JUST IN: Grammy-Award Winning Wynonna To Perform At Dallas Area Habitat For Humanity’s Building Hope Celebration Dinner

Oh, boy! More good news. Remember back in June when the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity group announced plans for celebrating in big style this year with former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter coming to town? The really big woo-ha — Building Hope Celebration Dinner presented by Pioneer Resources — takes place Thursday, October 9th at AT&T Stadium (aka Jerry World).

Wynonna Judd*

Wynonna Judd*

But you already knew all that. Here’s what you didn’t know. Co-Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee just revealed the evening’s entertainer. It’s gonna be five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd. You just know she knows her way around a stage and will provide fine entertainment.

The evening’s proceeds benefit “the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, where thousands of volunteers will help to build hope for low-income families in North Texas the week of October 5 -11, 2014.”

Tickets for the evening start at $250.

And, don’t forget about all the activities that will be taking place during the work week. It might be a good time to schedule some vacation time to do some neighborly assistance.

* Photo provided by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

JUST IN: Former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison To Receive The Senior Source’s Spirit Of Generations Award

Some folks dread Mondays. MySweetCharity loves ‘em because the floodgates of good news open up. Word just arrived from The Senior Source team about the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Generations Award.

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

Kay Bailey Hutchison*

Spirit of Generations Luncheon Co-Chairs Sarah Losinger and Lydia Novakov have announced that former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be the recipient at the Monday, November 24, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

What a great way to kick off the week leading up to Thanksgiving!

Joining Sarah and Lydia in the project are Corporate Underwriting Chair Bob Best, Individual Underwriting Co-Chairs Shirley and Bill McIntyre and The Senior Source Board Chair Debbie Oates.

According to Sarah, “Senator Hutchison’s dedicated work in both public and private arenas, her service to others and her unparalleled leadership characterize the meaning of the Spirit of Generations award.”

The award is “presented annually to an individual, or a group of individuals, who have contributed significantly in ‘thoughts, words and deeds’ to all generations of the Dallas community — past, present and future.”

Lydia said, “We’re extremely proud to recognize this remarkable woman for all she has achieved on behalf of her fellow citizens — and, of course Texans. She is truly a star.”

With tickets starting at $150, the luncheon benefits The Senior Source, “a longtime resource for Dallas’ older adult population that serves over 25,000 individuals each year.”

* Photo provided by The Senior Source

Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40″ Nominations Kicks Off At A Birthday Party Project

Worry, worry, worry. That’s what many nonprofits do when it comes to the next generation of fundraisers and volunteers. Are the millennials going to pick up where the baby boomers and their predecessors left off in supporting charities and the community? One organization not fretting is The Dallas Foundation, which is saluting the under-40-set with its Good Works Under 40 program. To kick off the nomination submissions on Thursday, July 17, they had a birthday party, but not just any old birthday party. Here’s a report from the field:

“On Thursday, July 17, The Dallas Foundation kicked off their fifth annual Good Works Under 40 (GWU40) award nominations like never before – with a service project that truly celebrated volunteerism and philanthropy.

“Hosted at Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway center, over 20 volunteers from the GWU40 advisory committee, a volunteer group of emerging civic leaders in Dallas, as well as past award finalist teamed up with The Birthday Party Project to throw a birthday party for seven homeless children.

“Themed ‘Anchors Aweigh!’, the party was decked out in red, white and blue décor and included a wide array of birthday activities such as limbo, arts and crafts, birthday cake and live entertainment from committee member/2013 finalist J Mack Slaughter.

Courtney Underwood, Tonya Muraguri, Liz Healy and Roberto* Moreno

Courtney Underwood, Tonya Muraguri, Liz Healy and Roberto Moreno*

“The volunteers included: 2011 winner Courtney Underwood; 2011 finalists Gloria Alfaro, Akilah Wallace and committee member Liz Healy; 2013 finalists Brittany Byrd, Cassie Evans and Stephen Holley; committee members Rebekah Kay, Loren Koziol and Tony Muraguri and Advisory Committee Chair Roberto Morena.

Loren Koziol and Stephen Holley*

Loren Koziol and Stephen Holley*

“The Dallas Foundation plans to continue this tradition in the years to come as a way to celebrate young philanthropist and encourage others to become more involved in their community.

“GWU40 is an annual awards program that recognizes North Texas’ most committed, skilled and passionate volunteers under the age of 40. The award, co-presented by The Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News, includes an $8,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity. Four finalists will receive $3,000 checks for their nonprofit agencies. Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted between July 17 and August 21. The winner will be announced at a reception at Old Parkland on November 3. Award guidelines and the application are available at dallasfoundation.org.

“The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports the charitable causes of the city and county of Dallas. For more information, visit dallasfoundation.org.”

* Photo credit: Jason Janik

Trinity River Mission’s “Mission Ole” Kick-Off Party Reveals A Change In Arrangements For 2014

The Trinity River Mission’s Mission Ole has changed its usual POA for its fall fundraiser. Instead of having the party at a private home, it’s headed in a different direction. Here’s a report from the kick-off party that took place at Elements on Wednesday, July 16:

LeeAnne Locken and D'Andra Simmons-Lock*

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock*

“This year’s Mission Ole benefiting Trinity River Mission will take place on Saturday, September 27, at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The VIP reception begins at 6:30 PM and the party starts at 7 PM. The fundraiser will feature Live & Silent Auctions, Tequila Tastings and Latin music and dancing.

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock are the co-chairs this year, and Joyce and Linus Wright are the honorary chairs.

Phil Brumley*

Phil Brumley*

[At the kick-off party] “Guest Tiffany Hendra won a $200 gift card which was graciously donated by Elements for the raffle, and a huge highlight was the presence of both Dee Simmons and Doris Jacobs. Guests enjoyed the wonderful sounds Phil Brumley (photo attached) on guitar his renditions of John Legend‘s “All of Me” and Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer” had guests singing and humming along to the music!

“Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas.”

Photo credit: Thomas Garza

Hollywood Domino Dallas To Fundraise For Texas Scottish Rite Hospital And The Art Of Elysium

To passersby there were a lot of folks with back problems Saturday, July 12, as more than 100 people were seen arriving at Surgical and Spine Institute. Ah, but on second look a lot of them were in Saint-Tropez white and smiling. It turned out that they weren’t in any pain whatsoever. Instead they were there to learn about Hollywood Domino coming to Dallas to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and The Art of Elysium.

It’ll be taking place at FIG on Saturday, September 6, with Tri-Chairs Sally Evans, Reese Threadgill and Christa Wetzel at the helm. The question being posed first was, “What the heck is Hollywood Domino?”

Christa Wetzel, Sally Evans, Amy Vanderoef and Reese Threadgill*

Christa Wetzel, Sally Evans, Amy Vanderoef and Reese Threadgill*

First, dominoes is a “parlor game” that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) involving numbered tiles, also known as “bones.” Needless to say, there have been variations of the game throughout the ages. While some folks think it was an old fellas’ game from the Depression Era, they’re so wrong. Why, this past winter a group of Dallas socialites spent a snowed-in-weekend in the mountains playing Mexican Train for a buck a round. But Hollywood Domino Dallas will put “a unique twist on the classic game by creating a movie reel of dominoes based on the film genre.”

Second, the Hollywood factor for the fundraising event will be Austin-born actress/The Art of Elysium supporter Amber Heard, who be hosting the night along with Honorary Chair Amy Vanderoef. Some might recall Amber’s debut in Friday Night Lights; others who follow TMZ will point out that she’s engaged to Johnny Depp.

According to event planner Kit Sawers, the theme is going to be in keeping with an Old Hollywood and black-and-white theme a la Casablanca. Plans call for 450 guests to wear black, white or black-and-white. You just know there will one smarty pants who’ll show up in red.

Michael Rimlawi and Haylee Gibson*

Michael Rimlawi and Haylee Gibson*

Hosting the announcement party was Surgical and Spine Institute’s Dr. Mike Rimlawi, who specializes in adult spinal surgery. He got involved in the fundraising project because of a trip to Peru and learning of the great need for medical treatments by children.

New York transplant Advisory Chair Ayaan Almed, who led the effort to bring Hollywood Domino to Dallas, explained her motivation: “Dallas is one of our most philanthropic cities, year after year. It is very open to new charities. I contacted my friend Russell Simmons to bring Diamond Rocks here in 2008 and 2009. A lot of my friends are involved with fundraisers.. . . The celebrities who participate in Hollywood Domino in other cities [London, New York, Cannes Film Festival, Puerto Rico, Panama and Los Angeles] not only lend their names, but support it with their presence by flying in from film locations to attend.”

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for purchase. In the meantime, it might be wise to buy yourself some dominoes.

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano

Two Harps Are Far “Better Than One” Harp For A Sunday Afternoon Of Chamber Music International Fundraising

There’s something soothing about the music emerging from the strings of a harp. No wonder angels claim them as their musical instruments of choice. And as the summer heats up hotter-than-the-opposite-of-heaven, soothing would be extremely nice in grand, air-conditioned surroundings.

Better Than One*

Better Than One*

Interested? Come Sunday, August 17, Classical Music International will present “Better Than One,” an hour-hour recital featuring Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell playing “English folk songs, Argentinean tango, contemporary American sounds and Gypsy-like dances” on their harps.

And Jaymee and Emily aren’t just some street musicians. Of course, you’ll want their credentials to prove that point. So, here goes:

“Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell have individually earned their acclaim for their artistry on the harp. Jaymee Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006 and continues to maintain an active role in the American Harp Society as the National Secretary and Southwest Regional Director. Ms. Haefner has performed as a soloist all over the world including Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She also received numerous awards such as the Laurete prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow and won the President’s Concerto Competition in Tuscon, AZ.

“Professor of Harp at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Mitchell was raved as a ‘marvelous harpist’ by the New York Times. Her performances can be heard on many recordings with RCA Victor, NPR’s Performance Today, and has toured around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Colombia Artists. Ms. Mitchell has taught at NYU and Purchase College as well as given master classes at the Royal College of Music in London and Madrid conservatory. She has also won several awards including first prize at the 7th International Harp Contest in Israel.”

And just where would these heavenly sounds feel right at home? Why at angelic philanthropist Faye Briggs’ home, of course. But even Faye’s place can’t hold thousands plus two harps. So, attendance will  belimited to under 100 guests. For $75, guests will enjoy a Sunday afternoon of “light and delicate snacks and drinks,” as well as the performances.

If CMI is new to you, it’s a non-profit performing arts organization that’s been around since 1986 “to present the highest artistic level of chamber music to a broad spectrum of patrons in North Texas.”

For more info about CMI and/or the “Better Than One” concert, contact Sandra Wu.

A Passing: Nona Barrett

Dallas lost one of its true treasures on Saturday, July 12. She and her husband may have shunned the public eye, but their reputation for being the best of Texas and Swiss art collectors was renowned throughout the world. When their Texas collection grew so large that they ran out of room, they arranged for museums throughout Texas to receive the pieces.

She was born Lucy Norsworthy, but she didn’t care for being called “Lucy.” So she changed her first name to Nona in honor of her mother, None Blair Norsworthy. Then Nona married an elegant British gentleman, Richard Barrett, 28 years ago resulting in Nona Barrett. Despite the name changing, her personality did not change one iota. She was still brilliant, funny and interested in other people.

Her memorial service Friday had some of Dallas’ and the country’s leading art lovers in attendance, as well as friends and classmates from Dallas Country Day School and Hockaday School. In addition to outstanding solos by soprano Ekaterina Kim, her husband, four stepdaughters (Sarah Jackson, Libby Ferguson, Katie Campbell and Joss Carruthers), three sons-in-law (Tom Jackson, Andrew Carruthers and Stephen Ferguson) and Dr. Rick Brettell gave touching talks about her remarkable life.

She was indeed a woman whose presence enriched her family, friends and the world of art. Her memory, generosity and legacy will continue to inspire for generations to come.

Mary Kay Foundation’s Suits For Shelters Program Gets In The Pink At Tootsies Kick-Off Reception

On the eve of the pink invasion by the Mary Kay forces, the Suits for Shelters program kicked off with a gathering to the max at Tootsies hosted by the ever-gorgeous Maleiah and Ryan Rogers (he’s the grandson of Mary Kay, as if you didn’t know). Guests arrived with clothes, shoes and accessories to be donated for the annual program helping women who are escaping abusive situations.

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

Bird’s eye view, the scene looked like Maalox had stylishly been sprayed over the room. Pink was everywhere. From adorable pink frocks to touches of the color in men’s ties, it was definitely the shade of the night. Why, the Tootsies staff even had the mannequins in the tone for the evening.

Hayden and David Novak

Hayden and David Novak

One standout in the sea of pink was David Novak’s pocket square. Of course, it was pink, but it had more than its color going for it. The SMU grad’s Quixotic line of hankies that start at $35 is a double doozy of a winner for today’s gentlemen. First of all, 10% of sales go to organizations including The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter. Second, they had a Square for Square program that “if you lose or damage your Quixotic pocket square in some gentlemanly act of kindness, then we will give your another.” Examples of such acts include: wiping tears, remove a spot, prevent a drip from a bottle of wine, pass something hot, etc.

Doug and Holly Deason

Doug and Holly Deason

But the crowd wasn’t all in pink and worried about good manners. Over to the side of the Preston Road entrance, Shelter Ministries of DallasJan Langbein was introducing guests to Dallas Police Lt. Miguel Sarmiento of the family violence unit. . . . Across the way were The Family Place’s Melissa Sherrill and Shivangi Pokharel and Habitat for Humanity’s  Melissa Cameron. . . . But the night was not “girls-only.” Thanks to Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb, men like Doug Deason, Bob Dyer and Jeff Cameron have taken on a major role in the efforts to reduce eliminate domestic abuse. Crayton indeed had his hands full. With thousands of Mary Kay associates on their way to Dallas, he was standing at the door waiting for his wife Nikki, who was delayed. The moment she appeared, he lit up. . . In one of the showrooms were racks and racks of true-blue bargains, in addition to pink items including shoes on sale. . . . Ironically the champagne was bountiful but not pink!

Myann Payne

Myann Payne

Following the reception downstairs, guests moved upstairs for the fashion show featuring Tootsies fashions on the following models: Evelyn Earl from Attitudes and Attire, Liz Slane from Battered Women’s Foundation, Linda Zander from Brighter Tomorrows, Myann Payne from Dress for Success, Susan Wells Jenevein and Abby Mayer from Genesis Women’s Shelter, Alma Catic and Megan Rutherford from Hope’s Door, Mirjana Omerajic from Mosaic Family Services, Isabel Camacho from New Beginning Center and Carmen Ponder from The Family Place.

Cynthia Izaguirre and Crayton Webb

Cynthia Izaguirre and Crayton Webb

WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre was the show’s emcee and got things going with a selfie with the room full of guests. Then Crayton and host Ryan welcomed the group stressing the importance that the Mary Kay Foundation places on issue of domestic violence.

Then the “Think Pink” fashion show was underway with each model receiving cellphone salutes and some like Linda Slane getting a thumbs up from friends. Unlike other fashion shows, where guests smile in approval, this group let the world know their feelings with applause and cheers.

Linda Slane getting thumbs up

Linda Slane getting thumbs up

But even after the last guests toddled out of Tootsies, the effort to provide clothing for women in need didn’t end. The collection of new and gently used women’s professional attire, shoes and accessories continues through Monday, August 4, at Tootsies. In return donors will received a $25 Tootsies gift card that could be very useful during Tootsies’ summer sale.

Friends Of Wilkinson Center Are Trading In Hifalutin Black Tie For Taos Chic With Native Son Michael Hearne

Bob and Ann Dyer (File photo)

Bob and Ann Dyer (File photo)

Those great Friends of Wilkinson Center have “reinvented the wheel.” Instead of doing their tradition gala, they’ve decided go a little more laid back. Instead of fancy duds and la-di-da glitter, Event Co-Chairs: Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber and Honorary Co-Chairs Ann and Bob Dyer are opting for Taos chic wear and turquoise finery.

Anne Reeder (File photo)

Anne Reeder (File photo)

As for the entertainment, they’ve arranged for Dallas native Southwest Americana singer/songwriter Michael Hearne to perform at The Lot in Lakewood.

So, mark your calendar for Friday, November 7, to spend the evening with “friends.” All proceeds will go to The Wilkinson Center.

BTW, if you get a chance, send a get-well note to Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder. She now has matching state-of-the-art hips. As her Wilkinson munchkins say, “Hip, hip, hurray!”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Suits For Shelters Kick-Off Party

Selfie in pink

Selfie in pink

It’s been way too long since the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery has popped with photos of locals helping others. Thank heaven, the Mary Kay Foundation’s “Suits for Shelters” program kicked off at Tootsies with loads of people in the pink and bargains galore.

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Casey

Casey

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

While the write-up is being finalized, enjoy the photos of the guests, the models and the fashions.