her earrings and around her neck and bracelet. It was the fur jacket of rainbow colors. But she had an excuse. It was chilly outside and she had to be at the Ritz for a deb party and then to The Joule for the after-exhibition dinner.

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Loris himself was hardly noticeable as he blended in with the guests. But he was in some sense making a farewell tour of his installation. What was to come would take his handiwork out of his hands.

At 8:30 the lights went out. Emergency lights started flashing. Calls to evacuate the building were shouted by staffers. The sound of plaster sculptures and framed artwork hitting the concrete floor could be heard. It was Dead White Zombies trashing pieces of the art in each room.

The carefully installed exhibition was now being permanently changed and it was out of his control. An angel was face down on the hard floor. The mutant creatures had been ravaged. The hands were in bits and pieces. The framed artwork was bent and torn. For more than two minutes, the local “zombies” had their way with the artwork that had taken months from around the world to prepare and install.

Dead White Zombies

Dead White Zombies

Instead of being scared at the drop-everything-and-head-for-the-door development, guests raised cellphones to tape the happening. But once outside, guests like Wendy and Jeremy Strick, Capera Ryan and Ekaterina Kouznetsova discovered they would not be allowed to return. Alas, patron Laree was not on the scene. She was holed up in Museum Tower fighting the flu. A rumor flowed around that she just couldn’t stand seeing the art decimated. Due to the chicken soup flowing into Museum Tower, she evidently was under the weather. In fact, poor Loris was starting to feel under the weather in the days to come.

Banished guests

Banished guests

But before he succumbed to the seasonal ills and departed for his next ports o’call, the 35-year-old avant garde artist said, “Everything went above my expectation. Everything has been so great.”

Angel face down

Angel face down

However, the crowds were much bigger than Loris had expected. He thought perhaps a hundred would witness the trashing. Instead it was more than 300. Seeing the first falling angel, he thought to himself, “This was not a good idea. It was super crowded. Maybe this is going to be a major failure. Then I started running in all the spaces and I see some pieces collapsing. It was like, ‘This was not how it was supposed to be…to be smash and crash.’ This was where I lose the control which was part of the event for me to become part of the viewers.”

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

He had mixed feelings. “Real excited; real happy; very sad; like a shock at the same time. The worst for me was the sound and not visually what was happening. But hearing the works cracking and collapsing. This was actually violent.”

When asked if the terror and damage that had recently taken place in Paris just days before had made him have second thoughts about such an unstaging, he said, “Actually, no. Because the way we rehearsed and talked about the work with the actors, we talked about the precise way of doing it… I wanted the event to be conceptual for everybody to project what they want to project on it. If it has to be the recent event in Paris, of course. But 9-11, some riot that turned bad or even some peoples’ desire and frustration as well. I think anybody at some point would like to destroy, to smash something because of the situation like people are starving. Sometimes you want to crash something… When I saw the event in Paris, I was shocked and sad, a terrible nightmare but it reinforced the idea of doing it in Dallas.

“I’m afraid people will crystallize on the event itself at the opening. I’m still shocked at what I have done. With time people will have more critical distance and enjoy this idea of resolution inside the display of the show.”

Creatures in pieces

Creatures in pieces

He also emphasized that the event was to show that art is not sacred. “I see people who take parts of the animal that was broken and go with it. I think, ‘That’s okay.’

“Imagine if they start assembling them (the destroyed pieces) and start selling them on Ebay.”

MySweet2015Goals: Barbara Daseke

According to business woman/fundraiser Barbara Daseke,

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

“To have continued success and happiness for my many friends and family.”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Loris Gréaud’s “The Unplayed Notes Museum” Patron Party

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Dallas Contemporary proved that museums are far from ho-hum affairs. On Saturday, January 17, French artist Loris Gréaud proved that for the patron party of his “The Unplayed Notes Museum.” Having taken over the entire 26,000-square-foot museum, he made his first solo exhibit in the U.S.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

At 8:30, he orchestrated a two-minute destruction of many pieces within the exhibits as unsuspecting guests were evacuated from the building with cellphones recording the mayhem.

While the post is being prepped, check out the before-and-after photos and some of the witnesses at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

Usher/Blake Shelton Concert Vouchers Are Available For United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas 90th Anniversary Celebration

People have been hearing the hype for months about the Friday, February 6th Blake Shelton/Usher concert celebrating the 90th anniversary of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. What they haven’t heard was the price of tickets.

There’s a reason for that. There is no price. Whoa! Before you go a’thinking that it’s a freebie, forget that one. According to organizers, here’s how to get in:

“If you make a donation to the United Way on www.unitedwaydallas.org, you can receive vouchers for the concert.”

See there are perks to donating.

And let’s give credit where credit is due. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 90th Anniversary Celebration is being presented by AT&T. The Unite Forever Gala is being presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The concert is being presented by PepsiCo. The concert’s “pit” is being presented by JCPenney.

This shindig is having more “presents” than a birthday party.

Tate Lecture Series Organizers Announce The Postponement Of “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts’ Appearance Tonight

Due to the blizzard-thon in the northeast, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts appearance at tonight’s Tate Lecture Series has been postponed. So hold on to your tickets because they’ll be good for the future date that’s being negotiated.

In the meantime, enjoy the nice weather here!

MySweet2015Goals: Anne Stodghill

According to fundraiser Anne Stodghill,

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

“This is a sampling of my 2015 goals.

  • “Say “NO” more often, so saying “YES” means more
  • “Spend more unscheduled time with those I love
  • “Experiment with different exercise programs until I find one I like and can stick with it
  • “Plant a kitchen garden
  • “Set aside time each week to be creative – writing, painting, crafting
  • “Finish my family cookbook
  • “Perfect a recipe for Chicken Marsala and Chicken Fried Steak
  • “Read at least 25 books
  • “Travel to another continent and see another modern wonder of the world
  • “Sort mementos and photos by year and place in archival boxes”

JUST IN: TACA Distributed More Than $1.3M To Area Nonprofit Performing Art Groups

Cecily Bolding, Richard Holt and Hal Brierley

Cecily Bolding, Richard Holt and Hal Brierley

It was Christmas at the Wyly tonight! TACA held its annual presentation of grants from the funds raised in 2014. A whopping $1.3M was distributed to the following groups:

Dance

  • Avant Chamber Ballet – $15,000
  • Bruce Wood Dance Project – $25,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre –$80,000
  • Texas Ballet Theater – $65,000
  • TITAS – $65,000

Youth Arts

  • Big Thought – $15,000
  • Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas – $35,000
  • Dallas Children’s Theater – $75,000
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – $44,000
  • Junior Players – $36,000
  • Lone Star Circus – $8,000

 Musical Ensembles

  • Chamber Music International – $10,000
  • Dallas Bach Society – $8,000
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players – $27,000
  • Orchestra of New Spain – $17,000
  • Richardson Community Band – $5,000
  • Sammons Center for the Arts – $10,000
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – $10,000
  • Tuesday Nite Jazz – $5,000
  • Voices of Change – $10,000

Theater Arts

  • African American Repertory Theatre – $10,000
  • Cara Mia Theatre Company – $17,000
  • Dallas Theater Center – $100,000
  • Echo Theater – $15,000
  • Kitchen Dog Theater – $40,000
  • Lyric Stage – $45,000
  • Second Thought Theatre – $18,000
  • Shakespeare Dallas – $35,000
  • Teatro Dallas – $6,000
  • Theatre Three – $30,000
  • Uptown Players – $20,000
  • WaterTower Theatre – $40,000

Symphonic

  • Dallas Chamber Symphony – $10,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra – $105,000
  • Dallas Winds – $35,000
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra – $10,000
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra – $10,000

Operatic

  • The Dallas Opera – $110,000

 TACA’s Collaborative Partners

  • AT&T Performing Arts Center – $5,000
  • Dallas Museum of Art – $5,000
  • Nasher Sculpture Center – $5,000
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts – $10,000

 Spoken Word

  • WordSpace – $8,000

Choral Arts

  • Arts District Chorale – $5,000
  • Orpheus Chamber Singers – $21,000
  • Plano Civic Chorus – $5,000
  • Turtle Creek Chorale – $15,000

More deets to follow in the days ahead, but did want you to know why all those people were smiling and clutching envelopes in the Dallas Arts District tonight. Now, on to raising even more funds for the performing arts.

Despite A Mini-Moat, Hundreds Made It To Shady Place Shindig Benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation

As guests like Carrie and Jay Treadwell pulled up at F.I.G. on Friday, January 16, for the 5th Annual Sunny Place Shindig, they discovered a moat separating them from the sidewalk and valet parkers. Seems the City of Dallas team had decided to let the water out of the nearby hydrant in order to do repairs on the water main running under Ross.

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Not to worry. Valets and gallant gents like Jay helped the ladies hop over the flowing water, so their stilettos and boots wouldn’t suffer. It was well worth the leap of faith.

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Inside Annette Leslie had put together a sold-out party for 400 with $100K already raised before the evening even started. With things like the venue and alcohol donated, she was well on her way to topping last year’s $150K benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation, which provides funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

But before Professor D went on stage, guests were checking out the silent auction items like donations from professional athletes, art, fashions and jewelry.

Auction items

Auction items

One of the super-duper items was a package including four tickets to the sold-out Taylor Swift show on October 17 at AT&T Stadium. Annette recalled how Taylor and her son Carson had been on The Today Show before he succumbed to cancer.

Still another was straight from George Strait. He, too, had met Carson and came through an autographed pair of Wrangler jeans plus a hat and the CD “The Cowboy Rides Away.”

But there was even more all through the floor. The sold-out Texas Tourney was getting underway. Kendra Scott’s Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston were “manning” the jewelry box pull. Across the way a wine pull had the bottles in burlap sacks ready for picking. Food was everywhere.

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

In town for the event were Jerry McDougall of PriceWaterhouse in Boston and Rare Sciences CEO/Founder/geneticist Christina Waters from San Diego. They are working with the Foundation to strategize its future direction. Jerry, who advises on healthcare issues, reported that incredible advances have been made in adult oncology. On the other hand, there’s a gap in children’s cancer. Both Jerry and Christina have been impressed with the foundation’s work with The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Despite the weekend’s beautiful weather, Jerry had to admit that he was eager to get back to Boston for the Patriots-Colts game.

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Just as Susan Arledge, Robert Grunnah and Irene and Alex Coe arrived, the true guests of honor showed up — four chickens in their own carriers! These shady cacklers would decide the winners of the “chicken drop.” Even the mini-moat couldn’t keep the feathered ones from being part of the night’s partying.

Ellen And Clayton Kershaw Welcome Cali Ann Kershaw To The World

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw (File photo)

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw (File photo)

It’s a girl for local hometown sweethearts and Kershaw’s Challenge founders Ellen and Clayton Kershaw. Her name is Cali Ann Kershaw and like her parents, she’s a cutie pie. Weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, she was born Friday, January 23, at 5:43 p.m.

MySweet2015Goal: Larissa Linton

According to Heroes For Children Executive Director/Founder Larissa Linton,

Larissa Linton (File photo)

Larissa Linton (File photo)

“When I started Heroes for Children, along with my co-founder, I wanted to create a legacy that would honor the beautiful daughters we had lost to a terrible disease. Ten years later, I am proud to say that Heroes has provided almost 5 million dollars in assistance to more than 4,200 families in remembrance of Taylor and Allie. As we turn the corner of our first decade my hope is to continue to serve these sweet families who are dealing with so much. I know from my conversations with them that knowing there is an organization out there that cares for them and is willing to help with their needs makes a big difference.

“Like the mom who told me they came home after a month in the hospital not knowing how they were going to make their house payment only to find a check in the mail from Heroes that would cover the cost. From urgent financial needs, to new laptops for hospitalized teens, and birthdays, proms and end of life celebrations, Heroes is here to support these families.

“My wish in 2015 is to have 100 Heroes. 100 amazingly generous people that contribute $1,000 to Heroes for Children. This $100,000 would provide much needed assistance to over 130 families who are struggling due to a childhood cancer diagnosis. It would truly make a huge impact right here in the community where we live. This special gift can be split into quarterly or monthly payments at the donor’s request. We will recognize our 100 Heroes at our 10th anniversary gala on March 28th.”

Royal Chef Darren McGrady Is Cooking Up A Regal Deal For The Fashion Stars For A Cause Raffle

Like birds twittering in the spring, so raffles are abounding. Every fundraiser seems to have ‘em. The trick is to make the item(s) extra special to take a chance. The area’s FLOR (First Lady Of Raffles) is Yvonne Crum, who sells them in her sleep…when she does sleep.

Darren McGrady (File photo)

Darren McGrady (File photo)

This year for the Fashion Stars For A Cause, she’s managed to get Darren McGrady, the former chef for the late Princess Diana, to provide a “Royal Dinner Party for 10.” The package includes the following:

  • A four-course dinner based on dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairing
  • Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests
  • Autographed copy of “Eating Royally” by Darren for each of the guests
  • Chef McGrady will greet guests and join them at the table
  • Consult on the menu
  • Food purchases, collection and preparation
  • Set up and tear down of table

So you’ll look your utmost, Belk is providing a $5,000 gift card.

Darren McGrady's Thames Kew Gardens (File photo)

Darren McGrady’s Thames Kew Gardens (File photo)

After years of being a personal chef, Darren has undertaken a new concept — Eating Royally — where he can provide that regal dining for everyday meals or OMG entertaining. Each meal is tailor-made to the requirements and taste buds of the clients. For instance, when Dale Chihuly was in town for the Dallas Arboretum, Darren prepared a fabulous buffet for the patron party that was a Chihuly of foods.

But back to the raffle. The plan is to sell 2,500 tickets ($50 each or three for $100). They can be purchased from any of the 2015 Fashion Stars for a Cause (Jennifer Fleming, Jamie Fowler, Leah Frazier, Rebecca Harper Hallam, Caroline Harrison, Dr. Naila Malik, Charmaine Marshall, Dawn Mellon, Jessi Moreau, Dawn Neufeld, Melissa Rountree and Cathy Williamson) or by contacting Yvonne.

While the gala benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas will be held on Friday, March 20, at the Dallas Country Club, the drawing will be held at a fashion show on Wednesday, May 20, at Belk. The patron level will also score you an invite to a reception at the Diamond Doctor.

You can also contact Yvonne for info on the gala and fashion show.

Americana Fav John Hiatt Drew A Boots And Bling Crowd At Courtyard Theater For Caron Texas Fundraiser

Rhonda Sargent Chambers was leading the fashion crowd (Ekaterina Kouznetsoval, Danielle Ellis, Milind Kothare, Mindy Boykin and Keyla Garrido) in raising funds and awareness at Little Black Dress at Ilume on Thursday, January 15, benefiting Legal Hospice of Texas.

Others headed way north to the Courtyard Theater in Plano for the John Hiatt concert benefiting Caron Texas.

Joe Lauginiger, Amara Durham and Michael Fowler

Joe Lauginiger, Amara Durham and Michael Fowler

As John grabbed a bite to eat in his dressing room, the VIP types like Mike Puls, ____ and Dr. Stephen Garrison, Kathy and Mike Early, Barb Reynolds, Brent Bevelhymer, Yvette Reher and Joe Lauginiger Amara Durham, and Michael Fowler just back from the holidays in Colorado partied up front and checked out the silent auction items. Here’s a report from the field:

Mike Puls and Brent Bevelhymer

Mike Puls and Brent Bevelhymer

Barb Reynolds and Yvette Rehr

Barb Reynolds and Yvette Rehr

Stephen Garrison, Shelley Early and Mike and Kathy Early

Stephen Garrison, Shelley Early and Mike and Kathy Early

“Boots and Hats and Guitars – Oh My! It was an exciting evening of fun and music last week as fans of Grammy nominee and Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Hiatt gathered at the Courtyard Theater in Plano for a special concert benefiting patient care at Caron Texas. Caron Texas is a premier drug and alcohol addiction treatment center for young adult men ages 18 to 25 and adults located just north of Dallas.

“Many friends of Caron braved Dallas rush-hour gridlock including Board Member Robin Bagwell, Board Member J.J. Gomez and his lovely wife Ashley, and Nate Hutcheson.  Advisory Board member Andrew Clyde traveled in all the way from Tyler for the concert. Now that’s commitment!

Kathy Bourk walked away with a song in her heart and a select group of silent auction items, including a one-of-a-kind acoustic guitar signed by John Hiatt and a private house party by Fort Worth singer/songwriter (and opening act) Brad Hines.  And what’s an event without emcee “Big Gus” from KHYI, media sponsor of the event.

“Thanks to the City of Plano and the staff at Plano Stages for their work. We are grateful to board members Jim Hutcheson and Fred Ball, and advisory board member Liz Pasquinelli for their support.  Special thanks to PlainsCapital Bank for their generous underwriting of the concert and their continued commitment to saving lives.”

MySweet2015Goals: Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Lynn McBee (File photo)

According to Foundation for the Education of Young Women CEO/business woman/community leader Lynn McBee,

“I am headed to Nicaragua in February for a field visit with UNICEF, so my goal is to quickly and finally become fluent in Spanish!”

MySweetCharity Calendar Wants Your Event

MySweetCharity Wants Your Event!

MySweetCharity Wants Your Event!

When the MySweetCharity Calendar was created, it was to help serve as a traffic cop preventing a collision of events on the same day at the same time.

A question has been raised about “By invitation only” gatherings like patron parties. Should they be listed or not? Those events are included on the calendar but do not list the location or hosts. The reason? To prevent party crashers while still letting others know they may want to rethink their plans.

So, get those calendar listings in pronto. The MySweetCharity Calendar is filling up with all types of activities. It’s simple to do. Just hit this link, fill out the form and click “Submit”.

MySweetCharity Submit An Event

“Submit An Event” box on MySweetCharity Calendar

And if an event comes up in the future, just go to the MySweetCharity Calendar and you’ll see the “Submit An Event” box in the right hand corner. Click on it and you’ll next see the form. Simple!