Wednesday’s Child Luncheon Is Going To Impress With The Tuohy Touch

She impressed Sandra Bullock and now she’s going to make a definite impression on a passel of folks Friday at the Ritz-Carlton. She is Leigh Anne Touhy of The Blind Side and will featured speaker for the annual Wednesday’s ChildBelonging” Luncheon.

Chairs Janelle and Larry Friedman have arranged for a “Heart of the Art” silent auction, book signing by Leigh Anne, a Super Bowl and Naomi jewelry raffle and a holiday performance by the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Scratch your head and you’ll remember the children performed at Barbara Bush‘s “A Celebration Reading” and were incredible.

If you’re wondering what the heck is the “Heart of the Art,” you just knew we’d have the answer. It’s various pieces of art created by the likes of Phil Romano, Emmitt Smith, Lynn Dealey, Lisa Boyd, Roz Campisi and Molly DeVoss. The trick is that each pieces has a heart in it.

And, as if all of that isn’t enough, Myrna Schlegel will be presented the “Gloria Award” for her long-time support for foster children, and Julie and Lance Brennan will receive the “Belonging” Award because of their “embodying the spirit of belonging to assure change in the lives of North Texas foster children.”

If you act now, you just might be able to get one of the last remaining tickets by calling 469.718.5616.

Crystal Charity Ball Underwriters Who Define The Spirit Of The Season

Santa’s elves have been swamped in helping the Crystal Charity Ball committee prepare for Saturday night’s “An Evening in Imperial Kyoto.” Wouldn’t you know they just discovered some VIU’s (Very Important Underwriters) whom you need to add to your appreciation thoughts including good old Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous:

  • Apollo Power & Light
  • Jane Sanford Beasley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Busbee
  • Capital for Kids
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence B. Dale
  • Susan H. and John C. Farris Family Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glassmoyer
  • Drs. Gail and Fred Hackney
  • Hegi Family Foundation
  • Libby and David S. Hunt
  • Angie and Kevin Kadesky
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Knowles
  • Deborah and Randy Laza
  • Mary Potishman Lard Trust
  • Sara and David Martineau
  • Paula and Bay Miltenberger
  • Minyard Founders Foundation
  • Allison and Doug O’Briant
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Priddy
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bryan H. Pruitt
  • Dr. Carol and Mr. Frank A. Riddick III
  • Debbie and Ric Scripps
  • Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solmon
  • Peggy and Jere Thompson
  • True North Advisors/Alicia and Scott Wood and Christy and Mark Gelbach
  • Kelly and Jim Walker
  • Dr. and Mrs. David R. Webb Jr.

If you see one or two of them, why not give them a pat on the back?


Rhinestones And Tom Addis Are A Cattle Barons Best Friends Come October 15

Wednesday night the theme for the 2011 Cattle Barons Ball was announced by Chair Jennifer Dix at Bachendorfs. Better start collecting as much glitter as possible because it’s gonna be “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

It’ll be Saturday, October 15, at Southfork. But don’t be lulled into thinking, “Same place as last year.” Rather it’s may be the same canvas, but Tom “Party Producer to the Rich and Famous” Addis will be the artist handling this year’s masterpiece.

Just imagine all the clever ways rhinestones will be worn come the fall. Designers are already at their sketch boards coming up with boots, hats and chaps. Just to get guests in the mood. Bachendorf’s Lawrence Bock had guests photographed with a male and female model in overly sequined cowboy garb.

Do you think Glen Campbell will be able to make it?

Share-The-Date: Teaming Up For Healthy Kids

Photo provided by The Cooper Institute

Tuesday, March 22, 2011: It should be the healthiest lunch held. The Cooper Institute’s “Teaming Up For Healthy Kids” will take place at the Hyatt Regency with NFL’s main man,  Archie Manning (pictured). Not only was Archie a legendary quarterback in his own right, he is the father of Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton and Eli.

In keeping with First Lady Michelle Obama‘s effort to reduce obesity in children, Dr. Ken Cooper and Archie will talk about “healthy families, the rise in childhood obesity and what The Cooper Institute is doing to reverse the obesity epidemic.

Stephanie Oakes Graham and Edi Lycke are co-chairing the event with tickets starting at $150 for individuals.

Tutu Chic Patrons Party Bodes Fashionable Luncheon Today

If you’re putting on your best duds for today’s Tutu Chic Luncheon at the Winspear, you’re gonna feel right at home with the rest of the gals. Let’s just say that Wednesday night’s patrons party hosted by Claire and Dwight Emanuelson (pictured left with Claire Emanuelson)  at their gem of a home was just a warm-up of fabulous things to come.

Since Wednesday’s weather was perfect for the Emanuelsons’ outdoor entertainment area with its fireplace, the group of fashionable types gathered there. While Claire worried that it might be too chilly, Dwight just stoked up the fireplace a smidge.

Despite the fact that two of the Tutu Chic founders were MIA (Gina Betts had to take care of an international client and Tanya Foster was helping get the Anatole ready for Saturday’s Crystal Charity Ball), Elaine Agather (pictured) and Olivia Kearney were fashionably holding down the fort.

Designer Naeem Khan and his Director 0f Sales Tim Quinn along with a Stanley Korshak entourage (Crawford Brock, Rose Clark and Ann Sappington) were deep in conversation with locals nonprofessional fashion experts Sunie Solomon in Jimmy Choo black feathered boots and matching purse and Barbara Daseke (pictured right with, from the left, Sunie Solomon and Olivia Kearney) in a gold and silver glittering pencil skirt. 

Oh, by the way, if you haven’t picked up on it, stockings are back. No, not support hose. Oh, please! Think opaque, sheer, lace, anything goes except naked legs. They’re so yesterday.

Sidenote: The Winspear is going to show its versatility today. Just last night Virgin Airlines had Willie Nelson on stage and today it will be the prima ballerinas from the Texas Ballet Theater and models.

Holiday Trees Will Be Sprouting Up At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Starting Tonight

If you’ve ever been to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, you know the first thing that hits you when you walk in the door is the smell of  popcorn. It immediately sets a feeling of being very user-friendly for munchkins.

With the holidays moving at a non-stop pace, TSRHC is adding to the sensory systems with its annual lighting and decorating of the Holiday Trees tonight.

It’s not your typical turn on a switch, the tree is lit and everyone goes home event. Heavens, no. We’re talking Scottish Rite, please!

The program starts at 5:45 p.m. with the giant tree being lit by TSRHC Trustee Ralph Wayne and TSRHC patient, four-year old Avery Taylor of Plano. Then more than 400 volunteers from community organizations will be decorate 50 holiday trees located throughout the hospital.

Of course, Santa will be on hand along with the Town North Concert Band. He’s no dummy. Santa always knows where the best boys and girls are.

Don’t You Just Love Clever Giving?

Last year when Dallas was being hit with severe cold weather, a local company benefited three nonprofits groups with one check. They sent an associate to Goodwill each day to buy half of the blankets for a couple of weeks. The good blankets were sent to a homeless shelter and the rest to the SPCA.

Not only did they use their purchasing power at Goodwill, they also helped a couple of nonprofits in need of “coverage.”

Ah, you wonder why they just didn’t buy all the blankets at Goodwill each day. Good question. You’re just so darn smart. It was because the company’s management didn’t want to prevent Goodwill shoppers of some bargains just in case they were in need of a blanket.


Dallas Film Society’s “The Art Of Film” Proves Legends Like Robert Duvall Are Ageless

Robert Duvall might as well just move to Texas. Yup, his home is in Virginia with his wife Luciana, but his fan base in Dallas alone would get him elected to anything he wants. The sell-out attendance and its enthusiasm about his Friday, November 19, appearance at the Dallas Film Society‘s The Art of Film should prove that.


Before he even arrived, a patrons party held the Wednesday before at Newt Walker’s was a sneak preview of the types of Dallas film lovers involved. Relative new face on the scene was Arthur Benjamin with his gal pal Sundays Hunt (pictured left with Arthur Benjamin).  Besides being the title sponsor of the Friday night event, Arthur has deep roots in the celluloid industry. His uncle was the late Robert S. Benjamin, who was “a driving force in turning United Artists around in the 1960’s and later went on to form Orion Pictures in 1978 as a joint venture.”

Arthur met Dallas Film Society Chairman Michael Cain and his wife Melina at the Palomar’s 214 one morning and learned about the proposed Duvall visit. He was so impressed with the plan that he stepped up to be the title sponsor to honor his late uncle.

When asked if he’s any relation to actor Richard Benjamin, Arthur chuckled, “No,” but he and Richard knew each other. It seems that both used to order Chinese food from the same Beverly Hills restaurant, which invariably would get the orders mixed up. So many times Arthur and Richard would meet on Beverly Drive and exchange paper bags.


As guests arrived at the Hall of State for the reception, interview and dinner with “Bobby,” it was obvious that this was a definite red carpet affair. With reporters, cameras, lights, sponsors backdrop and red carpet, Duvall and his interviewer Elvis Mitchell (pictured) were facing a mighty gauntlet. But they weren’t alone. Mayor Tom Leppert, Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust (pictured), DFS founder Liener Temerlin, Arthur, Michael and a dressy group of guests chatted it up.

While guests waited patiently inside for Bobby, red carpet journalists quickly learned why Duvall is considered a legend. He took time to talk with each person as if there were no one else in the world.

Ah, but inside the Hall of State lobby were two mighty important people — at least to Bobby. On a bench, just to the right of the entrance, a petite beauty all in black sat talking with a Barry Corbin look-alike complete with cowboy hat. It was obvious from afar that they were longtime friends. They were none other than Mrs. Duvall (Luciana) and the Duvalls’ longtime friend Sheriff Arvin West (pictured right with Luciana Duvall) from Hudspeth County. Since meeting in 2000 in Lajitas, the three had become great friends with Arvin visiting the Duvalls’ home several times.

“He is the definition of a red-blooded American,” Arvin said. “He’s today’s John Wayne.”

While Arvin and Luciana sat in the lobby waiting for Bobby to finish his red carpet strut, a handful of VIP’s were in the West Texas Room Library. There weren’t that many, so they felt that once Duvall arrived, they would have a leisurely time with the Academy Award winner.

Ah, but that was not the case. Once Bobby left the red carpet, the sea of people parted for him throughout the lobby and followed him. It was obvious that the men checking credentials at the VIP room were going to have their hands full. Pretty soon the library filled with people. Everyone appeared to be a VIP. Instead of having a place for Duvall to stand for photos and visit with the VIP’s, he found himself in the back of the room between the wall and the bar with people trying to get to him. One woman wanted to walk with him about a story idea. Another just wanted to bend his ear. PR’s Beth Wilbin diplomatically tried to arrange quick photo opps for extreme VIPs like Event Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee (pictured right with, from the left, Robert Duvall and Lynn McBee) in the sea of  people. In fact the only people not trying to get to Duvall were Luciana and Arvin.

Eventually, Bobby was escorted to a SRO Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall for “the conversation.” As VIP’s found their seats in the front five rows, Luciana found her seat on the front row but none for Arvin. Without a nano-second of hesitation, the Argentine beauty insisted the cowboy sheriff take her seat. He wouldn’t hear of it until he saw the look in her eye. Quietly, he took his seat and removed his hat. Organizers quickly saw the situation and a seat on the second row center was found for Luciana.

When all were settled (pictured) and cameras at the back of the room were rolling, the program started.

With his dreadlocks in full array Elvis opened the talk with “First, I’m honored to be back in Dallas, and, second, I’m not James Faust (DSF artistic director).”  He went on to quote Horton Foote regarding Duvall: “He’s the best there is.”

Then the two (pictured from the left Elvis Mitchell and Robert Duvall) settled back for a 53-minute conversation that covered such topics as —

  • His last stage play American Buffalo (1977) and Lonesome Dove were the highlights of his career.
  • He doesn’t read reviews. “I hear about them.”
  • On Lonesome Dove: “It’s like a bible in Texas. My wife still hasn’t seen it. But that’s OK.”
  • On Dwight Eisenhower: “He was a wonderful man. I tried to find the essence, the vulnerability. He was a very decent man.”
  • “If there were no movies, I would go back do plays.”
  • “I was sitting outside having lunch one day and here Frank Sinatra walks down Third Avenue one day and Paul Newman walks up Third Avenue and they meet. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, there’s power.'”
  • On Marlon Brando: “He wouldn’t speak to you for six months. A strange guy. On the Godfather, there was a lot of mooning, a lot of stories, but there might be some children here. A lot of fun on the set.”
  • “Wherever (Marlon) Brando is, he loves Jimmy Caan. To this day, he’s still trying to figure out a joke that Jimmy told him 25 years ago. Anytime he’d tell a joke, it would take three second for Brand.” Duvall does an impression of Brando (pictured).
  • “A young actor once said to me, ‘What do you do between jobs when you are young?’ I said, ‘Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies, and more hobbies to keep you off the dope.'”
  • “When I went to Hollywood years ago, I had a lot of free time between jobs. So I went to the Pickwick Stables. Four dollars a hour I could take a horse out. So I figured I was gonna get a good seat on a horse because most actors don’t have a good seat on a horse. I went out bareback, English saddle, western saddle. I learned how to jump a horse, did some competition.”
  • “I (pictured) die pretty well.” (Colors, Geronimo and Lonesome Dove.)
  • “I can remember Beau Bridges, Jeff’s brother. We were at Rodney Dangerfield in the Comedy Club in New York City and we were sitting this far away and he (Rodney) demanded that we laugh. We wouldn’t laugh. He really got put out. He really wasn’t that funny that night.”
  • “Argentines think when lightning strikes, it’s God taking their picture.”
  • Sammy Baugh: “For eight years he didn’t know who I was. Well, I sat down with him for two hours and talked. All those gestures that I had in Lonesome Dove, I got from him.”
  • “A guy in Dallas told me that when (Larry) McMurtry wrote Lonesome Dove, he thought  of Don Quixote.”
  • “Broken Trail is one of my favorites.”
  • Angelo Evans (the 7-year old gypsy star of Duvall (pictured)-directed Angelo My Love): “He was on my street (73rd and Central Park West). He so intrigued me. He’d sit on the street corner and say, ‘Hey, buddy, do you have the time?’ The old guy would give him the time. Then he would ask somebody else. Finally, I asked him, ‘Angelo, why do you keep asking people for the time?” He said, ‘I do it because I like to see people work for me.'”
  • “I’ve always been instantly recognized in Texas. One time years ago I was in a club in Dallas up against a wall with a drink and people were milling around. Some guy spots me and in his eyes only he knows who I am and we only know each other. As he comes by, he’s very discreet and doesn’t want to give it away, so as he passes by, he goes, “Terry Bradshaw.”

Michael Cain then presented Duvall with the 2010 Dallas Star Award, and the audience gave him a standing ovation. Mayor Tom then thanked him and told him that “Unfortunately, the governor couldn’t be with us this evening.”

Without missing a beat, Duvall came back with, “I hope he found time to work on the tax rebate.”

Mayor Tom presented Duvall with a letter from the governor recognizing all Duvall’s work in Texas.

Then it was up to the Grand Hall for a seated dinner with film professionals like Lone Star Film Society’s Dennis Bishop and celluloid supporters like Karla and Liener Temerlin (pictured left with from the left, Karla Temerlin and Michael Cain) sitting together comparing notes about Duvall and movies in general.

Andrew Stevens (pictured, Stella’s son, not Connie’s) relocated to the area about five years ago and has done 10 to 12 movie productions in Texas. While still an actor, he’s also produced or financed 175 movies over the years.

Rob Carliner is an old associate of Duvall’s. Having production credits for The Apostle and Crazy Heart, he admitted that they worked more than three years to get it to the screen. Rob was also executive producer on Duvall’s Get Low. Nowadays, Rob is running the film division of LA’s Prospect Park, which used to be The Firm, the management and entertainment company that produces USA’s Royal Pains TV show. Currently, he and Bobby are trying to get the financing arranged to produce Border.

Fly Me To The Moon Dazzles With Sell-out Crowd And Countdown Dinner

Unlike years past when the Museum of Nature & Science‘s annual Dinner in the Wild  tended to more the “nature” aspect of the museum, the November 18th theme was Fly Me To The Moon. So it made perfect sense to hold it at Frontiers of Flight Museum.  However, with 1,000 guests, long tables of silent auction items and highly-decorated tables taking up both floors, the flight tended to be as bit cozy as a shuttle capsule at times. The coziest spot was the hallway leading from the entry to the side exhibit halls and bar. But who could blame the log jam when there were so many items to peruse?

Checking the crowd conditions like a top-notch flight attendant, Museum Exec Director Nicole Small looked quite adorable in her 1970’s Emilio Pucci uniform from the good old Braniff days when Harding Lawrence jazzed up uniforms. She had located the dress at Vintage Martini.

Speaking of Braniff, old timers not only recalled the defunct airline but also the headlines it made back in the 1969 when Ross Perot chartered a Braniff jet and named it “Peace on Earth” to promote the release of the North Vietnamese POWs.

Among those checking out the silent auction items and utilizing the computer bidding was Lyda Hunt Hill, who was looking forward to 2011 already. Not only is the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge scheduled to open in October, but Lyda will be moving her office in April with a perfect view of the bridge’s 40-story tall arch. Lyda was dazzling in an aqua blue glittering top that she recalled buying when she was a deb. Just goes to show that classics are timeless.

Another couple considering a bid or two were Museum COO Terrell Falk and her husband Jim.

Standing on the sidelines were AT&T’s Holly Reed with Mayor Tom Leppert’s right-hand man Chris Heinbaugh. Holly was looking forward to a calmer Christmas to New Year’s period this year, since the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on January 7 instead of New Year’s Day.

Others deciding not to venture through the crowded hallway included petite Nancy Dedman, who made a beeline for the Richard W. Cree Exhibit Hall and the mezzanine to check out the amazing centerpieces (pictured) by Garden Gate Floral Design and the lunar decor created by Fauxcades Creative Event Design.

By 8:10 p.m. the crowd was seated and welcome by Nicole on the stage in the main hall with the sound of jets landing and taking off at adjoining Love Field.

“High rollers” (i.e., guests on the mezzanine) felt a little like they were watching the stage from the moon. Those seated at tables on the second row had to stand to see the stage around the centerpieces and tables bordering the railing. Again, not a big deal since they were having so much chatting.

What were they chatting about? Bedbugs! Mattress Giant CEO Michael Glazer admitted that the pesky little critters really had not been a problem in the Dallas area, as they have been in other parts of the country.

Tonya Ewing was giving her husband Tim a hard time for making her change her outfit at the last minute. Seem the svelte Tonya had planned on wearing a black dress, but Tim reminded her that it was a moon-ish type party and convinced her to rummage through her closet for a gold spangled dress that she hadn’t worn in ages. Despite Tonya’s protests, Tim was right. She looked spang-tacular!

Meanwhile on the stage, chair Honorary Chair David Corrigan and his wife Emily greeted the group. Then Nicole introduced Mayor Tom, who told the crowd, “the success of our city will be determined by our avility to educate our young people.” He went on to offer a special thanks to Margot and Ross Perot Sr. (pictured right with Ross Perot Jr.) and the Perot family, who were all there.

At 8:22 p.m. it was announced that dinner was to be served. Ah, just perfect timing for a school night. The delicious first course of Creole lobster bisque individually was poured into warmed bowls over Texas goat cheese tart. Everyone was sipping and very happy.

Then a slight “oops” happened. As guests chatted waiting for their meals, the minute hands on the analogue watches ticked away. At 8:45 p.m., guests were starting to give each other the raised brow. Was this becoming a trend to allow an extended period of time for digestion between first course and second? On a school night no less?

Promptly at 9:00 p.m. the live auction began with the beef tenderloin dinner on the mezzanine just starting to appear. The mezzanine guests, who had wanted to bid, sent for programs to learn what was on the auction block. Evidently no one had placed the programs at the tables. Too bad because they missed the first item — Adopt-A-Dinosaur and private event for 100 people at the Museum of Nature & Science. Valued at $7,500, it went for a blue-light special bid of $4,500.

By the time the auction was over, the museum had scored a sell-out event with a successful auction and a near-full moon to watch them drive home.

Silent Auctions Are Better Than Black Friday

People often wonder if the silent auctions are really worth all the work and investment. Here’s one that certainly was.

Dee (pictured) and Gary Marchand attended the recent Zoo-To-Do and perused the items in the silent auction. When the young couple compared notes, they decided to bid on only something that had no bids. There was one that caught their eye — A Thanksgiving Tradition. Was it a turkey with stuffing? An entry to the Turkey Trot?

Nope. It was six tickets to the annual Cowboys game on Thanksgiving. Hey, not bad. But wait! It got better. The seats were not only on the 50-yard line, they were in a suite with all the perks plus parking tickets. The former New Orleans Marchands couldn’t pass it up since the Cowboys were playing the Saints.

After much soul searching, they decided to make a bid in the upper three-figure range. Yes, the Marchands paid more than they would have for tickets to a movie at NorthPark, but they

  • got what many would consider a bargain especially since the Cowboys are now on a winning streak
  • will make their first visit to Cowboys Stadium in grand style and
  • support the Dallas Zoo.

So, are silent auctions still worth all the trouble? Well, the Marchands sure think so.