MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: House Of DIFFA No. 25

Carol Quist

Carol Quist

Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak

Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Last year’s DIFFA Dallas was successful when it came to fundraising, but it didn’t exactly raise the roof. This year’s event planners opted to keep the best and make some changes. And what were the results?

DIFFA model

DIFFA model

DIFFA models

DIFFA models

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DIFFA models

DIFFA models

North Texas Food Bank To Feed More Than 486,000 As A Result Of Empty Bowls

There was something in the sky. It looked so familiar but it hadn’t been seen in ages. Well, goodness gracious. It was the sun. Despite the frigid temps and ice covered streets, Old Man Sol decided to present himself for the North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls on Friday, March 6.

Empty Bowls guests filling the Meyerson

Empty Bowls guests filling the Meyerson

Evidently 1,781 heard the call queuing up outside the Meyerson . The final count surprised even the organizers, who had thought the day before’s weather might have worked against them.

Gary Huddleston and Jan Pruitt

Gary Huddleston and Jan Pruitt

As the media types pulled the like of NTFB Jan Pruitt and Kroger’s Gary Huddleston for interviews, the chefs provided yummies with smiles.

“Oh, those lucky VIP’s,” thoughts ran through the heads of the general admission folks as they watched the VIP’s casual checked out and sample the goodies of such restaurants as Meso Maya, Snappy Salads, True Food Kitchen, Tejano Brothers, Urban Crust, Green Door Public House, Zoёs Kitchen, Blue Mesa Grill, Panera Bread, Kroger, Celebration Restaurant, Ten50 BBQ, Wolfgang Puck Catering in Dallas and Empire Baking Company.

With the soups filling the bowls, gallons of the delicious stuff was being ladled out. Mesa Maya alone served up “25 gallons of Chicken Pozole Verde.”

Abigail Martinez and Nico Sanchez

Abigail Martinez and Nico Sanchez

Laurie Whitley, Alex Dooley and Stacey Setzer

Laurie Whitley, Alex Dooley and Stacey Setzer

At one point, a guest spilled a cup of the Zoe’s tomato bisque soup on the Meyerson’s marble floor. Without missing a beat, Jan was on the spot having it cleaned up.

North Texas Fob Bank Community Kitchen’s Chef James Williams was offering corn bread, Navy Bean Soup and assorted tarts.

Corn bread

Corn bread

True Food Kitchen's Tuscan Kale Salad

True Food Kitchen’s Tuscan Kale Salad

And, no, not all was hot liquidy soups. One of the surprise hits was True Food Kitchen’s Tuscan Kale Salad. It was a turning point for many in their appreciation of kale.

Meaders Moore Ozarow and Paula Lambert

Meaders Moore Ozarow and Paula Lambert

Over at the Empire Baking Company/Mozzarella Company station, Mozzarella Mama Paula Lambert handed out about “35 pounds of the artisan cheese” with Empire’s Empress Meaders Moore Ozarow.

To help wash down the soups and assorted items, “more than 100 gallons of McAllister’s iced tea” and water provided by Grant Thornton was served up.

Veletta Lill

Veletta Lill

The chefs were bouncing with personality and product. After all, they were all vying for Top Soup du Jour.

Folks like Veletta Lill were checking out the designer bowls up for bid at the silent auction tables inside the Meyerson,  while outside in a tent VIP and General Admission guests were perusing the legions of bowls to take home.

Complimentary bowls being selected

Complimentary bowls being selected

After the last guests headed back to work and the NTFB team cleaned up, they calculated that “more than 486,00 meals for hungry North Texans would be provided by the day’s “empty bowls.”

 

There She Blows! Full House Listens To Famous Trumpeters, Raises Money For Multiple Myeloma

Upstairs at the VIP party in the Meyerson Symphony Center, Joel Allison was saying that although he’d had a busy day, he wouldn’t have missed this concert event called Cancer Blows for anything.

“Busy” might have been an understatement. The CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health had risen that day at 3:30 a.m., worked out, then headed for the airport to catch a flight to Austin, where he was to meet with the Texas governor and lieutenant governor about health-care legislation. Allison’s flight was canceled, though, so he wound up driving to the state capital, just barely making his meetings, then just barely making it back to Dallas in time for Cancer Blows.

Billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime musical event” bringing together the world’s most famous trumpet players, the Cancer Blows fundraiser attracted 2,000 guests on March 4 to honor Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet player Ryan Anthony. Anthony was diagnosed more than two years ago with multiple myeloma, a plasma-cell cancer that’s considered incurable and terminal, but has undergone successful treatment including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Baylor’s Sammons Cancer Center. Proceeds from the concert were to be directed through The Ryan Anthony Foundation to benefit the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Following the VIP gathering—where besides Allison you could spot the likes of Robin Robinson with his daughter Kate Swail, Sheila and Jody Grant, Jinna and Jerry Lancourt, Blaine Nelson, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Kara and Randall Goss and Dee Simmons with Cary McGuire—guests filed into the symphony hall for the much-anticipated concert. After a welcome by emcee Jody Dean—“The only famous horn not here tonight is Gabriel, and we really don’t want him showing up,” Dean quipped—the full house was treated to a varied evening of classical, jazz and pop music.

The first half, which featured members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, included performances by Lee Loughnane, a founding member of the rock group Chicago, and Anthony himself, who teamed with such trumpet all-stars as Jens Lindemann, Joe Burgstaller, and Ronald Romm. The second half, with the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, starred the likes of musical legends Arturo Sandoval and Doc Severinson, the bandleader for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” for 30 years.

Honorary chairs for the fundraiser were Diane and Hal Brierley. D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock served as event chairs. Mickey and Bill Lively were special event advisers.

Jennifer And Coley Clark Corralled The Horsey Set For The Kick-Off Of Premiere Celebration Of Equest At Texas Horse Park

While the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center crowd was partying at Balenciaga in Highland Park Village the evening of Tuesday, March 3rd, and the Young Masters were being artfully festive at the Dallas Museum of Art, Jennifer and Coley Clark were horsing around with friends at their Highland Park home.

Coley and Jennifer Clark

Coley and Jennifer Clark

No, they hadn’t hijacked one of the holiday carriages that had rolled around the Park Cities streets. They had two mini-horses cooling their heels in the frontyard. The small four-footed critters were Equest ambassadors Cisco and Dare. Seems veteran ambassadors Sugar and Tex were taking the night off. For those who attended last year’s Equest gala at Southfork, Cisco and Dare were a popular draw giving kisses for cash.

Betsy and Guinn Crousen

Betsy and Guinn Crousen

And speaking of Equest galas, that was the reason for Cisco and Dare to pony up at the Clarks. They were serving as greeters as guests like Beth Layton, Katherine Coker and Betsy and Guinn Crousen arrived for the kick-off of the Premiere Celebration of Equest at Texas Horse Park. One of the mini’s especially liked Betsy’s blouse.

Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop

Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop

In addition to a Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop with everything from socks to riding jackets, guests learned about plans for the Premier Celebration of Equest at Texas Horse Park that will be held on Saturday, April 25.

To add some equine extra-specialness to the gala, Event Co-Chairs Connie and Denny Carreker have arranged for Kentucky Derby vets Lisa and Kenny Troutt to serve as honorary co-chairs.

Denny Carreker and Coley Clark

Denny Carreker and Coley Clark

One of the highlights of the gala will be performances by Equest riders and their horses.

Kersten Rettig Named Dallas CASA Director Of Development

Kersten Rettig*

Kersten Rettig*

Kersten Rettig is a woman of her word. When she announced she was leaving Highland Park Village as its Chief Marketing Officer, she said she was going to take some time off to catch her breath. But she added that the next chapter of her life was going to be in the non-profit sector along the lines of working with those in need.

Word just arrived that Kersten has been named Director of Development for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

While it may seem like a 180-degree turn from her days in luxury retailing at the Village and as Director of Corporate Public Relations for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, it shouldn’t. As Kersten put it, “The opportunity to lead Dallas CASA’s development group is a perfect match with where my heart leads me. Anyone who learns about the impact Dallas CASA volunteer advocates have on the lives of abused children will understand why I am so proud to be joining this impressive organization at such a pivotal time in its 35-year history.”

That pivotal time is Dallas CASA’s “$37M campaign to ensure that all abused and neglected children living in protective case in Dallas have CASA volunteer advocates by the year 2019.” Launched in 2013 with Campaign Chair Jim Lozier and Vice-Chair Christie Carter at the helm, “the campaign has raised $34.8M.”

With $2.2M to go, Kersten has been brought on board for that final “Oomph!”

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Kappa Alpha Thetas Mount Effort To Raise Funds To Build A New Sorority House On SMU Campus

In between snowing blowing episodes, the nonprofits that could, took full advantage of folks suffering from cabin fever. On Tuesday, March 3, the local Kappa Alpha Thetas were on a roll. Since their house is the oldest sorority house on SMU campus, it’s time for it go down and arise brand new.

But to do that a campaign is underway to raise the funds for its construction.

Like other sorority houses, the Theta plans call for three stories above ground and one below.

Delilah Boyd, Tincy Miller and Barbara Nathan

Delilah Boyd, Tincy Miller and Barbara Nathan

To rally, the troops like Tincy Miller, Cynthia Woodall, Delilah Boyd, Barbara Nathan, Jeannie Fortson, Jane Pierce and Gayle Prejean, alumna Patsy Donosky and her daughter Janie Condon held a wine and cheese get together at Patsy’s mid-rise residence in the Park Cities.

Cynthia Woodall, Jeannie Fortson and Jane Pierce

Cynthia Woodall, Jeannie Fortson and Jane Pierce

Stepping into the home was like returning to the days when Patsy’s folks, the late Juanita and Henry S. Miller, lived in the building’s penthouse. Fine antiques and collectibles from around the world filled the rooms. One would have almost expected Juanita and Henry to pop by.

But the gathering was to ogle at beautiful things from yesteryear. It was to build for the future.

Patsy Donosky, Carmen McMillan and Janie Condon

Patsy Donosky, Carmen McMillan and Janie Condon

Campaign Chair Carmen McMillan explained the current status, deadlines to meet challenges and acknowledge generous contributions from Theta vets like Nancy Ann Hunt and the daughters (Kathryn Cook, Averille Dawson and Fallon Vaughn) of the late Jane Browning.

Of the 20 bedrooms in the plan, 10 have already been underwritten.

Like a general, Carmen is marching any and everywhere to meet her goal. Be prepared. She may be headed in your direction.

JUST IN: Former “Good Morning America” Host/Breast Cancer “Warrior” Joan Lunden To Headline Celebrating Women Luncheon

Rowland Robinson, Nancy Carter, Margot Goodwin and Joel Allison

Rowland Robinson, Nancy Carter, Margot Goodwin and Joel Allison

Neiman Marcus Downtown’s couture salon was filled with gals to learn the plans for the Celebrating Women luncheon fundraiser from Chair Nancy Carter. On the heels of last year’s “Good Morning America” news anchor Amy Robach, another “Good Morning America” gal is going to headline the Baylor Health Care System Foundation fundraiser to fight breast cancer.

No, it’s not a current member of the team. The speaker will be Joan Lunden, who co-hosted the ABC wake-up show from 1980-1997.

In addition to being front and center for such events as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics and Charles’ and Diana’s wedding and interviewing numerous first families, she also raised a family including seven children.

Just this past June the 63-year-old blonde journalist/author/entrepreneur returned to “Good Morning America” to reveal that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She became a warrior in the battle enduring chemo and surgery. Just days after her 64th birthday in September, she appeared on the cover of People Magazine after having shaved her head.

More deets to follow, but did want you to know so you can lock down that date  Thursday, October 15, at the Hilton Anatole.

LaunchAbility’s 2015 Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Awardees Toasted At Anne And Steve Stodghill’s

Steve Stodghill had had a long day on Monday, March 2. The attorney had cooled his heels in the jury pool all day with the results being he was to return the next day.

Steve and Anne Stodghill and Brad Oldham

Steve and Anne Stodghill and Brad Oldham

So, when he returned home, he faced a house full of people. Instead of heading for a safe room, he snapped into host mode immediately. No complaints because the occasion was for the LaunchAbility Toast. Besides wife Anne had everything under control.

Piper Wyatt and Randall Goss

Piper Wyatt and Randall Goss

Before the presentation took place on the staircase, guests caught up. Randall Goss was solo because wife Kara with daughter Kate PetersonPiper and Mike Wyatt were on hand but with signs of dried tears. They had lost their dear, elderly Labrador Godiva. It was a heartbreaker on the heels of recently losing their Lab Toby…The Stodghill were also dog lacking with the demise of Labrador Zeus. Word has it that they shifting directions and considering a Samoyed rescue. Son Dash was also interested in an orange tabby.

Longtime LaunchAbility supporter Sharon Herrin took her place on the stairway and welcomed guests gathered in the entry hall. LaunchAbility CEO Kathryn Parsons told a brief history of LaunchAbility and told how the “A Special Evening with Dana Carvey” was going to be something.

Ellison and Laura Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord

Ellison and Laura Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord

But on this evening, the focus was on the toasting of the 2015 Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Awardees Laura and Ellison Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord, who have been longtime supporters and launched the original “A Special Evening…” event back in 2002. In acknowledging their being named as the recipient, both Laura and Stacey attributed the success of the event’s first event to the Stodghills. Of course, Steve couldn’t let that slide by without a follow up, “It didn’t hurt to have Tony Bennett on stage.”

Regina Montoya

Regina Montoya

Artist Brad Oldham, who created the award was without wife Christy Coltrin, explaining that she was touring colleges with one of their kiddos.

After accepting the award, Special Evening Co-Chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins thanked the crowd and told of the raffle items including a last minute add involving Honorary Co-Chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall.

Today MySweetCharity Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary Because And With You

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

It was five years ago today that we “learned that D Magazine’s blog SweetCharity is going to end its run.” On that day MySweetCharity was created because of people who had a sense of humor and saw a purpose in such a website to exist.

Thanks to people and organizations from the very first day like PlainsCapital, Crystal Charity Ball, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Shauna Design, Dallas Pro It and a berated soul, who underwrote so much of the effort, MySweetCharity has not only survived, it has thrived having published more than 3,800 posts. These people and their organizations have more than taken a chance, they have inspired all of the MSC team.

But we must confide in you — those early days were brutal. There were hiccups and really shabby days when vendors and public relations people put up with royal temper tantrums.

According to our accountant, we could have been a much more profitable, if only we had accepted ads from all sorts. But Queenie deemed that only top-caliber types would be part of the MSC world. After all, as Queenie said, “Birds of a feather… or whatever the saying is.” Let’s face it. She’s not the brightest star in the sky.

We thank you for joining us in our efforts. Our grand journey continues and we hope you will continue to be with us. Happy #5! Celebrate it and yourself.

Round Robin February 28: Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade And 19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Well, Mother Nature just couldn’t hold back any longer and she let the winter weather blow up a lot of plans for the weekend. But some groups rallied the troops, like the Dallas Festival of Ideas in the Performing Arts District and the Resource Center’s Toast to Life Voodoo on the Trinity at The Empire Room on Saturday, February 28. Here are a couple of field reports about other goings on:

Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade

Despite the frigid temps and Uber surge rates, the Dallas YP set headed across the bridge to 3015 at Trinity Groves for the second annual Genesis Young Leaders Masquerade, presented by Stonelake Capital Partners and Texas Capital Bank. Event co-chairs Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and 

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

beautifully transformed the space by using unique touches from Garden Gate Floral and Fauxcades to create an art deco feel of golds, blacks, and whites.

With a “Masquerade Mule” or other festive drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka in hand, partygoers —draped in masks, party beads, and cocktail chic—chatted and captured memories at the photo booth or Slo-Mo video station. The silent auction and raffle grabbed attendees’ attention by offering items like Arteriors lamps, a Yeti cooler filled with Four Corners Brewing Co. beer, and a staycation at Hotel ZaZa. After table games and bidding, guests kept warm on the dance floor with help from entertainment Cuvee.

Cuvee*

Cuvee*

Thanks to the generosity of guests and underwriters, the party surpassed goals and raised more than $135,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support to provide services free of charge for battered women and their children.

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Spotted on the YP scene: Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie, Ashley and Matt KelloggWhitney and Preston Zapffe, Allison VanderwoudeBlake and Eve Wiley, Abby and Drew EvansJessica KilloughBlake Rogers and Holly Heft, Ashley and Marcus Allen, Andrea and Eric Earnhart and Matt and Jamie Miller.

Genesis Young Leaders was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting domestic violence awareness and to supporting Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and its clients.

19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club, a not-for-profit organization and the first women’s social club of Dallas that fosters charitable giving programs to support charities serving women and children, hosted its 19th annual fundraising gala, a “Bubbly Affair” at Belo Mansion. An evening of cocktails, live music by Time Machine Band, Vegas-style casino games, an extensive silent auction, raffles, photo booth by DTX Media, champagne tower and gourmet chicken and waffles, brought together more than 500 members and supporters to benefit Slipper Club’s 2015 beneficiary, Camp John Marc (CJM).

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Before the expected guests arrived on one of Dallas’ coldest nights in 2015, Slipper Club President, Susan Deasy Conway, hosted the annual President’s Dinner that included Belo Mansion Caesar Salad, fork-tender beef short rib with a Cabernet demi-glaze served with garlic mashed potatoes and winter root vegetables and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.

Vance Gilmore**

Vance Gilmore**

Highlighting Slipper Club’s 2015 achievements, Susan presented CJM Executive Director Vance Gilmore to enlighten guests on the impact the Slipper Club’s donation will have toward the campers and organization in months to come.

In addition to the extravagant evening, the silent auction was complete with more than 200 items in categories including great escapes, sporting events, entertainment and more. The total amount raised on Saturday night will be announced in late March with a check presentation to Vance. This year’s gala would not have been such an amazing success without Gala Chair Erika Burton, Auction Co-Chairs Haley Donald and Blair Nelson, the gala team, Slipper Club board members and Slipper Club’s wonderful sponsors.

Camp John Marc, a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, inspires confidence for life through high-quality camping programs for children, teens and families. Year-round programming and specialized camp facilities are uniquely designed in partnership with Dallas-Fort Worth pediatric hospitals, community volunteers and health organizations dedicated to serving campers living with chronic, medical and physical challenges. Almost 25 years later, CJM currently hosts eleven week-long summer camps and more than 25 weekend camps. On average, more than 3,000 children, teens and family members attend a CJM camp every year.

* Photo credit: Amy E. Frost 
** Photo credit: Jessie Wallace, DTX Media