MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Tablescapes

As the holiday feasting is approaching, it’s time to make your table a “fashion plate”. Sorry about that. Couldn’t resist.

Tablescapes

Tablescapes

And the Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Tablescapes created a two-day wonderland of magnificent table settings that inspired and had mouths watering at the Dallas Country Club on the evening of Sunday, October 19, and the next day for lunch and a lecture by world-class bon vivant Alex Hitz.

Tablescapes

Tablescapes

Alex Hitz

Alex Hitz

Even the Chi Omegas, Pi Phis and Thetas in the audience were “Kappa Adjacents” for the two days.

For your consideration, check out the two pages on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery of some of the 54 table settings and peeps browsing around.

BTW, there wasn’t a paper plate or napkin in sight.

Sold Out Alert!: Zoo To Do

Doug and Jennifer Houser and Tiffany and Paul Divis (File photo)

Doug and Jennifer Houser and Tiffany and Paul Divis (File photo)

Party animals, word just arrived from Zoo To Do Co-Chair Tiffany Divis,

“The Jewels of the Kalahari will be sparkling with no extra room on the dance floor… because as you would expect, ZTD is Sold Out:) Be ready to Partaaaaay with the animals!!!”

Understand the weather Saturday evening may have a bit of chill, so pull out that precious cashmere sweater and those boots that have been hibernating in your closet. Tis time to free them from isolation!

Suggestion: Leave the furs at home Saturday night.

 

Dallas International Art, Antique And Jewelry Show To Feature Sherry Hayslip Showcase And Lectures By Industry Experts

The Dallas International Art, Antiques and Jewelry Show is a bit like Brigadoon. It magically appears for a brief spell with wonders and delights. Then all too soon it is gone. This year’s collection of treasures is returning to Dallas Market Hall from Thursday, November 6, to Monday, November 10. Yipes — a scant four days!

Sherry Hayslip*

Sherry Hayslip*

This year’s Designer’s Showcase will be in the hands of Dallas’s award-winning interior designer Sherry Hayslip. She’s decided on “a la Coco” theme “inspired by Coco Chanel’s iconic Paris apartment.” And let’s face it. Since December’s Métiers d’Art, isn’t it about time for a Coco fix?

According to Sherry, “The Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show brings together as impressive a collection of exhibitors as can be found anywhere in the United States. It was an exciting opportunity to work with all of them to create this fun tribute to Coco and her style.”

But as Scott Diament, CEO of the Show Producer and President/CEO of The Palm Beach Show Group, admitted, “Sherry has done a remarkable job gathering such spectacular pieces and working with so many different exhibitors while maintaining and executing her vision for the Designer Showcase. It’s not an easy task to take on an icon like Coco Chanel, but Sherry certainly came through in a big way. Our guests are going to be very impressed with what she has put together.”

And there’s far more than just eye candy. This year they’ve added lectures by curators from area museums and “other industry experts and pioneers.” The lineup of lecturers includes

  • Friday, November 7 at 1 p.m. — Olivier Meslay, associate director of curatorial affairs and the Barbara Thomas Lemon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art
  • Friday, November 7 at 2 p.m. — Margaret “Maggie” Alder, assistant curator Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Saturday, November 8 at 1 p.m. — Carolle Thibault-Pomerantz, expert in fine vintage wallpapers from XVIII to the mid-XX centuries
  • Monday, November 10 at 11 a.m. — Dr. Thomas Wide, managing director, Turquoise Mountain Trust

Hint: The Thursday night private preview party on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. not only allows you to have a first look but you’ll benefit Texas Cultural Trust. But if you can’t make opening night, you can still support the show’s other nonprofit partners — The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Dallas AfterSchool —during its all too brief stay.

* Photo courtesy of Dallas International Art, Antiques and Jewelry Show

Kent Rathbun Is Making The 2015 Masters Tournament Available Tonight At Signature Chefs Auction

Leave it to Chef Kent Rathbun to come up with multi-course feasts to set taste buds swirling. But this time he’s taken the word “course” in a totally different direction for tonight’s Signature Chefs Auction at the Omni.

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

It’s called Master The Experience and includes the following:

“Six guests will be chauffeured to a DFW airport by My Private Driver for a first-class trip to the Peach State. You’ll spend a night in Atlanta, where Kent will arrange a private dinner for your party at one of his brother’s (Kevin Rathbun) fine restaurants.

“Then, the next day you’re headed to The Masters! Enjoy accommodations at the Jamison Suites Hotel, located just 3 miles from one of the greatest sports venues in the world. During your stay your party is invited to dine at the illustrious 1018 Club, including one private VIP dinner – all meals are prepared by guest chef Kent Rathbun.
“Tee off the weekend with a round of golf at the award-winning Jones Creek or taking in the Par 3 Contest.  You’ll even have the opportunity to follow the PGA’s elite competitors on the historic greens of Augusta National Golf Club during the championship round. It’s all up to you – this package is customizable.”

The value of this very sweet deal is $60,000 with a starting bid of $12,000.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the March of Dimes fundraiser, stop reading and get ‘em and loosen up that belt because you’re in for a feast!

2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball Headed Indoors With Kenny Chesney, A Gas Monkey And Men-In-Black-Polo-Shirts

WARNING: Settle back with a jug of coffee or a carafe of wine because this post is going to be a long one. If words aren’t your thing, then just check out the pictures on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky on Saturday, October 18. Veteran Cattle Baron’s Ball-ers were feeling a bit off balance. They were used to years of hourly updates on the weather and dreading a drenching. After all, in the past 10 years of holding the American Cancer Society fundraiser at area ranches (The Farm, Travis Ranch, Star Brand Ranch) and Southfork, only three had been washouts, but those three had been legendary. After the 2009 “Mud Ball” at Star Brand Ranch, it was decided that the whole kit-and-caboodle would move to Southfork because of its convention center that could be used as a proposed weather backup. And that’s where it stayed until last year’s gulley washers. Evidently the convention center couldn’t accommodate the thousands of guests after all. That night 2014 CBB Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum decided there was no debating the matter. The next fundraiser would be indoor come “hail” or high water. The major sponsors and donors once again returned to back the 100 ladies of Cattle Baron’s and their battle to conquer cancer.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

But where would be a place big enough to accommodate such an event indoors? American Airlines Center was out of the question due to the Stars’ and Mavericks’ schedules. A similar problem existed for a move to AT&T Stadium with the Dallas Cowboys schedule. So, the gals decided on Gilley’s. As the year progressed they upped the excitement announcing that Kenny Chesney would be the headliner, despite an impressive price tag and his decision not to tour for the year. In order to accommodate the 3,200+ guests plus a Kenny Chesney concert, Gilley’s was going to have to undergo some adjustments.

First there was the tent. No, not just a tent. It was The Tent, a fabric structure that could accommodate a blimp. In this case, it was to cover the thousands of tables and chairs and the gargantuan Andrews Distributing Stage, come rain or shine. It was built on Gilley’s concrete parking lot, so there was no way mud was going to dirty up the party goers’ pristine boots.

The day before the event, Jill was still vexing about the lack of gutters — both elevated and along the ground. But on this night, it was high and dry, so the subject of gutters seemed like suggesting air conditioner units for igloos. Still, Jill said she wanted the 2015 Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne to know that gutters should be in place. That is, if they returned to Gilley’s.

Then there was the issue of the parking. Since the Gilley’s parking lot was now home of The Tent, where were people to park? With 3,000+ coming, taking care of their modes of transportation posed a challenge. But remote parking at two locations in downtown Dallas with shuttle buses was put into place for Baron VIP’s and General Admission. Those with Rockstar VIP status or using “commercial transportation” had the luxury of being dropped off at Gilley’s.

Gary Ferraro

Gary Ferraro

Since the event was in Dallas, the Dallas Police were the conductors of how traffic would flow. Anyone who thought a handshake and a wink at Jack Boles folks would work were soon to learn that Gary Ferraro and Kathy Weideman were at the mercy of Dallas’ finest, too. The Boles team was also juggling personal cars and the parade of “Ubers.” As one CBB traffic vet surmised, “Uber should be the presenting sponsor.”

Despite the hordes of black SUV’s and limos, the standout in the lineup was one son-of-an-18-wheeler, white vehicle that unloaded 18 pals of Jill’s.

Jill Tananbaum (center in black dress) with friends

Jill Tananbaum (center in black dress) with friends

To ease the arrival logistics, the 1,600 VIP party guests had a private entrance into the South Side Music Hall and a starting time of 6 p.m. with Sam Moore on stage. The general admission partiers were to arrive at Gilley’s front door starting at 7 p.m.

Another change was the need for tickets. In the past, guests just breezed on in. This time the ticket was required not to just get in Gilley’s proper but to gain entrance into The Tent.

D'Andra Simmons

D’Andra Simmons

As VIP-ers arrived, they were greeted by D’Andra Simmons, who was described by one onlooker as knowing everyone and being hugged by everyone.

Inside Gilley’s, the complex had been transformed into a CBB wonderland with signage and rooms for silent auctions and games. The centerpiece was the 23,000-square-foot South Side Ballroom with Mockingbird Sun and the live auction on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust stage. To the side of the stage was parked the Gas Monkey Garage auction item — a custom, restored Chevy pickup. It plus a day’s venture to the garage and palling around with Richard R. Rawlings was valued at $200,000. Filling the dance floor were rows of chairs and setup of tables and chairs for high rollers. Just beyond the dance floor were elevated Country Rocker VIP Lounge for top-tier underwriters.

Adjacent to the building was the well-lit Deloitte Food Court tent where rows of buffet lines soon were busy with hungry barons and baronesses. For some it was a bit of a light shock coming from the dark, honky-tonk interior of Gilley’s to the brightly lit food court.

Lewis Carlson, Emily Koehler, Nancy and Clint Carlson

Lewis Carlson, Emily Koehler, Nancy and Clint Carlson

Nancy and Clint Carlson along with son Lewis Carlson and Emily Koehler had plates filled to the max… Janie Condon was doing double-duty filling plates for herself and husband David.

Just between the building and The Tent was the MetroPCS Ferris Wheel that seemed downright pint-sized compared to The Tent. Still the lineup seemed to never end for a spin in the clear evening air.

In the meantime, the VIP Lounge was buzzing with activity. The co-chairs greeted each person like an old friend. One person teased Cindy about her birthday the day before. She had postponed the official celebration until Monday. So, where did she eat din-din Friday night? Why, El Fenix on Northwest Highway.

Sam Moore

Sam Moore

Meanwhile, the VIP-ers kept the Truluck staff moving trying to meet the demands for food. Despite Sam Moore being a hit on stage, Steve Stodghill wasn’t paying attention. He was focused on the TV over the bar televising the Texas-Iowa State football game. Good thang. It was a close one.

But the lounge wasn’t as crowded as organizers had feared. Guests tended to get their drinks and enjoy the camaraderie, then head to explore the rest of the CBB wonderland including the Mercedes that was one of the raffle prizes and the treasures in the silent auction areas.

At 7:30 p.m. an elite number of guests quietly disappeared. They had headed to The Tent that had been cleared of all humans. Not even the wait staff was allowed in. Quietly the small group of special people were led on stage for a meet-and-greet with Kenny. As photos were taken, other guests tried to enter The Tent to sit at their assigned tables to chow down. After all, Jill had announced The Tent would be available for seating at a morning meeting. And besides, the Andrews Distributing Main Stage had always been open for folks to settle back and relax at past CBB’s.

But, no, not on this night. A lineup of men in black Polo shirts with serious faces waved the guests off, telling them it was off limits. Auctioneer Louis Murad tried to get in with a plate of food explaining that he just wanted to check the tent out. No go. It might have helped had there been some of the adorable Baronesses on hand to diplomatically explain the delayed opening of the tent.

Richard R. Rawlings and Suzanne Rawlings

Richard R. Rawlings and Suzanne Rawlings

One couple who was turned away was Richard “Gas Monkey” Rawlings and his ex-wife Suzanne. Despite their divorce, they were still friends and she was looking forward to the Chesney concert, plus the opportunity to meet Kenny. Thanks to the co-chairs that opportunity was possible. But that didn’t sway the boys in black.

Remember it was Richard who had donated that $200,000 auction package. Did he pull a “Do you know I am?” Nope. He and Suzanne were cool. They just ambled back to the ballroom, where The Discovery Channel crew taped him with his pickup.

Seems there was a “failure to communicate” between the rest of the world and the CBB’s backstage manager about who could attend the meet-and-greet and the availability of The Tent.

But back to Richard. He wasn’t through. Once the live auction started, he got in the swim of things and won an item. He was in good company with winning bidders like Nancy Rogers and Dallas Snadon.

For those just watching and wandering, the entertainment was chat and catch up. Traffic LA’s Matthew Simon revealed that he was headed to Atlanta because his partner Keith Schumann had been transferred…Pete Foster was trying out his new iPhone 6 camera with wife Tanya Foster and buddy Gina Betts as models…Eugene Jabbour reported that wife Melanie is expecting a daughter in April…To the horror of one CBB staffer, a man sauntered through the ballroom smoking a cigarette. So very wrong in so many ways at an American Cancer Society fundraiser!

Tracy Lange

Tracy Lange

Fashion-wise, black was the color du jour. Some took the bare shoulder route (Kris Johnson, Amy Green, Isabell Novakov, Mary Gill, Holly Deason), while others opted for leather (Diane Brierley, Tina Rich, Kelly Barnes, Nikki Webb, Stephanie Oakes ). But leave it to Tracy Lange to be the real showstopper with Chanel necklace and purse. Of course, there were the more daring ones who shunned the black for more colorful attire like Nancy Rogers in brighter-than-bright white, shirt, suede fringe skirt with boots (“They’re from the 80’s!”) and delicious turquoise-and-diamond jewelry, Anne Stodghill in orange sequins to match her hair, Olivia Kearney, Traci McGuiness, Dallas Snadon and Katie McDaniel in wedding cake white and Paige McDaniel in a Lone Star jacket from a past DIFFA auction.

Mixing color with a touch of the old west were American Airlines’ Sarah Fullhart in a purple and white checked country girl dress topped off with braids, Bernadette Schaeffler taking a German pioneer look and Nardos Imam in a steel-blue dress with billowing skirt that stopped just short of her cowgirl boots.

Naturally splashes of turquoise were everywhere — Leisa Street, Brooke Hortensine, Laura Jorgeson, Amy Van Cleave, Kristi Hoyl, Andrea Weber, Joanna Clarke, Barbara Daseke and Lisa Ogle to name a few.

 

Bell-ringing Cattle Baronesses

Cowbell-ringing Cattle Baronesses

With cowbells ringing and Baronesses like Marybeth Conlon, Kim Bannister, Julianna LeBlanc, Merry Wyatt and Dawn Grenier hollering, the live auction got underway. Roz Colombo admitted that she had been exercising to strengthen her arm for the lengthy ringing. As KXAS’s Deborah Ferguson and auctioneer Murad kept the pace going to get top bids for more than 25 items, Co-Chair Cindy sat on the front row saying, “The live auction always worries me.”

Cindy Stager

Cindy Stager

But there was no need to worry. It went well. One surprise was the Chefs’ Dinner. Traditionally, the chefs Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson appeared on stage to pony up the bidding. This year Dean wasn’t able to make it.

While all of that was going on, there were behind-the-scene rumblings that Kenny was a little anxious to get the show on. It had been scheduled for 10:10, but Kenny wanted to get going early. He had to wait for the auction to finish and the multitudes to fill The Tent.

No problem. As soon as the final bid was submitted, the thousands moved quite orderly to the never-ending rows of tables with barely room to squeeze by.

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Before anyone knew it, Kenny and his No Shoes Tour exploded on stage with lights and sound equipment so loud that parts of South Dallas felt like they were part of the festivities. Some guests were literally blown out of their seats and headed home after the first couple of tunes. Evidently, it was a case of too much of a good thing.

Marena Gault and Sherwood Wagner

Marena Gault and Sherwood Wagner

Gonzalo Bueno, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum

Gonzalo Bueno, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum

In the pit nearest the main stage were Lana and Barry Andrews, Natalie and Mike McGuire, Brian Bolke and Faisal Hallum, Gonzalo Bueno, Marena Gault, Sherwood Wagner and other sky-high underwriters who got an up-close-and-personal view of Kenny in his baseball cap, jeans, T-shirt and boots.

At first it was a perfect view of the stage. But then guests just couldn’t resist standing along the front stage extension. As the crowd grew, it either blocked the view of people seated at tables or forced them to stand, too. No real problem. With Kenny rocking, it was hard to sit still. As for the crowd getting too rowdy or rushing the stage, not to worry one iota. The men in black Polo shirts with the serious faces were on the scene.

Critters Pitch In For Zoo To Do Live Auction Items

There are auctions and then there are auctions. Zoo To Do Co-Chairs Jennifer and Doug Houser and Tiffany and Paul Divis and Auction Co-Chairs Nancy and Prater Monning have arranged for such a live auction of a dozen items that it may send other fundraisers back to the drawing board of bidding.

Okay, so you want examples. Of course, you do. Try these samplings provided by Zoo To Do-ers:

  • Angama Mara Kenya Safari For Two (Value $17,000) — You and a guest will enjoy five nights at Angama Mara in the luxurious Maasai Safari Lodge, meals and game drives included. This safari adventure is planned by renowned wildlife photographer and filmmaker Will Taylor, owner of Khashana Bespoke Adventure Travel. Three are few others reserves in Africa Where visitors experience such an abundance of permanent game. Angama Mara is situated on the northwestern boundary of the Mara Triangle, which forms part of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Every tented suite shares a 180-degree view of the Mara below, possibly the nest-known game reserve in the world, and one that consistently delivers extraordinary viewing of all Africa’s great mammals, and “The Great Migration” from July to October each year. The “Out of Africa” backstory adds romance and nostalgia to the guest experience.
  • Breakfast With The Tigers*

    Breakfast With The Tigers*

    Dallas Zoo Breakfast With The Tigers (Priceless) — Wake up and smell the tigers! Spend your morning with the Dallas Zoo tiger keepers as they prepare and place breakfast in the Endangered Tiger Habitat for our Malayan and Sumatran tigers. Then retreat to the Thai Viewing Building in our tiger village, where your group will watch the tigers searching their habitat for their morning meal. Includes a behind-the-scenes tiger tour and a catered breakfast for your group to enjoy. A rare and priceless opportunity!

  • AFI Fest Red Carpet Package For Two (Value: $12,500) — Join the American Film Institute’s (AFI) annual celebration of the best of the year in cinema from modern masters to emerging filmmakers. AFI FEST in sunny Los Angeles features nightly red carpet gala premieres, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI Fest 2015 Red Carpet Packages includes two first-class, round-trip tickets on American Airlines; two Gold Patron Passes including admittance to festival parties and award events; two tickets to all gala screenings with reserved seats and VIP Lounge access at after-party, access to the red carpet arrival lane for one vehicle, access for two to walk all of AFI FEST’s Gala red carpets, designated AFI Fest concierge for gala reservations through AFI Advancement office and two official AFI Fest program guides.
  • Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Dallas Zoo VIP Party With The Pachyderms (Value: Priceless) — It’s a party with the pachyderms in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit! You and your seven guests will enjoy a tour of the elephant barn and watch as one of the Golden Girls creates her own work of art on canvas right before your eyes! You’ll also be treated to a private keeper talk and have the opportunity to fire off the water cannon in the elephant exhibit! Finish your experience with cocktails in the Fig Tree and a specially catered dinner in the Simmons Safari Base Camp. Winner of this item gets to keep the elephant artwork! (Hmm, have you ever seen so many exclamation points?)

These plus the other packages, silent auction, raffle and partying to Emerald City will be on hand Saturday. And naturally, there will be loads of food thanks to the area’s most talented and generous chefs (Kent Rathbun, Brad Phillips, Andrew Dilda, Andrew Bell, Omar Flores, Meaders Ozarow, Patton Robertson, Kay Agnew, Nico Sanchez, Paula Lambert, Kevin Garvin, Kathy Rogers, Janice Provost, John Coleman, Anthony Van Camp, Jim Severson, Lisa Garza, Gilbert Garza, Cody Brandt and Jonathan Stirnweis) and restaurants (Becks Prime and Dallas Zoo Catering) under the leadership of Honorary Chef Dan Landsberg.

Oh, where is it taking place? At the Dallas Zoo starting at 5:30 p.m. Better hustle and get your tickets. The animals are waiting to see you.

* Photo courtesy of Zoo To Do

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball

After two years of heading to Deno’s in HP Village to get the mud off their boots, the Cattle Baron’s Ball guests had no need for boot cleansing. The Saturday, October 18th fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was high and dry.

Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson

Joanna Clarke

Joanna Clarke

Tracy Lange

Tracy Lange

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Tina Rich and Traci McGuiness

Tina Rich and Traci McGuiness

Michael Flores

Michael Flores

While the mega post is being prepared, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for loads of pixs of the pretty peeps. There are just about three pages of ‘em.

Silver Cup Announcement Brings Art Lovers Together At The Eagles’ Nest

The doors to Jennifer and John Eagle’s art-filled home were wide open, and John was out front welcoming guests for the announcement of the 2015 TACA Silver Cup recipients.

John was in fine fettle. He’s lost weight, feeling great, keeping “the boss (Jennifer) happy and back to work.”

Inside the Edward Durell Stone-designed residence, a buff, blonde Jennifer looked equally happy and healthy.

Howard and Fanchon Hallam

Howard and Fanchon Hallam

In the living room, the Dallas arty types like Max Anderson (he was on his way to Washington, D.C. at the National Endowment for the Arts’ invitation to discuss the Dallas Museum of Art’s Friends program) and the Dallas Opera’s Keith Cerny joined Barbara and Stan Levenson, Ruben Esquivel, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Lucilo Peña and Lee Cobb.

Lee Cobb and Lucilo Pena

Lee Cobb and Lucilo Pena

Diane Brierley was solo because husband Hal was in Washington on business after hosting a party for the Harvard alums Monday…Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer couldn’t stay for the announcement of the recipients. Had another commitment like a lot of others… Lynn McBee had had a busy day after being recognized as one of Les Femmes du Monde’s Women of the Year… TACA Chair of the Board Nancy Carlson was just finishing up her tenure, while she was starting to undertake plans for the 2015 Art Ball…Wanda Gierhart was being teased about a photo of her with Amy Fisher. Seems she had been ID-ed as Donna Karan. Wanda only wished she made that kind of $$.

Nancy Carlson handed the mic and introduced 2010 Silver Cup recipient Cindy Rachofsky, who revealed the 2015 recipient would be Catherine Rose.

Needless to say, the “Roses” were in full bloom including parent-in-law Deedie and Rusty Rose and husband Will Rose.

Then 2004 Silver Cup recipient Diane B. announced that Don Glendenning would be the male recipient with wife Carol Glendenning being one of the first to smile.

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Nancy concluded the announcement with news that the event would be chaired by Jennifer Karol and Karen Pollock and Mary McDermott Cook and her mother Margaret McDermott serving as honorary co-chairs. Alas, neither Mary nor Margaret were on hand to accept the applause. Mary was in Switzerland and Margaret was recouping from the earlier day’s toasts.

Touch of trivia: Margaret was the first Silver Cup recipient in 1979.

The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, March 5.

United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas’ Fashion Into Fall Will Fundraise And Raise Fashion Fun At Neiman’s NorthPark

The Neiman Marcus professionals are internationally renowned for being on the forefront of fashion. Whether it’s couture ball gowns, accessories du jour or assembling a total look complete with the right “Wow!” factor, Dallasites have been at Ground Zero for fashion thanks to these knowledgeable folks.

How about tapping into that treasure trove of talent for the upcoming season? The temperature is starting to edge downward, so the thoughts of cashmere sweaters, gloves and boots are starting to pop up in minds and discussions. But last year’s ensemble seems….well, so yesterday. What’s a girl to do?

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and NM NorthPark, where NM VP/GM Malcolm Reuben rules, have come up with the answer and it won’t cost a mortgage payment!

Fall Into Fashion*

Fall Into Fashion*

It’s Fall Into Fashion on Wednesday, November 5. The main event including a runway fashion show starts on the third level at 6:30 p.m. According to organizers, guests “will learn from the style experts at Neiman Marcus about the latest fall must-have’s.” Plus there will be couture cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and DJ Blake Ward in charge of the sounds of the night.

There is a problem, though. The tickets have been flying out the door, so there aren’t many left. The reason? They’re only $25 per person. Yup, you read it. $25! Heck, it costs more to go to a movie and get a box of popcorn and soft drink.

Oh, and the organizers would appreciate the donation of gently experienced “career clothes, accessories and shoes to donate to United Way’s programs supporting victims of domestic violence.”

So, have an intervention with the clothes. Pick out the ones that need to go and take them to Fall into Fashion. You’ll probably find their replacements pretty darn quick.

2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea Announcement Reception Bubbled With Champagne, Jewels And The New Dallas “It Girl”

Sharon Popham is planning on breaking things come Thursday, April 9th… like records. With Dallas Symphony Orchestra League pals like Women’s Council President Marena Gault and Announcement Party Co-Chairs Dixey Arterburn, Allison Brodnax and Ginger Sager, she’s already working to establish a new record breaker for the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser, the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Marena Gault*

Marena Gault*

First step, she’s decided on a French theme. That was obvious at the Brook Hollow Golf Club announcement soiree from the champagne and delicious French ooh-la-a theme. There were delicious French decorated cookies at the table in the Oak Room and French champagne flowing.

Sharon had hoped for pink roses but ended up settling for Texas yellow roses.

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon had also lined up her honorary chair to be adorable Sherwood Wagner. According to Marena, “Sherwood is a beautiful, energetic, stylish young woman, modest and humble. She embodies everything about A Woman’s Garden, epitomizing the complexities of the essence of women with all their virtues and strengths. She is the new Dallas ‘It Girl’.”

According to insiders, “she grew up in Midland and graduated from Hockaday and TCU and worked for PSI, a public relations firm. She is involved with various charities in Dallas and West Texas and served as president of Girls Inc. Auxiliary. She is a board member of Ellen Noël Art Museum in Midland, which is named after her grandmother. She has graciously donated a heart-shaped pulpit to A Woman’s Garden at the Arboretum that will be named The Ellen Noël and Lissa Noël Wagner pulpit, in honor of her mother and grandmother.”

To celebrate the announcement, “Sherwood’s mom Lissa and a plane load of women from Midland flew in for the special occasion. 10 ladies filled the plane which left only the jump seat for Lissa to sit on for the trip.”

Front row: Sherwood Wagner in blue and Lissa Wagner in green*

Front row: Sherwood Wagner in blue and Lissa Wagner in green*

To add that touch of gold to the occasion, Sharon had jewelry designers David Lee Holland and  Yanni Kyriazis on hand and revealed that they’re creating a special piece of jewelry for the Mad Hatters to auction off. Should be very interesting, since David and Yanni specialize in “botanically themed jewelry.”

Sherwood volunteered to model “a stunning 110 carat orange zest necklace of natural colored Bolivian amethyst and diamonds valued at $92,000″ created by David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry. Tough assignment!

Sherwood Wagner's Alexander McQueens*

Sherwood Wagner’s Alexander McQueens*

And talk about being dressed from top to bottom, Sherwood’s Alexander McQueen stilettos with six-inch heels were eye catchers with “jewel-encrusted skulls sporting mohawks.” (Please note her toenail polish matched her truly blue dress.)

As for Sherwood’s own spectacular jewelry, Marena volunteered to “babysit it” for the evening. ‘nother tough assignment.

When asked about the judges, Sharon implied that there would be a French flair on hand. The fashion show will be coordinated by Jan Strimple with clothes from Betty Reiter, Canary, Nardos Imam and V.O.D.

Stay tuned and get your berets warmed up.

* Photos provided by 2015 Mad Hatter's Tea

JUST IN: Business Consulting Guru Greg McKeown To Address Executives In Action’s Book And Breakfast

The Executives in Action crew seems to have the touch when it comes to having outstanding speakers for their Book & Breakfast events. They had “The Power of Habit”’s Charles Duhigg in and just last year it was “Argo”’s Tony Mendez. He may not have looked like Ben Affleck, but he lived a moment in history that Ben only played.

Greg McKeown*

Greg McKeown*

Word has just arrived that the speaker has been selected for this year’s event at the Dallas Country Club on Friday, February 13. It will be Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.”

Here’s some background info on Greg. While he was born in London, he’s now an American citizen and earned his BA in Communication from Brigham Young University and MBA from Stanford University. Not shabby. But there’s more.

He’s worked with the high and mighty of Silicon Valley, served as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, is considered a leading social activator and most recently spoke at SXSW, interviewed former VP Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland and received “a personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, to speak to his Annual Invocation Conference.”

Greg’s spent 15 years researching what “keeps driven, capable people from breaking through to the next level.” And the answer will surprise you. What’s the answer? You’ll have to:

  1. Buy “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”
  2. Attend “Book & Breakfast” or
  3. Both of the above.

Recommendation? #3. Read the book and attend the event all prepared to go beyond the pages.

BTW, when it comes to speaking to a group, Greg is like a great cup of coffee. What a marvelous way to start the day and get some tips on breaking through to that next level.

* Photo provided by Executives in Action

Les Femmes Du Monde Luncheon Honors Six Outstanding Women Of The Year With Pomp And Smiles

Alyce Heinrich

Alyce Heinrich

Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich explained that the organization benefiting Children’s Health and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth had taken a slight shift. To attract more young members, it had been decided to adjust its annual Woman of the Year fundraiser. This year it would be Women of the Year, one to represent each of Les Femmes’ six decades.

Nina Vaca, Gina Ginsburg, Pat Smith, Lynn McBee and Regina Bruce

Nina Vaca, Gina Ginsburg, Pat Smith, Lynn McBee and Regina Bruce

The class of 2014 included Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith and Nina Vaca.

In the crowd were Honorary Co-Chairs Faye Briggs and Yvonne Crum, Ruth Altshuler, Gillian Breidenbach, Holly Reed, Ka and LL Cotter, Martha Ann Schneider, Linda Ivy, Mary Lee Cox and Markita Thompson. Ralph Gorman was sporting some remade Nocona boots that had suffered mud overload from a previous Cattle Baron’s Ball. The boots looked pretty spiffy with the decorated metal toe caps. Loyal husbands Emmitt Smith and Scott Ginsburg hot-footed it upstairs to see the second level of the library.

Martha Ann Schneider and Marine escort

Martha Ann Schneider and Marine escort

Last of the honorees to arrive was centenarian Margaret McDermott in her wheelchair. Instead of Margaret taking the arm of one of the Marines escorting the ladies into the building, a ramp for her magically appeared.

Margaret McDermott

Margaret McDermott

Then it was class photo time, with Lady Margaret as the centerpiece. It seemed like everyone wanted time with her afterwards, but there was the luncheon in the main room. Ah, but more steps. This time a couple of the Marines gently lifted her and chair downward with Margaret smiling.

Alyyce revealed to the 120+ guests in the Harlan Crow Library that once she had managed to lock down the location, she went after the luncheon chair. She lucked out with a call to Regina Bruce. From that point it was just tapping the six. Unfortunately, Virginia was not able to attend the event due to a stay in the hospital.

Speaking of hospitals, Doris Jacobs reported that husband Jack was doing well following surgery.

Lunch in the library

Lunch in the library

After an invocation by Dr. Sheron Patterson, emcee Suzie Humphreys handled the day’s program. It all came off without a hitch.

Three little Crows

Three little Crows

By the way, the next time you’re in the Crow library. check out the ceiling. Opposite the stage, you’ll see a scene of trees. Peeking out of a clusters of branches are three “little Crows.”

Uchi Chef Tyson Cole Tastefully Took VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheoners’ Palates To The Land Of The Rising Sun

On Wednesday, October 15, North Texas continued its march to fundraising ecstasy. In the evening, St. Philip’s School and Community Center was honoring Jan Miller and Jeff Rich. Over at Charlotte and Shy Anderson’s United Way was kicking off its plans for its 90th anniversary celebration concert, “Unite Forever Gala”, at AT&T Stadium in February featuring Blake Shelton and Usher. To warm up the announcement dinner, they had Christopher Cross on stage to the delight of all ages.

Earlier in the day the Consumer Credit Counseling Service held its  Fifth Annual Purses With A Purpose at  Frontiers of Flight Museum with Laura Estrada chairing the event and Michelle Singeltary speaking.

Still another lunch just down the road was the VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon with Uchi Chef/Owner Tyson Cole. Here’s a report from the field.

Chef Tyson Cole*

Chef Tyson Cole*

VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole was held at the VNA Haggerty Center, benefiting the VNA Meals on Wheels program.

“The generosity of the table hosts, underwriters and attendees raised more than $220,000 for VNA Meals on Wheels. This will allow VNA to immediately provide hot, nutritious meals to 145 new clients in our community. VNA Meals on Wheels currently provides weekday meals for about 4,000 homebound clients, but there are still 2,800 eligible seniors waiting to be placed on a delivery route. VNA Meals on Wheels has the capacity to feed them all, but lacks the funding.

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

“The Celebrity Chef Luncheon not only raised money for a great cause, but also brought the artistry and tradition of Japanese cooking to Big D. It began at 11 a.m. with a wine cork pull, a meet and greet with Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole, and tour of the Beatrice Haggerty Kitchen – the country’s largest single-site provider of meals to homebound seniors. VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon guests partook in a meal stretching far beyond the borders of traditional Japanese sushi as they indulged in Tyson’s inventive dishes. Event Co-Chair Katie Johnson recognized Honorary Chair Caroline Rose Hunt for her long-standing support of VNA. Then Event Co-Chair Francie Mancillas shared background on Chef Tyson Cole before he delighted the crowd with stories from his culinary journey and hopes for the new Uchi Dallas, set to open winter 2015. VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon concluded with a raffle.

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

“VNA Celebrity Chef raffle prizes included a $5,000 pre-paid credit card; a three-night Spa Refresher Package at Lake Austin Spa for two; a couple’s shopping package at Highland Park Village; two Southwest Airlines ticket vouchers; a Michael Kors trench coat with sable fur lining and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry by Victor Velyan; and an incredible 10-course tasting menu complete the new Uchi Dallas for six friends as well as a limited edition woodblock print “To Walk Where Footsteps Have No Sound” by artist Daryl Howard.

“For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole and how it benefited VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

MySweetMonday Music For October 27, 2014

This one is pretty darn obvious to kick off the week of Halloween. But so is this one…and this one…and this one…and this one.

 

MySweetCharity High-Horse Moment: Is Nina Pham A Hero?

This morning nurse Nina Pham was declared to be free of the Ebola virus that she had contracted while attending the late Thomas Eric Duncan. The folks over at D’s Frontburner questioned whether Nina should be considered to be a hero.

All healthcare workers, like first responders, are everyday heroes whom we too often take for granted. No parades are held for them. Medals are rarely given out. And while they never know what the day holds, they do know their calling is to help others.

As for Nina, in addition to being part of a heroic profession, she has shown courage, intelligence, optimism and class throughout this life-threatening ordeal. Thanks to reports from her family, friends and the medical team and updates about her pooch Bentley, the worldwide community felt like they got to know her and the spirit that the disease could not damage. What they discovered was a person who truly showed grace under fire.

So, is Nina Pham a hero? It depends on your definition of a hero. She fits our definition pretty darn well.

Celebrating Women Luncheoners Be Forewarned: Big, Old Surprise Is In Your Future

Just back from the Celebrating Women patron party at Margaret and Barry Hancock’s incredible spot with a perfect view of the Dallas Country Club’s 17th hole.

There will be more deets in the days to come, but just wanted to warn you. Something is brewing. No, let’s be very honest. Something is scintillating!

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Despite major efforts with bamboo shoots under Baylor Health Care System Foundation Robin Robinson‘s nails and threats that Queenie would roll their homes, Co-Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle and Underwriter Chair Maggie Kipp‘s lips were lip sticked but sealed.

If you’re gonna be at the fundraiser to combat breast cancer, you’ll find out with the rest of the world. But insiders are swooning over the big deal this development is.

Hello, breast cancer, your days are so numbered. Let’s all wave  bye-bye with a smile and a breath of relief.

The Dallas Morning News Charities’ 2014-2015 Campaign To Benefit 25 Area Charities

The Dallas Morning News does more than put out a daily product. It also “pays all administration costs” of The Dallas Morning News Charities. This underwriting allows for the monies raised by DMNC to go area charities. In the past 29 years, that means nonprofits have received more than $25.8M from DMNC.

Why, last year alone $1,684,955 was raised from 1,837 donors.

This year’s campaign will run from Thursday, November 20, through Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Working with Communities Foundation of Texas, the DMNC board has selected the following 25 nonprofits to benefit from the 2014-2015 drive. They are:

  • Allen Community Outreach — Emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing for families in Allen, Fairview and Lucas. Financial literacy and GED classes are also offered.
  • Arlington Life Shelter — Emergency food and shelter, employment assistance and family counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County.
  • Assistance Center of Collin County — Brings carefully qualified and prompt short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis. Works with 211 network.
  • Austin Street Centre — Food, shelter, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment and substance abuse counseling for the homeless.
  • Brother Bill’s Helping Hand — Food, clothing, medical assistance to families in West Dallas. Job training, parenting, healthy living and ESL classes are also offered.
  • City House — Provides homeless children and young adults with emergency shelter and transitional residential services. Operates an emergency youth shelter for children ages newborn-17 and transitional living program for 18-21 year olds.
  • Crossroads Community Services — Food, nutrition, clothing and life skills education.
  • Dallas Life — Emergency short-term and long-term shelter for homeless men, women and children. Employment training, medical and dental services are also provided.
  • Duncanville Outreach Ministry — Food, clothing and financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescription medication for persons in Duncanville.
  • Family Gateway — Short-term, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs; life skills training and case management for homeless families and children.
  • Frisco Family Services Center — Food, clothing and financial assistance with rent/mortgages, utilities and prescription drugs to families living in Frisco or Frisco ISD. Adult life skills workshops are also offered.
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter — Emergency shelter, transitional housing, long-term counseling, food, clothing and other necessities for battered women and their children and an on-site school for elementary aged children.
  • Lancaster Outreach Center — Emergency assistance, food, clothing and shelter. Case management, job training, counseling and school support services.
  • LifeLine Shelter for Families — Financial assistance to families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness in the Grand Prairie ISD. Life skills training is also provided.
  • NETWORK of Community Ministries — Food, clothing, financial assistance for rent and utilities, as well as a children’s clinic and comprehensive seniors’ net program for those 60 and older.
  • North Dallas Shared Ministries — Food, financial assistance for rent and utilities, clothing, gas vouchers and bus tokens, eye exams and glasses, job counseling, ESL classes, free medical and dental clinic for the working poor and family members.
  • North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids — Food 4 Kids program provides weekend food assistance for elementary school children at risk of being chronically hungry.
  • Our Calling — Faith-based organization that specifically serves the unsheltered homeless in Dallas. Food, showers, clothing and resources.
  • Our Daily Bread — Noon day meals, weekend snack pack program, bus passes, counseling, personal care items, limited health screening and referrals, phone answering service and mailing address for homeless in Denton County.
  • Promise House — Shelter, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and transitional housing for homeless, runaway and at-risk teens.
  • Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry — Provides food, clothing, utility assistance and school supplies to needy families in Cedar Hill.
  • Sharing Life Community Outreach — Food, clothing and financial assistance for rent and utilities, educational programs and job skills training for low income residents in Southeastern Dallas County.
  • The Bridge — Emergency and transitional shelter, supportive housing services, meals, primary and behavioral health care services, job search and educational services for the homeless.
  • The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church — Urgent and long-term assistance to the homeless and at-risk families; meals; ID documentation; representative payee program; dental, medical and mental health services; job assistance and inner-city youth programs.
  • White Rock Center of Hope — Food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, utilities, transportation and prescriptions; school supplies for families in need in East and Northeast Dallas. Christmas toys are provided to children less than 17 years of age.

Round Robin October 14: Dallas Opera Patron Party, TexProtects Gala And BBVA Compass Foundation Check Presentation

The week before, Wynonna Judd was in town for the Habitat for Humanity gala. On Tuesday, October 14, her stepsister Ashley Judd was at the Perot for TexProtects. At the same time, over at The Joule, the opera -oving types were warming up for the October 23 and 24 splashy kick-off, First Sight First Night, of the Dallas Opera season. And then there was the handing over of bucks by BBVA Compass Foundation at the Meadows Museum. Whew! What a night! Here are the deets:

Dallas Opera Patron Party is a Real Joule

Lynn McBee and Nick Even*

Lynn McBee and Nick Even*

At the Joule Hotel, about 120 people turned up for the Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night patron party. Keith Cerny, the opera’s general director and CEO, welcomed the crowd with an upbeat report about plans for the Oct. 23 Fashion Show and Luncheon, as well as the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night pre-performance dinner and production (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) on the 24th.

But most exciting to Lynn McBee, who’s co-chairing both events with Nick Even, was Keith’s revelation that the DO had balanced its budget for the second year in a row. Lynn said she expected 200 to attend the luncheon and 400 to show up for the opening-night gala.

Ellen and Don Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

Ellen and Don Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

While guests including Tiffany Divis, Caroline Rose Hunt and Robert Brackbill, and Sara and David Martineau enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by the Joule, DO soprano Angela Mannino performed several selections (from Puccini to “I Could Have Danced All Night”) accompanied by pianist Laurie Rogers. Attendees (including Fashion Show gown designers Elizabeth Anyaa and Nicholas Villalba) also sipped wines provided by St. Michelle Wine Estates and spirits from Pernod Ricard USA.

Bryan Johnson, Summer Nilsson and Nicolas Villalba*

Bryan Johnson, Summer Nilsson and Nicolas Villalba*

TexProtects Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Jane Nelson**

Jane Nelson**

Meantime, actress Ashley Judd was a major attraction at the 10th anniversary celebration for TexProtects—the Texas Association for the Protection of Children—with a keynote speech about her childhood trauma as an abuse victim. But the real stars at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science fundraiser were the Texans who’ve helped the nonprofit achieve its mission of reducing child abuse and neglect. Chief among them: the Hon. Florence Shapiro, who chairs the TexProtects advisory board; and state Sen. Jane Nelson, who received the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Florence Shapiro, Madeline McClure and Donna Campbell**

Florence Shapiro, Madeline McClure and Donna Campbell**

“Ashley’s personal story and her humanitarian work on behalf of abuse victims exemplifies the far-reaching effects of child maltreatment, but also the promise of healing from invisible wounds and most importantly, committing to investing in prevention,” said TexProtects Founder/Executive Director Madeleine McClure.

Mary Jalonick, Ashley Judd, Margaret Keliher and Maurine Dickey**

Mary Jalonick, Ashley Judd, Margaret Keliher and Maurine Dickey**

Others in the high-powered crowd of more than 340 included Mary Jalonick, state Sen. Royce West, Lee Jackson, Sarah Losinger, state Rep. Donna Campbell, the Hon. Maurine Dickey, Brent Christopher, Don Glendenning, and Margaret Keliher (husband Lester had “the night off,” Margaret explained, because she’d been invited by Shapiro to sit at a “girls’ table”).

John and Pat Harloe**

John and Pat Harloe**

Pat Harloe served as event chair and Lisa Simmons was honorary chair for the dinner event, which netted over $315,000 on total revenue of more than $438,000 for the group.

BBVA Compass Foundation Check Hand Over

Whoever thought bankers just sat in august institutions with calculators? They evidently had met up with the BBVA Compass types, who were at the Meadows Museum. Thanks to the BBVA Compass Foundation, the museum received a $30,000 grant “to extend its Compass Classroom Scholarship Program. The program serves Dallas Independent School District visual arts teachers who educate and inspire their students to study art.”

Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker, Mark Roglán and Sam Holland*

Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker, Mark Roglán and Sam Holland***

“This generous grant from the BBVA Compass Foundation allows the Museum to greatly expand its reach into DISD art instruction. It connects students more deeply to art and opens them to seeing the world in a new way,” said Dr. Carmen Smith, the Meadows Museum’s Director of Education.

Since the program’s launch, the foundation has donated $120,000. This year alone, “approximately 2,500 middle- and high-school students” would benefit with “nearly 1,000 of those students will visit the museum, be introduced to the SMU campus and, more pointedly, to college education and careers in the arts.”

But the students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the program. There are 16 teachers, who will “receive professional development training through a series of workshops held at the Museum. During the workshops, they learn about the collection and special exhibitions at the Museum and are trained in art instruction methodology.”

“We are grateful to the BBVA Compass Foundation for helping Dallas teachers to inspire so many children to experience the power of art and learn the importance of creativity,” said Dr. Mark Roglán, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU.

Among the happy bankers, educators and museum folks were BBVA’s Mark Zacheis, Darrell Lafitte, Jay Tweed, Key Coker and Meadows’ Sam Holland.

* Photo credit: Celeste Hart
** Photos provided by TexProtects
*** Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

M.D. Anderson’s Living Legends Luncheon To Feature Two Pros Of The Greens — Ben Crenshaw And David Feherty

Ben Crewshaw*

Ben Crewshaw*

David Feherty*

David Feherty*

You do not have to be a golf groupie to be part of the MD Anderson’s “A Conversation With A Living Legend” luncheon on Monday, November 3, at the Hilton Anatole. Sure, Austin-born, golf great Ben Crenshaw will be the headliner with his amazing story of both professional success on the greens (PGA wins including the memorable 1995 Masters victory, and Ryder Cup) in addition to having Graves’ disease. Thanks to his mentor the late Harvey Penick, Ben’s putting has become the stuff even the pros dream of.

And who will be interviewing this formidable legend? Irish-born, golf loving, never-shy David Feherty. Feherty himself played the professional golf circuit, but changed direction and is now a commentator on NBC’s Golf Channel. The exchange between Crenshaw and Feherty will be fascinating for even those who have never even played putt-putt golf.

Deborah Gunter is chairing the event that is being presented by Andrews Distributing Company and ATT.

The funds raised will go to MD Anderson’ Cancer Center’s Moon Shots Program, a comprehensive effort to accelerate the fight against cancer. Tickets are available here.

BTW, please don’t wear your cleats to the luncheon.

* Photos provided by MD 
Anderson

Bentley Is A Good Boy And A Good Patient

UPDATE (October 23, 2014): If you’d like to see Bentley in action, check this video. It starts with Dallas Animal Services’ Dr. Cate McManus describing how he’s doing. About 2.5 minutes into the video, you get to see Bentley.

Folks have been inquiring about Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel owned by nurse Nina Pham. Nina and Bentley both have been in quarantine — Nina, who had developed Ebola, and Bentley, under observation for possibly contracting the disease.

This afternoon WFAA (ABC) reported that Nina has been upgraded from fair to good.  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headman Dr. Anthony “Tony” Fauci has been impressed with her attitude, describing her as “a trooper (sic). She’s very brave.

Regarding Bentley, one person wondered if he would have automatically been euthanized if he had been a “mutt” like the dog in Spain that was euthanized after its owner was hospitalized due to Ebola.

Whoa! A little back story is needed for this question. Bentley is more than a King Charles Spaniel. He is a rescue that was adopted by Nina.

From reports about Nina, it’s a good guess that once she realized that she was symptomatic, she didn’t go near her pooch and headed straight for the hospital.

Good move. Because it appears that everything in Nina’s apartment had to be confiscated for destruction. Perhaps that why Nina’s family stressed the importance to city and county officials of trying to save the orange-and-white dog.

The Dallas officials including Dallas Animal Services rose to the occasion to care for Bentley, moving him to isolation and monitoring him for potential symptoms with the understanding that the community’s well-being was the priority.

Bentley in quarantine*

Bentley in quarantine*

While all of Dallas and the nation have been on high alert regarding this dreaded disease, Bentley has been having the time of his life with his new friends in hazmat suits, play time and lots of treats. DAS’s Dr. Cate McManus advised Nina that when she is reunited with Bentley, he might be a chunky monkey.

Yesterday he started being tested for any symptoms of Ebola. According to the DAS, “Bentley sailed through the testing, and even wanted to help with cleanup. He loves the Veterinary Emergency Team – Texas A&M University vets that are caring for him and they have quickly fallen in love with him!”

This morning the test results showed that so Bentley has tested negative for having Ebola. He will be continued to be tested during his remaining days in quarantine.

Here are some links on Nina and Bentley that you might find useful:

  • Nina’s friends have put together a website to help Nina’s family and friends put her life in order…remember, she doesn’t even own a toothbrush… here is where you can contribute.
  • Nina’s health care is being underwritten by Texas Health Resource, but Bentley’s isn’t. So, if you would like to contribute to his care, here is the place for donations.
  • For updates on Bentley, check the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center on Facebook. They’re posting photos on a regular basis. And, yes, he does look like he hasn’t missed a meal or treat yet.
* Photos courtesy of Dallas Animal Services

YMCA Of Metropolitan Dallas’ Key Leaders Luncheon To Fly High With Southwest Airlines’ Gary Kelly As Keynote Speaker

Gary Kelly*

Gary Kelly*

When the Wright Amendment ended non-stop flight from Dallas Love Field 43 years ago, Southwest Airlines Chairman/President Gary Kelly was  just 13 years old. With everybody recently waving bye-bye to the amendment, Gary has been flying into action with plans for the transformation of the Dallas-based airline.

However, he’s made time to be the keynote speaker at the YMCA of Metropolitan DallasKey Leaders Luncheon on Thursday, October 30.

Taking place at the Hyatt Regency, the 11th annual fundraiser for the Y “was designed to connect key community and business leaders with the timely local issue that has regional impact while also sharing a few accomplishments and priorities of the YMCA.”

Past speakers have included The Container Store Chairman Emeritus Garrett Boone, Brinker International CEO/Chairman Doug Brooks, Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, Wagner/Cuban Companies Co-Owner/Co-Founder Todd Wagner, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas CEO Richard Fisher, T. Boone Pickens, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Affairs United Health Group Dr. Reed Tuckson, Texas Rangers Baseball Club CEO Nolan Ryan and public health, planning, and transportation consultant Mark Fenton.

This year’s luncheon is being hosted by Paul Higgins, Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director of the Beck Group and Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors.

* Photo provided by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Cathy Packard Named Family Gateway’s Executive Director

The Family Gateway folks have just sent word that they have an old, new executive director. And what does “old, new” mean? Well, when Executive Director Rob Alberts resigned in June, a search got underway to find his replacement.

Cathy Packard (File photo)

Cathy Packard (File photo)

It was during Rob’s tenure that Family Gateway held a dinner at the Mansion honoring the late Ted Strauss and the organization declared that it was targeting 2017 for Dallas to be homeless-free for children.

Rob also hired Cathy Packard, who had headed up LaunchAbility, as The Family Gateway’s development director.

After numerous interviews, The Family Gateway decision makers decided that they needed to look no farther for an executive director. They already had Cathy. So, The Family Gateway’s new executive director is a Family Gateway old-timer.

Ah, now it all makes sense.

BTW, one of the first “must-do’s” on Cathy’s list is the Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon on Friday, November 7, at the Ritz-Carlton featuring Andre Norman. It’s being co-chaired by Beth and Ron Hall with Ana and Don Carty serving as honorary co-chairs.

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On! Announcement Parties

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were at AT&T Stadium celebrating “Habit for Humanity” at Building Hope Celebration Dinner with Wynonna Judd on stage and loads of swells on the floor of the stadium. Or, there was the Leukemia Texas‘s sold-out Concert for Cure at The Rustic, where car- and people-watching started in the parking lot as the guests jammed the place to hear Jack Ingram on stage. With the weather perfect, it was optimum conditions for the inside/outside venue to showcase its ability to party hearty. Other activities taking place included:

Thrift Studio Preview Party

Thrift Studio preview

Thrift Studio preview

Over in the Design District, Dwell With Dignity’s semi-annual Thrift Studio’s preview party had another lineup of vehicles and guests waiting their turns to get in to see the staging of “available” furnishings donated by area interior decorators and vendors. Dwell With Dignity Co-Founder Lisa Robison was being congratulated once again on the success of the program that “creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.”

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Event Chair Laura Chancellor arranged for sets designed by CDA Interior Design, Catherine Dolen and Stacy Coulter & Associates and Carlin & Company; Dan Nelson, Vision Desing Inc., Jan Barboglio and Peacock Alley; Denise McGaha Interiors and ID Collection; Eleven 11 Design, Brendan Bass Showroom and Robert Allen Design; Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira for X+III and David Sutherland Showroom; Joseph Minton; Paul Duesing Partners; and Peter Sandel Design LLC, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Tara Harper and her brother Brad were upstairs checking out the furniture, while others were checking out Joe Demoruelle’s colorful jacket. Also on hand were Honorary Chair/designer Tobi Fairley and Meredith Hite, who had joined Shay Geyer’s IBB Design Group. Remember, the Thrift Studio like Brigadoon is a temporary wonderland. The pop-up shop is open until Saturday, November 8th with ever-arriving new goodies.

Flora Award Patron Party

Adam and Stacey Beck

Adam and Stacey Beck

Less crowded was the invite-only patron party for the Flora Award that will take place at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 6, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. But this evening it was business attire at Joan and Steve Smith’s Park Cities home. It was a natural to have the party there. After all, the Smiths’ daughter Stacey Beck and her husband Adam were co-chairing the fundraiser for the Gardens.

Co-honoree Suzy Rhodes greeted guests, like past honoree Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Celeste and Michael Bosco and past Flora Award chairs Marilyn Waisanen and Bettye Slaven, while husband Tom worked the back of the house near the Smith’s Grey African Parrot, Juma, that was entertaining guests with his moves and conversation. Suzy and Tom met in eighth grade at the former Highland Park Junior High School (now McCullough) and have been married 39 years. Tom kidded friends saying, “She would not leave me alone.”

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis told the 70 guests that the gardens were in overdrive with butterflies. In addition to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, which had just celebrated its fifth anniversary in September, the newly renovated gift shop had a “spectacular selection of framed tropical butterflies” that has resulted in an increase in sales.

Dick also revealed other changes taking place at TDG, including The Welcome Garden featuring deep shade tolerant plants including the hardy windmill palm, which had won “Best in Show” at the State Fair. It had been “been made possible through donations” from Suzy and Tom, the TDG Board and Board Members Janet Smith and her husband Norman.

Other TDG news included a refreshening of the Minnie Marcus Garden and the building of the Nature Learning Center by hand and “featuring reclaimed materials and serving as an outdoor classroom space, native snake exhibit, greenhouse and green gardening demonstration site.”

Soup’s On! Kick-Off Party

One of winter’s favorite fundraisers, “Soup’s On!,” got kicked off Brad Oldham’s studio and for good reason. Here is a report from the field about The Stewpot Alliances’ big fundraiser as it enters its 40th year in operation:

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore announced that author, singer/songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 luncheon and art sale to be held Tuesday, January 20, at the Omni Dallas. Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon will act as honorary chair of the popular event. The announcement was made at the brand new Brad Oldham Studio at 1200 Ross Ave. The retail studio will open to the public within a few weeks.

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Kristine Schwope chaired Thursday’s Fall Kick-off party and membership drive which also collected items for the annual Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Friday, December 4.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

“It was a treat to be at the new Brad Oldham Studio for the Soup’s On! announcement. Oldham has created ‘Birth of the City’ — a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall that stories from the history of Dallas from its founding until the mid-1930’s. This site-specific installation will feature ten-6’ by4’ panels along Park Avenue and Young Street. There will be a public unveiling of the Sculpture Wall @ Encore Park on Friday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m.”

* Photos provided by The
Stewpot Alliance

Local Leaders And Nationally Renowned Experts To Brainstorm “What Makes A City?” Thursday At The Latino Cultural Center

When the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture announced its 2014 “What Makes A City: Character and Calling, What Does Dallas Want to Be?”, Dallas Institute Executive Director Dr. Larry Allums’ plan was “to imagine Dallas from a fresh perspective, setting aside our sworn allegiances for a brief moment in order to consider new ideas, whatever they might be.”

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

 

That didn’t mean straying from the original mission on which Dr. Gail Thomas based the original 1982 program — “studying cities by drawing on the experiences of planning and urban experts.”

According to Gail, “All of us want to build a great city. We want to help create a city that is unlike any other place on earth. We want to serve; we want to make a city that is alive with opportunity, a city that is nurturing to its people. We want places and intimate spaces that feed our souls, ignite imagination, evoke memory. The speakers and interactions generated at the conference will help us continue that conversation long after it over.”

Recently, such issues as highways being the ruination of the inner city, the need for green spaces, mass transportation, loss of historical buildings and the logistics of running a city in the 21st century have really hit home in Dallas.

"What Makes A City?"*

“What Makes A City?”*

This Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., city, business and community leaders will join world-renowned experts on cities, urban planning and architecture to consider options and opportunities for Dallas.

Co-presented by the Dallas Institute, The Trinity Trust Foundation and Dallas CityDesign Studio, the day-long conference at the Latino Cultural Center will offer the following schedule:

  • 8:30 Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome: Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 9:10 Call to Ideas: Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
  • 9:25 “Character and Calling” Gail Thomas
  • 9:45     Gail introduces Weiming Lu
  • 9:50 “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: The Dallas Legacy,” Weiming Lu (recent book is The Tao of Urban Design)
  • 10:20   Break
  • 10:40 Brent Brown introduces Vishaan Chakrabarti
  • 10:45 “Building Urban Cities: The Dallas Challenge,” Vishaan Chakrabarti (recent book is A Country of Cities)
  • 11:30 Panel moderated by Brent Brown: Monte Anderson, Lucy Crow Billingsley, Don Gatzke, Rev. Zan Holmes, Jack Matthews and Kourtny Garrett
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:15 Larry Allums introduces Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
  • 1:25 “Designing Dallas’s Downtown Lakes,” Ignacio Bunster- Ossa (recent book is Reconsidering Ian McHarg)
  • 2:15 Break
  • 2:30  Panel moderated by Larry Allums: “What Does Dallas Want to Be? Looking to the
  • Future” with Trevor Brickman, Catherine Cuellar, Tierney Kaufman, Sara Mokuria, Matt Houston and  Miguel Solis
  • 3:15     Closing remarks:  Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 3:30 Adjourn to the Dallas Institute for after-event

This conference is a marvelous opportunity to hear local and international leaders and brain trusts put their heads together and their ideas on the table. Even if you don’t have your master’s degree in urban planning, you’ll find plenty of food for thought. You can register here.