Grovel Alert: Jade Ball

Always-on-the-move Lynn McBee was on her way to Saturday night’s Fur Ball when she reported that the Jade Ball benefiting Crow Collection of Asian Art on Saturday, October 7, at Belo Mansion was just one table away from being a done deal.

Jade Ball*

According to sources, the near sell-out is due to Jade Ball Chair Robert Weatherly and Lynn along with the host committee members like Denny Alberts and Cynthia ComparinJenna Alexander, Annika and Dennis Cail, Darryl Freling, Kristen and Reed Gibbins, Gerardo Gomez, Joyce Goss, Diana Hamilton, Frank Hettig, Jenny and John KirtlandJerald Miller, Jin and James Mun, Angela Nash, Andrea and David Nayfa, Debra Nelson, Heather Randall, Tracey and Kent Rathbun, Carol and Frank Riddick, Lisa and John Runyon, Capera Ryan, Stephanie and Michael Seay, Clara Hinojosa, David Kiger, Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ron Kirk, Jane McGarry, Sunie Solomon, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Whitney and Rob Strauss, Tara Lewis and John SwordsConnie and Marc Sigel, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Ashley Tatum, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Maxine Trowbridge, Trey Wasser, Annette and Myron Watkins, Paige Westhoff and Megan and Brady Wood.

Lynn McBee (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Ah, but Lynn reports that the Crow Collection’s inaugural Jade Ball is going to be a fundraiser somewhere between The Sweetheart Ball and Art Ball with a blend of entertainment, seated supper and surprises throughout the evening.

When asked why it wasn’t being held across the street at the Crow Museum, Lynn said, “There wasn’t enough room.” After all, the attendance for the event is scheduled to hit the 400 mark.

According to Robert, “The success of the Jade Ball is extremely important as we work to ensure the longevity of our city’s sole Pan-Asian museum. I’m very proud that this first-year event will help the Crow Collection of Asian Art continue to provide North Texas with quality, diverse programming such as the southern U.S.’s largest Chinese New Year Festival, groundbreaking exhibitions, innovative wellness programs and exciting educational activities and events for all ages.”  

If that one table has already been snapped up, try the old-fashioned way of getting in — write a big, old check. Betcha Robert and Lynn will find a way to squeeze you in. Here’s the link to get in.

Grovel Alert: 31st Attorneys Serving The Community Luncheon

It’s getting down to the bare nitty gritty. The 31st Attorneys Serving The Community Luncheon on Friday, June 23, at the Anatole is just a hair’s breadth from being filled to capacity. With “Hamilton’s” Christopher Jackson as the featured speaker for the event benefiting Junior Players, it’s no wonder.

Christopher Jackson*

According to Junior Players’ Executive Director Rosaura Cruz-Webb, “Junior Players is celebrating its nearly sold out status with a Luncheon Ticket Lottery in the spirit of Hamilton: An American Musical and Junior Players’ mission to provide free arts education programs. Through the Luncheon Ticket Lottery, people who are passionate about the arts can be ‘in the room where it happens’ to hear a star of Hamilton. This, of course, was inspired by the fabled Hamilton Ticket Lottery on Broadway, in which theater fans can enter the lottery for a chance to get a pair of front row tickets to Hamilton for $10 a person. A Hamilton for Hamilton.”

The ASC Luncheon Ticket Lottery will take place on Thursday, June 15, at V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves. Lottery entrees will start at 6 p.m. with the drawings taking place at 7:30. Here’s the trick — if your ticket is pulled, then you “will be able to receive the ticket for an optional donation of $10.” Adding to the pluses of winning, two of the ticket winners will have the opportunity to meet Christopher.

The lottery event is open to the public with V-Eats providing food and drink specials with 15% of orders benefiting Junior Players. For entertainment, there will be performances by the Junior Players, of course.

But if you’re not feeling all that lucky, then go ahead and get one of the few remaining seats here.

* Photo provided by Junior Players

Grovel Alert: 2nd Annual Rising Stars Luncheon

Dak Prescott (AP Photo)

Ben Lange (File photo)

Unlike former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott hasn’t exactly been making the speaking rounds.  Perhaps that’s why Wednesday’s “2nd Annual Rising Stars Luncheon” benefiting After-School All-Stars North Texas is nearing SRO status at the Dallas Country Club.

According to ASAS North Texas Board Chair Ben Lange, the fundraiser that will have Brad “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys” Sham interviewing the football wunderkind is within one or two tables of selling out.

Nancy Rogers and Gina Betts (File photo)

Chaired by Gina Betts, the fund raiser is being presented by Nancy C. and Richard Rogers.

One of the surprises for organizers has been the number of papa and mama bears who are bringing their kids to the luncheon. Seems that the recent show of munchkins attending The Jonathan’s Place’s “A Chance to Soar” with featured speaker Simone Biles has caught on. Makes sense. Such events provide an excellent opportunity to expose youngsters to role models.

Consider this news to be a “last call” shout-out, so get one of those last spots now by emailing  Liz Arrington or calling her at 469.330.4970.

Grovel Alert: Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Luncheon

Charlotte Jones Anderson (File photo)

It’s getting down to the bare nitty-gritty if you were planning on attending the Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Luncheon on Friday, September 15, at Neiman Marcus Downtown. The tables have filled to almost capacity to see Hall of Fame Honoree Charlotte Jones Anderson and this year’s crop of 10 Besties (Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi and Piper Wyatt) plus cutie pie designer Zac Posen and his fashions on the runway.

With check in hand, lickety-split over to the Crystal Charity Ball offices because being on the wait list is such a drag.

Grovel Alert: Genesis Annual Luncheon

Bianca Jackson (File photo)

As the May countdown for fundraising gets underway before the area is evacuated for the summer, the Genesis Annual Luncheon is leading the pack with its Monday, May 15th fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter And Support Senior Director of Fun and Community Development Bianca Jackson, the event with keynoter Arianna Huffington and the Junior League of Dallas and David Brown being honored with the Jane Doe and HeROs awards, respectively, tickets are getting as scarce as eight-track tapes.

But don’t hesitate and don’t let your stingy factor rule. Patron level not earns a nifty seat at the luncheon and an invite to the pre-luncheon meet-and-greet, but it also includes a super patron party at a very cool mansion.

Check here for ticket availability, but make it quick!

Grovel Alert: A Chance To Soar Luncheon

Just heard from Jonathan’s Place CEO Allicia Graham Frye that as of noon today, there were just 10 tickets left for Tuesday’s “A Chance To Soar Luncheon” at the Hilton Anatole.

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones (File photo)

No wonder! Just some of the VIP types in attendance will be enough to have cell-photos being taken nonstop. Co-Chairs Julie Bagley and Rachel Stephens have arranged to have Tiffany Cuban, Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Meredith Land and Dillard’s Corporate Beauty VP Gary Borofsky tableside.

Simone Biles*

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the darling of the 2016 Olympics Simone Biles will be the keynote speaker. Her life story reflects Jonathan’s Place’s mission to provide a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.” Let’s hope that she doesn’t get eliminated on Monday night’s “Dancing With The Stars.” That would mean her taking the red-eye to NYC for Tuesday morning’s “Good Morning America.” But the money’s on Simone remaining as part of the cast and overnight flying to North Texas. And who knows? Maybe her dancing partner Sasha Farber will be with her at the lunch.

Remember, just 10 seats are left, so get that reservation in now.

* Photo provided by Jonathan's Place

Grovel Alert: 2017 Chick Lit Luncheon

Let’s hope the Anatole Grand Ballroom has its Spanx on for Friday’s Chick Lit Luncheon. The annual Community Partners of Dallas fundraiser is busting with folks to hear Bethenny Frankel at the podium.

Bethenny Frankel*

According to insiders, there are just a couple seats left. Hurry and get one or two of those last places because ya just know that Bethenny is gonna be quotable and memorable.

And don’t worry about setting Bethenny up on a dating apps blind date. According to her chat with People Magazine, “I wouldn’t have enough time to date online. I thought about it, but I haven’t actually done it because I wouldn’t have the time.”

“If it gets there and it’s a dry country, maybe I’ll think about it — but it hasn’t gotten to that point,” Frankel adds. “At my age I got game, who knew?”

But that was a couple of weeks ago. Who knows? Perhaps Bethenny has changed her mind about online dating.

BTW, ticket sales close Thursday at 5 p.m. Hustle, hustle, hustle!

Grovel Alert: 2017 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s “Under The Tuscan Sun”

Mad Hatters Tea (File photo)

It seems that Mad Hatters Tea Chair Linda Spina and Vice-Chair Sharla Bush weren’t able to hunt for Easter eggs over the weekend. They were too busy checking the headcount for the Thursday, April 27th fundraiser for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum.

The results? They discovered that the “Tea is officially sold out.”

Does that mean it’s really, truly a done deal? True, the “buy tickets” links aren’t going to do much good, but there’s still hope. So, before putting away that Easter bonnet, send Sue Ringle an email and see if she can squeeze you in.

Grovel Alert: Callier Cares Luncheon

With the Callier Cares Luncheon still 10 days away, Event Chair Emilynn Wilson and Honorary Chair Lisa Troutt report that the tickets are nearly gone with the wind. They’ve nearly filled the entire Dallas Country Club’s ballroom thanks to having the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award being presented to Dr. Kern Wildenthal and the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders awarded to Dr. Sharon Kujawa.

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Lisa Troutt (File photo)

While Kern is well known for his leadership in healthcare administration, clinical medicine, education, biomedical research and philanthropy, Sharon may not be a familiar name. That’s because she’s not a local. She’s the director of audiology research and a senior scientist at the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Her focus is “to clarify mechanisms and manifestations of common forms of acquired sensorineural hearing loss in humans; particularly, those due to aging and exposure to noise and ototoxic drugs.”

In addition to receiving the Prize at the Thursday, April 20th luncheon, she’ll be the keynote speaker at the Callier Prize Conference at Callier Dallas the following day.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Callier Care Fund that was created by Ruth and Ken Altshuler to “help children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.”

Suggestion: Don’t put off buying that ticket much longer, because it just not be there.

Grovel Alert: Dallas Women’s Foundation 31st Annual Luncheon

One has to hand it to North Texas women. When it comes to fundraising, they are tireless. Within the next six days, they’re ramping up efforts to fight cancer thanks to Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, Cattle Baron’s Ball and Celebrating Women.

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss*

Well, darn it. The Dallas Women’s Foundation 31st Annual Luncheon is just a week away and Co-Chairs Selwyn Rayzor and Joyce Goss report there are only four tables left as of this morning.

Candy Chang*

Candy Chang*

One of the reasons for the near-sellout is the speaker — Candy Chang. No, she’s not the spokesperson for Hershey. The Taiwanese-American artist has a background in urban planning and architecture that has had her working in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, Vancouver, Johannesburg and New Orleans.

It was in New Orleans that a turning point in her life came. After “losing someone she loved” in 2009, she was at that turning point of either grieving and suffering from depression or applying her talents to help others. It was also a time when Fat City was still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The citizens, as well as the city itself, was in shambles. Candy used an abandoned house in her neighborhood for her canvas. “She covered the crumbling house with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with the prompt, ‘Before I die I want to ______.’ The wall quickly filled up with responses, from the poetic to the profound: Before I die I want to… see my daughter graduate, abandon all insecurities, get my wife back, eat all the candy and sushi in the world, be a Youtube sensation, straddle the International Date Line, tell my mother I love her, be completely myself.”

Candy Chang**

Candy Chang**

Her effort went viral with more than 2,000 Before I Die walls being created in 70 countries.

And that’s just a smidge of Candy’s story. There are so many other ways that Candy has used public spaces to bring people together.

It’s this creative spirit of compassion that will be featured at Friday’s lunch. So, if you haven’t got your tickets, stop reading and lock down one of the very few remaining seats.

* Photo provided by Dallas Women's Foundation 
** Photo courtesy of Candy Chang

Grovel Alert: 2016 Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon

Ronan Farrow*

Ronan Farrow*

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to Tuesday’s Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom benefiting The Family Place, time is really running out.

Just heard on the q.t. that in addition to Ronan Farrow as the keynote speaker, “we will have a major announcement to make at the luncheon.” And don’t even try to weasel the news out of the organizers. That would take all the fun out of it being a surprise.

* Photo provided by The Family 
Place

Grovel Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Sure, it’s damp, but the temperatures are so user friendly. That’s especially true for retailers, who are stocking fall and winter goodies like cashmere sweaters, snugly coats and high-strutting boots.

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Evidently that feeling of cooler times are just around the corner has inspired the horse-loving, fashionistas to get their places at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Fashion producer Jan Strimple has been working with presenting sponsor Highland Park Village and its merchants like Akris, Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John for what will be on the runway benefiting the Equest program.

Just heard that perhaps it’s because of the drop in temps that tickets are starting to get scarce, so contact Event Chair Kara Axley for your ticket. Then head to your closet and clear out your old winter duds. Because after this fundraiser you’re gonna need more room for the new looks.

Grovel Alert: August 19th Media Panel For Nonprofits

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

Well, shoot! You did it again. Despite the late notice, the Media Panel For Nonprofits on Friday, August 19, at PlainsCapital Bank headquarters is within a whisper of being filled to capacity. Translation? Don’t put off signing up any longer.

In fact the response has been so overwhelming that the PlainsCapital folks are reporting that gratis parking is going to be as tight as enamel on teeth. But never fear. They don’t want panel guests to be worried, so they’ve provided a couple of suggestions:

  1. Check-in starts at 8:30, but try to get there no later than 8:45 a.m. There will be plenty of coffee on hand.
  2. If you have an associate also attending, think about carpooling.

Word has it that even adorable panelist WFAA’s Ron Corning is going to hike on over from the station’s Victory studio, just to allow an extra parking space.

PlainsCapital Bank*

PlainsCapital Bank*

If you’re already signed up, start thinking about the questions that you’re going to pose to the panelists that include Ron, PaperCity’s Jane Rozelle, photographer Kristina Bowman and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean. And if you’re shy about asking a question in person, write it down and put it in the bowl at the check-in table.

It’s gonna be fun, informative and a great way to start the weekend.

* Graphic provided by PlainsCapital Bank

Grovel Alert: 4th Annual Can Do Luncheon

With the 4th Annual Can Do Luncheon just days away, Event Chair Sara Melnick Albert is reporting that there are just a few seats left to make it a sell-out. This year’s fundraiser for The Wilkinson Center at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, May 10, is honoring North Texas Food Bank, Regina Montoya, Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, Marilu Rodriquez and Christina Park.

Sara Melnick Albert (File photo)

Sara Melnick Albert (File photo)

Regina Montoya (File photo)

Regina Montoya (File photo)

Anne Reeder (File photo)

Anne Reeder (File photo)

The luncheon is a marvelous introduction for folks to learn about one of East Dallas’ little-known organizations that successfully supports people and families in becoming healthier, smarter and more productive.

Thanks to Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder, this luncheon runs on schedule, so guests aren’t late to their next appointments. But they do leave with better knowledge how they can contribute to their neighbors thanks to the services (adult education, family enhancement and food and emergency services) provided by the Center.

Tickets are still available to help Sara cross the finish line of a sellout.

Grovel Alert: Recess!

If you were planning on having a second childhood at Dallas Afterschool‘s Recess!, you’d better not take a nap. There are only 25 tickets left for the Friday, April 29th event.

Recess!*

Recess!*

And don’t let all this drizzly weather make you hesitate. It’s gonna be indoors at Sixty Five Hundred with loads of games, “cafeteria food,” music and the legendary “sandbox dig” for luxury goodies. If you haven’t been to this event, you haven’t enjoyed just plain fun.

Honorary Chair Serena Simmons Connelly and Host Committee Chair Cindy Schwartz recommend wearing something casual chic. So give your tuxedos and cocktail dresses the night off.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Afterschool

Grovel Alert: Cherish The Children Luncheon

Everything is all arranged. Perfect dress, killer new stilettos, babysitter booked for Tuesday, April 5. Only problem? Forgot to make that reservation for Cherish the Children at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Yipes! Major problem! Word has it that there are hardly any tickets left.

Gaston Made chairs*

Gaston Made chairs*

Yup, there was something that you’d been meaning to do, but multi-tasking has been a bit overwhelming lately. And you so wanted one of those adorable chairs that are up for bid in the silent auction and you love any occasion that celebrates Caroline Rose Hunt, who is the honoree.

Why, Event Chair Erin Pope has even arranged for author Laura McBride to be the featured guest speaker for the Dallas CASA benefit.

Not to worry, if you hustle-bustle. Get that ticket now. Otherwise your babysitter is gonna wonder why you’re all dressed up and sitting at home.

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Grovel Alert: 10th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon With Tim Gunn

Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniel (File photo)

Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniel (File photo)

Community Partners of DallasPaige McDaniel and her sidekick Joanna Clarke just sent word that Friday’s 10th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon at the Anatole is within a feather of being sold out. Well, but with tastemeister Tim Gunn as the center attraction, what else would you expect?

So, the scant remaining tickets will be available until 5 p.m. Thursday. Yipes! That’s tomorrow!

Suggestion: get your ticket pronto and even if you have one, upgrade. Why? Because the patron types are gonna have a party Thursday night and you just know you would have a blast.

Grovel Alert: 6th Annual Sunny Place Shindig

If you had high hopes of being part of the Texas Tourney at the 6th Annual Sunny Place Shindig on Friday, January 22, you just may have to find another poker game. The Shindig is on the verge of being sold out.

6th Annual Sunny Place Shindig*

6th Annual Sunny Place Shindig*

If you’re smart enough to lock down your spot, remember the location of the Carson Leslie Foundation fundraiser is being moved to 6500 Cedar Springs. But they’ll still have loads of food, music provided by Professor D and, of course, the always-favorite chicken drop. And, no, they don’t drop chickens from the roof.

Interesting side note: 20-year-old Honorary Chair Jack Nobles not only is a “cancer fighter [but a] very dear friend of the Carson Leslie Foundation.”

It’s hard to imagine that Carson Leslie died six years ago this past Tuesday. Still he lives on through the Foundation.

So, if you really have your heart set on “shindigging,” you need to hurry up to be on the “get-in list.”

* Graphic courtesy of the Carson Leslie Foundation

GROVEL ALERT!: Dallas Women’s Foundation Reports Media Panel For Nonprofits Is Nearing “Done Deal” Status

Uh, oh! Talk about a plan going so very wrong. Due to the short notice, the original thought for the media panel for nonprofits was that perhaps a couple dozen would sign up. So, the free Friday, January 22nd conversation hosted by the Dallas Women’s Foundation was announced last Wednesday.

Dallas Women's Foundation*

Dallas Women’s Foundation*

But, oh, no! The Foundation just sent word that registrations went way beyond the original guesstimate. Now, the event is within a hair’s breadth of being filled to capacity at Campbell Center II!

Thank heaven, the Foundation is as flexible as a Cirque du Soleil acrobat and is making room to accommodate more folks who do the juggling work between  charities and the media.

The conversation will be honest in the hopes that it will better help those working with nonprofits communicate with the media. And, who knows? Perhaps the panelists will learn a thing or two, too.

Warning: While the conversation will be informative and fun, there will be no “bleeping” talk. After all, Ricky Gervais ain’t gonna be part of the panel. Instead it will be Kristina Bowman wearing her latest leg wear, WFAA’s Ron Corning possibly doing his “Phil Donahue” Q&A with guests, PaperCity’s too-adorable-for-words Jane Rozelle and MySweetCharity’s Jeanne Prejean channeling Murphy Brown.

The message here: Sign up now.

* Graphic provided by the Dallas Women's Foundation

Grovel Alert: The Art Of Film

Ran into Dallas Film Society grand poobah Lee Papert tonight and he alerted all within earshot that Friday’s The Art of Film with “almost-a-local” Isabella Rossellini is nearing the done deal status.

Well, wonder why? Isabella and Gary Cogill chatting it up? There will be so many different topics to hit that guests might as well bring their sleeping bags because the talk may go way into the night.

And the surroundings won’t be shabby with walls of Andy Warhols watching the guests. Perhaps Marilyn Monroe will be looking over a shoulder? Or Mao Tse-tung looking just over your head? (Hint: If you don’t know any of the boldfacers mentioned in this graph, call up your history teacher and tell them that they failed you. That is, unless you skipped that semester.)

Whatever! Get your tickets if you love movies, want the scoop from Isabella, meet her daughter Elettra Wiedemann (aka Ingrid Bergman‘s grand daughter) or just want a cool night with film lovers of all ages.

Question: Is Gary gonna ask about the making of “Blue Velvet”? He’d better.

Grovel Alert: Patriot Party

If you had your hopes on dancing to the tunes of Ricki Derek and his Big Band and having a grand old time at the Patriot Party Friday, you’d better get your digits dialing or pounding the keyboard.

According to Event Chair Susana Gibb and Honorary Co-Chairs Lisa and Clay Cooley, the Housing Crisis Center benefit at the Rosewood Mansion Turtle Creek is almost a done deal.

Of course, there will be lots of Mansion goodies to eat and drink. And what would a North Texas fundraiser be without auctions, both live and silent.

Monies raised from the event will “help continue the programs that help us help vets and other members of our community who are at risk for homelessness.”

Grovel Alert: ReuNight

Whoa! Just got an update on ReuNight and there are only 25 spots left for the Thursday, November 12th, dinner at Oak benefiting The Family Place. For anybody is just thinking about getting one of the last places, Oak Chef John Tesar has whipped up quite a menu using the season’s best ingredients.

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

How about a look at the menu?

Just before din-din starts, curry-scented Hamachi tartar in squid-ink cones, Bronx grape and Paula Lambert goat cheese crostini, southern fried chicken chipotle aioli and wild arugula and mini-grilled cheese sandwiches with Iberico bacon will be passed during the cocktail reception.

For the salad course, there will be choice of either seafood salad ceviche or farmers market salad.

The entrée will be 44 Farms filet accompanied roasted cream potatoes and line-caught swordfish with Picholine olives and heirloom tomato relish. However, if you’re a vegetarian, John has arranged for artichoke mezzaluna with house-made ricotta and saffron consume.

To complete the meal will be a lemongrass semi0freddo with a warm berry compote and white chocolate ice cream.

Following all this marvelous mealing, ReuNight Co-Chairs Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly and Honorary Chair Claire Emanuelson have arranged for a pretty incredible live auction. More about that later. So, hustle your bustle and get one of those last tickets.

GROVEL ALERT: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 30th Annual Luncheon

Breaking out of the gate with good news this week is the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Their 30th Annual Luncheon on Friday, October 30, is on the verge of being totally sold out. According to Luncheon Co-Chairs Jane and Michael Hurst, Paula and Ron Parker and Stacey and John Relton, the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom can squeeze in just a few more seats before it’s a done deal.

Michael and Jane Hurst, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Paula Parker and Stacey and John Relton*

Michael and Jane Hurst, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Paula Parker and Stacey and John Relton*

The reason? Well, of course, to support the Dallas Women’s Foundation. But it sure doesn’t hurt to have Eva Longoria as the keynote speaker. And don’t go thinking that the former “Desperate Housewife” is just a pretty face. Okay, so she is rather gorgeous, but she’s also a smart cookie with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M at Kingsville in kinesiology and a master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University in 2013. Her thesis was “Success STEMS from Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.”

BTW, the 5’2” Texas native is not shy about stating her feelings about things. One of the topics that hit the mark with her is “helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship.”

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Marian Flores and Margaret and Lester Keliher*

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Marian Flores and Margaret and Lester Keliher*

But back to tickets. Just think how lucky those were who splurged early for a nice sponsorship like presenting sponsor U.S. Trust and were able to attend the patron party at The Warehouse on Thursday, September 24. They got to hang out with Crystal Sponsors EY and PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Hunt Consolidated, TI and Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt plus The Suzanne Ahn Speaker Endowment Fund, Heather L. Hunt and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert that provided the underwriting for Eva’s appearance.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Beck

GROVEL ALERT: Tuesday Night Live

Holly Reed (File photo)

Holly Reed (File photo)

Tuesday Night Live Co-Host Holly Reed warned that tickets are starting to get sparse for next Tuesday’s TNL at the Hyatt Regency. Despite the fact that Gloria Campos, Dale Hansen and Ron Kirk will be “celebrating” politico strategist Carol Reed, but insiders claim that it will likely be more roasting than toasting.

But don’t start wring your hands and worrying about poor, little Carol. She knows how to turn the tables like a presidential candidate.

Cappy McGarr will be the referee…uh, master of ceremonies with Gillian Breidenbach co-hosting with Holly and Jack Matthews serving as TNL honorary host.

Besides providing a night of spontaneous laughter, the event will benefit St. Philip’s School and Community Center.