JUST IN: 2015 TACA Silver Cup Recipients Announced

Racing…okay, so slo-mo driving thanks to traffic… across town, more announcements were being made over in Preston Hollow.

Yup, the 2015 TACA Silver Cup recipients were just announced! Following tradition, the announcement was made at Jennifer and John Eagle’s art-filled home.

Oh, you’re wondering who the recipients are?

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Catherine Rose, Nancy Carlson and Don Glendenning

Drum roll…Catherine Rose and Don Glendenning!

Mary McDermott Cook and Margaret McDermott (File photo)

Mary McDermott Cook and Margaret McDermott (File photo)

An additional announcement was made that Margaret McDermott and her daughter Mary McDermott Cook will serve as honorary co-chairs. Margaret’s been a busy centenarian today. Earlier in the day she was honored by Les Femmes du Monde at Harlan Crow’s Library as one of the six Women of the Year.

The presentation of the 37th Silver Cups will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

More deets about the announcement reception later. Just wanted you to have the big news ASAP.

Goodness gracious, 2015 is already looking pretty amazing with all these plans being announced.

Keep up the announcements and the great efforts.

JUST IN: 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea Leadership Announced Plus

Announcements are filling the evening air all over the place. Over at Brook Hollow Golf Club’s Oak Room, 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s plans for the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser were revealed.

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

Sharon Popham, Yanni Kyriazis and Sherwood Wagner

More details will follow, but first, lock down the date — Thursday, April 9.

Then the really big news is that Sharon Popham will chair the event with “French” on the mind. Serving as honorary chair will be “bashful” (not!) Sherwood Wagner.

Another announcement is that jewelry designer Yanni Kyriazis is creating an extra special piece of jewelry for the Maddest Hatters.

More information will follow, but start warming up your berets.

Philanthropist Nancy C. Rogers’ Champagne Reception At YSL For Cattle Baron’s Committee Was “In The Bag”

Highland Park Village Senior Marketing Manager Rachel Michell was making a last minute check like a dorm mom of the 70’s on the evening of Wednesday, October 8. Was all in place? Yup.

Over at Beretta, the partying of the blue-jean set was spilling out on the sidewalk and almost into the street. On the other side of the Highland Park Village Theatre, it was a different story.

YSL lizard purse

YSL purse

In front of the Saint Laurent salon, a Bentley was running as its owner Nancy C. Rogers hosted a champagne-fueled fest for Cattle Baron’s committee. Eying a spectacular black crocodile YSL handbag, Nancy bought it. But not for herself, for heaven sake. Nope! She no sooner told the YSL staff to wrap it up, than she turned around and gave it to CBB Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum to add to the CBB Big Board auction for the October 18  fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Gilley’s. The price tag of the purse? A nice monthly mortgage payment in the five-figure range.

Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Stager and Nancy C. Rogers

Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Stager and Nancy C. Rogers

Just back from delivering three-plane loads of supplies to Cabo San Lucas, Nancy reported that Cabo residents were pulling together after being slammed by Hurricane Odile. She also added that the Humane Society in San Lucas was also in a recovery mode. BTW, all of the Rogers pets were shelter rescues.

As the champagne flowed and a couple or three flutes shattered on the floor, the place filled up with gal talk. Christina White told JB Hayes that daughter Caroline was showing sign of diva-ism. She simply refuses to dress before arriving at her destination.

Sunie Solomon

Sunie Solomon

Samantha Wortley

Samantha Wortley

 

Fashionistas Sunie Solomon and Samantha Wortley proved that the CBB fashion spectrum ranged from flirty shorts to leg clinging slacks with matching boots.

Joanna Clark reported that Sunday’s coin count at Change Is Good for Community Partners of Dallas was in. The 92,807 coins had added up to a whopping $16,886.14.

Katy Bock and Holly Deason

Katy Bock and Holly Deason

Others in attendance were Katy Bock, Holly Deason, Carol Seay, Nancy Gopez, Cara French, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle and a nicely dressed security gal packing more than her lipstick in her purse.

Connecting Point Of Park Cities Scores A Touchdown With “Staubachs Connect”

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

When it comes to Dallas couples, Marianne and Roger Staubach are keepers. For 45 years, they have impacted Dallas as the name has been associated with everything from the Dallas Cowboys, commercial real estate, and community leadership to politics.

Everybody knows that Roger led the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories and his commercial real estate company to global greatness. But has anyone ever seen them in an onstage conversation?

Well, that’s gonna change come Friday, January 23, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Connecting Point of Park Cities has managed to get these two on-the-go people to sit still for a chat with Scott Murray for its Second Annual Connecting Point of Park Cities Luncheon.

According to Luncheon Co-Chair Hollee Mills, “We could not be more excited to welcome Marianne and Roger Staubach as our featured speakers for our upcoming luncheon. Together, they have served the Dallas community for many years and reflect the core values of CPPC. It is our hope that this fundraising event will help CPPC serve more families by enhancing life for adults with disabilities.”

The timing is prime. It’s the week before the February 1st Super Bowl. And at the rate the Cowboys are doing, who knows?

BTW, there will be a silent and a live auction with “more than 20 signed items by Roger, including a signed football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys and other memorabilia.”

Luncheon proceeds will support Connecting Point of Park Cities’ efforts to “provide an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities and offers a wife range of educational, vocational, social and recreational services.”

Hollee and her husband/Luncheon Co-Chair Rick Mills are handling ticket and sponsorship information. Give them a call at 214.538.6823 or email Hollee.

* Photo provided by Connecting Point of Park Cities

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs

The boys are back and they’re bringing their grills. For 20 years Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson have provided one of the ultimate favorite live auction items. Maybe that’s why this package alone has raised more than $1.7M over the years at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs (Value: Priceless)

Barbecue With Dallas' Finest Gents*

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs*

This year’s feast is not for the doily set. It’s an over-the-top barbecue. The winner gets to pick the spot — their home, their ranch, their lake house, whatever. Then the winner will join “the barbecue boys” in creating the menu and joining in the behind-the-scenes fun. If you’ve ever seen these six in action, you just know there’s a lot of talent and personality. Any one of them would be enough, but six!

While it’s doubtful that hot dogs and burgers will be on the menu, but who knows? When it comes to this group, they just might put a new twist to it.

As for the guest list, that’s up to the winner. They’ll have a devil of a time coming up with the 30 because they’ll suddenly discover they have loads of BFF’s, who love barbecue and spirits.

And for since safety is key to any successful event, the guests will be transported to and from the party thanks to Wynne Transportation.

Here’s a thought: If you’re the winner, have somebody video tape you grilling with the boys because nobody will ever believe barbecuing could be so much fun.

Donated by: Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing, Jim Severson, David Holben, Kevin Garvin, Richard Chamberlain and Wynne Transportation

Graphic provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Adorable Kids Upstaged The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show To The Delight Of The Crowd

If the much-vaunted Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show had a little sister, it would be the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show.

Returning to Brook Hollow like a magnet on steroids, this year’s event was a hit out of the ballpark.

Event Planning Director Charles Redin admitted the event was special to him. After all his niece was enrolled in similar program in another state.

Only thing missing was a real, live, hay-eating horse. Not even Equest mini-ambassadors Sugar and Tex were seen grazing, because one of them was feeling under the weather.

As Fashion General Jan Strimple took her place on the production platform, guests scrambled to find their places. One gal who arrived a wee bit late unfortunately wore heavy-duty heels resulting in her footsteps being heard near the back of the room as the speakers congratulated the group’s turnout.

Katherine Coker

Katherine Coker

While banker Key Coker leaned against the back wall, he was there for two of the ladies in his life. Wife/Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Katherine Coker was at the podium and daughter Olivia was to be one of the models.

Angie Kadesky

Angie Kadesky

In a surprise announcement, Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky announced that after the program had gone to press Nancy C. and Richard Rogers had kicked in for the Full Gallop sponsorship. She also revealed that Leggiadro’s Ann Ross had created a gorgeous scarf available for purchase ($595) to benefit Equest.

Leggiadro scarf

Leggiadro scarf

Following Highland Park Village’s Elisa Summers providing the invocation, Angie was Santa gifting Tiffany blue boxes to Honorary Co-Chairs Fredye Factor and Sarah Losinger.

Louise Griffeth

Louise Griffeth

Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth announced the presentation of 2014 Equest Award for Community Service to Debbie Oates, who received another blue box from Tiffany NorthPark Manager Heather Pujats.

Equest CEO Patrick Bricker introduced a video showing how Equest had such a profound impact on clients.

Then she revealed that the auxiliary was dedicating a portion of the day’s proceeds to the creation of the Brandy Moore Ratchford Scholarship for riders who might not be able to “take advantage of the hippotherapy program.” The announcement hit some of the guests hard with tears appearing. A former auxiliary member and part of the 2014 luncheon committee, Brandy died this past February at the age of 42.

But the moment of loss was lifted when the fashion show lit up the SRO ballroom featuring clothes from Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Bruno Cucinelli, Leggiadro, Hadleigh’s Baby, Hadleigh’s and Carolina Herrera.

Liam Huckin

Liam Huckin

Emily Summers and Camille Summers

Emily Summers and Camille Summers

Stephen Summers

Stephen Summers

Hadleigh Shaikh and GG Shaikh

Hadleigh Shaikh and GG Shaikh

Sure, the professional models and fabulous outfits would have been enough, but the showstoppers were the kid models in Hadleigh’s Baby. Even the production crew was delighted by the youngsters with Jan slapping as Hadleigh and GG Shaikh closed the segment.

Fashion show finale

Fashion show finale

After the fashion show and the raffle drawing, the guests adjourned to the Terrace, Oak Room and practically every room except the locker rooms for a menu “created by Brook Hollow Executive Chef Dave Sokol and inspired by the riders of Equest in the Year of the Horse.” It included Asian grilled chicken salad of mixed greens, grilled chicken, Napa cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, edamame, sesame seeds, friend wontons and ginger sesame dressing. For dessert it was Year of the Horse Trio made up of a chocolate mousse quenelle with chocolate dipped, a hand-made fortune cookie and a Hong Kong tart with yuzu sauce and pineapple lychee relish.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Hadleigh Shaikh

Hadleigh Shaikh

W.C. Fields used to warn, “Never work with kids and animals.” It wasn’t that he was scared of them. He just knew that no one could upstage them, not even him. His words were validated at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 7, at Brook Hollow.

Style show finale

Style show finale

But kids had their work cut out for them, as Highland Park Village fashions from Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Bruno Cucinelli, Leggiadro, Hadleigh’s Baby, Hadleigh’s and Carolina Herrera kept eyes following the runway designs.

Just to get a feel of the occasion, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. The write up is underway.

Celebrating Women Luncheon Tables Are Getting Scarce

With less than 10 days from the Celebrating Women’s Luncheon on Friday, October 24, at the Hilton Anatole, there are just a few tables are available “for any last minute supporters.” But what would you expect when Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle are co-chairing the event and Maggie Kipp is handling the underwriting?

Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino*

Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino*

As you know so very well, patrons get the perks. In this case, it will get you to the patron party the night before and the VIP reception preceding the luncheon. And according to organizers, luncheon keynote speaker “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach, who was diagnosed with breast cancer during an on-air mammogram in 2013, is scheduled to be at the VIP reception.

Amy Robach (File photo)

Amy Robach (File photo)

While Ebola is making today’s headlines, breast cancer has been impacting thousands and thousands of lives for ages. Thanks to the funds raised through the Celebrating Women Luncheon, research and treatments have dramatically saved lives in the war against breast cancer.

Event sponsors include:

  • Presenting sponsor — Tom Thumb
  • Monarch — Al G. Hill Jr. and Mrs. W.H. Smith
  • Texas Crescent — Comerica Bank, Alan and Randy Engstrom, Lyda Hill, Hunt Consolidated Inc./Hunt Oil Company and David B. Miller Family Foundation
  • American Lady — Ruth and Dr. Kenneth Altshuler, Anonymous, Margo and Bill Goodwin, The Mary Kay Foundation, Karen Faulkner key donor advised fund at East Texas Communities Foundation, Locke Lord LLP, Ellen and John McStay, Park Place Motorcars, PlainsCapital Bank, Sammons Enterprises Inc., Trudy K. Steen and U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management.
*Photo provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy’s Celebration Of Reading Even Had The Deaf Interpreter Providing Giggles

Despite the morning thunder-bumpers that rattled locals with memories of the past Thursday’s slam-bang-theater, Monday, October 6th’ evening was picture perfect.

Perhaps former First Lady Barbara Bush had negotiated the deal with Mother Nature.

Even though Barbara wasn’t on site, her presence was felt at the Meyerson from the VIP reception, presentation in the McDermott Hall to the light supper in the lobby.

George P Bush, Lynne and Roy Sheldon

George P. Bush, Lynne and Roy Sheldon

Mandi Bush and Shelby Boyuls

Mandi Bush and Shelby Boyuls

Having lived through husband George “41” Bush’s 90th birthday and his parachute leap of faith from overhead to preparing for her own upcoming 90th birthday (she guarantees that no parachutes will be involved with the celebration), Barbara sent in the heavy hitter jump generation Committee Co-Chairs Mandi and George P. Bush and cousin Pierce Bush to host the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy‘s Celebration of Reading.

Pierce Bush

Pierce Bush

The trio B’s had just arrived from Ellie LeBlond‘s (Doro Bush Koch‘s daughter, Barbara’s granddaughter) wedding in Kennebunkport with photos showing off 41’s burgundy colored socks.

While Celebration of Reading guests gathered in the lobby for the readathon, authors Kelly Corrigan, Eric Draper, Emily Giffin, Gary Haugen and Brad Meltzer and VIP’s attended a private reception in the lower level suite.

Benaye Rogers, Gerneise and Terry Flowers

Benaye Rogers, Gerneise and Terry Flowers

Mandi reported that baby Prescott was turning 16 months and the perfect baby as she made the rounds with Shelby Boyuls… George P. across the room looked like Santa the day after Thanksgiving as guests lined up to chat with him. He looked right at home, but had an associate advising that politics were verboten for the evening…Lynn and Roy Shelton were celebrating his recent “medical” challenge and their 37th anniversary…After revealing to Marianne Staubach that she had left Contact Hotline to be development director at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Benaye Rogers joined Gerneise and husband/St. Philip’s headmaster Terry Flowers at the reception…. Margaret and Lester Keliher brought along her 90-year-young dad Jim Coleman. When told that he still goes to work every day, the question arose, “What’s his secret?” Margaret answered, “Exercise.” Jim simply said, “Keep moving.”…Mary Jalonick was catching up with Lyda Hill, who had spent the summer in Colorado…While waiting for wife Jan to arrive Trevor Rees-Jones chatted it up with author Gary Haugen…Author Emily Giffin was thanking Michelle Staubach Grimes for introducing her to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy…Red-haired Pierce Bush proved that he had not lost his spunk for making friends. After doing volunteer work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston and meeting Little Brother Jaylyn, Pierce traded in his corporate job to become executive VP of the Houston organization.

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Margaret Keliher and Jim Coleman

Liza McFadden

Liza McFadden

Barbara Bush Foundation President/CEO Liza McFadden pointed out that 36M U.S. adults are only at the most basic literacy level, and that 40% of Dallas parents dropped out of high school. She added that 80% of poor readers in the third grade are predicted to drop out of high school. To help the literacy problem, the foundation will be opening 20 new programs in Dallas.

 Jim and Debbie Francis

Jim and Debbie Francis

Holly Reed and Craig Holcomb

Holly Reed and Craig Holcomb

Before you knew it, Mandi, George P. and the authors disappeared. Just as their absence was noticed by the roomful of guests, the chimes alerting the crowd to move to the main event in the McDermott Hall. There they joined folks like Debbie and Jim Francis, Holly Reed, Craig Holcomb and Carol Reed.

Then the show commenced with heady types like President Barack Obama joining former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush via video. Each admitted that Barbara Bush and her project had indeed made a big difference in the lives of children and adults.

Then the program began. More than 40 kids from The Combined Show Choirs from Richardson ISD, Legacy from Richardson High School and Forte from JJ Pearce High School, sang Pharrell’s “Happy” song. George P. arrived at the podium and reported that George H.W. is “already saying when he turns 95 he wants to [jump] again.” He introduced Liza, who in turn introduced Kennedy Anderson, 14, a ninth grader at Uplift Academy in Fort Worth. In a very grown-up way she briefly told how the literacy program had changed her life.

Then Pierce came out telling an anecdote about being recognized as looking like George W. in Venice Beach, Calif. Though at first complimented, he was sorta taken back when the fella said, “That must piss you off!”

He then ended his comments saying that his grandmother would want him to cut it off. So, he introduced author Kelly Corrigan. Sounding a bit like a 21st century Erma Bombeck, she read from her book, “Glitter and Glue.” At one point the word “kegel” was mentioned. Looking at the deaf signer at the edge of stage, Kelly wondered aloud how the word would translate. All eyes shot in the direction of the blushing female deaf interpreter, who made a sign that all understood. The gals giggled and the guys rolled their eyes.

Emily Giffin and Michelle Staubach Grimes

Emily Giffin and Michelle Staubach Grimes

Bringing the room back to some sort of decorum, George P. introduced Eric Draper, former White House photographer, who described both a personal and professional view of being a photographer of the George W. Bush era. With photos on the screen behind him, Eric told how he got the job and the ups and downs of being a camera away from the first family for eight years.

Mandi introduced Emily, who talked about lunching earlier in the day with Laura Bush, whom she now calls “Aunt Laura”, and watching the Cowboys win a game with the Staubachs. Unlike her predecessors, Emily didn’t read from her book, but just talked about it. Known for her “chick literature,” she congratulated Kelly for having mentioned “lady parts.” The usual frothy Emily had a serious tone in her talk stressing the importance that literature had played in her life.

Trevor Rees-Jones and Gary Haugen

Trevor Rees-Jones and Gary Haugen

Next up was Gary Haugen of “The Locust Effect”, who told how 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. He started by telling of his idyllic childhood in California and earning his B.A. from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. It was serving as director of the United Nation’s investigation of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 that changed his life and led to the creation of the International Justice Mission.

Mandi introduced the evening’s final speaker, Brad Meltzer, who in addition to writing thrillers like “The Tenth Justice” also  has produced children’s books. She claimed that 16-month–old Prescott had already read “I’m Rosa Parks.” But shoot! With Barbara Bush genes, who was going to quibble? Brad did. He said jokingly: “The last time I saw Prescott, he was totaling reading ’The Fifth Assassin’ ” (another book Brad wrote). In his talk, Brad advised, “We are starving for heroes.” He told of nugget of history that are included in his children’s books. For instance, a young Abraham Lincoln standing up to a group of youths piling hot coals on the back of a turtle (“let the turtle go”) and youthful Amelia Earhart’s first airborne flight thanks to her building a roller coaster structure (“I was flying!”).

To close the evening, the choir returned to the stage performing a couple of patriotic tunes with a background of videos of America.

With that the thousand-plus crowd adjourned to the lobby for dinner and discussion of the evening. As they headed home, they had gift bags with books for more food for thought.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Gas Monkey Garage And Richard Rawlings

If your preference is a ever-green bicycle or a green-munching hoss, then this item might not tickle your fancy. But if your fav vehicular memory was that muscle car or hot rod of the past, then start exercising your bidding arm for this sweetheart of a deal at Saturday’s Cattle Baron’s Ball.Who knows? You may just get a car and become a monkey!

Gas Monkey Garage And Richard R. Rawlings (Value: $200,000)

Richard R. Rawlings*

Richard R. Rawlings*

Richard R. Rawlings is to vintage cars as Nip/Tuck’s Christian Troy and Sean McNamara were to plastic surgery. Except Richard is the real thang!

He and his Gas Monkey team search Texas for once stellar cars, bring them back to their Dallas garage and meticulously bring them back to OMG status.

Their handiwork and “Blood, Sweat and Beer” mantra have earned them a reputation throughout the country thanks to their No. 1 show on the Discovery Chanel.

Gas Monkey Garage*

Gas Monkey Garage*

Somehow the Cattle Baroness managed to rope Richard into putting one of his gems on the auction bloc. That in itself would be enough, but no! the lucky winner will receive the full VIP Gas Monkey experience. IN addition to leaving with “the keys to a custom, one-of-a-kind, classically restored GMC ride,” they’ll get to explore the hot rods and classic in the garage, as well as “hang out” with Richard and his “mechanical prodigy” Aaron Kaufman.

Donated by: Gas Monkey Garage and Richard R. Rawlings

* Photos provided by Cattle Baron's Ball