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

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.

Tory Burch Brings Ambition To The Forefront For 1,800 At The Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 29th Annual Luncheon

It was as if North Texas fundraisers were preparing to go dark for the takeover by the weekend’s Red River Rivalry. Thursday, October 9, proved to be a killer for supporters to pick where to be. The day started at 10:30 with the VIP reception for the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 29th Annual Luncheon in the Wedgwood Room of the Hilton Anatole.

Ah, but getting to “the” room was a wee bit of a challenge in itself. Due to the fact that the main event was predicted to attract more than 1,500 people, parking was going to be a problem.

Situation: Morning and luncheon events usually have one person per car. Evening events run at 1.5 to 2 people per car. (Wonder what a half person looks like?) For that reason, the valets were set up at both the Anatole’s main entrance and at the Atrium’s entrance; then there was self-park. But one top-notch sponsor admitted that she tried to self-park and found it discouraging. And that was before the 10:30 reception! Cars ended up being parked all over the place.

Parking all over the place

Parking all over the place

The reason for this overpopulated event was the keynote speaker — Tory Burch.

Her pull was so great that Luncheon Co-Chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn didn’t even have to send out one invitation. It was sold out with no need for invites at all!

Robin Bagwell, Jan Osborn, Tory Burch and Roslyn Dawson Thompson

Robin Bagwell, Jan Osborn, Tory Burch and Roslyn Dawson Thompson

A softer, more attractive version of Carrie Bradshaw, Tory bravely faced a never-ending line of new BFF’s for the meet-and-greet. Dallas Woman’s Foundation President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson looked just downright gleeful with old friends and new ones waiting in line for their turn with Tory. At one point, the room was so filled with good wishes and women, the temperature had Tory removing her jacket. Despite some wanting to chat with Tory, the line had to keep moving to accommodate all. Finally, it was time for lunch to start and for Tory to head backstage. As handlers asked if there were Diet Cokes in the green room for Tory, an Anatole staffer with headpiece took care of that little request immediately.

Rachel Michell and Tory Burch

Rachel Michell and Tory Burch

As the Chantilly Ballroom filled with the masses including retailers Kersten Rettig, Rachel Michell and Victoria Snee and the back wall lined with video cameras and people busily working at laptops, Tory Burch goodies were being seen throughout. Co-Chair Jan, who was seated with Tory at lunch, managed to get the designer’s autograph on her Tory Burch purse… Katherine LaLonde proudly revealed that she was wearing one of the “extremely early” Burch jackets.

After a couple of videos explaining the need of women to receive respect both personally and professionally, 2014 Dallas Woman’s Foundation Board of Directors Chair Ashlee Kleinert and 2015 Chair Ellenore Knight Baker thanked the guests for their support. They also announced a $150,000 match challenge.

Ashlee Kleinert and Ellenore Knight Baker

Ashlee Kleinert and Ellenore Knight Baker

Following lunch (poached pear salad with assorted fall greens, candied walnuts, gorgonzola and champagne vinaigrette; seasoned chicken paillard, natural jus squash and onion soufflé with sautéed haricot vert; and a variety of individual desserts including raspberry brûlée, maple pot au crème, macaroons, chocolate mousse and coconut cream pie), Bank of America’s/U.S. Trust’s Andrew Pleper proved charm can soothe even 1500+ strangers. He started off by admitting that he was going off script. The sound of air being sucked in by certain BofA staffers was heard throughout the room. He told how in the last year he had gone through a divorce, which is “an emotionally trying experience…My communications people are buzzing, ‘Where is he going with this? We never let him on stage without a script.’…Everyone tells you it will get better. And here I am with 1,800 women. It’s all good.” With that off-the-cuff remark, he had 1,800 new BFF’s. The sound of BofA staffers breathing again could be heard.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

In introducing Tory, he touched on the Elizabeth Street Foundation, which helps increase the opportunity for women in business. He told of how he and Tory had been on the CBS morning news show to explain the Foundation that is supported by Tory and BofA. In trying to impress his kids with his “cool” factor being with Tory, he showed them a tape of the segment. Their response was, “Dad, you’re creeping on her.”

He went on to describe Tory’s personal commitment and passion for the foundation and how she personally attends meetings and has a very hands-on involvement in all aspects, leaving any ego at the door.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

After a hug with Andrew, Tory addressed her fans. She started off saying she was definitely going to stay on script and that she did as she read her speech from Teleprompters. The message was about “the ambition gap” and how it was a problem facing women in the world of business. “Ambition is considered very positive for men. It’s definitely viewed less favorably for women. It’s time for a change.”

But she stressed that this issue and conversation should be held not just among women but including men, too.

She then told of her “own journey” and how “we’re helping other women make their dreams come true.” Starting off, she recalled growing up on a farm in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, as a tomboy. “I don’t think I put on a dress until my junior prom.”

Thanks to her parents’ encouragement and inspiration, she felt she could accomplish anything. At the University of Pennsylvania, she threw herself into as many experiences as possible — an internship at Christie’s, founding a sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) and spending a summer on a fish cannery in Alaska, “which is definitely not as glamorous as it sounds…I learned a lot from that experience and not just about the unique characteristics of salmon. I learned that I could navigate uncomfortable situations and interesting things happen when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone. To be honest, I am perpetually outside my comfort zone. There are some things that I will never get used to. And speaking before 1,800 people is one of them.”

Her first job was in New York City as designer Zoran’s assistant. Jobs at Harper’s Bazaar, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, etc., followed. She left the corporate world to take care of her three sons under the age of four. While being a stay-at-home-mom, she started gathering fashion designs and ideas. When 9/11 took place, she put the plans on hold because they seemed “frivolous” at the time. The next six months turned into an addiction of watching CNN. But every time she turned on the channel, she would see the commercial about “’following your dream.’ After seeing it the “100th time, I decided to take the risk. It gave me the impetus to pursue my ambition.”

She had to fundraise and asked a lot of people to invest, “but only if you’re willing to lose it. I’m not sure but in retrospect I don’t think that’s something a man would ever say.”

Her confidence grew over time. As part of her pitch, she said that if the company was successful, she wanted to create a foundation. That was not welcomed. Evidently business and social responsibility were oil and water. But that only made her more determined.

As she juggled mom duties of putting the boys to bed and then taking conference calls, her dream began to take shape. A small shop was leased on a low-rent corner in Manhattan and the first order of goods was placed. Naysayers had advised her against opening a retail shop. Go the wholesale route and build the brand from there, they said. Unlike the minimalist design of stores at the time, Tory wanted her shop to look like clients were entering someone’s living room. It was also “unusual to launch both multiple categories and E-commerce on the first day…I looked back then and said I wanted to build a global, lifestyle brand. I hear that now and I have to laugh because in fact I had no idea what that meant.”

The store opened in February 2004 with the help of her stepdaughters working through the night. In fact there were no doors to open, because they hadn’t arrived. It was so jammed that women were trying on clothes in the middle of the store. By that evening they had sold nearly all the inventory.

A month later a call came from Oprah. Tory thought it was one of her brothers playing a trick on her. But it wasn’t. Tory appeared on Oprah and their website received eight million hits.

Today Tory Burch is a global brand with 137 freestanding boutiques, e-commerce in seven languages and presence in more than 3,000 specialty and department stores worldwide.

One of her greatest challenges is still balancing family and business for herself and her associates — “When you make it easier for people to have a great personal life, it breeds creativity and happiness.”

Her experiences in creating and building Tory Burch, she realized the focus of the foundation — “to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. through low-cost mentoring and networking opportunities as well as entrepreneurial education.”

The Tory Burch Foundation launched in 2009. This past January the foundation partnered up with Bank of America to launched an initiative named after the first boutique — Elizabeth Street Capital. With an initial commitment of $10M from BofA, it will provide access to funds for women to launch their own businesses.

She then pointed out that Texas has one of the highest number of women-owned businesses in the country.

Concluding her presentation, she used quotes from female leaders

  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde — “What holds women back is not competence, which they usually have, it’s confidence, which they usually lack.”
  • The late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan — “Life is too large to hang out a sign for ‘For men only.’”

Instead Of An Auction, ReuNight Organizers Are Getting Down To Business For The Family Place

Leave it to ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton to come up with something different for this Wednesday’s fundraiser at the Place at Perry’s for The Family Place. They’ve already lined up Jody Dean as the emcee and Lucy Wrubel to supervise the sounds.

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Of course, the food and wines will be more than fabulous and the guests are guaranteed to be the gorgeous, generous set. Unlike the mega-fundraisers, where thousands crowd into a ballroom, this one is chic, intimate and not typical of the usual fundraisers with live auctions. Maybe it’s because their arms are worn out from raising those darn paddles.

ReuNight*

ReuNight*

Well, Mary Clare, Kayla and Brian realized that they had a treasure trove of “investments” within The Family Place itself — its programs and people!

Instead of an auction, they’re inviting guests to donate outright for the following “opportunities” to make a difference for good for The Family Place’s clients:

  • $500 — provides a child access to the accredited childcare services for one month at The Family Place Safe Campus
  • $1,000 — provides one month of medical supplies for all clients at The Safe Campus Clinic
  • $2,500 — provides one month of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $5,000 — provides two months of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $10,000 — provides six months of taxi services to bring women and children to safety
  • $15,000 — provides six weeks of Be Project anti-bullying education for 450 fifth-grade public school students
  • $30,000 — supports group facilitators for victims and their children

These services are absolute necessities for women and children escaping abusive situations to break the cycle of their past and start new lives in a positive direction.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets, better get to it and stop eating now because you’re really gonna want to stuff yourself Wednesday!

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

October 7 Round Robin: Spirit Of Taos Kick-Off Party And Corporate Cup

Hope's Door*

Hope’s Door*

With Texas-OU weekend on the horizon, the nonprofits were trying to get as much partying in as possible. Tuesday, October 7, was an example. While Hope’s Door was holding its patron party at Mercedes-Benz in Plano, others were being held at a Knox Henderson boutique and a golf club in southwest Dallas:

Spirit Of Taos Kick-Off Party

They’re known as the Friends of Wilkinson Center, but they’re actually hardworking volunteers of the Center that has grown so much since its inception in 1982 to “assist families with food and clothing.” Just a part of the Friends’ modus operandi is fundraising for the Center’s efforts. As mentioned before, this year they’ve decided to let their tuxedos and gowns take a night off. Instead of doing their “Black and White Gala,” the Friends and their friends are headed to New Mexico. Well, not literally, but it just may seem that way. The event is called Spirit of Taos.

Melissa Benge Collection**

Melissa Benge Collection**

And where would be a more perfect place to hold the kick-off party? Why Melissa Benge Collection on the corner of Henderson and Milam. You know — where the old Alamo Glass building used to be. The place is just filled with all types of jewelry, hats and clothing from “sassy Bohemian cowgirl to vintage French romantic to modern urban eclectic.”

Laura Reeder, Horacio Moros and Chela Moros**

Laura Reeder, Horacio Moros and Chela Moros**

Bob and Ann Dyer and Di and David Johnston**

Bob and Ann Dyer and Di and David Johnston**

But on this evening it also had the likes of Spirit of Taos Honorary Co-Chairs Ann and Bob Dyer, Di and David Johnston, Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop, Vicki Squires, Melanie Myers, Cindy Week, Sandi Paron, Jillian Wood, Carlin Morris, Vickie Thompson, Marjorie Craft, Lucy Livingston, Carol Riddle, Deborah Hawkins, Fred Duffy, Milagros Moros with kiddos Chela Moros and Horacio Moros, Susan Hardie and Laura Reeder with her mom/Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder.

Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop and Anne Reeder**

Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop and Anne Reeder**

With wines of all colors filling glasses, chicken and beef taquitos, queso, guacamole, wings, vegetable platters and brownies were covering plates.

Taos Event Co-Chairs Missy Huber and Cathy Brittingham Saxon updated the crowd on plans for the Friday, November 7th fundraiser at The Lot.

Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber**

Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber**

Where’s The Lot? Oh, come on. It’s that restaurant/neighborhood beer garden in Lakewood, just off the Santa Fe Trail. Translation: Attire will be Sangre de Cristo casual; atmosphere will be festive and food/beverages will be plentiful.

As for the sound in the air, that will be handled by Southwest Americana singer Michael Hearne, who hails from Big D but is well known to the residents of Taos.

The raffle items will cover the page with a trip to Taos, jewelry, boots and even guesting with three friends on Norm Hitzges radio show at Victory Plaza. You don’t have to be present to win, but you do have to buy a raffle ticket.

So, pull out those turquoise accessories, those suede vests and those killer boots that you’ve dying to wear. You’ve now the occasion to wear them without heading to New Mexico and tickets start at just $175!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ Annual Corporate Cup

Way across Dallas over at the Dallas National Golf Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas was just winding down from a day of golfing and partying at the 9th Annual Corporate Cup golf tournament. Here’s a report from the course, of course:

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) hosted its 9th Annual Corporate Cup golf tournament, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The event was held at Dallas National Golf Club and raised more than $194,459. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit BGCD, which strives to impact the lives of its members through after-school programming.

Cool Kids with Marty Ellen

Cool Kids with Marty Ellen***

“The day included an 18-hole traditional golf tournament, and at the conclusion of the tournament, “Cool Kids,” which are Boys & Girls Club members, greeted the players with many thanks for their support and handed them cold water and towels. Following the tournament, golfers enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner while the judges tallied up the winners.

“Winning teams included:

  • 1st Place: KPMG
  • 2nd Place: VMG Health
  • 3rd Place: Fluor Corporation

“Individual winners included:

  • Ladies Longest Drive: Nancy Loewe of Kimberly Clark Team Two
  • Men’s Longest Drive: Garrett Loftin of Kimberly Clark Team Two
  • Closest to the Pin: Todd Onderdonk of ExxonMobil
David Feherty and Scott Murray***

David Feherty and Scott Murray***

Scott Murray, chairman and CEO of Murray Media and host of Conversations with Scott Murray and Texas Daily, took the stage as he thanked all of the sponsors who made the tournament possible. President of BGCD Charles English then joined him to talk about the upcoming BGCD Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon, which will introduce Center for a New Generation, an innovative academic and enrichment after-school and summer program founded by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Murray then led a lively Q&A session with Golf Channel Personality and CBS Sports Analyst David Feherty, which kept the crowd laughing as they talked about golf and Feherty’s charity work.

Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk and Bob Falk***

Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk and Bob Falk***

“Other guests included Chairman of the Board of BGCD Chris Trowbridge, Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk, Bob Falk, Manny Fernandez, Marty Ellen, Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann, Martin Moad, John Wesley, Mike Azbell, Nancy Loewe, Jenny Lewis and more.

Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann and Martin Moad

Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann and Martin Moad***

“Due to its success, Corporate Cup is able to provide funding to further BGCD’s effective and impactful programs, such as Academic Success and Collegiate STEPS.

Charles English and Chris Trowbridge***

Charles English and Chris Trowbridge***

“The Academic Success program reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge that young people learn at school. The success of this program has been exceptional. The 2012-2013 school year resulted in 98 percent of all BGCD youth progressing to the next grade level and 69 percent maintained an A/B grade average. Individuals with below a B grade received Sylvan Tutoring.

“Collegiate STEPS prepares high school students for higher education and is also producing extraordinary results. BGCD partners with the Junior League of Dallas, which provides a comprehensive program for students to complete the required applications for admission and scholarships. During the 2012-2013 school year, 100 percent of Collegiate STEPS seniors graduated high school and went on to higher education.

“2014 Corporate Cup Sponsors include:

  • Presenting Sponsor ($35,000): Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lunch Sponsor ($15,000): Fluor Corporation
  • Reception Sponsor ($15,000): Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Team Sponsor ($10,000): 10-2-4 Hunting Ranch, Albertsons, Baker Botts LLP, Buthman/Smith, Ernst and Young, ExxonMobil, Flowserve, Greenberg Traurig/Victor Vital, KPMG, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP/Stout Risius Ross, Morgan Stanley, Norton Rose Fulbright, Pat and Jim Stanton, PwC, The Chenequans, United Surgical Partners, VMG and The Ryan Foundation
  • Youth Sponsor ($5,000): Amsted Rail
  • Hole Sponsor ($1,000): D CEO and RR Donnelley
  • Sunshine Sponsor ($1,000): Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
* Graphic courtesy of Hope's Door
** Photo credit: Payne Wingate
*** Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee

MySweetMonday Music For October 20, 2014

If you didn’t get enough bar room dancing at Cattle Baron’s Saturday, try this one. It’s got a “chain of fools” getting together. But they’re happy fools.

 

Update: 2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball Countdown Tips

Just back from the Cattle Baronesses setting up for tomorrow’s Country Rocks extravaganza at Gilley’s. Even Mother Nature was cooperating with a beautiful day. Favor bags were being stuffed. Silent auction items were being put in place. The Gas Monkey truck was parked right next to the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust Live Auction Stage. The big tent…no, make that the hugest big tent on concrete flooring… had the Andrews Distributing Main Stage of matching size being set up for Kenny Chesney’s performance.

Carol Holmes, Cate Ford, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle

Carol Holmes, Cate Ford, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle

Everything is so organized that birthday girl/Co-Chair Cindy Stager and Co-Chair Jill Tananbaum had time to have past CBB chairs in for lunch along with the rest of the 2014 CBB committee.

Lynn McBee, Kristen Sanger, Kristi Hoyl, Mary Gill, Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Turner, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Janie Condon

Lynn McBee, Kristen Sanger, Kristi Hoyl, Mary Gill, Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Turner, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Janie Condon

Understand that the raffle tickets will still be on sale at the party, but in the pre-event competition Anne Stodghill’s team beat the other teams and Lauren Chapman sold the most as an individual.

The weather tomorrow is going to be a new definition of the word “spectacular” with the high in upper 70’s and the sun closing down at 6:29 p.m. The waning moon will join the party a little later, but don’t wait for the moon. The official partying starts at 7 p.m. with Mockingbird Sun on the live auction stage and the silent auction in full operation! Check out your program about what you’re going to bid on.

WARNING: Remember those instructions about arriving tomorrow night? They are staying right in place and the Dallas police will be enforcing them. Here are a couple of updates provided by Traffic Baroness Andrea Weber:

Handicapped Parking:

  • Handicapped parking will be curbside valet at Lamar Street entrance. This status only applies to those who are genuinely physically challenged with “handicap” designated signage.

Limousine Parking:

  • While chauffeurs do not need parking tags to get onto Lamar Street, don’t leave your tag at home…just in case.
  • Exit your vehicles quickly. No dawdling. This street is going to very busy. Think of this as an elementary school drop off and you just know how irritating it is to wait and wait for kids to get out of their cars.
  • Printed cards will be provided for chauffeured drivers on where to exit Lamar Street.
  • The Convention Center Lot E is for limos and chauffeured card holding area.
  • Get your driver’s phone number to notify him/her when you want to leave. Do not keep them waiting at the curb. Again, think of this as after-school pickup. Circling the block ain’t gonna be pretty.

Tickets:

  • You’ve gotta have them throughout the night. When you arrive, there will be folks tearing a part of your ticket off. Don’t dump it! Because you’ll need it to get into the concert tent.

Leave At Home:

  • Any temper tantrums.
  • Tuxedos and ball gowns.
  • Pets.
  • Umbrellas, goulashes, rain gear, snow tires, etc.
  • Frowns.

Traffic Advisory: NorthPark Center

If you have some last minute shopping at NorthPark for tomorrow’s Cattle Baron’s, better do it today or tomorrow afternoon. The reason? The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure is going to taking over the mega shopping center. Things are being set up today, but you know the drill. Streets will be blocked except for authorized vehicles around NP and the route.

So the good news is

  • If you’re walking/running in the Komen, you can hop on into NP right after the event feeling healthy and knowing you helped others get healthier
  • If you’re not participating in Komen, you can sleep in or get that needed manicure.

Grovel Alert: Tablescapes By Candlelight

20th Anniversary Tablescapes*

20th Anniversary Tablescapes*

The Kappa Kappa Gammas’ Tablescapes Luncheon Tuesday, October 21, at the Dallas Country Club is sold out.

The luncheon is going to be spectacularly gorgeous with Alex Hitz speaking. Boy, does he have a story to tell! He spent part of his youth in Europe, but learned about cooking from the family’s Southern cook, Dorothy Williams. Combine that with his parents’ love of French food, and no wonder he authored “My Beverly Hill Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist.” How he found time to do that, plus co-produce several Broadway shows including the revival of “The Sound of Music” in 1998, develop real estate and design clothing, is amazing.

If you bump into Alex, here are a couple of questions to ask him:

  • What type of food does he serve guests at his numerous dinners?
  • How do the oversized doors of his Los Angeles home play a role in his parties?
  • Who said: “’A host is like a general; calamities often reveal his genius.”
2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

Ah, but Monday night’s Tablescapes By Candlelight is the secret deal. There’s more food that a Swedish smörgåsbord. It’s much more easy going with men-folk all around. The feel in the rooms really sets the mood for the upcoming holiday season. And let’s be honest — everyone is prettier by candlelight.

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

But according to Kappa organizers there are just a few spots left for Monday evening.

You already know that the two-day event is being chaired by Christine Flanagan and Caroline Williams and presented by Central Market. Proceed from the events will benefit Catch Up and Read, Child Care Group, Contact, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dwell With Dignity, Mosaic Dallas, New Friends New Life, Promise House, VNA and Kappa Kappa Foundation.

* Graphic provided by 2014 Tablescapes

JUST IN: 2015 TACA Silver Cup Recipients Announced

Racing…okay, so slo-mo driving thanks to traffic… across town, more announcements were being made over in Preston Hollow.

Yup, the 2015 TACA Silver Cup recipients were just announced! Following tradition, the announcement was made at Jennifer and John Eagle’s art-filled home.

Oh, you’re wondering who the recipients are?

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Drum roll…Catherine Rose and Don Glendenning!

Mary McDermott Cook and Margaret McDermott (File photo)

Mary McDermott Cook and Margaret McDermott (File photo)

An additional announcement was made that Margaret McDermott and her daughter Mary McDermott Cook will serve as honorary co-chairs. Margaret’s been a busy centenarian today. Earlier in the day she was honored by Les Femmes du Monde at Harlan Crow’s Library as one of the six Women of the Year.

The presentation of the 37th Silver Cups will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

More deets about the announcement reception later. Just wanted you to have the big news ASAP.

Goodness gracious, 2015 is already looking pretty amazing with all these plans being announced.

Keep up the announcements and the great efforts.

JUST IN: 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea Leadership Announced Plus

Announcements are filling the evening air all over the place. Over at Brook Hollow Golf Club’s Oak Room, 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s plans for the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser were revealed.

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

More details will follow, but first, lock down the date — Thursday, April 9.

Then the really big news is that Sharon Popham will chair the event with “French” on the mind. Serving as honorary chair will be “bashful” (not!) Sherwood Wagner.

Another announcement is that jewelry designer Yanni Kyriazis is creating an extra special piece of jewelry for the Maddest Hatters.

More information will follow, but start warming up your berets.

Philanthropist Nancy C. Rogers’ Champagne Reception At YSL For Cattle Baron’s Committee Was “In The Bag”

Highland Park Village Senior Marketing Manager Rachel Michell was making a last minute check like a dorm mom of the 70’s on the evening of Wednesday, October 8. Was all in place? Yup.

Over at Beretta, the partying of the blue-jean set was spilling out on the sidewalk and almost into the street. On the other side of the Highland Park Village Theatre, it was a different story.

YSL lizard purse

YSL purse

In front of the Saint Laurent salon, a Bentley was running as its owner Nancy C. Rogers hosted a champagne-fueled fest for Cattle Baron’s committee. Eying a spectacular black crocodile YSL handbag, Nancy bought it. But not for herself, for heaven sake. Nope! She no sooner told the YSL staff to wrap it up, than she turned around and gave it to CBB Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum to add to the CBB Big Board auction for the October 18  fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Gilley’s. The price tag of the purse? A nice monthly mortgage payment in the five-figure range.

Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Stager and Nancy C. Rogers

Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Stager and Nancy C. Rogers

Just back from delivering three-plane loads of supplies to Cabo San Lucas, Nancy reported that Cabo residents were pulling together after being slammed by Hurricane Odile. She also added that the Humane Society in San Lucas was also in a recovery mode. BTW, all of the Rogers pets were shelter rescues.

As the champagne flowed and a couple or three flutes shattered on the floor, the place filled up with gal talk. Christina White told JB Hayes that daughter Caroline was showing sign of diva-ism. She simply refuses to dress before arriving at her destination.

Sunie Solomon

Sunie Solomon

Samantha Wortley

Samantha Wortley

 

Fashionistas Sunie Solomon and Samantha Wortley proved that the CBB fashion spectrum ranged from flirty shorts to leg clinging slacks with matching boots.

Joanna Clark reported that Sunday’s coin count at Change Is Good for Community Partners of Dallas was in. The 92,807 coins had added up to a whopping $16,886.14.

Katy Bock and Holly Deason

Katy Bock and Holly Deason

Others in attendance were Katy Bock, Holly Deason, Carol Seay, Nancy Gopez, Cara French, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle and a nicely dressed security gal packing more than her lipstick in her purse.

Connecting Point Of Park Cities Scores A Touchdown With “Staubachs Connect”

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

When it comes to Dallas couples, Marianne and Roger Staubach are keepers. For 45 years, they have impacted Dallas as the name has been associated with everything from the Dallas Cowboys, commercial real estate, and community leadership to politics.

Everybody knows that Roger led the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories and his commercial real estate company to global greatness. But has anyone ever seen them in an onstage conversation?

Well, that’s gonna change come Friday, January 23, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Connecting Point of Park Cities has managed to get these two on-the-go people to sit still for a chat with Scott Murray for its Second Annual Connecting Point of Park Cities Luncheon.

According to Luncheon Co-Chair Hollee Mills, “We could not be more excited to welcome Marianne and Roger Staubach as our featured speakers for our upcoming luncheon. Together, they have served the Dallas community for many years and reflect the core values of CPPC. It is our hope that this fundraising event will help CPPC serve more families by enhancing life for adults with disabilities.”

The timing is prime. It’s the week before the February 1st Super Bowl. And at the rate the Cowboys are doing, who knows?

BTW, there will be a silent and a live auction with “more than 20 signed items by Roger, including a signed football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys and other memorabilia.”

Luncheon proceeds will support Connecting Point of Park Cities’ efforts to “provide an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities and offers a wife range of educational, vocational, social and recreational services.”

Hollee and her husband/Luncheon Co-Chair Rick Mills are handling ticket and sponsorship information. Give them a call at 214.538.6823 or email Hollee.

* Photo provided by Connecting Point of Park Cities

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs

The boys are back and they’re bringing their grills. For 20 years Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson have provided one of the ultimate favorite live auction items. Maybe that’s why this package alone has raised more than $1.7M over the years at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs (Value: Priceless)

Barbecue With Dallas' Finest Gents*

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs*

This year’s feast is not for the doily set. It’s an over-the-top barbecue. The winner gets to pick the spot — their home, their ranch, their lake house, whatever. Then the winner will join “the barbecue boys” in creating the menu and joining in the behind-the-scenes fun. If you’ve ever seen these six in action, you just know there’s a lot of talent and personality. Any one of them would be enough, but six!

While it’s doubtful that hot dogs and burgers will be on the menu, but who knows? When it comes to this group, they just might put a new twist to it.

As for the guest list, that’s up to the winner. They’ll have a devil of a time coming up with the 30 because they’ll suddenly discover they have loads of BFF’s, who love barbecue and spirits.

And for since safety is key to any successful event, the guests will be transported to and from the party thanks to Wynne Transportation.

Here’s a thought: If you’re the winner, have somebody video tape you grilling with the boys because nobody will ever believe barbecuing could be so much fun.

Donated by: Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing, Jim Severson, David Holben, Kevin Garvin, Richard Chamberlain and Wynne Transportation

Graphic provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Adorable Kids Upstaged The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show To The Delight Of The Crowd

If the much-vaunted Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show had a little sister, it would be the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show.

Returning to Brook Hollow like a magnet on steroids, this year’s event was a hit out of the ballpark.

Event Planning Director Charles Redin admitted the event was special to him. After all his niece was enrolled in similar program in another state.

Only thing missing was a real, live, hay-eating horse. Not even Equest mini-ambassadors Sugar and Tex were seen grazing, because one of them was feeling under the weather.

As Fashion General Jan Strimple took her place on the production platform, guests scrambled to find their places. One gal who arrived a wee bit late unfortunately wore heavy-duty heels resulting in her footsteps being heard near the back of the room as the speakers congratulated the group’s turnout.

Katherine Coker

Katherine Coker

While banker Key Coker leaned against the back wall, he was there for two of the ladies in his life. Wife/Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Katherine Coker was at the podium and daughter Olivia was to be one of the models.

Angie Kadesky

Angie Kadesky

In a surprise announcement, Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky announced that after the program had gone to press Nancy C. and Richard Rogers had kicked in for the Full Gallop sponsorship. She also revealed that Leggiadro’s Ann Ross had created a gorgeous scarf available for purchase ($595) to benefit Equest.

Leggiadro scarf

Leggiadro scarf

Following Highland Park Village’s Elisa Summers providing the invocation, Angie was Santa gifting Tiffany blue boxes to Honorary Co-Chairs Fredye Factor and Sarah Losinger.

Louise Griffeth

Louise Griffeth

Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth announced the presentation of 2014 Equest Award for Community Service to Debbie Oates, who received another blue box from Tiffany NorthPark Manager Heather Pujats.

Equest CEO Patrick Bricker introduced a video showing how Equest had such a profound impact on clients.

Then she revealed that the auxiliary was dedicating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the creation of the Brandy Moore Ratchford Scholarship for riders who might not be able to “take advantage of the hippotherapy program.” The announcement hit some of the guests hard with tears appearing. A former auxiliary member and part of the 2014 luncheon committee, Brandy died this past February at the age of 42.

But the moment of loss was lifted when the fashion show lit up the SRO ballroom featuring clothes from Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Bruno Cucinelli, Leggiadro, Hadleigh’s Baby, Hadleigh’s and Carolina Herrera.

Liam Huckin

Liam Huckin

Emily Summers and Camille Summers

Emily Summers and Camille Summers

Stephen Summers

Stephen Summers

Hadleigh Shaikh and GG Shaikh

Hadleigh Shaikh and GG Shaikh

Sure, the professional models and fabulous outfits would have been enough, but the showstoppers were the kid models in Hadleigh’s Baby. Even the production crew was delighted by the youngsters with Jan slapping as Hadleigh and GG Shaikh closed the segment.

Fashion show finale

Fashion show finale

After the fashion show and the raffle drawing, the guests adjourned to the Terrace, Oak Room and practically every room except the locker rooms for a menu “created by Brook Hollow Executive Chef Dave Sokol and inspired by the riders of Equest in the Year of the Horse.” It included Asian grilled chicken salad of mixed greens, grilled chicken, Napa cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, edamame, sesame seeds, friend wontons and ginger sesame dressing. For dessert it was Year of the Horse Trio made up of a chocolate mousse quenelle with chocolate dipped, a hand-made fortune cookie and a Hong Kong tart with yuzu sauce and pineapple lychee relish.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Hadleigh Shaikh

Hadleigh Shaikh

W.C. Fields used to warn, “Never work with kids and animals.” It wasn’t that he was scared of them. He just knew that no one could upstage them, not even him. His words were validated at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 7, at Brook Hollow.

Style show finale

Style show finale

But kids had their work cut out for them, as Highland Park Village fashions from Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Bruno Cucinelli, Leggiadro, Hadleigh’s Baby, Hadleigh’s and Carolina Herrera kept eyes following the runway designs.

Just to get a feel of the occasion, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. The write up is underway.

Celebrating Women Luncheon Tables Are Getting Scarce

With less than 10 days from the Celebrating Women’s Luncheon on Friday, October 24, at the Hilton Anatole, there are just a few tables are available “for any last minute supporters.” But what would you expect when Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle are co-chairing the event and Maggie Kipp is handling the underwriting?

Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino*

Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino*

As you know so very well, patrons get the perks. In this case, it will get you to the patron party the night before and the VIP reception preceding the luncheon. And according to organizers, luncheon keynote speaker “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach, who was diagnosed with breast cancer during an on-air mammogram in 2013, is scheduled to be at the VIP reception.

Amy Robach (File photo)

Amy Robach (File photo)

While Ebola is making today’s headlines, breast cancer has been impacting thousands and thousands of lives for ages. Thanks to the funds raised through the Celebrating Women Luncheon, research and treatments have dramatically saved lives in the war against breast cancer.

Event sponsors include:

  • Presenting sponsor — Tom Thumb
  • Monarch — Al G. Hill Jr. and Mrs. W.H. Smith
  • Texas Crescent — Comerica Bank, Alan and Randy Engstrom, Lyda Hill, Hunt Consolidated Inc./Hunt Oil Company and David B. Miller Family Foundation
  • American Lady — Ruth and Dr. Kenneth Altshuler, Anonymous, Margo and Bill Goodwin, The Mary Kay Foundation, Karen Faulkner key donor advised fund at East Texas Communities Foundation, Locke Lord LLP, Ellen and John McStay, Park Place Motorcars, PlainsCapital Bank, Sammons Enterprises Inc., Trudy K. Steen and U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management.
*Photo provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy’s Celebration Of Reading Even Had The Deaf Interpreter Providing Giggles

Despite the morning thunder-bumpers that rattled locals with memories of the past Thursday’s slam-bang-theater, Monday, October 6th’ evening was picture perfect.

Perhaps former First Lady Barbara Bush had negotiated the deal with Mother Nature.

Even though Barbara wasn’t on site, her presence was felt at the Meyerson from the VIP reception, presentation in the McDermott Hall to the light supper in the lobby.

George P Bush, Lynne and Roy Sheldon

George P. Bush, Lynne and Roy Sheldon

Mandi Bush and Shelby Boyuls

Mandi Bush and Shelby Boyuls

Having lived through husband George “41” Bush’s 90th birthday and his parachute leap of faith from overhead to preparing for her own upcoming 90th birthday (she guarantees that no parachutes will be involved with the celebration), Barbara sent in the heavy hitter jump generation Committee Co-Chairs Mandi and George P. Bush and cousin Pierce Bush to host the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy‘s Celebration of Reading.

Pierce Bush

Pierce Bush

The trio B’s had just arrived from Ellie LeBlond‘s (Doro Bush Koch‘s daughter, Barbara’s granddaughter) wedding in Kennebunkport with photos showing off 41’s burgundy colored socks.

While Celebration of Reading guests gathered in the lobby for the readathon, authors Kelly Corrigan, Eric Draper, Emily Giffin, Gary Haugen and Brad Meltzer and VIP’s attended a private reception in the lower level suite.

Benaye Rogers, Gerneise and Terry Flowers

Benaye Rogers, Gerneise and Terry Flowers

Mandi reported that baby Prescott was turning 16 months and the perfect baby as she made the rounds with Shelby Boyuls… George P. across the room looked like Santa the day after Thanksgiving as guests lined up to chat with him. He looked right at home, but had an associate advising that politics were verboten for the evening…Lynn and Roy Shelton were celebrating his recent “medical” challenge and their 37th anniversary…After revealing to Marianne Staubach that she had left Contact Hotline to be development director at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Benaye Rogers joined Gerneise and husband/St. Philip’s headmaster Terry Flowers at the reception…. Margaret and Lester Keliher brought along her 90-year-young dad Jim Coleman. When told that he still goes to work every day, the question arose, “What’s his secret?” Margaret answered, “Exercise.” Jim simply said, “Keep moving.”…Mary Jalonick was catching up with Lyda Hill, who had spent the summer in Colorado…While waiting for wife Jan to arrive Trevor Rees-Jones chatted it up with author Gary Haugen…Author Emily Giffin was thanking Michelle Staubach Grimes for introducing her to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy…Red-haired Pierce Bush proved that he had not lost his spunk for making friends. After doing volunteer work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston and meeting Little Brother Jaylyn, Pierce traded in his corporate job to become executive VP of the Houston organization.

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Liza McFadden

Liza McFadden

Barbara Bush Foundation President/CEO Liza McFadden pointed out that 36M U.S. adults are only at the most basic literacy level, and that 40% of Dallas parents dropped out of high school. She added that 80% of poor readers in the third grade are predicted to drop out of high school. To help the literacy problem, the foundation will be opening 20 new programs in Dallas.

 Jim and Debbie Francis

Jim and Debbie Francis

Holly Reed and Craig Holcomb

Holly Reed and Craig Holcomb

Before you knew it, Mandi, George P. and the authors disappeared. Just as their absence was noticed by the roomful of guests, the chimes alerting the crowd to move to the main event in the McDermott Hall. There they joined folks like Debbie and Jim Francis, Holly Reed, Craig Holcomb and Carol Reed.

Then the show commenced with heady types like President Barack Obama joining former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush via video. Each admitted that Barbara Bush and her project had indeed made a big difference in the lives of children and adults.

Then the program began. More than 40 kids from The Combined Show Choirs from Richardson ISD, Legacy from Richardson High School and Forte from JJ Pearce High School, sang Pharrell’s “Happy” song. George P. arrived at the podium and reported that George H.W. is “already saying when he turns 95 he wants to [jump] again.” He introduced Liza, who in turn introduced Kennedy Anderson, 14, a ninth grader at Uplift Academy in Fort Worth. In a very grown-up way she briefly told how the literacy program had changed her life.

Then Pierce came out telling an anecdote about being recognized as looking like George W. in Venice Beach, Calif. Though at first complimented, he was sorta taken back when the fella said, “That must piss you off!”

He then ended his comments saying that his grandmother would want him to cut it off. So, he introduced author Kelly Corrigan. Sounding a bit like a 21st century Erma Bombeck, she read from her book, “Glitter and Glue.” At one point the word “kegel” was mentioned. Looking at the deaf signer at the edge of stage, Kelly wondered aloud how the word would translate. All eyes shot in the direction of the blushing female deaf interpreter, who made a sign that all understood. The gals giggled and the guys rolled their eyes.

Emily Giffin and Michelle Staubach Grimes

Emily Giffin and Michelle Staubach Grimes

Bringing the room back to some sort of decorum, George P. introduced Eric Draper, former White House photographer, who described both a personal and professional view of being a photographer of the George W. Bush era. With photos on the screen behind him, Eric told how he got the job and the ups and downs of being a camera away from the first family for eight years.

Mandi introduced Emily, who talked about lunching earlier in the day with Laura Bush, whom she now calls “Aunt Laura”, and watching the Cowboys win a game with the Staubachs. Unlike her predecessors, Emily didn’t read from her book, but just talked about it. Known for her “chick literature,” she congratulated Kelly for having mentioned “lady parts.” The usual frothy Emily had a serious tone in her talk stressing the importance that literature had played in her life.

Trevor Rees-Jones and Gary Haugen

Trevor Rees-Jones and Gary Haugen

Next up was Gary Haugen of “The Locust Effect”, who told how 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. He started by telling of his idyllic childhood in California and earning his B.A. from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. It was serving as director of the United Nation’s investigation of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 that changed his life and led to the creation of the International Justice Mission.

Mandi introduced the evening’s final speaker, Brad Meltzer, who in addition to writing thrillers like “The Tenth Justice” also  has produced children’s books. She claimed that 16-month–old Prescott had already read “I’m Rosa Parks.” But shoot! With Barbara Bush genes, who was going to quibble? Brad did. He said jokingly: “The last time I saw Prescott, he was totaling reading ’The Fifth Assassin’ ” (another book Brad wrote). In his talk, Brad advised, “We are starving for heroes.” He told of nugget of history that are included in his children’s books. For instance, a young Abraham Lincoln standing up to a group of youths piling hot coals on the back of a turtle (“let the turtle go”) and youthful Amelia Earhart’s first airborne flight thanks to her building a roller coaster structure (“I was flying!”).

To close the evening, the choir returned to the stage performing a couple of patriotic tunes with a background of videos of America.

With that the thousand-plus crowd adjourned to the lobby for dinner and discussion of the evening. As they headed home, they had gift bags with books for more food for thought.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Gas Monkey Garage And Richard Rawlings

If your preference is a ever-green bicycle or a green-munching hoss, then this item might not tickle your fancy. But if your fav vehicular memory was that muscle car or hot rod of the past, then start exercising your bidding arm for this sweetheart of a deal at Saturday’s Cattle Baron’s Ball.Who knows? You may just get a car and become a monkey!

Gas Monkey Garage And Richard R. Rawlings (Value: $200,000)

Richard R. Rawlings*

Richard R. Rawlings*

Richard R. Rawlings is to vintage cars as Nip/Tuck’s Christian Troy and Sean McNamara were to plastic surgery. Except Richard is the real thang!

He and his Gas Monkey team search Texas for once stellar cars, bring them back to their Dallas garage and meticulously bring them back to OMG status.

Their handiwork and “Blood, Sweat and Beer” mantra have earned them a reputation throughout the country thanks to their No. 1 show on the Discovery Chanel.

Gas Monkey Garage*

Gas Monkey Garage*

Somehow the Cattle Baroness managed to rope Richard into putting one of his gems on the auction bloc. That in itself would be enough, but no! the lucky winner will receive the full VIP Gas Monkey experience. IN addition to leaving with “the keys to a custom, one-of-a-kind, classically restored GMC ride,” they’ll get to explore the hot rods and classic in the garage, as well as “hang out” with Richard and his “mechanical prodigy” Aaron Kaufman.

Donated by: Gas Monkey Garage and Richard R. Rawlings

* Photos provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Sold-Out Alert!: Purses With A Purpose

You can just never have too many sold-out events! Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas is enjoying that status for its Purses With A Purpose today at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Purses With A Purpose*

Purses With A Purpose*

Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary will be the keynote speaker and National Foundation for Credit Counseling President Susan Keating will present Capital One Regional Commercial Executive of Commercial Banking Carol Nichols with the Financial Literacy Champion Award.

If you have your ticket, you’re a penny wise. If you don’t have a reservation, you can still bid on designer purses, restaurant packages, destination trips, jewelry, entertainment passes and more like Christmas lights via online.

* Graphic courtesy of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas