On Mother’s Day A Box Of Chocolates Is Nice, But A Piece Of Jewelry Would Be Sweeter For More Than Just Your Mum

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party*

Mother’s Day is up ahead. Of course, brunch is a must on Sunday, but what about a little “trinket” to commemorate the occasion? Jeweler designer Kendra Scott and Children’s Medical Center Foundation may just have the sparkle to add to the lady of the day.

On Wednesday, May 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the six area Kendra Scotts will host a Kendra Gives Back Party with a three-fer. The three parts are you not only can purchase “a beautiful piece of jewelry,” but 20% of every sale will benefit Children’s Health and if your “purchase ads up to more than $100, you’ll be entered to win a piece from the new Summer Collection.

Seriously, wouldn’t a little bling be so much better than a box of chocolates or a toaster? Plus, your gift will benefit mothers with children at Children’s.

* Graphic courtesy of Children's Medical Center Foundation

Crystal Charity Ball Newbies Were Brunched With Their New Best “Friends” At Robyn Conlon’s New Home-Sweet-Home

The last day of January could have easily been mistaken for a day in April. The sun was shining just right. The temperatures started off in the 60s and hit the high 70s. To start the day off, the Crystal Charity Ball new members (Meredith Beebe, Dianne Laroe, Kim Quinn, Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Dee Velvin and Candace Winslow) headed to Robyn Conlon’s new digs on Beverly for a get-to-know-you brunch with CCB Chair Pam Perella and her committee chiefs.

But before the newbies arrived, a photo opp of the committee was herded into the living room for a group photo. And not just any old photo.

From the left: (back row) Elizabeth Gambrell and Anne Besser; (front row) Cheryl Joiner, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Pam PErella

Backstory: In keeping with the CCB tradition, the year’s chair selected two themes — one for the December ball and an internal working theme. For Pam, the internal theme was favorite television programs. For Pam herself, it was “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” For the new members, it was “The CCB Bunch,” as in “The Brady Bunch.” And for her committee, it was “Friends.”

So, with “Friends” in mind, the committee was positioned on the couch like Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross.

Tucker Enthoven,Claire Emanuelson, Lisa Longino, Susan Farris and Barbara Stuart

As soon as the final photo was snapped, the committee returned to the entry hall to greet the newbies and others like advisor Caren Kline (also on the Children’s Health Quality Board), frosh class advisors Tucker Enthoven and Susan Farris, Beneficiary Selection Chair Lisa Longino, Children’s Book Chair Elizabeth Gambrell, Silent Auction Co-Chairs Anne Besser (just selected Theta of the Year) and Cheryl Joiner, Decoration Chair Claire Emanuelson, Membership Chair Barbara Stuart, Contribution Ticket Co-Chairs Cara French and Mary Martha Pickens, Post Ball Arrangements Co-Chair Susan Glassmoyer and Public Relations Chair Pam McCallum, who had just gotten a new puppy.

From the left: (back row) Dee Velvin and Dianne Laroe; (front row) Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Kim Quinn, Candace Winslow and Meredith Beebe

As the new kids on the block arrived, they were ushered into the dining room for their individual photos to be taken by Melissa Macatee (aka Barbara Stuart’s daughter) and then directed to the staircase for a group picture or two or three. After having more photos than a college graduation, the ladies took their places for the program and brunch.

Then like sorority pledges, each of the new members was called up as their list of accomplishments was reeled off.  This was followed by the committee members taking their turns explaining their various roles.

For the vets, it was a familiar ritual and a great get-together. But as Pam recalled her frosh year 10 years ago, the get-to-know-you event could be overwhelming. On the other hand, it was just part of a great first year of making friends and raising funds for the area children’s charities.

For more photos of the ladies who brunched, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball New Members Brunch

From the left: (back row) Dee Velvin and Dianne Laroe; (front row) Lisa Singleton, Shannon Thompson, Kim Quinn, Candace Winslow and Meredith Beebe

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Tuesday, January 31, for brunching on Beverly Drive for the frosh class of Crystal Charity Ball. And, no, it wasn’t at the Dallas Country Club. Instead Robyn Conlon had 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella, her committee and the new members (Meredith Beebe, Dianne Laroe, Kim Quinn, Lisa Singelton, Shannon Thompson, Dee Velvin and Candace Winslow) in for a get-to-know-ya brunch at tables throughout the rooms overlooking Beverly.

From the left: (back row) Elizabeth Gambrell and Anne Besser; (front row) Cheryl Joiner, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Pam Perella

Before the new-kids-on-the-block arrived, the Pam and her executive committee had a group photo taken ala “Friends.” What’s with the “Friends” and why were the newbies tagged as “The CCB Bunch? Just wait til the write-up is posted. Until then, check out the oldies and newbies at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.  

Despite A Premature Release Of The Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed And Hall Of Famer, The Reveal Presentation Went On

Things weren’t looking all that cheery on Wednesday, March 30. Clouds and sprinkles were ruining the car washing of the past weekend, but still the Crystal Charity Ball members found their way to Neiman Marcus Downtown for the official announcement of the CCB 10 Best Dressed and the Hall of Fame honoree.

But in addition to the dreary wet stuff, this year there was a slight hiccup in the announcement. Always before there had been an embargo on the release of the names until right after the official presentation on the second floor of the legendary flagship story. But this year an eager beaver in the NM PR department cut a deal the Friday before to have it printed in the local daily paper the morning of the event. With that development, the embargo was busted and all bets were off.

Still, that premature reveal didn’t stop the gathering of CCB-ers. The 10 BD-ers plus HoF Honoree (except for three) arrived at 9:30 a.m. for a dress rehearsal and to chill in the back rooms of the bridal salon. While some had their makeup refreshed by Lenore, others had stopped by their personal makeup artists for touch ups.

Starting around 10 a.m., the rest of the guests pulled into the NM parking lot, where the mega fashion tent would be erected for the Friday, September 16, fashion show and luncheon, and made their way to the salon, where a nifty white Valentino lace-bib blouse can be snapped up for just a smidge under $2,500. The top stop was the display of Carolina Herrera fashions in the “Glass House.” And what a display it was! From fragile organza skirts to 3D jasmine embroidered evening gowns, there was a Herrera creation for every occasion and client.

Pam Perella, Caren Kline and Christie Carter

Pam Perella, Caren Kline and Christie Carter

And this crowd truly appreciated the items on the racks. They were pretty much dressed to the nines themselves. From the Louboutins on their pedicured feet to the spring colored dresses like CCB Chair Christie Carter’s turquoise-blue Herrera dress, they were a fashion show themselves.

Speaking of CCB chair, the most relaxed within the group of guests were the past CCB chairs (Robyn Conlon, Caren Kline and Michal Powell). Robyn was wearing makeup for the first time in a while. The reason? Allergies that made the very idea of eye makeup a runny one. Caren was in a white leather dress that her fashion-loving sister Dale Pinto had picked out for her. Michal was all smiles reporting that she was preparing for the presentation of checks from her December CCB fundraiser.

Robyn Conlon and Clare Emanuelson

Robyn Conlon and Clare Emanuelson

As time neared for the presentation on a two-tier stage located at the opposite end of the floor, chairs were already set up with the front row of seats neatly reserved for the BD-ers and HoF thanks to nearly printed placecards. Just before 11 a female voice asked the guests to take their seats. No need for a reminder announcement. This crowd is totally housebroken and took their places.

Opening the program was NM Executive VP Neva Hall, who told that not only would the September fashion show’s featured designer Carolina Herrera attend the event, but members of her family would also be on hand. The reason for the extra oomph was the fact that Carolina would also be presented the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award that was established by the late Stanley Marcus and his aunt, the late Carrie Marcus Neiman back in 1938. One gal whispered, “I would have thought Herrera had received it ages ago.”

Neva Hall, Jeff Byron and Marjon Henderson

Neva Hall, Jeff Byron and Marjon Henderson

History note: Stanley always attributed the success of Neiman’s early fashion leadership to his aunt, who was one of the store’s founders and believed that NM “would contribute to the growth, welfare and culture of Dallas.”

Then Neva introduced Christie, who was followed by CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Pam Perella. Both thanked NM for their ongoing support of the organization.

It was now time for NM Downtown GM/VP to take over and introduce the ladies of the day including first timers Anita Arnold, Tucker Enthoven and Piper Wyatt plus BD returnees Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe and Hall of Famer Betsy Sowell. Only one missing was Julie Hawes, who was out of town.

Jane Condon, Piper Wyatt, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Tucker Enthoven, Betsy Sowell, Anita Arnold, Heather Esping, Pat Harloe and Katherine Coker

Jane Condon, Piper Wyatt, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Tucker Enthoven, Betsy Sowell, Anita Arnold, Heather Esping, Pat Harloe and Katherine Coker

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Julie Hawes (File photo)

Immediately after Betsy took her seat on the front row, the presentation transitioned into the staging of various group photos and the presentation of large NM gift boxes to the BD-er, Betsy, Christie and Pam. What was inside? The coffee table book, “Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon” by Alexandra Kotur with a personal note from the future NM Fashion Awardee.

Tickets for the event that will feature Herrera’s resort collection will be made available in mid-April and will probably be GWTW within days.

For more photos from the event, please check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Announcement Was Presented With Adjustments And Surprises

On Wednesday, April 15, the annual announcement of the Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed had some interesting developments at Neiman Marcus Downtown’s Couture Salon.

Marjon Henderson

Marjon Henderson

Instead of the 10 BD’s names being placed on the front row chairs, there were no names. NM Downtown PR Manager Marjon Henderson told the 10 BD’s, Honorary Chair and Hall of Fame Honoree just to place their purses on their assigned chairs. Just think of all the trees that were saved by not using paper!

Purses in chairs

Purses in chairs

Before the guests like Marilyn Augur, Patsy Donosky, Vinnie Reuben, Leigh Anne Haugh, Kristina Whitcomb, Christie Carter, Angie Kadesky, Claire Emanuelson, Aileen Pruitt, Beth Thoele, Brooke Shelby, Peggy Meyer, Carol Seay and Pam Perella arrived, it was noted there just weren’t enough chairs on the front row to accommodate the headliners plus CCB Chair Michal Powell and Luncheon chair Mary Clare Finney. That meant two would be put on the second row. No problem! A little readjusting of chairs resulted in all seated on the front row.

Then instead of having a male model escort the honorees to the stage, new Couture Manager Franco Salluce helped the ladies onstage.

Jeff Byron, Neva Hall and Mary Clare Finney

Jeff Byron, Neva Hall and Mary Clare Finney

NM’s Neva Hall welcomed the group telling them that the fashion show featuring Oscar de la Renta designs would be in the tent adjacent to the downtown store once again. And she shared the news that Oscar’s new creative director Peter Copping would be in attendance. She then introduced Michal, who thanked the NM staff for being so supportive of CCB.

Michal Powell

Michal Powell

In turn Michal introduced Mary Clare, who told of the Platinum Level dinner at the Dallas Country Club and a patron party at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home. She then introduced NM Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron to present the 2015 class of the CCB Best Dressed — Katherine Coker, Jane Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Ashley Hunt, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Christi Urschel. In that group, there were four newbies to the list (Katherine, Janie, Pat and Julie).

But the surprises didn’t end there. For only the fourth time in the event’s 41-year history, there would be an honorary chair — Ruth Altshuler, who confessed it had been 20 years since she walked the runway.

As for the Hall of Fame honoree, the announcement of Sarah Perot received a resounding approval.

Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker, Julie Hawes, Christi Urschel, Ashley Hunt and Pat Harloe

Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker, Julie Hawes, Christi Urschel, Ashley Hunt and Pat Harloe

Tickets for the annual September fundraiser will not go on sale until May. Stay tuned.

(Interesting note: Last year’s Nina Ricci fashions that were presented at last year’s Ten Best was Peter’s last collection for Nina Ricci, before joining the House of de la Renta. It will be interesting to see how Peter channels the late Oscar’s flair.)

For more photos of the Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed announcement, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2015 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Announcement

Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Jeff Byron, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel and Michal Powell

Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Jeff Byron, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel and Michal Powell

The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed were announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown with some new faces including NM Downtown’s new couture manager and loads of pretty, pretty clothes. There were so many spring-like colors that it looked like the fashions had come from the Arboretum.

Leigh Anne Haugh, Kristina Whitcomb, Christie Carter and Angie Kadesky

Leigh Anne Haugh, Kristina Whitcomb, Christie Carter and Angie Kadesky

While the post is being prepared, you know the drill…photos are waiting for you at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Announced Along With Hall Of Fame Honoree And Honorary Chair

The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed class was just announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown. The following ladies will be presented on Friday, September 18, along with the Oscar de la Renta Resort Collection: Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Ashley Hunt, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Patty Leyendecker and Christi Urschel.

Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Francie Moody-Dalhberg, Patty Leyendecker, Julie Hawes, Christi Urschel, Ashley Hunt and Pat Harloe

Margaret Hancock, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Heather Esping, Ruth Altshuler, Sarah Perot, Francie Moody-Dalhberg, Patty Leyendecker, Julie Hawes, Christi Urschel, Ashley Hunt and Pat Harloe

It was also revealed that Sarah Perot would be the 2015 Hall of Fame honoree.

In addition to these announcement, it was learned that “for only the fourth time in 41-year history, the Ten Best Dressed Luncheon and Fashion Show will have an honorary chair.” Joining past honorary chairs Annette Simmons, Nancy Dedman and Gene Jones will be community and civic leader and philanthropist Ruth Altshuler.

CCB Chair Michal Powell and CCB Luncheon Chair Mary Clare Finney have arranged for Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping to attend the Crystal Charity Ball fundraiser in the tent adjacent to NM Downtown.

Wait! Before trying to get tickets, stop. Tickets and other opportunities won’t be available until May. Stay tuned. As soon as they’re available, you’ll read it on MySweetCharity. However, you can put the CCB phone number on speed dial now.

POSTPONEMENT: Elaine Turner Grand Opening

If you were going to hitch up their huskies to your sled for a trek tomorrow (Thursday) to the grand opening of Elaine Turner in Frisco, tell them to sleep in. The Heroes and Children fundraiser has been postponed for 24 hours.

Here’s the message that came in:

“Out of respect for the safety of our Elaine Turner family and guests we are postponing our Grand Opening Celebration Brunch to FRIDAY 3/6 instead of tomorrow due to the Dallas weather forecast. Same time (11am-1pm), same place (The Shops at Legacy)”

Round Robin November 14: Mary Brinegar Brunch, Arboretum Accolades And National Philanthropy Day Lunch

With hardly any time to recover from the day before, Friday, November 14 was off to a rousing start with a “Brunch for Brinegar” and quickly followed by a salute by area fundraisers. Sorry to do this to you, but here we go with another Round Robin.

Brunch for Mary Brinegar

Delilah Boyd and Mary Brinegar

Delilah Boyd and Mary Brinegar

Thursday, November 13, Mary Brinegar accepted SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In a far off table in the tent, Delilah Boyd was cold. All she could think of was the next morning. She was hostessing a brunch for Mary and their Theta sorority sisters who had been at SMU when Mary was a student.

Having tented her back patio complete with rugs on the ground, there was no way Delilah was going to let the Polar Vortex spoil Mary’s morning.

Brunch in a toasty tent

Brunch in a toasty tent

With heaters that would have well done the fattest filet, Delilah and The Catering Company’s Greg Rankin made the beautifully draped tent splendiferous with stemware, loads of pastries, fruits and orange juice, both G- and R-rated.

Delilah, who eventually was Theta president, recalled being initiated with Laura Bush, who joined the sorority in her sophomore year.

Upon arrival Mary seemed a bit take back by all the hoop-la. And that was before she was shown the tent.

In the crowd were Cynthia Woodall, Janet Schoeller Knight, Linda Dodson and Clare Adams Kittle.

Arboretum Kudos

Speaking of Dallas Arboretum President Mary Brinegar, she wasn’t the only one finding a place for a new award. Other Arboretum accolades on this day included:

  • The Dallas Regional Chamber presented the Arboretum with the Blueprint Award in the Community Catalyst category for its economic impact to the region.
  • Dallas Arboretum Chair of the Board Brian Shivers had received the Obelisk Award the day before and
  • 12 Days of Christmas

    12 Days of Christmas

    Dallas Arboretum Board Member Tom McCasland was inducted into the 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame for his “contributions to the state.” Tom and his wife Phyllis “had the idea of The 12 Days of Christmas” for the holiday season.

National Philanthropy Day

Awards

Awards

As early birds arrived at the Hyatt Regency for the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, Hyatt staffers were pulling out propane tanks from vans for the driveway patio heaters. There was definitely a chill in the air. Inside it was a different story. The moment folks entered the sliding doors, they were hit with a nice kiss of warm air for the luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professional Dallas Chapter.

Margot Perot and Katherine and Eric Reeves

Margot Perot and Katherine and Eric Reeves

Christina Moore-Salinas and Chris Kleinert

Christina Moore-Salinas and Chris Kleinert

While at times the reception outside the Landmark Ballroom took on the look of Hunt and Perot family reunions, there was good reason. Katherine Perot Reeves and Chris Kleinert were both on the list to be honored. The pre-lunch reception was sponsored by the North Texas Food Bank, so NTFB’s Jan Pruitt joined National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Chair Christina Moore-Salinas in welcoming the crowd that included Kern Wildenthal, April Box Chamberlain, David Krause, Fred Shapiro and Deborah Montonen, who just revealed that she was leaving her LaunchAbility post for a position at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

The following honorees were all present, introduced and photographed to the nth degree:

Honorees

Honorees

  • Outstanding Philanthropist (sponsored by Clarkson Davis) — Katherine Perot Reeves nominated by North Texas Food Bank/Colleen Brinkmann
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser (sponsored by Dini Spheris) — Chris Kleinert nominated by Methodist Health System Foundation
  • Outstanding Foundation (sponsored by Children’s Medical Center) — Children’s Cancer Fund nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation — BlueCross Blue Shield of Texas nominated by Caring for Children Foundation of Texas
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive — Milton Key nominated by John Roppolo
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (sponsored by Hunt Consolidated Inc.) — Charlsie Doan nominated by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
 Jan Pruitt and Bette Perot

Jan Pruitt and Bette Perot

While the honorees were getting their share of attention, it seemed like Bette Perot was the one many folks wanted to chat and have a photo taken with. After a request for a photo with Bette was made by her niece, Carolyn Perot Rathjen, Bette told the photographer, “I’m charging $15 a picture.”

On the side, Jan Pruitt revealed that it was because of Bette that her niece Katherine Perot Reeves joined the NTFB board, which is preparing to launch a major capital campaign.

Right on schedule, the doors to the ballroom opened at 11:30, but seating took a bit of doing. This group of fundraisers and friends, like Diane Brierley, Steve Ivy and Roslyn Dawson, loves to get together, hug, laugh and “What have you been up to?” Susan Wells Jenevein, who left the Genesis Women’s Shelter in September, is now working with Gunnar Rawlings to open Cristo Rey College Preparatory School in 2015.

While some might think these folks are competitors for the same honeypot, they’ve actually a team after the same basic goal — to help those in need. That’s what philanthropy is all about and today was the day to celebrate.

At 12:13, Christina welcome the guests and introduced Daniel Prescott, who before giving the invocation reminded the crowd that it was 29 years ago that the late President Ronald Reagan declared November 15 to National Philanthropy Day. He then asked everyone to stand and hold hands for the invocation. One or two of the tables opted out on the handholding part of the request. Guess they were abiding by the suggestion that the flu can be spread unknowingly by handshakes, handholding, handy anything.

Next up was Greater Dallas Chapter AFP President Diana Marquis, who thanked KERA for producing the honorees’ acceptance speeches. This process seems to streamline the program along…if it’s working. More about that in a couple of paragraphs.

At 12:24 lunch (bib lettuce, arugula, spinach, fennel shavings, radicchio and dried fruit with lavender honey cabernet vinaigrette; pepita crusted children breast with Dr Pepper blueberry sauce over green chili masa pudding and broccolini flowers and artisan breads and butter; and edelweiss raspberry tranche cake with bitter chocolate sauce) was served.

Keeping to the schedule, emcee Scott Murray proved why it’s wise to have a professional on stage. At 12:47 Scott was at the podium. Within the first couple of sentence, he did a shout out at the audio coordinator that there seemed to a ringing in the sound system. It quickly improved.

The first presentation was made to Katherine Perot Reeves, who had helped provide $2M for NTFB. Her video had just begun and the video stopped mid-sentence. The screen just plain went black.

Scott filled in the gap by saying, “I guess it’s going to be one of those days.” The video never returned, so the show went on with Katherine all in white accepting her award.

Then Scott introduced the video on Chris. It almost seemed like everyone held their breath. No video appeared. Scott once again filled the silence by saying, “My mother taught me the best word in this time is ‘patience.’”

The patience paid off with Chris’ video coming on much to the relief of organizers. The rest of the videos behaved themselves and appeared flawlessly.

Scott Murray and Charlsie Doan

Scott Murray and Charlsie Doan

Despite the gracious remarks by the adult honorees, the showstopper was 13-year-old Hockadaisie Charlsie Doan, who had been born with symbrachydachtyly, a congenital hand disorder resulting in her missing her right hand. It was through her being treated by Scottish Rite’s prosthetics department that she and her family became involved with the world-renowned center. But Charlsie’s involvement extended beyond being a patient. She has raised over $167,000 for patient care. When Scottish Rite approached the Crystal Charity Ball committee for a grant in 2013, Charlsie played “the violin to demonstrate how a custom prosthetic device allowed her to pursue her musical ambitions. Her participation as key to the success of the hospital presentation, resulting in a Crystal Charity Ball commitment of $500,000.” At the age of 11, Charlsie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and she took up that cause with the same diligence and fervor.

Just before closing the luncheon at 1:32, Christina returned to the stage and announced that the organization was going to honor Scott with an honorarium for the Scott Murray Foundation.

After all, that’s how fundraisers say, “Thank you!”

Round Robin April 25: Handbags And Heroes, Recess And Art From The Heart

Ah, spring has arrived. It wasn’t the first robin that signaled the start. It was the runny noses and teary eyes. Tis the time to check with your stockbroker about pharmaceutical investments.

But on this day even the worse weeds and pollen could be forgiven. The silks and sandals sprouted to the delight of event planners. But there was a cloud or two on the horizon. Sunday boded bruised clouds and fears of terrible weather.

But on Friday, April 25, the Pot of Gold for the Rainbow Days was in high gear at the Hilton Anatole for lunchtime and then the evening was stock-full of the fun with day two of the John Wayne Film Festival with the after-party at Trinity Groves with the Robert Lee Kobb band singing.

Handbags & Heroes

The Richardson-based fundraiser has amazed itself. About 10 years ago, two mothers (Larissa Linton and Jenny Dowen) bonded as they suffered the loss of their children to cancer. Turning their grief to helping others in similar situations, they created Heroes for Children. Their “biggy” fundraiser of Handbags and Heroes turned into a major success. Using smartphones for electronic bidding and purses from well-known socialites for auction items in Dallas and Houston, their brainchild grew dramatically.

Michael and Alison Feinstein, Jenny Dowen and Larissa Linton

Michael and Alison Feinstein, Jenny Dowen and Larissa Linton

This year’s “Heroes & Handbags Under the Big Top” took place at the Omni with the looking and bidding starting at 9:30 a.m..

"Jewel box"

“Jewel box”

But what was up for bid? How about a Chloe red leather handbag valued at $1,200. A Kate Spade black quilted mini-purse with a value of $318? It could have been “snagged” for $636. An adorable red lizard “jewel box” for $78? An Escada black leather handbag that was snaggable for $3,600? Or, a Nina Ricci neutral snake bag valued at $2,600?

Nina Ricci bag

Nina Ricci bag

Among those looking, bidding and looking some more were Kate Rose Marquez, Maggie Kipp, Simona Beal, Cara French, Lisa Troutt, Ashley Hunt, D’Andra Simmons, Cindy Stager, Kim Bannister, Keri Kaiser and Honorary Chair Tina “Bag Snob” Craig.

Keri Kaiser and Skye Brewer

Keri Kaiser and Skye Brewer

When the doors opened, the ballroom enhanced the circus theme with centerpieces and favor bags topped with toy lions. Even the luncheon menu was big-top oriented — “lemon chill” yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries and granola; pretzel crusted breast of chicken, whole grain mustard sauce and lobster corn dog, warm potato salad and roasted seasonal vegetables and a dessert of duo of popcorn panna cotta, caramel popcorn garnish candied apple tart and cotton candy anglaise.

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

When the lunch began, Luncheon Chair Andrea Weber got a bit teary eyed describing her new role of being a mom.

Larissa and Jenny presented Alison and Michael Weinstein with the Spirit of Allie and Taylor Award. Upon accepting the award, they sincerely encouraged guests to get involved.

In addition to speakers Lauren Brown and Kitty McGahey, the big news of the day was the announcement that Skye Brewer and Jennifer Dix would be co-chairing the upcoming Heroes for Children 10th anniversary celebration.

Stay tuned for deets as they develop.

Recess

Ralph Gorman and Faye Briggs

Ralph Gorman and Faye Briggs

When guests asked who was in charge of the glorious weather for Recess, all fingers pointed in one direction — Faye Briggs. Evidently the petite philanthropist had cut a deal with Ma Nature to make the evening perfect — not too hot, not too cold, but just right, especially at her estate for the 2nd Recess.

Amy Turner, Meredith Camp and Christina Norris

Amy Turner, Meredith Camp and Christina Norris

Even Co-Chairs Meredith Camp and Christina Norris were amazed at the perfect conditions for the Dallas AfterSchool fundraiser.

Alan and Sarah Losinger

Alan and Sarah Losinger

 Jerry and Emy Lou Baldridge

Jerry and Emy Lou Baldridge

Barry and Jan Baldwin and Anne and Terry Conner

Barry and Jan Baldwin and Anne and Terry Conner

Guests included Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Amy Turner, Lynn McBee, Paige McDaniel, Joanna Clarke, Robert Weatherly, Aimee Sheahan, Nancy Gopez, Jan and Barry Baldwin and Anne and Terry Conner, who will be feted at the Can Do! Luncheon on May 13.

The gorgeous estate had become a playground with areas marked The Gym, Monkey Bar and Hopscotch Bar with drinks provided by Moët Hennessy USA, Neiman Marcus Sandbox, Art Class and Cafeteria.

The Sandbox was a big hit with Dallas’ best manicured hands grabbing shovels to dig for coins that would garner such prizes as a Waterford decanter, Ippolita sterling silver men’s wavy disc cufflinks, a $1,000 Neiman Marcus gift certificate and whole lot more. BTW, this wasn’t just any old sandbox that can be found at Toys R Us. No, siree. The NM folks had arranged for eight “budding artists, ranging in ages from 7 to 12, from Color Me Empowered to design and construct” the stained-glass mosaic sides of the sandbox.

And, yes, if you’re wondering, Color Me Empowered along with Big Thought, Bridge Lacrosse, Circle of Support, Communities in Schools, Dallas Can Academies, Dallas ISD’s After School Achievers, City of Dallas Park & Recreation, Family Place, Foundation Communities, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Heart House, Heart of a Warrior, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Jubilee Park, Junior Players, Project Transformation, Rainbow Days, Reader 2 Leaders, R.O.C.K., Voice of Hope, Wesley-Rankin Community Center, Wilkinson Center and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas are all served by the Dallas AfterSchool program.

Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese

In addition to new silent auction items and games, there were electronic basketball games, bean bag tosses, and music and food that hit the spot with the grown-up kiddies. The Mac and Cheese Bar had smoked Gouda mac and cheese with cured ham assorted toppings. The Southern Comfort Food Station offered Gramma Minnie’s fried chicken strips, chunky Yukon potatoes with black pepper maple gravy and housemade ‘corn dogs’ with apple mustard. The Slider Station had guests lined up for hickory grilled buffalo sliders with pepperjack cheese and smoked bacon and parmesan-white truffle steak fries.

There were also games to keep the youngsters busy, like a hula hoop contest and musical chairs.

Art From The Heart

Report from the field:

Lindsay Lee McCain and LeeAnne Locken*

Lindsay Lee McCain and LeeAnne Locken*

“Local nonprofit Dallas Challenge held its 5th Annual ART FROM THE HEART Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit at Seven for Parties in the Dallas Design District on Friday, April 25, 2014.  Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and Lindsay Lee McCain welcomed guests and encouraged attendees to mix and mingle with some of the celebrities and professional artists who’s [sic] work was up for grabs and enjoy bites and beverages, all while listening to tunes spun by DJ Danny Salinas.  Jody Dean of KVIL, TV personality Hilary Kennedy and Melissa Poe Carson from Big Rich Texas were in attendance and working the crowd to drive up the bidding price on their artwork. Among those vying for these one-of-a-kind pieces were D’Andra Simmons Locke [sic] and new husband Jeremy Locke [sic], Rick and Janet Fresquez, J.B. [sic] Hayes, Shane Walker and Steve Kemble.

Hilary Kennedy*

Hilary Kennedy*

“This signature fundraising event featured an array of artwork from local and national celebrities, personalities, athletes and chefs. Wearable art was featured in the form of luxury, designer and fashion items as an interesting twist to the auction line-up. Among the artwork up for auction were pieces donated from celebrities including Willie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Richard Rawlings of Discovery’s Fast ‘N Loud, Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips, Lisa Loeb, Emmitt Smith and his family, Drew Pearson, PGS golfer David Feherty, and wearable art from Abi Ferrin, Nha Kahn [sic], SMITH II, Prashe and Status. Artwork from select professional artists such as Mary Tomás, Micheal [sic] Ledoux and Max Jones and young artists (most from Dallas Challenge youth programs) was also up for auction.

Fiona Pestell and Jody Dean*

Fiona Pestell and Jody Dean*

“Since 1984, Dallas Challenge has been a leading provider of programs to help youth stay in school, off drugs and alcohol and out of the criminal justice system. These programs and services are supported by the Annual ART FROM THE HEART Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. To learn more, visit www.dallaschallenge.org.”

* Photo credit: Thomas 
Garza

Plans And 2014 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Famer Revealed

Wednesday, April 2, Harlan Crow was sounding like your typical dad explaining to guests at the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society Luncheon why his estate had been rolled. The “rollers” must have bought out Walmart to do the deed. And the papering of the prestigious acreage wasn’t in honor of a Crow child. Nope, it was to “celebrate” the birthday of mama Crow — Kathy.

Robyn Conlon

Robyn Conlon

While Harlan was doing his ‘splaining at the Dallas Country Club, the Crystal Charity Ball committee kicked off the reign of CCB Chair Robyn Conlon with the announcement of the 2014 Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Famer at downtown’s Neiman Marcus store.

In a Nina Ricci dress topped off with a scarf from her husband Don, Robyn welcomed the guests in the store’s second-floor couture salon and reviewed the program.

Missing was Neiman Marcus queen of splendid events Sandy Marple, who was on assignment in other parts of the NM empire. Not to worry. NM Downtown PR beauty Marjon Zabihi Henderson had everything under control.

Heather Esping

Heather Esping

In a side boutique of the salon, the 2014 Ten Best Dressed (Nancy Carlson, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Ashley Hunt, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Christi Urschel) and Hall of Famer inductee Lee Ann White were held in place. DeeDee was showing off the scar resulting from a past jab by her Texas-sized charm bracelet; Lee Ann revealed the premature birthday celebration for husband Alan (his birthday is actually April 3) the day before at the Crescent Club. It just so happened to coincide with PlainsCapitals and Southwest Securities joining up. The Whites have temporarily moved into the Ritz, while their Preston Hollow home is being refreshed. However, Lee Ann admitted that she’s taken a real liking to the high-rise living, while Alan still wants to return to their home on the ground. But that discussion ended quickly when Lee Ann spied buddy/last year’s HoF Lana Andrews coming around the corner. . .  Nancy was telling Christi that the Girls Party the next night at the Carlson estate was taking a wait-and-see position depending upon Mother Nature’s temperament. If Ma unloaded with rain, Nancy was prepared to move the whole thing inside. Not to worry. The Carlson mansion could handle a mini-convention.

But small talk was cut short when it was time for the announcement of the 10 BD and HoF. NM’s Neva Hall and Robyn handled the official welcomes and spoke of the 40 years of CCB and NM partnering up for the legendary fashion show/fundraiser.

Then Luncheon Chair Pat McEvoy revealed that the show featuring Nina Ricci fashions would once again be held in a luxurious tent, so seating would be extremely limited.

DeeDee Lee's charm bracelet

DeeDee Lee’s charm bracelet

Neiman Marcus Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron took over the announcement of the 10+HoF and it went off without a hitch.

Well, there was that moment when DeeDee reached over to shake Jeff’s hand and he seemed a bit taken back by the mass of blinding gold charms coming at him.

Afterwards the ladies and Jeff were lined up for all types of group photos. Some with the 10 plus Lee Ann; then some with the addition of Robyn, Pat and Jeff; and finally some without Jeff, who had a store to run.

Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock and Nancy Carlson

Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock and Nancy Carlson

Afterwards, the honorees and guests either ate at tables set up in the salon, headed to the Zodiac Room or headed to appointments.

But before dashing off, Pat pulled out her cell phone and showed off photos of the new addition to her household — Santiago McEvoy. The littler fellow is a Havana Silk Dog.

Stay tuned. In the days ahead, Robyn and her merry maids will be making more news. . . like the theme announcement for the December 6th ball.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Women Of Dallas And Hall Of Famer Lee Ann White Announced

Crystal Charity Ball Chair Robyn Conlon and CCB Luncheon just revealed the 2014 CCB Ten Best Dressed at Neiman Marcus Downtown this morning. The lineup includes Nancy Carlson, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Ashley Hunt, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Christi Urschel.

Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock and Nancy Carlson

Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock and Nancy Carlson

While the rest are returnees, Heather and Margaret are the new girls on the stage.

As for the Hall of Fame inductee, it will be Lee Ann White. The Hall of Fame is made up of Ten Best Dressed honorees who have been on the list three years and have continued to exemplify “personal style and commitment to the community.”

This year’s luncheon/fashion show at NM Downtown is being chaired by Pat McEvoy and will feature fashions from the Nina Ricci collection on Thursday, September 11.

The event will be tented once again. Translation: seats will be limited, so get your reservations early!

New Crystal Charity Ball Members Are Celebrated With Café Pacific Brunch And von Furstenberg Fashions Thanks To Caron Texas

Diane von Furstenberg fashion

Diane von Furstenberg fashion

Café Pacific is the holy grail of high-profile lunches and dinners. White tablecloth propriety is the rule daily. But on May 8, the café was the site of a brunch for the Crystal Charity Ball new members and Diane von Furstenberg fashions introduced by DvF Highland Park Village’s General Manager Allison Lien.

It was a gathering of the proven pros and the new kids on the block (Katherine Coker, Cara French, Elizabeth Gambrell, Sara Lee Gardner,Tracey Kozmetsky, Michelle Lockhart, Beth Thoele and Piper Wyatt). MIA were Katherine and Michelle, who were out of town. Instead of a note from the doctor, they could show their frequent-flyer accounts for excuses.

Tracey Kozmetsky, Beth Thoele, Piper Wyatt, Caren Kline, Sara Lee Gardner, Elizabeth Gambrell and Cara French

Tracey Kozmetsky, Beth Thoele, Piper Wyatt, Caren Kline, Sara Lee Gardner, Elizabeth Gambrell and Cara French

On the other hand, those present found it was really more of a love-fest than a sorority Monday night pledge grilling.

OK, so it wasn’t without some embarrassment. Each of the new members’ sponsors had written some unknown info on the new member. For instance? Piper Wyatt was revealed. Her full name is Dixie Piper Wyatt. Oh, you thought you were going to get National Enquirer dirt. Nah! This the Crystal Charity Ball, not a reality TV show!

Michael Fowler, Amara Durham, Caren Kline and Mike Puls

Michael Fowler, Amara Durham, Caren Kline and Mike Puls

Underwritten by Caron Texas, new VP/Executive Director Mike Puls addressed the alcohol and substance abuse issues facing children and young people. Despite Caron’s not offering in-patient treatment for youngsters under the age of 18, Mike encouraged the group to contact the Caron staff for advice on how to handle such a situation within the community.

Cattle Baron’s Past Chairs Were Honored With Neiman Marcus Fashion, Fun And Red Velvet Chicken And Waffles At A “Bribble”

The 2013 Cattle Baron’s Spur On! team decided to have a “bribble” May 1. What’s a bribble? It’s a brunch where instead of a major sit-down brunch, you nibble your way through. The occasion organized by Dawn Spalding and Andrea Parvin Weber was to honor the past CBB chairs in the Neiman Marcus NorthPark Couture Salon.

Olivia Kearney and Tanya Foster

Olivia Kearney and Tanya Foster

And while some folks may think the ladies of fashion only subsist on celery sticks and water flavored with lemon juice, put that thought way far away. Very ultimate fav of the morning was the red velvet chicken and waffles on a skewer. The poor servers with their trays were hardly on the floor before their skewers were round up by the manicured fingers.

Lauren Chapman and Callan Harrison

Lauren Chapman and Callan Harrison

While vets settled into their seats near the front of the runway, the newest kids on the block were having too much fun chatting, especially the new members like Lauren Chapman and her buddy Callan Harrison and Joanna Clark.

Neiman Marcus fashion

Neiman Marcus fashion

Neiman Marcus fashion

Neiman Marcus fashion

When the fashion commentary revolved around the clothes, some of the ladies in the audience demanded to know about the shoes, too.

But before the gals gathered for finger- lickin’-good treats and a preview of NM fashions, the past chairs assembled in the garden courtyard outside the NM’s men’s department for a group photo. It was a rather remarkable group shot. 2013 Co-chair Mary Gill declared that it was the largest gathering of past chairs ever, including CBB’s first chair Jacque Wynne.

Cattle Baron's Ball present and former chairs

Cattle Baron’s Ball present and former chairs

And once again, Mary and her Co-partner Brooke Shelby have promised that if there is absolutely any itty-bitty chance of dew in the vicinity for the 40th anniversary gala on October 5th, they’re moving the event from Southfork to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  You do know they have renamed the Dallas Convention Center, don’t you? Oh, sure you do!