GROVEL ALERT: Genesis Family Shelter’s 18th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon

Jan Langbein, Paige Wilbur, Ashlee Kleinert

It’s time to assume the groveling position, if you haven’t gotten your tickets for the 18th Annual Mother’s Day luncheon. Last night Genesis Women’s Shelter head-lady Jan Langbein alerted luncheon patrons gathered at Stacye and Mike McIntyre‘s home that the May 5 luncheon  at the Hilton Anatole was officially sold out. Co-chair Ashlee Kleinert smiled when Jan added that for a big enough check some seats just might be found.

Nancy Ann Hunt

Ashlee and her family have been long time supporters of Genesis and this year will be no different with three generations helping Ashlee in co-chair duties (Ashlee’s mother Nancy Ann Hunt, sister Heather Hunt and daughter Connie Kleinert).

As if that wasn’t enough, the team was delighted that this year’s event has more corporate sponsors than ever.

Tom Brokaw

What’s the big draw? Well, besides the event benefiting the Genesis Women’s Shelter, this year’s featured speaker is former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw. When last seen in these parts, Tom interviewed Bob Schieffer for the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Living Legend luncheon.  Tom was terrific just sharing the stage with Bob, so you can only guess how great he’ll be doing a solo act. Be prepared to sit back and enjoy the lunch and Tom. . . that is, if you have your tickets.

Confession: MySweetCharity Has A Thing For Firemen

MySweetCharity admits to being prejudiced when it comes to firemen. They face daunting situations 365 days a year solely to help others. When asked, they are there ASAP.

So, if you see one on the corner today with a boot, give them a donation.

And you might want to add, “Thank you!”

Mad Hatter’s 2012 Leadership Picked

Barbara Daseke

The Dallas Arboretum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is hardly a week old and, by golly, the newly-named

Carmaleta Whiteley

president and co-chairs are already setting up for spring 2012.  Sharon Ballew will be president with Barbara Daseke and Carmaleta Whiteley serving as co-chairs for the hatty fashion show/luncheon.

The Daseke-Whiteley teaming has been rumored for a few weeks, but was just confirmed yesterday.

Tis The Season For Crystal Charity Ball Theme Announced

Connie O'Neill and Tricia Besing

Start thinking Christmas. That is if the 2011 Crystal Charity Ball is in future plans. Ball Chair Connie O’Neill and her crew of

Suzanne McGee

merry ladies presented the plans at Suzanne and Patrick McGee‘s David Easton-designed home Wednesday. Too bad they could squeeze the ball into the McGee’s home. It’s one of those rarities that is fabulous to see and an envy to live in. In place of honor was a family favorite, a model of the Perot Museum, of course!

McGee grounds

With the doors facing the back grounds of the house open, it was a gorgeous setting for anything.

Natalie and Brian Bollinger

Back to the announcement. Sorry. Got carried away.

The announcement party was sponsored by Apollo Power & Light L.L.C.

Announcement dessert

After last year’s Japanese theme, the decision was made to return to a Yuletide feel with “Tis the season.” Just as the announcement was made, the pianist started playing “Tis the Season.” How appropriate! Then desserts were served with major snowflakes topping the chocolate concoctions.

The fun will be event designer Tom Addis‘s interpretation of “season.” But you’ll have to wait until Saturday, December 3.

Dallas Arts District Ticket And Information Center To Open At NorthPark In Just A Few Minutes

At 10:45 this morning the Dallas Arts District Ticket and Information Center will be opened at NorthPark Center with ribbon cutting. dignitaries (Dallas Arts District’s Veletta Lill, NorthPark’s Nancy Nasher, Cadillac’s Tom D’Angelo, etc.), special performances by Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and giveaways.

Presented by Cadillac, the Center will be located in the corridor between Barneys New York and Nordstrom and staffed by Arts District Ambassadors to provide information and tickets for performances and exhibitions by such organizations as Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Arts District Chorale, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Winds, Nasher Sculpture Center, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS and Turtle Creek Chorale.

This project should be no surprise to anyone who has been in the area more than an hour. NorthPark has been supporting the Dallas arts community since it opened its doors.

Sold Out Alert: Tonight’s LaunchAbility Concert With Willie Nelson

If you had hoped to buy tickets for tonight’s Willie Nelson concert at the Meyerson benefiting LaunchAbility, too late! It’s a sell out.

But groveling still has its possibilities.

Gentle Reminder: May’s MySweetCharity Ad Auction Ends Monday

Just a reminder that bids for May’s MySweetCharity ads are now being accepted. No bid is too embarrassingly low. But remember you can be outbid! Bidding closes Monday at 6 p.m. As usual the following spots are up for grabs:

  • Banner ad across the top of MySweetCharity
  • Top badge ad on the right side
  • Tower ad on the right side
  • Lower badge ad on the right side
  • Bottom badge ad on the right side

Just email your bids to [email protected]

PS — If you would like to recognize your favorite charity, go ahead and bid on a space. It’s a great way to support a great nonprofit.

How To Help Those Battling The Possum Kingdom Wildfires

Yes, the humidity and 80-degree temperatures are a pain, but they’re nothing compared to the conditions facing those battling the Texas wildfires. If you would like to donate and/or support those fighting the overwhelming fires engulfing Possum Kingdom, Dallas Bar Association’s Executive Director Catherine Maher reports the DBA is collecting the following items at Belo Mansion’s second floor today and Grapevine Station #1 by April 26:

  • Chapstick with Moisturizer (non-flavored)
  • Sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater
  • Eye Drops
  • Gold Bond powder
  • Cotton T-shirts of all sizes
  • Cotton undergarments for men and women of all sizes
  • Cotton tube socks for men and women
  • Under Armour type undergarments for men and women of all sizes
  • Leather gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Gel packs that can be frozen and worn over their necks
  • Bandanas that can be wetted and worn
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks

So, on your way to lunch, go by the grocery or drugstore, pick up some items and drop them off at Belo. Someone you’ve never met will really appreciate your kindness.

“A Celebration of Reading” Update

As noted earlier, the annual Celebration of Reading is booked at the Meyerson for Monday, November 7 with former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush joining forces with up-and-coming Bushes, Amanda and George P.

Benefiting The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and The Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, authors Helen Simonson and Wes Moore have already been confirmed for the event that is always a grand way to spend a Monday evening.


Changes Are In Store For KidneyTexas And Tootsies

Pat McDonough and Marianne Wilshusen

News was bulging at Tootsies Wednesday night for the KidneyTexas kick-off party. Many of the fashionable types already knew that plans called for a major change of directions for “Stepping Out in Style,” the fundraising fashion show/luncheon on Thursday, September 15.

Mother-daughter co-chairs Pat McDonough and Marianne Wilshusen confirmed that the event was indeed moving to Brook Hollow Golf Club and Tootsies, instead of Stanley Korshak, would be providing the fashions. The reason for the move? “To save money.” The gals are trying to spend less money on the event, so they can give more to the charity.

But some things were staying right in place — like Jan Strimple will once again be in charge of the show and the proceeds will benefit Children’s Medical Center, the PKB Foundation and Camp Reynal.

Kerry Salatino, Megan Meyercord, Anna Bland Aston

For the kick-off Tootsies had jewelry design by Claudia Lobao, cocktails and a mini-fashion show with KidneyTexas members including KidneyTexas President Megan Meyercord wearing the styles.

Alison Volk

On the Tootsies’ front, Director of Business Development Alison Volk arranged for 15% of the evening’s sales to be donated to KidneyTexas.

Alison added that she was rolling up her sleeves and orchestrating a “re-launching” of the Dallas store (i.e. new flooring, walls being removed, etc.) and Tootsies’ involvement in the community.

MUST READ: SMU Rape Victim’s Name And Story Revealed In Dallas Morning News

For more than a year the story about the SMU student who was kidnapped, raped and left naked on the streets of Dallas by a group of men has haunted Dallas. All three of the men were caught, put on trial and convicted with the last being sentenced this past week.

The name of the victim has not been publicly revealed until today. Scott Goldstein has a very good story about the young student from Norway in today’s Dallas Morning News.

At the very end of the article are two adds —

  1. A list of organizations that assist rape victims and people suffering from domestic abuse.
  2. Short descriptions of the three rapists and their punishments.

Yes, the Morning News does have a “pay wall,” but it’s worth buying a print edition or breaking down and succumbing to the online fee.

Blake Shelton Just Might Have More In Store For 2011 Curtain Call According To Mary And John Gill

Mary and John Gill

If you didn’t know better, you would swear that Mary and John Gill would be perfectly cast as Laurey Williams and Curly McLain. Last night they proved that to a crowd of Dallas summer Musical supporters at Kathy Klingaman‘s Highland Park mansion.

Julie and Amy Turner

Just at 7, DSM impressario Michael Jenkins gather the guests together on the patio overlooking the pool and introduced the subject of the 2011 Curtain Call. Then he let the effervescent couple take over. Instead of bursting out in song, they told of plans for the May 7th gala with Honorary Chair Amy Turner and her mom Julie looking on.

The really big news wasn’t that Blake Shelton would be the main attraction. No, that had already been established ages ago.

In the meantime, John had been connecting the dots and revealed what he had discovered in stages. First stage was to let the non-Blake followers realize what a prize the organizers had landed. Just before Blake had really gotten hot, they had signed him up. Then he skyrocketed and most recently hosted the CMT Awards, where a little lady by the name of Miranda Lambert walked away with top honors (Top Female Vocalist, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year).

Then John cranked up the info-load by telling them that he had learned that Miranda was not only getting married but to Blake. Better than the National Enquirer.

But John wasn’t finished. In his research, he discovered the twosome were saying the vows the week following Curtain Call on May 14 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, just up the road from Dallas. The best part was that Blake had requested 30 tickets for Curtain Call implying that a lot of current and future relatives might be in attendance. . . maybe even a bride-to-be?

Even better is the fact that Curtain Call benefits the Dallas Summer Musical’s Education and Outreach Programs (Seats for Kids, Discover Theatre, Stage Right, DSM Academy of Performing Arts and Kids Club).

JUST IN: DSO COO Paul Stewart Has Resigned

File photo: Melissa Stewart, Marilyn Augur, Paul Stewart

A very well-placed source reports that Dallas Symphony Orchestra COO Paul Stewart has turned in his resignation.

Story developing.

Share-A-Date: Kidney Texas Fashion Show And Luncheon

Thursday, September 15: Kidney Texas is going to have a whole new look this year. Event Chairs Pat McDonough and daughter Marianne Wilshusen have arranged to have Tootsies and KidBiz/The Biz provide the fashions for “Stepping Out In Style.” And the event has been relocated to Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Beneficiaries will be Children’s Medical Center, Camp Reynal and PKD Foundation.

Hockadaisy Lyda Hunt Hill Goes To The Top Of The Class With A $20 Million Gift

Lyda Hunt Hill

Wednesday Hockaday School grad Lyda Hunt Hill gave back to her school two-fold. Originally, school officials were feeling rather heady about the fact that she was going to give $10 million to their fundraising efforts.They even arranged to have Lyda make the announcement at a assembly.

When they told her that this was the third largest gift in Hockaday history, Lyda had second thoughts. She doesn’t like coming second or third. At the announcement, she surprised all by doubling the gift to a whopping $20 million.

According to Hockaday headmistress Jeanne Whiteman, the $20 million gift is —

“the largest single gift from a living alumna among independent girls’ schools in the nation, according to the National Association of Independent Schools. The significance of this gift is not only its staggering generosity; more importantly, it indicates that Hockaday’s Centennial Campaign will be positioned by and led by the people who have made Hockaday great — our alumnae.”

Jeanne also noted that Lyda’s “tenure at Hockaday was marked by early acumen in mathematics and polite distaste for the classroom.”

Ironically, this gal who had a “polite distate for the classroom” has designated that half of her gift will go to the construction of new classrooms and research space for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The other $10 million will go for faculty and program support.

Very well done, Lyda.


JUST IN: Change Of Management At Alzheimer’s Association

John Gilchrist

On the heels of last week’s AWARE luncheon, there has been a changing of the guard at the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Dallas. President/CEO John Gilchrist has resigned and Jack Browles will fill in until a replacement comes on board.

Crystal Charity Ball Marks The $100 Million Mark With Check Presentation

2010 Crystal Charity Ball check presentations

The ladies of Crystal Charity Ball played Santa Claus Thursday night at Bailey’s Prime Plus. Usually they don’t make a big show of the distribution, because the ladies of the past year don’t want to distract from the efforts of the present year’s efforts.

(Hmm, am still scratching our collective heads over that last sentence.)

However, this year was very special for Crystal Charity Ball committee members past, present and future. The reason — with this year’s check presentation, CCB has provided $100 million to children’s charities since it was founded in 1952.

CCB 2010 Chair Cynthia Mitchell and 2010 Underwriting Chair Robyn Conlon got to hand out the checks totalling $4,112,273 to the 2010 beneficiaries, who helped past nine-figure mark — Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Parkland Foundation, Texas Home Access Fund and The Family Place.

And to add frosting to this occasion, The Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Emergency Services Network, “a multi-year project that provides a system of emergency care for all major not-for-profit hospitals in Dallas, received the final funding to complete its $10-million request.”

Photo credit: Melissa Macatee 

Lee Ann And Alan White Announce Plans For 2011 Triumph for Teens Luncheon Honoring Paul Bass Jr.

When Phoenix House lost federal-government earmarks this year, locals knew the program that does so much needed some TLC. Besides personal handholding, that special care meant opening billfolds. To make that process less painful, they created a fundraiser. Now, in this city it would have to have a lot of stellar elements to standout from all the established moneymaking events.

Alan and Amy White

Wednesday the plans were announced at a kickoff party hosted by Lee Ann and Alan White at the Mansion. In the filled-to-capacity Promenade, all the right names (Kelli and Gerald Ford, Jill and Bob Smith, Vicki Chapman, Pete Schenkel, Debbie Francis, Linda and Bill Custard, Lydia Novakov, Debbie Oates and James Huffines), were assembled to talk about and hear the news from the Whites.

Gerald and Kelli Ford

Phoenix House of Texas board member Hill Feinberg recalled the arrival of Phoenix House in Austin back in the late 1990’s. It seems the late Annette Strauss was the one who got the the program to Texas in 1997. She got Hill involved with PH, when she told him, “Sweetheart, I’ve got something for you to do.” Fast forward to 2002 when Phoenix House started providing services in Dallas. Over the years, the Dallas operation has grown as the needs have skyrocketed. Thanks to funding by various individuals, groups like the Crystal Charity Ball ($400,000 this past year) and government allocations, PH has helped thousands of youngsters overcome various addictions. But the loss of the federal funding really dealt a blow for the organization, so big guns were required to help make up the difference.

Hill Feinberg

Hill told the crowd, “Having Alan and Lee Ann involved is moving us into a new area.” The hope is to raise enough money to “finish off the building” where so many receive counseling to overcome life changing problems.

While Alan discussed the problems of federal cutbacks, Lee Ann added the personal touch of recalling how her son Michael had suffered from addictions, but “has been sober for five years.”

As Lee Ann was wrapping up, Alan interrupted and said, “Wait a minute. You need to tell ’em to bring money!” Quickly Lee Ann added, “I’ll expect him (Alan) to write the check if you don’t!”

Lee Ann White, Harold and Annette Simmons

They also announced that on Friday, May 13, the 2011 Triumph for Teens Luncheon honoring the late Paul Bass Jr. would be held at the Fairmont’s Regency Ballroom with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as speaker. The presenting patrons would be Annette and Harold Simmons.

Carla Bass

When the name of Paul Bass was announced, smiles registered throughout the room. Then laughter when Hill told the story of a breakfast, where he met with Paul and Burt Tansky (former head of Neiman Marcus). Hill said, “Give me four names who will help us.” Paul came up with his four immediately. Burt, on the other hand, said, “I don’t live here. I don’t know any.” Paul turned to Burt and said, “Well, who would be your pallbearers? Give us four of your pallbearers.”

Linda and Steve Ivy

In the crowd was original PH board member Steve Ivy, who is currently finance chair for Phoenix House of Texas and just went on the board of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Ronald McDonald’s Casa Habana Nearing Sell-Out Stage

Friday night’s Casa Habana benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at the Ritz is nearly a done deal. Don’t confuse this one with the elegant Moonlight Ball a couple of weeks ago. This one is “hip and young.” Co-chaired by Wynne Brown, Katie Head and Molly Thomas, “The Casa Habana event will capture the style and class of the Old Hollywood clientele who frequented the city’s infamous night clubs.”

It will all happen thanks to designs by Todd Fiscus, “heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations” and DJ Lucy Wrubel providing the musical background.

Casa Habana’s sponsors include:

  • Presenting sponsor — todd.event design. creative services.
  • Diamond sponsors — Patti and Jimmy Elliott, Switch Creative Group, PaperCity, Sewell and Western Extrusions Corp.
  • Platinum sponsors — Benchmark Bank & Benchmark Title, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Ford, Kay and Steve Head, Highside Capital, Lincoln Property Company and Prairie Creek Partners.


Share-A-Date: Champagne to Chocolate Brunch

Dunia Borga

Tuesday, April 19: What’s the best way to experience chocolate? Perhaps with champagne? What about having 10 of Dallas’ leading pastry chefs not only having demonstrations but also providing desserts? Still not enough? You’re so demanding. Ah, but the Dallas Junior Forum knows how to please. Not only will all of the above be on hand for the DJF’s “Champagne to Chocolate Brunch” at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center, they’ll also have WFAA-CH. 8’s Cynthia Izaguirre as mistress of ceremonies and guest speaker Dunia “La Duni” Borga, queen of the sweets.

Among the raffle items will be a chance to stay at a Tuscan villa.

If you’re in need to conversation chatter, think about this — in addition to the DJF’s providing more than 4,000 service hours in 2010 to are non-profit agencies, 83 women on 10 cooking teams prepared more than 6,000 meals.

Oh, Please, MySweetCharity! Get Over It!

Monday the skies were gray and MySweetCharity international headquarters received emails, calls and words-in-passing that folks were really down. Life wasn’t great. Their sinuses were giving them a fit. Someone who had made a promise didn’t come thru. They just felt a total case of the blues. The weather guys said it was gonna rain and it didn’t. Owie, that zit just was an end-of-the-world situation.

Sorry to get on our high horse, but this morning the MySweetCharity Full-Of-Herself-Queen (we call her Queenie because it puts her in a good mood) said she was going to take to her bed because she was feeling “yuckie” and  “blah.” Poor thang. The MSC crew reminded her that she needed to get over it. She wasn’t happy, but she did get moving.

We all suffer those days. But the MySweetCharity crowd needs to take a deep breath. When you look in your frig, is there something there? Are you are able to breath fresh non-nuke-air? When you turn on the tap, does water come out?

Let’s do take a deep breath and be grateful that our greatest problems are traffic, satisfying the IRS and living with each other.

We’re just grateful to have you in our world. You make the whole crew feel so much better. Pat on your back, MSC community.

Share-A-Date: Each Moment Matters Luncheon

Godwin Dixon, T. Boone Pickens and Tom Leppert

Wednesday, September 28: Honorary Chairs Susan and Bill Montgomery have set the date for this year’s Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. Benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice, the event recognizes “unsung heroes who make a difference in the lives of others.” Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to T. Boone Pickens with a crowd of 900 in attendance.

To understand the value of hospice care, one only has to witness the compassion and professionalism provided by the individuals for those who are facing end-of-life issues. The services of hospice staff members extend beyond the patient to caring for the families as well at a very difficult time in the cycle of life.

Share-A-Date: Junior League Of Dallas’s Rummage Roundup

Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1: There’s is nothing like a good sale. Leave it to the Junior League of Dallas Provisional Class of 2010 to hold a mega one. We’re not talking the Neiman Marcus Last Call type or the neighbors in the next block having a garage sale. Think Rummage Roundup at Dallas Market Hall. Think  Halston Heritage, von Furstenburg, Tory Burch, Lily Pulitzer, Fendi and other familiar designing types. Think the bargain benefiting 42 local nonprofits. Now, you’re thinking.

Friday night (7 to 10 p.m.) is the VIP Party with tickets starting at $35 and privileged first passes at the designer items.

Then the Roundup opens to one and all for Saturday (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Anything not bought will be given to the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Talk about a win-win-win deal.

STATUS REPORT: Janie Condon’s Condition

Janie Condon

There have been  a number of inquiries about Janie Condon‘s condition. The well-known fund raiser was the victim of a “hit-and-run” driver Wednesday at Hillcrest and Colgate around 3 p.m. Have just heard from the family the following:

“Janie had very successful surgery on both wrists.  Both bones were completely broken in both arms, bt [sic] they were able to reset them perfectly. . .  I have to tell you that I know her angels were looking after her.  So I hope you will give a prayer of thanks with me, because it is truly a miracle that she is even alive.”

Monday was Janie’s 50th birthday.