MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball

After two years of heading to Deno’s in HP Village to get the mud off their boots, the Cattle Baron’s Ball guests had no need for boot cleansing. The Saturday, October 18th fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was high and dry.

Kris Johnson

Kris Johnson

Joanna Clarke

Joanna Clarke

Tracy Lange

Tracy Lange

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Tina Rich and Traci McGuiness

Tina Rich and Traci McGuiness

Michael Flores

Michael Flores

While the mega post is being prepared, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for loads of pixs of the pretty peeps. There are just about three pages of ‘em.

Silver Cup Announcement Brings Art Lovers Together At The Eagles’ Nest

The doors to Jennifer and John Eagle’s art-filled home were wide open, and John was out front welcoming guests for the announcement of the 2015 TACA Silver Cup recipients.

John was in fine fettle. He’s lost weight, feeling great, keeping “the boss (Jennifer) happy and back to work.”

Inside the Edward Durell Stone-designed residence, a buff, blonde Jennifer looked equally happy and healthy.

Howard and Fanchon Hallam

Howard and Fanchon Hallam

In the living room, the Dallas arty types like Max Anderson (he was on his way to Washington, D.C. at the National Endowment for the Arts’ invitation to discuss the Dallas Museum of Art’s Friends program) and the Dallas Opera’s Keith Cerny joined Barbara and Stan Levenson, Ruben Esquivel, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Lucilo Peña and Lee Cobb.

Lee Cobb and Lucilo Pena

Lee Cobb and Lucilo Pena

Diane Brierley was solo because husband Hal was in Washington on business after hosting a party for the Harvard alums Monday…Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer couldn’t stay for the announcement of the recipients. Had another commitment like a lot of others… Lynn McBee had had a busy day after being recognized as one of Les Femmes du Monde’s Women of the Year… TACA Chair of the Board Nancy Carlson was just finishing up her tenure, while she was starting to undertake plans for the 2015 Art Ball…Wanda Gierhart was being teased about a photo of her with Amy Fisher. Seems she had been ID-ed as Donna Karan. Wanda only wished she made that kind of $$.

Nancy Carlson handed the mic and introduced 2010 Silver Cup recipient Cindy Rachofsky, who revealed the 2015 recipient would be Catherine Rose.

Needless to say, the “Roses” were in full bloom including parent-in-law Deedie and Rusty Rose and husband Will Rose.

Then 2004 Silver Cup recipient Diane B. announced that Don Glendenning would be the male recipient with wife Carol Glendenning being one of the first to smile.

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Nancy concluded the announcement with news that the event would be chaired by Jennifer Karol and Karen Pollock and Mary McDermott Cook and her mother Margaret McDermott serving as honorary co-chairs. Alas, neither Mary nor Margaret were on hand to accept the applause. Mary was in Switzerland and Margaret was recouping from the earlier day’s toasts.

Touch of trivia: Margaret was the first Silver Cup recipient in 1979.

The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, March 5.

United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas’ Fashion Into Fall Will Fundraise And Raise Fashion Fun At Neiman’s NorthPark

The Neiman Marcus professionals are internationally renowned for being on the forefront of fashion. Whether it’s couture ball gowns, accessories du jour or assembling a total look complete with the right “Wow!” factor, Dallasites have been at Ground Zero for fashion thanks to these knowledgeable folks.

How about tapping into that treasure trove of talent for the upcoming season? The temperature is starting to edge downward, so the thoughts of cashmere sweaters, gloves and boots are starting to pop up in minds and discussions. But last year’s ensemble seems….well, so yesterday. What’s a girl to do?

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and NM NorthPark, where NM VP/GM Malcolm Reuben rules, have come up with the answer and it won’t cost a mortgage payment!

Fall Into Fashion*

Fall Into Fashion*

It’s Fall Into Fashion on Wednesday, November 5. The main event including a runway fashion show starts on the third level at 6:30 p.m. According to organizers, guests “will learn from the style experts at Neiman Marcus about the latest fall must-have’s.” Plus there will be couture cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and DJ Blake Ward in charge of the sounds of the night.

There is a problem, though. The tickets have been flying out the door, so there aren’t many left. The reason? They’re only $25 per person. Yup, you read it. $25! Heck, it costs more to go to a movie and get a box of popcorn and soft drink.

Oh, and the organizers would appreciate the donation of gently experienced “career clothes, accessories and shoes to donate to United Way’s programs supporting victims of domestic violence.”

So, have an intervention with the clothes. Pick out the ones that need to go and take them to Fall into Fashion. You’ll probably find their replacements pretty darn quick.

2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea Announcement Reception Bubbled With Champagne, Jewels And The New Dallas “It Girl”

Sharon Popham is planning on breaking things come Thursday, April 9th… like records. With Dallas Symphony Orchestra League pals like Women’s Council President Marena Gault and Announcement Party Co-Chairs Dixey Arterburn, Allison Brodnax and Ginger Sager, she’s already working to establish a new record breaker for the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser, the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Marena Gault*

Marena Gault*

First step, she’s decided on a French theme. That was obvious at the Brook Hollow Golf Club announcement soiree from the champagne and delicious French ooh-la-a theme. There were delicious French decorated cookies at the table in the Oak Room and French champagne flowing.

Sharon had hoped for pink roses but ended up settling for Texas yellow roses.

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon had also lined up her honorary chair to be adorable Sherwood Wagner. According to Marena, “Sherwood is a beautiful, energetic, stylish young woman, modest and humble. She embodies everything about A Woman’s Garden, epitomizing the complexities of the essence of women with all their virtues and strengths. She is the new Dallas ‘It Girl’.”

According to insiders, “she grew up in Midland and graduated from Hockaday and TCU and worked for PSI, a public relations firm. She is involved with various charities in Dallas and West Texas and served as president of Girls Inc. Auxiliary. She is a board member of Ellen Noël Art Museum in Midland, which is named after her grandmother. She has graciously donated a heart-shaped pulpit to A Woman’s Garden at the Arboretum that will be named The Ellen Noël and Lissa Noël Wagner pulpit, in honor of her mother and grandmother.”

To celebrate the announcement, “Sherwood’s mom Lissa and a plane load of women from Midland flew in for the special occasion. 10 ladies filled the plane which left only the jump seat for Lissa to sit on for the trip.”

Front row: Sherwood Wagner in blue and Lissa Wagner in green*

Front row: Sherwood Wagner in blue and Lissa Wagner in green*

To add that touch of gold to the occasion, Sharon had jewelry designers David Lee Holland and  Yanni Kyriazis on hand and revealed that they’re creating a special piece of jewelry for the Mad Hatters to auction off. Should be very interesting, since David and Yanni specialize in “botanically themed jewelry.”

Sherwood volunteered to model “a stunning 110 carat orange zest necklace of natural colored Bolivian amethyst and diamonds valued at $92,000″ created by David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry. Tough assignment!

Sherwood Wagner's Alexander McQueens*

Sherwood Wagner’s Alexander McQueens*

And talk about being dressed from top to bottom, Sherwood’s Alexander McQueen stilettos with six-inch heels were eye catchers with “jewel-encrusted skulls sporting mohawks.” (Please note her toenail polish matched her truly blue dress.)

As for Sherwood’s own spectacular jewelry, Marena volunteered to “babysit it” for the evening. ‘nother tough assignment.

When asked about the judges, Sharon implied that there would be a French flair on hand. The fashion show will be coordinated by Jan Strimple with clothes from Betty Reiter, Canary, Nardos Imam and V.O.D.

Stay tuned and get your berets warmed up.

* Photos provided by 2015 Mad Hatter's Tea

JUST IN: Business Consulting Guru Greg McKeown To Address Executives In Action’s Book And Breakfast

The Executives in Action crew seems to have the touch when it comes to having outstanding speakers for their Book & Breakfast events. They had “The Power of Habit”’s Charles Duhigg in and just last year it was “Argo”’s Tony Mendez. He may not have looked like Ben Affleck, but he lived a moment in history that Ben only played.

Greg McKeown*

Greg McKeown*

Word has just arrived that the speaker has been selected for this year’s event at the Dallas Country Club on Friday, February 13. It will be Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.”

Here’s some background info on Greg. While he was born in London, he’s now an American citizen and earned his BA in Communication from Brigham Young University and MBA from Stanford University. Not shabby. But there’s more.

He’s worked with the high and mighty of Silicon Valley, served as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, is considered a leading social activator and most recently spoke at SXSW, interviewed former VP Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland and received “a personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, to speak to his Annual Invocation Conference.”

Greg’s spent 15 years researching what “keeps driven, capable people from breaking through to the next level.” And the answer will surprise you. What’s the answer? You’ll have to:

  1. Buy “Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”
  2. Attend “Book & Breakfast” or
  3. Both of the above.

Recommendation? #3. Read the book and attend the event all prepared to go beyond the pages.

BTW, when it comes to speaking to a group, Greg is like a great cup of coffee. What a marvelous way to start the day and get some tips on breaking through to that next level.

* Photo provided by Executives in Action

Les Femmes Du Monde Luncheon Honors Six Outstanding Women Of The Year With Pomp And Smiles

Alyce Heinrich

Alyce Heinrich

Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich explained that the organization benefiting Children’s Health and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth had taken a slight shift. To attract more young members, it had been decided to adjust its annual Woman of the Year fundraiser. This year it would be Women of the Year, one to represent each of Les Femmes’ six decades.

Nina Vaca, Gina Ginsburg, Pat Smith, Lynn McBee and Regina Bruce

Nina Vaca, Gina Ginsburg, Pat Smith, Lynn McBee and Regina Bruce

The class of 2014 included Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith and Nina Vaca.

In the crowd were Honorary Co-Chairs Faye Briggs and Yvonne Crum, Ruth Altshuler, Gillian Breidenbach, Holly Reed, Ka and LL Cotter, Martha Ann Schneider, Linda Ivy, Mary Lee Cox and Markita Thompson. Ralph Gorman was sporting some remade Nocona boots that had suffered mud overload from a previous Cattle Baron’s Ball. The boots looked pretty spiffy with the decorated metal toe caps. Loyal husbands Emmitt Smith and Scott Ginsburg hot-footed it upstairs to see the second level of the library.

Martha Ann Schneider and Marine escort

Martha Ann Schneider and Marine escort

Last of the honorees to arrive was centenarian Margaret McDermott in her wheelchair. Instead of Margaret taking the arm of one of the Marines escorting the ladies into the building, a ramp for her magically appeared.

Margaret McDermott

Margaret McDermott

Then it was class photo time, with Lady Margaret as the centerpiece. It seemed like everyone wanted time with her afterwards, but there was the luncheon in the main room. Ah, but more steps. This time a couple of the Marines gently lifted her and chair downward with Margaret smiling.

Alyyce revealed to the 120+ guests in the Harlan Crow Library that once she had managed to lock down the location, she went after the luncheon chair. She lucked out with a call to Regina Bruce. From that point it was just tapping the six. Unfortunately, Virginia was not able to attend the event due to a stay in the hospital.

Speaking of hospitals, Doris Jacobs reported that husband Jack was doing well following surgery.

Lunch in the library

Lunch in the library

After an invocation by Dr. Sheron Patterson, emcee Suzie Humphreys handled the day’s program. It all came off without a hitch.

Three little Crows

Three little Crows

By the way, the next time you’re in the Crow library. check out the ceiling. Opposite the stage, you’ll see a scene of trees. Peeking out of a clusters of branches are three “little Crows.”

Uchi Chef Tyson Cole Tastefully Took VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheoners’ Palates To The Land Of The Rising Sun

On Wednesday, October 15, North Texas continued its march to fundraising ecstasy. In the evening, St. Philip’s School and Community Center was honoring Jan Miller and Jeff Rich. Over at Charlotte and Shy Anderson’s United Way was kicking off its plans for its 90th anniversary celebration concert, “Unite Forever Gala”, at AT&T Stadium in February featuring Blake Shelton and Usher. To warm up the announcement dinner, they had Christopher Cross on stage to the delight of all ages.

Earlier in the day the Consumer Credit Counseling Service held its  Fifth Annual Purses With A Purpose at  Frontiers of Flight Museum with Laura Estrada chairing the event and Michelle Singeltary speaking.

Still another lunch just down the road was the VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon with Uchi Chef/Owner Tyson Cole. Here’s a report from the field.

Chef Tyson Cole*

Chef Tyson Cole*

VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole was held at the VNA Haggerty Center, benefiting the VNA Meals on Wheels program.

“The generosity of the table hosts, underwriters and attendees raised more than $220,000 for VNA Meals on Wheels. This will allow VNA to immediately provide hot, nutritious meals to 145 new clients in our community. VNA Meals on Wheels currently provides weekday meals for about 4,000 homebound clients, but there are still 2,800 eligible seniors waiting to be placed on a delivery route. VNA Meals on Wheels has the capacity to feed them all, but lacks the funding.

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

“The Celebrity Chef Luncheon not only raised money for a great cause, but also brought the artistry and tradition of Japanese cooking to Big D. It began at 11 a.m. with a wine cork pull, a meet and greet with Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole, and tour of the Beatrice Haggerty Kitchen – the country’s largest single-site provider of meals to homebound seniors. VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon guests partook in a meal stretching far beyond the borders of traditional Japanese sushi as they indulged in Tyson’s inventive dishes. Event Co-Chair Katie Johnson recognized Honorary Chair Caroline Rose Hunt for her long-standing support of VNA. Then Event Co-Chair Francie Mancillas shared background on Chef Tyson Cole before he delighted the crowd with stories from his culinary journey and hopes for the new Uchi Dallas, set to open winter 2015. VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon concluded with a raffle.

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

“VNA Celebrity Chef raffle prizes included a $5,000 pre-paid credit card; a three-night Spa Refresher Package at Lake Austin Spa for two; a couple’s shopping package at Highland Park Village; two Southwest Airlines ticket vouchers; a Michael Kors trench coat with sable fur lining and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry by Victor Velyan; and an incredible 10-course tasting menu complete the new Uchi Dallas for six friends as well as a limited edition woodblock print “To Walk Where Footsteps Have No Sound” by artist Daryl Howard.

“For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole and how it benefited VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

MySweetMonday Music For October 27, 2014

This one is pretty darn obvious to kick off the week of Halloween. But so is this one…and this one…and this one…and this one.

 

MySweetCharity High-Horse Moment: Is Nina Pham A Hero?

This morning nurse Nina Pham was declared to be free of the Ebola virus that she had contracted while attending the late Thomas Eric Duncan. The folks over at D’s Frontburner questioned whether Nina should be considered to be a hero.

All healthcare workers, like first responders, are everyday heroes whom we too often take for granted. No parades are held for them. Medals are rarely given out. And while they never know what the day holds, they do know their calling is to help others.

As for Nina, in addition to being part of a heroic profession, she has shown courage, intelligence, optimism and class throughout this life-threatening ordeal. Thanks to reports from her family, friends and the medical team and updates about her pooch Bentley, the worldwide community felt like they got to know her and the spirit that the disease could not damage. What they discovered was a person who truly showed grace under fire.

So, is Nina Pham a hero? It depends on your definition of a hero. She fits our definition pretty darn well.

Celebrating Women Luncheoners Be Forewarned: Big, Old Surprise Is In Your Future

Just back from the Celebrating Women patron party at Margaret and Barry Hancock’s incredible spot with a perfect view of the Dallas Country Club’s 17th hole.

There will be more deets in the days to come, but just wanted to warn you. Something is brewing. No, let’s be very honest. Something is scintillating!

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Lisa Longino, Maggie Kipp, Robin Robinson and Daffan Nettle

Despite major efforts with bamboo shoots under Baylor Health Care System Foundation Robin Robinson‘s nails and threats that Queenie would roll their homes, Co-Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle and Underwriter Chair Maggie Kipp‘s lips were lip sticked but sealed.

If you’re gonna be at the fundraiser to combat breast cancer, you’ll find out with the rest of the world. But insiders are swooning over the big deal this development is.

Hello, breast cancer, your days are so numbered. Let’s all wave  bye-bye with a smile and a breath of relief.