Sold-Out Alert!: Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Women Of Dallas Fashion Show And Luncheon

That day has come. In keeping with the age-old tradition of being a done deal before North Texas evacuates for the summer, the Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Fashion Show and Luncheon is sold out.     

Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt, Julie Hawes, Pat Harloe, Janie Condon, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Tucker Enthoven, Katherine Coker, Delilah Holmes, Anita Arnold and Lisa Cooley (File photo)

So, if you had planned on personally handing your check in Tuesday, scrub it. That is, unless it’s an awful hefty check and who knows? Maybe CCB Chair Pam Perella and Luncheon Chair Christi Urschel will get their space makers out and find you room for the event on Friday, September 15, at Neiman Marcus Downtown with designer Zac Posen in the audience and his fashions on the runway.

Sold-Out Alert!: It’s Their Time

When Leslie Crozier takes on a task, she does it with gusto, to say the least. After observing the devastation of a family member’s Alzheimer’s, she established a nonprofit —It’s Their Time — “dedicated exclusively to advancing research for Alzheimer’s.”

Leslie Crozier and Roger Rosenberg (File photo)

To fund Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research and DNA Vaccine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, she’s put together a cocktail celebration this Tuesday at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with WFAA meteorologist Pete Delkus as co-host and Hollywood F.A.M.E. Star Award Winner Aubree-Anne performing.

At one point, Leslie reported, “Remind me not to start a brand new amazing charity… and throw a kick-off at the Mansion… 120 days later! I might have been just a little ambitious in my goal!!!”

But, she need not worry. With determination and loads of friends and supporters, the event is sold out.

To ramp up the fundraising, she’s also arranged for eight live auction items including dinner with Dr. Rosenberg, concert tickets to Lady Gaga’s concert and an incredible Fourth of July stay in Vail that will have paddles rising.   

Sold-Out Alert!: La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Gala

La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas (File photo)

It’s still three weeks away, but the La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Presentation Gala on Saturday, June 10, is already sold out!

According to La Fiesta Gala Co-Chair Anne Besser, “The La Fiesta Gala is sold out and we have a wait list.  We are at the Fairmont and our seating is limited.

“Several underwriters have generously returned their Gala seats in exchange for additional Fiesta Under the Stars invitations. Thanks to them, we are moving patrons off the wait list and into Gala seats.”

So, who says that North Texas is abandoned in the summer and tuxedos hibernate in closets? There is gonna be a ballroom filled to the brim with the black-tie set on June 10. So, don’t dilly-dally around. Get on that wait list now.

Proceeds from the swell-elegant event will benefit C.A.R.E., Connecting Point of Park Cities, The Elisa Project, The Family Place, Friends of the University Park Public Library, Highland Park Education Foundation, Highland Park Literary Festival, HP Arts, HPHS Community Service Council, HPHS Counseling Department and Student Council, HPHS Habitat for Humanity Campus Center, HPHS Science Festival, HPHS Student Emergency Fund, HPHS Youth and Government/Moody Family YMCA and Park Cities Heritage House at Dallas Heritage Village.

Sold-Out Alert!: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

D’Andra Simmons Lock (File photo)

Jan Strimple (File photo)

Lucky are those who bought their tickets for Tuesday’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Fashion Show And Luncheon because all the individual tickets have been snapped up. That means they’ll get first opportunity to check out the “experienced clothes” for sale in the Chic Boutique, as well as seeing how Event Chair D’Andra Simmons Lock and fashion show producer Jan Strimple have created a new look to the presentation of clothes in the McDermott Hall.

At this point, there is still hope…sorta. Either take a chance and become a sponsor, or twiddle your thumbs until you can check out the clothes, including a sample sale with limited availability from Stanley Korshak’s bridal salon at the WEARhouse Sale (9216 Harry Hines Blvd.) on Thursday (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

SOLD-OUT ALERT: A Chance To Soar

Simone Biles*

Yup, those ten seats that were still unfilled yesterday for Jonathan’s Place‘s A Chance To Soar Luncheon Tuesday are gone. Translation: Simone Biles will be facing a sold-out crowd at the Anatole.

* Photo provided by Jonathan's Place

SOLD OUT ALERT: Callier Cares Luncheon

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Lisa Troutt (File photo)

Kern Wildenthal (File photo)

Well, Emilynn Wilson has gone and done it. She said she would hit the “Sold Out” mark for Thursday’s Callier Cares Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club, and word just arrived that the ballroom is filled.

But then how could she lose with Lisa Troutt as her honorary chair, Dr. Kern Wildenthal receiving the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award, and noted audiology researcher Dr. Sharon Kujawa being presented with the 2017 Callier Prize?

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the patients in need through the Callier Care Fund at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders.

Sold-Out Alert!: 2017 Recess

Another state of “Sold Out” has been revealed. Friday night’s Recess at the Dallas Arboretum is a done deal. 

As for those predictions of stormy weather, they won’t be a problem because the NorthPark-sponsored Sandbox, games, spiked juice box and music provided by Prophets and Outlaws will all be safe and sound inside Rosine Hall.


And no need to wear stuffy, grown-up attire. It will be strictly “schoolyard chic” (aka casual chic).

Benefiting and celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dallas AfterSchool, Event Co-Chairs Regina Merson and Robyn Siegel and Honorary Co-Chairs Tanya McDonald and Janet Mockovciak have arranged for the following sponsors:

  • Capture the Flag ($25,000) – The Baldridge Foundation
  • Simon Says ($10,000) – Lydia and William Addy, Baird, Strategic Wealth Partners/Colleen and Peter Bowler and Janet and John Mockovciak
  • Red Rover ($5,000) – Anne and Terry Conner, Christina K. Hanger and Tanya and Ken McDonald
  • Duck Duck Goose ($2,500) – Philip Theodore Bee Charitable Trust, Kristi and Brian Erickson, Cherri and Jack Musser, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Ernst and Young and Tenet Healthcare
  • Four Square ($1,000) – Christy Bednar, Sheela and Marc Birnbaum, Kathi and Chris Child, Serena Simmons Connelly, Maria and Douglas Cramer, The Donachie Foundation, Laurie and Craig Dunn, Angela and Mark Frederiksen, Abby and Michael Gregory, Sarah Losinger, Christina and Tim Norris, Tricia and Eric Stammberger, Social Venture Partners Dallas, Stacy and Mack Hicks and The Fijolek Family
  • Special Thanks and In-Kind Donors – Aimbridge Hospitality, BANCO, Cindy Ferris, Dallas Arboretum, Kent Rathbun Catering, LeForce Entertainment, Live Nation, McShan Florist, Microsoft, NorthPark Center, Paper City, Pop Parties, Topgolf, Yellow Rose Distilling and Housed Real Estate
* Graphic courtesy of Dallas AfterSchool

Sold-Out Alert!: 2017 Art In Bloom

Whoops! Yesterday it was reported that no “Sold Outs” had been announced for the spring fundraising season following spring break. Today word arrived that that status had changed.

2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love”*

Not only is the 2017 Art In Bloom’s “Seasons Of Love” hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art League and chaired by Sarah Jo Hardin sold out, but organizers have added an opportunity for those who missed out on the Monday, March 27th event.

Sure, the Art In Bloom guests will get a sneak peak of the “Live Blooming Art Exhibit,” but DMA visitors will be able to check the floral designs “created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection” from Tuesday, March 28, thru Wednesday, March 29, on the DMA’s Level Two.

And how about some name dropping? Well, Art In Bloom can provide ‘em. The exhibition will include the talents of Judy Blackman of Blumengarten, Metka Terselich of Metka Floral Designs, Caroline Hansen of Forestwood Florals, Dan Pierce of Wild about Flowers, Doan Do of Cebolla Fine Flowers, Sarah Hobbs of Park Cities Petals, Juan Gomar of Apples to Zinnias, Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora and David Kimmel of David Kimmel Design.

So, don’t boo-hoo that you can’t attend the presentation by floral industry ambassador René van Rems and lunch on Monday at the DMA. You can still check out “Live Blooming Art Exhibit” Tuesday and Wednesday!

Art In Bloom proceeds will benefit the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund, as well as the DMA’s exhibition and education programs.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art League

Sold-Out Alert!: Dallas Arboretum’s Inaugural Food And Wine Festival

Dallas Bloom’s tulips (File photo)

Despite claims that North Texas has been evacuated due to Spring Break, ain’t so! In fact, more than 1,300 are gonna be at the Dallas Arboretum’s First-Ever Food and Wine Festival Thursday. If you haven’t gotten your ticket, you’re out of luck because the food fest is sold out!

Janice Provost and Abraham Salum (File photo)

Chad Houser (File photo)

Dunia Borga (File photo)

It’s been such a gangbuster sell-out that the tulips are squeezing together to make room for the participating chefs (Chef Sharon Van Meter, Chef Aaron Staudenmaier, Chef Abraham Salum, Chef Alex Astranti, Chef Anastacia Quinones, Chef Andrea Shackelford, Chef April Barney, Chef Brad Phillips, Chef Chad Houser, Chef Christopher Patrick, Chef Daniel Pittman, Chef Daniele Puleo, Chef Dunia Borga, Chef Rebecca Jolly, Chef David Gauthier, Chef Dunia Borga, Chef Eric Dreyer, Chef Gianni Santin, Chef Henry Gentry, Chef Jay Valley, Chef Janice Provost, Chef Jean-Marie, Chef Jeffrey Hobbs, Chef John Doumas, Chef John Tesar, Chef Josh Harmon, Chef Junior Borges, Chef Josh Sutcliff, Chef Justin Box, Chef Katherine Clapner, Chef Larry Williams, Chef Luis Olvera, Chef Mark Wootton, Chef Mary Sparks, Chef Matt McCallister, Chef Meaders Ozarow, Chef Michael Scott, Chef Mike Shetsky, Chef Nikky Phinyawatana, Chef Omar Flores, Chef Richard Chamberlain, Chef Robert Lyford, Chef Samantha Rush, Chef Samir Dhurandhar, Chef Scott Nakachi, Chef Sheila Roidopoulos, Chefs Sonny Pache, Michael Scott and Chef Uno Immanivong).

After grazing among the 500,000 blossoms and food stations, guests will be entertained with a concert on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage And Lawn as the sun sets behind White Rock Lake.

Sold-Out Alert!: 2017 Soup’s On!

Two of the most wonderful words in fundraising were making the rounds at the Soup’s On! patron party tonight — “Sold Out!”

Yup! If you thought this chilly-willy weather had inspired you to get a soup bowl spot or two at Union Station on Tuesday, January 31, open up a can of Campbell’s and cry in your ho-hum soup bowl.

Julie Marshall, Brian Luscher and Heather Sauber

According to the 9th Annual Soup’s On! Chair Heather Sauber, it’s sold out with 642 bowls in need of filling and a panel discussion on Dallas’ homeless situation with a stellar group of veterans in the issue scoring headlines locally.

Congrats to Heather, The Stewpot Alliance President Julie Marshall, adorable Honorary Co-Chairs Margie and Ray Francis and Souper-Duper Chief Chef Brian Luscher and his team of chefs on scoring the very first “Sold Out” of 2017 in Dallas fundraising.

Let’s keep these “Sold-Out Alerts” coming on in.

Sold-Out Alert!: 28th Annual Obelisk Awards Luncheon

Those favorite words have been sent again — Sold Out! Business Council for the Arts28th Annual Obelisk Awards Luncheon Co-Chairs Kevin Hurst and Dotti Reeder report that the fundraiser on Monday, November 7, at the Belo Mansion is at total capacity.

Kevin Hurst (File photo)

Kevin Hurst (File photo)

Dotti Reeder (File photo)

Dotti Reeder (File photo)

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

But come on. A very nice check and a pretty please might just open a seat or two.

In addition to recognizing a load of great supporters of the arts, the event will include a talk by Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Ryan Anthony. Perhaps Ryan will bring along his horn for a mini-performance.

Sold-Out Alert: Art For Advocacy

2016 Art for Advocacy*

2016 Art for Advocacy*

There ain’t no more tickets available for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art for Advocacy.

If you got your place reserved for the Saturday, November 5th fundraiser at General Datatech Warehouse, go shopping for something artsy to wear. If you procrastinated, plan on jammies, popcorn and Netflixing the night away.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Baylor University Medical Center At Dallas And Baylor Health Care System Foundation Are Breaking Great News For Women

There’s a whole lot of celebrating going on over at Baylor University Medical Center (BMUC) at Dallas and Baylor Health Care System Foundation.

First, the national media reported this morning that BUMC Dr. Giuliano Testa had surgically transplanted four uteruses in women who want to have children but had been born without a uterus. It was just a year ago that Giuliano told the Baylor Foundation Board about this revolutionary surgery that could change the lives of more than 13,000 women in the U.S. who are born without a uterus. So far, one of the four Baylor transplants is continuing to be successful and more transplants are scheduled to take place before the end of the year.

Giuliano Testa (File photo)

Giuliano Testa (File photo)

Rita Wilson*

Rita Wilson*

Second, the Baylor Foundation’s 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Anatole featuring Rita Wilson is sold out!

Joining Presenting Sponsor Tom Thumb are the following sponsors:

  • Monarch Butterfly — Al G. Hill Jr.
  • Texas Swallowtail Butterfly — Lyda Hill, The David B. Miller Family Foundation and Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation
  • American Lady Butterfly — Lana and Barry Andrews, Anonymous, Nancy Carter, Margo and Bill Goodwin, Karen Faulkner Key, Lock Lord LLP, Gloria Eulich Martindale, Ellen and John McStay and U.S. Trust
  • Patron Party — Comerica Bank
  • VIP Reception — PlainsCapital Bank
  • Valet — Sewell Automotive Companies
  • Luncheon Centerpieces — Sammons Enterprises Inc.
  • Luncheon Invitations — Sidley Austin LLP
  • Luncheon Programs — Allie Beth Allman
  • Luncheon Videos — Jacqueline Fojtasek

But remember — a nice donation might just get you past that “sold-out” situation.

* Photo provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Dallas Uncorked 12th Anniversary Dinner

Two of the favorite words in fundraising activities are “Sold Out!” And those are the words that Dallas Uncorked’s Hayley Hamilton Cogill just reported about Sunday’s Dallas Uncorked 12th Anniversary Dinner at Sevy’s benefiting The Birthday Party Project.

It’s gonna be a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with Ram’s Gate Winery’s Luke Stanko from Sonoma County on hand to “discuss the wine and the care, dedication and passion that goes into each and every glass.”

Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

According to Hayley, “I first tried these wines last year and immediately knew we needed to help introduce them into the Dallas market through one of our events. I couldn’t be more thrilled to do so for our anniversary event.”

As marvelous as the menu prepared by Sevy’s Chef/owner Jim Severson and the paired Ram’s Gate Winery products will be, the guests will match them in the wonderfulness category. Gals always wear the most adorable summer cottons and silks. As for the guys, it’s strictly a no-tie affair with khaki slacks and loafers.

Sold-Out Alert!: 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

It’s official. The Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon is sold out. Actually, it was practically a done deal a couple days after tickets went on sale. To make the cut, some gals hand-delivered their checks to the CCB offices.

2016 Crystal Charity Ball's Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Fame (File photo)

2016 Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Fame (File photo)

But CCB Chair Christie Carter and Luncheon Chair Pam Perella wanted to make sure that all the contracts were signed before making the announcement.

The Friday, September 16, fundraiser in the glamourama tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown is gonna be a lovefest for Carolina Hererra fans with the petite Venezuelan on hand. While in town, she’ll also be presented the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.

Sold-Out Alert!: The Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Luncheon

Can Do Luncheon*

Can Do Luncheon*

It’s too late. Those Wilkinson Center folks just gobbled up the tickets for Tuesday’s Can Do! Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club. Now, it’s in a sold-out state of mind.

But never fear. You know the drill. Perhaps a nice donation could open up a seat or two or three.

Insider tip: The registration is closed, but try contacting The Wilkinson Center Director of Development Dana Fay at 972.284.0389. You’ll have to scurry hurry, though.

* Graphic courtesy of The Wilkinson Center

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Mad Hatter’s Tea

Mad Hatter's Tea (File photo)

Mad Hatter’s Tea (File photo)

Weathering all types of storms and such, the Mad Hatter’s Tea on Thursday is sold out. If the clouds cry on the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum fundraiser, not to worry. There will still be plenty of chapeau room and champagne laden flutes.

If you didn’t luck out on a ticket to the reception, fashion show of Tootsies merchandise and luncheon, you can still wander the gardens and you won’t even need a hat.


SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Appetite For Advocacy Luncheon

And the good news keeps rolling in on this Monday. Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon Co-Chairs Paula Richmond and Megan Steinbach just sent word that the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Tuesday, April 26, is sold out! What a simply wonderful way for the DCAC to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a sell-out!

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

Suggestion: With more than 1,400 in attendance to hear author Brené Brown give an extended talk on Rising Strong, it would be wise to get there early. In other words, the luncheon starts at 11:20, so be an early bird, not a tardy type. And remember parking is going to limited. So, if you’re not taking DART, then carpool, Uber or borrow your kiddos’ bike.

Mercedes Benz mid-size SUV*

Mercedes Benz mid-size SUV*

And speaking of transportation, don’t forget the raffle of the Mercedes-Benz mid-size SUV. There are “a few remaining raffle tickets” left. Go ahead. Feel lucky and buy a ticket.

* Graphics courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Sold-Out Alert!: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum And Award Dinner

The only thing that can compete with the smiley faces at a check presentation is news that an event has sold out! And that’s exactly what happened this morning when word arrived that the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum and Awards Dinner presented by AT&T on Thursday, April 21, is sold out. Goodness, that’s more than two weeks away!

Anne-Marie Slaughter*

Anne-Marie Slaughter*

That means 900 will be on hand in the Omni’s Trinity Ballroom when the Maura Women Helping Women Awards are bestowed on Diana C. Dutton, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Vicki Meek, Katie Pedigo and Billie Bryant Schultz. Another highlight of the evening will be Brittany K. Byrd and Lacy L. Durham Esq. receiving the Young Leader Award presented by Capital One.

In addition to celebrating the deserved accolades, guests will hear President/CEO of New America Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, who wrote the provocative “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.”

But in this case you just might have it all even if you didn’t get your ticket. Event Co-Chairs Margaret Jordan and Debbie Taylor have created a wait list, so why not sign up and keep your flawless fingers crossed.

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Women's Foundation

Sold-Out Alert!: Wings Of Spring

Monday evening the Perot Museum is going to be filled with music, singing, dining and award presenting. The occasion is “Wings Of Spring: A Celebration Of Literacy” benefiting VMLC. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $1M to help VMLC’s mission of changing lives through literacy.

Sons of Serendipity, who were 2014 finalists in “America’s Got Talent,” will be providing the music and singing in the Hoglund Theater.

As for the Literacy Legacy Award, it will be presented to Cheryl Pollman, who is “a dedicated volunteer, advocate, board member and friend to VMLC since its founding days. Whether teaching basic English to adults, recruiting friends and family to volunteer with her, or tutoring students to pass their U.S. Citizenship test, Cheryl has impacted the lives of countless individuals and their families as they pursue their American Dream.”

If you’ve already gotten your tickets, how smart you were because the event is sold out! However, they’re probably still open for a donation to help their work with 1,200 adults and 330 children annually. Or, if you’re shy of funds, why not volunteer.

Sold-Out Alert!: Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon

Hoda Kotb*

Hoda Kotb*

Leave it to those Hegi gals. Sisters-in-law/Interfaith  Auxiliary Luncheon Co-Chairs Amy Hegi and Libby Hegi just sent word that the Friday, April 1st luncheon at the Dallas Country Club is sold out. Was there ever a doubt? Between having Robyn Conlon as the day’s honoree and the “Today Show’s” Hoda Kotb as the speaker, it was bound to be a done deal.

If procrastination got the best of you, there’s always hope. It’s called a “waiting list.” Of course, a nice donation to the Interfaith Housing Coalition never hurts, don’t you know!

* Photo courtesy of Interfaith 
Auxiliary Luncheon


If you wanted to play handy little games like blackjack, craps, Texas Hold’em and roulette-wheel spinning on Saturday, January 30 with a bunch of young professionals, your choices just got reduced big-time. The Dallas CASA Young Professionals’ CASAblanca is filled to capacity, thanks to Co-Chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke and Dana Swann. Not bad for a first time event!



And the partying with DJ Jose Guevara, raffle prizes and grown-up libations ain’t taking place at the usual party-hearty rooms or hotel ballrooms. No, siree! It’s gonna be at Dallas CASA in The Meadows Foundation’s Wilson Historic District.

Just shows how smart those young professionals are. Not only are they saving money on renting a space, they just might be introducing newcomers to the Dallas CASA digs, where CASA advocates help almost 4,400 abused and neglected kids yearly.

However, there is still room to join Dallas CASA’s Young Professionals, if your age falls between 21 and 40.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas CASA


SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Fashion For Kindness

Evidently, the retail centers weren’t the only ones on a roll over Thanksgiving.

Word just arrived from Rhonda Marcus that Sunday’s “Fashion For Kindness” for munchkin models benefiting The Dallas Opera Wednesday is at full capacity.

Just goes to show that a great idea quickly pays off.

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Uncorked Dallas Dinner

If you had high hopes of spending the evening at Hibiscus enjoying great company, delicious food and Merryvale wines, you’re out of luck. Benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier Dallas Chapter, the Uncorked Dallas Holiday Dinner with Merryvale owner Rene Schlatter is sold to the max.

Alas, if you didn’t get your reservation in before the “Sold Out” status, you’ll just have to resign yourself to watching “Dancing With The Stars” with a jug of wine and your radiated Over-Easy Bison Burger from Snaps Kitchen.