Sold Out Alert: TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction

Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing (File photo)

Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing (File photo)

With still a week to go, the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction is a done deal. The Mansion will be filled to capacity with dinner being served in every nook and cranny. Boy, when that Dean Fearing and Wanda Gierhart put their heads together, you just know it’s going to be a home run.

So, if you have your tickets, gussy up your tuxedos and gowns.

Stephan Pyles (File photo)

Stephan Pyles (File photo)

But if you just put it off, there’s still hope for you to have a swell time on Friday. And you won’t even need fancy black tie duds. Understand that there are a few places left at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Dallas on Friday at the Anatole with Stephan Pyles heading up a rock-star cast of Dallas chefs. The event will benefit Café Momentum and the James Beard Foundation.

Don’t wait, or you’ll be disappointed when the “Sold Out” sign is hung out on that one, too.

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally Rolls Into 99-Year-Old Reverchon Park Sunday Benefiting Executives In Action

It was just 99 years ago that Reverchon Park was considered to be in “far North Dallas.” It was named after “a well-known botanist and a member of La Reunion Utopian Community,” Julien Reverchon. According to city fathers it was “designed to be the Central Park of Dallas.” Like anything with that types of mileage, it had its good times and not so great times. But the best times started taking place in the 21st century. The Friends of Reverchon Park rolled up their sleeves and “drafted a master plan.” That plan included the baseball field’s lights being upgraded, a ramp being built to connect the park to the Katy Trail and the Hillside stonework being restored.

In other words, the old girl has become a real showgirl.

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally*

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally*

This Sunday she’ll be all decked out for The Great Texas Food Truck Rally from noon to 8 p.m. benefiting Executives in Action. Naturally, Dallas’ favorite mobile food establishments will be on site to provide all types of “delicious gourmet dishes.” To quench adult thirsts, the Nodding Donkey is even sponsoring a Beer Garden.

As for food for the ear, The Spazmatics and Hard Night’s Day will be on stage.

And how much does it cost to be part of the festivities? $100? Nope. Take away one of those zeroes and you’ve got it — $10.

Line up at Ruthie's (File photo)

Line up at Ruthie’s (File photo)

If you’ve ever lined up for a food truck, you know it’s easy, fun and delicious. If you’ve been a wee bit too shy, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try with the excuse that you’re supporting EIC.

* Graphic courtesy of Executives in Action

Tracy And Kent Rathbun Literally Open Their Home-Sweet-Home For Signature Chef Patron Party

After years of living in the clouds at the high rise across “the pond” from NorthPark, Kent and Tracy Rathbun’s dream house was in place and operation.

It was well worth the wait.

Rathbun kitchen

Rathbun kitchen

Guests at the Signature Chefs Auction patron party discovered the brilliance of the home Thursday night. But what would one expect when two foodies put their noggins together.

Matt McCallister and Kent Rathbun

Matt McCallister and Kent Rathbun

As Kent and FT33 Chef Matt McCallister chatted at the covered terrace area with a barbecue that would thrilled the best grill master, Kent admitted that the predicted storms hadn’t occurred. Instead the humidity had calmed down and the “cold front” had dropped temperatures just enough to have the huge wall of sliding glass doors open, expanding the free-flowing partying into the backyard with its marvy pool and Jacuzzi.

Rathbun backyard

Rathbun backyard

Inside Linda and Steve Ivy were telling Katherine and Chris Lalonde about their summer — a couple of months in California and one in Colorado.

Steve and Linda Ivy and Katherine and Chris LaLonde

Steve and Linda Ivy and Katherine and Chris LaLonde

MIA were Stacy and Dallas March of Dimes Ambassador Bryon Sanders’s wife, Celeste. Tracy was still at Shinsei and teacher Celeste was working with her students’ parents.

However, all will be present at the Signature Chef Dinner in the Omni on Thursday, October 30.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction: #4: Private Dinner With Parson Dance Company

Don’t have any dancing shoes? Can’t figure out how to do the box step? Not worry. This TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction package is made for just sitting back and enjoying the real pros on Saturday, April 25.

Private Dinner Party With The Parsons Dance Company* (Value: Priceless)

In 2015 the world renowned Parsons Dance Company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. During that time, David Parsons and his troupe of dancers have become “one of the world’s most renowned American dance companies.” The New York Times described David’s “Round My World” as “ingenious. . . remarkable. . . striking. . . pretty shapes, prettily drawn by attractive dancers. . . Round My Word has curves in the right places. . . everyone is thrilled.”

The Parsons Dance Company**

The Parsons Dance Company**

Just this May Parsons Dance “gave a world premiere in collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Allen Toussaint Orchestra in New Orleans. The NOLA Defender described the premiere as a ‘world where reality and fantasy are no longer at odds’ but rather ‘in a beautiful dance together.’”

For the troupe’s Saturday, April 25th, performance at the Winspear Opera House, the winning bidder and 15 friend will have premier seats to enjoy the dancing onstage. Afterwards, the 16 lucky guests will be treated to a dinner at Sharon and Michael Young’s marvelous Preston Hollow estate. In the kitchen will be Cassandra and her Cassandra Fine Catering crew. Oh, and don’t be surprise if some additional folks join the dinner festivities. It seems a select group of the performers will be at the table, too!

* Courtesy of TITAS Present in association with AT&T Performing Arts Center, 
Sharon and Michel Young and Cassandra Fine Catering
** Photo provided by TACA

North Texas Giving Day Tally: $26,339,253.10

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

Once again a record was broken by you in just 18 hours.

Get some sleep knowing you made dreams come true.

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

North Texas Giving Day Update: Just Hit $20M

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

Less than six more hours to go for North Texas Giving Day. How big can we make it?

Must admit to a wee bit of disappointment. Some very deserving groups are in the lower part of the leaderboard. Come on. Skip dessert and that second glass of vino and donate!

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

North Texas Giving Day Update: $17M In And Eight Hours To Go

The MySweetCharity elves have been searching through their lockers for their custom-made designer strait jackets. You know, the ones with the itty-bitty initials by a couture designer. After all, they figure the team at Communities Foundation of Texas would need them by midnight.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

It’s just 10 hours into the 18-hour North Texas Giving Day raise-athon and the $17M+ mark has been passed. According to the MSC accountant elf and his abacus, they’ve hit $1.7M per hour and still have eight to go.

Let’s keep the dough rolling in. There’s still time to blow out the Internet system and phone lines.

BTW, for those who wonder, the MSC elves also have marvelous designer sheets for padded walls and, of course, they match the strait jackets.

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation Of Texas Is Rocking And Rolling With Ruthie’s, Priscilla And A War Room For North Texas Giving Day’s Lunchtime

Reports are piling in from the North Texas Giving Day activities. Shoot! They’re happening all over the place. According to the “war room” set up in Communities Foundation of Texas, all 50 states are contributing $$.

Communities Foundation of Texas "war room"

Communities Foundation of Texas “war room”

BTW, understand that the war room warriors are glued to laps tops monitoring the situation. As of 1:30, more than $14.5M from 46,644 gifts had counted.

Stephanie Knight and Priscilla the Piglet

Stephanie Knight and Priscilla the Piglet

There was so much traffic trying to join the festivities that one poor gent was suddenly drafted to direct traffic. Inside CFT, the place was jammed with folks watching performances from various entertainment groups.

The visitors’ parking had been converted into “Party World. Food trucks had people lined up for lunch. Priscilla the Piglet was stealing the attention from the SPCA pooches. No need to put lipstick on this cutie. She’s one of the best cuddlers in town!

Brian Glenn and Brent Christopher

Brian Glenn and Brent Christopher

Across the lot Brent Christopher was the standup kind of guy, who was being interviewed by WFAA’s Brian Glenn for the noon news.

Shakespearean actors

Dallas Children’s Theater’s Rapunzel actors

When Mabel Peters Caruth provided the funding for the CFT building, it’s doubtful she thought it would have pigs in the parking lot, Dallas Children’s Theater’s actors in the lobby and a “war room” with lap tops buzzing with millions of dollars. One can’t help but suspect she would have been very pleased to see her investments truly become a foundation of communities in Dallas.

Bobbi Snyder Launches North Texas Giving Day With A Nice Morning Treat For Lee Park & Arlington Hall

The North Texas Giving Day started at Lee Park bright and early and profitable. Lee Park and Arlington Hall President Gay Donnell was serving coffee and muffins to celebrate donors. Then Bobbi Snyder of the Snyder arrived. According to Gay,

Gay Donnell and Bobbi Snyder*

Gay Donnell and Bobbi Snyder*

“The Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy just received a $25,000 gift for North Texas Giving Day from Bobbi Snyder of the Snyder Foundation. The Snyder Foundation gave the Conservancy $1.2 million earlier this year to be combined with $523,000 in City of Dallas Bond Funds to construct a ramp linking Lee Park to the Katy Trail. This is a fairly large individual gift based on historical information for Giving Day.”

Bobbi definitely deserves a baker’s dozen of the muffins!

* Photo provided by Lee Park and Arlington Hall

2014 Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Luncheon Boasts Nina Ricci Fashions, Dallas’ Couture Set And Myths In Need Of Correction

It was 41 years ago that Janet DeSanders ruled Dallas society coverage. In addition to writing full time for The Dallas Times Herald, she also published an ultra-slick monthly publication called The Society Section. As if that wasn’t enough, she came up with the idea for an event that would recognize Dallas’ best dressed and most philanthropic women. The savvy Janet partnered up with Dallas’ premier couture salon Lou Lattimore and the 21-year-old Crystal Charity Ball.

For those who weren’t born at that time or are now journeying on the dementia road, Lou Lattimore was the Southwest’s oasis of international fashion that was operated by the Lidji brothers. Albert Lidji had bought the store back in the 1950’s. His exquisite taste had him searching the world for incredible fabrics and designers that would give nightmares for buyers at high-end stores. His youngest brother Henry would spritz the boutique with Norell perfume and serve as “general troubleshooter and manager.” One of the staffers was Cece Eddy Kieselstein-Cord. The beauty salon was the place to rejuvenate color and looks with the area’s top stylists.

Why all this history? More about that later.

Pre-Show activities

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

Michael Flores Salon

Michael Flores Salon

As Bentleys were parked out front, more than 400 Dallas fashion aficionados gathered at Neiman Marcus Downtown for the 41st Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Luncheon. Word was being whispered among those in the know at the first floor reception — “Have you seen what Nancy has done?” The Nancy in question was Nancy Rogers, who had just flown in from New York’s Fashion Week. She was hostessing a Cristal toast for the 2014 10 BD sisterhood (Nancy Carlson, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, Christi Urschel), 2014 Hall of Famer Lee Ann White and a few friends in the Michael Flores Salon on the sixth floor. The talk was about the glorious floral arrangement that Grō’s Nathan Johnson had created around the entrance and the reception desk. Cellphone cameras were whipped out to snap the artistry, but two-dimensional photos just couldn’t do it justice.

Nick Even

Nick Even

Brian Bolke and Piper Wyatt

Brian Bolke and Piper Wyatt

Inside the salon, attorney Nick Even was drafted to snap a cellphone shot of a trio…Brian Bolke admitted to Piper Wyatt that he was tired of seeing Brian Bolke in the press… Dwight Emanuelson arrived coatless with Mary Clare “Legs” Finney. He claimed that he had smeared an Egg McMuffin on his lapel. Dwight had gotten three steps into the salon, when a NM associate presented the spotless jacket to him…Michael Lee arrived from Austin with his grandmother Sue Peege and dad Jim Lee. Instead of flying up from Austin, Michael just took “The Bus” complete with Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments, satellite television and radio, etc. Alas, no Jacuzzi.

Sue Peege, Michael Lee and Jim Lee

Sue Peege, Michael Lee and Jim Lee

Promptly at 11, the 10BD’s and Lee Ann had disappeared. Actually they were good girls and had adjourned to the second floor’s couture salon for a group photo.

But all was not quite right. The headcount wasn’t right. Someone was missing. It was Nancy Carlson. It seems that Nancy had been in London all summer and had picked out a fabulous Nina Ricci outfit to wear on stage. It was such a knock-out that unbeknownst to Nancy or the Dallas CCB coordinators, Mary Clare had picked out the very same outfit. Okay, so that collision of fashion does happen. But it’s one thing to have it happen at a cocktail party. It’s an asteroid smackdown on the runway, especially this one. Lo and behold, the NM couture professionals had one of the world finest collections to pull a new outfit for Nancy within minutes. Quickly Nancy was whisked into a dressing room. There her outfit was tweaked still showcasing her legendary legs.

In the meantime, the other 10BD-ers were like homecoming princesses on the verge of being escorted on field. Francie Moody-Dahlberg decided to go long formal. DeeDee Lee and Christi Urschel wore black, skin-tight slacks with killer jackets. Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Lynn McBee opted for party girl dresses. Patty Leyendecker’s and Margaret Hancock’s dresses proved that the professional look can definitely have a “Wow!” element.

Lee Ann looked at the 2014 classmates and laughed: “They all look so young.”

As soon as a refreshed Nancy C. emerged, photos were taken. First, the ultra-proper ones shot with NM PR gal Marjon Henderson directing: “I was editor of my college yearbook.”

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripple horn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Patty Leyendecker, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Margaret Hancock and Francie Moody- Dahlberg

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Patty Leyendecker, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Margaret Hancock and Francie Moody- Dahlberg

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripple horn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finnery, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moodey-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

Then Luncheon Chair Pat McEvoy and CCB Chair Robyn Conlon were added for the final photos.

Michael Fowler, Lee Ann and Alan White

Michael Fowler, Lee Ann and Alan White

Marjon marched the ladies to the corner of the salon and halted them. Ashley applied a last touch of lip glass. Hall of Famer Husband Alan White admitted that his back was really feeling the pain of a pull the week before.

Promptly at 11:25 General Marjon ordered her fashionable troopers to NM’s back halls and the freight elevator. Seeing the perfectly coiffed and attired philanthropists and fundaisers make their way through the utilitarian hallways was like seeing Anna Wintour on the midway. Instead the gals acted like kids on an adventure.

Marjon Henderson

Marjon Henderson

Once on the sidewalk the group was ushered past the hundreds lining up under the canopied sidewalk to the backstage. Here male models offered bottles of water to the honorees, while female models exchanged their street clothes for Nina Ricci fashions and makeup and hair experts fastidiously prepared one and all.

Backstage

Backstage

In The Tent

Out front the guests took their seats at tables throughout the mammoth tent that now occupied the NM parking lot. Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Laura Bush, Nancy Dedman and Kelly Ford were at a front row table on the “50-yard line” to support Lee Ann.

Gene Jones, Laura Bush and Annette Simmons

Gene Jones, Laura Bush and Annette Simmons

Across the runway was Nancy Rogers’ entourage including Gina Betts, Carlos Parada, Tanya Foster, Katy Bock, Janie Condon, Kathleen Hutchinson, Kris Johnson and Annika Cail.

Also at front row tables were Lisa Troutt, Nelda Cain Pickens, Lana Andrews, Jill Smith and Toni Pickens. Just a table away were Elaine Agather, Lee Bailey, Sarah Losinger, Charles McEvoy and Diane Brierley. Standing in the back of the tent among the NM staffers and herd of photographers was Dr. Hal Urschel with his trusty crutch and “boot.”

When an announcement came over the PA that the show was getting ready to start, 446 took their places. After the show started #447 scurried to her place at a front-row seat.

It was then that the problems started. It seems the CCB history has become a bit of a mystery for the NM scriptwriters that would have furrowed the brow of Jessica Fletcher.

The official welcomes by NM Downtown VP/GM Jeff Byron, Pat McEvoy and Robyn Conlon went according to script. So did NM Group President/CEO Karen Katz’s part. and that was the problem. Like lace it was filled with holes, but these weren’t pretty holes.

Now, don’t get all hot and bothered wondering what the gaps were. Here they are:

  1. Time and time again the script had Karen chiding CCB about the group’s being unfaithful to NM. Actually, according to Janet DeS., the first one was produced by Lou Lattimore because Neiman’s wasn’t interested in it. After that year, NM’s interest perked up and the show has always been a NM production.
  2. According to the speech, CCB had been unfaithful due to a “fellow named Lou.” Actually, the “Lou” in Lou Lattimore was a woman, whose backers Sam Klein and Sam Pearlman sold it to the Lidjis in the 1950’s.
  3. Karen proudly announced that the 2014 CCB goal was $50M. Backstage Robyn Conlon thought she had heard Karen incorrectly. Making her way to her table, her committee asked if there had been a change made to the official $5.2M. Nope. Must have been a typo. Oh.
  4. Sandy Marple

    Sandy Marple

    A tip of the hat was given to NM Fashion Producer Sandy Marple for doing an outstanding job, and rightly so. However, the script said that she had “produced” every one of the 40. Perhaps the word should have been “involved with,” since the original shows were coordinated by NM’s then-VP Fashion Director Daria Retian, when Sandy was just a 25-year-old.

  5. But Karen wasn’t the only one having “oops” on stage. When Jeff returned to the podium, he surprised CCB staffers by reading information about the honorees that had been regarded as not for publication, like the names of children. Then as he completed the run-through with Lee Ann White, he congratulated “Leon.”

While some may have their faces all twisted up about the nitpicking, others deserve the credit for what started more than 40 years ago and for the amazing partnership that has resulted between two Dallas legends — Crystal Charity Ball and Neiman Marcus — and their uninterrupted relationship to raise millions of dollars for children’s charities. However, the NM script writers need to do a little more homework before they put the wonderful Karen in such a situation. She deserves better.

Finale

Finale

Karen Katz and Ralph Toledano

Karen Katz and Ralph Toledano

As the models strolled the runway with Nina Ricci President Ralph Toledano seated with Karen, it became apparent that lace is the thing for the season.

Outside, the earlier predicted rain that had held off so graciously while the guests entered the tent now started drip-dropping. The canopy over the sidewalk proved to have ever-so-slight gaps, causing Marjon and an associate to put golf umbrellas into operation. A lineup of servers with plates in hand paraded along the sidewalk to the hungry guests inside, as a downtowner walked her pit bull between the carpeted sidewalk and valet line.

North Texas Giving Day Update: More Than $7M Raised So Far

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

If you haven’t checked your emails, are you in for a surprise! Nonprofits are flooding the Internet with encouragement to participate in North Texas Giving Day.

During the first four hours, more than 29,000 donors have provided $7M. There are less than 14 hours left to break last year’s record. Every penny counts and 1,600 organizations and programs are counting on you to kick in.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #5: New York Fashion Week

Couture designers may showcase their fashions in New York, but their fav clients are in the heart of Texas. Having been educated at “Neiman Marcus University” for ages, Dallas gals are honor-roll students and don’t follow trends. Shoot! They lead ‘em. This TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction package will be just part of their continuing education.

New York Fashion Week* (Value: Priceless)

To the highest caliber fashion lovers, New York’s Fashion Week is the Olympics, Super Bowl and World Cup all in one. Just to land a place at one of the runway shows is like having a front row place at a royal wedding.

New York Fashion Week**

New York Fashion Week**

But Neiman’s and Ken Downing have partnered up with Harper’s Bazaar to provide two lucky fashionistas with not one, but two tickets to two Fashion Week runway shows. And so typical of NM, Ken and Harper’s, that just wasn’t enough. So they’ve included an exclusive tour of Harper’s Fashion Closet plus lunch with a Harper’s fashion editor for a blow-by-blow analysis of the shows.

To make coming and going as fashionable as possible, American Airlines is providing business, class, round-trip air transportation to NYC.

* Courtesy of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, Harper’s Bazaar and American Airlines
** Photo provided by TACA

The Big Day Is Finally Here…Well, Almost!

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

For the past few weeks, MySweetCharity has posted truly amazing stories by area nonprofits hoping to get your attention for North Texas Giving Day.We regret that we couldn’t run all of them. But there are 1,600 organizations participating this year. Whew! If you didn’t see your fav group posted, check the NTGD page to find out if it is indeed one of the 1,600 and how to support it.

Within hours, North Texas Giving Day will commence.  Starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, area nonprofits are keeping their fingers and toes crossed that you’ll grace them with a donation. Last year more 75,000 donations provided $25.2M to 1,350 organizations that help your neighbors and you.

This year’s 1,600 nonprofits mean that the $25.2M figure must be broken. But it can only be done if you open up your old pocketbook and separate yourself from some moolah. Yes, everyone knows that North Texas generosity trumps all others, but on this day, it’s absolutely, really, truly important.

There will be activities throughout North Texas to raise awareness and funds on this day. But if you want some real excitement, food and see some of the nonprofits in action, then head over to Communities Foundation of Texas from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Texas Giving Day activities*

North Texas Giving Day activities*

Not to be too terribly naughty, but wouldn’t it fun to overload the NTGD systems with donations like you did a couple of years ago. But Brent Christopher and his trusty troopers have really ramped up their “war room” and they’re ready for all types of donations until midnight. So, have a blast and blast them with $$.

Just as Cinderella learned, it’s all over at midnight.

* Graphics provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Luncheon

Finale

Finale

Despite a few “oops!” at Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed Luncheon at Neiman Marcus Downtown, the guests and fashions, both on the runway and at the tables, were stellar. It was obvious that Dallas indeed does have the most gorgeous women with the best taste around.

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

Front row: DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Heather Esping, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Nancy Carlson; Back row: Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Patty Leyendecker, Pat McEvoy, Lee Ann White, Robyn Conlon, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Margaret Hancock

 

 

What’s that? Not believing that claim? Check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for proof. Fingers are hard at work prepping the writeup. Stay tuned.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Dallas Dinner Table

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table is an independent non-profit organization focused on improving race relations in the DFW Metroplex, ‘One Dinner at a Time.’

“We do this work by hosting dinners all over the Metroplex on a single evening – the MLK holiday – providing an opportunity to hear and share diverse perspectives about the impact of race on the daily lives of DFW residents.

“Our dinners are designed to:

  • Encourage communication about race relations and the impact of ethnicity on relationships.
  • Educate participants about perspectives held by others related to race relations
  • Empower citizens to develop relationships with people from a variety of racial/ethnic groups.

    Dallas Dinner Table*

    Dallas Dinner Table*

“Dallas Dinner Table 2015 will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Dinners are held in private homes, churches, businesses or restaurants and hosted by gracious citizens who provide an evening meal to participants from diverse backgrounds. Facilitators guide dialogue at each table towards cross-cultural communication with a focus on personal action and growth, and the advantages of cross-racial relationships.

Dallas Dinner Table*

Dallas Dinner Table*

“We were founded in 1999, but are just now beginning to fundraise as we are determined to take our dinners nationwide.

“Please consider supporting our efforts on North Texas Giving Day (tomorrow!) where all gifts of $25 or more will receive bonus funds. This will ensure that we are able to continue and expand to keep bringing race to the table in Dallas and beyond!

“And if you wish to be part of a dinner on January 19, 2015, please visit our website at http://www.dallasdinnertable.com – registration will be open soon.”

-By Patrick Harrison, Board Member – Finance Chair, Dallas Dinner Table

* Photos provided by Dallas Dinner Table

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Second Chance SPCA

Second Chance SPCA*

Second Chance SPCA*

“Before this year, Second Chance SPCA was operating a no-kill animal shelter in Plano in a two-room facility that was in great disrepair. One year ago, with the help of donated funds, we moved to a larger space to call our own. The new shelter in Plano was a single-family house with good yard space and lots of potential.

“With the help of our dedicated volunteers and donated funds from the community, we were able to transform the space to a wonderful shelter for more rescue animals. Last year was our first year to participate in North Texas Giving Day and the donations helped us rescue 193 cats and dogs off the euthanasia lists in city shelters in the first quarter of 2014. At this pace, we will rescue 400 cats and dogs by year-end!

Foucault*

Foucault*

Bentley Rex*

Bentley Rex*

“As many of you know by now, North Texas Giving Day 2014 will take place on September 18. Starting at 6 a.m. and lasting for 18 hours, every $25 donation will be amplified by bonus funds. This year, we hope to use the donations from North Texas Giving Day to help add a medical room and isolation area to our shelter so that we can rescue unadoptable, sick animals from city shelters and get them healthy for their forever homes.

“Thank you North Texans for helping us help rescue animals in need!”

-By Deborah Carnelli, Second Chance SPCA Fundraising Director

* Graphic and photos provided by Second Chance SPCA

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #6: A True Journey Never Ends: Around The World With Rosewood

In 1872 Phileas Fogg went around the world roughing it in whatever accommodations he could find. The Great Race’s Great Leslie found a similar situation in the early 1900’s. Perhaps they should have waited for this RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction item.

A True Journey Never Ends: Around The World With Rosewood* (Value: $15,000) **

Since Caroline Rose Hunt created her world-class brainchild in 1979 at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the word “Rosewood” has become synonymous with the epitome of luxurious hospitality. Over the years and a change of ownership, Rosewood has continued to set the standard for incredible accommodations, superlative service and critically acclaimed cuisine in the world’s most breathtaking locations.

Rosewood hotel**

Rosewood hotel***

  • Two people will experience what others only fantasize by calling Rosewood home in the four corners of the world including:
  • Three nights at the Bahamas’ Rosewood at Bahar Mar, which will open in spring 2015, including daily breakfast and one dinner.
  • Four nights at Rosewood Beijing, that will open in October 2014, including breakfast and one dinner plus round-trip transportation to the airport.
  • Three nights at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, British Colombia including breakfast and two spa treatments.
  • Three nights at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, including breakfast and two spa treatments.

And while the languages and locales may be totally foreign, the Rosewood brand will be constant — “pairing the bespoke service and impeccable attention to detail that was once enjoyed only in the finest of homes.”

* Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels
** Expires December 31, 2015
*** Photo provided by TACA

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Women In Need

“Rockwall County has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and as progressive as Rockwall County is, this issue not talked about; in fact often it goes silent: domestic violence.

“‘She sat in our office; head down looking ashamed. Nobody will believe me because I carry a nice purse and drive a new car.’

Women In Need*

Women In Need*

Women In Need’s (WIN) caseload, averages about 75-90 clients per month, with 10% being new clients. Many residents when hearing these statistics are surprised to learn that domestic violence is even an issue in the community. ‘Thankfully, WIN works closely with both law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office such that when incidents of domestic violence are reported, a quick and expeditious response is made and people within our community are once again safe.’

Women In Need volunteers*

Women In Need volunteers*

“WIN has found that the majority of the victims that come in to our office are college educated, upper income homemakers. It is sometimes extremely difficult for them to reach out to even ask for help simply because of where they live, or who they are married to or it is due to the status and reputation that their family has come accustom to that keeps them quiet. Many feel that people won’t believe them because there is a belief that if you have access to money and the nice life that you can’t be abused, or that you really could do something about it if it was ‘that bad.’ Abuse does not discriminate. It crosses all boundaries of color, race, income and religion. WIN believes even one person being abused is too many.

Women In Need display at local library*

Women In Need display at local library*

“Our goal at Women In Need is to provide hope and help for these victims. To be ears that will listen to them and arms that will hold them up when they don’t think they can stand on their own. Most importantly we want to empower them to live the life they were meant to live: without abuse. We provide emergency shelter, counseling and legal advocacy for victims but most importantly we provide support and education through our support groups and peer counseling to provide these women with a safe place to heal, grow and become sustainable. Sadly, some have gone so long without making any decisions for themselves, that they must go through a process of learning to love themselves again and finding out that they have opinions and that they have a voice.

Women In Need volunteers*

Women In Need volunteers*

“When donating on North Texas Giving Day, please remember that no donation is too small or too large. Even $25 can make the difference to a mom who needs food or diapers for her child. WIN’s goal in working with North Texas Giving Day is to raise $10,000. This amount of money is enough to impact 400 families. Meaning 400 families whose lives will be changed forever, they will not have to live in fear anymore, and they will no longer have to live in an abusive relationship in order to survive from day to day.

-By Connie Pettitt, Women in Need Executive Director

* Graphic and photos provided by Women in Need

Partners Card South Kick-Off Brings Out The Softies Like Alan Stein

Remember when you were in grade school and it was current events day? Wednesday the Partners Card South Kick-Off Party at NorthPark’s Pinto Ranch was such an occasion. And the topic du jour besides the glamorama rhinestone cowboy duds was the Ray Rice alleged battery of this former girlfriend/current wife.

Rhinestone cowboy hat

Rhinestone cowboy hat

As unpleasant as the topic was, it was an on-the-target subject matter for The Family Place crowd.

Luckily, for every Ray Rice, there are men like Alan Stein. Each month the former TFP board member/Pricewaterhouser takes pillows to TFP’s safe campus for the residents.

In recalling his first visit to the campus, Alan admitted that he had been prepared to see women and battered women at that. Instead was taken back by the 40-50 children, who were seeking sanctuary along with their mothers. That’s how domestic abuse impacts far more than the immediate victim. And that’s why TFP is a place for safety and recovery.

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

Melissa Sherrill, Alan Stein and Diana Hamilton

BTW, at last week’s Partners Card North Kick Off at IBB Design, TFP’s Melissa Sherrill admitted a pleasant surprise at the number of guests who showed up — 100+. It seems TFP’s reach is far beyond main Dallas, both for clients and supporters.

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

Carol Seay, Shelle Sills, Claire Emanuelson and Deb Goldstein

The same number including Sherry Williams, Yvonne Crum, Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Claire Emanuelson, 2014 Partners Card Honorary Chair Shelle Sills and Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Co-Chair Carol Seay, who reported that nearly 1000 tickets had been sold for the September 17 luncheon honoring the legacy of Harold Simmons at the Anatole’s Imperial Ballroom.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #7: Staycation In Downtown Dallas

Who has time to wander the world in search of the perfect retreat, when it lies just a quick ride away? This RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction item is ideal for the four who want to get away from the ho-hum routine without really getting away.

Staycation In Downtown Dallas* (Value: $17,500)

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, downtown Dallas has returned to its glory days when a big-deal date was dancing at the Baker Hotel’s Peacock Terrace Ballroom or taking in a movie at the grand Palace Theater with its legendary Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit between movies with Weldon Flanagan at the keyboard.

Replacing the Baker, the Wurlitzer and the oldies are a whole new lifeblood including the Arts District, the Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum, Victory Center and high-rise homes. Leading the charge is the Joule Hotel that has brought together a staff, services and accommodation to match the most prestigious world hotels.

The Joule**

The Joule**

For two nights the Joule’s luxurious two-bedroom penthouse will be “home suite home” complete with living room, library, dining room and kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling windows and in-house telescope provide the perfect view of the downtown life below.

Start the mornings with breakfast at the Joule’s Weekend Coffee with its Marzocco-brewed coffees and waffles. One night plan on dining in the Joule’s CBD Provisions.

For sun worshipers, the glass-fronted, heated Adam D. Tihany designed pool cantilevered eight feet beyond the hotel and the poolside cabana services are just a few floors away. And if additional pampering is required, there’s always the world–renowned ESPA with hands-on attention. Or if a fitness regimen must be kept, VITAL Fitness Center offers everything from yoga classes to core fitness and is equipped with everything from top-of-the-line equipment to strength-training machines.

The only problem is when the time comes to check out and return to the life of reality outside the Joule.

* Courtesy of The Joule Hotel
** Photo provided by TACA

Texas TrailBlazer Award Luncheon’s Joe Torre Has Just Lost The Man Who Taught Him To Stand Up Against Domestic Abuse

Joe Torre‘s big brother Frank Torre played a very big part in Joe’s childhood. It was Frank who kicked their abusive father out of the household. As Joe tells it,

“Although I did not get phys­i­cally abused myself, I grew up in fear because my mom did. I was shy and dad would make fun of me. When­ever I saw his car in the dri­ve­way, I didn’t want to go home. One win­ter, when I was 12, my older brother Frank (20) said to my father, ‘We want you out of the house. We don’t want any­thing other than the house we live in. We don’t want any­thing from you. Just leave.’ And he left.”

Frank also mentored Joe on his professional baseball career.

Despite Frank’s death this past Saturday, Joe will carry on his big brother’s leadership and inspiration in battling abuse when he will be the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Texas Trailblazer Luncheon  at the Anatole benefiting The Family Place.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: United Way Of Hunt County

United Way of Hunt County is so excited about participating in our first North Texas Giving Day.  The opportunity to grow the dollars our donors give is such a blessing.

United Way of Hunt County*

United Way of Hunt County*

“Some of the dollars raised will go to support our programs in education.  One of our recent projects is the Little Library; take a book, leave a book.  We have strategically placed these little libraries in areas where families may not have access to our public libraries.  We have seen some of the books find their way into homes where children have never owned their own books.  There are four of these libraries around town, with plans for many more throughout the county.

Library kids*

Library kids*

“Again, we are looking forward to engaging our current donors as well as new donors through North Texas Giving Day on September 18 and generating even more excitement about our education projects, while we continue cooperation with our community partners who help in our work to improve lives in Hunt County.

“We hope you Get up and Give! on September 18 and support the United Way of Hunt County and the many other deserving nonprofits that help North Texans. Thank you, in advance for supporting United Way of Hunt County and our mission to ‘Live United!’”

-By Frances Dalbey, Executive Director

* Graphic and photos provided by The United Way of Hunt County

Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Luncheon Patron Party Filled Elisa And Stephen Summers’ Home To The Max

Elisa Summers

Elisa Summers

Word was dispatched hours before the Crystal Charity Ball 10 Bet Dressed Luncheon patron party at Elisa and Stephen Summers villa would have a slight adjustment. For the evening, the street on which the event was being held would be one-way only. No problem for the Bentleys, Mercedes and Lexus crowd. They followed instructions to the delight of the scurrying valet parkers.

Hosted by JPMorgan Chase, Daffan Nettle was subbing in for her boss Chase Dallas region Chair Elaine Agather, who had had a prior family commitment.

Since the evening’s humidity made the outdoor entertaining sorta non-user friendly, the mansion became a bit of a traffic jam. As the crowd grew, the floor air vents became true-blue islands of cool. Everybody seemed to want to play catch up. So much fun and it’s not a contact sport!

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Barbara Stuart, Kerry Sweeney and Erin Mathews

Barbara Stuart, Kerry Sweeney and Erin Mathews

In the living room Laree Hulshoff and Barbara Daseke were just back from the Naeem Khan’s Fashion Week show in NYC. They had run into Nancy Rogers, who offered them a lift home. Barbara admitted that it was tempting, but they’d already made arrangements to come home via commercial jet…Don Daseke was taking full advantage of Cassandra’s ever-available yummies. He had to stop all eating by 8 in preparation for his next day’s physical…Erin Mathews brought along Kerry Sweeney instead of her main man Russ Davis. Erin had just finished moving into her new home and was still making the transition from living out of boxes… BD-er DeeDee Lee decided to wear a white, shimmering Jason Wu. Gorgeous, but it had to be a dry cleaner’s challenge…Accessory of the night was a crutch. Dr. Hal Urschel and 2015 CCB Chair Michal Powell were both sporting them.

Michal Powell, Doug Houser and Mary Clare Finney

Michal Powell, Doug Houser and Mary Clare Finney

Luncheon Chair Pat McEvoy, Claire Emanuelson, Niven Morgan, Neva Hall, BD-er Patty Leyendecker, Shelby Wagner and Pam Perella hunkered down in the library… 2014 Best Dress Hall of Famer Lee Ann White’s husband Alan White moseyed through with Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly.

Neva Hall

Neva Hall

Brad Kelly, Nancy Dedman, Lee Ann and Alan White

Brad Kelly, Nancy Dedman, Lee Ann and Alan White

In the den adjacent to the oversized kitchen were Annette Simmons, Su-Su and Jerry Meyer, Pam McCallum, Joan Eleazer, Tiffany Divis and Jeri and David Kleiman…. CCB Chair Robyn Conlon was in seventh heaven. All was going as planned for the 2014 fundraiser and on this evening she was surrounded by her daughter-in-law MaryBeth Conlon and sons’ girlfriends Lizzie Herbert and Megan Sommerville.

Vin Perella, Michael Sills and Charles McEvoy

Vin Perella, Michael Sills and Charles McEvoy

Some of the men folk, like Vin Perella, Michael Sills, Alan McBee, Jeremy Lock and Charles McEvoy, seemed to find their spot in the main hallway.

But it was an early evening with the next day’s luncheon starting at 10:30.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #8: Rock Out In Cabo San Lucas

Just dining with RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction Co-Chairs Dean Fearing and Wanda Gierhart would be a treat for the palate and the company. But these two don’t do anything like most blokes. This package for two couples is designed with such creativity and Wow! factor that even your bestest friends will doubt it happened.

Rock Out In Cabo San Lucas* (Value: Priceless)

Most folks arrive at the world-fabulous Capella Pedregal and swear it’s a slice of heaven and don’t want to budge. Each room is palatial with fireplace, private pool, perfect view of the ocean and a staff that lives to set a new standard for service.

During the three night stay, one dinner will be held at Capella Pedregal’s signature restaurant Don Manuel.

Capella Pedregal spa pool (File photo)

Capella Pedregal spa pool (File photo)

But Wanda and Dean arranged for a dinner in the seaside estate of a local, and not just any local — former lead singer for Van Halen, The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar. It has a marvelous view of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Cabos San Lucas Los Arches. Naturally, no ordinary cook would do for this occasion, so Dean will commandeer the kitchen.

And one more stop during the trip will have Wanda and Dean taking the foursome for a “special excursion to Cabo Wabo Cantina, Sammy’s famous cantina and restaurant,” where the 1999 video for “Mas Tequila” was filmed. Who knows? Maybe Dean will play his guitar?

* Courtesy of Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart, Capella Pedregal and American Airlines