“Beyond The Tipping Point” Message Was Delivered At Downtown Dallas Inc.’s Annual Membership Luncheon

Nearly 1,000 people gathered for the annual Membership Luncheon of the nonprofit Downtown Dallas Inc. on Wednesday, October 8, at the Hyatt Regency. Among the attendees: Mike Wyatt, Shelle Sills, Faisal Halum and John Scovell.

John Crawford, the DDI president and CEO, told the big crowd that, after several corporate relocations, the downtown employment base had grown by 5,000 people just since June.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings then delivered his 2014 State of Downtown address. Citing record-high office leasing, new housing developments near the Farmers Market, a variety of new restaurant and retail openings and the proposed redevelopment of Thanksgiving Tower, the mayor said revitalization of the downtown area is now “beyond the tipping point.” Added Rawlings: “Downtown Dallas is going to make it.”

Instead Of An Auction, ReuNight Organizers Are Getting Down To Business For The Family Place

Leave it to ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton to come up with something different for this Wednesday’s fundraiser at the Place at Perry’s for The Family Place. They’ve already lined up Jody Dean as the emcee and Lucy Wrubel to supervise the sounds.

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Of course, the food and wines will be more than fabulous and the guests are guaranteed to be the gorgeous, generous set. Unlike the mega-fundraisers, where thousands crowd into a ballroom, this one is chic, intimate and not typical of the usual fundraisers with live auctions. Maybe it’s because their arms are worn out from raising those darn paddles.



Well, Mary Clare, Kayla and Brian realized that they had a treasure trove of “investments” within The Family Place itself — its programs and people!

Instead of an auction, they’re inviting guests to donate outright for the following “opportunities” to make a difference for good for The Family Place’s clients:

  • $500 — provides a child access to the accredited childcare services for one month at The Family Place Safe Campus
  • $1,000 — provides one month of medical supplies for all clients at The Safe Campus Clinic
  • $2,500 — provides one month of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $5,000 — provides two months of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $10,000 — provides six months of taxi services to bring women and children to safety
  • $15,000 — provides six weeks of Be Project anti-bullying education for 450 fifth-grade public school students
  • $30,000 — supports group facilitators for victims and their children

These services are absolute necessities for women and children escaping abusive situations to break the cycle of their past and start new lives in a positive direction.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets, better get to it and stop eating now because you’re really gonna want to stuff yourself Wednesday!

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

October 7 Round Robin: Spirit Of Taos Kick-Off Party And Corporate Cup

Hope's Door*

Hope’s Door*

With Texas-OU weekend on the horizon, the nonprofits were trying to get as much partying in as possible. Tuesday, October 7, was an example. While Hope’s Door was holding its patron party at Mercedes-Benz in Plano, others were being held at a Knox Henderson boutique and a golf club in southwest Dallas:

Spirit Of Taos Kick-Off Party

They’re known as the Friends of Wilkinson Center, but they’re actually hardworking volunteers of the Center that has grown so much since its inception in 1982 to “assist families with food and clothing.” Just a part of the Friends’ modus operandi is fundraising for the Center’s efforts. As mentioned before, this year they’ve decided to let their tuxedos and gowns take a night off. Instead of doing their “Black and White Gala,” the Friends and their friends are headed to New Mexico. Well, not literally, but it just may seem that way. The event is called Spirit of Taos.

Melissa Benge Collection**

Melissa Benge Collection**

And where would be a more perfect place to hold the kick-off party? Why Melissa Benge Collection on the corner of Henderson and Milam. You know — where the old Alamo Glass building used to be. The place is just filled with all types of jewelry, hats and clothing from “sassy Bohemian cowgirl to vintage French romantic to modern urban eclectic.”

Laura Reeder, Horacio Moros and Chela Moros**

Laura Reeder, Horacio Moros and Chela Moros**

Bob and Ann Dyer and Di and David Johnston**

Bob and Ann Dyer and Di and David Johnston**

But on this evening it also had the likes of Spirit of Taos Honorary Co-Chairs Ann and Bob Dyer, Di and David Johnston, Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop, Vicki Squires, Melanie Myers, Cindy Week, Sandi Paron, Jillian Wood, Carlin Morris, Vickie Thompson, Marjorie Craft, Lucy Livingston, Carol Riddle, Deborah Hawkins, Fred Duffy, Milagros Moros with kiddos Chela Moros and Horacio Moros, Susan Hardie and Laura Reeder with her mom/Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder.

Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop and Anne Reeder**

Anne Conner, Joyce Shoop and Anne Reeder**

With wines of all colors filling glasses, chicken and beef taquitos, queso, guacamole, wings, vegetable platters and brownies were covering plates.

Taos Event Co-Chairs Missy Huber and Cathy Brittingham Saxon updated the crowd on plans for the Friday, November 7th fundraiser at The Lot.

Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber**

Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber**

Where’s The Lot? Oh, come on. It’s that restaurant/neighborhood beer garden in Lakewood, just off the Santa Fe Trail. Translation: Attire will be Sangre de Cristo casual; atmosphere will be festive and food/beverages will be plentiful.

As for the sound in the air, that will be handled by Southwest Americana singer Michael Hearne, who hails from Big D but is well known to the residents of Taos.

The raffle items will cover the page with a trip to Taos, jewelry, boots and even guesting with three friends on Norm Hitzges radio show at Victory Plaza. You don’t have to be present to win, but you do have to buy a raffle ticket.

So, pull out those turquoise accessories, those suede vests and those killer boots that you’ve dying to wear. You’ve now the occasion to wear them without heading to New Mexico and tickets start at just $175!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ Annual Corporate Cup

Way across Dallas over at the Dallas National Golf Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas was just winding down from a day of golfing and partying at the 9th Annual Corporate Cup golf tournament. Here’s a report from the course, of course:

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) hosted its 9th Annual Corporate Cup golf tournament, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The event was held at Dallas National Golf Club and raised more than $194,459. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit BGCD, which strives to impact the lives of its members through after-school programming.

Cool Kids with Marty Ellen

Cool Kids with Marty Ellen***

“The day included an 18-hole traditional golf tournament, and at the conclusion of the tournament, “Cool Kids,” which are Boys & Girls Club members, greeted the players with many thanks for their support and handed them cold water and towels. Following the tournament, golfers enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner while the judges tallied up the winners.

“Winning teams included:

  • 1st Place: KPMG
  • 2nd Place: VMG Health
  • 3rd Place: Fluor Corporation

“Individual winners included:

  • Ladies Longest Drive: Nancy Loewe of Kimberly Clark Team Two
  • Men’s Longest Drive: Garrett Loftin of Kimberly Clark Team Two
  • Closest to the Pin: Todd Onderdonk of ExxonMobil
David Feherty and Scott Murray***

David Feherty and Scott Murray***

Scott Murray, chairman and CEO of Murray Media and host of Conversations with Scott Murray and Texas Daily, took the stage as he thanked all of the sponsors who made the tournament possible. President of BGCD Charles English then joined him to talk about the upcoming BGCD Inaugural Great Futures Luncheon, which will introduce Center for a New Generation, an innovative academic and enrichment after-school and summer program founded by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Murray then led a lively Q&A session with Golf Channel Personality and CBS Sports Analyst David Feherty, which kept the crowd laughing as they talked about golf and Feherty’s charity work.

Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk and Bob Falk***

Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk and Bob Falk***

“Other guests included Chairman of the Board of BGCD Chris Trowbridge, Tom Falk, Joe Falk, John Falk, Bob Falk, Manny Fernandez, Marty Ellen, Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann, Martin Moad, John Wesley, Mike Azbell, Nancy Loewe, Jenny Lewis and more.

Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann and Martin Moad

Gerald Louviere, Paul Gendron, Matt McCann and Martin Moad***

“Due to its success, Corporate Cup is able to provide funding to further BGCD’s effective and impactful programs, such as Academic Success and Collegiate STEPS.

Charles English and Chris Trowbridge***

Charles English and Chris Trowbridge***

“The Academic Success program reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge that young people learn at school. The success of this program has been exceptional. The 2012-2013 school year resulted in 98 percent of all BGCD youth progressing to the next grade level and 69 percent maintained an A/B grade average. Individuals with below a B grade received Sylvan Tutoring.

“Collegiate STEPS prepares high school students for higher education and is also producing extraordinary results. BGCD partners with the Junior League of Dallas, which provides a comprehensive program for students to complete the required applications for admission and scholarships. During the 2012-2013 school year, 100 percent of Collegiate STEPS seniors graduated high school and went on to higher education.

“2014 Corporate Cup Sponsors include:

  • Presenting Sponsor ($35,000): Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lunch Sponsor ($15,000): Fluor Corporation
  • Reception Sponsor ($15,000): Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Team Sponsor ($10,000): 10-2-4 Hunting Ranch, Albertsons, Baker Botts LLP, Buthman/Smith, Ernst and Young, ExxonMobil, Flowserve, Greenberg Traurig/Victor Vital, KPMG, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP/Stout Risius Ross, Morgan Stanley, Norton Rose Fulbright, Pat and Jim Stanton, PwC, The Chenequans, United Surgical Partners, VMG and The Ryan Foundation
  • Youth Sponsor ($5,000): Amsted Rail
  • Hole Sponsor ($1,000): D CEO and RR Donnelley
  • Sunshine Sponsor ($1,000): Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
* Graphic courtesy of Hope's Door
** Photo credit: Payne Wingate
*** Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee

MySweetMonday Music For October 20, 2014

If you didn’t get enough bar room dancing at Cattle Baron’s Saturday, try this one. It’s got a “chain of fools” getting together. But they’re happy fools.


Update: 2014 Cattle Baron’s Ball Countdown Tips

Just back from the Cattle Baronesses setting up for tomorrow’s Country Rocks extravaganza at Gilley’s. Even Mother Nature was cooperating with a beautiful day. Favor bags were being stuffed. Silent auction items were being put in place. The Gas Monkey truck was parked right next to the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust Live Auction Stage. The big tent…no, make that the hugest big tent on concrete flooring… had the Andrews Distributing Main Stage of matching size being set up for Kenny Chesney’s performance.

Carol Holmes, Cate Ford, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle

Carol Holmes, Cate Ford, Isabell Novakov and Lisa Ogle

Everything is so organized that birthday girl/Co-Chair Cindy Stager and Co-Chair Jill Tananbaum had time to have past CBB chairs in for lunch along with the rest of the 2014 CBB committee.

Lynn McBee, Kristen Sanger, Kristi Hoyl, Mary Gill, Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Turner, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Janie Condon

Lynn McBee, Kristen Sanger, Kristi Hoyl, Mary Gill, Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Cindy Turner, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Janie Condon

Understand that the raffle tickets will still be on sale at the party, but in the pre-event competition Anne Stodghill’s team beat the other teams and Lauren Chapman sold the most as an individual.

The weather tomorrow is going to be a new definition of the word “spectacular” with the high in upper 70’s and the sun closing down at 6:29 p.m. The waning moon will join the party a little later, but don’t wait for the moon. The official partying starts at 7 p.m. with Mockingbird Sun on the live auction stage and the silent auction in full operation! Check out your program about what you’re going to bid on.

WARNING: Remember those instructions about arriving tomorrow night? They are staying right in place and the Dallas police will be enforcing them. Here are a couple of updates provided by Traffic Baroness Andrea Weber:

Handicapped Parking:

  • Handicapped parking will be curbside valet at Lamar Street entrance. This status only applies to those who are genuinely physically challenged with “handicap” designated signage.

Limousine Parking:

  • While chauffeurs do not need parking tags to get onto Lamar Street, don’t leave your tag at home…just in case.
  • Exit your vehicles quickly. No dawdling. This street is going to very busy. Think of this as an elementary school drop off and you just know how irritating it is to wait and wait for kids to get out of their cars.
  • Printed cards will be provided for chauffeured drivers on where to exit Lamar Street.
  • The Convention Center Lot E is for limos and chauffeured card holding area.
  • Get your driver’s phone number to notify him/her when you want to leave. Do not keep them waiting at the curb. Again, think of this as after-school pickup. Circling the block ain’t gonna be pretty.


  • You’ve gotta have them throughout the night. When you arrive, there will be folks tearing a part of your ticket off. Don’t dump it! Because you’ll need it to get into the concert tent.

Leave At Home:

  • Any temper tantrums.
  • Tuxedos and ball gowns.
  • Pets.
  • Umbrellas, goulashes, rain gear, snow tires, etc.
  • Frowns.

Traffic Advisory: NorthPark Center

If you have some last minute shopping at NorthPark for tomorrow’s Cattle Baron’s, better do it today or tomorrow afternoon. The reason? The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure is going to taking over the mega shopping center. Things are being set up today, but you know the drill. Streets will be blocked except for authorized vehicles around NP and the route.

So the good news is

  • If you’re walking/running in the Komen, you can hop on into NP right after the event feeling healthy and knowing you helped others get healthier
  • If you’re not participating in Komen, you can sleep in or get that needed manicure.

Grovel Alert: Tablescapes By Candlelight

20th Anniversary Tablescapes*

20th Anniversary Tablescapes*

The Kappa Kappa Gammas’ Tablescapes Luncheon Tuesday, October 21, at the Dallas Country Club is sold out.

The luncheon is going to be spectacularly gorgeous with Alex Hitz speaking. Boy, does he have a story to tell! He spent part of his youth in Europe, but learned about cooking from the family’s Southern cook, Dorothy Williams. Combine that with his parents’ love of French food, and no wonder he authored “My Beverly Hill Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist.” How he found time to do that, plus co-produce several Broadway shows including the revival of “The Sound of Music” in 1998, develop real estate and design clothing, is amazing.

If you bump into Alex, here are a couple of questions to ask him:

  • What type of food does he serve guests at his numerous dinners?
  • How do the oversized doors of his Los Angeles home play a role in his parties?
  • Who said: “’A host is like a general; calamities often reveal his genius.”
2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

Ah, but Monday night’s Tablescapes By Candlelight is the secret deal. There’s more food that a Swedish smörgåsbord. It’s much more easy going with men-folk all around. The feel in the rooms really sets the mood for the upcoming holiday season. And let’s be honest — everyone is prettier by candlelight.

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

2013 Tablescapes (File photo)

But according to Kappa organizers there are just a few spots left for Monday evening.

You already know that the two-day event is being chaired by Christine Flanagan and Caroline Williams and presented by Central Market. Proceed from the events will benefit Catch Up and Read, Child Care Group, Contact, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dwell With Dignity, Mosaic Dallas, New Friends New Life, Promise House, VNA and Kappa Kappa Foundation.

* Graphic provided by 2014 Tablescapes

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.