JUST IN: Ann Hobson To Chair 2017 Art Ball

Ann Hobson (File photo)

Ann Hobson (File photo)

If Dallas had an All-American poster gal, Ann Hobson would be a finalist if not the winner. In addition to the killer smile, the great cheekbones and the twinkling eyes, the blonde actually has even more going for her. There’s her fabulous taste (example: the Hobsons’ home-sweet-home), her smarts (Duke grad, don’t you know) and her cutie-pie Ivy Leaguer husband Lee Hobson and three kiddos. And then there’s her involvement in the community that has ranged from VNA, Episcopal School of Dallas, TACA to the Dallas Museum of Art.

That last one is going to take full advantage of Ann’s time and talents in the year ahead, since she’s just been named to chair the 2017 Art Ball. But don’t worry about Ann. She’s an old hand at throwing soirees at the DMA. Just back in 2013, she co-chaired the Museum’s polished Silver Supper with present DMA Chairman of the Board Melissa Fetter.

While details are still being worked out, there will still be the auction, seated dinner and dancing. So, put Saturday, April 22, on your “must-attend” list. If it follows Ann’s usual POA, the gala will be smart, elegant and fun.

Annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Committee Luncheon Enjoyed The Fashion And Foodie Perks Of Neiman Marcus Downtown

Unlike the Crystal Charity Ball newbie luncheon in the Neiman Marcus Downtown’s Zodiac Room on Wednesday, May 11, the Equest Women’s Auxiliary committee on Wednesday, May 11, was a tale of a different story.  A model made the rounds in furs and even a crocodile coat ($1,500+). And then there were the popovers, plus the chick broth opener. Well, gee whiz, can life get any better?

After a personal greeting from NM DT GM Jeff Byron, who got hooked on Equest when he took over the flagship store three years ago, and a welcome by Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston and Equest Executive Director Lili Kellogg, it was time to sip the broth and dine.

Di Johnston

Di Johnston

Nancy Carter and Michaela Dyer

Nancy Carter and Michaela Dyer

Kim Miller and Angie Kadesky

Kim Miller and Angie Kadesky

So, what was the table talk? At one end of the rectangular table was Nancy Carter, incoming Equest Auxiliary President Angie Kadesky, Tiffany Divis and Melissa Macatee commiserating over the past season. Nancy was talking about the progress of her company’s latest hotel projects in North Texas, Austin and Houston… Angie was wearing a vintage Emilio Puccini dress… Tiffany was glowing about daughter Monet Ball’s returning to Dallas with husband George Ball and the arrival of their baby in August.

And, yes, there was talk about the Auxiliary’s fall fundraiser that will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Event Chair Kara Axley has not only arranged for Highland Park Village to provide the fashions on the runway, but to have Lezlie and Bill Noble as the honorary co-chairs and for the 2016 Equest Award for Community Service award to be presented to Lindalyn Adams.

North Texas Prepares To Battle Buzzing Terrorists

Recently Christie Carter told how someone had wondered why Noah didn’t swat the two mosquitoes as they boarded his ark. After all, would anyone miss the little bloodsuckers? They make a Great White Shark seem downright friendly. Perhaps instead of The Discovery Channel’s producing “Shark Week,” it should try “Skeeter Week.”

But seriously, this disease-carrying “little fly” has once again made headlines with its spreading the Zika virus, as well as West Nile. Luckily, the reported Zika cases reported in North Texas have resulted from people traveling to other countries.

But with the recent rains and heat providing a nirvana for skeeters to flourish, it’s time to take precautions. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the chances of mosquitoes creating havoc:

Abandoned flower pots

Abandoned flower pots

  • Get rid of standing water — Take you kids around your yard and play the game of spotting stagnant water. It could be anything from a birdbath, an abandoned flower pot, a blocked drain or a dog bowl.
  • Screens — Make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not torn. That slit of an opening makes your home an open house for the critters.
  • DEET — As much as you love your perfume, the scent of the season is DEET.
  • Outdoor entertaining — If you’re having folks over for a backyard picnic or just chilling in the heat, consider outdoor mosquito prevention like foggers before the guests arrive. Also, electric fans will not only create a pleasant breeze, they also keep the air stirred up and skeeters don’t care for turbulence.
  • Swimming pools — Maintain yours and report abandoned ones to the Dallas County Health Department.
  • Garden pools — If you have a water garden, add a mosquitofish (Gambusia) to it.
  • Clothes — You’re really gonna hate this one, but long-sleeved shirts and long pants are like armor against the flying-disease carriers. On the other hand, they hate light colored clothing.
  • Times of day — Instead of those lovely walks at dawn and dusk around the neighborhood, head to an enclosed shopping center. Skeeters’ fav time of day is just as the sun is rising and setting. Hey, they may be small, but they’re not dumb. They don’t like the brutal heat of the day.
  • Outdoor lighting — While they’re not repellents, the yellow bug lights attract fewer mosquitoes than traditional white lights.
  • Baby protection — Provide baby carriers and beds with netting.
  • Area sprayings schedules — Check when your neighborhood is going to have the trucks spraying and keep the kids and pets indoors at that time.

Too bad Noah didn’t take some precautions. Perhaps those two skeeters would have missed the boat.

2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Chairmen Dinner Was Held In Area’s Most Elegant Storm-Worthy Shelter

By Tuesday, May 10, tornado warnings seemed to have become routine. Still, with clouds looking like street gangs ready to rumble, locals were still heeding the words of weather guessers that North Texas should be prepared for another round of flooding, hail, wind and locusts. Okay, so maybe not the locusts, but everything else.

John and Mary Martha Pickens, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

John and Mary Martha Pickens, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

Luckily for the annual Crystal Charity Ball Former Chairmen dinner, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter and her team had picked the perfect spot for the seated supper underwritten by Bank of America, U. S. Trust Private Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch: Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s estate.IMG_5859 Joyce Lacerte, Tucker Enthoven, Angie Kadesky and Caren Kline

When one guest inquired about possible tornadoes, hostess Joyce promptly replied, “We have a full basement and can just move the party downstairs.”

Karen Shuford

Karen Shuford

Randi Halsell

Randi Halsell

Jill Smith, Gloria Martindale and Vicki Chapman

Jill Smith, Gloria Martindale and Vicki Chapman

In addition to having the most palatial “storm shelter” in these surroundings, if guests like Barbara Varel (1970), Joyce Mitchell (1988), Sally Berry (1990), Sara Martineau (1993), Barbara Stuart (1994), Randi Halsell (1996), Tincy Miller (1997), Becky Bright (1999), Karen Shuford (2000), Nancy Chapman (2001), Lydia Novakov (2002), Margo Goodwin (2004), Jill Smith (2005), Debbie Snell (2006), Vicki Chapman (2007), Gloria Martindale (2008), Debbie Oates (2009), Cynthia Mitchell (2010), Aileen Pratt (2012),   Robyn Conlon (2014), Caren Kline (2013) and Michal Powell (2015) and and their husbands/dates were forced to hunker downstairs, Cassandra Fine Catering team plus Lacerte house manager Roxann Vyazmensky could easily have moved the feast from the elegant tables set up in the Lacerte’s great room on the ground level downstairs. Talk about glorious MREs — baby greens salad, pan seared beef tenderloin with lobster risotto and orange custard for dessert.

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Christie Carter, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Dinner table setting

2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Dinner table setting

Kathy and Richard Holt

Kathy and Richard Holt

But luckily the need to “seek shelter” didn’t take place and all went according to plan with Bank of America Dallas Market President Richard Holt and his blonde wife Kathy Holt greeting the 22 former chairs, who have helped lead the 64-year-old organization to provide more than $123M for Dallas area children’s charities.

For more photos from the dinner, please check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Bruce Wood Dance Project And Dallas Black Dance Theatre Awarded TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Funds

For the fifth year philanthropist Donna Wilhelm has stepped up to provide support for the performing arts. Through the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund, Donna has annually awarded $100,000 in grants “to support the development and performance of innovative new works of music, dance and theater in Dallas County.”

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

The 2016 recipients are the Bruce Wood Dance Project and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Thanks to Donna’s funding, the two dance groups will be able to produce the following programs:

  • “Bruce Wood Dance Project will enlist the creative talents of award-winning music theater composer, arranger, and conductor Joseph Thalken and BWDP Artistic Associate and SMU Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Albert Drake. Their collaborative work will explore the refugee experience across cultures through conversations, music, and dance. The work is scheduled to premiere June 2017 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.
  • “Dallas Black Dance Theatre will mount a new work by choreographer, dancer and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rehearsal director Matthew Rushing, set to a score developed by world-renowned jazz pianist and composer Ted Rosenthal. The tribute-themed ballet will pay homage to legendary African American dancers and choreographers over the past century, including Talley Beatty, Alvin Ailey, and Donald McKayle. The multi-disciplinary work, utilizing video and live music, is slated to premiere in November.”

Past recipients of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund have included

  • 2012 — African American Report, Cara Mia Theatre Company and Dallas Theater Center
  • 2013 — Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre and Voices of Change
  • 2014 — Dallas Bach Society, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fine Arts Chamber Players and The Dallas Opera
  • 2015 — Dallas Theater Center and Kitchen Dog Theater

The selection of the recipients is made from submitted application that are “reviewed each year by a national panel of distinguished artists and arts managers.” This year’s jurors included

  • Matt Albert (Chair, Department of Chamber Music, University of Michigan)
  • Laura Barbee (Adjunct Faculty Member, The School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, TCU)
  • Stephen Brown-Fried (Theatre Director)
  • Roger Brunyate (Director Emeritus, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University)
  • Kenneth Foster (Director of Arts Leadership, Thornton School of Music, USC)
  • Greg Fulkerson (Professor of Violin, Oberlin College and Conservatory)
  • Dean Gladden (Managing Director, The Alley Theatre)
  • Andy Grotelueschen (Company Member, Fiasco Theater)
  • Emily Hunter (Dance Teacher, Booker T. Washington High School Greg Hustis: Professor of Horn, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU Baba Israel: Artist, Producer, Educator, and Consultant)
  • Parisa Khobdeh (Dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Company)
  • Emily Lyon (Literary Manager, BEDLAM)
  • Patricia McGregor (Theatre Director, Writer, and Playwright)
  • Jonathan Moscone (Chief of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts)
  • Jonathan Norton (Playwright)
  • Brian Perry (Bassist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
  • Roche Schulfer (Executive Director, Goodman Theatre)

For more information about applications and requirements, contact Greg Oertel at 214.520.3930.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Crystal Charity Ball Former Chairmen Dinner

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Christie Carter, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Christie Carter, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

Despite all types of threatening weather, the veteran Crystal Charity Ball chairmen got together for their annual dinner on Tuesday, May 10. Luckily, it was at Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s home and if a tornado was to hit, there would be no better place to be.

Tables setting

Tables setting

While the post is underway, the photos are on display now at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Trinity River Mission’s 17th Annual Mission Ole’s Letters Are Signed, Sealed And By Now Delivered

Mission Ole letter signing with Cindy Turner, Anne Schooler, Leslie Chambless and Margaret Spelling

Mission Ole letter signing with Cindy Turner, Ann Schooler, Lesley Chambless and Margaret Spellings

As Lesley Chambless’ dining room table was covered with sheets of letterheads, envelopes and pens on the morning of Tuesday, June 14, a group of gals settled down to personalize letters announcing plans for the Trinity River Mission fundraiser 17th Annual Mission Olé on Thursday, October 27.

Ann Schooler

Ann Schooler

Lesley Chambless

Lesley Chambless

As pens hit paper, a question was raised, “So, why did you all get involved with Trinity River Mission?” All fingers point to interior designer Ann Schooler in a killer white blouse that Ann fessed up came from Tootsie’s.

Without losing a beat, Anne continued applying her “Johan Hancock” to the letters and told how seeing the kids’ education program had been the driving force.

Cindy Turner laughed that it was a partnership of Ann and her husband Matt: “Ann makes the call to come to dinner and Matt makes the close.”

Cindy Turner

Cindy Turner

Margaret Spelling

Margaret Spellings

After last year’s “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead)” theme success, the decision was made by Co-Chairs Lesley, Ann and Margaret Spellings to keep it going and bring on board Gail Fischer as the honorary chair.

But the group decided to move the evening of auction items, loads of food, unique face painting and Trinity River Mission students dancing in period costumes with Day of the Dead painted faces. Speaking of made-up-faces, Anne pulled out her tablet revealing that invitations were being created that could double as masks just in case guests didn’t have time to have one designed or to buy one.

This year it will be held at Chicken Scratch. The reason? In addition to its being a great venue, the co-chairs felt its West Dallas location brought greater support and awareness of the TRM neighborhood. A volunteer-based community learning center, TRM is “dedicated to supporting the development of education success in the children, youth and families of West Dallas.”

If you haven’t gotten your letter in the snail mailbox, gee. Call 214.744.6774 and they’ll make it happen pronto!

A Passing: Mickey Rosmarin

Dallasites have clucked for ages about bringing fashion to the Southwest. And who’s to question Carrie Marcus Neiman, Herbert Marcus, Stanley Marcus and the rest of the tasteful Marcus clan’s establishing the forefront of the smart set in the world of couture?

Why, sure, there were the Sakowitz folks in Houston with W’s Johnny Fairchild’s ever darling Lynn Sakowitz Wyatt. Does that woman ever age? But still the Marcus crew ruled for decades.

Then, in the 1970’s, a young upstart in Houston by the name of Mickey Rosmarin opened up a T-shirt shop — Honest Threads — in Houston’s  Montrose neighborhood. His interpretation of cutting-edge fashion was such a hit that he opened up a boutique in 1975.

In the 1980s he moved the operation to Houston’s Highland Village along Westheimer with avant-garde dressing. Then in 2011 Mickey “relocated from its Highland Village digs to a [35,000-square-foot] luxurious fashion palace in West Ave.”

That Mickey center-of the-world fashion was called Tootsies, and it delighted the very fashionable set. Think of it as a Lou Lattimore, Gazebo or Forty Five Ten of the 70s, 80s, 90s, etc.

Mickey saw gold in the them-thar-hills of Dallas and opened a salon in the digs that once were Neiman Marcus in Preston Center. Over the years…decades… the boutique smartly tied in with charity offerings with fashions for fundraising opportunities like Mary Kay’s Suits for Shelter.

Today we regret to share that the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Mickey, at the age of 63, died of a heart attack. Luckily, his sister, artist Susie Rosmarin, reports that, “He seemed fine. He loved life. He was full of energy.”

According to Houston’s Kristi Schiller, “Mickey Rosmarin was the consummate gentleman of haute couture. The world has lost one of the most extraordinary people I have ever known. If I could say one last thing to him that summarizes over 25 years of admiration and friendship I would say, ‘Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and for always inspiring me to make a statement without saying a word.’ Mickey always stuck to his conviction about how women should look – elegant, joyful, feminine – no matter how much fashion changed, but his taste never wavered.”

The Tootsies team put it simply, “Today we lost our amazing founder, Mickey Rosmarin. He loved Tootsies, and has left us with a legacy of style and generosity. We will miss his smiling face every day.”

To the Houston home base of Tootsies and its Dallas cousin, we extend our sincere condolences and our thanks for sharing your generosity and fashion sense with North Texas.

Cattle Baronesses Gather At Bistro 31 To Kick Off Fundraising For Naming Of Hope Lodge Suite

As storms were cooking up down in Stephenville on Tuesday, May 10, the Cattle Baronesses were gathering at Bistro 31 to kick off their newest project — to raise $100,000 for Cattle Baron’s Ball’s naming of a Hope Lodge Suite.

Cara French and Andrea Weber

Cara French and Andrea Weber

Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber reported that if 200 present and/or past committee members would contribute at least $500, they’d meet their goal.

FYI: Hope Lodge is the American Cancer Society facility being built at the Baylor University Medical Center campus that will provide residence for those seeking treatment for cancer in the North Texas area and their families. It is a godsend for people who should not have to worry about where they can stay while trying to save their lives.

Amy Turner and Katherine Wynne

Amy Turner and Katherine Wynne

But all the talk on this evening was not limited to the need for Hope Lodge. Andrea surprised some of the guests with news that she was not just pregnant. Nope. She’s due to deliver a son just days before the Saturday, October 15, fundraiser at Gilley’s.

In the meantime, Cara was recalling the night before when she and more than a dozen gals attended the Beyonce concert at AT&T Stadium. Review: It was spectacular. One wished Queen B had done some of her old tunes.

2005 CBB Chair Amy Turner in shorts with Chanel purse chatted with 2009 CBB Chair Katherine Wynne, who was on her way to the Zoo To Do kick-off party at the Dallas Zoo.

JUST IN: Aware Dallas’ Celebrate The Moments Plans And Beneficiaries Announced

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart (File photo)

After packing the younger elves off for summer camp and checking elder-type elves in for surgical enhancements, MySweetCharity headquarters continues being hit with all types of news. Forget all those rumors that things were calming down for the summer.

Aware Dallas President Venise Stuart just sent word that plans are already in place for the fundraising Aware Affair gala, “Celebrate the Moments,” on Saturday, April 8, at the Hilton Anatole. Co-chairing the evening of auctions, three-course dinning and dancing to Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra tunes will be Angela Fontana and Andrew Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan.

Proceeds from the annual soiree will benefit the following programs dealing with Alzheimer’s:

  • Center for BrainHealth: Support for research aimed at slowing the rate of cognitive decline in patients with Early Mild Cognitive Impairment;
  • Juliette Fowler Homes, Inc.: Support for an expansion in the Art Therapy Program for residents who live with various stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias;
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church: Support for the Casa de Vida program offering affordable respite care for caregivers of individuals diagnosed with beginning-to-middle stage dementia being cared for at home;
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation: Support for the Grace Caring Fund which provides a safety net for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents experiencing financial hardship ensuring that they can continue living at Grace;
  • The Senior Source: Support for Senior Companions (volunteers) to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach: Support for Musical Therapy Concerts for Seniors in Priority Facilities;
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Support for the Clinical Neurology Fellowship Program.