All Aboard For The Trains At NorthPark

It’s the last weekend for The Trains at NorthPark benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. With 1,600 feet of track, the miniature locomotives choo choo through the country with Dallas landmarks like downtown Dallas, the Cotton Bowl and the State Fair.

It’s truly amazing for kids of all ages. Speaking of which, admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens (65 and older). Munchkins under the age of 2 get in free.

Final weekend hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. And don’t forget it’s upstairs between Neimans and Nordstrom’s near Barney’s.

Last Call For 2010 Donations

It’s not too late to make that donation to a nonprofit. You can still get a tax deduction and help a charity. So, make out that check or take those unwanted clothes to a group in need.

And don’t forget to ask for a receipt. You’ll make your accountant very happy.

Share-The-Date: 2011 Destiny Awards

Thursday, March 3: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Destiny Awards luncheon at Belo Mansion benefiting St. Philip’s School and Community Center. If Dr. Gates’ name is familiar but doesn’t click immediate recognition, he just happens to be an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. In addition to his incredible academic credentials, he’s also known for having a beer with President Obama.

For luncheon information, call 214.421.5221 Ext. 238.


Share-The-Date: Pride Pharmacy USA Toast To Life Gala

Saturday, February 26: Pride Pharmacy USA has signed up for the second year in a row to be the title sponsor for Resource Center Dallas‘ “Toast to Life Gala 2011.” The theme this year is “Cirque de la Vie” and is expected to have an attendance of 800 at F.I.G.

“We are extraordinarily grateful for Pride Pharmacy’s continuing, generous support of Toast To Life,” said Cece Cox, executive director of the Center. “With more than 2100 clients living with HIV and AIDS, strong community backing like this for us is vital for us to continue providing critical services, including dental care, hot meals, a food pantry and insurance assistance.”

Proceeds benefit the HIV/AIDS programs and service of Resource Center Dallas. You did know that since it began in 1999, Toast to Life has raised more than $2.1 million. You also knew that AIDS is not a past-tense disease, didn’t you?


Merry Christmas And Thank You!

MySweetCharity wishes everyone a very “Merry Christmas!” whether it’s politically correct or not.

On this day when we are especially grateful to so many including

  • The generous and supportive advertisers who have truly made MSC possible. If it weren’t for them, there would be no MSC.You may not have noticed but PlainsCapital Bank was the first to sign up and has been with MSC ever since.
  • Cattle Barons Ball, Crystal Charity Ball and TACA for allowing us to be their blog sponsors.
  • The nonprofits that have allowed MSC to cover their news and events.
  • The public relations people who have patiently tolerated MSC’s demands for instant turn around of information and photos.
  • The professional photographers who have time and time again provided advice and spare batteries when the MSC super-duper Instamatic failed.
  • Members of the media who have encouraged MSC to carry on a “daily conversation for the good of Dallas.” A special thanks goes to Tim “Not As Snarky As He Seems” Rogers at D Magazine and People Newspapers’ publisher Karen Mordecai and managing editor Dan Koller, who have allowed MSC to appear in their publications.
  • Wick Allison, who came up with the original concept of MSC.
  • Glenn Hunter, who has been forced to step out of his comfort zone and confront women with such thought-provoking questions as, “So who designed your gown?”and
  • Most importantly, you the members of the MSC community. We have learned from you and will continue to do so. You keep us on our toes and inspire us.

Thank you.


Share-A-Date: Barbara Bush’s “A Celebration of Reading”

Monday, November 7, 2011: Despite the holidays, Barbara Bush is already working on the 10th annual “A Celebration of Reading.”  As you can guess, grandchildren Mandi and George P. Bush are ramrodding the event locally.

We’ll keep you up to date on who the authors will be.

‘nother Going Away Party At Dallas Symphony Orchestra

It seemed like Dallas Symphony Orchestra  VP of Development Rosemary Wilkie just cleaned out her desk at the DSO. Now comes word that Director of Communications Stacie Wheelock Adams (pictured) will be leaving on December 31st to work with The Cooking Group.

MySweetCharity’s Make-Believe-Benefactors

Before reality television was conceived, there used to be a television show called “The Millionaire.” The premise was an individual was given a million dollars by an anonymous benefactor (John Beresford Tipton Jr.). Each week people tuned in to watch the results of the gift.

Since it’s the holiday season, MySweetCharity wonders —

If you were to be given a check for $1 million and could endorse it to only one person or group for the betterment of Dallas, who or what would the recipient be and why?

We’ll post answers in the days ahead.

A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon Speaker Announced At Holiday Tea Honoring Pat Burford

As you drove through the gate with the mammoth wreaths (pictured) Wednesday, you just knew you weren’t attending an every day tea with the gals.

Nope, neither A.W.A.R.E. nor hostess Karen Seanor does anything on a ordinary basis.

The festive mansion was full of food, news and a touching relationship that was revealed to the 100 guests in attendance including Santa Claus.

If anyone thinks a tea at Karen’s is sparrow food, rethink that. The dining room table (pictured) had a spread on it that defied the finest hotels. And the guests knew it and took full advantage of it.

Midway through the event, AWARE President Carmaleta Whiteley addressed the ladies briefly about the March 31st luncheon at Hilton Anatole.

Since the theme of the luncheon will be “A Dallas Love Story — A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr.,” the featured speaker will be actress Shelley Fabares accompanied by her husband of 26 years Mike “M*A*S*H” Farrell.

Some might wonder why the angel of the 1950’s “The Donna Reed Show” and later Craig T. Nelson’s girlfriend in the 1990’s “Coach” would be a champion in the battle against Alzheimer’s. It seems that Shelley’s mother died from the dreaded disease and Shelley is no sweetheart when it comes to the topic.

An especially touching moment followed the speaker announcement when Carmaleta revealed the reason that Karen had opened up her lavish home for the tea. Karen requested that the tea honor her friend Pat Burford (pictured center with, from the left, Karen Seanor and Carmaleta Whiteley), a longtime AWARE member, a supporter of the luncheon and an Alzheimer patient.

Without a nano-second of hesitation, all agreed that the request was a great idea. Pat’s work for Alzheimer’s is known throughout the organization.

On hand for the tea were Ramona Jones looking right in style with her peppermint-styled walking cane, Carol Seay back with tales of her trip to Israel, Kay Hammond sporting a new short haircut and comparing notes with Faye Briggs and Leigh Lombardi trading dossiers with Katy Menges (pictured right with Leigh Lombardi).

Attention Burglars: MySweetCharity Ain’t For You

A favorite resource for criminals is to read columns on people. No, it’s not because they want to find out who’s wearing what or what couple has decided to split. They search for tidbits about who is going out of town for the holidays or on vacation. Their hope is to discover homes that aren’t occupied and ripe for the pickings.

Heads up, nefarious types! MySweetCharity’s policy is not to report or comment on any future trips or outings of people, so scat!

Share-A-Date: The Great Adventure Hunt

Saturday, March 5: The Great Adventure Hunt is heading to NorthPark to benefit ChildCareGroup. Simply put — it’s a scavenger hunt with the focus on excellent fun. No, you don’t have to drive all over kingdom come. The whole hunt takes place in NorthPark. Want an idea of what the evening includes? Here goes —

Best described as an intellectual scavenger hunt, the Great Adventure Hunt is the most unique fundraising event in all of Dallas and will benefit ChildCareGroup. Teams of six players each will gather for a buffet dinner and strategy session at 6:00pm in the banquet room upstairs at Maggiano’s NorthPark. At 7:30 p.m., participants will get their first clue and be off and running through the mall to solve all 10 puzzles for the evening. All players will return at 9:30 p.m. to Maggiano’s for dessert and to hear the solutions to the puzzles.

Strong suggestion: Gather five of your buds and register your team. You’ll never look at NorthPark or your friends the same way again.

BARGAIN UPDATE: Ebby’s 100th Birthday Celebration

That Melissa Stewart is a pretty sharp cookie. Not only is she a partner at Winstead and married to Dallas Symphony Orchestra President Paul Stewart, she knows the importance of a bargain.

Remember how you went into a bit of sticker shock when you saw the tickets for Ebby’s 100th birthday party on March 9th at the Meyerson starting at $1,500? Melissa reports that if you skip the cocktail hour and dinner and just settle for the concert and after-concert dessert reception, you might find tickets starting at $150.

Don’t you want to go with Melissa to Sam Moon some time?

Share-A-Date: No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party

Saturday, March 26: The biggest fundraiser for the AIDS Services of Dallas, No Tie Dinner & Dessert will have its collective dessert at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. But first guests will attend one of approximately 50 dinners in private homes throughout Dallas.

How does it work? Just knew you would ask. Here goes:

“Each spring, generous, fun people will host social gatherings – from backyard barbecues for 10 to formal dinners for 30+. The dinners will be casual or formal, large or small, gourmet to potluck. In return for their host’s hospitality, guests are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 to ASD. All dinner proceeds will go toward housing and supportive services for ASD clients. After dinner, all dinner hosts and guests are invited to a dessert celebration with entertainment, dancing, coffee and delightful desserts donated by some of Dallas’s finest caterers and restaurants.”

Hosts will be honored at an appreciation party.

Honor chairs for this year’s event will be D’Andra Simmons, Michelle and Bernard Nussbaumer and Paige and Clint Fletcher.

Share-A-Date: Ebby Halliday 100th Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, March 9, 2011: While many parties are planned in 2011 for Dallas’ sweetheart Ebby Halliday for her 100th year on terra firma, the biggie will be held on her natal date benefiting The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

The cocktail reception, dinner and world-class entertainment will take place at the Meyerson. While formal invitations are just in the design and print stage, tickets are already up for purchase starting at $1,500 for individuals. OK, so that’s a little steep, but how many times does Ebby turn 100.

Event chairs are Barbara and Steve Durham with Honorary Chair Laura and George W. Bush. Co-chairs are Horatio Alger recipients Rogers Staubach, T. Boone Pickens and Ross Perot.

Committee members include Kay E. Baker, Carl W. Bell, Toni Brinker,
Virginia Clements, Joe Colonnetta, Barbara Daseke, Nancy Dedman,
Mark Denesuk, Tara and Bill Durham, Ronald Gafford, Terrence J. Giroux,
Carol and Don Glendenning, Dusty Gotcher, Randall D. Graham, Sheila and Jody Grant, Kathryn and Craig Hall, Margo and James W. Keyes, Janet and Joel McCarty, Mark Melson, Harriet Miers, Dawn Moore, Scott Murray
, John O’Dell, Suzanne Palmlund, Julie and Stephen A. Rado, Jan and Jeff Rich, Myrna and Robert J. Schlegel, Melissa and Paul Stewart, Rachel and Christopher Trowbridge and Rosemary Wilkie.

People Newspapers And MySweetCharity Are Going Steady

Those folks at the People Newspapers are gluttons for punishment. It seems that they want a print version of MySweetCharity in the Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People newspapers on a weekly basis. Since it’s flattering and they’re a great staff, we’re going to start this relationship this week with coverage of Crystal Charity Ball.

Not to worry for you, who so loyally check the MSC blog. The print version will not be a repeat of what you find here. It will have its own personality. . . sorta a condensed, weekly wrap up focusing on Park Cities and Preston Hollow people and activities.

So, if you subscribe to the People Newspapers, prepare yourself. If you haven’t, think about signing up.  A subscription makes a great Christmas gift. . .Hanukkah present. . . or any old gift.

Feel free to send sympathy cards to People Newspapers Publisher Karen Mordecai and Managing Editor Dan Koller.

(Caricature by Valerie Wong.)

“Dandy” Don Meredith, R.I.P.

We regret to report that the legendary “Dandy” Don Meredith died of a brain hemorrhage in Santa Fe yesterday evening.

Besides being Dallas Cowboys’ legendary quarterback, he was also the lovable member of ABC’s Monday Night Football broadcast team including the late Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.

As you may recall, Don was the honoree in absentia of this year’s A.W.A.R.E luncheon.

Our sympathies are with his wife Susan and the rest of his family. Arrangements are pending.

Nasher Salon Update And 2011 Schedule Announced

The Stephen Sondheim talk for the Nasher Salon has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 15. But don’t rush out and try to make a reservation. It’s sold out.

Don’t despair. They’ve just announced the 2011 schedule! Oh, be still my heart!

  • January 13 — Maya Angelou (Author poet, director, producer)
  • February 15 — Spike Lee (Director, producer, writer and actor)
  • September 8 — Kevin Baron (Actor, singer)
  • October 13 — Bernadette Peters (Actress, singer, author)

There is literally something for everyone and in a very intimate surrounding.

The tickets for Maya Angelou go on sale Sunday, December 5.

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.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Elan Circle Announces 2011 Savor The Symphony Details

The young music lovers were found at 2011 Savor the Symphony Prelude Event for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s Elan Circle at the Rosewood Crescent last Tuesday night. The occasion was to announced the April 16, black-tie event including a five-course dinner, silent and live auctions and live entertainment at the Adolphus Hotel. Cindy and Howard Rachofsky will be honorary chairs, with Carlen Long and Natasha Hallam (pictured second from right with, from the left, Derek and Carlen Long and Andrew Hallam) serving as the event chairs.

Seating will be limited to a lucky 250.

Chick Lit Gals Are Clucking Over Luncheon Author Emily Giffin

Those chic Chick Lit gals are at it again for Community Partners of Dallas. Wednesday night they gathered up their forces at Stanley Korshak to announce the author for the annual luncheon at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The 2011 Luncheon Chairs Angela Nash and Anne Stodghill (pictured right with, from the left Angela Nash and Crawford Brock) have everything all tied up! Presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, the 5h Annual Chick Lit Luncheon will feature New York Times best-selling Heart of the Matter author Emily Giffin on Friday, April 1. No fooling.

Another couple of announcements also made were The Container Store’s receiving the 2011 Partners for Children Award and Sally Hoglund serving at the luncheon’s honorary chair.

To get the literary motion going, they had local chick lit author/lawyer Amy Bourret seated near the Korshak jewelry department signing her Mothers and Other Liars. It seems Amy was  inspired to write the book from her work in child advocacy. Naturally, a portion of the proceeds from the book sales will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

Just In: “The Art Of Film” Is Sold Out!

If you were hoping to attend the Dallas Film Society‘s The Art of Film this Friday at the Hall of State with Robert Duvall (Bobby to his friends, don’t you know) and Elvis Mitchell (Elvis to his friends, we guess), it’s too late. The shindig is sold out.

Exception: According to event mastermind Lynn McBee, “If someone writes a really big check, we’ll find a way to squeeze ’em in.” Leave it to Lynn to let money have its way.

But if you can’t write that substantial “make-Lynn-happy” check, then DFS President/CEO Tanya Foster advises you to go to the Dallas Film Society’s website to purchase tickets for Get Low. It’ll be shown Saturday morning at Cinemark 17 Theatre. And, yes, Bobby will be on hand to introduce the film.


Thank You

Today is Veterans Day. Every day should be Veterans Day for the remarkable services they have and are providing our country. If you know a veteran, thank them. If you don’t, go out and meet one. There will a whole slew of them at the Veterans Day celebration starting at 11 at Dallas City Hall.

Advice From Voices For Children About Traffic Issues Tomorrow

If you’re headed to Voices For Children Luncheon featuring Carson Kressley at Union Station or anything in downtown Dallas tomorrow, beware. The annual Veterans Day parade will be taking place at noon.

The good folks are Voices For Children just sent over this advice for their guests —

Please make note that the Veterans Day parade will be held downtown tomorrow, around the same time as the Voices for Children luncheon. Therefore, please allow ample time for your commute to Union Station. We were informed by the city that one lane on Houston Street will be kept open specifically for our luncheon, which will lead you directly to complimentary valet parking at Union Station.  Furthermore, we hired two police officers to direct traffic for luncheon guests.  Please forward this information to your guests.

To view the route of the parade, please click on the following link:

Okay, now you’re got the directions, so you just might want to march accordingly.