Bonnetted Babies Abound For Hope Cottage’s Photo Search

In Hope Cottage’s search for the most adorable “bonneted baby,” parents were evidently grabbing everything from iPhones to professional cameras to capture their little ones.

The results are in with some adorable winners. . . but, of course! Chloe Saul (pictured) floated away with top honors for the under-three group. With all this summer heat, Chloe definitely looks like she’s whipped the problem with a pool and plenty of shade!

As for the older types, JJ Cusimano took top honors for the over-age-three in his buckaroo stetson. What a smile! And don’t you love that haircut?

Get your cameras out now. Hope Cottage is already searching for the Most Patriotic Baby for July. Sorry, but it’s limited to munchkins three years and younger. With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, bet you’ll find just the find baby to photograph.

And remember to post the photos on Hope Cottage’s Facebook page by 5 p.m. on July 10.

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.

You’re upset we can tell and some of you aren’t quite sure what ELECTRIC is. It’s part of [Read more…]

Think Blind Side When It Comes To Wednesday’s Child Alliance Lunch

More plans for the upcoming fall fundraising season were announced Thursday night at Eddie V’s. Wednesday’s Child Alliance President Suzanne Bock Grishman (pictured) rallied her WCA troops to reveal two very special women will be part of their plans for the annual luncheon on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Ritz Carlton.

First, Suzanne announced that the luncheon speaker is none other than Leigh Anne Tuohy. What’s that? That name sounds familiar, but can’t recall it as being a local? Right! Think The Blindside gal herself. Yup, the Wednesday team managed to land the #1 champion of foster parents to address the luncheon. If you’ve heard Leigh Anne in an interview or in person, you know that she won’t mince words.

As if that wasn’t enough, Suzanne went on to reveal Janelle (pictured) and Larry Friedman will serve as the 2010 luncheon chair.

The steering committee for this one includes Carol Aaron, Andrea Alcorn, Mary Black, Sally Blanton, Yvonne Crum, Lynn Townsend Dealey, Carmen and Don Godwin, Sue Goodnight, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Lynn McBee, Elaine Pearlman, Sandy and Tommy Rouse, Carol Seay, Joanne Tiechman, Debbie Vaughn and Carmaleta Whiteley.


ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Programs Ceremony Was All Smiles

With moms pushing baby strollers in one direction at the Arboretum entrance this morning, more than 200 nonprofit leaders and interns headed straight to the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall for Exxon Mobil Community Summer Jobs Program.

The program is a lifesaver for many of the nonprofits. Exxon provides the funding for nonprofits to have interns. It’s a win-win scenario. Not only do the nonprofits get eager young people to help out, they students get internships which definitely dress up any resume.

According to Exxon’s Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager Robert Lanyon (pictured) with his oh-so charming British accent, “More than 1,400 young people have participated in the program since its start 20 years ago.” (Don’t plan on seeing Robert at next year’s event. He’s headed this fall to handle public affairs for Exxon in London. Hmm, as one astute observer said, “Everyone in public affairs nowadays is British.”)

One of the highlights of the ceremony was [Read more…]

Tip Of The Hat To Hope Cottage

Hats in Texas are like great manicures on brides. Absolutely necessary!

So, the Hope Cottage folks are having a photo contest on bonnets, not manicures, skewed to their type of folks — tykes. If you have a picture of your baby in a gigantic hat like Hope Baby (pictured and provided by Hope Cottage), just post it on Hope Cottage’s Facebook page by June 15. The picture of the baby with the biggest hat will be revealed on HC’s Facebook page. . . where else?

BTW, the baby doesn’t have to be a Hope Cottage graduate. S/he can be any baby with a chapeau.


Chick Lit Luncheon Brings In A $144,259 Nest Egg

It’s a Friday on a short work week. How great! Let’s make it even better with some pretty fab news from Community Partners of Dallas. It seems the accounting elves have finished tallying up the results from April’s Chick Lit Luncheon with Chicago author Jen Lancaster. Thanks to the event, $144,259 was raised to provide necessities for children in the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

“We are extremely thankful to our presenting sponsor, Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel (pictured), as well as all of the other generous donors and volunteers who helped to make this year’s luncheon such a success,” said Paige McDaniel, Community Partners of Dallas President and CEO. “The Chick Lit Luncheon provides necessities for our community’s youngest victims of abuse. With the support from our favorite ‘chicks,’ Dallas children now have the critical resources they need to experience hope and healing.”

In addition to the generous Tafels, the following sponsors also deserve a “well done”: [Read more…]

"We're Talking Baseball" Is Your Get-Out-Of-Jail Card

When you play Monopoly, your “get out of jail” card frees you from just about anything. For baseball players, it’s, “We’re talking baseball.” Remember that later.

Sunday night after a sour defeat to the Cubs, the Texas Rangers regrouped for the Eighth Annual Triple Play Game Show Extravaganza at the Anatole hosted by Cristina Barbosa-Young and Michael Young, Dana and Josh Lewin and Lisa and Ken Schnitzer. Benefiting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation that supports programs for improving the lives of children in need, this was definitely a big league event. With Tivo’s set for Lost Sunday night, baseball fans of all ages were chatting it up with their Rangers.  Ron Washington, Jim Sundberg, Rusty Greer, José Guzmán and other Rangers, both past and present, moseyed around the aisles and aisles of silent auction items talking with fans like Oscar Howard and Chris Batiste (pictured right with from the left Oscar and Ron). [Read more…]

Just In: Vogel Alcove's Barbara Landix Is Stepping Down

It was just announced that after 12 years as executive director for Vogel Alcove, Barbara Landix is leaving the position on May 14. An interim executive director will be selected and serve, while the board of directors conducts a national search.

PJ for PJ's at Hotel ZaZa for Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Pajamas parties are as old as Annette Funicello. But leave it to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center to put a whole new spin on the idea. Instead of spending the night with the gals and gossiping non-stop, you can just wear your poolside chic-est attire, show up at the Hotel ZaZa with a $25 donation and a new pair children’s pajamas (or $10). What you’ll get in return will be Perrier Jouët  (PJ) champagne and appetizers in a swell setting. Get it — PJ for PJ’s. Oh, you already did. Should have known you were ahead of us.

Whoa! Did you just read that? For a total of $25 and a pair of PJ’s, you can have champagne, all the appetizers you can eat, and hang out at the Hotel ZaZa pool, while providing a child with pajamas. See you at Target in the children’s department.

Jen Lancaster Gets Dallas Chicks Laughing While Lunching

Thursday was a killer day for certain ladies around town. First on their agenda was the fourth annual Chick Lit Luncheon at Brook Hollow. Then it would be a quick trip home to watch Rielle Hunter tell-almost-all on Oprah, change shoes and head for the Stiletto Strut at downtown Neiman’s.

Thank heaven the first thing on the list was Chick Lit! Paige McDaniel‘s Community Partners of Dallas had Chicago humor author Jen Lancaster as the featured speaker for 450 gals to get them up and going.

But before Jen could even get started chatting, the ladies were already stressing [Read more…]

Beyond the Rainbow Treasures Another Success

Question of the day: Why should this photo of Jordan Flint and Barney bother you? Answer: Later.

Last Friday two groups of heroes took to the funway, or rather runway, in the Anatole decked out in Dillard’s fashions for the 22nd annual Beyond the Rainbow Fashion Show/Luncheon. One group was made up of jocks and celebs who go beyond the call of duty in participating and chumming it up with the other group of models — children who have/had cancer.

While all the well-dressed guests were browsing at the silent auction during the pre-show reception, the corp of adult and youth models were having a grand old time in other areas. The youngsters were in the prep room chatting with Mother Goose, clowns and other kid-friendly characters (pictured). They were also getting all dolled up for their catwalk. Think Six Flags Over Texas indoors. It was so much fun that KDFW-CH. 4 anchor/show emcee Clarice Tinsley starting iPhoning photos (pictured).

Across the hallway, the adults were having grownup fun. [Read more…]

Gray Goose Changes Jenna Bush Hager's Arrival Plans

As you probably know by now, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager (pictured) was the featured speaker for the Children’s Advocacy Center last Friday at Sheraton where Sarah Losinger was awarded the Ruth Altshuler Award. Needless to say, Jenna has become quite articulate and compassionate about the needs of others. Regardless of your political leanings, you might want to check Jenna’s book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope about a 17-year old single mother with HIV and her years of abuse and neglect.

However, there is another story of the behind-the-scenes activities leading up to Jenna’s appearance. [Read more…]

"Accessible Luxury" Can Overcome any Storm

The weather guessers are saying that storms are headed to Dallas tomorrow night. What would it take to get you out and about in such conditions? Yup, we just knew it. You’re the type that plays hard-to-get-out in damp weather.

Accessible Luxury” is just what will get your bumbershoot warmed up.

Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the event will take place at Park Place’s Rolls-Royce/Bentley/Maserati location with Clarice Tinsley emcee-ing, DJ Lucy Wrubel (pictured) playing music, and Honorary Chairs Kathy and Tony Herring and Lark and J.C. Montgomery Jr. We just knew that would get your attention. But there’s more.

Event Chairs Ellen and Charlie Johnson, Devonie and McLean Coble, and Kelly and James Middleton have also arranged for you to sip champagne while browsing around Beretta apparel and gear, Noble Boutique’s gems and local designer Geoffrey Henning‘s fashions.

To top the evening off, Barney’s New York will have a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring the Model Citizens of Campbell-Wagner Runway, LLC.

Now, don’t you feel silly to worry about a little rain?

Exhale Spa to Benefit ChildCareGroup Thursday

Tax time is behind us. We need to take a chill pill. It can be easily done and help ChildCareGroup, the non-profit child care organization serving children in Dallas County. Exhale Spa at the Palomar is donating proceeds from “select services” and the Exhale Soul Classes Thursday.

The services include facials, fusion massages and healing therapies.

And what’s a fund raiser without a silent auction? Just knew you’d ask. So, here’s the answer — the silent auction and reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spa’s lobby.

Make your reservations by calling Jessie Stansberry @ 214.295.2545.

Hustle! Chick Lit Tables Flying the Coop

If you were planning on attending the Chick Lit luncheon at Brook Hollow benefiting the Community Partners, you’d better hustle. According to the chick-lets, there are just a few tables still available thanks to Honorary Chair Sarah Losinger and Luncheon Chair Jennifer Tobin. It’s all being presented by Lara (pictured) and Dr. Robert Tafel.

Featured speaker is fellow blogger/author Jen Lancaster and that should tell you how much fun you can expect.

If Community Partners is new on your radar, call Paige McDaniel (pictured) at 214.624.7583 . Not only will she tell you, she’ll become your very best friend in the world.

Who Had More Fun Saturday Night — Guests or Waiters?

Waiting on people is an art form. Most people take it for granted until they run into a real nightmare of a server. Saturday night’s serving experiences at the Palomar were just the opposite. The Celebrity Waiter Gala had absolute dreams performing the usual and most unusual serving experiences this side of the French Room. Henceforth, the Celebrity Waiters will be referred to as “CW”.

Benefiting the Child Abuse Prevention Center, it started out with a silent auction in the hallway of the second floor of the hotel. The usual low ceilings of the hotel’s hallway seemed lower than usual with the multitudes crowding to see all the goodies. Don’t know how 6’3″ CW/Hunk Kris Clinton (pictured) or 6’2″ Celebrity Chair Daryl Johnston managed. And what about all those poor little beauties with their crowns.

Speaking of the crowned crowd, Kristi “Mrs. North Texas 2010” Engstrom immediately became best friends with Honorary Chairs Al and Sharron Gonzalez (pictured with Kristi).

Despite the crowded hallways, everyone was quite charming. For instance Honorary Chair Julie Rado was seen having her hand kissed by CW Alonso “Reality Show Type” Martinez (pictured with Steve and Julie Rado) as her husband Steve looked on. Drat! How could Julie look so svelte? She just had a baby seven months ago!

But don’t believe that beauty stopped with Julie and crowned types. Nope, [Read more…]

Waiting at Palomar Will be Fun and Profitable Saturday Night

Some very, very well-known people will be serving the black tie crowd and working for tips this Saturday night at the Palomar. No, they haven’t given up their day jobs. They’re doing it as part of the 16th Annual Celebrity Waiter Gala, that benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Photo credit: Seth Smith

Confirmed waiters include fashion producer wunderkind Rhonda Sargent Chambers (pictured), singer Janie Fricke, Good Morning Texas’s Shay Geyer, Todd “Uncle Julio” Conger, fashionista Abi Ferrin, Kristen “Miss Texas” Blair, and Big Band singer Craig “Big T” Thompson, and former NFL-er James Yarbrough.

Gala Chair April and Sam Spicer and Honorary Chairs Diane and Daryl Johnston have arranged for the following folks to help underwrite the event: [Read more…]

Emmitt Smith is Getting Teed Off in May

The Smiths are at it again. While wife Pat (pictured) looking on, Emmitt Smith held a press conference Wednesday at Heritage Auction Galleries Design District Annex to announced the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament.

Benefiting the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, the May 14-15 tournament at TPC Craig Ranch  will include such festivities as Red Carpet Pairings Party, live auction of Once-in-a-Lifetime Fantasy Experiences and a Celebrity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.

Yes, we know what you’re thinking. Don’t bother checking your calendar. Mother’s Day is the weekend before. Whew!

Locked down RSVP’s include [Read more…]

Pat on Back for Beyond the Rainbow Sponsors

Those wonderful gals at the Children’s Cancer Fund are in the final stages of prepping for their Beyond the Rainbow fashion show/luncheon on Friday, April 23, at the Anatole. Last night they were proper little ladies and threw a thank you party for their sponsors at Lynn and Jim Stroud‘s place in University Park.

Wasn’t too crowded. Wasn’t too light. But it was just right with a lot of pretty folks like Luncheon Co-chair Marisa Huckin (pictured) who made her mama proud by standing at the door to greet every single person. It’s always so tempting for the host/hostess to join the party, but Marisa stood firmly by the door and looked rather fabulous.

Another looker at the party was [Read more…]

Dallas CASA Chairs "Cherish the Children"

Dallas CASA held their third annual “Cherish the Children” luncheon at the old Red Courthouse on Friday and beat last year’s total of $90,000 by 10 grand.

The event was the first official event marking Dallas CASA’s 30th year in operation. It “brought together local designers, artists and retailers to create whimsical children’s chairs” (pictured) that were sold at the luncheon.

Roberta and Jack Williamson served as honorary chairs (no pun intended).

(Photo provided by Dallas CASA.)

Chris Murzin Family, University Park to be Honored at "A Child Can Do All Things Luncheon"

Back in 2008 Chris Murzin shaved his head. It wasn’t due to a trendy new hair style. It was to draw attention to a cause that affected his family deeply. You see, one of Chris’s children is forced to use a wheelchair and this fact made Chris realize how limited area parks are for the physically challenged.

Thanks to the Murzin family’s efforts, Coffee Park in University Park is barrier-free and includes a trail system with dioramas depicting the history of University Park, new picnic facilities, athletic field improvements, park entrance signage, decorative fencing, expanded acreage on the park’s northern edge (made possible because of the Northwest Parkway Wall) and the City’s first barrier-free playground to provide fun for children of all ages and abilities.

Photo provided by A Child Can Do All Things

A Child Can Do All Things Luncheon” Chair Alicia Wood (pictured left with, from the left, Blackie Holmes, Jerry Bradley, Christina Murzin, and Heather Pujats) announced at a breakfast at Tiffany & Co., that the Murzin family and the City of University Park will be awarded  the “Child Impact Award” at the annual luncheon on Tuesday, March 30, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. [Read more…]