MySweet2018Goals: Dyann Skelton

According to Art in Bloom 2018 chairman Dyann Skelton,

Dyann Skelton (File photo)

“One of my goals for 2018 is for the community to join me, alongside Honorary Co-Chair Barbara and Steve Durham, for the Dallas Museum of Art League’s annual fundraiser, Art in Bloom: Power of Flowers on Monday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. Held at the Museum, this year’s event will feature Michael De Feo, New York City-based artist best known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker the ‘Flower Guy,’ as our presentation speaker. 

Barbara and Steve Durham (File photo)

“Event highlights will include a reception, presentation by Michael, seated luncheon, silent auction and live auction. Proceeds support the Dallas Museum of Art’s education programs First Tuesdays and Teen Tours, as well as the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund. Additionally, Flowers – An Exhibition returns for the second year and will feature unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 23, for Patron Party attendees and will be on view to all DMA visitors Saturday, March 24, thru Monday, March 26, in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries. 

Michael De Feo*

“Patron tickets begin at $500 and sponsorships begin at $2,500. I hope everyone will purchase their tickets or sponsorships by Thursday, February 15, in order to receive a special invitation for a fabulous event on Thursday, February 22, at Stanley Korshak, called “Party for the Paintings,” where attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to view two framed original works by Michael De Feo that he has graciously donated for the live auction and raffle. 

“We are so are so appreciative of Stanley Korshak for hosting this event, which will be the only opportunity for our supporters to see these two donated works in person. 

“In addition, all patron ticket holders and sponsors will receive an invitation to the Patron Party on Friday, March 23, which will include dancers, special entertainment and amazing cuisine as well as the floral arrangement exhibition.  

“It is a very exciting year for Art in Bloom as we raise important funds for the DMA’s education programs, as well as the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund. I hope you will join me!

“To purchase tickets, tables, sponsorships or raffle tickets for Art in Bloom: Power of Flowers, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214.922.1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at www.dma.org.”

JUST IN: 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart Reveals Categories for Annual Head-Turning Competition At The Dallas Arboretum

Venise Stuart (File photo)

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart has put her thinking cap on and just revealed the categories for “A Garden By The Sea” on Thursday, April 12, at the Dallas Arboretum.

What’s the big deal? Well, until the categories are announced, hat designers and guests don’t have a clue how to create heady masterpieces in the hopes of winning one of the categories at the Women’s Council ofthe Dallas Arboretum’s 30th annual fundraiser.

So, start your creative juices flowing and pick which of the following categories will be your “headliner:”

Barbara Bigham (File photo)

  • All That Jazz (Best Group of four or more): Men may participate in this one very special category with or without women in the group.
  • To The Nines (People’s Choice): The best of the best as voted by the attendees.
  • Elegance of Earlier Days (Most Sophisticated): Grace, elegance and whimsy.
  • Gilded Age (True to Theme): Everything from the era of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Gettys.
  • Grace And Folly (Most Creative): Shells and pearls, stepping out.
  • Peacocks On Parade (Best Botanical): Hats adorned with beautiful flowers. According to one source, this one should be flowers, not feathers. That’s probably because 2016’s “What Was She Thinking” winner Barbara Bigham cornered the market on plucked peacocks.

Venise is holding back on naming the judges right now, but stay tuned.

In the meantime, get those glue guns burning and get your seat for the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show featuring Tootsies fashions with Jocelyn White as emcee.

A Woman’s Garden (File photo)

Proceeds from the event “continues to develop and maintain A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation built by women and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.”

Art In Bloom 2018 Chair Dyann Skelton Officially Kicked Off “Power Of Flowers” Revealing Generous Keynote Speaker Michael De Feo

While others scurried around shopping and dragging out Christmas decorations, Pat McDonough’s Park Cities home was all decked out just in time for the right-official Art In Bloom 2018 kick-off party on Wednesday, December 6. From needlepoint ornaments to charming little Kris Kringles throughout the home, the only thing missing was mistletoe.

Ornaments

Kris Kringle

Angel

Late to arrive was Honorary Chair Barbara Durham. But not to worry. She already knew what Art In Bloom Chair Dyann Skelton was going to reveal for “Power Of Flowers” on Monday, March 26, at the Dallas Museum Of Art.

Pat McDonough and Dyann Skelton

Mid-way through the festivities, Dyann gathered the crowd to share details about the DMA League fundraiser, which will feature speaker Michael De Feo, a New York City-based artist known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy. In addition to his numerous exhibitions in international galleries and museums around the world, he has also collaborated with fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, Milly, La Mer and J.Crew for whom he created a line of t-shirts as well as window designs for each of J.Crew’s 280-plus store façades around the world. As homage to his work, host committee member Suzanne Guthrie arrived wearing one of de Feo’s J.Crew T-shirts.

Dyann also shared that “Flowers – An Exhibition” returns for the second year and will feature a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 23, to Patron Party attendees and will be on view to all DMA visitors Saturday, March 24, thru Sunday, March 25, in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries. 

Former Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin, who is chairing the Patron Party, announced that plans are already underway for not-to-be-missed event, which will feature dancers, special entertainment and amazing cuisine. An invitation to the event will go to sponsors, donors and Patron Party ticket holders, which are available for purchase now.

Dyann added that De Feo has donated two framed original works for the event: “Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016),” 2016, acrylic on two magazine pages, 14 1/4″ x 20″ which will be featured in the live auction, and “Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017),” 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches, 14 3/4″ x 11 5/8″, as the prize for one lucky raffle winner. Raffle tickets are now on sale, $25 each or 5 for $100.

Net proceeds from Power Of Flowers support the DMA’s numerous programs and exhibitions, as well as the Floral Endowment Fund.

Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon Was Highlighted By Lifting Ballerinas And Bid Paddles For Texas Ballet Theater

Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock had better watch his back. Ah, but more about that later.

Tricia Besing

Betsy Crousen

Mary Potter

Kameron Westcott and Katy Bock

Barbara Daseke

With November temperatures proving warmer than usual, the Tutu Chi Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, November 28, at the Winspear was lacking furs and boots. Rather the gals like Lee Bailey, Doris Jacobs, Betsy Crousen, Katy Bock, Kameron Westcott, Simona Beal, Lisa Cooley, Tracy Lange with daughter Olivia Lange, Barbara Daseke, Mary Potter, Lynn McBee, Tricia Besing, Linda Ivy, Tucker Enthoven with her mom Julie Ford wore those in between season attire. And while the guests sipped white wine and champagne and towered in stilettos, the Texas Ballet Theater ballerinas were backstage in their ballet slippers.

But soon the chimes call the crowd to the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage for the fashion show featuring ballerinas in Naeem Khan fashions in between performance by the TBT dancers. Alas, the designer couldn’t make it this year, but his clothes represented him to a T.

Before the program got underway, TBT Executive Director Vanessa Logan and Crawford welcomed the filled-to-the-brim crowd. It was at this point that Crawford may have tweaked some. He told how traditional models don’t eat and tend to look unhappy because they’re hungry. On the other hand, he suggested that this occasion was one of his favorites because the models looked so healthy and they do eat.

On the latter, Crawford was right on target. As the program got underway with TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, Presenting Sponsor Nancy Carlson, Co-Chairs Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair, Robyn Conlon with daughter-in-law Megan Conlon front rowing it, the dancers’ leaps and lifts showed muscles that any athlete would admire.

Texas Ballet Theater dancers

Texas Ballet Theater dancers

Texas Ballet Theater dancer

Texas Ballet Theater dancer

Following the presentation, Vanessa and Crawford returned to the stage where the request for funds was made. Crawford admitted that he had a personal appreciation for the art — his mother had been a dancer.

Stepping forward to address the group were two of dancers surrounded by the rest of the troupe. Michelle Taylor told how the dancers went through their slippers, boots and toe shoes thanks to rehearsals and performances. And then there were costs of costumes, wigs and other needs for their “Swan Lake,” “Nutcracker” and other ballets.

With mics from the left: Michelle Taylor and Robin Bangert

Robin Bangert explained how in recent years, physical therapy availability had been a game changer for pulled muscles.

All of these cost money. So, while guests pulled out checkbooks to fill donation envelopes, Crawford auctioned off “A Year Of Experiences (attending Naeem’s presentation at the September New York Fashion Week, a lunch for the winner with friends at Stanley Korshak along with a $1,000 gift certificate, a $500 gift certificate to Bullion, four tickets to “Swan Lake” in June at the Winspear and a one-night stage at the Hotel Crescent Court). But before Crawford could even request an opening bid of $2,500, hand was up. Then the hands started raising throughout the audience resulting in a winning big of $12,000.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon

With mics from the left: Michelle Taylor and Robin Bangert

Perhaps New York-based designer Naeem Khan envisions graceful ballerinas when he creates his fashions. Perhaps not. Regardless, the Texas Ballet Theater dancers and Naeem’s clothes proved to be the perfect combination for the dancing and fashion presentation at the Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, November 28, at the Winspear.

And to top off the day’s presentation on the Shannon and Ted Skokos stage, the live auction was a package of goodies that included everything from Naeem’s NYC Fashion Show Week to all types of activities and places in Dallas. Even Stanley Korshak headman Crawford Brock was amazed at how quickly the bidding started.

Texas Ballet Theater dancers

Texas Ballet Theater dancers

While the post is being prepared, check out the looks, the lifts and ladies at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

SPCA’s Bark + Build Housewarming Had Guests In The Christmas Duds And “Home For The Holidays” Doghouses Barking For Attention

NorthPark Center may be entering the real estate business. In the summer, there’s Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses and now the SPCA of Texas is staking claim on housing. With guests like Ken Risser, Heather Nelson, Carolyn and David Kubes, Teresa and William Vit, Andi Cohen and Kim Sheldon in full Christmas attire, the Bark + Build Housewarming kicked off Home For The Holidays 2017 on Sunday, November 19. But these houses weren’t for two-legged munchkins. Think smaller and four-legged types. Here is a report from the field:

Ken Risser and Heather Nelson*

Carolyn and David Kubes*

William and Teresa Vit*

Andi Cohen and Kim Sheldon*

Tacky holiday sweaters were on display in all of their glory as designers, architects, socialites, friends of the SPCA of Texas and members of the American Institute of Architects of Dallas (AIA Dallas) and TEXO, The Construction Association jingled and mingled to kick off Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Bark + Build Housewarming Party on Bark + Build Lane at NorthPark Center on Sunday, November 19, at 6 p.m.

James Bias and Kristen Greenberg*

A plethora of delectable delicacies from the sweet to the savory and bubbly beverages were served. The evening’s superb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events and Kristen Greenberg

Between grooving to the spunkiest holiday beats, provided by LeForce Entertainment, guests strolled the first floor between Dillard’s and Macy’s at NorthPark Center to view the 24 custom-made dog houses that were created especially for the Bark + Build luxury Doghouse Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays, which kicked off November 13. These one-of-a-kind dog houses on display and up for auction at the Housewarming party, were designed and built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members, and were there until Sunday, December 3.

Vincelee Stevens, Kenna Hogan, Quinn Hogan and Jeremy Hogan*

SPCA of Texas VP for Communications Maura Davies began the awards ceremony for the Bark + Build awards by welcoming the more than 350 guests to Bark + Build Lane and sharing the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and to rescue. Davies expressed the SPCA of Texas’s gratitude to NorthPark Center’s Lona Crabb, Billy Hines, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, as well as AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. She also highlighted the SPCA of Texas’ efforts to heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year through its adoption, spay/neuter and wellness services and animal cruelty investigations and of course the Home for the Holidays event. Then, Jeremy Hogan with Sedalco Construction Services and Mary Butler, Associate at FKP Architects, introduced all of the award winners for Bark + Build. 

Adela Craddock, Macy Craddock and Phillip Craddock*

All entries for the Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition were judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel previous to the Housewarming event. This panel included Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Board Member and former SPCA of Texas Board Member Mary Spencer, Crescent Real Estate Senior Construction Manager Miguel Villareal, DPR Construction HR Manager Monica Jacobs, Modern Luxury Texas Editor-in-Chief Rhonda Reinhart, BKD LLP Senior Associate Dustin Clanton, Craddock Architecture owner Phillip Craddock and VCA Central Expressway Animal Hospital’s Dr. Troy Cobb.

Awards presented include:

  • Best in Show (1st place): D2 Architecture with Suffolk for b•ARX;
  • Hot Dog Award (runner up): FKP Architects and Campos Engineering with Skanska for The Doggy Paddle;
  • Teacup Pup Award: GSR Andrade and TLC Engineering with Rogers-O’Brien Construction for WinneBarco Mini Trailer;
  • Big Dog Award: VLK Architects and Cadence McShane Construction for Bird Dog Blind; and
  • Enviro Dog Award: DLR Group | Staffelbach with MAPP for Wag On Inn.

These winning houses were auctioned live at the Housewarming party by Auctioneer Logan Thomas and all other houses were up for silent auction the same night. The auctions raised more than $8,000.

Larry and Joan Rogers*

Additionally, it was announced that voting was open for the final award, People’s Choice, in the Bark + Build Luxury Dog House Competition at NorthPark Center!

Home for the Holidays sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Joan Rogers; Event Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Kroger and the North Texas Cheddarheads; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Heineken USA and Central Market; Dog House and Kennel Sponsors: Katy Trail Animal Hospital, North Texas Honda Dealers, Lord Green Strategies, Stand Up and Paint, Hollywood Feed and CareNow; Media Sponsor: CultureMap; and Entertainment Sponsor: LeForce Entertainment.

All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to rescue, heal, and find loving homes for homeless animals. So far, the Bark + Build portion of Home for the Holidays has raised more than $77,000 including sponsorships and auction.

*Photo credit: Thomas Garza Photography

Ability Connection’s 10th Annual Vine And Dine Delighted Guests With Fine Cuisine, Success Stories And A Paddle Battle In The Live Auction

With Thanksgiving just a week away, Neiman Marcus Downtown came alive after-store hours on Thursday, November 16, for the 10th Annual Vine and Dine benefiting the Ability Connection. From cocktails on the ground level to a three-course seated dinner in the Zodiac Room, the evening was a feast for the gourmets. In addition to clients charming and delighting guests with their success stories, a bidding war arose during the live auction for a culinary package designed by NM VP Corporate Food Services Kevin Garvin. Here’s a report from the field:

Neiman Marcus Downtown*

An annual November favorite, the who’s who of Dallas gathered at Neiman Marcus Downtown’s elegant Zodiac Room for Ability Connection’s 10th Annual Vine and Dine gala. For the past decade, every November the most prominent of Dallasites fill The Zodiac Room in order to wine and dine in support of children and adults with special needs.

Guest drank the most decadent of wine and bid on the most dazzling of items at Ability Connection’s annual Vine and Dine gala at Neiman Marcus.

Amongst the haute couture and glistening jewelry, guests enjoyed cocktails and company as they perused the items available for silent auction. Cosmopolitans, sauvignon blanc and cabernet circled across the entrance of the flagship store as Ability Connection clients greeted the eager attendees.

Vine and Dine Co-Chairs Jack and Meredith Woodworth with their son Jeff Woodworth, and the Ability Connection Board Chair Don Laidlaw were joined by Debbie and Jim Francis, Bob Cavanaugh, Gary Roberts, Vin Perella, Becky Petereit, Stacia Ellis, Steven Levin, Teri Hardin, Jane Corbellini, Claire Emanuelson, Kelli and Lane Seliger, to name a few. Allie Beth Allman and associates were also in attendance.

Vine and Dine table setting*

Guests moved upstairs after a cocktail hour of anticipation, to the adorned Zodiac Room for a seated dinner prepared by Neiman’s Executive Chef David Crow that included a first course (Fresh ricotta ravioli, eggplant caponata, pine nuts, Parmesan, pomodoro and crispy artichokes), second course (Filet mignon, wild mushroom and autumn vegetables, parsnip, mashed potato, caramelized shallot demi-glace) and dessert (White chocolate dried cherry bread pudding, cinnamon gelato and kanlua sauce) with wines from Coquerel Vineyards.

Troy Greisen, Jay Williams and Meredith and Jack Woodworth*

President and CEO Troy Greisen took a few minutes to thank the Ability Connection board, who supported the event, as well as Neiman Marcus and the Woodworths. His Co-MC Jay Williams, a client of Ability Connection dazzled the crowd with his charming jokes and wit, as the two welcomed the guests and introduced the special speakers for the night.

Shawn Robinette*

Shawn Robinette, another client of Ability Connection spoke about how the organization assisted him in finding a job as a dishwasher at St. Marc’s school [sic] St. Mark’s School of Texas, and helped him work towards his goal of achieving independence. Soon after, Nina Shultz spoke about her experience with the organization that was critical in her pursuit of inclusion. The client stories touched the hearts of the attendees and reminded everyone that the night was also to celebrate individuals of all abilities. Debbie Francis shared a powerful message as she shared stories of her son, Bo Francis, and her family’s connection to the cause of the night.

Don Laidlaw*

Auctioneer Adam Williams of Heritage Auctions truly put on a show as he presented the items available for bidding. Jane Corbellini and Don Laidlaw engaged in a bidding war over the Kevin Garvin culinary package, only for the two of them to walk away victorious as Neiman Marcus spontaneously donated two for the night. Among the items available for bidding were one of Susan Palma’s legendary needlepoint belts, pet portraits painted by the renowned Jane Corbellini, and an extraordinary piece by global artist Christopher Martin.

Attendees were completely surprised by the final auction item available for bidding- a true original made by the students of Ability Connection’s Life Change program. A series of three canvas paintings inspired by Jackson Pollock, the masterpieces were purchased by The Sheehans of The Moss Foundation, and generously donated to Becky’s House, an Ability Connection home.

As the night closed out, attendees walked out with keys in their hands, not only to the doors of their homes, but the keys to life change.

* Photo provided by Ability Connection

2018 Art In Bloom Featured Speaker/Artist Michael “The Flower Guy” De Feo Is Donating Two Works Of Art For Fundraiser

Despite the New Year’s chill, 2018 Art In Bloom Chair Dyann Skelton is providing a breath of spring beauty. The featured speaker for the Dallas Museum of Art’s fundraiser on Monday, March 26, at the DMA will be NYC-based artist Michael De Feo, “known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy.”

As part of his presentation, Michael has donated two of his works of art to be part of the fundraising effort.

“Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016)”*

“Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017)”*

“Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016), 2016,” will go to the highest bidder in the event’s live auction.

“Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017), 2017,” will be raffled off.

Chance tickets are going for $25 per/five for $100 and are available now.

BTW, Art in Bloom tickets are available with perks for patron ticker holders including a patron party.

* Graphic provided by 2018 Art In Bloom

MySweetWishList: 2018 Dream Gala

According to Greater Dallas JDRF Executive Director Amy Camp,

Amy Camp*

“The Greater Dallas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation recently announced its annual Dream Gala, which raises funds for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, will be held Saturday, April 28, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The JDRF Dream Gala is a night of celebration and inspiration for all those living with and affected by type 1 diabetes. The theme of the 2018 Dream Gala is ‘Oh, What a Night!’ and it will honor 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, seated dinner, inspiring program, Fund A Cure appeal, and live entertainment by the Midtown Men. Event chairs include: Joe DePinto, Dave Strauss, Harold Gernsbacher and Scott Paul.

“Founded in 1970, JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years, and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. The Dream Gala itself helps raise a large portion of funds to support the ongoing research.

“We hope you will make plans to join us for the 2018 Dream Gala. For more information, as well as underwriting opportunities, please visit: http://www.jdrf.org/dallas/events/save-the-date-for-the-2018-jdrf-dream-gala/or contact the Melissa Pinkerton at [email protected] or 214.764.6770.”

-By Amy Camp, Greater Dallas JDRF Executive Director

* Photo provided by Greater Dallas JDRF

MySweetWishList: 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball

According to 2018 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix,

Jonika Nix and Katy Bock“Cattle Baron’s has raised more than $75 million for cancer research projects in North Texas since its inception 45 years ago.  We plan to reveal our plans for continuing this important battle in early February and our wish is that the community will join us in our goal to eradicate cancer by becoming underwriters of this 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball. 

“The first Cattle Baron’s Ball was as a full-fledged Texas barbecue under the chairmanship of Patti Hunt and Jacque Wynne.  The event was a sellout with more than 500 guests attending the western theme party at Toddie Lee Wynne’s Star Brand Ranch.  Through ticket sales and an auction, the Park Cities Branch of the American Cancer Society raised $56,000.

“Decades later, more than 100,000 guests have been entertained at the annual event which has become the world’s largest single event fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee and the American Cancer Society have expanded the ball’s purpose to include a myriad of services that provide services for cancer patients and their families.

“We hope you will join us by becoming an underwriter of the 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball. Visit www.cattlebaronsball.com.”

-By Katy Bock and Jonika Nix, 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball co-chairs

Cristo Rey Dallas’ “Grow The Grove” Boasted Cheerleaders, Live Auction, Dinner And Student Panel Discussion On Protecting The Dream

Whether it’s “Draft Day” or a sporting event, the Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School students and supporters always have enthusiasm, commitment and, of course, cheerleaders. Thanks to Co-Chairs Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma and Honorary Co-Chairs Mary and Mike Terry, those ingredients were on hand for the school’s fundraiser “Grow The Grove” at sixty five hundred on Friday, November 17.

Oh, why was it called “Grow the Grove”? Silly! Because the school that is located in Pleasant Grove. Here’s a report from the field:

Mary and Mike Terry*

Susan Jenevein, Susan Palma and Muffin Lemak*

Attendees of the 2nd annual Grow the Grove arrived to a pep-rally style welcome by Cristo Rey Dallas cheerleaders on Friday, November 17. Honorary Co-Chairs Mary and Mike Terry and Event Co-Chairs Muffin and John Lemak and Susan and Gene Palma, were joined by supporters at venue sixty five hundred for the sold-out fundraiser benefitting Cristo Rey Dallas, an innovative high school located in Pleasant Grove that offers students who would otherwise not consider private school a rigorous college prep education paired with a valuable work study program.

Once inside, partygoers mingled over wine, courtesy of Coquerel Family Wine Estates, signature cocktails, including the “ACT ace,” and light bites of wrapped apricots, Parmesan cheese tarts and crab cakes, while enjoying the sounds of the Cristo Rey student musicians under the direction of music teacher Dr. Alex Fraile.

Around the room, students showcased some of the school’s curriculum through interactive activities, including art students working on current art projects using acrylics and charcoal; a Theology Smackdown, in which students and guests, including guest participant Father Joshua Whitfield from St. Rita Catholic Church, competed with each other to get the right answer on questions that CRD students know from their theology coursework; and science demonstrations featuring an extraction of DNA from strawberries; using a universal indicator to show how dry ice goes from a base to an acid as it melts; and the use of a Van de Graaff generator to show how guest’s hair became electrified.

Cristo Rey cheerleaders*

At that appointed time, the cheerleaders made their way through the crowd leading guests to the dining area to be seated. Co-chairs Susan and Muffin took the stage to welcome attendees and thank them for the support of this year’s Grow the Grove. They then asked everyone to hold up the Cristo Rey Rules rulers, that they had placed at each place setting, and to please repeat after them: “I promise that I will try to win the good behavior award by not disturbing my neighbors and table mates. And I will bid high on these fabulous auction items tonight.” Student Ryan Olson followed to ask everyone to join him and his fellow students, who were surrounding the stage, in prayer. Olson then welcomed guests and added his thanks for their support of Cristo Rey Dallas.

Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows*

Scott and Laura Moore and Gunnar Rawlings*

Claire Straty and Steve and Laurie-Jo Straty*

Ellie Lemak and John Karigan*

Guests including Donna Woodard, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Pam and Vin Perella, Christie Carter, Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows, Shelby Wagner, Julie Hawes, Liesl and Karl Kuby, Beth and Chuck Thoele, Leisa Street, Mersina Stubbs, Ginny and Randy Bailey, Ron Corning, Jonathan Moon, Suzy and Larry Gekiere, Shelle and Michael Sills, Debbie Tolleson, Laurie-Jo and Steve Straty, Janie and David Condon and Melinda and Steve Winn enjoyed their first course of a classic wedge salad with a Texas-sized garlic crouton and buttermilk herb yogurt dressing followed by an entrée of petite filet of beef with foraged mushroom demi, mashed potatoes with garlic and herb butter and roasted rainbow of carrots and parsnips, while listening to the sounds of Billy Joel, a hint for one of the highly-anticipated live auction packages.

Craig and Martha Burkert and Janet and Crawford Brock*

Ron Corning and Jonathan Moon*

Kelby and Donna Woodard*

As a trio of desserts was served, Olson returned to introduce Cristo Rey Dallas President Kelby Woodard, who extended his gratitude to the co-chairs, honorary chairs, host committee and sponsors for helping raise a record-breaking amount from this year’s event.

He then shared with the crowd the state of the school, now in its third year with 375 students enrolled. In academics, results of the Measuring Academic Progress national standardized test had just been released with the class of 2019 having grown at four times the national average in math and reading and the class of 2020 having grown at two times the national average. Through the school’s innovative Corporate Work Study Program, where Cristo Rey students work one day per week offsite for one of 107 corporate partners, students will earn over $3.0 million towards their own education this year. Additionally they are earning strong evaluations from their supervisors, 97 percent of the time meeting or exceeding expectations, which has ranked them in the top four of all Cristo Rey schools across the nation.

He also cited that enrollment continues to increase with anticipation this year of more than 3 applications for every one spot available. And in sports, Cristo Rey students have worked hard on the track, field and the court, competing well against other local schools, including a place in the state semi-finals in soccer against Covenant School.

David Moran, chair-elect of the Cristo Rey Dallas board of directors and managing partner at Jackson Walker, a founding Corporate Work Study Program partner, followed with his firm’s experiences with the student workers through CWSP, and in closing encouraged others to consider the rewarding partnership.

Emily Casanova-Castillo, Alexis Vargas, Rhonda Hughes, Emmanuel Moreno and Dipaouly Shah*

The program then concluded with a panel discussion, “Protect the Dream: A Conversation” led by moderator Rhonda Hughes, a principal of Hughes Strategy, which is a boutique leadership development and communications firm. Joining Hughes onstage, Alexis Vargas, Emily Casanova-Castillo, Emmanuel Moreno and Dipaouly Shah each shared their experiences as students, how attending Cristo Rey Dallas has impacted their plans for the future and their experiences working for some of Dallas’ most prestigious companies through the work study program.

It was then time to let the bidding begin in the live auction with packages featuring a stay at a private home in Colorado; a work of art created by students using acrylic paint pens and wooden Popsicle sticks, entitled “Protect the Dream;” box seats for four to the Big 12 Championship on December 2; a private dinner for eight with Bishop Burns catered by Nick and Sam’s Grill; an earth-moving day of fun for 12 at Extreme Sandbox including cocktails and a catered barbeque following; and New York City trip including tickets to the sold out Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, December 20, tickets to Broadway’s School of Rock including backstage tour and accommodations at the Omni Berkshire, which garnered the highest bids of the night.

The live auction concluded with an announcement of The Partnership, a group of supporters of Cristo Rey Dallas students who co-invest $3,200 each year to bridge the tuition gap that remains after students earn over 60 percent of the education at their corporate work study jobs and their parents pay tuition based on ability.  With students earning the majority of the cost of their education, members of The Partnership are truly partners with the students themselves as they earn their own way. Auctioneer Wes Pool then asked for all in attendance to consider raising a paddle to support this important initiative.

As the evening came to a close, partygoers were treated to a late night snack of coffee and donuts, glazed in one of the school’s signature colors, orange.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

 

MySweetWishList: Art Ball 2018

According to Art Ball 2018 Chairman Rebecca Enloe Fletcher,

Rebecca Enloe Fletcher*

“We recently announced Art Ball 2018, themed ‘Horizon – Now. New. Next,’ will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Dallas Museum of Art. Proceeds from the 53rd  annual Art Ball will directly affect the DMA’s ongoing commitment to providing free access to its world-renowned collection, as well as various exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year.

“’Art Ball 2018: Horizon – Now. New. Next’ will be a fresh, inventive take on this celebrated evening full of contemporary color and artistic surprises. We will recognize a new chapter in the Museum’s history, both celebrating our current accomplishments as well as looking toward the future.

“We hope you will consider joining us for an unforgettable evening of dinner and dancing that will provide vital support to our museum. With assistance from Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, the event will feature modern, contemporary décor with a sculptural feel. Cascading color from the ceiling will mimic the vibrant horizon and will be reflected throughout in the mirrored décor. Guests will be welcomed into an elegant, seated dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering, and an after party for Art Ball Patrons will follow the dinner and live auction.

“Proceeds from The Art Ball directly benefit the DMA’s programs, special exhibitions and collections. The DMA’s global collection of more than 24,000 works is nationally regarded and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Its programs are among the most innovative and robust in reaching new audiences. The DMA anchors the Dallas Arts District, and over the past fiscal year was visited by more than 800,000 people. Over the past 20 years, the DMA’s Art Ball has raised more than $28 million to support the Museum’s mission of engaging and educating the community through art. Last year’s event raised $1.3 million in net revenue, and the 2018 gala is expected to continue the strong tradition of giving, which has greatly benefited the Museum and its visitors for more than 50 years.

“For tickets or to learn more about underwriting opportunities, please visit www.DMA.org or contact the Art Ball Office at [email protected] or 214.922.1800.”

-By Rebecca Enloe Fletcher, Art Ball 2018 chairman

* Photo provided by Dallas Museum of Art

Legendary B.J. Thomas Took The Stage For Northwood Woman’s Club’s Annual Kaleidoscope Fundraiser At Intercontinental Hotel

While the rest of North Texas was resting after a morning of runs/walks on Saturday, October 28, the Northwood Woman’s Club was in overdrive at the Intercontinental Hotel for its annual Kaleidoscope 2017 “Believe in Love” fundraiser. In addition to having The Triumphs on stage, the star of the night was the legendary B.J. Thomas. Here’s a report from the field that was delayed due to a MySweetCharity elf’s being asleep at the wheel: 

No raindrops fell Saturday, October 28, on the Northwood Woman’s Club Kaleidoscope 2017 “Believe in Love” Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel. The only raindrops at the event came later in the evening in a song when music legend B.J. Thomas took the stage and sang his Grammy winning hit “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.”

Upon arrival, guests mingled and explored the silent auction items and wine pull. As guests moved to their tables for dinner, they viewed a slide show featuring the beneficiaries of the event—Attitudes and Attire, Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UTD, Cristo Rey Dallas, Dallas CASA, Interfaith Family Services, St. Simon’s After-School, and NWC Scholarship Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas.

Gala chair Leslie Apgar welcomed guests into dinner as the band The Triumphs took the stage to play during dinner. The Triumphs, the original band that recorded with B.J. Thomas, added a touch of nostalgia to the evening with their familiar hits from the sixties and seventies.

Sharyl Weber, Patricia Kay Dube and Vaughn Gross*

To start the evening’s program NWC President Patricia Kay Dube welcomed everyone and thanked them for supporting the event. She then turned the program over to Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer Dean McCurry, who recognized guests from each of the beneficiary organizations, including Dallas CASA President and Executive Director Kathleen LaValle and St. Simon’s After School Executive Director Maria Vizzo.

To start the live auction, Dean urged the crowd to “bid up” on a variety of live auction items. He kept the bidding lively for hot sports items such as a Cowboys game experience that includes tickets in a suite and on field passes, and a suite at a Mavericks game for twelve people. Travel items up for auction included a vacation home in Breckenridge, Colorado and a stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. The live auction concluded with a trip to New York in December to see the Billy Joel concert, and this item generated so many bids that several additional trips were awarded to bidders.

B.J. Thomas*

Ready for the featured entertainment of the evening by five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas, the crowd enthusiastically welcomed B.J. to the stage and filled the dance floor to sing along and dance as he performed his many hit songs, including “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Hooked on a Feeling” and many others.

The Triumphs closed out the evening with more music and dancing.

The best part of the evening was the success of the event in raising funds for NWC’s beneficiaries and scholarship fund.

* Photo provided by Northwood Woman's Club

ReuNight’s Four-Legged Guest Of Honor Stole The Fundraiser’s Limelight At The Statler And Nary A Person Minded

Just as temperatures and rain were dropping, the fundraising season had hitting an all-time high on Wednesday, November 8. As one vet put it, “Tonight I just have too many fires to put out and it’s cold and wet.” Still that person made the time for The Family Place’s ReuNight at The Statler.

Instead of having a fashion designer like last year’s Donna Karan, the guest-of honor was The Statler mascot llama that could only stay for cocktails.

Thanks to the chill and wet stuff, plans to have the cocktail party and meet-and-pet with the llama were moved to the lobby on the ground level below the ballroom. It didn’t bother the two- or four-legged critters at all.

That person with the fires to put out even made time to have a photo taken the ears-up llama that was picture perfect every time.

Kristi Hoyl and Jennifer Dix

Ron Hoyl, Amy Turner and Richard Dix

ReuNight Co-Chairs Kristi Hoyl was receiving non-stop congrats on her new role at Baylor Scott And White Health…Co-Chair Jennifer Dix was the ultimate hostess greeting guests with a hug…Co-chair Husbands Richard Dix and Ron Hoyl were the supportive and adoring husbands… Speaking of dutiful husbands, Allan McBee hit the couch as soon as he escorted wife/Texas Trailblazer Lynn McBee into the reception. Allan was waylaid by a years-old knee injury that may require revisiting.

JB Hayes and Robert Weatherly

Allan McBee

The arrival of the Jones clan rallied the photographers with Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson and Shy Anderson being flashed like the llama in the back of the room.

Kristi Hoyl, Jennifer Dix, Paige Flink, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Gene Jones

Ahead of schedule, the crowd including Caren and Pete Kline, Pam and Vin Perella, Mersina Stubbs, Angie and Kevin Kadesky, Amy Turner, Shelle and Michael Sills, Niven Bannister, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Cindy Stager, Neil Patel, Tim Adair, Cara French, Heather Randall, Tia Wynne, Mary Martha Pickens, Brooke Shelby, JB Hayes, Robert Weatherly, Tucker Enthoven with mom Julie Ford and Lisa Ogle, moved to the upper level ballroom which Kim Bannister’s design was simply captivating with columns showcasing the ReuNight icons (Charlotte Jones Anderson and Shy Anderson, Gene and Jerry Jones, Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis Kirk, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger and T. Boone Pickens).

Neil Patel and Tim Adair

Kim and Niven Bannister

ReuNight ballroom

After dining and bidding on a few luxury packages, they danced into the night with the Jordan Kahn Orchestra on stage.

More than one guest worried about the llama’s stress level as the ever-changing guests and camera flashes. Not to worry. As the final photo was taken, the llama sauntered out the front door like any pooch on a evening walk, as a pizza delivery fella walked in with box in hand for a hotel guest.

For more photos of the llama and other pretties, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.