Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait Chair Nancy Carlson Reveals Kitty Carmichael And Solange Knowles To Provide Entertainment

Nancy Carlson (File photo)

Nancy Carlson (File photo)

The Art Ball is less than three weeks away and the news is start to pour in about the 50th anniversary celebration — Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait. Gala Chair Nancy Carlson has been working around the clock on the Saturday, April 11, black-tie fundraiser at the Dallas Museum of Art.

First of all, why the theme? According to Nancy, “The story of Art Ball is really the story of the Museum as it has changed and grown to national prominence over the last 50 years. I wanted this year’s theme to be related to art and reflection, looking back at the past 50 years and forward to a very bright future.”

Of course, there will be the expected multi-course seated dinner, live auction and luxury pop-up shop.

As for newsier stuff, how about the evening’s entertainment? It’s gonna be gal-power. With underwriting by Nancy C. and Richard Rogers, “old-school jazz” babe Kitty Carmichael will be performing during dinner.

Kitty Carmichael*

Kitty Carmichael*

For the after-party being chaired by Jackie Bolin and Erin Wasson, DJ Solange Knowles will be in charge of the music. You do know Solange’s big sister, don’t you? Think Queen Bee.

Solange Knowles*

Solange Knowles*

Other Art Ball 50 sponsors include:

  • Luxury Auction Sponsor ($100,000): Forty Five Ten
  • Dinner Sponsor ($50,000): Peggy and Carl Sewell/ Sewell Automotive Companies
  • Auction Sponsor ($50,000): Christie’s
  • After Party Sponsor ($50,000): Jennifer and John Eagle/ John Eagle Dealerships
  • Young Artist’s Program Sponsor ($50,000): The Gene and Jerry Jones Family
  • Financial Services Sponsor ($50,000): J.P. Morgan
  • Invitation Sponsor ($25,000): Chubb Personal Insurance, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Ginger Nobles and Susan Baldwin
  • Announcement Party Sponsor ($25,000): Grange Hall
  • Art Fair Sponsor ($25,000): Dallas Art Fair
  • Red Carpet Sponsor ($25,000): Neiman Marcus
  • Security Sponsor ($25,000): Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Moving and Delivery Sponsor ($15,000): Delivery Limited, Inc.
  • In-Kind Sponsors Include: The Joule Hotel, Moët Hennessy USA/ Belvedere/ Ruinart, Todd Events, Pogo’s Wine & Spirits, Modern Luxury Dallas and MySweetCharity
  • Art Ball Underwriters include:
  • Dreamer ($100,000): Nancy and Clint Carlson
  • Builder ($50,000): Claire Dewar
  • Scholar ($35,000): Georgina Hartland/ Nasiba and Thomas Hartland Mackie, Catherine and Will Rose and Deedie and Rusty Rose
  • Obsessive ($25,000): AT&T, Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Mary Anne and Richard Cree, The Dedman Foundation, Heidi and William Dillon, Laura and Walter Elcock, Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, Elisabeth and Richard Grant/ Gloria and Juan Ernesto Snead, Julie and Ed Hawes/ Ann and David Sutherland, Julie and Ken Hersh, Ann and Lee Hobson, Harry H. Lynch, Mary Kay Inc., Margot and Ross Perot and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
  • Insomniac ($15,000): Melanie and Tim Byrne, Ola and Randall Fojtasek, Gina and Scott Ginsburg, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Cynthia and Forrest Miller, Kelli and Allen Questrom and Gayle and Paul Stoffel
  • Eccentric ($10,000): Bank of America, Bowdon Family Foundation, Christian Dior Couture, The Eiseman Families, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Locke Lord LLP, The M.O.B. Family Foundation, Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation, The Rosewood Corporation, U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc./ Kara and Randall Goss and Sharon and Michael Young
* Photos provided by Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait

United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas’ “Unite Forever Gala” Had A Big Blowout With Big Names And Big-Time Entertainment

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson’s past year and more have been spent putting together the 90th anniversary celebration of the organization. With the energy of a cheerleader, the positive attitude of a Zig Ziglar grad and the determination of a woman on a mission, the tall blonde negotiated with top-notch corporate CEO’s to come on board.

Her efforts would culminate at AT&T Cowboys Stadium with an event worthy of the 90 years of services provided to North Texas by the organization. Over the months leading up to the extravaganza, announcements were made raising the anticipation. Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson were going to co-chair the event. Former First Couple Laura and George W. Bush would be honorary co-chairs. NBC-TV judges/entertainers Blake Shelton and Usher would be the headliners on stage.

Why, just the parties leading up to the biggie became the talk around town. There was the Evening Under the Stars private dinner at Charlotte’s place with Christopher Cross performing. The host committee kick-off at Ann and Lee Hobson’s estate had Dallas Cowboys and CEO’s schmoozing like they were old pals. Top CEO’s were pumped about which parts of the project that they were sponsoring as Sister Hazel entertained the crowd that spilled outside.

As the weeks neared, the question was raised about ticket prices. The answer was sorta wiggly. Tickets were not available via the usual route. Instead, donations would open “the way to the 90th anniversary way.” Evidently, a lot of donors.

Jennifer Sampson, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Brian Gallagher

Jennifer Sampson, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Brian Gallagher

The big night came and so did the thousands. At an  underground VIP entrance, the majority of the 1,400 arrived to valet parking and were ushered into the Bank of America reception. It was a great old time with Troy, Charlotte and Jennifer being photographed in various combinations with the likes of United Way Worldwide President/CEO Brian Gallagher and others. Charlotte had changed from her bright red dress that she wore in the Go Red for Women presentation to a great looking black dress.

Richard and Kathy Holt and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Richard and Kathy Holt and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Over on the dance floor bankers like Bank of America’s Richard Holt and Comerica’s Ralph Babb were putting aside financial differences and partying with their pretty ladies… Gillian Breidenbach revealed that her date for the DIFFA Gala was going to be “married fella” Todd Fiscus.

Scott and Carole Murray and Darren Woodson

Scott and Carole Murray and Darren Woodson

Darren Woodsen was keeping company with Carole and Scott MurrayCaren and Pete Kline had provided a lift for pal Pam Perella, while Perella husband Vin was on his way from the airport after a trip to Florida. Oh, he texted that he was on the premises. Ain’t it great how you can keep track of spouses?… Preston Pearson was looking pretty hunky in his black cowboy hat and chains while talking with Brad “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys” Sham.

Su-Su and Jerry Meyer and Nancy Dedman

Su-Su and Jerry Meyer and Nancy Dedman

As former Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley was hustled through the growing crowd, Nancy Dedman was getting smooched on the cheek from friends as she arrived with pals Su-Su and Jerry Meyer. When a bystander commented that Nancy looked great, Jerry immediately retorted, “She never ages.”… As the moments of the reception waned, some heavy hitters appeared like Marianne and Roger Staubach.

No sooner had they appeared on the scene, than the call was made for the hifalutin types to head to the freight-like elevators to take them to the bowels of the stadium for a walk to the EY (Ernst & Young) red carpet tunnel.

There was the true dividing of the peeps. On the left only the glory boys of Dallas Cowboy legends walked with a smattering of mega-high profilers like Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. On the right, the rest of the expensive donors were to walk against the  sponsor backdrop.

Tracy Ripsin

Tracy Ripsin

Oops, it seems that too many were strolling on the right as a part of the board tittered and tottered and caved in. The parade included all types including Linda and Bill Custard, Brent Christopher, Annika and Dennis CailCindy and Chuck Gummer, Troy’s gal pal Tracy Ripsin, Gina and Ken Betts with Tanya and Pete Foster, Cameron and Clay Smith, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Sheila and Jody Grant, Kelly Compton with Karen and Alan Katz, Kara and Ross Goss, Lynn and Allan McBee (he had just recently appeared in a non-singing role in the Dallas Opera’s “Everest”), Carolyn and David Miller, Olivia and Jeff Kearney and Lottye Brodsky with Bobby Lyle.

Kent Perkins and Ruth Buzzi

Kent Perkins and Ruth Buzzi

At another point, Ruth Buzzi was pointed out to the young photo wrangler. The wrangler shrugged as if she hadn’t a clue who “Laugh-In’s Gladys” was. Ah, shoot! The poor millennial wrangler probably didn’t know who Gilda Radner was. Oops, generational goof!

On the other side of the rope, the former Cowboys were being interviewed. Roger admitted, “I’m a Blake Shelton fan. I don’t dislike Usher, but I’m a big country-western guy.” Troy complimented the United Way operation saying, “I think what they’re doing with the community is awesome. Jennifer Sampson has done a great job, measuring the results. Hope this [concert] will help attract young people.”

Alas, this was a sign of the dividing of the generations. The baby boomers and Depression-era Darlings had loyally supported United Way over the decades, but the Gen X-ers and Millennials were rather new to the cause.

Sure, there was one elderly doyenne who sniffed that she felt a bit shunned after all of her years of emotional and financial support. But come on. The goal was to entice the next generation. Sacrifices have to be made.

Mike and Micki Rawlings

Mike and Micki Rawlings

Gaby Gutierrez and Gunnar Rawlings

Gaby Gutierrez and Gunnar Rawlings

But back to the wrangler’s woes. She was waiting for Mayor Mike Rawlings. He was late in the lineup. Handlers were anxious trying to find him. Finally, he appeared with wife Micki, son Gunnar and his date Gaby Gutierrez. They whisked Mighty Mike off to an interview that appeared on the Jerry screen overhead.

"Unite Forever Gala" inA&T Cowboys Stadium

“Unite Forever Gala” in A&T Cowboys Stadium

While the VIP’s gathered on the multi-terraced dining room, the stands filled. Oh, boy, did they fill. As cotton candy vendors walked up and down the aisles, the 20,000 or so watched the big buck buckeroos wine and dine with nary a care in the world. As one area fundraiser said, “This looks like a target-rich environment,” as s/he hustled off to press some flesh.

Royce West and Dan Branch

Royce West and Dan Branch

Okay, so maybe it was a little tight getting through the back-to-back chairs, but who knew. You just might back up to Pat and Emmitt Smith or TV types like Ron Corning? Former State Rep. Dan Branch looked very relaxed catching up with state Sen. Royce West.

The terraces including the lounge area built by the Fiscus team were strategically situated on the other side of the pit fronting the stage, where the Young Leaders Society was partying. Thanks to its placement, there was no chance of the pit crowd blocking the view of the big spenders when the show got underway around 7:55 with all the hoop-la of a Cirque de Soleil on uppers. Drums, trumpets, tubas, trombones and French horns announced the beginning of the festivities. On the side of the stage, fire cannons blasted. A video rolled on the drive-in-movie-sized screens on either side of the stage and on the video screens overhead featuring United Way loyalists like Lyda Hill, Ruth Altshuler and Caroline Rose Hunt. In the flesh, Charlotte and Troy arrived on stage saying the evening was being presented by AT&T and recognized area officials.

In an exchange of levity, a video appeared showing a faux “Voice” audition by Troy. As Usher and Sheldon were seen grimacing in their judge seats, Troy crooned on bravely. Finally, Jerry Jones popped up on the screen telling his former quarterback not to quit his day job.

On the screen appeared AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, who apologized that he couldn’t be present and announced the key CEO’s who had been involved in the production. One guest asked his tablemate, “Do you think he really exists? Or, is he just a CEO ‘S1m0ne‘?” The dinner companion answered, “Ask Holly Reed.”

No sooner had the CEO’s been seen on stage looking like regular-type guys waving to the crowds, than former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson was seen standing in the bleachers with mic in hand to introduce the part of the program about the 9 [Cowboys] for 90. Breaking from script, he ad-libbed to the lady seated next to him, “Tonya, did you grab my butt?” and laughed.

Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Ed Jones, Preston Pearson, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Darren Woodson and Daryl Johnston

Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Ed Jones, Preston Pearson, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Darren Woodson and Daryl Johnston

Next the former Dallas Cowboys (Troy, Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, Preston Pearson, Daryl Johnston, Darren Woodson and Ed “Too Tall Jones), who had been involved with the year-long “9 for 90” project, entered the stage through a gauntlet of Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. If an applause meter had been in operation, Emmitt would have scored the most points.

The only oops of the night came when it was announced that Roger and Dallas Cowboys First Lady Gene Jones would be on stage. Roger, who had just been on stage with the Dallas Cowboys legends, returned to the stage and looked a bit like he was looking for a receiver. He went left and right and no Gene. Then magically, she appeared from the sidelines with a smile to a relieved Staubach.

Just as all seemed right with the world, Gene started talking but ears strained to hear the shy one of the Jones family. It seems that she was holding her mic at waist level. Roger pulled a quarterback sneak and wrapped his arm around her shoulders bringing her close enough for his lavalier mic to cover for her. Then he smoothly took her hand mic and worked it between the two of them. The guy still has the moves to save the day!

Still, Gene revealed that the Dodger wasn’t her fav quarterback: “People ask me why Troy is my favorite? Because he’s won three Super Bowls. We love those Super Bowls. We want more!” “Now!” yelled someone in audience.

Eyes returned to the screens, where Bush clan matriarch Barbara Bush appeared wishing Ruth Altshuler a happy birthday: “Ruth, you make it clear to all of us that 90 is the new 40.”

Next up were the Bushettes — Laura Bush and her daughter Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. The twins teased their mom about her musical preferences, but Laura held her own. On a serious note, Laura revealed that Lyda Hill had issued a challenge match of matching donations that night up to $1M. She added that guests could text to win the chance to sit in a suite with Roger during the 2015 Cowboys season.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

With no further ado, Blake appeared on stage singing “It’s All About Tonight” and “I like Doin’ What She Likes.” The country western crooner sang a couple of songs and then focused on a couple in the pit. Talk about “The Match Game.” He did everything but offer to buy them a hotel room for the night. The crowd loved it.

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

At one point, he decided that it was only right to do a George Strait number and “All of My Exes Live In Texas” resulted. Folks started dancing and that could have been enough, but then Usher and his troupe took over.

Usher

Usher

Talk about East meets West, Usher went to the other extreme. The fire canon went wild. He and his team filled the stage with singing, dancing and wonderment. With sweat pouring out like the White Rock spillway, Usher was a combination of Michael Jackson and the Energizer Bunny Rabbit. Royce commented, “That’s a lot of energy, right there!”

Usher

Usher

In between songs, Usher told the audience, “Our efforts are definitely achievable when we come together. Usher and Blake Shelton on the same stage? Could only happen in Cowboys Stadium!”

He complimented Blake’s music for having emotion in it. Shelton joined Usher on stage for a duet. It was amazing to old timer and youngster how the hip hopper and the country-western singer sounded right at home together. Blake showed that his only hip dance move was an itty-bitty moonwalk and complained that Usher had brought “all these freaking dancers.” But that complaint lasted only a couple of seconds as Blake was surrounded by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Usher left Blake and the girls to do their thang.

After singing, “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake said, “I love performing country and western music in Texas. I feel stupid cuz I felt like I left somebody out.” Recalling his earlier days, he donned a cowboy hat with long hair extensions and sang, “Some Beach, Some Where.”

Afterward he told the thousands, “I think we screwed up tonight. We should have televised this concert tonight!”

Blake asked the crowd to hoist their cellphones in the air and the stadium lit up like a birthday cake, but there were far more than 90 candles on this cake. One could have said the place “was lit.” With Usher once again joining him, together they sang Blake’s slow ballad song, “Home.”

To the surprise of many including some in-the-know-types, the two singers were then joined on stage by the event’s key players to sing, “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

By this time, the generations had largely headed in their own directions. The elders and boomers headed back home, while the VIP Gen X-ers and Millennials continued the celebration at an after-party with DJ Lucy Wrubel handling the good vibes.

It will be interesting to see what Jennifer has planned for the 100th anniversary. It’s only 10 years away.

For more photos of the peeps who were part of this mega-extravaganza, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

 

MySweetWishList: Art Ball 2015

According to Art Ball 2015 Chairman Nancy Carlson,

Nancy Carlson*

Nancy Carlson*

“Eugene McDermott Director Maxwell L. Anderson and I recently announced that Art Ball 50: Self Portrait, benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015. Art Ball 50 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Art Ball and will feature a host committee comprised of past Art Ball Chairs. Proceeds from Art Ball directly affect the DMA’s ongoing commitment to providing access to its collection and a wide range of exhibitions and educational and public programs to the community.

“Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. In the last 15 years, Art Ball has raised more than $22 million to support the DMA’s mission of engaging and educating the community, with funds going directly to the Museum’s operating budget. 2014 alone raised $2 million for the DMA, and our wish is to continue that success in 2015.

“We hope you will join us for Art Ball 50. Its theme, “Self-Portrait,” embodies reflection and will also tie in several self-portraits by acclaimed artists in the Dallas Museum of Art collection. The event’s tented space will feature an ethereal and edgy atmosphere through the use of mirror components, projections and bit map technology. The 50th annual gala will include a multi-course seated dinner, a luxury live auction, and a festive after party chaired by Jackie Bolin and Erin Wasson.

“For more information, as well as underwriting opportunities, please visit www.dma.org or contact the Art Ball Office at [email protected] or 214.922.1353.

 -Nancy Carlson, Art Ball 2015 Chairman

* Photo provided by Art Ball 2015

First Night’s Festivities Ranged From Glamorama Red Carpet To A Record-Breaking Crowd For Opera Simulcast In Klyde Warren Park

Nicole and Robert Furno

Nicole and Robert Furno

The red carpet extended from Flora to the Winspear Opera House front door on Friday, October 24. Along the way were mini-stages for one-of-a-kind creations by area designers. Each represented a Dallas Opera production (Elizabeth Anyaa — “LA Wally”, Michael Faircloth — “Iolanta”, Abi Ferrin — “Salome”, Khahn Nguyen — “La Boheme”, Edo Popken — “Everest” and Nicolas Villalba — “The Marriage Of Figaro”) that would take place during the 2014-2015 season.

Ellen and Don Winspear and Jennifer and Keith Cerny

Ellen and Don Winspear and Jennifer and Keith Cerny

Cellphone photographing

Cellphone photographing

Just the day before the designer’s outfits had been showcased on the runway in the Winspear lobby for First Sight luncheon and fashion show of the Roberto Cavalli collection.

But on this evening when “The Marriage of Figaro” was to officially open the DO’s season, Larry Leathers’ staging with models’ and guests’ gowns and jewelry glammed up the First Night walkway so much that passersby took cell phone photos.

Sara Wilson and Nick Even

Sara Wilson and Nick Even

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. First Sight First Night Co-Chair Nick Even was with his sister Sara WilsonDon Winspear was sporting red socks, while wife Ellen razzle-dazzled in jewelry heels…Designer Ed Popken watched from the sidelines…Lee Bailey was taking time off from tending her black swan, Ziggy, who had gotten in a rumble…First Sight First Night Co-Chair Lynn McBee and husband Allan were having a busy week. After the Friday night gala, they were setting sites on the Stars And Stripes Film Festival at the Angelika the following week and the BrainHealth Center’s Legacy dinner the next week…Doris Jacobs reported that husband Jack was on the mend and having dinner with their daughters…Emmanuel’s representative Brit/Yankee Jeffrey Vanderveen flew in for the evening. Before heading to the red carpet, he was greeted by Cleve Schneider and Jonathan Pell. He revealed that he and Emmanuel have “had crazy parties throughout the world. Ask him about the Ice Bar in London.” With a twinkle and a smile, he was off to join the other beautiful people.

Jonathan Pell, Jeffrey Vanderveen and Cleve Schneider

Jonathan Pell, Jeffrey Vanderveen and Cleve Schneider

Others strolling the red carpet included Sara and David Martineau, Patsy Donosky with sis-in-law Tincy Miller, Wanda Gierhart with Dean Fearing, Abraham Salum and Randy Katz, Kaki and Shelton Hopkins, Mary McDermott Cook with Dan Patterson, Britt Harless with designer Elizabeth Anyaa, Simona Beal with Bob Gibbs, Iain Day, Dee Simmons, Scott and First Sight Chair Liz Kimple with her sister Stefani Burns and Nicole and Robert Furno.

Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

Scott and Liz Kimple

Scott and Liz Kimple

After a seated dinner chaired by Nancy D. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger in a tent adjoining the Winspear, the crowd attended the opera with music director Emmanuel Villaume at the helm.

Just a block away, the opera was being simulcast in Klyde Warren Park for a record-breaking crowd of 7,000.

Afterwards, the black-tie guests let their hair down for an after party back in the tent chaired by Jenifer Strauss and Robert Weatherly with Lucy Wrubel in charge of the music.

As for the designer gowns on the mini-stages, they were headed for an online auction conducted by Heritage Auctions benefiting the Dallas Opera, of course.

For more photos of the gowns and guys in tuxedos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Sold Out Alert!: Zoo To Do

Doug and Jennifer Houser and Tiffany and Paul Divis (File photo)

Doug and Jennifer Houser and Tiffany and Paul Divis (File photo)

Party animals, word just arrived from Zoo To Do Co-Chair Tiffany Divis,

“The Jewels of the Kalahari will be sparkling with no extra room on the dance floor… because as you would expect, ZTD is Sold Out:) Be ready to Partaaaaay with the animals!!!”

Understand the weather Saturday evening may have a bit of chill, so pull out that precious cashmere sweater and those boots that have been hibernating in your closet. Tis time to free them from isolation!

Suggestion: Leave the furs at home Saturday night.

 

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Skip Across The Pond To See Your Favorite Angel

Just got a peak at the Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction items. Well, goodness gracious! Talk about the fundraising version of the Neiman’s Christmas Book! There are going to be so many delicious items up for bid, the challenge is two-fold

  1. Which ones to bid on?
  2. What’s it gonna take to be the winning bidder?

For your consideration, MySweetCharity is going to present just a smattering of them in the days leading up to the October 18th mega-fundraiser at Gilley’s for the American Cancer Society. The first one requires a passport and you must be more than 18 years old.

Skip Across The Pond To See Your Favorite Angels (Value: Priceless)

Skip Across The Pond To See Your Favorite Angels*

Skip Across The Pond To See Your Favorite Angels*

Sure, there some oldtime favs returning for the auction, but they have a twist to them that makes them all the more enticing. This one is a true-blue favorite — the marvelously entertaining and glamorama Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Tuesday, December 2! Ah, but unlike years past when the winner would fly off to Miami, New York City or Los Angeles, this is one headed for the other side of the pond — London!

And while Duchess of Cambridge Kate may too busy preparing for another royal birth, other celebs who may be on hand at Earls Court might be Elton John, Sting, Orlando Bloom or perhaps Prince Harry.

In addition to the ever-adorable Victoria’s Secret Angels on the massive runway, there will be “a performance by a major musical act.” In the past the entertainment has featured the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Pears, Justin Timberlake and Usher to name a few.

The winner of this package will be treated like royalty (no pun intended…yes! Pun intended). S/he and a guest will of course have “a prime seat location at the show, entrance into the VIP After Party and — new this year — an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s biggest fashion show.”

To get there, Wynne Transportation will provide the lift to and from D/FW International Airport, so you won’t have to hassle with parking. Then the winners will travel round-trip business class on American Airlines.

Donated by: Victoria’s Secret, Wynne Transportation and American Airlines

* Graphic provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

The Stands Were Bowled Over For The 7th Annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game And Whopping Big Check To Tackle Alzheimer’s

If yesterday’s story about BvB DallasCatelyn Cappelman resulted in tears, then the recap of the BvB Dallas’ game at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, August 16 will make you wish that you had been there to cheer. Despite the rain earlier in the day, the gals and guys on the field and in the stands weren’t about to let a little water dampen their spirits. Here is a field report:

“The rain didn’t keep the fans away from the 7th Annual BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game and Fundraiser at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night. By the time the Sirois Bros and Ty Walker from 1310 the Ticket took their places on the sidelines, the stands were full of pink and blue signs and spirited fans in matching T-shirts and colored fauxhawks.

Blondes getting charged up for game*

Blondes getting charged up for game*

Brus teammates and natty coaches touching base*

Brus teammates and natty coaches touching base*

Brus checking strategy*

Brus checking strategy*

“Ready for redemption, Team Brunette scored early and rushed the field as a team and took an early lead of 7-0.  In BvB history, The Bru Crew has only one win on the record books and they wanted the fans and Team Blonde to know this was not going to be an easy fight. The Blondes made a promising drive only to throw an interception, and the Brus used it to their advantage making the score 14-0.

2014 BvB Dallas record-breaking check*

2014 BvB Dallas record-breaking check*

“At halftime, the Giant Check was presented by 2014 BvB Chair Greer Fulton and BvB Board of Directors President Jen Bergman to Kimber Hartmann and Audette Rackley from the Center For BrainHealth and Carol Hall,  Dr. Ann Stowe and  Dr. Mark Goldberg from  UT Southwestern Medical Center, this year’s BvB beneficiaries. BvB Dallas is dedicated to Tackling Alzheimer’s disease and these two organizations are leading the way in research to find a cure.

“The check, however, was the big news of the night. The fundraising goal was already lofty– $400,000 — a good $50k over last year’s fundraising total. But, with a new crew of Rookies and MVP fundraisers, BvB Dallas raised over $440,000 in 10 weeks leading up to the Big Game.

Blondes hoist the trophy in victory*

Blondes hoist the trophy in victory*

“In a tough battle, the Blondes won the game (32-27). But, with giant grins on their faces, each player and coach on Team Blonde and Team Brunette left the field to listen to Kyle Park and his band play some Texas Country out on the plaza of the Cotton Bowl presented by Bud Light. Even Kyle’s drummer spontaneously donated $300 to the cause remarking he had never witnessed a group so passionate, dedicated and fun in one place. Once the two stepping was complete, DJ Joe took the stage for an impromptu dance party.

“The following awards were presented:

“MVPs of BvB 2014 (top Fundraisers): BvB MVPs aren’t graded by their talent on the field, but by their fundraising skills off of the field. These men and women have gone over and beyond the call of duty.

  • “Team Blonde (for the first time ever, a Coach!) Shane Hannabury (he raised over $10,000!)
  • “Team Brunette: Captain Rachel Anderson (Over $9,000!)
  • “Team Purple: Helen McDaniel (Over $4,500!)

“Miss Blonde/Brunette/Purple: Voted on by their coaches, The Miss Blonde and Miss Brunette, and now a Miss Team Purple awards are given to the women who show the most enthusiasm at practices and events and promote BvB Dallas on a daily basis.

  • “Miss Blonde: Lindsey Kluempers
  • “Miss Brunette: Rachel Anderson
  • “Miss Team Purple: Maetzi Caminos

“Rookies of the Year: Rookies of the year are voted on by veteran players and coaches. These rookies stood out this summer as leaders and were dedicated from day one. They showed enthusiasm for the cause and were committed to attending events and practices this summer.

  • “Blonde: Kelsey Wasmer and Shane Hannabury
  • “Brunette: Darby Chalko and Simon Leung
  • “BvB Dallas Caregiver Award: Catelyn Cappleman

Editor’s comment: When some of the older folks grumble, “What’s this younger generation coming to?”, they just need to look at the BvB Dallas teams to put their minds to rest. These young women and men give up time and effort to help the older generations in the battle against a debilitating and deadly disease.

* Photos provided by BvB Dallas

Teams Are In Final Days Of Prepping For August 16th Blondes Vs. Brunettes Showdown At The Cotton Bowl

The clock is ticking down. While many are lounging in mist-cooled patios with icy adult beverages, the scrappy “Blondes” and “Brunettes” have been sweating, running, throwing and tagging this summer. It’s all been in preparation for the 7th annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Powder-Puff Football Game. Originally the ladies and their male coaches worked out at Dallas Lutheran High School, but lately there’s been a change of location. Just this past Sunday the Brus were practicing at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School. Then Wednesday the school’s playground was abounding with Blondes running plays.

Blondes practice

Blondes practice

Scouting reports are promising about the Saturday, August 16, clash at the Cotton Bowl benefiting Alzheimer’s research and awareness. The Blondes are fired up about a “repeat the threepeat.” The Brus are equally committed to preventing that from happening.

Blondes poster

Blondes poster

The game starts at 7:30 with a party-hearty after-party immediately following in the Fair Park Pavilion outside the stadium.

This year’s goal of $400,000 is getting closer and closer, thanks to tickets going for a $25 donation and sponsors like Bud Light and Ebby Halliday Companies. BTW, in order for the players and coaches to be part of the teams, they’ve got to raise a certain amount of money in addition to attending the workouts. In other words, they play and pay for the privilege of being on the field and sidelines.

Remember to wear pink or blue and slather on the sunscreen. Yes, the seating is in the shady part of the stadium, but you know how delicate your poreless skin is. And if you’re one of those PC types who won’t take sides, white is always safe and cool.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: First Sight/First Night

According to First Sight/First Night Co-Chair Lynn McBee,

Nick Even and Lynn McBee*

Nick Even and Lynn McBee*

“The season opening of the Dallas Opera has to be one of the most thrilling times of year in the city! Nicholas Even and I are really excited to be co-chairs of the First Sight/First Night events.

“The season opens with a stunning fashion show, First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon, featuring styles by world-class Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and custom-made gowns created by internationally renowned Dallas designers. Each of the operas presented during the 2014-15 ‘Heights of Passion’ Season will be reflected in the gown designs. And of course we will be having a lavish gourmet luncheon prepared by Wolfgang Puck catering. The event is being held Thursday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

“We can’t wait to see the spectacular fashions presented by Roberto Cavalli, NorthPark Center —a name synonymous with joy, glamour, and success!

“The Dallas designers creating the opera-themed gowns are Nicolas Villalba who will design for The Marriage of Figaro; Abi FerrinSalome; Elizabeth Anyaa La Wally; Edo PopkenEverest; Khahn Nguyen, (Nha Khahn line) – La Bohème; and Michael FairclothIolanta.

“The ambiance of the occasion is certain to be fabulous with Event Architect Jeffrey Horn at the helm!

“First Sight is also a fundraiser and the opera gowns will be available to purchase online through Heritage Auctions. Table sales for First Sight start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $250.

“The activities continue with the First Night Pre-Performance Dinner, Friday, October 24, 5:30 p.m., beginning with a dramatic ‘Red Carpet’ arrival. This lovely affair is held at Sammons Park in a tent (adjacent to the Winspear Opera House) with magnificent opera décor. Held prior to the opera, it features an elegant three-course, gourmet dinner. Tables start at $25,000 and individual tickets are $750. (All tickets include a ticket to the After Party.)

“The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance is The Marriage of Figaro, by Mozart, Friday, October 24, 8:00 p.m., a comedic gem, also presented at the Winspear Opera House. Tickets prices vary and are available by calling 214-443-1000 or by visiting www.dallasopera.org.

“First Night After Party begins as the opera ends in the Sammons Park tent with DJ Lucy Wrubel rocking the house while guests mingle with the cast. Patrons will enjoy a fantastic breakfast bar, decadent desserts and Opera-inspired cocktails. Tickets are $125.

“The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

“We are also pleased to announce the corporate sponsors we already have participating in the FIRST SIGHT/FIRST NIGHT festivities—NorthPark Center, Haynes and Boone, LLP, St. Michelle Wine Estates, and Heritage Auctions! We invite other companies to support these events and enjoy the exposure affiliated with this wonderful arts organization.

“We have tickets, table sales, and sponsorships on sale now. For more information please visit http://dallasopera.org/firstnight. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Opera, a non-profit arts organization.

“We look forward to seeing everyone at these fantastic events!”

* Photo provided by the Dallas Opera

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2014 Art Ball

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball has been known for decades as one of the most magnificent showcase for gowns, jewelry and flawless faces. On Saturday, May 3, the Art Ball’s 1920’s Paris theme was a perfect opportunity to incorporate old-fashioned glamour with OMG modern day razzle-dazzle.

Brad Kelly and Jacqueline Anderson

Brad Kelly and Jacqueline Anderson

As the lengthy write up on the DMA fundraiser is being finished, the multitude of photos of the beautiful peeps is posted on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Be prepared. There are more than 60 photos in the collection.

John Legend

John Legend

Jan Miller And Jeff Rich To Chair Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala

Jeff Rich and Jan Miller (File photo)

Jeff Rich and Jan Miller (File photo)

Last night Jan Miller let the cat out of the bag. She and husband Jeff Rich along with their beagle Schumacher were hosting the Equest Triple Crown Gala patron party. (More about the party later.) With mic in hand, Jan decided to also promote the duo’s other future projects like Something involving Rob Lowe in May and Best Buddies in November.

But then she revealed that she and Jeff will be chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala with violinist Itzhak Perlman as the headliner and Maestro Jaap van Zweden conducting.

Later Jeff with a dazzling smile and twinkle in his eye said they had plans. . . wonderful plans in store, especially since the black-tie event will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Meyerson.

Following tradition, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra fundraiser will be the first formal gala of the season.

The good folks at the DSO just confirmed the plans and added that for the 14th year in a row, AT&T will be the presenting sponsor. As soon as the honorary chair(s) is/are revealed, we’ll let you know ASAP.

So, get your formal wear tailored for the Saturday, September 13th dinner, concert and after-party at the Meyerson.

Art Ball Tickets Are Sizzling Like Paris Or John Legend On Stage Or Stephane Pompougnac “After Dark”

The Art Ball is just a month and a day away and the tickets are flying. Just ran into Art Ball Chair Gina Betts, who revealed that there are a scant number of tickets going for $2,500 a couple, plus tables for five-figures.

John Legend and Stephane Pompougnac

John Legend and Stephane Pompougnac (File photo)

Interested? Why shoot! Not only does it include one of the ultimately most fashionable events of the year with an incredible Parisian theme, the entertainment is going to be to-die-for John Legend.

In addition to the seated dinner and live auction of earth-shaking items, you’ll get to continue the partying in the Sculpture Garden at the Art Ball After Dark chaired by Chart Westcott and Kameron and Court Westcott with Hotel Costes’ DJ Stephane Pompougnac handling the music.

As she is known for breaking records in fundraising and delivering the best parties around, Gina’s Art Ball promises to be one of the legendary galas. Understand the invitations alone are collector’s items.

BTW, those $2,500 tickets can be had by contacting Gina herself, but better hurry. They ain’t gonna last long.

Grovel Alert: Wilkinson Center’s Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

Dad-gummit. There are only two tables available for Friday night’s Shaken Not Stirred benefiting the Wilkinson Center. What really makes it a problem is they’re gonna take the online ticketing offline at midnight Thursday (October 24).

Okay, let’s do a check. If you want to be in a huge convention-like gala, then you don’t want to even try for a ticket. But if you want a gala with delicious food in the palatial setting of the Adolphus ballroom with people who share your taste and attitude about a good time, then you had better hustle for this one.

With a James Bond theme, you just know the drinks, seated dinner, entertainment and faces are going to be sorta outstanding. Oh, and did we mention that the honorary chairs are Micki Rawlings and her Mayor Mike husband? And the best part is that it benefits the Wilkinson Center.

BTW, tickets are $175 for the gala. If that’s more than your budget can afford, then think about the After Party, which is $50 online and $75 at the door. And if even that’s a wee bit too much for you, then think about the raffle tickets — one ticket for $20, three tickets for $50 and six tickets for $100.