Announcement of 2011 TACA Silver Cup Recipients Pending

Am off to cover the announcement of the 2011 TACA Silver Cup recipients.

Share-A-Date: Victory Night At The Stadium

Saturday, December 11 @ the private club in Cowboys Stadium– “Victory Night at the Stadium”will feature cocktails, fun, food, tours, music and a live auction for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets.

Co-chaired by Ynette Hogue and Susan Levy, The Legacy at Preston Hollow — Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged will be the beneficiary of the event.

“Victory Night proceeds will directly benefit our residents by helping us meet our challenge allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, ” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.

For further information, call 972.468.6161.

Dawlin’ Rawlins Gilliland Returns To KERA Air This Afternoon

As you’re stuck in traffic this afternoon, switch the radio dial to KERA (90.1 FM) to hear native son and ever-charming Rawlins Gilliland, (pictured with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on “All Things Considered” from 4 to 7 p.m.

According to Rawlins,

“I will be on air live doing my ‘Begging for Bucks Fiscal Aerobics’ stint for the Fall Membership/Pledge Drive now in its third week.”

If you’ve heard Rawlins “beg” before, you know that it’s like nothing you’ve heard before. It’ll make your ride home much more fun and interesting.

And if you have some spare change, make a donation to KERA.

Linda McMahon Named President Of The Real Estate Council

Good news: The Real Estate Council‘s President Michelle Corson‘s husband Larry just accepted the CEO position for Crescent Resources. Yahoo!

Bad news: The new position is forcing him to relocate to Charlotte, N.C. And can you believe it — Michelle is moving there with him.  Alas, even Michelle (pictured) can’t handle presidential duties from that far away.

Good news: After a thorough search conducted by TREC Chairman Jim Berry of Deloitte, TREC Chairman-elect Mark Gibson of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P., former TREC Chairs Tony Dona of Thackeray Partners, Michele Wheeler of Jackson-Shaw and Will Mundinger of Goldman Sachs, Michelle’s replacement was name — Neighborhood Strategies LLC Founder Linda McMahon.

Photo provided by The Real Estate Council

“Linda McMahon (pictured) has an impressive real estate background and is a great fit for us,” said Berry . “She knows this community and has worked with a wide array of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She brings essential knowledge of our industry and experience within our organization having served as chair of The Real Estate Council Foundation.”

Congratulations to Larry, Michelle, Linda and TREC!

Robert Miller Hits the 59-Year Mark At The Dallas Morning News

You might want to drop a note to Robert “Bob” Miller. Today is his 59th anniversary with The Dallas Morning News.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #9

While you’re getting dressed for the TACA Custom Auction Gala, we have one last item for you to consider. Let’s say you want to stay put in Dallas and have a simple dinner for two. But you’re not thinking Luby’s. No, you still want something a little unusual that doesn’t require high-maintenance dressing and arranging for guests.

TACA’s worker bees have such a deal that it’s the real closer to the evening’s auction. This package will provide for 30 couples to purchase it —

Item 9.  Back to the Garden – The urban garden at FM1410 – Sunday October 24th. (Value: This package will be sold in pairs of tickets.)

On Fitzhugh, there is a magical place called FM 1410, where Tom Spicer offers fabulous produce and yummies for locals. Yes, it is a East Dallas store front, but it also has a wondrous garden that is occasionally available for private dinner.

Tom is opening his urban garden on Sunday, October 24, for a very, very private supper for 30 couples. Depending upon the best produce available on this day, your dinner will be prepared by guest chefs and in support of the Gulf Coast region. While most of the ingredients will be local, some will be grown just inches away from your chair. Of course, all will be accompanied with regional wine pairings.

To set the tables just right for the occasion, Neiman Marcus Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Gift Galleries and Epicure Bill Makin will create the table settings.

And to make the evening last, Mackenzie-Childs will donate a five-piece setting for each guest to take home. You might recall that Mackenzie-Childs not only produce the “world-renowned Majolica Tableware, but they also brought Sarah Ferguson to town earlier this year to support the Art Ball.

Remember: This item will be sold in “pairs of tickets.”

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala Is Sold Out

If you put off getting a place at tonight’s TACA Custom Auction Gala at the Mansion, you’d better locate a tony scalper because the event is sold out.

The Trains At NorthPark Are Going Through A Refreshening

After 12 years folks normally “refresh” their homes with a new coat of paint, an overhaul of the kitchen or entirely new furnishings. So, it’s no surprise that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas have had The Trains at NorthPark redesigned.

According to Trains co-chair Christine “Sleep Experts” Cook, “There will be some favorite America landmarks as in years past, but there will be some surprises as well, so we invite everyone to visit and to tell their family and friends.”

The redesign  of the 1,600 square feet of track, more than 800-square feet of train layouts area and hundreds of buildings was executed by Dallas-based TrainWorx by T.W. Design.

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Christine and her co-chair Amy Davis (pictured left with Christine Cook) also reported,

“We are thrilled to announce that JoAnne and Eddy Moore are our Honorary Trains chairs this season. We are also excited that Bank of Texas has returned to be the Presenting Sponsor, thanks to Bank of Texas Chairman and CEO Norm Bagwell. Their support, along with the community’s, is so important because we recently opened a new House, and these dollars help many families.”

Attracting 80,000 people each year, the holiday favorite will choo-choo from November 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

JUST IN: Stephen Sondheim’s Appearance Is Off For Today Due To Illness

Stephen Sondheim has canceled his appearance today at the two Nasher Salon Series events at Booker T. Washington and at the Nasher Sculpter Center due to illness.

Nasher spokesperson Kristen Gibbins reports,

“Ticket holders may choose to hold on to their tickets for guaranteed seating at a future Salon date with Mr. Sondheim yet to be determined or have the option to receive an immediate refund by calling Click N’ Print tickets at 888.695.0888.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.”

Will keep you posted on the rescheduled date.

Pat And Emmitt Smith Add To Their Family

Provided by Treasure You

Couple-of-the-year Pat and Emmitt Smith (pictured) just added another cutie to their brood. Elijah Alexander James Smith was born last night at 7:45 p.m. Weighing 6 lbs., 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches, he is a very lucky little fellow with parents like Perfect Pat and Superman Emmitt.

Sidenote: While Emmitt has been in the spotlight recently with professional football’s Hall of Fame and everything under the sun, Pat has been equally starring in her role at Treasure You and her numerous charitable projects. In the meantime, she has also been raising the rest of the Smith kiddos, looking fabulous and supporting her husband. Makes you realize how smart Emmitt is to have a wife like Pat.

Rawlins Gilliland To Provide Comic Relief On KERA

One of MySweetCharity’s favorite bon vivants/ wordsmiths is going to be on the radio-waves Wednesday. Rawlins Gilliland (pictured left with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on  KERA-FM (90.1) from 9 to 11 a.m. during “The Diane Rehm Show.”

What will he be doing? According to Rawlins,

“I will attempt to deliver some comic relief to what promises to be an exhausting Pledge Drive. Any amount, however small, called into the station or done online will really make me smile. I am not used to smiling on air live at 9 a.m.”

Share-A-Date: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Friday, November 12 @ Hyatt Regency Dallas: The 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will honor the following:

  • Outstanding Philanthropists — The Hallam Family
  • Outstanding Foundation — The Sammons Dallas Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation — AT&T, Inc.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Cecile Bonte
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive — David Krause
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Leah Prager

MSC SweetDeal: Question #5

MySweetCharity was recently asked if a person or persons could bid on an ad space to thank a group or to congratulate an organization/person for a job well done.

The answer is “Heck, yes!” We love being the online Hallmark card.

If you need details on the auction process, just go here.

The auction for October ads ends this Saturday at 6 p.m.  So, just send your questions and bids to [email protected]

BTW, there are some bargains still available much to the chagrin of Mr. MSC Accountant.

Share-The-Date: St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 @ the Hilton Anatole: The “Save the Date” cards are in the mail for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year should be a killer with Holly Pellham Davis as a Co-Chair and clothes by Stanley Korshak.

Let’s just hope that it’s another mega-success for LLS without the follow-up snowstorm.

MySweetCharity Rules About Fake Commenters

MySweetCharity loves a good conversation. Who doesn’t? But exchanges need to be honest and logged in under a consistent name with a “real email address.” We’ve noticed that other blogs have suffered from one person commenting under several “noms de plume.” Guess they’re either hoping to make it appear

  • that traffic is running high on their blogs or
  • that several people are participating in the conversation.

Alas, the MySweetCharity community is open and friendly. For this reason, fictitious email addresses (like “[email protected]” or “[email protected]”) will not be approved. Let’s stay honest and keep the conversation going.

DISD’s Hinojosa Is Rumored To Be Packing His Bags

Controversial DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is reportedly preparing to announce his resignation tomorrow, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Seems he’s a finalist for the top job in the Clark County’s school district Nevada. The DBJ  even confronted Mayor Tom Leppert today at lunch about the situation. Tom’s response, “I can’t comment on that.”

Evidently, the Dallas Morning News had heard rumors that Hinojosa was up for the Clark County job last week, but only mentioned it today as an afterthought on its blog.

If it’s true, congratulations to the DBJ for good reporting.


Pat and Emmitt Smith To Be Honored With Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award And A Very Special Friends’ Party


Photo provided by Methodist Health System

As if Pat and Emmitt Smith (pictured) haven’t had enough in their lives in recent months. His being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Pat getting ready any moment to deliver the newest Smith baby. His being honored at Friday night’s Super Bowl concert at Cowboys Stadium. Whew! Aren’t we worn out just thinking of all that?


Well, prepare yourself. It’s just been announced that the twosome will receive the 2010 Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award at a dinner on Thursday, November 11 (Veterans Day), at the Hilton Anatole.

The Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award is presented by Methodist Health System Foundation to recognize individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulates the achievements of former Mayor Robert Folsom. Recipients of the award are selected for their accomplishments in making a lasting, positive change in the Dallas community and inspiring others to follow in their paths.

Past recipients have included Mayor Folsom, Nancy Ann Hunt, Troy Aikman, Laura Bush and the late Norman Brinker.

Speaking of past recipients Troy and Laura, they’re v-e-r-y involved with the Smiths’ honor. Troy and his former teammate Daryl Johnston are co-chairing the event. Not shabby!

But Laura has pushed this one over the top by opening her home for a “special friends” reception on Wednesday, November 3, for major supporters.Okay, let’s get those special friends sending in their support. Just to visit the Bushes’ home is a moment, don’t you know!

In the past, each of these events has raised more than $1 million. Why do we suspect this one is going to top that number?


Rumor Confirmed: PaperCity Will Be Brooke-less

Rumors were flying last night at the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon’s patron party that PaperCity‘s first lady of Dallas society, Brooke Hortenstine had turned in her resignation.

Today at the CCB Fashion Show, Ms. H confirmed the rumor. With her little boy entering school and being inundated with requests for projects, she realized it was time to shift gears.

“I don’t think they’re going to fill my position,” she said admitting that management would probably do some rearranging of responsibilities.

To which we say, “Who the heck could replace Brooke?”

Personal note: Brooke has not only set a marvelous standard for society coverage, but has also been a tireless and integral part of numerous charitable and nonprofit successes. Tip of the hat to you, Ms. Hortenstine.

JUST IN: Annette And Harold Simmons Gift $1 Million to Crystal Charity Ball

Before the Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed were presented this morning at Neiman Marcus Downtown, CCB Chair Cynthia Mitchell announced that Annette and Harold Simmons were making a million dollar gift to CCB and its efforts to fund organizations and programs for children.

Annette (pictured) seated next to good friend Gene Jones seemed a little embarrassed by all the hoop-la that included a standing O by the entire audience of 500, presentation of a magnificent arrangement of flowers and a banner.

In this tough economy, such a gift is much needed and appreciated.

JUST IN: Jeffrey Kahane Is Sick, So Why Do We Care?

Classical musical pianist Jeffrey Kahane‘s being ill wouldn’t normally make big news in Dallas. However, since he was to be the headliner for Saturday night’s  AT&T Gala, his being under the weather sorta puts a crimp in plans. Word among the musical types reports that Jeffrey has had issues with hypertension resulting in his premature resignation as musical director for the Colorado Symphony. While his last Denver performance was June 7, Jeffrey just might run into his old boss (aka former Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s soon-to-be former President) Doug Adams, who is moving back to Denver.

But not to worry. Jaap (van Zweden) will still be at the helm for Saturday night’s gala. So just reschedule your musical gray matter for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony instead of the previously scheduled Piano Concert No. 4. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Eroica will remain on the program.


T. Boone Pickens Knows How To Get Things Going When It Comes To “Each Moment Matters”

That T. Boone Pickens really knows how to add sizzle to a celebration. On the eve of the Each Moment Matters luncheon Thursday at the Anatole honoring the 82-year old Pickens, he announced his gift of $18.4 million for a new $48.5 million hospice. The 116,000-square foot facility will be located in North Dallas and will be able to provide care for 36 patients.

Photo provided by Each Moment Matters

But back to the luncheon benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North. Event Chair Elizabeth Gambrell (pictured) and Kay Lynn Brumbaugh are just a couple of seats away from the “We’re sold out” stage with more than 850 guests with reservation. Helping them accomplish this feat are: [Read more…]

Sorry — Sondheim Talk at Nasher Scuplture Center Is A Sell Out

If you were hoping to see and listen to legendary Stephen Sondheim at the Nasher Salon on Thursday, November 23, too late. All of his appearances are sold out.

To help you through your loss in not being able to attend the talks by the 80-year old composer/lyricist, you may enjoy “Send In the Clowns” thanks to Dame Judi and Barbra. Very different interpretations.

Komen Scores Another Four Stars From Charity Navigator

For the fourth year in a row, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure received the Charity Navigator‘s four-star rating.

If you don’t know what Charity Navigator is, it the watchdog group that evaluates the various nonprofits and how they’re living up to their commitments in raising funds.

“As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” reported Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger. “Only 9 percent of the charities we rate have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Susan G. Komen for the Cure consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Susan G. Komen for the Cure from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Komen raised “more than $347 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009” of which “84 cents of each dollar goes directly to mission” according to Andrea Rader of Komen.

“Achieving Charity Navigator’s highest rating for fiscal soundness is an incredible achievement for even one year during these economic times,” said Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Komen’s founder and CEO. “But to garner this rating four consecutive years is a true testament to the hard work of our entire Susan G. Komen for the Cure family. My gratitude also goes out to our Affiliates, our volunteers and our staff, who have proven once again to be responsible stewards of our contributors’ money as everyone continues to try to fulfill our promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever.”

Share-The-Date: Fort Worth Opera Ball

Saturday, October 16: The Fort Worth Opera Ball is celebrating the Fort Worth Opera‘s 50th anniversary as well as General Director Darren Wood’s 10th anniversary. To commemorate the anniversaries, Ball Chair Kelly Sorokolit and Co-Chair Sandy Cook are arranging for a casino, entertainment by Eclipse and music by Trey and the Tritones at the Hilton Hotel Downtown in FW.