MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Art Ball’s Art+Architecture

Ann and David Sutherland

Ann and David Sutherland

From the inclusion of the “+” in the theme — Art+Architecture — there was an early indication the Dallas Museum of Art‘s 2016 Art Ball was headed down a different path than years past. Instead of videos featuring DMA mainstays, Grammy-award winning entertainment and crowding the tent so Mark di Suvero‘s “Ave” sculpture felt claustrophobic, the black-tie DMA fundraiser on Saturday, April 23, somehow maintained the elegance and creativity of the night while Co-Chairs Ann and David Sutherland kept an eagle eye on raising funds.

Adam Lippes, Michael Turchin, Lance Bass and Faisal Halum

Adam Lippes, Michael Turchin, Lance Bass and Faisal Halum

Helping to achieve that were 450 of North Texas’ most glamorous types along with some of out-of-towners like entertainer Lance Bass, designer Adam Lippes and jewelry designer Bibi Van Der Velden.

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

Doug Carney, Donna Brittingham, Michael Flores, Nancy Rogers, Ashley Tatum and David Nichols

And, of course, there were the always reliable boldface beauties…but you don’t want to just read about them. You want to see ’em. So, head on over to MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. But be forewarned. There are a lot of them. In fact, there are two pages of the “+” types.

Tim Mallad Named President Of Presbyterian Communities And Services

Tim Mallad*

Tim Mallad*

Until recently Tim Mallad had been first VP at Irving-based Greystone Communities. But Presbyterian Communities and Services (PCS) Chairman of the Board Phil Wentworth just sent word that Tim has been named president of PCS.

According to Phil, “I am thrilled to have Tim join our team. He brings a broad perspective that includes decades of experience working for a for-profit company while helping not-for-profit communities achieve their goals and fulfill their visions. Tim has the ideal background necessary to be successful in this position. Tim has a genuine passion for helping seniors. He is mission-driven and his enthusiasm is contagious. I am confident that he will support our organization’s values while focusing on the residents’ needs and leading the team members by example.”

Prior to Greystone, Tim was associate administrator of Oakwood Health System and director of sales and resident services for Centrum Management Corporation.

PCS is a not-for-profit organization that is comprised of “premier continuing care retirement communities Presbyterian Village North and Grace Presbyterian Village, as well as Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the T. Boone Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care Center.”

* Photo provided by Presbyterian Communities and Services

 

S.M. Wright Foundation Launches Beds For Kids Campaign This Saturday For Children To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Each year around the holidays, the S.M. Wright Foundation makes headlines with its Christmas in the Park at Fair Park when it provides thousands of children with all types of wonderful gifts. Without the Foundation and its supporters, these children would have a pretty bleak Christmas.

But there are more than toys that are provided. For instance, Natalie and Mike McGuire’s daughter, Highland Park High School student Maddy McGuire, created the “Coats for Kids” program to provide warm coats for children in need. Just this past year 3,000 new coats were distributed at Christmas in the Park. To help her achieve this number, Maddy created the S.M. Wright Club at HPHS. Thanks to the volunteers, they were able to provide the coats plus a check for $19,240 to the Foundation.

Beds for Kids*

Beds for Kids*

What many folks don’t realize is that the Foundation’s efforts extend beyond the holiday gift-giving season. The Foundation discovered that children were in need of beds “to get a good night’s sleep,” so the Bed for Kids program was undertaken to provide twin- and full-size mattresses, box springs and frames for qualifying families.

This Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, pre-approved families will pick up their beds. However, the need has far exceeded the demand.

S.M. Wright II (File photo)

S.M. Wright II (File photo)

According to S.M. Wright Foundation President/Co-Founder/CEO Rev. S.M. Wright II, “Beds for Kids began in 2010 and since then, we have distributed more than 6,360 bed sets to underprivileged kids in our community. Unfortunately, the demand far exceeds the Foundation’s ability to supply beds and there is still a long waiting list of more than 4,200 kids.”

To ramp up the effort, the Foundation is using Saturday to also launch the 1st Annual S.M. Wright Beds for Kids Campaign.

As S.M. Wright II revealed, “The good news is an anonymous donor has given a $40,000 matching pledge, so each $1.00 donated by the public will equal $2.00 in support of that goal. The campaign runs through September 30, 2016, so we encourage the public to visit our website  and donate today to help the children in our community.”

A $165 donation will provide a new twin bed set and a full-size bed can be provided for $200.

Beds for Kids*

Beds for Kids*

The vetting process of who gets a bed is strictly monitored — “To qualify, a family must complete an application, show proof of income and residency, provide a valid birth certificate for each child, and meet Texas Commodity Assistance Program income requirements. After the application has been processed, a foundation staff member or community service partner representative visits the family’s residence to verify the need for a bed. Upon approval, the family can pick up the bed from the foundation’s warehouse. Approximately one month after the bed is received, the foundation staff member visits again to make sure the bed is being put to good use and to inform the family about other foundation resources.”

So far the following organizations have supported the Beds for Kids program: A-Z Therapy, Child Protective Services – Dallas, Tarrant and Collin County, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Healthy Start, Dallas Housing Authority, Dallas ISD, Desoto ISD, El Centro College/Adult Resource Center, Genesis Women Shelter, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Healing Heart Center, Home Sweet Home/The Salvation Army, Kipp Truth Elementary, Lancaster ISD, Lumin Bachman Lake Community School, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic, Methodist Children’s Home Outreach, Metro Care, Parkland Outpatient Clinic, Psychological Social Services and Homeless Education  Program, Rosemont Mission Trail, St. Vincent De Paul Collin County, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of Health, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Well Care.

* Graphic and photo provided by S.M. Wright Foundation

2016 Signature Chefs Auction Is Headed To The Anatole To Cook Up A Storm For March Of Dimes Of Dallas

The March of Dimes Dallas’ annual Signature Chefs Auction is making a change this year. No, Chef Kent Rathbun is still going to be at the cooking helm with his culinary buds. This event is one of his favs and no matter how busy he is or how thin he gets, he’s gonna be there for the 19th year in a row.

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Nope! The change is the place. This year’s Co-Chairs Hallie Lamont, Nancy Owen, Amanda Shufeldt and Kameron Westcott have revealed that the food will be doled out and the live auction of incredible packages will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3.

As for which chefs will be serving more than 700 guests, stay tuned. That list is being compiled!

* Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee Photography

A Passing: Karol Wilson

Public relations people are amazing creatures. They are the fulcrum delicately balancing the seesaw of clients on one end and the media on the others. To do this they have to be Jacks- and Jills-of-all-trades with a talent pool including psychology, negotiating skills, writing, empathy, financial acumen and the ability to think on their feet and adapt to any situation. They embrace each project like a parent holding on to their first born. Too often they suffer the abuse of the media demands and clients wanting more and more. Luckily, these PR types soldier on.

Karol Wilson (File photo)

Karol Wilson (File photo)

One of those remarkable soldiers died late last night — Karol Wilson. While not the head of a major public relations firm, she worked with some greats like the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Hyatt Regency, the SPCA, Les Dames d’Escoffier and so many others.

Karol was known for being generous with her time and talents. For years she would work with Diane Brierley to produce the SPCA’s datebook with scores of photos of pets. Despite being in extremely ill health, she continued on promoting the recent Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Raiser Grazer 2016 and the Junior League of Dallas’ Linz Award Luncheon.

Even when going through a battle against cancer, she managed to use her sense of humor to calm the fears of her friends. When heading to the hospital on Friday, February 26, she posted on Facebook, “Off to hospital for mini vakay…wondering if backless cotton gown will be featured on Fashion police post-Oscars. Should be fine — adjusting meds, etc.”

Karol’s death caught many within her wide circle of friends by surprise. They hadn’t realized that her health had been so devastating because Karol was the consummate PR person. She was a caretaker of others and didn’t want to worry anyone. Luckily, during her final days at Parkland, she was surrounded by a coterie of very close friends, who showered her with love and compassion.

A memorial service will be held in June.

Children’s Cancer Fund’s “An Evening In Oz” Broke All Previous Records With Cancer-Fighting Kids And Celebrity Escorts

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Unlike years past, this year’s Children’s Cancer Fund annual fundraiser for Children’s Health took on a different spin on Friday, April 22. Instead of a luncheon, Event Co-Chairs Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley moved it to nighttime with “An Evening In Oz” as the theme. And the only thing missing was the horse of a different color! And the decision to move it worked, because the evening’s net … oops, can’t reveal it because the board is keeping that number under wraps. Still word has it that it was a record breaker.

But from the beginning of the night, it was obvious that more than Dorothy’s red slippers had been clicking for wishes to come true. As the girl from Kansas and her pals welcomed more than 900 guests at the Anatole, the munchkin artists and models were hunkered down in the Wedgwood Room with makeup being applied, hair curled and partying. In the meantime, the older high-paying kids were in the Peacock Room for the VIP meet-and-greet with Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Over to the side, Marianne Staubach reported that they had just returned from Disneyland with daughter Amy Mentgen and her kids. She admitted that after making the rounds of the park with the grand-kids, the adults were worn out.

Bela Pjetrovic and Chase Cooley

Bela Pjetrovic and Chase Cooley

In another part of the room Bela Pjetrovic and mustachioed Chase Cooley were being congratulated on their recent engagement. Has a date been set? Nothing definite yet, but April 2017 is looking good. And speaking of mustaches, Cooley dad Clay recalled that when he and wife Lisa met, he also had a mustache and long hair.

Another dad in the crowd was Ben Lange, sans son/T-shirt entrepreneur Luke Lange, who was at Benihana for a birthday. The mention of Benihana set off a memory for Clay, who remembered how in the early days, Chase’s birthdays were celebrated there.

All too soon the VIPs adjourned to join the hundreds of others checking out the silent auction in the Chantilly Ballroom reception area just as the ballroom doors were opened.

Missy Chami and Anne Davidson

Missy Chami and Anne Davidson

Inside the ballroom, it appeared as if the Emerald City of Oz had indeed taken up residence, with a stage for the Emerald City band at one end and the presentation stage with runway at the other. All around were tables with folks like presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, Cindy Turner, Suzy Gekiere, Patti Flowers, Tanya and Pete Foster, Mary Meier, Betty Turner and Mary Poss.

Serving as background for the stage were mega scenes straight from “The Wizard of Oz,” including the yellow brick road leading through the field of poppies to the city of Oz.

First on stage were Roger and Troy, joined by Lisa with Emme Nees and Giora with son Jack Barker. The exchange between Rog (this was his 28th CCF appearance) and Troy (it was his 20th) proved their ongoing commitment to battling children’s cancer as well as their mutual respect and friendship for each other.

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Following Lisa’s and Giora’s personal testimonials about each of their reasons for undertaking the fundraiser, Tom Gilchrist sang a capella the Lord’s Prayer. (Quipped Roger afterward: “I’d trade my Heisman for a voice like that.”)

Under the direction of special events producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers, not a moment was lost for the fashion show of Dillard’s kiddo clothes. As Rog, Troy et al left the stage, emcee Scott Murray arrived at the podium to introduce the Children’s Cancer Fund artists and their celebrity escorts including

  • 6-year-old Cooper Dorr with Roger
  • 10-year-old Hayden Ritchie with Troy
  • 12-year-old Mercedes Howdeshell with Tara Pavlock and Ashleigh Panelli
  • 9-year-old Myles Allison with Jason Garrett
  • 13-year-old Carsyn Sapp with Sunny Malouf
  • 7-year-old Corbin Glasscock with Terrance Williams
  • 5-year-old Kamryn Rakestraw with Jim Stroud
  • 11-year-old Maxwell Matlock with members of the Dallas SWAT
  • 5-year-old Reese Skelte with “Dorothy”
  • 11-year-old Keamus Bryant with Medieval Times Red Knight
  • 8-year-old Trip Rowley with Brandon Carr

Unfortunately, 5-year-old Flick Blevins was under the weather and couldn’t make the event. In his stead, Dallas Fire Department #19’s Jerry Hooker, Michael Wolfe, Derrick Brouhard and John Keeler walked the runway holding his photo.

At this point, Scott introduced KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley to introduce the other cancer-surviving children and their celebrity escorts, including:

  • 13-year-old Andrew Russell with Kaitlyn Wade
  • 16-year-old Sabeen Wazir with Jake Pavelka
  • 6-year-old Jackson Houser with Morris Claiborne
  • 6-year-old Rina Cantrell with Jane McGarry
  • 15-year-old Saket Ashar with Dr. Ted Laetsch
  • 9-year-old Laura Beth Rote with Brianna Kiesel
  • 10-year-old Brady Pampilonia with Kliff Kingsbury
  • 9-year-old Julissa Garcia with Jocelyn White
  • 11-year-old Juan Lopez with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and Rowdy
  • 7-year-old Jordan McDowell with Miss Texas America
  • 16-year-old Averi Moya with Mitch Gaylord
  • 10-year-old Julia Brown with Amy Vanderoef
  • 12-year-old Christian Arroyo with Byron Jones
  • 9-year-old Lynette Quintana with the Pink Heals Firefighters
Andrew Russell and Kaitlyn Wade

Andrew Russell and Kaitlyn Wade

As 18-year-old Kaitlyn Wade escorted child artist Andrew Russell, Marianne recalled how, years ago, Rog had escorted the pretty blonde on the runway when she was presented. Yes, she had conquered leukemia, but her story of challenges hadn’t end there. After winning the battle, she was the victim of a drunk driver. As the result of the horrendous car accident, 9-year-old Kaitlyn “spent two months in a coma and six months at Cook Children’s before she could return home.”

But on this evening, the emphasis was on the current crop of cancer-conquering kids as they mugged, twirled and charmed their way on the catwalk. Blonde Brill Garrett cheered each one like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Okay, so maybe she had an extra whoop when husband Jason took his turn in the spotlight with Myles Allison.

All of this was building up to the live auction. Troy won the trip to the Masters and learned from Rog all the perks associated with the package. Jana and Mike Brosin won the artwork created by CCF Gala artists and Christopher Martin.

To the delight of many of the ladies in the audience, Jake “The Bachelor” Pavelka was doing double duty. In addition to walking the runway, he also was part of the “Dancing With The Stars” package. Shoot! They could have auctioned off pictures with Jake and won a passel of dough, as lady after lady wanted a quick cell-snap with the cutie. But it was Tracy and Ben Lange who won the package. So, watch for them during Season 23 that is scheduled to air this fall.

As soon as the live auction ended, the focus shifted to the other end of the ballroom, where Emerald City took over to get guests on their feet and dancing the night away.

For more pictures from “An Evening in Oz,” check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Animal-Loving Karen Urie To Receive SPCA’s Spencer Humanitarian Award At The September Fur Ball

Mary Urie (File photo)

Mary Urie (File photo)

Last night Café Pacific was popping as usual. While the bar brimmed primarily with the guy types, at 5:30 a group of tables in the dining room were pulled together. First to appear tableside was SPCA kingpin James Bias. Then Fur Ball Co-chair Phyllis Comu arrived on the scene followed by animal lovers  like Katy Murray, Fur Ball Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg, Mary Spencer and SPCA Senior VP Debra Burns. One of the last to arrive was Diane Brierley, just back from New York City, where one of husband Hal Brierley‘s former companies had held a reunion over the weekend.

The Café Pacific get together was billed as something to do with the SPCA’s Paw Cause. Or, at least that’s what Dave Perry Miller’ s Karen Urie was led to believe. Ah, but those SPCA folks are mischievous.

What longtime animal-loving Karen learned was they were all there to notify her that she would be presented the Spencer Humanitarian Award at the black-tie SPCA fundraiser on Saturday, September 24, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Tickets are available here.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund’s “An Evening In Oz”

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

The annual Children’s Cancer Fund’s super-duper fashion show with celebrities escorting cancer-surviving children on the runway in Dillard’s clothes took a turn on Friday, April 22. Co-Chairs Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley shifted the usual luncheon fundraiser to “An Evening In Oz” at the Hilton Anatole.

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Joining Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man were Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach and nearly 900 other pals.

While the post is being finalized, check out the scenes at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Chair Heather Perttula Randall Reveals Details About 2017 Fundraiser

Leave it to an attorney to be in the know. At February’s St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas, Sidley Austin attorney Yvette Ostolaza broke the news that Trinity Industries VP of Legal Affairs Heather Perttula Randall would chair the 2017 fundraiser. After all, it was Heather who had been the 2016 St. V-Day event’s underwriting chair and had even gotten Yvette to co-sponsor the meal.

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

But what the twosome weren’t revealing were the details for the 2017 luncheon and fashion show. Now, before everyone starts taking off for summer, Heather has just revealed that the event is returning to the Meyerson with “An Affair of the Heart” as the theme.

And the really big news is that it will take place on Tuesday, February 14! Yup, after a couple of years of wandering around the calendar, the sweetheart event will have flowers, fashions and friends toasting and raising monies to battle the blood cancers.

According to Heather, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon chair as it allows me the opportunity to help this amazing organization and continue its fight against blood cancers. I cannot wait to take the luncheon to a new level by setting a new fundraising record.”

And as for Yvette, she’ll be co-chairing underwriting with Daffan Nettle. The rest of Heather’s team will include 2016 St. Valentine’s Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores as the advisory chairs; Maggie Cooke Kipp as the table sales chair; Bradley Hawkins as the artistic chair and Jennifer LeLash, Monti Konen and Jennifer Stalkup the raffle co-chairs.

A Passing: Bill Booziotis

When 36-year-old architect Bill Booziotis was courting his wife Jean in 1971, he was also designing a house for his sister Kanell Lontos and her husband Jimmy Lontos. For some the 3,500-square-foot, multi-level building neatly fit into its natural surroundings just a few feet away from Turtle Creek. For others, it was a true break from the traditional architecture that had dominated Dallas for ages. It wasn’t Dilbeck. It wasn’t ranch style. It wasn’t colonial. It was Booziotis.

Bill Booziotis (File photo)

Bill Booziotis (File photo)

Over the decades his talents expanded with the precision of a surgeon and the beauty of a master artist. His portfolio extended from museums, churches, and corporate buildings to residences. Perhaps the home that he recently designed for Mary McDermott Cook was the culmination of his wisdom, his passion and his love of Dallas. With flawless views of his hometown, the multi-leveled structure that he affectionately dubbed “Dump Top” was a true masterpiece. It was smart. It was breathtaking. It was Booziotis.

Besides achieving his clients’ dreams, he was active in building Dallas’ architecture community. Having founded the AIA Dallas Foundation, he was president of AIA Dallas in 1983 and on the Dallas Center for Architecture board of directors. In 2008 he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by AIA Dallas.

But he and Jean, who died in 2013, were also equally committed to various non-profit organizations. Bill himself was a board member of the Dallas Museum of Art, president of the Dallas Bach Society and founder/chairman of the Directors Circle at the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas-Dallas.  Just recently the Center and UT Dallas presented him with the 2016 Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award, which “is UT Dallas’ way of thanking champions of UTD, who have taken up the University’s cause with exceptional support, dedication, passion and enthusiasm for our vision of becoming a leading national research university.”

In addition to numerous awards and accolades, 80-year-old Bill was presented the Creatives Arts Award by the Dallas History Society this past fall. In accepting the award, he said, “Art is the substitute for the natural resources that we don’t have [in Dallas]… Art really is the substance that we have [instead of mountains, ocean, etc.].”

Recently Bill had not been in good health and he succumbed to death last week.

While Bill will no longer be creating new masterpieces for clients, his legacy will be studied, admired and serve as inspirations for generations to come.

Our condolences to his family, friends and associates. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Communities Foundation of Texas. And, yes, he designed Communities Foundation of Texas.