Paws Cause Two-Legged Critters Were In The Holiday Mood For Sipping And Shopping At Ralph Lauren Salon In Highland Park Village

Designer Ralph Lauren has been synonymous with luxury clothing and picture-perfect surroundings. So, Highland Park Village’s Ralph Lauren Salon was the perfect spot for a holiday celebration for the SPCA of TexasPaws Cause crowd on Wednesday, December 6. Don’t be surprised if some guests at the Paws Cause fundraiser on Sunday, January 28, at the Jan Rees-Jone Animal Care Center are wearing Lauren fashions. Here’s a report from the field:

Winter-red roses bloomed all around under the magnificent crystal chandelier gracing the entryway of the Ralph Lauren Boutique at Highland Park Village on Wednesday, December 6, where ladies and gentlemen gathered in the holiday spirit to celebrate Paws Cause and shop for friends and family, all to benefit the SPCA of Texas. Guests sipped wine and champagne and nibbled sweet and savory delicacies as they browsed.  

Taylor Cousins and Kris Cousins*

Sincere thanks to Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting and to the Ralph Lauren store for welcoming the festive crowd and for donating a portion of the proceeds from the event’s sales to the SPCA of Texas. Many of the guests were spotted walking out with armfuls of beribboned boxes and bags, admiring the gorgeous window display featuring the classic Ralph Lauren teddy bears dressed in holiday finery! 

Susie Swanson, Debra Burns and Kevin Coffey*

SPCA of Texas Sr. Vice President of Development Debra Burns thanked Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village and Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting the soirée. Burns also toasted to newlyweds Susie Swanson and Kevin Coffey on their recent marriage and presented them with a framed photo of the couple from last year’s event, engraved with “Furever Friends.”

Giana dePaul, Kristen Greenberg and Melissa Vullo Bell*

Russell Dealey and Mary Spencer*

Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher*

Guests included Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Andrea Alcorn, Karen Urie, Susie Swanson, Kevin Coffey, Phyllis Comu, Mary SpencerKaren Lukin, Tricia Sims, Regina Bruce, Kathy Fielder, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton and SPCA of Texas Board Member Steve Atkinson

Phyllis Comu and Karen Urie*

Steve Atkinson and Scott Greenberg*

Tricia Sims, Andrea Alcorn and Karen Lukin*

Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, January 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. Honorary chairs are Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.com.  

* Photo credit: Thomas Garza Photography

JUST IN: Another School Closes Due To The Flu

As a result of the flu, Jesuit College Preparatory has joined the list of area schools temporarily closed. This notice was just posted today:

“Jesuit’s campus will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the effort to support the health and safety of our community. During this time, all on-campus activities will be cancelled. Community service scheduled for Wednesday will also be cancelled, although away athletic events will continue as planned. The School will take the closure time to disinfect all campus spaces. On campus activity will resume as normal after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.”

While it may seem drastic, Jesuit and the other schools are doing the right thing to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Here are some reminders:

  • If you think you might have the flu or even a cold, stay at home and try to isolate yourself from other members of the household. Call your doctor. Be patient (sorry, no pun intended). There is a good chance that your doctor is probably being overwhelmed with similar calls
  • Stay put for at least 24 hours after the fever has broken.
  • Wash your hands with soap.
  • Stock up on tissues.
  • Take showers and use vaporizers to keep your surrounding steamy.

    Flu shot coupon offer (File photo)

  • Get vaccinated if you haven’t. While the recent vaccine may not be a cure all, it may reduce the killer effects. Check with your drugstores and grocery stores about special offers that “boost” your getting vaccinated there.
  • Instead of handshaking, air kissing or hugging, do the knuckle bump or just wave.
  • Since the flu virus can lead to pneumonia, baby boomers should make sure that they’ve had their pneumonia shots.

Please consider using these precautions and sharing them with your kids and grandkids.

JUST IN: 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart Reveals Categories for Annual Head-Turning Competition At The Dallas Arboretum

Venise Stuart (File photo)

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart has put her thinking cap on and just revealed the categories for “A Garden By The Sea” on Thursday, April 12, at the Dallas Arboretum.

What’s the big deal? Well, until the categories are announced, hat designers and guests don’t have a clue how to create heady masterpieces in the hopes of winning one of the categories at the Women’s Council ofthe Dallas Arboretum’s 30th annual fundraiser.

So, start your creative juices flowing and pick which of the following categories will be your “headliner:”

Barbara Bigham (File photo)

  • All That Jazz (Best Group of four or more): Men may participate in this one very special category with or without women in the group.
  • To The Nines (People’s Choice): The best of the best as voted by the attendees.
  • Elegance of Earlier Days (Most Sophisticated): Grace, elegance and whimsy.
  • Gilded Age (True to Theme): Everything from the era of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Gettys.
  • Grace And Folly (Most Creative): Shells and pearls, stepping out.
  • Peacocks On Parade (Best Botanical): Hats adorned with beautiful flowers. According to one source, this one should be flowers, not feathers. That’s probably because 2016’s “What Was She Thinking” winner Barbara Bigham cornered the market on plucked peacocks.

Venise is holding back on naming the judges right now, but stay tuned.

In the meantime, get those glue guns burning and get your seat for the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show featuring Tootsies fashions with Jocelyn White as emcee.

A Woman’s Garden (File photo)

Proceeds from the event “continues to develop and maintain A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation built by women and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.”

MySweet2018Goals: Louise Griffeth

According to Texas State History Museum Foundation Trustee Louise Griffeth,

Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“My goal for the new year is to increase awareness and support of the Texas Independence Day Dinner that will honor three Dallas residents-philanthropist Nancy Ann Hunt, her husband, business icon Ray Hunt and legendary golfer Lee Trevino at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Tuesday, February 27, with the prestigious History-Making Texan Award.

Lee Trevino (File photo)

Dan and Stacey Branch (File photo)

“Dallasites Stacey and Dan Branch, who is a Trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, are serving as co-chairmen for the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit many education programs and special projects of the Museum. Jan Felts Bullock of Austin is honorary chairman.

“Each year, the museum connects more than 100,000 school children from around Texas to the state’s vital history and culture, encouraging critical thinking and actively engaging them in applying knowledge to contemporary issues.”

Nasher Sculpture Center’s 2018 Great Create Artists Revealed

One of the ultimate most favorite family events is the Nasher Sculpture Center’s The Great Create. It not only turns the Center’s lush grounds into a colorful playground with food and music for kids, it also has pop-up workshops with some of the area’s most outstanding artists.

Great Create (File photo)

This year’s Co-Chairs Macey and Steve Davis, Nicole and Justin Small and Meredith and Scott Wallace have quite a lineup of talent for the Nasher fun(d)raiser. They include Chesley Antoinette, The Color Condition, Ryan Goolsby, Kyle Hobratschk, Shelby David Meier, Nic Nicosia, Tom Sachs, Allison V. Smith and Giovanni Valderas.  

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, the artists will set up along the walkways for kids to try out their handiwork and learn about different forms of art.

The activities are geared for munchkins 12 and under. Oldtimers (13 and older) are able to be Art Ambassadors, who can assist the artists and the wee ones.

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

If you don’t have a kiddo, borrow one. It’s as much fun for the adults as the children.

Tickets are available here! Upper level packages include perks like invites to the patron party, “a special family photography opportunity with Allison V. Smith” and VIP Early Admission.

BTW, proceeds from the event go to the Nasher’s youth education programs that “account for more than 36% of the Center’s attendance each year, allowing many students and families to experience the Nasher at no cost.”

Art In Bloom 2018 Chair Dyann Skelton Officially Kicked Off “Power Of Flowers” Revealing Generous Keynote Speaker Michael De Feo

While others scurried around shopping and dragging out Christmas decorations, Pat McDonough’s Park Cities home was all decked out just in time for the right-official Art In Bloom 2018 kick-off party on Wednesday, December 6. From needlepoint ornaments to charming little Kris Kringles throughout the home, the only thing missing was mistletoe.

Ornaments

Kris Kringle

Angel

Late to arrive was Honorary Chair Barbara Durham. But not to worry. She already knew what Art In Bloom Chair Dyann Skelton was going to reveal for “Power Of Flowers” on Monday, March 26, at the Dallas Museum Of Art.

Pat McDonough and Dyann Skelton

Mid-way through the festivities, Dyann gathered the crowd to share details about the DMA League fundraiser, which will feature speaker Michael De Feo, a New York City-based artist known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy. In addition to his numerous exhibitions in international galleries and museums around the world, he has also collaborated with fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, Milly, La Mer and J.Crew for whom he created a line of t-shirts as well as window designs for each of J.Crew’s 280-plus store façades around the world. As homage to his work, host committee member Suzanne Guthrie arrived wearing one of de Feo’s J.Crew T-shirts.

Dyann also shared that “Flowers – An Exhibition” returns for the second year and will feature a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 23, to Patron Party attendees and will be on view to all DMA visitors Saturday, March 24, thru Sunday, March 25, in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries. 

Former Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin, who is chairing the Patron Party, announced that plans are already underway for not-to-be-missed event, which will feature dancers, special entertainment and amazing cuisine. An invitation to the event will go to sponsors, donors and Patron Party ticket holders, which are available for purchase now.

Dyann added that De Feo has donated two framed original works for the event: “Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016),” 2016, acrylic on two magazine pages, 14 1/4″ x 20″ which will be featured in the live auction, and “Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017),” 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches, 14 3/4″ x 11 5/8″, as the prize for one lucky raffle winner. Raffle tickets are now on sale, $25 each or 5 for $100.

Net proceeds from Power Of Flowers support the DMA’s numerous programs and exhibitions, as well as the Floral Endowment Fund.

Katie Harris Robbins To Head Up Hoblitzelle Foundation, Holland P. Gary Joins Board Of Trustees

Heading up the prestigious Hoblitzelle Foundation has become a generational responsibility for the late Lynn Harris family. For 30 years, Lynn was philanthropist Karl Hoblitzelle’s secretary and executive assistant. From 1974 to 1986, he was “responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hoblitzelle Foundation.”

Under Lynn, his son Paul W. Harris served as Executive VP and upon Lynn’s stepping down, Paul took over the role of president/CEO for the next 30 years.

In the meantime, Paul’s daughter, Katie Harris Robbins came on board and was named Executive VP in October 2016, after spending 20 years in the nonprofit finance and accounting. The magna cum laude A&M graduate earned her MBA from SMU and in her spare time has served on the board of the Junior League of Dallas and is currently chairing the Parkland Foundation.

Katie Harris Robbins*

Holland P. Gary*

With Paul’s recent retirement, it was just announced that Katie will take over his duties and title.

In addition to Katie’s new role, is news that  Holland P. Gary  has joined the board of trustees for the Foundation that annually distributes $7M in grants.

Friends Of The Dallas Public Library Will Have Thousands Of Books, DVDs, CDs And Audiobooks At Its Winter Book Sale

Despite the current love of reading digitally, there are still hold outs. They’re the folks who love their fingers turning a page and the feel of paper.

Books

In the years and decades ahead, there is a fear that bound books will be charming memories of a bygone era. For those valuing the beauty of binding, the Friends of the Dallas Library are offering a grand opportunity.

Starting Saturday, January 27, the FODL will be holding its two-day Winter Book Sale at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. In addition to books, there will be DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

You don’t need to have a library card and who knows? You just might discover a new BFF for your book shelves. Plus, if winter weather wipes out electricity in your hood, you’ll have your new paper pal to keep you company.

BTW, if you become a FODPL, you’ll be able to attend a sneak preview on Friday, January 26.  Memberships start at a measly $25.

Sales will  support future library efforts including GED and ELL (English Language Learning) classes, preschool story times, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, the 2018 Dallas Book Festival, our Homeless Engagement Initiative and more.

MySweet2018Goals: Sandi Chapman

Sandra Chapman (File photo)

According to Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas Founder/Chief Director/Dee Wyly Distinguished University Professor Sandi Chapman,

“My goal is in your head. Yes, you! Your brain. Your BrainHealth. In 2018 I want to dramatically transform the way healthy individuals of all ages think and act to keep their brain more fit. 

“We all have a stigma about our brain and fear loss of its dependability. Why wouldn’t we all strive for a healthier, more resilient brain as a major New Years’ Resolution? Because until now, people didn’t realize they could do something to improve brain performance – to physically change their brain’s ‘software’ and make it run more efficiently with greater energy.

“To tackle the grandest challenge of our time, we will launch the 3rd BrainHealth Initiative, teaming up with 25+ brain health experts from around the world. The lead goal is to translate new discoveries into actionable steps to fortify brain performance and inoculate against decline. You can, regardless of age can increase brain performance over time.

“In 2018, I’m setting out to show you, the best brain years are ahead of you! We just opened the Brain Performance Institute as part of UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth. That means evidenced-based brain health offerings- classes, trainings, assessments, apps, lectures, online cognitive trainings, monitoring of brain performance. My 2018 is about encouraging you to care for your brain like you do for your body.

“My vision is to energize Dallas as the epicenter for Innovative Thinkers and to attract major brain health enterprises and technologies to this region. Looking into the near future -Dallas will become the go-to place to harness our fullest brain potential.

“If you’re like me, you need an actionable step one to dive into the New Year. Here’s an idea. Starting in February we will have a lecture series every Tuesday night – ‘The Brain: An Owner’s Guide’* covering topics ranging from Sleep, to Happiness, Alzheimer’s and Technology and our Brain in our modern world.

“My goal for 2018 is to you see your face in the audience. The more we learn, the more we share, the better we can be at any age!”

* Visit centerforbrainhealth.org to get your tickets or learn about other 
programs.

JUST IN: 2018 Dallas Symphony Gala Plans Announced Including A Diminutive Songbird With A “Wickedly” Big Voice

Bob and Lisa Segert*

And the news keeps rolling in! Despite the chilly weather, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra staff has been in overdrive. In addition to getting ready for new Dallas Symphony Association President/CEO Kim Noltemy’s officially taking over next week, preparing for Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s final victory tour season and the 4th Annual Soluna, they’ve already finalized plans for the Dallas Symphony Gala.

Longtime DSO subscribers and supporters Lisa and Bob Segert will co-chair the fall season’s first black tie gala on Saturday, September 15, at the Meyerson. They’re old hands when it comes to the gala, since they’ve been on the host committee since 2015, in addition to Bob’s serving on the DSO Board of Governors.

According to Interim President/CEO Michelle Miller Burns, “Lisa and Bob have been part of the DSO family for over 20 years, and we’re delighted that they have accepted our invitation to lead this year’s gala. We are confident that their leadership will result in a night to remember.” 

Kristin Chenoweth (File photo)

But there’s a bit of a change in the POA this year. Instead of having world-famous musician perform with the DSO, it will be a petite songbird with a huge voice, following and collection of awards — Kristin Chenoweth! She may hail from Oklahoma, but she calls Broadway her second home and TV her third home with roles in “Pushing Daisies,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Wicked,” “West Wing,” “On The Twentieth Century,” etc. In her spare time, she’s written a New York Times Best Seller and released CDs/DVDs of her live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.”

If you’ve ever seen Kristin on stage, then you have witnessed a “big bang” experience. As Michelle put it, “Kristin Chenoweth is a consummate performer. Her concerts are always full of energy and spirit. This will be a thrilling start to the 2018/2019 season.”

“Full-Evening Gala” (fashion-show-plate cocktail reception, seated dinner, concert and after-party) tickets are going for $1,250 per person. Check with Tab Boyles for levels of opportunities.

The concert/after-party will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting Sunday, February 18. Single tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 12.

* Photo provided by Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Callier Care Chair Beth Thoele Has Perfect Timing To Reach Out For Luncheon Underwriters

Beth Thoele

That red-haired Beth Thoele’s timing is downright amazing. Chairing the annual Callier Cares luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, at the Dallas Country Club, she needed to figure out the perfect time to send out underwriter letters. Before New Year’s and the letter would have been part of the flood of holiday greeting cards. If she sent it out in February, then it might be mistaken for a Valentine.

But she discovered a window of opportunity in January — just after Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Christina Durovich and Barbara Stuart

Emilynn Wilson

To get the letters out, she held a full day of letter signing around her dinner table with the likes of Christina Durovich, Barbara Stuart, Richard Neely, Linda Jenkins, Emilynn Wilson and Dr. Tom Campbell on Thursday, January 11.

And, of course, to keep the pens moving there was plenty of food.   

If you haven’t gotten your letter because your postal carrier is suffering from frostbite, you can reach out to Jennifer Fowler for the details on supporting the Callier Center for Communications Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas fundraiser.

BTW, this year’s luncheon is honoring The Meadows Foundation with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award with Joyce and Larry Lacerte serving as honorary co-chairs. Pamela and Scott Purcel and their son, Ben Purcel, will be the featured speakers. It was a journey that started when Ben was 18 months old and his parents discovered that he was deaf.

JUST IN: Nancy And Richard Rogers And Melody And Rick Rogers Join St. V-Day Luncheon At NorthPark As Second Presenting Sponsors

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez and their Advisory Chair Heather Randall impressed a lot of folks with their plans and people for the Leukemia and Lymphoma of North Texas on Thursday, February 8.

Moving it to the CenterPark Garden at NorthPark was a biggy. Of course, it will be a tented affair, so the ladies’ hairdos don’t get mussed up. And knowing the NorthParkies, it will be quite a tent with “wish-we-were-there” onlookers.

As if that wasn’t enough, the trio had NorthPark Center as the presenting sponsor and NorthPark’s First Lady Nancy Nasher as the honorary chair.

Richard and Nancy C. Rogers (File photo)

Melody and Rick Rogers (File photo)

Now, they’ve continued the choo-choo train of news with the announcement that Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers and Melody and Rick Rogers will be the event’s second presenting sponsors.

The luncheon and fashion show featuring NorthPark merchants is less than a month away, so get that table locked down pronto. Insider tip: check with Stacey and she’ll get you a spot.

JUST IN: 12th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon Details Including “Chick Flick” Keynote Speaker Revealed

Perhaps those Chick Lit-ters should be renamed Tricky Chick Lits. For the past couple of years, they’ve moved their annual Community Partners of Dallas fundraising luncheon from the tried-and-true Brook Hollow to the bigger-than-mansion Hilton Anatole Chantilly Ballroom. They’ve also shifted just slightly from authors to author/TV types.

This year they’ve continued that, adding film/video to their featured speaker. Think Chick Flick! But more about that in a second.

Paige McDaniel (File photo)

Lara and Bob Tafel (File photo

CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel has been holding her breath and just exhaled the news that the luncheon will return to the Anatole on Friday, April 13, with Lara and Dr. Robert Tafel serving as presenting sponsors.

Mersina Stubbs and Lynn McBee (File photo)

Cate Ford (File photo)

Callan Harrison (File photo)

Brooke Hortenstine (File photo)

Nancy Perot (File photo)

Chairing this year’s event will be Mersina Stubbs, who has recruited Cate Ford, Callan Harrison, Brooke Hortenstine and Lynn McBee for her underwriting team. For her honorary chair, Mersina has managed to get Nancy Perot. Talk about a dream team!

Now, for the featured speaker. Here are some clues:

  • She was chosen as one of Teen People Magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars under 21” back in 1999.
  • Her dad specializes in divorces.
  • Is a single mom.
  • Has played everything from Jackie Kennedy to Batman’s girlfriend.

If your IMDb search is on overdrive, then you know who it is. And you just know that she ain’t exactly like last year’s keynoter Bethenny Frankel. She likes to stay under the TMZ radar and that’s pretty hard to do. If you’re still in the dark, follow the jump and get your table locked down: [Read more…]

JUST IN: Double Academy Award Winner/Clothing Designer Hilary Swank To Keynote Genesis Women’s Shelter’s 25th Annual Luncheon

DFW International Airport is going to be celebrity filled this spring thanks to the area nonprofits with a dazzling array of speakers. Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support is celebrating its 25th Annual Luncheon with double Academy Award winner/entrepreneur Hilary Swank at the Hilton Anatole on the Friday, May 11.

Hilary Swank*

According to Genesis CEO Jan Langbein, “We are beyond thrilled to announce Hilary Swank as our 2018 luncheon speaker. Her philanthropic dedication to addressing challenging social issues seamlessly aligns with the mission of Genesis Women’s Shelter – to end violence against women.”

Chairing the event that will take place on the Friday before Mother’s Day will be longtime Genesis supporters, Jane and Michael Hurst. Jan described the Hursts, “Jane and Michael are dear friends of Genesis. Through their philanthropic efforts, as well as their professions as lawyers, the Hursts are both well regarded in our community. We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Michael, who was recently inaugurated as the 109th President of the Dallas Bar Association. Jane has served as the Client Advocate Liaison on the board of the Genesis Alliance, and we are honored to have her and Michael at the helm for our 25th luncheon. Through this event, women will know that there is help and there is hope for those who suffer from abuse.”

Hilary Swank (File photo)

While many folks know Hilary from her incredible performances in 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” 2005’s “Million Dollar Baby” and 2014’s “The Homesman,” they may not know of her being a clothing designer. She created Mission Statement in 2016 to “merge high-performance and high-fashion to allow the wearer to find the perfect balance of movement while they are working out, in the office, resting or playing.”

To prove her stuff when it comes to putting an ensemble together, it was back in 2011 when Hilary flew in to be guest of honor for a Super Bowl party hosted by Phil Romano. Unfortunately, her luggage got lost in transit. Not to worry. She simply stopped by an airport shop and hit just the right look for cameras.

But Hilary’s story isn’t all glittering awards, red carpet appearances and heading up companies. There was a point when at the age of 16 she and her mother arrived in Los Angeles with $75 in cash and lived out of their car. In hindsight, Hilary described it as “no big deal, really. I was embarking on a big adventure and I was very excited. My mum was scared as hell, but I loved it!”

Sponsorships for the lunch start at $1,750 and are available now by checking in with Bianca Jackson. As for the individual tickets, they won’t go on sale until April.

* Photo credit: Carlo Furgeri Gilbert for The Wall Street Journal

MySweet2018Goals: Kimberly Martinez

According to The Elisa Project Executive Director Kimberly Martinez,

Kim Bannister and Kimberly Martinez (File photo)

“One of my goals for 2018 is for the community to join me, alongside 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister and Honorary Co-Chairs Sandra Estess and Elizabeth Estess Hughes, for the 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon benefiting The Elisa Project.

“This year’s luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at Brook Hollow Golf Club, is not to be missed as we will welcome Golden Globe-nominated actress Chrissy Metz, star of the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This is Us,’ as our featured speaker. The day will include a reception, seated luncheon and a conversation with Metz, moderated by Southern Living Editor-At-Large/author/lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.  

Chrissy Metz (File photo)

“The Elisa Project is dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders. We know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. 

“Chrissy Metz stars on the critically acclaimed hit NBC series ‘This Is Us’ which has been renewed for two additional seasons and just received three nominations for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Support Actress for Metz. Chrissy plays Kate, a woman struggling with her weight, eating habits, and body image. ET named her as one of six ‘breakout stars you will fall in love with this fall.’ People magazine named her to the ‘One’s to Watch.’ We could not be more thrilled to have her in Dallas!

“We expect a sold-out event, so please don’t wait! Only a limited amount of tickets will be available closer to the event. Tables begin at $2,000 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early February if space permits. For more information, visit http://theelisaproject.org/events/life-lessons/.”

Let’s Chill Tuesday Morning

Tuesday morning is not going to be a flash-back to the 2011 Super Ice Bowl. Tonight weather guessers are suggesting there will be an overnight “dusting” of snow and sleet on North Texas grounds. Why KDFW’s Dan Henry, KTVT’s Scott Padget, KXAS’s Rick Mitchell and WFAA’s Pete Delkus still have their jackets on!

Chances are kids are going to be so disappointed that it ain’t gonna be a “snow day.” Tell ‘em to take heart. That may still happen in the days and weeks to come.

Snowy drive (File photo)

However, for morning commuters be cautious. While ice storm vets may be easy on the pedal and not worried about hitting that age-old tree down the block or a youngster scrambling out of a school bus, think again. Do you really want to have a close encounter with that North Texas slip-and-slide newbie, who’s learning offensive slick-street driving?

Take it easy and tune into local media to learn the safest ways to get around.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s “Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” Honorees And Supporters Celebrated Overlooking Downtown Dallas

The Dallas skyline was the backdrop and an enchantingly beautiful center-of-room Christmas tree was the centerpiece for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Farewell Founder’s Luncheon Honoree Reception December 5. In addition to Honorary Luncheon Co-Chairs Lucy Billingsley and Doug Curtis, Co-Hosts hosts Joleen and Jim Chambers welcomed DBDT Founder Ann Williams, luncheon honorees Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd, as well as DBDT Board members Gilbert Gerst, Georgia Scaife, Mark Cooks, Petre White, Paulette Turner and JeAnna Parker. Here’s a report from the field:

From the left: (seated) Gilbert Gerst, Georgia Scaife, Ann Williams and Joleen Chambers; (seated) Mark Cooks, Petre White, Linda Todd, Paulette Turner, Herdercine Nash and JeAnna Parker**

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) patrons gathered in the home of Joleen and Jim Chambers to be the first to honor three longtime supporters of the 41-year-old dance company. DBDT Founder Ann M. Williams announced the final Founder’s Luncheon would pay tribute to Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd, three outstanding North Texans who have substantially supported the organization. Herdercine Nash has been a DBDT board member since 1988 and helped launch the luncheon 22 years ago as a fundraiser for the organization. Andy McCarthy has been a supporter for over 25 years, serving on the Board during the 1990s and recently giving a leadership gift to support a resident choreographer. Linda Todd has been a Board member for more than two decades and supported the renovation of DBDT’s home, the Historic Moorland YMCA Building, by underwriting the elevator installation.

Christmas decorations*

Between the twinkling lights of the Dallas skyline and the Christmas tree, it was the perfect setting for the honoree reception during the holidays. A brisk northerly wind did not stop some guests from stepping out on the balcony to take in the breathtaking view of downtown Dallas and the Dallas Arts District.

Andy McCarthy, Michelle Thomas, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd*

DBDT supporters started the luncheon 22 years ago as a way to honor Founder Ann Williams, while supporting what is now the oldest continuously operating dance company in Dallas. The luncheon will highlight the legacy and extraordinary service of Ms. Williams to Dallas and the field of dance. Ms. Williams thanked attendees for the various ways they had supported Dallas Black Dance Theatre over four decades. She also thanked Michelle R. Thomas, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations for JPMorgan Chase, for the bank’s eighth consecutive year as a presenting sponsor and Gilbert Gerst, Senior Vice President of Community Development Lending and Investments for Bank of Texas, for the bank sponsorship of the honoree reception.

Doug Curtis, Lucy Billingsley and Ann Williams**

Seen chatting at the reception, longtime DBDT and facility partners Doug Curtis of AT&T Performing Arts Center and Lucy Billingsley of the Billingsley Company, who are serving as honorary co-chairs, as well as Rev. Lelious Johnson and Kimberley Runnels, the luncheon General Chairs. Fox 4 News Anchor Clarice Tinsley will preside as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Lelious Johnson and Kimberly Runnels**

Chef Carlos Whitfield served up his unique twist of hors d’oeuvres. There was the spicy Shrimp Cocktail Mazatlan that Chef Carlos describes as a fusion dish with influence from Italy, Spain and Mexico. Cucumbers complemented the combination, neutralizing the heat of chili peppers. Chef Carlos also created a decadent dish featuring roasted salmon topped with cured salmon. Herbs and veggies were folded into beef meatballs that had a holiday flavor combining cranberry glaze and barbeque sauce.

Chef Carlos Whitfield hors d’oeuvres*

If you would like more information on how to sponsor or purchase a luncheon table on Wednesday January 17, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, contact [email protected].

* Photo credit: Maegan Hoffman 
** Photo credit: Derrick Waiters

Aware Affair Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington Held The Launch Party In A Hideaway At The Statler

Leading up to the Aware Affair on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington are setting quite a standard. Just for their launch party on Monday, December 4, they commandeered The Statler’s Bourbon And Banter and recommended that the guests wear appropriate for the heyday of the speakeasy era. And along with Aware President Venise Stuart, they announced tidbits about the Aware fundraiser including the honorees. But more about that later. Here’s a report from the field:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air*

As guests arrived on Monday, December 4, at The Statler for the Launch Party for Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Celebration – they were greeted by two modern American icons:  A 1946 Lincoln and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all decked out for the soirée in accordance with the dress code Speakeasy Chic Attire. 

An intriguing setting, Bourbon And Banter is accessed by going through a small series of hallways, down some stairs and a few more stairs, passing through a glass door where a code had to be called in from, guess what, a very chic telephone booth. As the heavily paneled wooden door slowly slides open, oohs -and-aahs were heard throughout the crowd. Welcome to the party! 

Jolie and Bart Humphrey*

Craig and Josey Kennington*

“This setting is the perfect choice for our launch party,” said Aware Affair Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey. “Just look at the outfits! Everyone got in the mood.”

Jolie and Aware Affair Co-Chair Josey Kennington were chatting up the 75+ supporters and member of the host committee including Honorary Co-Chairs Kim McDavid, dressed in sequins and sparkles and her husband, David McDavid, Jr., who was dressed to the nines in 1930s-inspired wide pin-striped slacks, white shirt and tie with suspenders and topped with a fedora.  

Kim and David McDavid Jr.*

Barbara Bigham and Venise Stuart*

Addressing the group, Aware President Venise Stuart thanked everyone and gave a brief history of Aware’s history, which began in 1989 when five very involved and powerful Dallas women — Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey and Anita Sampels –founded the organization in support of their good friend who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. These ladies asked their friends to help begin Aware and at least 100 women stepped up to become Charter Members, many of whom were in attendance this evening.  

John Turner, Billie Leigh Rippey and Ramona Jones*

In the almost 30 years since Aware has been in existence, more than $12.5 million have been raised. This money has been given back to the community in the form of support for education, research, and caregiving using a thorough grant review process under the administration of The Dallas Foundation. The process includes financial analysis and on-site visits to applying organizations.

Venise then announced the two honorees.

  • BvB Dallas is a Dallas-based charity organization that hosts a powder-puff football game and other fundraisers as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded locally by a group of young women driven to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, BvB Dallas is a personal way for young professionals across DFW to raise awareness, funds and support to tackle Alzheimer’s forever. Raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause, BvB Dallas has made a huge impact in the Metroplex over the past 10 years.  
  • The Chantilis Family, in honor of their mother, Frances Chantilis. Frances was one of the original charter members of Aware. Frances was a kind, gentle, woman, who gave to everyone in the community. Unfortunately, Frances lost her own battle of Alzheimer’s in 2013.

In Frances’ memory, her children, Sam Chantilis, M.D. and Stephanie Bray and her husband Bennie Bray have continued to support the Aware mission. In 2015 Stephanie and Bennie served as the 2015 Aware Affair co-chairs. 

Jolie and Josey also thanked media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, MySweetCharity and Downtown Business News, along with in-kind sponsors to date: Matthew Shelley Photography, Glass Vodka, Roxor Gin, JR Ewing Bourbon, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Pratiksha Jewelry, which donated a most beautiful set of a diamond necklace and earrings co-designed by Kim McDavid.  Topping off the sweet evening were chocolates from Chocolate Secrets as favors.  

The event will be held on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, the newly-renovated, historic hotel. The original Statler Hilton, an iconic building of mid-twentieth century design, was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and established Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. 

The newly renovated hotel is the perfect setting for Aware’s new event format designed to entice party-goers of all ages: a cocktail reception, dancing to favorite tunes spanning the decades, silent auction with select wonderful finds for everyone, and a spirited live auction with WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee. 

The three-course, seated dinner will showcase gourmet selections by Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco, formerly executive chef and director of operations at Bolsa Mercado.   

For underwriting and sponsorship opportunities contact Sharon Walker at [email protected] or 214.369.2459, or visit the website at AWAREDallas.org .

2018 AWARE Grant Recipients are: 

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor ATandT Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers. 
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund – Recipients are Nora Drutz-Rogney of Baylor University and Lindsay Ross of Texas Christian University.
    The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of Aware. For more information please visit the website at Aware.or
*Photo credit: Matthew Shelley

A Passing: Peter Pauls Stewart

The early ’60s were a turning point in Dallas. While many may immediately think of the death of President John F. Kennedy, there were other developments taking place around that time that made the Dallas leadership examine its mission within the world community. There was Erik Jonsson planting the seeds for an international airport between Dallas and Fort Worth. There was George Underwood Jr. developing Richardson. There was Ray Nasher building NorthPark Center across from a cow pasture. And then there was 55-year-old businessman Peter Pauls Stewart. His vision took place on a fishing trip in 1962. It was perhaps not what most would have expected from a World War II vet who was spearheading the development of North Texas: It was to build a facility for all people to celebrate gratitude and thanksgiving.

Like any great undertaking, his project required time, talent and tenacity.

Following the assassination, the city was thrown into a state of guilt, confusion and grief. The site of the shooting of the president and his alleged assassin cast a pall over downtown Dallas. Perhaps it was this shadow that spurred Stewart to recruit local leaders Joe Neuhoff, Julius Schepps and John Stemmons in creating the Thanks-Giving Foundation in 1964 for Dallas’ interfaith oasis for gratitude — Thanks-Giving Square.

Taking more than 10 years to complete, Stewart’s dream child was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day 1976 with its spiral chapel, walkways and fountains on a triangular park in the center of the Central Business District.

Over the years, the 3.5-acre park was visited by those seeking solace as well as U.S. presidents, the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks and Pope Benedict XVI, when he was a cardinal.

Since that dedication in 1976, the profile of downtown Dallas has changed. Yesterday’s skyscrapers have been replaced by taller monuments to commerce; decaying buildings have been transformed into luxury residences; the streets have become jammed with vehicles; and parades have rallied for celebrations and protest.

Still, Thanks-Giving Square has been resolute in Stewart’s mission to provide a sanctuary for all people. Following the July 7 shooting of five officers in downtown Dallas, leaders from all walks of life came together at Thanks-Giving Square to heal and grieve.

With the death Wednesday of 97-year-old Stewart, the grief of this loss will be lessened knowing that his legacy will stand strong for future generations to come together at Thanks-Giving Square.

On Tuesday at 11 a.m., services will be held at St. Michael and All Angels.

JUST IN: New Crystal Charity Ball Members Revealed

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson has just announced the newest members of the 66-year-old fundraising organization for Dallas-area children’s charities.

Ashley Allen (File photo)

Kara Axley (File photo)

Marybeth Conlon (File photo)

Let’s cut to the chase. The frosh class of 2018 include Ashley Allen, Kara Axley, Marybeth Conlon, Lissie Donosky, Anne McPherson and Lisa Rocchio

These ladies join decades of predecessors, who have provided more than $137M for more than 140 nonprofits. Just imagine — the children who benefited from that initial fundraiser at the Baker Hotel in 1952 are now AARP types with grandchildren of their own.

MLK Jr. Day Closings And Openings And An Opportunity To Serve

Monday will be the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day that will results in rethinking of what’s open for business. Here is a brief list of organizations that will be closed:

  • Banks
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Libraries
  • City of Dallas offices
  • Dallas County offices
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Greenhill School
  • Highland Park Independent School District
  • Jesuit Dallas
  • Plano Independent School District
  • Richardson Independent School District
  • SMU
  • State of Texas offices
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Ursuline School

Perot Museum of Nature and Science*

But what will be wide open and greeting you with open arms? The Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Arboretum are both offering their special pricing. But it might be rainy. Then what about a museum visit? Alas, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center are following their standard operating procedures of being closed on Mondays. But never fear! The Perot Museum will be wide open.

VNA**

And if volunteering is more to your liking, consider VNA Meals on Wheels. They’re expecting more than 600 volunteers to take over 350 routes starting at 10 a.m. to provide more than “4,700 homebound, hungry seniors” with chicken fajita taco, fiesta rice, refried beans, fudge cream cookie and milk.

* Graphic courtesy 
of Perot Museum Of Nature And Science 
** Graphic courtesy of VNA

North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Is Moving To New Digs In March

Change is afoot at the North Texas Food Bank. In the past NTFB’s Empty Bowls had shivering souls heading to the Meyerson for the annual soup-athon.

Empty Bowls (File photo)

The NTFB-ers have waved “bye-bye” to the Meyerson and headed down to Ross Street to F.I.G.

Empty Bowls soup (File photo)

 

The date for the 2017 liquid sipping is Friday, March 2 (aka Texas Independence Day).

Won’t be a problem. The winter’s chill has traditionally not ended until St. Patrick’s Day.

So, the ladles will be serving the liquid delights to help those in the North Texas community suffering from hunger.

Why not invite a bud to lunch and help want-to-be-buds? There will be music, silent auctions for bowls and for those with VIP status, they’ll be able to get first grabs of artisan handmade bowls.

And while you’re at it, meet Trisha Cunningham. This lunch-athon is her first as NTFB CEO/president.

2017 Crystal Charity Ball Hit The Mountain Tops Of Fundraising With Fabulous Fashions, Feasting And Faces At “An Evening In The Alps”

The munchkins wandering through the Anatole toward the hotel’s Peppermint Park must have thought the Crystal Charity Ball’s “An Evening In The Alps” was part of the Park layout on Saturday, December 2. So did their parents, as they shot photos of the kids standing in front of the snowy hill scene with red sleigh tilted picture-perfect on the upper level of the Chantilly Ballroom’s lobby.

Bob McCreath, Brandon Perella, Medley Wollenman, Vin and Pam Perella, Lauren Perella, Adam Ryan and Carolyn Curl

The backdrop proved to be ideal also for the CCB crowd in their finery. First to try it out was 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella and her family (husband Vin Perella, mom Carolyn Curl, dad Bob McCreath, daughter Lauren Perella with Adam Ryan and son Brandon Perella with Medley Wollenman). That was quickly followed by a snap of Pam with the members of her leadership committee (Anne Besser, Leslie Diers, Elizabeth Gambrell, Cheryl Joyner and Kristina Whitcomb).

Elizabeth Gambrell, Cheryl Joyner, Pam Perella, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Anne Besser

No sooner had the final official photos been taken than the 1,500+ guests, including Diane and Hal Brierley, Barbara and Ralph Babb, Luanne and Aaron McWhorter, Wendy and Boyd Messmann, Martha and Doug Hawthorne, Liat and Amit Berger, Calee Dillon, Christina and Christopher Durovitch, Lee Bailey, Brent Christopher, Robin Robinson, Lindalyn Adams with grandson Carlton Adams, Greg Bieberding, Eddie Ortega, Isabell Novakov with Trey Higginbotham, Kathleen Gibson, Kim and Greg Hext, Linda Perryman Evans, Joanna Clarke with Michael Royal, Cindy Stager with Oscar Durham, Kristen and Reed Gibbins, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Angela Nash with Billy Martin Jr., Margot and Bill Goodwin, Louise and Guy Griffeth, Caroline Rose Hunt with Del Frnka, Karen and David Shuford, Barbara and John Stuart, John Clutts, Dr. Sami Arslanlar, Billie Leigh Rippey with daughter Paige Locke, Norma Hunt with son Dan Hunt and his wife Toni Munoz-Hunt, Brenda and Bob White, Su-Su and Jerry Meyer, Dana and Greg McGowan, Scott Everett with Kristy Lohse, Elizabeth and Paul Dougan, Susan McSherry with John Zogg, Jan and Fred Hegi, Peggy and Dr. Dan Meyer, Laura and Paul Hudson, Andrea Devaldenebro and Leonardo Gonzalez Sangri, Amy and Michael Meadows, Kimberly and Justin Whitman, Stacey and John Relton and the Neiman’s crowd (Mimi and Rich Sterling, Neva Hall and soon-to-retire Malcolm Reuben with wife Vinnie Reuben), arrived through a tree-lined entry hall that immediately set the mood with a whiff of the evergreen.

Christina and Christopher Durovich

Ralph and Barbara Babb

Jerry and Su-Su Meyer

Trey Higginbotham and Isabell Novakov

Lindalyn Adams and Carlton Adams

Calee Dillon and Amit and Liat Berger

Oscar Durham and Cindy Stager

Del Frnka and Caroline Rose Hunt

Pat and Charles McEvoy and Jill and Bob Smith

Norma Hunt, Dan Hunt and Toni Munoz-Hunt

Lee Bailey

Mimi and Rich Sterling

Malcolm and Vinnie Reuben

Since the evening’s temperatures didn’t require outerwear, guests bypassed the coat check and headed to the gaming tables, the lavish silent auction gallery, James French’s pop-up studio, The Alpine Shop for perusing and the rustic “warming hut” with its mountains of shrimp and buffets of other delicacies.

And, of course, there were the CCB committee members with the balloons selling chance tickets for the 2018 Lexus. CCB newbie Lisa Singleton was joined by CCB vet Lynn McBee in selling raffle tickets. Her goal was $15,000, but within the first 20 minutes she had only sold $350. A few minutes later, she had doubled that amount. Things were looking up.

CCB-ers Lisa Cooley and Alison Malone set up shop at a table to the left of the entry and next to the bar. They had come in second last year and were bound and determined to sell the most tickets this year. Not only did they, but Alison’s husband/advertising guru Mike Malone told Katherine and Key Coker that Alison won the raffle last year and it would bring them good luck to buy their ticket from her. He was right. The Cokers had the winning ticket. And, yes, Lisa and Alison sold the most tickets of the night.

Key and Katherine Coker

Jim and Kristen Hinton

Among the first-time guests in the crowd were Baylor Scott Scott and White Health CEO Jim Hinton and his wife Kristen Hinton and Dallas Summer Musical’s Ken Novice and his wife Kouy Novice. Despite having been in town just seven months, Ken reported that the DSM had just signed a 20-year partnership agreement with Broadway Across America and is planning on an aggressive outreach to young people — around Fair Park and via the Dallas Independent School District. He admitted that, “We’re going to need to increase our budget,” which means stepping up fundraising efforts. He also wants to update the Music Hall at Fair Park, including changes in parking and traffic flows and increasing seating capacity.

John Clutts, Ken and Kouy Novice and Sami Arslanlar

And speaking of business, RED Development’s Paul Rowsey was optimistic about Amazon’s coming to North Texas. He believes Amazon will split its new headquarters between two cities, with Dallas having a good chance of being one of them… Ben Lange was introducing Evelyn Costello, who had just been named executive director for Luke’s Fastbreak Shirts.

Evelyn Costello and Ben and Tracy Lange

Robyn and Don Conlon

But it wasn’t just guys talking business. Former CCB Chair Robyn Conlon was beaming over her son Keith Conlon’s recent accomplishments. Not only did he get $10K taken off the price of his Rangers 2018 season tickets after hitting a home run over the Bud sign at Globe Life Park, but Keith had just been named general manager at Allie Beth Allman and Associates as well.

Midway through the cocktail reception, word was passed — “Do you know Tagg?” Was it a new social media hashtag? There was just a bit of distress as the question continued to be asked. The answer was that, thanks to high-tech cars, “Mr. Tagg” had left his car running with the valet and joined the throng inside. Only problem was he had taken the key with him. When he disappeared into the throng inside, the car dutifully came to a grinding stop, creating an unplanned conversation piece blocking the valet line. Finally, he …or, more importantly, his key was found and the flow of high-end vehicles rolled back into place.

And while the crowd grew in the lobby, the final preparations were being made in the Chantilly Ballroom for the doors to open at 9 p.m. The ballroom’s walls were covered with shimmering floor-to-ceiling draping, with towering screens displaying videos of wintry ventures. A mammoth stage was set up along the back of the ballroom for the bands.

At Pam’s and Annette Simmons’ table were monogrammed napkins along with gargantuan floral arrangements. 

Other tables also impressed with centerpieces highlighted by candles in suspended globes hovering over silver tablecloths, crystal. In the chairs were such favors at Tiffany boxes containing Tiffany weave porcelain bowls and the 2017 Children’s Book and the 2018 Calendar.

Right on cue, the Anatole’s Catherine New did the countdown for the staff to open the doors at 9 p.m. to the elegant dinner starting with a first course (poached lobster and roasted beets , arugula and frisée salad and grilled figs, shaved fennel, pickled watermelon radish, citrus mountain blooms and champagne vinaigrette) followed by the entrée (grilled filet of beef, roasted Cipollini red wine demi-glace, gratin dauphinoise, grilled farmer’s market carrots and turnips and seared asparagus). For dessert, it was Toblerone Swiss milk chocolate mousse with honey and almond nougat, Basler Brunsli crisp and coconut snow.

Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley and Isabell Terry

Betsy Crousen

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Libby and Al Allred

But as glorious as the room and menu were, the CCB guests once again were setting a standard for OMG fashion with the ladies in labels bearing such names as Herrera (Pam Perella, Christi Urschel, Jennifer Dix, Piper Wyatt, Kristina Whitcomb, Laura Moon), Zac Posen (Claire Emanuelson, Pat McEvoy, Delilah Boyd, Patty Leyendecker), Pamela Roland (Lisa Troutt, Gail Fischer), Armani (Paige Slates), Anne Fontaine (Amy Hegi), Chanel (DeeDee Lee), Dior (Betsy Crousen, Kara Goss and Dianna Miller), Badgley Mischka (Nikki Webb), Tom Ford (Heather Esping), Galvan (Lynn McBee), Oscar (Annette Simmons, Lisa Singleton), Tom and Linda Platt (Cheryl Joyner) Lela Rose (Linda Secrest), Marchesa (Ciara Cooley), Etro (Janie Condon), Escada (Caren Kline), Mackenzie Brittingham (Bela Cooley, Nancy Collins), Worth Collection (Alicia Wood), Patti Flowers (Lisa Cooley, Tanya Foster) and Michael Faircloth (Tracy Lange, Tiffany Divis, Mary Martha Pickens, Libby Allred, Elsa Norwood, Diane Byrd, Sue Scala, Stephanie Scala). Michael is probably in designer recovery.

On their well-pedicured feet were such slippers as Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Weitzman, Rene Caovilla, Gianvito Rossi and Adrianna Papell.

Needless to say, Judith Leiber dominated the clutch department, followed by Chanel, Charlotte Max Design, Alexander McQueen, YSL and Jimmy Choo.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t have been a glittery affair without the bling-bling from Eiseman, Diamonds Direct, Bachendorf, Neiman’s, Sue Gragg, deBoulle, Julianna LeBlanc, William Noble, Cartier, Tiffany and family treasures.

Kara and Randall Goss and Dianna Miller

Delilah and Sam Boyd

Pete and Tanya Foster and Alicia and Scott Wood

Paige and John Slates

Crayton and Nikki Webb

 

Mike and Piper Wyatt

DeeDee Lee and Randy and Ginny Bailey

Tiffany and Paul Divis

But the most popular look of the night for the ladies was the caterpillar false eyelashes that would have made Liz Taylor’s double row of lashes look thin. It seems that along with having hair done, makeup applied and nails polished, one must have an appointment to have an extra layer of lashes.

On the other hand, the gents in the crowd held their own with tuxedos by Bob Baumann (Richard Dix), Chris Despos (Clay Cooley), Isaia (Vin Perella), J. Hilburn (Kenny Troutt), Bruno Cucinelli (Dwight Emanuelson), Edward Baumann Clothiers (Scott Wood), Zegna (Charles McEvoy), Q Custom Clothier (Al Allred) and loads of Armani (David Condon, John Slates, Les Secrest).

Amy Simmons and Joe Crafton

Lisa and Kenny Troutt

Laura and Dennis Moon

Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

Simply Irresistible

Mary and Robert Black and Cliff Fischer

As Atlanta’s Simply Irresistible took the stage, Amy Simmons and husband Joe Crafton were the first on the dance floor followed by Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dalhberg, Laura and Dennis Moon, Mary and Robert Black, Gail and Cliff Fischer, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel, Connie and Denny Carreker, Pam and Vin and Leslie and Bryan Diers.

Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Kelli and Jerry Ford

Jerry Jones

Gayle Stoffel, Gene Jones and Anita Arnold

Having just as much fun on the sidelines were Michal Powell, Aileen and Jack Pratt, Mary Clare Finney with Chris Branscum and Annette Simmons’ “Jerry table” including her husband Jerry Fronterhouse, Jerry Ford with wife Kelli Ford and Jerry Jones with wife Gene Jones as well as Anita and Truman Arnold and Gayle and Paul Stoffel. But the music was too hard to resist, so soon Annette and her Jerry were on the dance floor, too.

MySweet2018Goals: Whitney Strauss

Whitney Strauss (File photo)

According to new AdvoCare Foundation Executive Director Whitney Strauss, MySweet2018Goals are

  1. “Make hundreds, thousands…millions more children healthier by combatting the causes of childhood obesity in Dallas but throughout the US.
  2. “Make my own household healthier by paying attention to food labels, exercising regularly, cooking at home and cutting out sugar
  3. “Take up a dance class because no better way to stay fit then doing something you love
  4. “Travel, read and pursuit a passion
  5. “Hug my boys and read up on how to handle a teenager – because I will have one in my house this year!”