Art And Beautiful Peeps Fill F.I.G. For Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy

Despite the chill provided by the seasons first cold front, it was nice and warm with cocktails, food, beautiful peeps and loads of art up for bid over at F.I.G. Here’s a field report:

Art for Advocacy, an auction benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), highlighted the unique role art therapy plays in healing the child abuse victims served at DCAC. The sold-out fundraiser, themed “Departure,” brought together more than 800 art enthusiasts, young professionals, and supporters. They were welcomed into a ‘desert chic’ space complete with top shelf margaritas and Texas tapas while the James Gabriano Trio played Spanish tunes.

Barry Whistler, Ricardo Paniagua and Jordan Roth*

Barry Whistler, Ricardo Paniagua and Jordan Roth*

“Sponsors at the $2500 level and up had the chance to purchase pieces at the buy-it-now price before doors officially opened to the rest of the crowd with more than a quarter of the work going for buy-it-now. The evening featured a silent art auction and live auction featuring the works of Ricardo Paniagua, Lekha Singh and Alexander Mijares. In total, the event netted more than $435,000 in support of the art therapy program and other crucial services for child abuse victims at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Stephanie and John Roberts*

Stephanie and John Roberts*

Judee and Chad Barrett*

Judee and Chad Barrett*

“Event Co-Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts, Honorary Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Underwriting Co-Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Art Chair Ashley Tatum and Friday Roundup Chair Nancy Cohen Israel each contributed to the success of the record-breaking event. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed a surprise performance by The Polyphonic Spree and gathered on the dance floor to the beats of DJ S.O.U.L.Jah.

Randall and Kara Goss*

Randall and Kara Goss*

Hunter Miller and Donnie Miller*

Hunter Miller and Donnie Miller*

“Since 2007, ART for ADVOCACY has raised more than $2.5 million to support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues. The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s therapy program uses art therapy to help children on their journey to hope and healing.

The Polyphonic Spree*

The Polyphonic Spree*

“Top Sponsors include:

  • “Presenting Sponsor – U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc. and Kara and Randall Goss;
  • “Director – Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.);
  • “Patron – Al G. Hill Jr., The Martha and Don Miller Family and TurningPoint Foundation;
  • “Collector – Ace Tree Service Inc., Allie Beth Allman and Associates, Dina and Jason Arnott, Judee and Chad Barrett, Beyond Pedaling, Colliers International, Christine and Mark Danuser, Catie and Aaron Enrico, Lara and Stephen Harrison, JW Homes, Selwyn Rayzor and Rich Moses, Y-C Nursery, Kerry and Don Peterson, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky,  Jenny and Adam Saphier, Tatum Art Advisory, T. C. Lupton Jr. Family Foundation, Helena and Doug Wall, Weedex Inc. and Westcott Foundation;

    Meghan Pawlowski, Jesse Lind and Kathi and Tom Lind*

    Meghan Pawlowski, Jesse Lind and Kathi and Tom Lind*

  • “Advocate – American Bank of Commerce, April Anthony, The Boundless Collection, Gail and Chris Bedford, Dr. Sami Arslanlar and John Clutts, Allyson and David Cooke, Digital Realty, Miller Egan LLP, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Floyd, Dawn and Bill Hennessey, Michelle and Austin Hopper, Christi and Warren Houser, Lauren Soulis and Robert W. Ivey III, Kathi and Tom Lind, Camille and Marlon McMakin, MassMutual Dallas – Fort Worth, NexBank, Perry, Schlegel Kloewer Real Estate Group, Rent-A-Center, Rachel and Dr. Hampton Richards, Ginny and Conner Searcy, Caroline and Chris Settle, Gail and Dan Settle, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Sarah and Russell Weinberg, Wick Phillips and Winstead PC.

“In-Kind Sponsors include:

  • “Auction Sponsor – Heritage Auctions;
  • “Catalogue Sponsor – Belanger Art Methods;
  • “Cocktail Sponsor – Republic National Distributing Company;
  • “Décor Sponsor – Suite 206;
  • “Fashion Sponsor – Forty Five Ten;
  • “Framing Sponsor – Debra Stevens Custom Framing;
  • “Host Sponsor – F.I.G. (Fashion Industry Gallery);
  • “Installation Sponsor – Martin&Martin Design;
  • “Media Sponsor – FD;
  • “Printing Sponsor – Millet the Printer;
  • “Valet Sponsor – Gold Crown.”
* Photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum Celebration

Group selfie

Group selfie

So, the black tie seated dinner for a mere 250+ proved to exceed the expectations of those, both near and far, who had flown in from Abu Dhabi, New Orleans, Chicago, California and Singapore.

Piper Wyatt, Brooke Hortenstine, Suzanne Droese, Faisal Halum and Tina Craig

Piper Wyatt, Brooke Hortenstine, Suzanne Droese, Faisal Halum and Tina Craig

Oh, the gorgeous crowd, the OMG food and the splendor “WOW!” factor came together for a legendary event — to celebrate the meeting of Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum that evolved into their August nuptials. Instead of gifts, they requested donations for the art and Two by Two for AIDs. But it was the marvelous touches of the couple that reminded many of their own splendiferous meeting resulting in a lifelong relationship.

Nancy Rogers and Brian Bolke

Nancy Rogers and Brian Bolke

The words are being crafted. Be patient. But the photos are available at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Be forewarned. It’s a two-pager.

Women In Film Dallas To Honor Dennis Bishop, Ruth Buzzi And Allison Tolman With Topaz Awards

The weekend before Thanksgiving is going to be a film lover’s delight, especially focusing on women. Friday night the Dallas Film Society’s Art of Film will have Marisa Tomei on stage and at the dinner table at the Perot Museum.

Within 24 hours, like Saturday night, the Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) will salute two outstanding women and production executive Dennis Bishop with the presentation of the Topaz Award.

Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

The two ladies? “Laugh-In” legend Ruth Buzzi and “Fargo”’s Allison Tolman. Talk about a range of talent and they all have true-blue Texas connections.

 

  • “A native Texan, Bishop began his career in Dallas and moved up the ranks to Production Executive. He has overseen commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions including ‘The Trip to Bountiful’, ‘The Fast and the Furious’, ‘And the Band Played On’ and the TV pilot of ‘Dexter’. Bishop has served as adjunct professor, mentor, and guest lecturer at USC, SMU, UTA and for the PGA, DGA, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He currently chairs the Motion Picture Production program he created at KD College in Dallas.
  • “Buzzi is a Golden Globe Award winner, Television Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award winner, and 5-time Emmy nominee. The legendary comedienne is best known for her character, Gladys Ormphby, on ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ and ‘Dean Martin Celebrity Roast’. She was a regular performer on ‘Sesame Street’ as Ruthie the Finders Keepers shop owner.*
  • “Tolman, a native of Sugarland, Texas, is a 2014 Emmy nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner for her work as Deputy Molly Solverson on the FX series, ‘Fargo.’ After graduating from Baylor University, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she co-founded Second Thought Theatre. In 2009, she was accepted into Chicago’s Second City’s Conservatory Training Program. Before her work on ‘Fargo,’ Tolman wrote and performed sketch comedy and satire with several groups in the Chicago area.

 

As Kerri Navarro pointed out, “This year’s recipients have earned Golden Globe, Emmy, Television Hall of Fame, Clio, Critics’ Choice and NAACP awards — a new benchmark in the 27-year history of the WIFD Topaz Awards.”

Benefiting the WIFD Grant and Scholastic Fund, the event will take place at Wendy Krispin’s 7 for Parties. It’s a marvy place to meet the honorees and others, both guys and gals, who love film and those in the industry. Seating is limited, so hustle and get your tickets. Oh, and don’t forget your autograph book!

* Oh, you’re wondering what’s Ruthie’s Texas connection? Well, she lives on a ranch in North Texas with her tall, piano playing cowboy Kent Perkins.

Thanks To A Newborn Giraffe And Loads Of Human Critters, Zoo To Do’s Jewels Of The Kalahari Busted A Million

Those flaunty flamingos were in fine feather (many apologies for the pun) to greet guests as they arrived at the Dallas Zoo for the Zoo To Do fundraiser, Jewels of the Kalahari, on Saturday, November 1. There is a real difference between the ones that are “stuck” in front yards and the Zoo’s flock. This group is definitely not static. As one group of guests headed to the trams bound for the main festivities, the pink birds with the scrawny legs followed along until their handlers reminded them of their duties of greeting all 670 guests including Honorary Co-Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee, Brandy and Will Taylor, Ruth O’Donnell Mutch, Connie and Denny Carreker, Mary McDermott Cook, Diane and Hal Brierley, Barbara and Don Daseke and Diane and Dallas Zoo Chairman of the Board Mike Gruber.

Allan and Lynn McBee, Craig Glatthaar and Brandy and Will Taylor

Allan and Lynn McBee, Craig Glatthaar and Brandy and Will Taylor

Mike Gruber and Sharon and Gregg Hudson

Mike Gruber and Sharon and Gregg Hudson

And while the chill may have been a wee bit brisk for some, the penguins were in seventh heaven. Even the snakes rose to the occasion, slithering on the arms of their handlers. While some guests recoiled (dadgummit, another pun) at the offer to touch the boa constrictor across the way from the registration desk, other guests took a chance and were amazed at the uniquely smooth feel of the scales.

Laura and lesser anteater

Laura and lesser anteater

Angela and arrmadillo

Angela and armadillo

Chispa the two-year-old lesser anteater showed her dexterity clutching the limb, while slurping up goodies from a cup held by handler Laura. On the other hand, the nearby armadillo was bored with the whole affair and curled up for a good snooze, looking more like a textured bowling ball in handler Angela’s hands.

Jennifer Houser, Ruth O'Donnell Mutch and Tiffany Divis

Jennifer Houser, Ruth O’Donnell Mutch and Tiffany Divis

Co-Chair Jennifer Houser reported that the evening’s goal was to beat last year’s total of $918K. It would depend on the outcome of the live auction. Co-Chair Tiffany Divis said that a late addition to the live auction was the right to name the newborn giraffe.

In the Gorilla Lounge (aka Jewel Lounge), a mammoth light wall featuring a gorilla towered behind the bar. Zoo ambassador vet Rosie the owl had a “been-there-before” blasé attitude. On the other hand (sorry about that), Kimye the ball python was more than accommodating to be stroked in the hands of handler Cassie.

Gorilla bending tree

Gorilla bending tree

At one point the guests gathered at the lounge windows overlooking the gorilla compound to watch the gorillas make a brief showing. One even decided to effortlessly bend a small tree over to nibble at a tasty leaf. Well, after all, it was the cocktail hour. After they had made their personal appearance, the apes returned to their enclosure. Too chilly for them and nobody was going to debate their staying to entertain the gawking humans.

Afterwards came a strolling dinner provided by Abacus, Asador, Barter, Becks Prime, Blosa, Casa Rubia, Dallas Zoo Catering, Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Empire Baking Company, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Margaux’s, Meso Maya, Mozzarella Company, Neiman Marcus, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Parigi, Savor Gastropub, SER Steak + Spirits, Sevy’s Grill, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Suze, Tillman’s Roadhouse and Two Sisters Catering.

As for the live auction, it was a gangbuster making national headlines. Seems that the last-minute addition of naming rights for the baby giraffe went to an anonymous donor for a cool $50,000. Even big spenders slowed down their paddle-raising when that number neared. The donor’s generosity only was heightened when it was announced that s/he would allow the final decision of the naming to be left to the public via an online vote. The outcome? The vote named him “Kopano”, meaning “united” in Botswana. And that’s exactly what happened at Zoo to Do as people united to raise $1.085M for one of the country’s leading zoos in one night.

Help The Senior Source Meet The $50,000 Challenge In Time For The 24th Spirit Of Generations Luncheon

Debbie Oates (File photo)

Debbie Oates (File photo)

The holiday season brings out the best in most folks. One person in particular has already hit the big time with The Senior Source. According to The Senior Source Chair of the Board Debbie Oates, “an anonymous donor has offered to match all gifts, dollar for dollar, towards the luncheon up to $50,000!”

Translation: You can donate a gift in honor of an “experienced” person and it will have double the impact. And if you don’t know someone who remembers when TV was in black and white, then go find somebody. They’re everywhere and many depend upon the services provided by The Senior Source!

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Sarah Losinger (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

And the timing is so perfect! It’s just a week before the Monday, November 24th Spirit of Generations Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole honoring former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and being co-chaired by Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov.

The luncheon is always remarkable, and the ideal way to start off Thanksgiving week. And think how lovely it would be to announce at the luncheon that the challenge had been met.

MySweetMonday Music November 17, 2014

We’re reaching way far back for this one. Before there was a Dallas Arts District. When the Dallas Cowboys played at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. Even before there was a remote control for a television.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Zoo To Do

Laura and lesser anteater

Laura and lesser anteater

While the folks like TV weather guessers Dan, David, Pete and Larry are trying to figure out if sleet or snow is in tomorrow’s wake-up call, settle back with the MySweetCharityPhoto Gallery for the million-dollar Zoo to Do.

Jennifer Houser, Ruth O'Donnell Mutch and Tiffany Divis

Jennifer Houser, Ruth O’Donnell Mutch and Tiffany Divis

Alas, the fellow who caused the $50,000 bid wasn’t around. Guess it was past his bedtime.

JUST IN: 2015 Chick Lit Author And Cheeping Deets Revealed

Chick Lit Luncheon*

Chick Lit Luncheon*

The chic Chick Lit-ters nestled down last night to learn the deets for Community Partners of DallasChick Lit Luncheon. While others may have chattered in other parts of Dallas due to the evening’s chill, the gals warmed up with llittle girl jammies and  tunics at Roberta Roller Rabbit in Highland Park Village.

Wendy Messmann, Carol Seay and Paige McDaniel**

Wendy Messmann, Carol Seay and Paige McDaniel**

CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel served as emcee telling the 50 guests (Sandy and Barry Moore, Jill Goldberg, Nikki Webb, Lindsay Ballotta, Andrea Cheek, Francie Mancillas, Katie Robbins, Jennifer Lelash, Maggie Kipp, Elizabeth Dacus, Lisa Bhattacharya, Elizabeth Gambrell and Jennifer Tobin) the luncheon is scheduled for Friday, April 24, at Brook Hollow, with Wendy Messmann as luncheon chair and Carol Seay serving as honorary chair, and the ORIX Foundation receiving the 2014 Partners for Children Award.

Stacey Ballis*

Stacey Ballis*

As for the author, it’s going to be Stacey Ballis, who in addition to writing such novels as “Off the Menu”, “Out to Lunch” and “Recipe for Disaster”, is currently working on a cookbook called “Cooking for You: Wellness in the Kitchen” for release in 2015.

Returning once again as presenting sponsors are Lara and Dr. Robert Tafel!

So mark your calendar and buy a couple of places. They’d make terrific holiday gifts and need minimal wrapping. All you need is to buy one of Stacey’s books and put the invite inside.

This luncheon is a sell-out each year, so don’t put it off.

BTW, if you want info on sponsorship, Joanna Clarke is your go-to-chick.

* Graphic and photo provided 
by Community Partners of 
Dallas
** Photo credit: Daniel 
Driensky

VNA Has “Pie-erful” Answer For Thanksgiving Dessert

In the world of desserts, Thanksgiving is the World Series for pies. While there are those who love the pie with the fluffy, puffy meringue top, there are others who feel the crusty top with delicious fruity filling is totally the only way. But this time of year, the seasonal favs are pumpkin and pecan.

VNA pumpkin pie*

VNA pumpkin pie*

VNA pecan pie*

VNA pecan pie*

Why this pie-in-the-sky debate? Because the VNA is offering a two-fer pie. No, it’s not two pies for the price of one. Oh, please! Rather, for $25 you can have a pumpkin or pecan pie for turkey day and help VNA’s VNA Hospice Care, Meals on Wheels and Private Call programs.

It’s simple to get your pie. Just go to Power of Pie and purchase the VNA pie of your choice for $25. On the Tuesday, November 25, or Wednesday, November 26, “pick up your VNA pie from your preferred Power of Pie pick up location.” Those locations are:

  • VNA Haggerty Center (1440 W. Mockingbird Lane) — Pick up from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 25 or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 26.
  • Spring Valley United Methodist Church (7700 Spring Valley) — Pick up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 26.
  • Saint Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church (8011 Douglas Avenue) — Pick up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 26.
  • 3015 @ Trinity Groves (3015 Gulden Lane) — Pick up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 26.

What’s that? Are these recycled frozen pies? Ah, come on. You know better. The pies are being donated by the following bakers and restaurants: Empire Baking Company, Central Market, Hilton Anatole, Abacus, Kent Rathbun Concepts- 40, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Norma’s Café, Spoon Bar and Kitchen, Knife Modern Steak, Front Room Tavern, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Lakewood Country Club, Café Momentum, 3015 @ Trinity Groves, Bark Chocolate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Haute Sweets Patisserie, Parigi, Collin County Community College, Susie’s Cuisine, Uncle Willie’s Pies, Pie Flutin Pastries, Cydonia, Dessert Dreams Inc. and Karen Cassady.

You just gotta love the foodies, who are donating their time and ingredients for this program, when they’re in overdrive trying to meet their own customers’ needs.

VNA Zero Calorie pie*

VNA Zero Calorie pie*

Here’s an idea. Why not buy a couple or three or four pieces and share them with friends, neighbors and office buddies. They’ll love you more than ever for your good taste and they won’t even need a corkscrew for this all-age-friendly gift.

And for those who aren’t pie oriented but want to support VNA, there’s the  Zero Calorie Pie for $25. Actually, it’s a non-pie, but it allows you to support VNA and it ain’t fattening.

Now, you just have to decide on whether you’re going to top your pie off with whipped cream or ice cream. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

*Graphics courtesy of VNA

Each Moment Matters Brings Together Heroes/Heroines For Presbyterian Communities and Services And Step Challenges

Such a day! After making the rounds of responsibility, it was the Hilton Anatole for the Each Moment Matters Luncheon. The Presbyterian Communities and Services fundraiser had hardly started (20 minutes to be exact) and the lobby of the Chantilly Ballroom was already jammed thanks to Luncheon Chair Clare Buie Chaney and Honorary Chair Barbara Lord Watkins.

Alas, with a number of “experienced-types” in the crowd, walkers of all standards were rolling around. Some had seats. Some had storage compartments. Only thing missing were cellphone and cup holders.

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

But even the most agile of the group of walker walkers approached the ballroom hesitantly. There were those pesky steps. The one and only ramp in sight was at the far back of the lobby. Instead of heading all the way to the ramp, most carefully and slowly took their chances with the steps.

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Once in the sunken lobby, there were chairs and photos with information about each of the dozens of recipients. Faye Briggs was with her daughter Pebble McGehee and honoree Debbie Branson.

Debbie Branson, Pebble McGehee and Faye Briggs

Debbie Branson, Pebble McGehee and Faye Briggs

Away from the growing crowd was the day’s keynote speaker/former trial lawyer/screenwriter, David Hudgins, and his wife Meghan chatting it up with KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley.

David Hudgins, Clarice TInsley and Meghan Hudgins

David Hudgins, Clarice TInsley and Meghan Hudgins

Despite his good looks and charm, David understood the need for the services provided by Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. The loss of his sister who died at the age of 39 due to breast cancer was life changing for the Dallas native. He gave up his law practice and moved to Tennessee to take up screenwriting fulltime. In addition to achieving success in the television and movie industry and moving to California, he created The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation “to provide financial aid for women struggling to pay their bills while in treatment for breast cancer.”

Each Moment Matters honoree profiles

Each Moment Matters honoree profiles

Once the ballroom doors opened, introductions were handled by Carolyn Osoinach, Ashley Mead and Cindy Douglas. Following lunch, Clarice recognized the class of 2014 honorees including: Beverly and Ken Barry, Susan Cox and Rev. Brent Barry, Anna Michele Bobadilla, Debbie Dudley Branson, Donnie Breedlove and Frank Breedlove, Barbara Samuels Cambridge, Cissy and W. Plack Carr Jr., Rev. John “Jay” Wallace Cole III, Anne R. Compton, Marilyn Corrigan, Maurine Dickey, The Gorman Family (April, Tate, John, RoryCate and Greta), Grace Presbyterian of Plano Young Adults, Vicki Hamielec, Jan and Fred Hegi, J. Scott Hendon, Annabel Hoffman, Frank A. Hollingshead, Chris Howell, Larry M. James, Terry Kittleson, Dudley Lacey, Margaret E. “Peggy” and Charles C. “Lade” Ladenberger, Barbara Lee, Peggy Madsen, Melissa McCleskey, Billye Joyce Miars, Liz Minyard-Lockey, Sanford C. Mitchell Jr., Holly Reed, Rosemary Robbins, Annadele Holm Ross, Craig D. Rubin, Susan G. Simon, Candye and William S. Spears, Gayle Weber Strange, Pat Weaver, Jim Webb, Philip M. Wentworth, Teresa Whittington, Claudia Wilder, Stan Woodward, Carole S. and Jim Young and Elizabeth Zsohar.

In addition to the celebration of the honorees, it was revealed that Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation had reached its $38.6M goal to build phase one of Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

According to Presbyterian Communities Services President/CEO Godwin Dixon, “I want to personally thank all of the donors who have helped us reach this milestone. Their gifts will allow us to provide a hospice center that will redefine end-of-life care. This is a proud day for all of us who are working together to bring this much-needed refuge to children and families in North Texas.”