Mothers May Collide Today

Today is Earth Day when the world comes together to celebrate Mother Earth and the bounty she provides with her natural resources.

Unfortunately, another mom (aka Mother Nature) is threatening to be a spoiler this late afternoon and evening. Evidently she just may bring along her naughty children — rain, hail and tornadoes.

So, check your weather predictors on how things are developing. If you haven’t got a weather app on your smartphone, this might be the perfect day to get one.

To quote an old friend from the Hill, “Let’s be careful out there.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Art Ball 50 Patron Party

Thomas  and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Once again it paid to upgrade. The Art Ball 50 patron party at Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie’s proved that. Even old timers who had been to the WOW! Mansion were amazed how the twosome had dressed the place up with ceiling covered in silver balloons, a Fort Five Ten sneak preview shop and DMA spelled out in silver fronting the cabana.

DMA in front of the cabana

DMA in front of the cabana

Whew! While the write-up is being prepped check out the photos of the beautiful people and their surroundings at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack And River Rats Partied At The Dump Top

Mary McDermott Cook was tan. Had she been spending a couple of sessions at a tanning salon? Nope. She had been in Hawaii before hosting The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats at her Dump Top home.

Mary McDermott Cook, Mike and Mary Silverman

Mary McDermott Cook, Mike and Mary Silverman

With perfect views of the Margaret Hunt Hill, Continental Bridge and the under-construction Margaret McDermott Bridge, the evening of April 8th was perfect before the predicted storms approached.

Shirley and Bill McIntyre

Shirley and Bill McIntyre

And what better group than the 130 or so guests who were championing the efforts for The Trinity Trust like Carol and Don Glendenning, Sara and David Martineau, Shirley and Bill McIntyre, Lynn and Allan McBee and Mary and Mike Silverman! Trinity Trust Executive Director Gail Thomas was at the front door introducing daughter Electra to friends. Mary explained the piece of art that was placed in the grassy island in front of her home.

River Rat/Rat Pack wrangler Tierney Kaufman, who just recently got engaged to boyfriend Jared Hutchins, revealed they plan on a destination wedding in Mexico this fall.

Sheila And Jody Grant, Called ‘The Heart And Soul Of Klyde Warren Park,’ Receive The Linz Award To A Thunderous Ovation

Jody and Sheila Grant

Jody and Sheila Grant

At a private, pre-luncheon reception Wednesday, April 8, for Sheila and Jody Grant, winners of the 86th annual Linz Award, the beaming couple was accepting early congratulations for the award from guests including Margot Perot, Jonathan Martin, Laura Wilson, Jonathan Martin, Walt Humann, Lee Cullum, Kern Wildenthal, Ron Kirk, Caroline Rose Hunt, Patrick Sands and Gerald Turner. Near the door, Jody was joking that he had cut his “acceptance speech” down—from 45 minutes to just three or four. It was because of Sheila, someone across the room was confiding, that there’s a “No High Heels Allowed” sign in Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park.

Lee Cullum

Lee Cullum

Ron Kirk

Ron Kirk

Laura Wilson, Jonathan Martin and Margot Perot

Laura Wilson, Jonathan Martin and Margot Perot

In fact, many of the guests at the Hilton Anatole were talking about the award-winning park built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The Grants, after all, had orchestrated and led the years-long effort to build the landmark space—Jody as chairman of the park foundation, Sheila as chair of the capital campaign—and it was for those efforts that they were being honored with the prestigious Linz Award.

Presented by Zale Jewelers and The Dallas Morning News, the award is presented yearly to the individual whose “community and humanitarian efforts created the greatest benefit to the city during the last decade without having received monetary compensation.” Since 1991. the awards luncheon has benefited the community service fund of the Junior League of Dallas.

Forrest Hoglund

Forrest Hoglund

Welcoming the crowd of 450 to the award luncheon itself—it was held upstairs in a larger room at the Anatole—Forrest Hoglund said dryly that, during voting by the award selection committee, “There was an anonymous attempt to give the award to last year’s winner, but we easily beat them.” (Insiders chuckled, knowing that Hoglund himself had received the Linz in 2014.)

Following a lunch of tomato basil soup en croute, grilled petit filet of beef, risotto and rainbow carrots, and a chocolate walnut or berry mascaropone tart, Morning News publisher and CEO Jim Moroney told the crowd that, “It takes individual leadership to make real transformation possible … which takes me to our honorees. They had the conviction that you could build a park over the top of a highway,” Moroney said. “That took real conviction.”

Next William Solomon, who received the Linz Award a decade ago, called the Grants “the heart and soul of Klyde Warren Park,” having helped raise $50 million in private contributions and many tens of millions more in city, state, and federal funds for the park. The purpose of their effort, Solomon said, was to make “Dallas a more vital and inclusive place. The Grants literally willed the park into being.”

Bill Melton, Jody and Sheila Grant, Bill Solomon and Forrest Hoglund

Bill Melton, Jody and Sheila Grant, Bill Solomon and Forrest Hoglund

With that Sheila and Jody stepped up to accept the Linz, to a thunderous ovation. Sheila called the park a “place to celebrate traditions”—and a space that had been built “out of thin air. … The words ‘impossible’ and ‘can’t’ are not in [Jody’s] vocabulary,” Sheila asserted. “If I had $1 for every time we heard those words, we’d be living in splendor on the Riviera.”

Kern Wildenthal and David Dewhurst

Kern Wildenthal and David Dewhurst

When his turn to talk came, Jody credited Sheila with doing the heavy lifting on fundraising. “Try to pick projects that you can bring your wives in on,” he advised the men in the audience, because “women raise money better than men.” When he would phone to speak to “Mr. Do-Good” to ask for a contribution for the park, Jody recalled, he would wait seemingly forever for a callback. “But when Sheila called to ask to talk to Mr. Do-Good, they said, ‘When can we send the limo for you?’ ”

Grant also acknowledged former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was in the audience, for ushering $20 million for the park through the Texas Legislature. While Klyde Warren Park has been an amazing success, Jody concluded, there’s more to be done. Among the remaining tasks: expanding the children’s park, “connecting east to west,” and adding an ice skating rink.

Dwell With Dignity’s One-And-Only 2015 Thrift Studio Kicks Off This Week With Loads Of Goodies And A Preview Party

Good news and disappointing news. Dwell With Dignity has held its Thrift Studio fundraiser twice each year, where those generous interior designers and furniture types have donated merchandise for sale.

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Talk about finds and bargains.

This year’s on and only Thrift Studio starts officially Friday, April 24, and continues through Saturday, May 23, at Dallas Design Center, with interior designer John Phifer Marrs serving as honorary chair and buddies Jennifer Karol and Merry Vose co-chairing the host committee.

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

 

Now, the disappointing news. Organizers have decided to have just one Thrift Studio this year. But let’s have a half-full glass attitude — it means one-stop-shopping to benefit Dwell With Dignity.

Remember patronage has its advantages. Upgrading to patron levels means attending the preview party on Thursday, April 23, and first dibs on the goodies.

Round Robin April 7: The Billiard Ball Patron Party, KidneyTexas Luncheon And John Wayne Film Festival Reveals

While Warren Buffett was talking with folks in The Colony for a sneak peek of the new Nebraska Furniture Mart benefiting the Cancer Support Community North Texas, other fundraisers were taking place elsewhere on Tuesday, April 7, including:

KidneyTexas Reveal

It’s the dread of every hostess. That’s what KidneyTexas‘ “The Runway Report Luncheon” Co-Chair Donna Arp Weitzman feared. Earlier in the day, she told her caterer that 10 people had RSVP-ed. By afternoon the number had jumped up to 20, then by the time the valet parkers had appeared, the number had risen to past 30.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

While old-timers admitted that most folks don’t RSVP until the last minute, one scarred vet harrumphed, “If they RSVP at all.”

But sure enough they came. Adorable Isabell Haggar and sis-in-law Rosemary Haggar Vaughn arrived together. Hostess Donna told them of her first job as a teenager was as a seam buster.

Just halfway through the party plans for the Kidney Texas luncheon and fashion show were announced. It will be Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 23, under the direction of Jan Strimple with WFAA Ron Corning serving as emcee.

As for the clothes, they’ll be provided by Carla Martinengo, Lublu, St. John at Highland Park Village, Tootsies and Vintage Martini.

In addition to Robin and Norm Bagwell serving as the honorary co-chairs, there will a new twist this year for the honorees. According to Kidney Texas President Therese Rourk, the area hospitals and media teams will be honored including Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health; Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas; Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel; Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute; Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas; and Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System.

The luncheon will benefit Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Billiard Ball Patron Party

Rachel Trowbridge is trying to hold off on delivering the Trowbridges’ newest kiddo until after the April 18thBilliard Ball” fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. But on this evening she appeared to have everything under control at Gail and Dan Cook’s ultra-contemporary home.

While B&GCGD clients (aka kids) and guests took full advantage of the perfect weather by dining poolside, others ventured downstairs into the museum and adjoining workroom. The museum is an amazing collection of 400 antique dolls in glass cases. Gail explained the reason for the dolls being in the windowless room is so that sunlight does not damage their delicate outfits. Over the years, Gail has collected the 100-year-old and older dolls in various stages of conditions. Meticulously, she has “dolled” them up using the finest fabrics in keeping with their eras and accessories.

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail smiled recalling that as a girl, she hadn’t been interested in dolls, since she had a slew of brothers. Then when her daughter said she wanted a doll more than 30 years ago, that request opened a whole world and vocation for Gail, who has gained the reputation as an outstanding expert and judge for the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Her collection has been the subject of the book, “In Perspective The Gail Cook Collection.”

Dan Cook

Dan Cook

On the other hand, Dan held court with Carole and Scott Murray, Carol Seay, Susan Stanzel, Don Glendenning and Ball Co-Chairs Barbara and Steve Durham.

Across the living room, Jeff Rich told how he and wife Jan Miller would be hosting a discussion with Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, the dean of the University of California at Davis veterinary school. They had developed the relationship when their beloved beagle “Schumacher’s” sister was in desperate need of dialysis, which UCD offered. Jan was so impressed with the school that she is on the board.

John Wayne Announcement Party

The big question at the gathering of John Wayne fans was “Where is the Mockingbird Room?” That’s where the kick-off plans were to take place in Highland Park Village. When they realized that it was the gathering room in the HP Village Management Office, it made perfect sense. After all, it overlooks Mockingbird Lane.

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

And it was just the right size for the posse that included Leslie Light, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, Holly Reed, Carter Malouf, Holly and Doug Deason, Linda and Steve Ivy, Patti and Blaine Nelson, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Leslie Ann Crozier, Piper Wyatt, Holly and Stubbs Davis, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Debra Nelson and Tiffany and Paul Divis.

Leslie Light

Leslie Light

Randall Goss

Randall Goss

The big draw was the announcement of plans for the 2015 John Wayne Film Festival that’s being co-chaired by Kara and Randall Goss. The twosome revealed that it will be held from Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27 at HP Village Theater and Look Cinemas benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Joining the local were the Wayne kin including the Duke’s sons Ethan Wayne and  Patrick Wayne, daughter Marisa Wayne and grandchildren Anita Swift and 7-year-old Duke Ditteaux.

Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

According to Anita, “Texas is the place for John Wayne, so it’s the perfect place to have a John Wayne film festival.”

She added that Pat Green may just play again this year and there also may be a free outdoor screening of movies at Klyde Warren Park.

SOLD OUT ALERT: Great Big Jam

Let’s start the week off with good news. This Saturday’s ChildCareGroup’s very first ever Great Big Jam is sold out! What? You didn’t know about it? What’s it about? No, it’s not a get together to make preserves.

Great Big Jam*

Great Big Jam*

It’s kid-oriented at the Dallas Country Club from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with activities and crafts. Ah, but the real emphasis is going to be on literacy. To do that, Great Big Jam Co-Chairs Elizabeth Malone, Leigh Mundinger and Winifred Mundinger have arranged to have New York Times best-selling author Eric Litwin entertain the children. Eric not only wrote “Pete the Cat” but also the new musical series, “The Nuts.”

According to Leigh, “We are so excited about the overwhelming response to the first-ever Great Big Jam. There are very few fundraising events in Dallas where children can get involved and engaged in philanthropy. We are thrilled that the Great Big Jam provides that opportunity, in a fun, family event.”

In addition to wearing their fav PJ’s, munchkin guests “are asked to bring new pajamas to donate to the children served by ChildCareGroup.

While he’s in town, Eric will also perform for the youngsters and families at ChildCareGroup’s MLK Center. And Half Price Books is donating books for the children at MLK.

* Graphic provided by ChildCareGroup

Celebrating Women Luncheon Letter Signing Filled Robyn’s Nest

While the honeybees were checking out the wisteria and flowers blooming all over town, gals were heading to Robyn Conlon’s home sweet home the morning of Tuesday, April 7. No, it wasn’t for Crystal Charity Ball. It was for 2015 Celebrating Women Luncheon.

As Robyn was eating a Jenny Craig omelet (claims she gained a pound during her CCB tenure) with her trusty McDonald’s Diet Coke, hands were personalizing letters for the fundraiser to battle breast cancer at Baylor Health Care System.

This year’s luncheon on Thursday, October 15, at the Anatole will featured breast cancer survivor/former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden.

But on this day Chair Nancy Carter was the main draw. She’s earned so many points by helping others that, of course, folks were going to pitch in.

Barbara Stuart, Melissa Macatee and Pat McEvoy

Barbara Stuart, Melissa Macatee and Pat McEvoy

Letter signing is a bit like a quilting bee. It brings people together for a purpose. In this case, it separates a typical form letter from one that is personalized with a note from a friend. And for this luncheon, it means each signer must go through hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of letters.

Vinnie Reuben

Vinnie Reuben

Debbie Oates

Debbie Oates

Lindalyn Adams

Lindalyn Adams

In the dining room, Lindalyn Adams, Pat McEvoy, Barbara Stuart, Melissa Macatee, Kristina Whitcomb, Vinnie Reuben, Debbie Oates and Tiffany Divis chatted and signed letters. In the breakfast nook, it was Di Johnston and Pam Busbee.

Just as the clock ticked toward noon, Underwriting Co-Chair Beth Layton brought in lunch. No, it was not a catered affair a la Al’s or Cafe Pacific. Think egg salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad and ham-and-cheese sandwiches with chips.

Lunch

Lunch

Check your mailboxes in the days ahead. If the letter isn’t there pretty soon, then let the Baylor team know. They’ll get it to you ASAP.

Community Partners Of Dallas Team Announces Date And Co-Chairs For 2015 Stiletto Strut

After taking the year off and cooling their heels, the Stiletto Strutters are returning this fall! The ladies will be doing the walk once again around Neiman Marcus Downtown’s home block fueled by the bubbly energy drinks.

Stiletto Strut (File photo)

Stiletto Strut (File photo)

 

As reported earlier, this year’s beneficiary is Community Partners of Dallas.

Here are the deets. It’s gonna be on Thursday, October 15. Whoa! That’s gonna be a very busy day, but aren’t they all? However, this one is gonna have folks hitting the Celebrating Women Luncheon at the Anatole for lunch, taking a nap and then heading to NMD to walk.

Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke (File photo)

Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke (File photo)

CPD-ers Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke have arranged to have the HuffinesHolly and Haley — co-chair the event with Honorary Co-chairs Sydney Huffines and Patty Huffines.

So, start thinking about which pair shoes will be hitting the streets with you and schedule your pedicure now if you’re gonna go open toed.

2015 Côtes Du Coeur Patrons Sip The Product Of The Grape At “The Beck House”

Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz opened their fabulous estate (aka The Beck House) on Thursday, April 2, for the 2015 Côtes du Coeur patron party, and what a turnout it was. With Baylor Scott & White doctors, retailing arbiters like Shelle Sills and Jeff Byron and movers-and-shakers like Nikki and Crayton Webb, it was a real mix of smart and fashionable types before fundraising efforts went quiet for the holiday weekend.

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

For some who had been to the mansion back in the day when Patty and Henry Beck were the homeowners, they were surprised to see how the main house had been updated and expanded. The water features were fabulous/

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

Typical of most parties, the kitchen turned into the gathering spot with Matt McAllister and Omar Flores cooking up a storm. While the chefs were preparing food, the talk included Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb back in town and Nikki swearing she was going to stay true to saying, “No” for volunteering…except for Cattle Baron’s…Shelle and Michael Sills were headed to a birthday party…Jana and Mike Brosin reported that they’ll be heading up Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, at the Fairmont.

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Mike and Jana Brosin

Mike and Jana Brosin

But before everyone toddled off, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took her place on the winding stairway and addressed the group (Nancy Gopez, Jennifer Sampson and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger), introducing sponsor Merrill Lynch’s Gillian Breidenbach. Then Kate Rose told of the developments that took place resulting in her personal battle against heart disease. Despite having a healthy heart, her episode with strep throat ended up with entering the world of heart disease and the threat that she would never have children. Thanks to research and technologies, she was able to have three healthy kids, but she and her medical team still carefully monitor her heart.

She then introduced Baylor Scott & White cardiologists, who told of the amazing promises that were in the future for those battling heart disease.