Who Is Responsible For Tuesday’s Lunch With T. Boone, Emmitt and Roger?

Last year’s LaunchAbility‘s* “Expanding Worlds 2010 Luncheon” featured a conversation with an all-star cast of gals (Elaine Agather, Linda Custard and Tincy Miller) with the late Paul Bass serving as interrogator. . . or, rather moderator. It was one of Paul’s last on-stage appearance and quite memorable as he combined humor with typical Paul Bass witticisms in chatting with the ladies.

Before the organizers had even had time to clear the tables, Ebby Halliday (pictured) asked LaunchAbility CEO Cathy Packard, “That was great. Who are you going to get for next year?” Cathy admitted that she hadn’t started that thinking process yet and asked Ebby who she would recommend. Without hesitation, the ageless Ebby with that well-known twinkle in her eye said, “T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach.”

After Cathy got up off the floor from the suggestion of the stellar trio, she realized that Ebby was dead serious and told Ebby that it would be a killer group, but how do you get on the schedule of these three never-stop, national headline makers.

“I’ll get T. Boone and Roger,” Ebby smiled. “You get Emmitt.”

While Cathy didn’t know Emmitt, she did know former sports anchor Scott Murray, who was an old friend and had helped produce the past lunch. And Scott came through with Emmitt.

So, when you see the three chaps on stage at the Fairmont next Tuesday, just remember that it all started with the twinkle in Ebby’s eye.

* formerly known as Special Care & Career Services

Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon With Queen Latifah Is Sold Out

If you had planned to buy tickets for the Dallas Women’s Foundation‘s 25th anniversary luncheon on Friday, October 29th, at the Anatole, featuring Queen Latifah, too late. Darn!

For those who were early birds and got tickets, Queen is going to discuss her new book that’s aimed at young women, Put on Your Crown: Life Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom.”

According to Dallas Women’s Foundation President/CEO Becky Sykes, (pictured) who was just honored at the Real Girls Real Women luncheon last week, “While this event is a celebration of the past and how much Dallas Women’s Foundation’s volunteers, partners and grantees have accomplished in this community, it is really an invitation for the future – an invitation to learn, connect with extraordinary women and get involved.”

In addition to Queen, another female in the spotlight will be Cecilia Guthrie Boone, who will receive the Power of the Purse Award for her impact on the live of women and girls. In addition to chairing the DWF’s $30 million comprehensive campaign, Cecilia is on the Parkland Hospital Foundaiton Steering Committee and the Southwestern Medical Foundation board. On the national front, she is chair-elect of the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America board and a member of the Harvard-Kennedy School Women’s Leadership board and the international Women’s Funding Network board.

Luncheon Chair Abigal Williams and her Co-chairs Ann Mahowald and Lyria Howland are bound and determined to have the luncheon start at noon and finish up at 1:30. After all, the gals have to get back to leading.

More Bushes Coming To Dallas For “A Celebration Of Reading”

Former First Lady Barbara Bush‘s annual “A Celebration of Reading” on Monday, November 8, at the Meyerson, is expanding the Bush family input. Yes, as we reported in June, former First Lady/always-Barbara’s-daughter-in-law Laura Bush will be one of the featured speakers/readers, but it’s just been learned that Bush grandkids will be flying in and on hand for the Dallas event that will no doubt be a sell out.

Just to refresh your memory about the headliners participating, here you go:

  • Donovan  Campbell was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor for his time in Iraq. His best-selling novel, Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership and Brotherhood is the extraordinary story of one Marine platoon’s brotherhood, honor, and sacrifice during Iraq’s battle of Ramadi.
  • Jeff Kinney is the best-selling author of the blockbuster series of books – Diary of a Wimpy Kid. All books in the series have been instant New York Times bestsellers. A live-action Wimpy Kid movie was recently released by Fox 2000. Jeff’s sense of humor appeals to youth and adults alike, making him one of the best-selling authors in print today.
  • Leila Meacham, after retiring from a rewarding teaching career, submitted the manuscript of Roses for publication, and has since watched her debut novel climb the New York Times Bestsellers List to the ranks of its Top 10. Publishers Weekly calls Roses an “enthralling stunner and good old-fashioned read” that marks the return of the southern epic genre.
  • Condoleezza Rice (pictured), former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under the administration of President George W. Bush, has agreed to a three-book deal with Crown Publishers. The first and yet unnamed memoir is due out in 2011. It will provide a glimpse into her role in protecting American security and shaping foreign policy during the extraordinary period from 2001-2009.

Proceeds form the event go to the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, through which The First Lady’s Family Literacy Initiative for Texas grants awards up to  $50,000. The 2010 grant were presented to the Krum Independent School District in Krum, AVANCE in Waco, Austin Learning Academy, Bowie Independence School District, Dallas Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) and Crystal City Independent School District.

Robert Duvall Is Returning For Dallas Film Society, But Don’t Tell Anyone Until Friday

The official release will go out tomorrow morning, but we picked up this little item tonight in the MySweetCharity wanderings — Robert Duvall (pictured) is returning to Dallas with his gorgeous wife Luciana for the Dallas Film Society on November 19. According to DFS maven Tanya Foster

“We are very excited to announce that Robert Duvall will be our honored guest for the Art of Film on Friday, November 19. The cocktail attire event will feature an elegant gathering for 400 patrons to have a conversation with Mr. Duvall in The Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall followed by a seated dinner in the Great Hall.”

If you haven’t see Bobby and Luciana tango, check this link and you’ll see how the real stars dance!

Cattle Baron’s Is Back Thanks To Feedback And Backup Plans

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If it’s not one thing, it’s another! Just when you think you’ve got all your hens safely in the hen house, a couple of boards come loose, causing pause. It’s a turning point — either you handle it seamlessly or all heck breaks loose.

That was the situation for the ladies of Cattle Baron’s this past weekend. Unlike last year, with its biblical rainstorm, the days leading up to the Saturday event at Southfork Ranch were perfect. It would have been fine even it had rained. For a year, CBB Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl and her merry maids had strategized, organized, sought feedback and re-examined their plans to prevent any problems from arising. This was their D-Day and they were ready to march to victory.  Weather plans had back-up plans that had back-up plans. They were prepared for a snowstorm. The vendors and sponsors were impressed with the management and bought in.

The days leading up to CBB’s version of “The Great State Fair” were a weatherman’s idea of A+ — no rain, just cool enough and no changes in store for the future. Committee members sans makeup worked alongside production crews tearing open boxes, learning the computer auction system, setting up the silent auction, doing everything but putting the stages together. Caterer Eddie Deen fed the masses. Production master Robert Hayden (pictured left with Kristi Sherrill Hoyl) surprised Kristi with a mega-popcorn box as a food station. Reminded one of Glee, only happier.

Friday night, after everything was more or less locked down, there was even a celebration at The Apartment for the committee. Ah, but don’t think the ladies were counting their chickens before they hatched. They were up bright and early Saturday to nail things down . . . again.

Then the showdown took place, beginning with the VIP party at the main house (the Ewings’ home) at Southfork. To add that touch of western, the guests drove up the main entrance with horses lined up on one side. Even CBB vets were then surprised as they exited their limos to be greeted by committee members like Mary Gill and escorted into the party by the Apache Belles. Seems the Belles were on hand to honor their alumna Annette Simmons, who arrived with husband Harold. When a photographer told Harold that Annette (pictured left with Harold Simmons and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl) never takes a bad picture, he smiled, “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world.”

With a band playing and food and beverages everywhere, it was hard for first timers to imagine the ball being even bigger and better. Ah, but just wait.

It also became apparent that the ultimate status symbol of the evening was the golf cart. Suggestion for next year: Have golf cart sponsorships available.

Snapshots and chat-shots: Lynn and Allan McBee brought Canadian filmmakers Eric Mantion and David Alexandre-Coiteaux, whom they’d met at the Dallas International Film Festival when the boys’ “Snow and Ashes” flick was screened. Seems the association clicked because there’s talk of doing some business together. But according to Lynn, oil-and-gas-man Allan “is not quitting his day job!” . . . Western boots came in all colors and designs. . .  Holly Reed, Jill Malouf, Jamie Jo Hayes and Holly Forsythe (pictured right with, from the left, Holly Reed, Jill Malouf and Jamie Jo Hayes) arrived à la “Sex in the City.” Holly F., who is known for her support of animal causes, said that she was going to get more involved with efforts to have Dallas death-row dogs shipped and adopted in the Northeast . . . Black continues to be the fashionable color as proved by Elizabeth Tripplehorn, Tanya Foster, Isabell Novakov and Betsy Sowell.

By 7, the sun was setting and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. As the dust started flying in the horizon from all the cars entering the ball’s main entrance, a handful of special folks climbed the steps up to the back balcony of the Ewing house to meet featured entertainer Jack Ingram. Looking and acting like the guy you had a crush on in college, Jack was generous with his time spent chatting with guests.

Ah, but there were schedules to keep and committee members with headsets were bound and determined to stick to their timeline, so Jack’s visit was too brief. Shoot! After performing at CBB, Jack had to hightail it to Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth to do a 10:30 gig.

Now the sun was done, and VIP guests strolled along a dark path to join the “fairgoers.” One group of four gals (pictured) decided to take a rest on a sidelined tractor.  They should have kept going quickly. The fair was dazzling and jammed-packed. A lot of the sports enthusiasts made it no further than the AT&T Cotton Bowl, where the big screens broadcast any and every sporting event in a setting with oh-so-comfy, double-padded chairs and couches. Too bad because if they stayed put they missed out on the rest of the fair.

Lines formed for the lit-up, old-fashioned ferris wheel. You would have thought these folks had never ridden one. Then there were lines all over the place for food. Luckily the lines moved quickly, thanks to efficient servers and the guests chatting it up with friends who were also doing time in the line. Only thing missing was enough seating. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones like Rod Lake (pictured), you quickly learned to juggle and eat.

Someone asked where the usually-on-hand mechanical bull was. A committee member smiled and said it had been retired. Because, according to one bystander, a female rider last year obviously was not wearing any undies, it was a forced retirement resulting in “No bull!”

But, who cared about a bull when you had a midway with Sling-A-Ring, Bottle Toss, Hunt-And-Shoot, Quarterback Challenge and Maker’s Marker Bell Ring (pictured Jane Wood with sledgehammer)? Matrice and Ron Kirk were just passing by when a young lovely took the sledgehammer and rang that dang bell. Then a hunky type of fella took the mallet from her and barely got the weight to rise. “You’re not gonna let that girl beat you, are you?” Ron asked, starting to make signs of picking up the hammer. Thanks to Matrice’s entreaties, Ron kept his position as an observer.

 

Photo credit: Randall McCoy

 

At 7:30 Jack Ingram (pictured) took over the Bank of America stage and got things going. Thanks to his music the crowd started growing in preparation for the Live Auction, which started at 8:30. Following tradition committee members rang cowbells throughout the auction as background music. Definitely not Muzak.

First thing up for grabs was an Eddie Deen’s dinner, with Jack Ingram providing an acoustic accompaniment. It was too good to be true when auction spotters notified that there were two bidders vying for the item. Through negotiations a second offering was provided, so it was a double sale.

Still, some auction observers looked a bit apprehensive. The front rows of the auction area were sparsely filled. “Where are the people?” asked one.

But items kept coming, bells kept ringing and items kept being auctioned off.

Then one of the big ticket items came up: a 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo with a trip to its German factory. Valued at $122,000, it was a real biggie.

And bidding proved the point. Finally with a wave of the red-light wand, a gent at one of the tables near the stage had won the bid. Cheers, loud bell ringing and whoop-la.

Then it was on to the next item and more bids.

But wait. There was a problem. The top baronesses regrouped. The gent had decided that he wasn’t going to live up to his bid for the Porsche. Awkward! A little like being homecoming queen and then having your date cancel at the last minute. But, Cattle Baron ladies know how to handle any situation with class and minimal embarrassment. They owned up to the audience that the bid hadn’t worked out, so the Porsche was again put up for an offer. As all eyes looked at the table to check out the man causing the situation, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Yahoo! Ashton Robusto-puffing/Dr Pepper CEO Larry Young placed the winning bid and pulled out his black card to finalize the deal.

“We are tremendous  supporters of the American Cancer Society. We really believe in giving back to the community,” said Larry with his best gal Colette (seated right with Larry) next to him. “We have a tremendous CSR [Corporate Society Responsibility] program at our company, and we are major sponsors of the music tonight.”

Restaurateur Jim Severson came to Larry’s table and shook his hand. Jim was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with metastatic prostate cancer. They gave him two to three years to live. Sevy admitted that a decade ago the cure would have been castration, but “I’m (still) kicking ass.”

Another member of the hospitality industry who valued the monies raised in the battle against cancer was Dawn Rizos, who was preparing to close the deal on a property for her new Dallas restaurant near the Meddlesome Moth. “We’re gonna have some b-tchin’ parties,” Dawn confided. Seated on the second row, she also revealed that her mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

Photo credit: Randall McCoy

 

Following the auction it was fireworks time, allowing guests to move on to their tables for a memorable concert by Alan Jackson (pictured) on the Dr Pepper Main Stage.

As guests eventually left, they lined up for the Inwood National Bank canvas favor bags like children lining up for Santa at NorthPark. Every year the bags are very hot commodities, and this year the red-and-white bag with its zipper top was tantalizing. Rummaging through the bag on the drive home one of the true finds was the Bickel &  Brewer portable speakers.

And, what were that issues that the Cattle Baron’s strategists hadn’t foreseen? A back-out bidder that they handled with true grit and panache–and some guests suffering from morning-after sniffles and coughs from allergies and hay fever thanks to the dust and pollen in the air. So, if it’s not a flood, it’s air pollution.

Regardless, it was a stellar comeback for a CBB crew that worked for success — and got it.

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.

Booker T. Washington Students Get All The Breaks

Watch out,  Harvard, Stanford and Juilliard. It’s Dallas’ Booker T. Washington that’s drawing talent both in the classrooms and to the classrooms. Next week both Glenn Close (Wednesday) and Stephen Sondheim (Thursday) will be in town and have scheduled time to work with the students.

And even after-hour extracurricular activities aren’t too shabby either. Tonight 150 kids will be at the AR Rahman concert at the American Airlines Center as guests of the promoter. Seems the concert didn’t sell out, so smart promoter provided the kiddos with $75 tickets.

If AR doesn’t sound familiar, you probably know him as the composer of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

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.

Final Sets for USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Classic

For those you who pride themselves on remembering the good old days of the Virginia Slims and World Championship of Tennis, you probably already know about the USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Tennis Classic. If that’s the case, you need to read no farther because you already have stellar seats at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for Sunday’s final sets.

As for the rest of us with courtly interest, the tournament has been underway since Sunday with the likes of Valerie Tetreault, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Alexandra Stevenson, Alina Jidkova, Christina McHale, Madison Brengle and Lauren Albanese. Benefiting the North Texas Children’s HopeChest and Special Olympics, organizers have also arranged for free tennis clinics in the evening for area youngsters and adults.

Quarterfinals are taking place right now and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing tennis and to help some very worthy causes. Need ticket info? Here you go!

BTW, if you’re doing office duty right now, check out Radio Tennis.

 

Despite the weather forecast, the largest women’s tennis competition in Texas is taking place with the final sets taking place Sunday. Benefiting the

Laura Bush Added To 2010’s “A Celebration Of Reading”

Amanda and George P. Bush (pictured) just notified MySweetCharity that their aunt/author (aka Former First Lady) Laura Bush has joined the lineup of authors for A Celebration of Reading at the Meyerson on Monday, Nov. 8.

In addition to Laura, Donovan Campbell, Jeff Kinney, Lelia Meacham and Condoleezza Rice will be sharing the stage for Barbara Bush’s annual event.

Because we know you’re looking for some summer reading, we’ve linked the authors names to websites that include their books.

And remember — proceeds form the event go to the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, through which The First Lady’s Family Literacy Initiative for Texas grants awards up to  $50,000. The 2010 grant were presented to the Krum Independent School District in Krum, AVANCE in Waco, Austin Learning Academy, Bowie Independence School District, Dallas Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) and Crystal City Independent School District.

The second-year sustainability grants were given to Literacy Council of Tyler, Deer Park Independent School District in Pasadena, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg and Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

Guess Who’s Coming To Black Tie Dinner?

Photo provided by Black Tie Dinner

If you’re current on your Broadway stars, then you know how very special this announcement is — two-time Tony nominee  Gavin Creel (pictured) will headline the 2010 Black Tie Dinner with the Turtle Creek Chorale on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Sheraton Dallas.

Gavin earned his Tony nominations for his lead role in the 2002 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2009 for his performance in the revival of Hair.

But Gavin is more than gorgeous with matching voice. He’s is one of the founders of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LGBT civil liberties. In fact, OUT Magazine‘s listed Gavin as one of the “OUT 100” for his work with Broadway Impact and the National Equality March.

Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Dr. Jonathan Palant said, “We are doubly honored this year to be both a beneficiary of and a performer at Black Tie Dinner. As the Chorale strives to reach its mission “to educate, entertain, unite and uplift,” we are proud to stand strong with Black Tie Dinner once again.

“Personally speaking, it’s been 13 years since Gavin and I completed our undergraduate degrees together at the University of Michigan, and I very much look forward to collaborating with him again!”

On-line Table Captain table sales begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Sponsor opportunities are available now!

Just In: ELECTRIC Is Sold Out, But Saturday’s Baseball Game Is Still Pitching!

We were just getting ready to announce that the VIP packages for Friday night’s ELECTRIC at the House of Blues were sold out, but general admission was still available.

Forget that! Now everything ELECTRIC is sold out. Oh, shoot! You’re gonna miss the 1,000 Edison lightbulbs, 8,000 feet of cable, 3,000 mirrors, 1,200 candles, 12 electricians and a heck of a lot of good looking people. That’s not saying that the 12 electricians won’t be hunks.

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Ratings Soared For Paws In The City’s Dancing With Our Stars

You just thought Dancing with the Stars was over for the season when Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough won the mirrored-ball trophies. Wrong! Paws in the City held its own version and managed to jam all the fun, drama and glamour of the television show’s entire season into one night at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Saturday.

The evening began with a jam-packed reception with silent auction and available pooches for adoption on the sideline. One little, four-legged Lab mix was guest of honor despite a nasty looking back. Her name is Faith (pictured. Editor’s note: The photo is reduced dramatically because it’s pretty grim. If you would like to see it full blown, just click on the photo.) and she is recovering from someone pouring hot grease on her back. You’d never know if from her attitude. Throughout the evening she was a friend to all and the feeling was reciprocated as she made her way through the crowd.

Another critter in the reception was Spencer Nilsson (pictured). No, he’s not a pooch, but he’s typical of the many who are the secret to Paws in the City’s success. Spencer is a PITC volunteer and fosters pets until they find their “forever homes.” Checking the dogs up for adoption at the party, he owned up to having a beagle and presently fostering a Maine Coon. You know volunteers really love their work.

Following the reception, the 650 guests adjourned to the main hall where tables were so tightly in place that it’s a wonder the servers were able to squeeze through.  Ah, the problem of having too many people supporting an event.

It was announced that the Wyly Medical Assistance Fund had issued a challenge — if $20,000 could be raised during the evening, the Fund would match it to provide money for animal medical treatment, boarding and training of animals.

We’ll tell you if they made it later.

But first Event Host Preston Pearson (pictured) took the stage. Now Preston is well-known for being one of the Dallas Cowboy legends. Time and time again, like so many of his fellow players, he has donated time, effort and money to causes throughout this area. But you may not realize that this incredible athlete has a very soft spot for animals. It’s largely because of a gal named “Lucy.” She was a dog that Preston’s son asked him to take care of while he was away. It was a match made in heaven.

“I fell in love with Lucy,” the Super Bowl winner said with pride. Then he told of her her death about four years ago and the inscription on her tombstone, “Lucy, A Friend to All.” It was at this point that Preston started tearing up. Regaining his composure, [Read more…]

JUST IN: Tim McGraw Announced For XLV Countdown Live from Cowboys Stadium

Tim McGraw (pictured) announced today at Superpages.com that he will perform at the XLV Countdown Live From Cowboys Stadium.

It’s been a secret for months. Such hints as the performer had sold 40 million units and was a multi-Grammy winner were shared, but serious money questioned whether the committee would want another country western performer.

(Tim’s wife, C/W singer Faith Hill, opened the three-part concert series this spring at Bass Hall.)

Also on the program will be Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn and a historic tribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ 50th anniversary and a celebration of the career of newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Unlike the two previous concerts, the Sept. 10th event will have v-e-r-y “family-friendly” seating with most seats selling for $25. Tickets go on sale June 26.

The evening is being presented by Frito-Lay. Pass the chips, please!

Get Out Your Top Hat And Tails Dusted Off For Paws In The City Saturday Night

Paws in the City got a nice story on WFAA last night. Perfect timing! Their annual fundraiser, “Top Hat and Tails,” will have a “Dancing With The Stars” feel this Saturday night at Frontiers of Flight Museum.  Hosts Drew Pearson and Scott Murray have arranged for such celebs as Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson, foodie Dee Lincoln, KTVT-CH. 11’s Gary Seith, Dallas Cowboy wife Michelle Witten, chef Richard Chamberlain, TV/radio personalities Jocelyn White and Brendan Higgins and KXAS-CH. 5’s Kim Fischer to dance up a storm.

The dance competition will pair celebrities with Arthur Murray dance pros. There will be one dance routine performed by each couple and judged by  Claudia Marshall, Kellie Rasberry and Tony Dorsett. You just know there will be some Simon Cowell comments dropped. Winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and guests’ voting.

In addition to the fun, the St. Francis of Assisi Award will be presented to Holly Forsythe for her dedication and service to animals.

Barking Hound Village, Toothacres, Urban Paws, Tailwaggers, WUF, Kinder Kritter, Boarding Bungalow and Bikerdogz Dog Training will be presented awards for their support of Paws In The City. What kind of support? They have helped board and train dogs in the program.

Event chair Becky Haisma and Vice Chair Tina Fairbanks have Honorary Chairs Samantha Reid, Andrea Alcorn and Nancy Latner helping them make this another success story for Paws In The City.

Understand there are a few tickets still available.

Rachel Whiteread and Kenny Goss Celebrate Newest Nasher Show

Did you know that Rachel Whiteread (pictured) is the first female artist ever to be “showcased” at the Nasher Sculpture Center? Really? But that was not the deciding factor for Nasher Director Jeremy Strick‘s bringing her and her exhibition of 150 drawings to Dallas this week (thru August 15). According to Jeremy, it’s much simpler than that

“She’s one of the most important sculptors of our time. I knew about the show and said, ‘I want that here!'”

Not only did Jeremy get what he wanted, he also had Kenny Goss (pictured) and his sis-in-law Joyce Goss of The Goss-Michael Foundation host both a delicious seated dinner at the Nasher and a post-dinner reception at Kenny’s home in the Bubble.

Want a rundown of the night’s activities, people and stuff? You’ll get it after the jump, but don’t get your hopes up for photos of folks in front of Rachel’s drawings. Photo flashes were prohibited from the gallery with the drawings, so you’ll just have to go to the Nasher to see the collection of 150 drawings/collages.

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No Buck But Plenty Of Sting Tomorrow

Bad news: If you don’t have tickets to Sting‘s concert at the Winspear benefiting the North Texas Super Bowl, you’re too late. It’s a sell out!

Good news: If you have Sirius|XM, you can catch Sting on Channel 77 on Saturday at 8 a.m.

By the way, we understand that Joe Buck (he had a prior commitment) won’t be joining Troy Aikman in concert warm-up duties. Instead, Troy and Roger Staubach have recruited some Cowboys to help out.

Diets Die! It's TACA Proscenium Weekend At The Rosewood Mansion!

Attention, all dieters. You’re getting the weekend off from celery and Slim•Fast. Come rain or snow or shine, it’s the TACA Proscenium presented by ALON USA and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Imagine chefs from around the world coming together to compete for your taste buds for two days. And we’re not talking just any old chefs with a white apron and a spoon. Here’s a rundown — [Read more…]

No Need For Betty And JAY-Z, When You've Got Lindalyn And Phil

SNL (Saturday Night Live) may have had Betty White and JAY-Z this past Saturday, but DHSL (Dallas Historical Society Live) had Lindalyn Adams (pictured) and Phil Collins (pictured) Monday night. Both Betty’s appearance and Lindalyn’s chat with the former Genesis drummer were historical. Betty’s for being the oldest host on SNL. Lindalyn’s for delving with her longtime buddy into his favorite subject — the Alamo.

While others have covered the event at Fair Park’s Hall of State, there were still some items that might have been missed. For instance,

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Genesis Women's Shelter's Mother's Day Luncheon Surprise!

The Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon is always a big deal, but to celebrate their 25 years in operation they redefined “big.” To accomplish this goal, they brought in the big guns from start to finish. First they got former First Lady Laura Bush as honorary chair. (You probably know that Laura was one of the founders of the Genesis Alliance.) In turn Laura got former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the feature speaker for the event. (You do know that Condi used to work for Laura’s husband, former President George W. Bush.)

As soon as the news of the honorary chair and speaker hit email boxes, tables started selling and sponsors were lining up.

Then an uh-oh happened.

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Phil Collins Talks Alamo With Lindalyn Adams And Angus Wynne Tonight

Phil Collins chat with buddies Lindalyn Adams and Angus Wynne about the Alamo tonight at the Hall of State is already a hit. The VIP tickets are “gone with the wind,” but there are still tickets available for the regular program. That ain’t shabby.

If you’re late to the game, Phil has the largest private collection of Alamo memorabilia. He’s also in the final stages of completing a book on the Alamo.

It was a last minute “WOW!” opportunity for the Dallas Historical Society and they’re thrilled.

Dallas Summer Musicals' "Curtain Call" Gets Rave Reviews

When the Dallas Summer Musicals debuted in June 1941 with “Blossom Time” in Fair Park’s Band Shell, Francesca Marlene de Czanyi Gerber was a nine-year old living in Chicago. So what does that have to do with the price of apples? Later.

Saturday night guests for the Dallas Summer Musicals’ Curtain Call kicking off its 70th anniversary year knew they were in for something when they arrived at the Music Hall seeing a fiddler on the roof. But they also took solace seeing Curtain Call 2010’s Event Chairs Wendy and Michael Jenkins‘ Cadillac with the license plate “DSM” parked in front and DSM Executive  Committee Chairman Gary Griffith greeting everyone upon arrival. They should have known just from the incredible invitations, this was going to be a night.

The pre-event reception was a production in itself with the likes of Ruth Buzzi with hubby Kent Perkins. Alas, poor Ruth was a victim, as was Dee Wyly, of Yvonne Crum‘s (pictured pre-spill with Ruth) enthusiasm, as she spilled her drink on them. Thank heaven, it wasn’t red wine and the drink blended with the gals’ outfits. [Read more…]

A.W.A.R.E. was Dandy-less but Still Memorable

Since it was announced that this year’s A.WA.R.E. luncheon would honor Don Meredith, anticipation was in overdrive. It had been quite a while since the lovable, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback/ABC sports commentator had been seen in these parts. It had even taken the very persuasive team of former teammate Lee Roy Jordan and his wife Biddy to personally fly to Santa Fe to talk Don and his wife Susan into accepting the honor.

But behind the scenes there was always the concern that 72-year old Dandy’s health might trump all the planning and hopes.

Unfortunately, it did. Susan admitted that he was just not well enough to make the trip to Dallas and stood in for him. With this in mind, this post is being written, so Don will know what happened. Like Don, it was an event that was endearing, full of fun and legendary.

It seemed that nearly all the 1,110+ crowd attending the luncheon Wednesday at the Fairmont had some sort of personal connection to the man who led the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968 at the Cotton Bowl for coach Tom Landry under the ownership of Clint Murchison.

Besides videos about the Don, a celebrity panel of “Dandy Don’s” friends and colleagues at times mistook the event for a roast. But what else would you expect from the likes of football legends Walt Garrison, Bob Lilly (pictured) and Roger Staubach; Frank Gifford, one of Meredith’s broadcast partners on ABC’s Monday Night Football; and emcee Phyllis George, the Denton-born former Miss America (1971)/former CBS sportscaster.

The celebrity panelists described the Mount Vernon native as a fiercely competitive leader with a rowdy, down-home sense of humor. In a video tribute, for instance, Lee Roy said he once asked Meredith why he chose to attend SMU. Don’s reply: “It was close to home, and I could spell it.” [Read more…]