Crystal Charity Ball Cocktail Buffet Was A Feast Of Fashion With Designer Zac Posen And The 10 Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Famer

As the statue overlooking Turtle Creek was being removed on Thursday, September 14, JP Morgan/Chase was hosting the Crystal Charity Ball cocktail buffet at Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate in North Dallas.

Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate

In this case there was another creek, but it was much smaller and there was a bit of maneuvering. It seems that the turn into the McIntyre’s circular driveway required a sharp turn. One driver ended up slightly dipping into the landscaped terrain. And speaking of the vehicles, they ranged from posh Bentleys to decked-out pick-up trucks.

Muffin Lemak and Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Libby and Al Allred

After turning their cars over to the valets, the guests strolled over a narrow foot bridge to the fabulous mansion with its towering glass windows and stone walls. At one point the parade of pretties came to a traffic jam stop like Stemmons Freeway during rush hour. Sara Lee Gardner had just crossed the bridge with husband Stan Gardner and Shelle and Michael Sills, when she turned and walked halfway back on the bridge to talk with Muffin Lemak and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson. The result? The strolling flow of guests across the narrow bridge came to a standstill, with no HOV lane in sight.  Needless to say, a traffic cop was not required. Just a couple of throat clearings by a bystander literally got the guests on their way.

They were greeted by petite JPMorgan Chase banker Elaine Agather, who was getting her workout opening the heavy front door. The blonde in red revealed that she had been less visible on the fundraising scene due to an expansion of her territory that now ranged from the far north of the U.S. to practically the space station. By the way, while Elaine is a well-known gal who is just as comfortable in a boardroom as she is on a saddle, has managed to combine a firm handshake with soft hands. She must have been loyal to wearing gloves when reining her ponies.

Don and Carmen Godwin and Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell

Tucker and Rich Enthoven

Jim Lee and Vin Perella

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers and Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

As for entertainment, there was a pianist, but the real draw were the people. Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse had to duck out early due to a dinner date…Carmen and Don Godwin were with Australian jeweler Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell. Margot’s goodies highlighted by mega-pearl necklaces (thanks to Margot, Carmen was wearing literally the world’s largest strand of baroque pearls) would be the accessory du jour for the 10 Best Dressed the next day… Rich Enthoven told how he nearly parted ways with his vintage Corvette. No matter how he tried, it just wasn’t reliable. Then Daryl Johnston, upon spotting the car and hearing of Rich’s frustration, told him about the “Corvette Whisperer.” Rich took a chance and it worked.  Both Rich and his eye-catching Corvette now are happy campers… Tom Addis reported that Garry Cox, who had just recently undergone a liver transplant, was doing very well and already home…Pete Foster reported on the pros and cons of the just-announced Apple iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X… Solo appearances included Ralph Babb (wife Barbara Babb was recovering from a cold) and Joanna Clarke (her boss Paige McDaniel was under the weather)… On the other hand, designer Zac Posen arrived with his posse (Amelia Gibson, Jillian Sinel and Celine Mariton). Earlier in the day, Zac had been named Rosewood Hotels Ambassador for Dallas.

Alas, even at the best affairs, there is a guest or two who didn’t listen to their mama on good table manners. In this case, a couple of folks were seen pulling a George Costanza. The shocked catering maven, upon seeing the double dipping, promptly withdrew the bowl from the table.

Jillian Sinel, Elaine Agather, Zac Posen, Celine Mariton and Amelia Gibson

But it was an early night, because ccB Chair Pam Perella and 10 Best Dressed Chair Christi Urschel and the 10 Besties had an early call the next morning, and everyone needed their beauty sleep.  

DeeDee Lee, Pam Perella and Christi Urschel

Check out more faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Cocktail Buffet

Like serving up an appetizer before a fabulous feast, the Crystal Charity Ball committee held a cocktail buffet on Thursday, September 14, the eve of the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon. Thanks to Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s breathtaking estate nestled in the lush grounds, the setting was simply perfect to impress oldtimers and newcomers like featured designer Zac Posen.

Jillian Sinel, Elaine Agather, Zac Posen, Celine Mariton and Amelia Gibson

Welcoming guests as they crossed the footbridge over the property’s creek was JP Morgan/Chase Executive Elaine Agather, who got a real workout opening the heavier-than-an-18-wheeler door.

But once inside they discovered a blonde decked out in the most beautiful gems. She turned out to be fourth-generation Australian jewelry designer Margot McKinney and her husband Peter Kedwell.   

Don and Carmen Godwin and Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell

Ah, but more about all of that in the post that’s being prepared. In the meantime, check out the folks in attendance at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

The Trinity Trust Friends And Fans Gather To Toast Annette Simmons’ $50M Gift For Trinity River Park Launch

It’s not every day that a city gets a $50M gift. But then every city doesn’t have Annette Simmons! To celebrate the announcement of Annette’s gift to commemorate her late husband Harold Simmons and to get things hustling for the creation of the Trinity River Park, city officials and longtime Trinity Trust staffers and friends gathered on Wednesday, November 9, to toast the news at Saint Rocco’s New York Italian. Here’s a report from the field:

On November 9, The Trinity Trust gathered its supporters to celebrate Annette Simmons’ $50 million historic gift to the Trinity River Park with a “Toast to the Trinity.” Taking place on the rooftop of Saint Rocco’s New York Italian restaurant overlooking the Dallas skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, this location was also where Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the gift in honor of Annette’s late husband, Harold Simmons, just the previous week.

Trinity River Park illustrations*

The gift will launch development and construction of the first phase of Trinity River Park that encompasses more than 285 acres of land near downtown Dallas. With approval from the City Council, the park will be named the Harold Simmons Park, which will stretch from the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge to the Margaret McDermott Bridge or about 200 of the 285 acres.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats and guests sipped wine and beer and noshed on Italian appetizers and watched the sun set. As the sun went down, the remarks began. The Trinity Trust President Gail Thomas said, “This is such as moment. As we crossed the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, I remember Jane Jacobs saying that as the sun is setting and shines on the glass buildings, the reflection puts her in her high heart. This gift has been a dream come true. Thank you to the Simmons family for believing in this project.”

Craig Holcomb and Monica Alonzo*

Joe Crafton and Amy Simmons Crafton*

Deputy Mayor Monica Alonzo, whose district includes the park area, welcomed everyone to her district and shared in the excitement of the news.

Representing the family, Amy Simmons Crafton said, “This park is something my dad would have been proud to do. Someday, this will be an incredible park. We’re proud to be associated with the park. We’re ready to hike and bike in it.”

Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens*

Garrett Boone and Lucy Hale*

Electra Harelson, Tori Mannes, Stewart Thomas and Gail Thomas*

Those in attendance included Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, Dallas Assistant City Manager Mark McDaniel and his wife Cindy; The Trinity Trust Board Members Garrett Boone and Nancy Cain Marcus; Nelda Cain Pickens, Lynlee and Dave Forehand; new Trinity River Audubon Center Director Lucy Hale; Trinity Commons Foundation’s Craig Holcomb; Gail Thomas’ three children: Stewart Thomas, Tori Mannes and Electra Harelson, their spouses and some of their children.

* Photo credit: Jerry McClure

JUST IN: The Trinity Trust’s Dr. Gail Thomas To Retire At The End Of The Year

When a mama bird has hatched her eggs and raised her chicks to venture out on their own, she gently kicks them out of the nest to grow and fly on their own.

Gail Thomas (File photo)

Well, for Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project, mother hen Dr. Gail Thomas has been leading the effort for 20 years to create the long-envisioned project. During her tenure at The Trinity Trust, more than $105M has been raised, helping create the Dallas CityDesign Studio, the two Santiago Calatrava-designed bridges — Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Margaret McDermott Bridge — as well as the Continental Bridge’s transformation into a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. To accomplish these feats required assembling a stellar group of community leaders to join the effort, hand-holding of philanthropists, negotiating the tight wire of government and politico types and working with a countless variety of organizations.

Back in October it was announced that Annette Simmons had gifted $50M for the Trinity River Park.

Gail’s “chick” is headed to fulfilling her “life-long vision — a central park for Dallas.”

But instead of kicking the chick out of the nest, The Trinity Trust CEO/President Gail is leaving the nest herself at the end of the year.

Deedie Rose (File photo)

It was just announced that she is retiring at the end of December “to focus on the next chapter of her life by completing and publishing her fifth book and spending long weekends at her East Texas home with her large family.”

According to The Trinity Trust Board of Directors Chair Deedie Rose, “When a park is finally realized within the Trinity River basin, it will be due in large measure because of the persistence and careful nurturing by Gail Thomas of a dream held by so many people for decades. Gail believes absolutely in the idea that people from all parts of the city can be connected through nature, through a park, with a river running through it.”

As for the future of The Trinity Trust, it will “move into its next stage, to be guided by a new director and to be renamed the Trinity Park Conservancy.”

For the official press release about the announcement, just follow the jump! [Read more…]

DIFFA Dallas’ 8th Annual Burgers And Burgundy Is Moving To Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge On Texas-OU Friday Night

While most folks believe that Texas-OU weekend closes down everything not Longhorn- or Sooner-related, DIFFA Dallas is planning on testing this theory. Instead of like years past, when the organization held its Burgers and Burgundy outdoor fundraiser at a private estate on a Saturday or Sunday, they set their GPS and daytimer for a different location and day.

Burgers smoking on the grills (File photo)

Burgers smoking on the grills (File photo)

This year’s event will take place on the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7. Yup, you guessed it. That’s the Friday when local restaurants, bars and hotels will be brimming with Red River revelers.

Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge (File photo)

Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge (File photo)

In addition to having Chef John Tesar once again hosting the B and B, Event chair Aileen Roach and Honorary Chair Simona Beal have given a theme to the event — DIFFAcella. It will “feature three live art installations by Jason Reynaga, Anthony Gonzales and Matthew Brinston, as well as three caricature artists and a henna artist.”

John Tesar (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

According to John, “It’s always a great time when I get to bring together my good chef friends, but this event is made even better by the fact that it’s for a great cause. It’s been an honor to work with DIFFA/Dallas for eight years to put on this event and watch it grow year after year, with last year being our most successful. We have even higher goals set for this year!”

There will be plenty of entertainment, Pawkitecture live auction and, of course, food and libations.

And the big news of the night will be the reveal of the 2016-2017 Style Council Ambassadors, who will serve as DIFFA/Dallas representatives “charged with the task of helping DIFFA/Dallas raise awareness about the organization’s cause, as well as continue efforts in the education and prevention of HIVAIDS throughout North Texas.”

Tickets for the 8th Annual Burgers and Burgundy are $150.

MySweetWishList: The Trains At NorthPark

According to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock,

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

“The holidays are enchanting, so if I could wave a wand and have one wish, I would want everyone to visit The Trains at NorthPark miniature trains exhibit. Our location is on Level Two next to Nordstrom, so while you’re already at NorthPark, come visit with your children, grandchildren or by yourself!

“All proceeds from this festive winter wonderland benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, a home-away-from-home for families of sick and injured children. In fact, this event contributes more than 30% of our annual operating budget to keep the lights on and the place open, which is why we depend on people to visit the Trains each year.

“For those who have been, it’s magical to watch children watch the trains zip up and down tracks. The Trains is the most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas and takes you on a whimsical journey through Dallas and across America. We travel through Dallas stopping at the State Fair of Texas, SMU, downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

“Then we travel to Albuquerque to see the hot air balloons, New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and more. This season, I hear that Thomas the Train and his friends are making a cameo appearance. It is such fun to see the joyful, happy faces of the young children who visit every year.

“The display opened Saturday, November 21, and will roll through Saturday, January 3, giving you plenty of time to come multiple times while supporting families who need our help during a time of crisis.

“For more information on The Trains at NorthPark and other ways you can support us, visit For information on the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, visit”

-Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO

Folks Who Have To Carry On Despite Ice And Snow

What’s that? Could it be? Why, yes, it looks like the sun is peeking out like an embarrassed late-arriving guest at a seated dinner. If only it had shown up earlier, it would have saved a lot of agitation, frustration and cancellations for schools and long-planned fundraisers.

Still, while organizations, like the Dallas Zoo and Dallas Arboretum, are closed today “for business as usual,” life goes on. Those staffs aren’t sitting around drinking hot cocoa and coasting around the Internet. Heck, no! Like so many others, their work requires them to be on the job regardless.

One group that especially needs appreciation is the area road crews that have been battling the ice that only melts during the day and freezes overnight. These people have a thankless job and been working around the clock in pretty miserable conditions.

Yeah, life is inconvenient with this March Mayhem, but there are those whose efforts continue regardless of the conditions. If you know one, thank them. If you don’t, perhaps it’s time to find one to thank.

Local Leaders And Nationally Renowned Experts To Brainstorm “What Makes A City?” Thursday At The Latino Cultural Center

When the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture announced its 2014 “What Makes A City: Character and Calling, What Does Dallas Want to Be?”, Dallas Institute Executive Director Dr. Larry Allums’ plan was “to imagine Dallas from a fresh perspective, setting aside our sworn allegiances for a brief moment in order to consider new ideas, whatever they might be.”

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture*


That didn’t mean straying from the original mission on which Dr. Gail Thomas based the original 1982 program — “studying cities by drawing on the experiences of planning and urban experts.”

According to Gail, “All of us want to build a great city. We want to help create a city that is unlike any other place on earth. We want to serve; we want to make a city that is alive with opportunity, a city that is nurturing to its people. We want places and intimate spaces that feed our souls, ignite imagination, evoke memory. The speakers and interactions generated at the conference will help us continue that conversation long after it over.”

Recently, such issues as highways being the ruination of the inner city, the need for green spaces, mass transportation, loss of historical buildings and the logistics of running a city in the 21st century have really hit home in Dallas.

"What Makes A City?"*

“What Makes A City?”*

This Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., city, business and community leaders will join world-renowned experts on cities, urban planning and architecture to consider options and opportunities for Dallas.

Co-presented by the Dallas Institute, The Trinity Trust Foundation and Dallas CityDesign Studio, the day-long conference at the Latino Cultural Center will offer the following schedule:

  • 8:30 Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome: Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 9:10 Call to Ideas: Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
  • 9:25 “Character and Calling” Gail Thomas
  • 9:45     Gail introduces Weiming Lu
  • 9:50 “The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: The Dallas Legacy,” Weiming Lu (recent book is The Tao of Urban Design)
  • 10:20   Break
  • 10:40 Brent Brown introduces Vishaan Chakrabarti
  • 10:45 “Building Urban Cities: The Dallas Challenge,” Vishaan Chakrabarti (recent book is A Country of Cities)
  • 11:30 Panel moderated by Brent Brown: Monte Anderson, Lucy Crow Billingsley, Don Gatzke, Rev. Zan Holmes, Jack Matthews and Kourtny Garrett
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:15 Larry Allums introduces Ignacio Bunster-Ossa
  • 1:25 “Designing Dallas’s Downtown Lakes,” Ignacio Bunster- Ossa (recent book is Reconsidering Ian McHarg)
  • 2:15 Break
  • 2:30  Panel moderated by Larry Allums: “What Does Dallas Want to Be? Looking to the
  • Future” with Trevor Brickman, Catherine Cuellar, Tierney Kaufman, Sara Mokuria, Matt Houston and  Miguel Solis
  • 3:15     Closing remarks:  Larry Allums and Gail Thomas
  • 3:30 Adjourn to the Dallas Institute for after-event

This conference is a marvelous opportunity to hear local and international leaders and brain trusts put their heads together and their ideas on the table. Even if you don’t have your master’s degree in urban planning, you’ll find plenty of food for thought. You can register here.

Family Friendly Trinity River Revel Takes Place All Day Sunday

Sunday is Father’s Day. Why not celebrate at Trinity River Revel? You’ll be part of the official opening of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, the Trinity Skyline Trail, the West Dallas Gateway Plaza and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. That’s a lot of openings!

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

Trinity River Revel door*

But there’s so much more. From a gospel brunch to a campfire party, folks are going to start partying at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run. There’s even going to be an auction of doors at the eastern end of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. The for-real wooden doors are not just any old doors. They’ve been dressed up “reflecting the theme ‘Our Past, Present and Future’” thank to such local artists as Ray Albarez, Mathews Barnes, Milan Bender, Gary Buckner, Iris Candelaria, Viola Delgado, Katrina Doran, Eliseo, Sarah Francis, Art Garcia, Elena Koulich, Brian Larney, David Lyles, Jessie Martinez, Aralyn McGregor, Vicki Meek, Cathey Miller, Mike Moffatt, Kevin Obregon, Caroline Oliver, Maria Teresa G Pedroche, Marcello Pope, Carlyn Ray, Jennifer Sereno, Richard Ross, Sophy Sam, Daniel Skelton and Ronda Van Dyk.

It’s so family-friendly. Most of the “stuff” is free. The food is going to cost you a penny or two, but there won’t be anything that will bust your credit card. Suggestion: bring cash. It always works.

The rolling ribbon cutting of the bridges, trails and plaza will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. How’s that going to happen? According to organizers, “Our ribbon cutting will have ‘spokes’people, but we call them that because the VIPs who will welcome the new additions to the corridor will do so on bicycles.”

BTW, Mother Nature is supposed to be a very, very good girl Sunday, so enjoy her good behavior. Dress light. Slather on the sunscreen. Wear that adorable hat. Don’t forget your sunglasses. And most of all, have fun being part of North Texas history.

Who Says Nothing Happens In June?

For those who have already flown the Dallas coop, here’s what you’ve left behind — rising temperatures, humbling humility and very little rain in sight.

Now here’s just a smattering of off-the-beaten-track events that you’ll be missing in the days to come:

  • Friday, June 6 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and Saturday, June 7 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — Evidently, “Dallas residents may notice a few disasters occurring around the city this weekend. Dallas County has mobilized state organizations, law agencies and nonprofits to conduct disaster scenarios – such as hurricanes – and initiate relief support. The process is vital to prevent costly indecisions during a real crisis. The Texas State Guard is asking for volunteers from the DFW areas to participate in the mock scenarios as ‘victims’ or to join the unit as volunteer relief supporter.” It’s doubtful that North Texas will ever take a direct hit from a hurricane, but our first- and second-responders are usually the first ones to offer help to those in the bull’s eye zone. So, instead of lying around the pool, why not volunteer to be a “victim”? Contact Col. Robert T. Hastings Jr. at 817.528.2790.
  • Pets On The Hill*

    Pets On The Hill*

    Saturday, June 7 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — In the past, this weekend has usually been the time when animals benefit from “Top Hat & Tails.” But since the dance-athon was held in April, “Pets on the Hill” is filling in at Walnut Hill United Methodist Church. “There will be five pet adoption agencies there along with a pet artist, vet doing ‘Ask the Dr.’ and free nail clipping, AKC chipping for $30, pet blessing by the minister and Oscar the Hot Dog Man. Bed ‘n Biscuit, which is a pet sitter, will attend along with Bow Wow Wow pet dish designs. Bring your pet or adopt one.”

  • Monday, June 9 (4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.) — Before Dallas is invaded by the leading art directors, Dallas Museum of Art’s Maxwell Anderson, who seems to be in every publication except Field & Stream lately, will host a panel discussion, “Reimagining Cities: Art’s Impact On Our Economy & Beyond” at Communities Foundation of Texas. On the panel will be Dallas Theater Center’s Kevin Moriarty, Billingsley Development’s Lucilo Pena and “Arts & Education Advocate” Catherine Rose. Mayor Mike Rawlings, who is very partial to the arts thanks to his artist daughter Michelle, will provide the opening remarks. It’s a free event, but you gotta register.
  • Wine Education Dinner**

    Wine Education Dinner**

    Thursday, June 12 (6:30 p.m.) — Janet and Roland Love are hosting a “Wine Education Dinner”  with proceeds going to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas. In addition to wine and cheese pairing demonstrations and tastings, Chef Justin Box will whip up a three-course winner with wine pairings, of course. Only problemo? It’s limited to 30 people and 20 folks have already signed up. Tickets will be $150 per couple; $75 for individuals. Contact Liz Grindele about locking down your place.

  • Saturday, June 14 (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) — The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is holding a “One Day University.” The subject will be The Civil War. The instructor will be Rutgers University Professor Louis Masur, who “will being with the issues of the revolutionary era, share an overview of the Civil War, analyze how it changed over time and lead a class discussion on the problems of reconstruction.” Since there is limited seating and a registration fee, you need to sign up here. Dallas Institute members get a discount. Ah, the advantages of membership! BTW, if you thought it was being held at SMU or the University of Dallas, think again. You’ll want to set your GPS for Scottish Rite Library and Museum.
  • Sunday, June 15 (7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) — Sure, it’s Father’s Day, but what about doing something instead of brunch and sticking dad with the tab? Why not take your pop or the main man in your life to Trinity River Revel, the official opening of the Trinity Skyline Trail, the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, the West Dallas Gateway Plaza and Sylvan Avenue Bridge? It’s totally free and you just might see Dallas First Father Mike Rawlings cycling along the new bike path. There will be music, a 5K run, vehicle show, food trucks and a campfire party. Check the schedule for all the activities!
  • Saturday, June 28 (7:30 a.m.) — “The Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council is hosting its premier fundraiser, Race for Their Future 5K & Fun Run at the beautiful Kidd Springs Park. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, this event provides an interactive opportunity for community advocates to come together in support of the social and educational development of our youth. All proceeds will go towards funding collegiate scholarship funds, after-school programs and healthy lifestyle education for Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club members.”

Of course, there are the usual venues like the Perot Museum and Arboretum which have ever-changing activities.

* Graphic provided by Pet On The Hill
** Graphic provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Trinity Trust Toasts Film Team For Their Award-Winning “Bridging The Trinity For The Love Of The City”



By 5:30, the Trinity Trust friends and associates had assembled at Trinity Trust headquarters on Tuesday, May 13, to toast producer/director/writer Judy Kelly and photographer Ginny Martin for their award-winning film — “Bridging the Trinity for the Love of the City” — on the building of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

As former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm and more than 30 other guests looked on, the praise grew almost as long as the number of awards on a nearby table.

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas

Trinity Trust CEO Dr. Gail Thomas recalled how Judy had worked on the 27-minute film for 10 to 12 years. For her part, Ginny had to “go to school” to learn how to be on a scaffolding with 12 men for 12 hours in 110-degree heat.

As Gail said, “They have seen city of Dallas from 400 feet up. . . It touched me how you captured that everybody who worked on the bridge was so proud to be part of it.”

When asked her favorite part of the project, Ginny said, “Being out on the bridge was.”

Judy Kelly and Ginny Martin

Judy Kelly and Ginny Martin

With flutes of champagne in hand, Judy told how the twosome had previously done a documentary on the Meyerson, “back at the beginning of the arts center.”

Instead of showing the film, the Trinity Trust arranged for each of the guests to receive a DVD to take home and view.

When asked what their hope for the film was, they answered: To have a Spanish language version made.

Mayor Mike Rawlings, River Rats, Rat Pack And Friends Got A Sneak Preview Of Doing The Continental

Judy Kelly

Judy Kelly

As locals drive back and forth on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Continental Avenue Bridge has looked like an abandoned memory of the past. Ah, but look a bit closer and it’s actually been a beehive of activity with construction underway. On June 15 it will debut as Dallas premier pedestrian bridge with a front row seat for the bike trail running along the Trinity and an unobstructed view of its big sister, the Hill Bridge.

Dan Patterson and Mary McDermott Cook

Dan Patterson and Mary McDermott Cook

For about 130 River Rats, Rat Pack and “friends”, who have been personally involved in the Continental’s transformation, a sneak preview — Hard Hats & Champagne — was held on Sunday, May 4. With the sunshine just bright enough for sunglasses (Dan Patterson) to be the accessory of the day with hats (Gail Thomas) coming a close second, gals like Lyda Hill and videographer Judy Kelly donned both.

Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor Mike Rawlings was a fashion plate as he tried out one of the loungers. In Dallas business casual attire (black blazer, grey slacks and yellow striped shirt), he sported grey Cole Haan shoes with yellow soles. But come June 15, he reported he that he’ll put on his bike helmet and ride around the Trinity River.

He told the group that one of the world’s great cities is Florence, which has the Ponte Vecchio arch bridge over the Arno River. Then he looked to the future saying “200 years from today, “this can be our Ponte Vecchio.” Describing the Continental as a place where “we can walk and meander and hold hands and be nice to one another.”

At one point he tried to point out Mary McDermott Cook’s involvement in the creation of the pedestrian, but the diminutive philanthropist would have none of it, despite a $10M anonymous gift in her honor was made to make the bridge in its new format.

So, if you haven’t made plans for Father’s Day, why not head to the Trinity and do the Continental?