JUST IN: New Cattle Baron’s Ball Members Revealed

Even before the Ferris wheel at the 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball had made its final pass on Saturday, October 21, the 2018 CBB team under the leadership of Katy Bock and Jonika Nix was in action. One of the first items on the agenda was the announcement of the CBB’s newest members. Since committee membership is limited to 100, the number of newbies is limited to the vacancies created by oldtimers retiring.

From the left: (standing) Jill Ritchey, Alexine Cryer, Melissa Pastora, Claudia Williams, Brittany Smalley, Mackenzie Wallace, Kelley Ledford, Kristen Gibbins, Suzi LeBeau and Lauren Phillips; (seated) Rachel Osburn, Tara Versfelt, Jonika Nix, Katy Bock, Catherine Flagg and Jennifer Burns

This year’s new crop of cancer-fighters was just revealed including Jennifer Burns, Alexine Cryer, Catherine Flagg, Kristen Gibbins, Lisa Hewitt, Suzi LeBeau, Kelley Ledford, Rachel Osburn, Melissa Pastora, Lauren Phillips, Jill Ritchey, Brittany Smalley, Tara Versfelt, Mackenzie Wallace and Claudia Williams.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Board To Be Chaired By Caren Lock And Adds New Board Members

Ellenore Knight Baker is finishing up her two-year term as board chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation. During her tenure, she led the Foundation in the creation of the Unlocking Leadership Campaign to raise $50M to “improve the future of North Texas by investing in the economic security and leadership potential of women and girls.”

Ellenore Baker (File photo)

Caren Lock and Roslyn Dawson Thompson (File photo)

In her place will be newly named Board Chair Caren Lock, who has “served on the Foundation’s executive committee, and she had chaired the Advocacy Committee. She is also a founding member of The Orchid Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation, a group of Asian women pooling resources to provide community grants that support social change and services for North Texas Asians.”

According to DWF President CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, “We so appreciate Ellenore’s leadership as board chair.  She is a dedicated advocate for our mission, and her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. We’re grateful that Caren brings her formidable talents and deep commitment to continue moving us forward toward our ambitious goals. Under Caren’s leadership, we will be working hard to complete the campaign, and ask everyone who supports our mission to consider giving a gift to help achieve our goals of ensuring equity for women and girls. We are also very pleased to welcome our new board members, who bring a wealth of talents and experience that will contribute greatly to this exciting time in our history.”

Those new board members include Bonner Allen, Bonnie Clinton, Teresa Giltner, Keri Kaiser, Laura Nieto, Carrie Freeman Parsons, Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Priya Bhola Rathod, Diane Reeves, Zeenat Sidi, Karen Simon and Shawna Wilson.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Celebrates The Launch Of Unlocking Leadership Campaign’s Leadership Key Club On Kleinert’s Terrace

As the driest May in 90 years closed down on Wednesday, May 31, Unlocking Leadership Campaign Co-Chairs Ashlee and Chris Kleinert’s terrace overlooking Bent Tree Country Club seemed downright charming. There was just enough breeze and cool drinks to keep guests outside in the 92-degree temperature to dine and celebrate the launch of the Dallas Women’s Foundation Leadership Key Club.

Floating flamingo

The jumbo flamingo floating in the pool was so inviting that it was surprising that none of the guests didn’t hop in for a dip.

Haven’t heard of Key Club since high school? Well, the DWF one is a bit different. It doesn’t involve high school students. But both organizations share in the common denominator of leadership. While the high school group is made up of young people who encourage leadership through servicing, the DWF version is “a new recognition level for those who have contributed $100,000 of more” to the DWF’s Unlocking Leadership Campaign that will target to specific areas for women:

  • Economic Security Initiative that will strengthen the economic security of 16,000 women and girls by 2021, and to date, has already reached more than 8,750 women and girls.
  • Leadership Initiative that will provide 60,000 women and girls with leadership training and opportunities, and thus far has reached nearly 28,000 women and girls through grant-making and programs.

According to Ashlee, “The future of North Texas is directly tied to the economic security and potential of leadership of women and girls in our community. It’s impossible to create a brighter future for North Texas communities without focusing specifically on the current condition, immediate needs and potential of women of all ages and backgrounds.”

Ashlee and Chris, Ros Dawson Thompson and Paula Parker


Michael and Janice Sharry

Toni Munoz-Hunt

The Kleinerts, their fellow co-chairs Paula and Ron Parker and DWF President/CEO Ros Dawson Thompson were celebrating the launch of  the club that included initial members Ellenore and Kirk Baker, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Kalita and Ed Blessing, Erin and Bob Botsford, Jill and Jim Cochran, Serena and Tom Connelly, Ka and L.L. Cotter, Peggy Simmons Dear, Kaleta A. Doolin and Alan Govenar, Lauren Embrey, Julie and Bob England, Beverly Goulet, Trish Houck and Lyssa Jenkens, Heather L. Hunt, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Anne Knight, Sarah Losinger, Ann E. and Fred Margolin, Maribess and Jerry Miller, Retta Miller, Toni Muñoz-Hunt and Dan Hunt, Diane S. Paddison, Paula and Ron Parker, Betty S. Regard, Lisa and Matt Rose, Janice and Michael Sharry, Lisa K. Simmons, Sue and Paul Spellman, Betty and Stephen Suellentrop, Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Rex W. Thompson, Patricia A. Vaughan and Barbara S. Turner, Martha and Max Wells, Donna M. Wilhelm, Shawna D. Wilson and Trea and Richard Yip.

Ann Margolin and Retta Miller

Ka Cotter


Ellenore Baker

Kirk Baker

Thanks to the Key Club, DWF’s Unlocking Leadership Campaign is standing at $36.5 and inching closer to its $50M goal. If you want to “key” into the march to success, contact Shawn Wills at 214.525.5318.

Carolina Herrera Exec Lauren Astry Sorensen Had Lunch With Crystal Charity Ball Members Before Catching A Flight To The Met Gala

Since being named vice president of global marketing and communications for Carolina Herrera on January 23, Lauren Astry Sorensen has been a very busy gal. Following Ivanka Trump’s wearing Herrera to the Inaugural Ball in Washington, Lauren’s been juggling her non-stop schedule. Monday, May 1, was one of those travel challenges. With turbulent weather, she just barely made it to Dallas for the Highland Park Village Herrera’s luncheon honoring the new Crystal Charity Ball members.

Lauren Astry Sorensen

Allison Presser

Without a hair out of place, she and store manager Allison Presser welcomed the house full of oldtimers and newbies. Little did anyone know that almost immediately following her welcome to the group, Lauren was back at DFW International to catch a flight back to NYC for the Met Gala red carpet, where Hailey Baldwin, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill and Emmy Rossum were in Herreras.

Lisa Longino and Dianne LaRoe

Candace Winslow

Meredith Bebee and Delilah Boyd

Shannon Thompson

As for the lunch, it was the opportunity for the new kids (Meredith Bebee, Dianne LaRoe, Kim Quinn, Shannon Thompson, Dee Velvin and Candace Winslow) on the fundraising block to be officially introduced to the membership. MIA was new member Lisa Singleton due to her day-job call to action. Unlike years past, where a “sponsor” introduced the new member, the introductions were made by New Member Liaisons Tucker Enthoven and Susan Farris.

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashions

Following the brief intros, the Herrera fashions paraded around the room surrounded by displays of the designer’s handiwork to the delight of the fashion-loving guests.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball New Member Luncheon

Carolina Herrera Global Marketing and Communications VP Lauren Astry Sorensen had a whirlwind stop in Dallas before heading back to NYC for the Met Gala red carpet on Monday, May 1. But she wasn’t about to miss the Crystal Charity Ball new members luncheon at the Herrera’s salon in Highland Park Village.

Lauren Astry Sorensen

Lisa Longino and Dianne LaRoe

The occasion was a mixed bag of CCB oldtimers getting an official introduction to the newbies and all getting an eyeful of Herrera designs.

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

The post is almost finished. In the meantime, check out the ladies and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s “Unlocking Leadership Campaign” Adds A New Recognition Level — Leadership Key Club

The Dallas Women’s Foundation team announced “a new recognition level” — Leadership Key Club — in its Unlocking Leadership Campaign to reach its $50M goal. The Club is made up of people “who have contributed $100,000 or more.”

At the 2016 luncheon it was reported that the Campaign had hit the $32M mark.

According to Campaign Co-Chair Ashlee Kleinert, “Since the luncheon, we’ve raised an additional $3 million, which is absolutely wonderful. More than 4,000 generous donors have stepped up during what we consider to be the initial ‘quiet phase’ of the campaign, which is both humbling and exciting. Now that we’re past the campaign’s halfway mark, we want to motivate and inspire other community members to follow their example and help us cross the finish line in the near future.”

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Paula Parker

Unlocking Leadership Campaign funds will go to the “Foundation’s primary focus areas — women’s economic security and women’s leadership.”

DWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson explained, “An investment in this campaign is an investment to ensure that girls and women are on equal footing, which is especially important since Texas women live in poverty at a higher rate than men: only 30 percent of North Texas households are led by women, but 53 percent of all poor households are women-led. Our mission is as important today as it has ever been: Dallas Women’s Foundation invests in women and girls and empowers women’s philanthropy to build a better world. When their lives are transformed, our region and economy are transformed, and that is the ripple effect we seek to achieve.”

So far, Leadership Key Club members include Ellenore and Kirk Baker, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, Cecilia and Garrett Boone, Kalita and Ed Blessing, Erin and Bob Botsford, Jill and Jim Cochran, Serena and Tom Connelly, Ka and L.L. Cotter, Peggy Simmons Dear, Kaleta A. Doolin and Alan Govenar, Lauren Embrey, Julie and Bob England, Beverly Goulet, Trish Houck and Lyssa Jenkens, Heather L. Hunt, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Anne Knight, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Ann E. and Fred Margolin, Janie and Cappy McGarr, Maribess and Jerry Miller, Retta Miller,Toni Muñoz-Hunt and Dan Hunt, Diane S. Paddison, Paula and Ron Parker, Betty S. Regard, Lisa and Matt Rose, Janice and Michael Sharry, Lisa K. Simmons, Sue and Paul Spellman, Betty and Stephen Suellentrop, Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Rex W. Thompson, Patricia A. Vaughan and Barbara S. Turner, Martha and Max Wells, Donna M. Wilhelm, Shawna D. Wilson and Trea and Richard Yip.

If you want to join the Club and help in the development female leadership and well-being, contact DWF Senior VP Shawn Wills at 214.525.5318.

The Dallas Foundation Adds Four New Members To Its Board Of Governors

And the news/announcements just keeping rolling in.  The Dallas Foundation has added four new members to its board of governors. They are

James Huffines, Todd Maclin, Stephen Mansfield and Clint McDonnough*


  • James Huffines is “the chief operating officer of subsidiaries at Hilltop Holdings, where he oversees the activities of PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities and National Lloyds and serves on the board of directors for the same. In addition to his 35 years of experience in banking, Huffines has long been a champion of causes ranging from education to arts and humanities to civic leadership. He serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber board of advisors, executive committee for the Dallas Citizens Council, and board of directors for University of Texas Development and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation. He was previously a chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, executive vice president for the Austin Symphony Orchestra board of directors, and a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and March of Dimes.”
  • Todd Maclin “held a variety of leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase for almost 37 years, rising to the rank of vice chairman and a member of the JPMC Operating Committee before his retirement in 2016. Maclin is very involved in civic pursuits and serves on numerous advisory boards and councils including the University of Texas, McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Southwestern Health System, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Southwestern Medical Foundation. Maclin and wife Diana are co-chairs of St. Philip’s School & Community Center’s ‘We Believe’ capital campaign.”
  • Stephen Mansfield “has been president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas since 2006. Under his leadership, Methodist Health System has tripled in size to become one of the region’s fastest-growing health systems and gained recognition by the Dallas Business JournalModern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review as a best place to work. Mansfield recently received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from Texas Woman’s University for leadership excellence and was the 2015 recipient of the Texas Association of Business Distinguished Business Leader Award. In 2009, Mansfield was selected as ‘Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser’ by the March of Dimes.”
  • Clint McDonnough “served as managing partner of the Dallas office at Ernst & Young LLP until his retirement in June 2015. In addition to leading day-to-day practice, he represented Ernst & Young at numerous community events dedicated to supporting education and mentoring. McDonnough serves as a director of Dallas Regional Chamber and chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. He holds positions on the boards of the Dallas Education Foundation and Methodist Health System, the development board for the University of Texas at Dallas, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation board, Early Matters Dallas board, and the Chief Executive Officer Advisory Council for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.”

According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “Each of the newly elected governors has shown an unparalleled dedication to improving Dallas for good. We’re thrilled to welcome these venerated leaders to our board of governors, and we’re confident that The Dallas Foundation will continue to thrive from their expertise and experience in the community.”

* Photos provided by The Dallas Foundation

Crystal Charity Ball Newbies Were Brunched With Their New Best “Friends” At Robyn Conlon’s New Home-Sweet-Home

The last day of January could have easily been mistaken for a day in April. The sun was shining just right. The temperatures started off in the 60s and hit the high 70s. To start the day off, the Crystal Charity Ball new members (Meredith Beebe, Dianne Laroe, Kim Quinn, Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Dee Velvin and Candace Winslow) headed to Robyn Conlon’s new digs on Beverly for a get-to-know-you brunch with CCB Chair Pam Perella and her committee chiefs.

But before the newbies arrived, a photo opp of the committee was herded into the living room for a group photo. And not just any old photo.

From the left: (back row) Elizabeth Gambrell and Anne Besser; (front row) Cheryl Joiner, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Pam PErella

Backstory: In keeping with the CCB tradition, the year’s chair selected two themes — one for the December ball and an internal working theme. For Pam, the internal theme was favorite television programs. For Pam herself, it was “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” For the new members, it was “The CCB Bunch,” as in “The Brady Bunch.” And for her committee, it was “Friends.”

So, with “Friends” in mind, the committee was positioned on the couch like Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross.

Tucker Enthoven,Claire Emanuelson, Lisa Longino, Susan Farris and Barbara Stuart

As soon as the final photo was snapped, the committee returned to the entry hall to greet the newbies and others like advisor Caren Kline (also on the Children’s Health Quality Board), frosh class advisors Tucker Enthoven and Susan Farris, Beneficiary Selection Chair Lisa Longino, Children’s Book Chair Elizabeth Gambrell, Silent Auction Co-Chairs Anne Besser (just selected Theta of the Year) and Cheryl Joiner, Decoration Chair Claire Emanuelson, Membership Chair Barbara Stuart, Contribution Ticket Co-Chairs Cara French and Mary Martha Pickens, Post Ball Arrangements Co-Chair Susan Glassmoyer and Public Relations Chair Pam McCallum, who had just gotten a new puppy.

From the left: (back row) Dee Velvin and Dianne Laroe; (front row) Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Kim Quinn, Candace Winslow and Meredith Beebe

As the new kids on the block arrived, they were ushered into the dining room for their individual photos to be taken by Melissa Macatee (aka Barbara Stuart’s daughter) and then directed to the staircase for a group picture or two or three. After having more photos than a college graduation, the ladies took their places for the program and brunch.

Then like sorority pledges, each of the new members was called up as their list of accomplishments was reeled off.  This was followed by the committee members taking their turns explaining their various roles.

For the vets, it was a familiar ritual and a great get-together. But as Pam recalled her frosh year 10 years ago, the get-to-know-you event could be overwhelming. On the other hand, it was just part of a great first year of making friends and raising funds for the area children’s charities.

For more photos of the ladies who brunched, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball New Members Brunch

From the left: (back row) Dee Velvin and Dianne Laroe; (front row) Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Kim Quinn, Candace Winslow and Meredith Beebe

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Tuesday, January 31, for brunching on Beverly Drive for the frosh class of Crystal Charity Ball. And, no, it wasn’t at the Dallas Country Club. Instead Robyn Conlon had 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella, her committee and the new members (Meredith Beebe, Dianne Laroe, Kim Quinn, Lisa Singelton, Shannon Thompson, Dee Velvin and Candace Winslow) in for a get-to-know-ya brunch at tables throughout the rooms overlooking Beverly.

From the left: (back row) Elizabeth Gambrell and Anne Besser; (front row) Cheryl Joiner, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Pam Perella

Before the new-kids-on-the-block arrived, the Pam and her executive committee had a group photo taken ala “Friends.” What’s with the “Friends” and why were the newbies tagged as “The CCB Bunch? Just wait til the write-up is posted. Until then, check out the oldies and newbies at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.  

How About A Whopper Of A Valentine’s Day Floral Arrangement?

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day and it’s to florists what the Super Bowl is to pizza shops. And like pizza, the usual dozen long stem, red roses will be history all too soon. Still, it’s the thought that counts.

But how about a gift of flowers that lasts all year round for the recipient? And the price is less than $100.

Dallas Arboretum (File photo)

It’s an individual membership at the Dallas Arboretum. Not only does it allow the lucky recipient free access to the more-than-60 acres of grounds overlooking White Rock Lake, it also provides a guest to come along free and free parking for one vehicle plus four total reservations to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

And if you want to look like a really big spender, you might want to check out the other levels of membership.

While you’re being such a sweetheart, why not share your love with a child you don’t know but who sure could use that special feeling? You don’t even need a stamp to lick…just a finger to click here!

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Names Annette Simmons As Lifetime Advisory Board Member, Rob Bowlby And Francie Moody-Dahlberg To Board

As the Crystal Charity Ball 100 are going through the final stages of selecting the 2017 beneficiaries, 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella has just revealed that for only the second time in the 65-year-old organization’s history has a Lifetime Advisory Board Member been named — Annette Simmons.

Annette Simmons (File photo)

Ruth Altshuler (File photo)

The only other person receiving this designation is Ruth Altshuler.

Rob Bowlby (File photo)

Francie Moody-Dahlberg (File photo)

Pam also announced that BT&T North Texas President Rob Bowlby and Moody Foundation Executive Director Francie Moody-Dahlberg will be joining the CCB advisory board that presently consists of Elaine Agather, Barry Andrews, Ralph Babb, Keith Cargill, Jason Downing, James Dunn, Kent Eastman, Lauren Embrey, Linda Perryman Evans, Paul Fields, Jacqueline Fojtasek, Paul Harris, Fred Hegi, Sally Hoglund, Richard Holt, Norma Hunt, Gene Jones, Jerry Meyer, David Miller, Caren Prothro, David Rosenberg, Carl Sewell, Randall Stephenson, Lisa Troutt, Jim Turner, Courtney Wang, Alan White and Sharon Worrell.

BTW, the beneficiaries will be selected on Thursday, February 2, with fundraising efforts officially commencing on Thursday, February 23. Mark Saturday, December 2, for the annual black-tie fundraiser for local children’s charities.

JUST IN: New Crystal Charity Ball Members Announced

2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella just revealed the seven new members of the 65-year-old children’s nonprofit fundraising organization. The frosh class includes the following:

Dianne LaRoe (File photo)

Lisa Singleton (File photo)

Candace Winslow (File photo)

  • Meredith Miller BeBee,
  • Dianne Bradshaw LaRoe,
  • Kim Novel Quinn,
  • Lisa Bailey Singleton,
  • Shannon Saalfield Thompson,
  • Dee Dunk Velvin and
  • Candace Plummer Winslow

The work is already underway for the black-tie gala on Saturday, December 2, at the Hilton Anatole. Next on the agenda is the selection/announcement of the 2017 beneficiaries and the goal.

Dallas Arboretum And Dallas UnCorked Partner Up For “Wine And Film, A Perfect Pairing” Oscar Preview With Film-meister Gary Cogill

With budgets being tight after the holidays and folks recovering from weeks of partying, January and February are ideal for checking out movies. And the timing couldn’t be better with the 89th Academy Awards taking place on Sunday, February 26.

And to help with the Oscar predictions, the Dallas Arboretum and Uncorked Dallas are partnering up on Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to present “Wine And Film, A Perfect Pairing,” as part of the Arboretum’s Adult Education Program.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

According to Dallas Uncorked Founder/President Hayley Hamilton Cogill, “We will preview some of the best films of the year, and pair special award categories with their ideal wines.”

Providing the insight on the celluloid choices will North Texas’ favorite film brain trust/Hayley’s husband Gary Cogill. But Mr. Cogill will have his work cut out for him. This year’s nominees won’t be revealed until Tuesday, January 24.

The gathering will take place in Rosine Hall with the Arboretum providing a few light appetizers that will complement the wines of the night selected by Mrs. Cogill.

While the general public tickets are $65 each, Dallas Arboretum members get in for a discounted $59. See — membership does have perks. You can sign up either way here!

MySweetWishList: Dallas Heritage Village

According to Dallas Heritage Village President and Executive Director Melissa Prycer,

Melissa Prycer*

“My Christmas Wish for Dallas Heritage Village is that we enter our next 50 years with as much vision and enthusiasm as when we got our start in 1966. This entire year has been about looking back at our own institutional history, and I think we’ve all realized what extraordinary vision our founders, such as Mary Aldredge, Ruth Ann Montgomery and Lindalyn Adams had in those early days. They set us on an extraordinary path.

“Over the past 50 years, we’ve changed quite a bit, but the core of our mission remains the same: connect the present with the past. We see over 20,000 children each year, and those field trips are often their first exposure to ‘real” history.’ We’re active in discussions shaping the future of our historic neighborhood, the Cedars.  We continue to host remarkable special events, including Candlelight (celebrating its 45th anniversary this year), Old Fashioned Fourth and the newer Jazz Age Sunday Social. Thirty historic buildings are in our care, and it’s a constant battle against the elements to keep those buildings whole—and able to teach about the past. And this is just a snapshot of all we do—and all we are to our visitors, volunteers, and neighbors.

“If you’re still calling us Old City Park, it might be time for a return visit! To find out more, check out our website: www.dallasheritagevillage.org And I hope you’ll consider moving the past forward by becoming an Urban Pioneer this year. (http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/supporters/memberships ).”

-By Melissa Prycer, Dallas Heritage Village president and executive director

* Photo provided by Dallas Heritage Village

Genesis HeROs’ Gentlemen’s Night Had Cigar Rollings, Whiskey Tastings And Membership Sign-Ups At The Crow Library

The rain gods, “Drip” and “Sprinkle,” decided to hedge their appearance in North Texas on Wednesday, November 2. Perhaps it was because of the seventh World Series game, or the CMAs. Whatever.

Nearly 200 gents and their fav gals held forth at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library, complete with shoes shines and cigar rolling on the covered side terrace and whiskey tastings in Harlan’s better-than-real-life Oval Office.  

Harlan Crow's Oval Office

Harlan Crow’s Oval Office

In the main room, a huge drop screen was on the stage where there is usually a piano. Instead guests could see live play-by-play of the Fall Classic.

And what was the uproarious occasion demanding stogies, drops screens, shoe shines and all those guy-like activities? Why, it was the inaugural Gentlemen’s Night created by Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Genesis HeROs program. “We wanted to do something that was fun for the guys,” said Jan Langbein, the Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO.

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Morgan Meyer

Morgan Meyer

And what a gathering of eagles it was, including Texas State Rep. Morgan Meyer, Judge Nancy and Chris Mulder, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Kristen Howell, Daniel Roby and Amber and Josh Ragsdale, the W.H. Adamson High School football coach who was the recipient of the 2015 HeRO Award for “taking a public stand against domestic violence by serving as a role model, mentor and change agent for W.H. Adamson High School football players and the greater Dallas community.”

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

For some, it was a return to one of country’s most outstanding private collections; for others, it was a first time at a wonderland of historic treasures. As one young woman pointed out Lincoln’s itty-bitty desk in Congress, Carolyn Miller in the adjacent alcove was focused on Lincoln’s death mask.

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Dang, but it almost got embarrassing as CEO Jan and HeROs President Crayton Webb exchanged platitudes on stage with each other. Said Jan, of Crayton’s heartfelt speaking style: “I don’t know whether to vote for him, or to pass the collection plate. Ladies and gentlemen, the Rev. Crayton Webb!”

Crayton said, “I’m here to say, the good guys have got to do their part” against domestic abuse. He encouraged the multitude of men to join up and take a pledge to “create safe homes and a safe community for domestic violence survivors” and to commit to zero tolerance for domestic abuse in the community. Already on board are Jason Adams, Travis Armayor, Chris Ayres, Elias Bahar, David Camp, Chief (Ret.) Lowell Cannaday, David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Randy Golden, Taly Hafffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Chris Kolczun, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Prentis Murphy, Scott Murray, David Novak, Bryon Sanders, Lt. (Ret.) Miguel Sarmiento, Jim Savage and Rev. R. Casey Shobe.

Memberships range from the active members ($100 annually) to lifetime members (one-time payment of $1,000). Concluded Crayton: “We need your help.”

JUST IN: New Cattle Baroness Frosh Class Announced

On the heels of a knock-out of the park Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15, orchestrated by Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber, the 2017 CBB Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill have started the march against cancer with news about the 2017 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Vodi Cook (File photo)

Vodi Cook (File photo)

Heather Randall (File photo)

Heather Randall (File photo)

The news? The new pledge class! The newbies include Andrea Cheek, Vodi Cook, Elise Danner, Daniella Giglio, Hollee Hirzel, Lee McDonald, Heather Randall, Kelley Schadt, Stephanie Seay, Rachel Stienke and Kristina Wrenn.

Lesson for the frosh class: Learn to ring those cowbells!

Lee Park Junior Conservancy Closes Down The Summer Around Hotel ZaZa Pool With Announcements For The Upcoming Year

Those millennials really know how to close down the summer in style. A passel of Lee Park Junior Conservancy (LPJC) peeps were at the Hotel ZaZa on Wednesday, September 7, to bid a fond farewell to the warm season. But along with the partying by the pretty peeps, there was news about the upcoming year for the Conservancy. Here’s a report from the field:

Lee Park Junior Conservancy End of Summer Party*

Lee Park Junior Conservancy End of Summer Party*

Last night the Lee Park Junior Conservancy hosted an End of Summer Poolside Party at Hotel ZaZa. Over 100 young professionals attended, with many new faces in the crowd. The event is a way for LPJC friends to gather and visit about their summer, hear updates from the Conservancy and meet others who are interested in learning more about the organization. Hotel ZaZa’s Riley Nail provided an assortment of delicious summery appetizers and donated 10% of bar sales back to the group.

The LPJC hosts many social events, but is dialing up service opportunities and business networking with other main Conservancy members this year. Several guests decided to join the JC, including 2010 “The Bachelor” Jake Pavelka.

Lauren Ives, Ryan Kirkham, Gay Donnell, Dominique Patton, Tiffany George, Nicole Jacobsen, Petrushka Dickinson, Anne DeFillipo, Sarah Jones and Joe Atkins*

Lauren Ives, Ryan Kirkham, Gay Donnell, Dominique Patton, Tiffany George, Nicole Jacobsen, Petrushka Dickinson, Anne DeFillipo, Sarah Jones and Joe Atkins*

But it wasn’t all fun and membership driving. There was news! The announcement of the LPJC’s new board of directors, who include President Lauren Ives, Vice President Anne DeFilillpo, Secretary Tiffany George, Treasurer Sean March, Membership Co-Chairs Francesco Mainetti and Ryan Kirkham, Service Chair Sarah Jones, Underwriting Co-Chair Joe Atkins and Brock Bridges, Volunteer Chair Petrushka Dickinson, PR Chair Nicole Jacobsen and Events Chair Dominique Patton.

Camille Cain Barnes and Tyler Stevens*

Camille Cain Barnes and Tyler Stevens*

And speaking of LPJC events, plans were also announced about the 9th Annual Day at the Races. Co-Chairs Camille Cain and Tyler Stevens will be in charge of the signature event on Saturday, May 6, that will take place at Lee Park with loads of beauties and beaus in their finest “classic Kentucky Derby chic” attire. And, yes, the 143th Run for the Roses will be on the big screen.

* Photo credit: 
Clark Cabus

Dallas Museum Of Art’s Junior Associates Kicked Off Membership Drive At Eagle Family Plaza

Dallas Museum of Art’s Junior Associates’ Co-Chair Rachel and Michael Osburn have made themselves right at home in the DMA’s brand spanking new Eagle Family Plaza. To rev up memberships, they held a kick-off party on Saturday, August 27, in the Plaza complete with all types of news, fun, giveaways and, of course, a non-stop photo booth. Here’s a report from the field:

On Saturday, August 27, the DMA Junior Associates kicked off the 2016-2017 year with a tailgate-themed celebration at the DMA, taking full advantage of the Museum’s new Eagle Family Plaza. Party-goers snacked on sliders, mini tacos, and French fries in newspaper cones while sipping on watermelon and strawberry sangria.

Eagle Family Plaza*

Eagle Family Plaza*

On the Plaza, guests like Allison and Matthew Eagan, Jenifer Klos, Mary and Yair Frenkel, Sally Pretorious Hodge and Adam Hodge, Tyler Levy, Amanda Hyde, Bhavesh Pranav, Andrea Cheek, Rachel Nash, Kate Landrum and Laura Oslick challenged each other to games of bean bag toss and giant Jenga while enjoying one of the last days of summer.

Allison and Matthew Eagan*

Allison and Matthew Eagan*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Michael and Rachel Osburn*

Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn unveiled an exciting calendar of events for the year—prompting nearly two dozen new Junior Associates to join during the festivities. Giveaways from Diane von Furstenberg and Denim and Soul added to the enthusiasm of new members and a photo booth by Flashbox Photobooth ensured everyone would remember the fun-filled evening.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Slipper Club To Benefit Rays Of Light With Funds And Volunteering

Leave it to the Slipper Club ladies to multi-task in supporting nonprofits. For ages they were largely a social club, but they added a new twist. Instead of just having social occasions, they decided to turn them into fundraising opportunities. Thus, their annual gala benefits a different nonprofit each year.

But then in this age when hands-on involvement is as valuable as funds, the Slipper membership has added volunteerism to their agenda of giving back.

This year they picked Rays of Light as their 2016-2017 beneficiary for the gala at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Saturday, February 4.

In addition to raising the funds, Slipper members “will also partake in volunteer opportunities” for the “local foundation dedicated to being the light at the end of the tunnel for both children with special need and their families in the Dallas metropolitan area.”

If Rays of Light is new on your radar, Slipperette Lily Kramlich-Taylor explains that, “Together with dedicated volunteers, Rays of Light creates a unique evening for special need children and their siblings on the first three Friday of every month at the Lovers Lane United Methodist church and Christ Foundry United Methodist Mission for Spanish-speaking families. This give the parents the opportunity to have four free hours, while the children get socialization and interaction with peers and volunteers through educational and fun activities.”

While tickets aren’t online, those wonderful sponsorship opportunities are, by contacting Amy Stone!

VNA To Launch “Society 34” At Top Knot For Young Professionals

Summer may be officially firing up, but fundraising news hasn’t chilled one bit. Instead of events taking place hourly, news is pouring in nonstop.

The VNA is the latest to report an undertaking. It’s the launch of a “young professionals group to carry on Dallas’ strong tradition of community service caring for seniors.”

The new group will be officially called Society ’34. Interesting name, but what does it mean? Well, membership will be open to anyone between the ages of 24 and 44 and 34 is smack, dab in the middle of that range. Now you know!

The organization will provide an opportunity for members “to learn, serve and enjoy leadership and networking opportunities” that include volunteering and social activities. There will also be  benefits like

  • Invitations to educational and networking events
  • Participation in volunteer activities
  • Discounts to special VNA events

To build its membership, a kick-off event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at Top Knot, where “charter memberships will be offered at a discounted rate of only $34.”

According to VNA President/CEO Katherine Krause, the plan calls for “Society ’34 to engage today’s young professionals who will be the leaders and caregivers of tomorrow.”

2016 Crystal Charity Ball Frosh Class Of Members Were Honored At Luncheon In The Zodiac Room

Unlike freshmen, the Crystal Charity Ball newbies don’t have to go through all types of tests and teases. Instead they’re treated a bit like Princess Charlotte as they learn the organization’s fine art of fundraising. One of the perks is a lunch, where they get to meet and break bread with the upperclass(wo)men. This year, unlike others, it was held at Neiman Marcus Downtown on Monday, April 18.

Surprise! For the early arrival types, they checked their cars at the parking area adjacent to the flagship store. Alas, pity those who were tardy. After waiting a minute or two or three or five, they were waved off being told the lot was full.

After word was passed on by the rejected ones, NM Downtown VP Jeff Byron corrected that situation. According to insiders, the problem was due to NM staffers now officing in the store who parked their wheels in the lot.

Katherine Coker, Cheryl Joyner and Mary-Elizabeth Carrell

Katherine Coker, Cheryl Joyner and Mary-Elizabeth Carrell

(Shades of yesteryear, when there was a hyphen between Neiman and Marcus and the parking lot had been verboten for any but customers. Oh, well, those were the days when there were actual signs of the zodiac on the walls of the restaurant, gents had to wear jackets to dine and models visited tables showing new items for purchase.)

Muffin Lemak

Muffin Lemak

Layne Pitzer and Louise Griffeth

Layne Pitzer and Louise Griffeth

But back to the day’s events. As the ladies gathered, unofficial news filled the room. Amy Hegi and newbie Libby Hegi were still receiving kudos on their co-chairing the Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon… Newbie Lisa Cooley was just days away from co-chairing the Children’s Cancer Fund’s first night-time gala…Muffin Lemak was looking great despite a battle with shingles in her eye, even though she’d had the shingles vaccination…Tiffany Divis was being asked about the past weekend party at the Bush Center hosted by Laura and George W. for their past staffers…Paige Slates and other moms were comparing notes about kids’ summer camps and trunks being personalized by Camille’s Creations….Sporting a new haircut, Louise Griffeth was back in town after spending months in Houston with husband Guy Griffeth.

Christie Carter and Lisa Cooley

Christie Carter and Lisa Cooley

Debbie Oates and Alison Malone

Debbie Oates and Alison Malone

Soon, the gals took their seats and Jeff introduced CCB Chair Christie Carter, who asked “den mothers” Heather Esping and Kim Miller to introduce the newest CCB members (Lisa Cooley, Michaela Dyer, Libby Hegi, Stacey McCord, Alison Malone and Layne Pitzer).

Marie Dean, Daffan Nettle and April Abney-Lambert

Marie Dean, Daffan Nettle and April Abney-Lambert

Then it was time to chow down. While some were a little surprised that there were no models showing off CCB Fashion Show designer Carolina Herrera’s designs, others were hungry for the legendary NM mouthwatering popovers. Despite requests, only one or two tables got the goodies. Oh, well, guess breaking bread just wasn’t on the agenda.

Dallas Museum Of Art’s Junior Associates Went “Unframed” And Interactive With Pollock-Inspired Artwork 2/26

Why is it when the Dallas Museum of Art‘s Junior Associates get together, there ain’t a wrinkle or pinch of fat anywhere on the premises? That was the case once again when they held their annual membership event “Unframed” on Friday, February 26, at the DMA. Besides being adorable and charming, they also interacted with “Pollock-inspired” artwork. Here’s a report from the field:

Michael and Rachel Osburn and Abigail and James Rust*

Michael and Rachel Osburn and Abigail and James Rust*

The Junior Associates of the Dallas Museum of Art welcomed over 380 partygoers to “DMA Unframed,” an annual membership event, formerly known as Curator’s Choice, on Friday, February 26, from 8–10 p.m.

The Hamon Atrium*

The Hamon Atrium*

After entering the Hamon Atrium, current and prospective Junior Associate members mingled over signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. While some attendees toured the highly praised “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” exhibition, others enjoyed the Pollack-inspired activities throughout the atrium.

Junior Associates working on DIY Pollock project*

Junior Associates working on DIY Pollock project*

Partygoers could be seen striking a pose at the selfie station or gathered around the “DIY Pollock” collective art project, using yarn wrapped around pegs to create the effect of Pollock’s classic drip paintings.

John McCarley and Erica Denton*

John McCarley and Erica Denton*

Mid-way through the evening, Junior Associations co-chairs Erica Denton and John McCarly welcomed the crowd before sharing some benefits of the Junior Associates membership program. In addition to meeting other young professional who share of love of the arts and culture, the program also provides unique opportunities for members, including private home, gallery and studio visits, behind the scene tours and exclusive exhibition openings at the Museum.

As the evening came to a close, attendees were invited to continue the fun nearby, at a post-event after party.

* Photo credit: Kathy Tran

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Letters Launch Membership Sign-Ups

Normally Brenda Cockerell’s dining room table is just perfect for holiday feasting with loads of food on the table and family and friends settling back for a good time. But just last week, the table was covered with stacks of letters and pens. As for the group, it was elbow-to-elbow with Equest Women’s Auxiliary gals putting their John Joan Hancocks on the missives that just hit the mailboxes this week.

Michaela Dyer, Beth Layton, Ann Dyer, Linda Secrest, Pam MCallum, Marisa Huckin and Vicky Lattner

And, no, it’s not about the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show. Fashion Show Chair Kara Axley is holding off making any announcements until all the deets are finalized. Well, not all the specifics. It will be at Brook Hollow. And the date will be Tuesday, October 4.

Kara Axley, Di Johnston and Brenda Cockerell

Kara Axley, Di Johnston and Brenda Cockerell

The letters were to invite folks to join the Women’s Auxiliary. In addition to supporting “one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding programs in the United States,” members get invitation to the annually sold-out fashion show. Sorry, but before you ask — Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston reports the membership doesn’t entitle you to ride one of the four-legged Equest residents.

And talk about a bargain! Memberships start at $45. Shoot it costs more to get a membership at Costco.

If your letter hasn’t hit your mailbox, don’t wait. This ain’t “by-invitation-only.”

Debbie And Frank Branson Host Kick-Off Party For Parkland Partners Program

While many battled traffic along Central, the Parkland Partners turned off of Turtle Creek Drive onto Debbie and Frank Branson’s driveway for the kick-off of the Parkland Partners. Was it part of the Partners Card program that was presenting a check across town to The Family Place? Nope. This was a different type of partnering.

Carlos Pená, Frankand Debbie Branson and David Krause

Carlos Pená, Frankand Debbie Branson and David Krause

It was the newly created organization that would support Parkland Hospital. And you thought that once the new Parkland was open, the heavy lifting was done. Heavens, no! Now come the days of supporting and growing the mega-facility and its state-of-the-art services.

Holly Pená and Reiner and Gretchen Brasch

Holly Pená and Reiner and Gretchen Brasch

Before the first guest crossed the Branson doorway, Co-Chairs Gretchen and Reiner Brasch and Holly and Carlos Pená had already signed up 94 folks to be partners.

With guests like Carol Seay, Laurie and Phil Evans and Sarah Cotton Nelson gathered in the den, guests learned about the perks of partnership, like being able “to attend exclusive educational and social events for an insider’s perspective on cutting-edge innovations from Parkland that will impact healthcare locally and nationally and opportunities to meet medical experts who are making a difference.”

Wendy Krispin catered dining room table

Wendy Krispin catered dining room table

But there was still more! They’ll be able to support the Second Annual I Play for Parkland on Friday, April 22, at Sixty Five Hundred Cedar Springs, where teams of 10 will play a “unique board game.”

Still another bonus was the Branson dining room that was chock-ful of Wendy Krispin delights.

BTW, 2016 Parkland Partners membership will run from January 1, 2016, thru September 30, 2016. Individuals can join up for $150, and couples can partner up for $300. Membership will include invitations to an education event on Thursday, February 25; I Play for Parkland; and the 2016-2017 education kick-off event in September. Members will be entitled to a $25 discount if they sign up for I Play for Parkland.