JUST IN: Expect A Group Of “Rascals” To Headline Cattle Baron’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Am in between assignments tonight, but wanted you to be the first to know. The headliner entertainment for the 40th anniversary Cattle Baron’s Ball was just revealed seconds ago.

CBB Co-chairs Mary Gill and Brooke Shelby have arranged to have the incredible C&W trio Rascal Flatts on the Main Stage for the October 5th gala at Southfork. . . or the Dallas Convention Center, if rain is in the forecast.

Since the Main Stage is sponsored by Andrews Distributing, it made perfect sense to make the announcement there.

Ah, but more about the reveal party later. . . promise.

JUST IN: George W. To Be The Keynote Speaker For The Genesis Luncheon

As mentioned yesterday, the opening of the Bush Center at SMU will take place some time this spring. But we can guarantee that it will not take place on Thursday, May 2.

The reason?

George W. Bush (File photo)

Genesis Luncheon Co-chairs Susan Wells and Angela Nash have arranged for former Texas Rangers owner and U.S. President George W. Bush to serve as the keynote speaker on that day at the Hilton Anatole.

As if that weren’t enough to support the lunch’s theme of “Texas Legends. American Heroes,” Susan and Angela have also slated present Texas Rangers owner Nolan Ryan to serve as honorary chair.

Heading up the host committee are Holly and Stubbs Davis, Dallas’ version of Ken and Barbie.

Strong suggestion: This one is always a quick sell-out, so you just know tickets are going to be moving faster than a roadrunner in West Texas. You might want to email Bianca Jackson at [email protected] or give her a call at 214.389.7703 about sponsorships opportunities.

As if you didn’t know, the luncheon raises funds for the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

JUST IN: Duchess Is A Done Deal!

Arthur Benjamin and friends (File photo)

American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur Benjamin has once again stepped up to help an animal in need. When he learned of Duchess’s situation, he moved right on in and provided the final dollars needed to take her to the $2,500 goal for her surgery.

The Dallas Animal Services’s staff was stunned by the generosity of Arthur and others like Fredye Factor. Queenie just smiled because she knew the MSC community wouldn’t let the day go by without success.

OK, let’s talk about such an amount of money being spent on a “mutt.”

Confession time: 13 years ago the MSC team saved a small black kitten that had just been run over on Abrams. Nearly every bone in her body was broken and the ER doubted she would survive the night. But thanks to advanced technology, caring specialists and her will to live, she made it. The bill added up to $1,500. Quite a sum then. But let’s get our calculators out. There are about 4745 days in 13 years. If you divide $1,500 by 4745, you realize that it only cost 31 cents a day to have 13 years of purring and devotion. BTW, her name is Amazing Gracie Allen.

Our thanks to the DAS staff, Arthur, Fredye and everyone who made the first week of 2013 end on a very happy note.

JUST IN: la Madeleine Employees Come Through For MarkAWay Charities

The giving spirit of the season continues to in high drive. The la Madeleine is making more than just fab almond croissants. Thanks to the la Mad employees, personal contributions and corporate’s matching those funds, MakeAWay Charities just received $15,000.

“MakeAWay Charities understands the holidays are a difficult time for many in the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” said MakeAWay Executive Director Jay Hellwig. “With the help of our friends at la Madeleine, we are better able to answer the needs of hundreds of families.”

This latest contribution brings the la Madeleine employees’ giving effort to $40,000 for MakeAWay.

“This is the second year la Madeleine employees have come together to support MakeAWay Charities,” said la Madeleine COO John Cahill. “Giving back to our neighbors in North Texas is very important to la Madeleine and our employees have demonstrated that commitment wholeheartedly with their generous donations again this year.”

Excuse us, but we’re dashing off to grab a quart of tomato basil soup and Caesar salad for din-din.

JUST IN: Dallas Museum Of Art Just Made History

Maxwell Anderson (File photo)

Dallas Museum of Art head man Maxwell Anderson just announced that starting January 21, there will be no general admission charged. Not only that, but membership will be free, too.

Whoa! This is a first in the nation’s art museum world. Can’t you just hear the slamming of foreheads against walls throughout the country as other museum directors try to figure out how they can follow suit?

There is a “but.” You just knew there would be. When it comes to special exhibitions like January’s The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, there will be charges.

But even then, Maxxie has figured out how to make that palatable. Through the free membership, one can earn points that will add up to reduce the cost of admission to those “special exhibitions.”

According to the report filed by the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Granberry, Max said,

“When somebody from South Dallas walks up to the front desk, and the person behind the counter says, ‘Welcome to the DMA – are you members?’ What are they hearing? It’s like walking into a country club. It freaks you out. It’s exclusionary. I want everybody to feel they belong here, so I want everybody to be a member.”

He paused and added, “We don’t want to be heavy in Highland Park and light in South Dallas.”

This is a chancy but bold move by Max and the DMA board. Yes, they may lose revenue, but they just might gain a whole new following and reduce the stigma that the museum is only for the elite.

Speaking of those “elite” types, this step is only possible thanks to a lot of DMA “partners” (aka philanthropists).

Want to hear the news straight from Max? Here you go!

JUST IN: Katherine Schwarzenegger To Headline 8th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon In January

Jackie Moore and Ellen Cook

The 8th Annual Life Lesson Luncheon Co-chairs Ellen Cooke and Jackie Moore have just announced that Katherine Schwarzenegger will be the featured speaker for the luncheon on Tuesday, January 22, at the Omni Dallas benefiting The Elisa Project.

According to The Elisa project Executive Director Anne Besser, “Katherine believes that every woman can and should ‘Rock what they’ve got.’ She is an author, an activist and the ‘big sister’ every girl wishes she had. In her best-selling book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, Katherine guides young women through their turbulent teens to womanhood while encouraging them to love their bodies, love themselves, and stay healthy.”

Katherine Schwarzenegger

Well, yes, you guessed it. She is the daughter of Maria Shriver and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the 22-year-old is outstanding in her own right. In addition to being the Global Youth Ambassador for the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, she has been awarded Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Award and is the youngest member of the Girl Scouts of America’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy Media for Youth.

The Elisa Project was established in 1999 and is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, education, support and advocacy. Eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder – affect up to 24 million children and adults in the U.S.  These disorders are complex mental illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – up to 20%.  They don’t discriminate, but affect both males and females of all ages, races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  When we consider the devastating physical and psychological impact of eating disorders, it’s vital that we continue to expand our prevention and intervention efforts and to improve access to treatment.

Photos provided by The Elisa Project

JUST IN: Guess Who’s Coming To The Art Of Film

Val Kilmer

After weeks of investigating various tabloids, threatening Dallas Film Society members and looking into crystal balls, MySweetCharity has learned that the headliner for the November 16th Art of Film at the Hall of State will be Val Kilmer, former Batman and preparing to star as Mark Twain in “Mark Twain and Mary Eddy Baker.”

Members of the DFS board and staff and Co-chairs Jennifer Houser  and Mersina Stubbs have been tighter than size small spandex dresses about who would follow The Art of Film past speakers (Robert Duvall and John Lithgow).

Returning to interview Val will be film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Expect a sellout and a quick one for this conversation with Val and dinner afterwards.

JUST IN: Former First Lady Laura Bush To Serve As Honorary Chair For The Big Read Dallas

Laura Bush (File photo)

Former First Lady Laura Bush has just signed on to be the honorary chair for The Big Read Dallas that will take place in April 2013.

For trivia experts, Laura’s love of books has not been limited to her mother-in-law’s “A Celebration of Reading.” Laura earned a Master of Science degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin.

The event is the joint project of the Friends of Dallas Public Library, D Magazine‘s new leadership group, D Academy, the National Endowment of the Arts and Arts Midwest.

It will be a real page turner. . . . literally.

JUST IN: 2013 TACA Silver Cup Recipients Just Announced

Am rushing around to a trio of activities, but wanted you to know that the 2013 TACA Silver Cup recipients were just announced — Peggy Sewell and Roger Nanney.

More details about the announcement that took place at Jennifer and John Eagle‘s home will follow.

Make sure you mark down Friday, February 22, at the Hilton Anatole for the 35th Annual TACA Silver Cup Luncheon.

JUST IN: Lyda Hill Does It Again!

Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill is known for being partial to orange, but she should be wearing Santa Claus red and white since she’s becoming the gift giver of Dallas.

It was just announced that Lyda’s foundation has given $1 million to KERA for the expansion of its regional news coverage.

It was just last year that she provided funding for “news reporting, coverage and programs about health and science on KERA. That gift supported the weekly Health Checkup segment with Sam Baker. . . [and] two KERA-FM special series on cutting-edge research, Going Green: The Practical Payoffs and the award-winning Engineering Hope.”

Lyda explained, “As a KERA viewer, listener and donor, I recognized the importance of funding such a vital community resource. This gift is also meant to inspire others to support the kind of local news stories and reporting not found anywhere else in North Texas.”

JUST IN: Post Cattle Baron’s Ball Tips And Thoughts

There is life after Cattle Baron’s Ball 2012. Here are some activities, news and suggestions resulting from the event on Saturday night.

Cattle Baron’s keeps on rolling

The live auction Saturday was hot and lively, so why not keep going and raising the money to fight cancer? That’s exactly what Co-chairs Skye Brewer and Kristen Johnston thought. But where, oh where, to have it? With the threat of temperatures plunging, outside was out of the question. But where would Cattle Barons and Baronesses feel right at home? Why a steakhouse, of course, but it couldn’t be just any old steakhouse. So, the good folks at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse offered their place on Lombardy this Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a celebration featuring delicious food and beverages. There will even be “a silent auction with wonderful items such as an African safari, lunch on the set of Dallas including a meet-and-greet with Larry “J.R.” Hagman. . . a special guitar that was signed by our hero, Blake Shelton, and much more.”

What’s that? What about the Cowboys? Oh, come on. You didn’t really think that the CBB gals would allow you to miss Romo-moment. The Cowboys are off this weekend.

Here’s a thought: Drop off your spare change at Change is Good (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) benefiting Community Partners of Dallas, and then head on over for some grow-up refreshments and some shopping at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. And lucky are you who have Columbus Day off. There will be no excuse for leaving early.

Ah, but there’s a catch. You gotta RSVP. After all, how are they gonna know how many to feed? So call the Cattle Baron’s office (214.443.9222) and tell them you’re coming.

Boot Rehab

Deno’s in HP Village is once again offering a special deal ($29.99 per pair) for CBB guests, whose boots brought home more than their share of Southfork mud.

Free marketing suggestion

A smart valet company would spend the money to have paper floor mats with their logos ready for those rainy, icy and messy occasions. The Park Place mats Saturday night saved the day for many carpeted floor mats.

JUST IN: Cattle Baron’s Ball Saturday Noon Update

Cattle Baron’s Ball 2012

Let’s have a reality check. Yes, it is raining. Do you hear thunder? No. Do you see a downpour? No. It’s just raining and there’s a good chance it’s going to continue tonight.

But is that gonna create a “remember when” situation? According to all . . . and we mean everyone from Cattle Baron’s co-chairs to valet. . . it is going to be a “wet and wild party” with Blake Shelton, food, beverages, auctions and fun without trauma and drama.

Yes, there will be mud. Want to know how much? Look out the window. How muddy is your yard? Yup, just enough that you might want to scrape it off your shoe.

For VIPs the Mark Chesnutt pre-gala party will be totally indoors (as originally planned) at the Southfork Convention Center. Following Mark’s performance, guests will be transported to the main party area.

Here are some tips for tonight:

Dress suggestions:

  • Clothes — Wear your fancy duds and a slicker. You can always dump the weather gear when you’re in the VIP Party, the silent auction tent, the tented Andrews Distribution Main Stage area and when it’s not drizzling.
  • Foot gear — Boots were made for cancer-kicking and mud stomping. But take a second pair and a shopping bag but leave them in your vehicle. When you leave the party, throw your boots in that shopping bag and pull on your back-up shoes.
  • Headwear — Save on the hairspray and leave the beehive hairdos at home for the night. Cowboy hats are going to be the hit of the night. Betcha you could find a nifty one at Pinto Ranch or Sheplers.

Driving suggestions:

  • The speed limits from I-75 to Southfork change faster than a model in a fashion show, so watch your foot on the pedal. The Parker County boys- and girls-in-blue will make sure that you stay under the limit.
  • The I-75 and Parker Road construction is finally over. But watch it when you’re headed back to Dallas. Do not get in the far right lane on East Parker Road to access I-75 like years in the past. You’ll want to get in the far left lane that will seamlessly put you on the I-75 frontage road. Remember this or you’ll be grinding your pearly whites.

Under no circumstances:

  • Forget your parking passes, table tickets and favor bag vouchers. In fact, be smart and put them in your car and/or purse right now.
  • There is a rumor floating that Miranda Lambert just might join her husband Blake on stage. Checked with organizers and the word is, “Sorry, no.” Too bad, because Miranda is gonna miss a heck of a night!

Finally, yes, like we said earlier, “It is raining,” but it’s just raining. There are people who would love to be in the rain partying at Cattle Baron’s. Instead, they are in hospitals being treated for cancer. Your presence tonight will contribute to their healing and to the prevention of others having to suffer through cancer.

Stay tuned to MySweetCharity for further updates throughout the day.

JUST IN: Cattle Baron’s Ball — Indoor Or Outdoor?

Cattle Baron’s Ball 2012

Cattle Baron’s Ball 2012 Co-chairs Skye Brewer and Kristen Johnston talked with every weather guesser around plus the various vendors involved in Saturday’s mega-fundraiser at Southfork.

Despite Mother Nature threatening to be huffy, the gals have decided to proceed with the event outdoors.

Yup! So, head to Southfork for dining, dancing, drink and dabbling in bidding.

Any updates that might occur will be posted on MySweetCharity, but you knew that.

JUST IN: “3rd Rock From The Sun’s” Kristen Johnston To Be Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon Speaker

Nexus Recovery Center 2013 Spring Luncheon

It was announced just a couple of minutes ago and we wanted you to be the first to know. Those two make-it-happen partners — Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn — told the Annual Information Meeting of the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center that they’ve lined up their speaker for the Monday, April 22 Nexus fundraising luncheon at the Hilton Anatole — Kristen Johnston.

Sorry about all those long hyphens.

Robin and Jan just returned from New York City, where they locked down Kristen for the luncheon.

OMG!

Yes, of course, you know Kristen from her role as Sally Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” where she earned two Emmy Awards. You may not know that she’s done oh-so much more than Sally. She’s now in TV Land’s new comedy “The Exes” on Wednesday nights, teaching acting at NYU and MCC’s youth outreach program.

But you expect an actress to do that kind of “stuff.” What you may not know is her first book, “GUTS, the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster” (Gallery books at Simon & Schuster), was published this past March and she also “runs the charitable organization SLAM (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation) which is dedicated to creating a public high school designed to providing a top-notch education for at-risk youths while recovering from their life-threatening addictions.”

Another things you might not know is that she posed nude for PETA to protest the horse-drawn carriages in NYC . . . and she was addicted to Vicodin causing her stomach to explode, as she revealed in her book. The book is a fascinating read. Why, even the dedication to the “overworked, underpaid, talented, and occasionally mildly unpleasant staff” of the hospital where she was treated grabs your attention. Before you think about buying the book, why not check out the interview Kristen did for EW.com. Then you’ll really want to get the book . . . right after you buy your ticket to the luncheon.

Let’s face it. Plan on having some “guts” for lunch on April 22.

Graphic provided by Nexus Recovery Center

Guess Who Just Gave $1M To Crystal Charity Ball?

Yup! You guessed it. They just announced minutes ago that Annette and Harold Simmons have given $1 million to the Crystal Charity Ball.

More details to follow, but needless to say Christmas came early.

JUST IN: Big Announcement To Be Made This Morning At Crystal Charity Ball Faahion Show & Luncheon

You heard it here first! So hold on to your seats when the surprise announcement is made. A nice SRO would be appropriate.

If you can’t make the show/luncheon, check back here. MySweetCharity will have it. Until then the elves are gagged with Lanvin sashes.

JUST IN: Larry “J.R. Ewing” Hagman To Headline A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon

Larry Hagman (File photo)

A.W.A.R.E.  President Chair Kay Hammond just revealed that Larry “J.R. Ewing” Hagman will be not only the honoree at the April 5 luncheon, he’ll also be the guest speaker.

Unfortunately, he has firsthand knowledge of how Alzheimer’s can plague a family. His wife of 58 years, Maj has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

In addition to dealing with Maj’s illness and resurrecting the “Dallas” series, Larry has had to battle cancer himself.

If you’ve ever heard him speak, you know that the talk will be from the heart with a lots of guts.

Chaired by Laurie Kidder, the luncheon will take place at the Hilton Anatole with the silent auction starting at 10 a.m.

How about some Larry Hagman trivia? What movie did he appear in with Henry Fonda? Answer follows the jump, plus his relationship with Henry’s granddaughter. [Read more…]

Date And Chairs Lock Down For TACA’s 2013 Party On The Green At The Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek

The Worker Bees are buzzing with activity. The TACA bees just revealed that plans are already locked down for the 2013 Party On The Green. Yes, of course, it will be outdoors at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, but don’t tell Ma Nature.

Heading up the annual fundraiser for the performing arts organization will be Jill Tananbaum and Cindy Stager.

So lock down the date Friday, May 3. They have a real task to raise more funds and funs after last May’s event.

The Queen Bees May Have Left Town, But The Busy Bees Are Hard At Work

There is a theory that once the summer heat hits Dallas, the Queen Bees buzz off to cooler temps only to return during the last days of August when things start ramping up.

In the meantime area Worker Bees stay here and are hard at work plotting and preparing arrangements for the upcoming fall, winter and spring seasons of mega fundraising.

It ain’t a theory. It’s fact of life in Dallas.

Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Save-the-Date

Busy Bee Maggie Kipp just returned from the mountains and beaches of Southern France to join her St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-chairs Angela Choquette and Paige Slates to handhold all parts of the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event.

These three have taken on the challenge of upping the ante for the Stanley Korshak fashion show/luncheon big time to the Meyerson Symphony Center on Tuesday, February 12. Since these Worker Bees are also smart Do Bees, they’re already at the post office dropping off 3,000 “Save The Date” cards.

As if that weren’t enough, the trio has also arranged for Big Bees Myrna and Bob Schlegel to serve as honorary bees. . . uh, chairs.

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Myrna and Bob had better be resting up. It was just announced Friday that they’re also on board as honorary co-chairs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Deb Ball on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Meyerson.

Gee, maybe the Schlegels should just move into the Meyerson, since it appears they’ll be calling that home base for the first part of February.

BTW, don’t bother heading to the St. Valentine’s Day website to buy tickets and checkout sponsorships. The site is being updated to accommodate all the developments.

However, if you’re dying to know more on how to get involved, email always-accommodating Michelle Northcutt at [email protected] or give her a call at 972.996.5912. She can make it happen ASAP.

And make sure you mark February 12 on your calendar for lunch with the Schlegels.

JUST IN: Maggie Kipp And Shay Geyer To Top Mad Hatter’s 25h Anniversary

How do you find a follow-up act for two years of Mad Hatter craziness provided by such judge co-chairs as Yvonne Crum and Jill Rowlett in 2011 and luncheon co-chairs Barbara Daseke and Carmaleta Whiteley in 2012? Simple! You find another “wild and crazy duo” like Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer.  

Maggie Kipp and Shay Geyer (File photo)

After meeting with Carmaleta (Barbara is still mending following a v-e-r-y nasty fall), Maggie and Shay agreed to do it if Carmaleta would godmother them along the way.

This should be interesting to watch the Kipp-Geyer team pull off the September 7th Celebrity Waiter Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton for Family Gateway, while preparing for the April 11th Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Arboretum.

It’s to be the 25th anniversary of Mad Hatter’s, so you just know it’s going to rise to levels of whimsy.

JUST IN: Arboretum Requests No Mow At Winfrey Point

The unfortunate parking issue that has involved mowing Winfrey Point to accommodate the Dallas Arboretum visitors for the Dale Chihuly exhibition has taken another step. . . but in the right direction.

Just received the following from Arboretum CEO/President Mary Brinegar:

“On Tuesday, May 8, the leadership of the Dallas Arboretum asked Paul Dyer, Dallas Park and Recreation Department director; Joan Walne, Dallas Park Board president; Councilman Sheffield Kadane, City Council District 9; and Gerry Worrall, District 9 Park Board not to proceed with current plans to mow the previously approved area at Winfrey Point.  

“Over the past couple of weeks, the Arboretum has heard the opinions of its friends and neighbors and recognizes any plans to temporarily park at Winfrey Point have resulted in serious misunderstandings that need to be addressed. We are committed to being a good neighbor and steward to the citizens of East Dallas, the metroplex and all of North Texas.

“We are looking forward to working with city officials and neighborhood associations in the immediate future to develop a plan that best serves the interest of all parties involved. It is our pledge to endeavor to make such planning transparent.

“Thank you for your patience while we work to find a solution to the City’s and our parking needs.”

Now, let’s get on with life and enjoying the beauty of White Rock, both inside and outside the Arboretum.

JUST IN: Greta Is Going To Talk With Tony

The MD Anderson folks tend to have two heavyweights in for the Living Legend Luncheon — an interviewer and an interviewee. As previously reported, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be the interviewee at the Wednesday, May 9, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

Now, word comes that Fox NewsGreta Van Susteren will handle the interviewing side of the twosome.

What’s that noise? It’s the tickets selling quickly!

JUST IN: “Lowe” And Behold, Celebrating Women’s Speaker Revealed

In between events, but wanted you to know that it was just revealed to the delight of a mansion full of gals that the speaker for this fall’s “Celebrating Women” luncheon will be Rob Lowe, who in addition to being gorgeous, talented and articulate has had personal knowledge about the devastation of breast cancer in a family.

Pam Busbee and Pam Perella

More deets to follow about the Pam’s chairing the event, Baylor, tickets, etc. April is showering with activities to raise money for nonprofits. What a great place!