MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Kern Wildenthal Farewell Tribute Dinner

John Eagle and Kern Wildenthal

John Eagle and Kern Wildenthal

Marnie Wildenthal and Shirley Miller

Marnie Wildenthal and Shirley Miller

Just weeks before turning over the leadership of Children’s Medical Center Foundation to Brent Christopher, Dr. Kern Wildenthal was feted by Christina and Chris Durovich on Tuesday, June 7. The gathering of stellar types took place in the Pecan Room with laughter and good wishes.

Christina Durovich and Dan and Stacey Branch

Christina Durovich and Dan and Stacey Branch

While the post is being prepared, check out the folks who were in attendance at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Brenda West Cockerell Launches “In Grandma’s Garden” With Book Signing At De Boulle

Brenda West Cockerell and Denis and Karen Boulle*

Brenda West Cockerell and Denis and Karen Boulle*

Art-loving Brenda West Cockerell tried her hand at writing with the results being “In Grandma’s Garden.” To mark the occasion, a book signing was held on Saturday, June 4, but not at a bookstore. Nope. Try de Boulle. Here’s a report from the field:

On Saturday, June 4, philanthropist Brenda West Cockerell released her first children’s book entitled “In Grandma’s Garden” with a celebration hosted by Karen and Denis Boulle.

Surrounded by family, friends and beautiful flowers, guests mingled in the cozy parlor of de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry, as the proud author signed copies of her book with personalized notes. The afternoon reception included light bites provided by Food Company, butterfly and dragonfly cookies provided by Kim Crigger Warren, and mimosas and wine from Coquerel Wines, Brenda’s side venture with her husband, Clay Cockerell.

Jessica Peters, Charlies Cockerell, Brenda West Cockerell and Clay Cockerell and Lily Cockerell*

Jessica Peters, Charlies Cockerell, Brenda West Cockerell and Clay Cockerell and Lily Cockerell*

With guests curious as to how the story came to be, Brenda shared that “In Grandma’s Garden” was inspired by her dear friend Holly Horton, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. Their mutual passion for children and flowers bonded them as friends, and together they dreamed of writing a children’s book. Upon hearing the devastating news, Brenda composed the book in three days. She then enlisted Linda Ólafsdóttir, an Icelandic illustrator, to bring the magical garden to life.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of “In Grandma’s Garden” will benefit breast cancer research and support initiatives through The Beacon Family Foundation, which Brenda founded in 2014 to provide funding for breast cancer and resources for families struggling with loved ones fighting cancer.

“I have done a lot of things in my life, but this is one that I am the most proud of,” Brenda said. “Holly dedicated her life to children, helping them grow much like the flowers in her garden. My hope is that ‘In Grandma’s Garden’ will bring joy to the lives of children who read it, as well as change to those struggling with breast cancer.”

Liana Yarckin and Kristen Sanger*

Liana Yarckin and Kristen Sanger*

Di Johnston and Jill Goldberg*

Di Johnston and Jill Goldberg*

Guests included Lily Cockerell, Jessica Peters and Charlie Cockerell, Emma Boulle, Nick Boulle, Maggie Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Melissa Sherrill, Nancy Gopez, Di Johnston, Jill Goldberg, Ginnie Johnson, DeeDee Lee, Kristi Hoyl and Sydney Hoyl, Pat Ann Dawson, Hal Rose, Sara Lee Gardner, Viktoria Sattar, Liana Yarkin, Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Announcement Presentation Returned To Korshak With Champagne, Roses And Peacock Feathers

The clouds above were looking like bruised cauliflower on the evening of Friday, June 3. Outside Stanley Korshak, the valet check-in looked more like an afternoon school pick-up lane with valets apologizing for the delay. Across the street, the bulldozers were crunching down Old Warsaw.

Dixie Marshall

Dixie Marshall

Simona Beal and Gracie Beal

Simona Beal and Gracie Beal

John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt

John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt

But inside Korshak, the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs were dress-rehearsing upstairs in the women’s salon, as family and friends (Laura and Jason Downing, Simona Beal, Nancy Labadie, Lisa Laughlin, Dixie Marshall, John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt), gathered with champagne flutes in hand, getting to know each other.

Stanley Korshak gowns

Stanley Korshak gowns

Instead of Neiman Marcus Downtown, where the announcement of debs has taken place in recent years, the event had returned to Korshak after 25 years on Korshak’s 30th anniversary. Thanks to the chilled drinks, the warmish temperatures were staved off. As one vet explained to a newcomer, “Nothing new. Once the overhead lights are turned up, the heat hits.”

Jolie Humphrey

Jolie Humphrey

Tincy Miller

Tincy Miller

With guests taking their seats on either side of the Korshak runway, the program got underway. DSOL Deb Chair Chair Jolie Humphrey looked downright giddy telling the crowd that the theme for the Saturday, February 18th white/black-tie presentation at the Meyerson would be Art Nouveau. Following DSOL Deb Presentation Founder Tincy Miller‘s recalling the origins of the major fundraiser for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Assembly and Honor Guard were presented.

The Assembly officers

The Assembly officers

Honor Guard officers

Honor Guard officers

Then the part of the evening that all had been waiting for started — the announcement presentation of the 2017 frosh class. Alas, a couple of the debs, it seems, had sent word that they would be no-shows. Yes, the debs-to-come were represented beautifully by those on the scene, with white roses and peacock feathers in hand. But they were disappointed that some had been called away to internships and holidays.

Aspen Moraif

Aspen Moraif

Betsy Smith

Betsy Smith

Isabel Yoder

Isabel Yoder

Only problem? Word of a couple of the MIAs hadn’t made it into the script, creating an “Oops” moment or two. But ever-cool DSOL Deb Presentation Announcer Stan Garner championed on without more than a moment or two of pause. Escorted halfway down the aisle by members of the Honor Guard, the debs included Layne Anderson, Gracie Beal, Evan Blanton, Lilli Boren, Olivia Burnett, McKenna Cook, Alicia Crenshaw, Caroline Downing, Marina Frattaroli, Heather Hall, Madeline Hendrick, Ellie Kind, Abby Loncar, Ashlyn Matthews, Juliana McIlveene, Natalie Monger, Aspen Moraif, Allison Rogers, Betsy Smith, Mary Stillman, Bailey Turfitt, Georgia Tyler, Emily Vaughan and Isabel Yoder.

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

As the gals finished their walk down the aisle solo, two or three DSOL-ers were standing behind the seated crowd looking like traffic cops pointing them to the hallway leading backstage.

After the right-official presentation, the gals joined their parents in partying a tad bit more. On the other hand, others guests waiting for the checkout at the valet chatted it up. Stan was the first to hit the line, preparing to pedal it to Southlake to join up with his wife Sara Lee Garner for a rehearsal dinner.

For a look at all the 2017 debs on the scene, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Update: Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day

Naturally, you want an update on the Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day. Early counts claim that more than 20,000 pairs of feet hit the pathways. It may not be a record-breaker, but the numbers are still being counted and then there was that heat/humidity factor.

But the news-of-the-day wasn’t just limited to feet-on-the-ground. According to Dallas Zoo’s Laurie Holloway, “Special thanks to the helicopter teams who pulled up higher when I called today. Low flights spook many of our animals, particularly in the Savanna. Hoofstock, such as giraffes, zebras, etc., are the most susceptible to this, so we ask that you maintain a decent distance over the Zoo habitats.”

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Evidently the critters thought that a presidential candidate might be landing.

2017 Art In Bloom Is Going Dutch With Ambassador Of The Floral Industry René Van Rems In March

The Dallas Museum of Art is having a sizzling summer. First the announcement came out that Ann Hobson would be chairing the 2017 Art Ball. Then it was revealed that Museo Nacional de Arte Director Agustín Arteaga had been tapped to be the Eugene McDermott Director of the DMA.

Jill Goldberg*

Jill Goldberg*

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

Now the Dallas Museum of Art League has just sent word that its annual Art in Bloom is right in place with Sarah Hardin serving as chair. She’s already arranged for Jill Goldberg to serve as honorary chair.

The fundraiser floral symposium and luncheon will be held at the DMA on Monday, March 27, starting with the symposium at 9:30 a.m.

René van Rems*

René van Rems*

As for the guest speaker, it will be René Van Rems, who is regarded as the “world-renowned ambassador of the floral industry.” While he has called San Diego his home “ever since he landed there as an exchange student” 20 years ago, he was born in Amsterdam and “formally educated in the entire spectrum of Floriculture/Horticulture through his studies at Rijsmiddelbare Tuinbouwschool (just try to pronounce that) at Aalsmeer” and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, as well as London.

Being right at home at the podium or in front of television cameras, René has been featured in a number of national publications (Sunset Magazine, Flowers And Magazine, Floral Management, etc.).

In the awards category, he was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s Francis Jones Poetker Award in 1995 and was recognized in 2009 with the American Institute of Floral Designers’ Award of Distinguished Service to the floral industry. Why, the Los Angeles Flower Market even made him the recipient of the first annual René van Rems Award for excellence in design education.

After you get your reservation, you might want to check out one of Rene’s books.

A Morning Coffee Underscores The Patriot Party’s Saluting And Aiding America’s Veterans

This past Monday morning, there were three folks having coffee at NorthPark’s La Madeleine. They were a cute and spry group of 80+ year olds, two women and a man. Unbeknownst to people sitting nearby, they were a treasure trove of history.

The man was 95…”No, I’m 96,” he said with a smile. The woman across the table added, “He was a World War II POW. There aren’t many of them left.” She spoke from the heart, having lost her husband/another vet just the year before.

Over the next few minutes, it was learned that the 96-year-old had been a pilot in a mission where more than 30 planes took off and only four returned. He had been one of those who had been captured by the Germans. After being held captive for a year, he was liberated by the Allied forces and weighed just 86 pounds.

It turned out that the widow’s husband had also been in the same squadron, but he hadn’t been slated to fly that day. Knowing the dangers faced by the crew the previous day, he flew out the next day but returned safely.

Like the widow said, “There aren’t many of them left.”

Veterans*

Veterans*

No, there aren’t many World War II vets left, but they have been joined by countless others who have served this country in the following decades. That is why events benefiting vets are especially poignant when they’re held on Veteran’s Day.

One of those activities is the 5th Annual Patriot Party that will be held on Friday, November 11, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, benefiting the Housing Crisis Center’s (HCC) disabled and homeless veterans program  (Veterans Housing Partnership, Permanent Housing Services and All Citizens Empowerment).

Patriot Party 2016*

Patriot Party 2016*

According HCC Executive Director Sherri Ansley, “Veterans are some of the most vulnerable clients we serve and this event raises critically needed funds to support these sometimes neglected member of the community.”

Katherine Wynne (File photo)

Katherine Wynne (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Chairing the event will be John Baer and Co-Chair Katherine Wynne with Lynn and Allan McBee serving as honorary co-chairs.

Sherri added, “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of HCC’s Patriot Party with such a dedicated group of capable leaders. Lynn and Allan McBee’s commitment to the community is widespread and we are honored to have their endorsement and participation in this important fundraising event.”

In addition to providing the funds, the evening will include a cocktail buffet, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment. There will be more deets revealed in the weeks ahead, but tickets and sponsorships are available now.

* Graphics provided by Housing Crisis Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: CIS Soiree For Students

According to the “CIS Soiree for Students” Honorary Co-Chairs Katherine and Key Coker,

Key and Katherine Coker with CISDR students*

Key and Katherine Coker with CISDR students*

“When our friend asked us to be the honorary co-chairs of the ‘CIS Soiree for Students,’ we were thrilled to support Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) because it helps at-risk students reach their full potential. Key is a big advocate of CISDR having supported the organization through his work as the Dallas CEO at BBVA Compass.

“Thousands of Dallas-area students attend school with the goal to learn, develop and thrive, but unfortunately, 74 percent of these children are struggling with those simple things. Since 1985, CISDR has led an integral intervention on select school campuses, with trained CISDR staff accessible to students every day. This service is provided at no cost to parents with programs that offer individualized tutoring, counseling, truancy diversion, parenting education, socialization and college/career preparation. At the close of the 2014-15 school year, 9,182 children had received support on their campuses, with 90 percent improving in academics and 91 percent of eligible seniors graduating.

“As our kids are getting ready to go back to school this August, the ‘CIS Soiree for Students’ will be there to improve educational equality for all children in our community. This year’s event is on Saturday, August 27, and it will include an elegant dinner and live and silent auctions with exciting musical entertainment—all in the magical setting of Dallas’ own Texas Discovery Gardens and the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House.

“The ‘Soiree’ is made possible in part by Presenting Sponsor Alon USA, Malachite Sponsors DFW NCDA and Lewis Public Relations, Chrysalis Sponsors Serena Simmons Connelly and Turner Construction and Benefactors Cherrise and Fredrik Cederqvist and the Clampitt Foundation. Media Sponsors include PaperCity and Park Cities News and the Waters Family. The chair is Maggie Cooke Kipp and the auction co-chairs are Sara and Bill Woodall. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us so far, and we welcome additional sponsors and partners.

“Please join us and other members of the community in making a difference in the lives of Dallas-area students. Individual tickets are available at $175 each, with ‘Premier Pairs’ of benefactor tickets available for $450 and sponsorships starting at $2,500. With your help, we can ensure a successful new school year for thousands of at-risk kids in our community.”

* Photo provided by Communities in Schools of Dallas Region

Hot Thursday (Hello, Like Tomorrow) Is Dollar Day At The Dallas Zoo

Brace yourself. We’re heading into the steamy, hottest days of summer. How in the world can it be more bearable? Simple. Way more than simple, thanks to the Dallas Zoo.

Tomorrow (aka Thursday, July 21) will be a “Dollar Day” day. OMG. For a cheap thrill, folks can see the greatest creations of Mother Nature. So what are the special deals? How about:

  • • $1 admission (free for 2 and under and Zoo members)
  • $1 selected snack items
  • $1 nectar to feed the lorikeets
  • $2 Endangered Species Carousel
  • $5 giraffe feedings$8 parking (limited)
Giraffe (File photo)

Giraffe (File photo)

BTW, if you’re gonna feed the giraffes, please be cool. They have tongues that are longer than a socialites’ Christmas card list.

If you haven’t been at the Dallas Zoo since the newbie elephants from Africa set up camp, take the time to check out the bambino elephant’s name that will be revealed on Reunion Tower at 9 p.m. tonight. (Update: Abaju). Talk about smart marketing. Wink, wink.

Whew! Don’t worry about gift-giving for the baby elephant. He ain’t registered at Babies R Us nor Hollywood Feed, so gifts are not expected.

And if your budget is tighter than a high-school prom squeeze, then consider venturing on to the Dart red line. You just might be surprised about this public “Uber” transportation that will take you to the Dallas Zoo.

Yes, for those of the Pokemon searchers, the Dallas Zoo is ready for you. Giggle.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Announcement Presentation

Natalie Monger

Natalie Monger

In less than 10 months, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will be presenting the 2017 debutantes at the Meyerson. To get things moving along, the newest crop of young women were announced on Friday, June 3. Alas, due to summer vacations, not all the gals were on hand. But the ones who were there wore highest heels and adorable dresses to show off their longer-than-long legs.

Stanley Korshak gowns

Stanley Korshak gowns

Taking place on the top floor of Stanley Korshak, family and friends not only got to see the to-be-debs escorted down the aisle by members of the DSOL Honor Guard, they also got to know each other. Wise move, since the months ahead will be filled with activities and plans.

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

While the post is being prepared, get a look at the Korshak announcement party at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Entrepreneurs For North Texas To Be Rolled Into Communities Foundation Of Texas Eliminating The Need For A Director

Catherine Cuellar (File photo)

Catherine Cuellar (File photo)

It was a year ago today that Catherine Cuellar became director of Entrepreneurs For North Texas, the organization that “assists our Member Companies in harnessing the power of their corporate assets through philanthropy and community programs in order to serve social needs while meeting corporate objectives.”

Ironically, today word arrived that she is looking for other opportunities. But before you go thinking there was a hard-feelings breakup, stop. You’re headed in the wrong direction.

According to Communities Foundation of TexasCarol Goglia, when EFNT started back in 2000 it was an independent organization that was a program of CFT, sorta like a kissing cousin of CFT. Over the years as it evolved, the lines between business-oriented programs and CFT became more and more blurred. In other words, EFNT was becoming an immediate family member of CFT.  In recent months and after much strategic planning by EFNT and CFT, it was decided that EFNT should be rolled totally into CFT. And while there will still be the Freedom Day and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, there would be no need for a separate website nor a director.

Carol said that Catherine had been part of the strategic team planning of EFNT’s evolvement resulting in the elimination of a director. However, Carol added that while CFT would continue to seek Catherine’s counsel, Catherine was available for more permanent opportunities that could use her leadership and strategic planning on a permanent basis.

As part of the transition, CFT has a website that can help businesses in their corporate giving.