MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Museum Of Art Decorative Arts Symposium

According to Dallas Museum of Art Decorative Arts Symposium Event Chair Beverly Nichols

The Dallas Museum of Art will host the second annual Decorative Arts Symposium benefiting the Museum’s Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment Fund on Thursday, September 21, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Agustin Arteaga (File photo)

P. Allen Smith*

This year’s Symposium will include coffee and breakfast bites, followed by welcoming remarks in the Horchow Auditorium, by Agustín Arteaga, Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Featured Symposium speakers will include award-winning garden designer, acclaimed author, television host and conservationist P. Allen SmithJohn Hays, deputy chairman of Christie’s; and Ann Pailthorp, who leads the North American Colour Consultancy Program for British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow and Ball. A book signing with all speakers will immediately follow.

Ann Pailthorp*

John Hays*

I am so excited to be able to bring in speakers from all over the country to the Dallas Museum of Art, which has one of the foremost decorative arts collections in the country. The Symposium will provide a rare opportunity for the Dallas community to meet these experts in their fields of decorative arts, in an intimate setting, as they discuss the decorative arts and how they impact our lives every day.

I hope everyone will make plans to join us! Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at dma.ticketleap.com/decorative-arts-symposium/.

* Photos provided by Dallas Museum of Art

2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debs And Moms Do Holiday Teatime At Troutt Estate

As the fundraising activities were going into hibernation, the private get-togethers were in high gear. However, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League managed to squeeze in one last event. It was actually perfect timing for most. With girls back from college for the holidays, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League took full advantage of the 2016 DSOL Presentation Ball debs being available for the annual tea.

Lisa Troutt

Lisa Troutt

Christie Reniger and Nancy Labadie

Christie Reniger and Nancy Labadie

DSOL Ball Chair Nancy Labadie and her committee managed to have the holiday afternoon event at Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s estate whose halls were decked with a towering Christmas tree, lit candles and a dining room table filled with all types of goodies.

As delicious as the food looked, some of the debs were passing on taking advantage of the spread. After all, they were watching their waistlines since their ball gowns were in the final stages of being sewn up. One of the debs admitted that she hadn’t really been working on her bow, but figured that she still had plenty of time to get the process down by the DSOL Presentation Ball at the Meyerson on Saturday, February 20.

Ciara Cooley, Payton Scott, Carolina Henry and Alexandra Henry

Ciara Cooley, Payton Scott, Carolina Henry and Alexandra Henry

As Lisa and Nancy greeted guests, moms (Lisa Cooley, Claire Henry, Christie Reniger) and daughters (Ciara Cooley, Carolina Henry, Alexandra Henry) made themselves right at home.

Lizzy Gates and Robin Bagwell

Lizzy Gates and Robin Bagwell

On the other hand, Robin Bagwell reported that son, Nolan Bagwell, had to “bow out” of being a member of the ball’s honor guard. His reserve duty commitments scheduled on that weekend had forced his being MIA. Luckily, Robin felt right at home at the tea, since her goddaughter Lizzy Gates is one of the 2016 debs who will be bowing on stage at the Meyerson.

Speaking of MIA, Simona Beal and her daughters weren’t at the tea. Seems her twins Lauren Beal and Tasha Beal were still away at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina, respectively. Luckily, the Beal girls would make it home in time for Christmas and then it was off with their brother Robbie Beal and sister Gracie Beal to ski the slopes with their dad and to Mexico with their mom.

Best-Selling Author Tommy Spaulding To Headline Executives In Action’s Book And Breakfast In April

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert (File photo)

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert (File photo)

Executives In Action’s Ashlee and Chris Kleinert may have seemed to have taken a break after their Great Texas Food Truck Rally back in September, but no! They’ve been busily putting together plans for their 4th annual Book And Breakfast event.

It will return to the Dallas Country Club on Friday, April 15. This year’s speaker will be Tommy Spaulding, whose “It’s Not Just Who You Know (Transform Your Life and Your Organization by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships)” became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today national bestseller. His new book, “The Heart-Led Leader,” was just published last month and is already a New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Business national best seller.

While he has held various leadership positions in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, Spaulding has become regarded as “a world-renowned speaker on leadership.”

Sure, this event is one of those early rise-and-shine situations, but it’s also known for being better than the best cup of coffee and an excellent way to start the day.

BTW, the lessons learned at the Book and Breakfast gatherings can benefit both those in the business world as well as those in the nonprofit sector.

Tis Time For A Holiday Tea In The Legendary DeGolyer House

If you’re looking for a place to tea time, you just might want to consider the three-course holiday tea at the Dallas Arboretum’s 75-year-old DeGolyer House that’s all gussied up for the holidays with more than 500 crèches.

Seated tea at the DeGolyer House*

Seated tea at the DeGolyer House*

It’s underway until January 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price varies from $47 per person to $57 for the champagne tea version.

The price also includes general garden admission and parking. Now, talk about a holiday bargain!

So, round up your pals and make your reservations for tea time.

If you can’t squeeze it in before Christmas, why not make it a holiday gift that can take place before the year ends?

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

A Sunday Tea At The Mansion Raised Awareness And Funding For Housing Crisis Center With Macaroons And Etiquette Tips

Is there anything more adorable than a little girl in a pink frock with a sash tied in a bow at the back? A flock of them were at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle on Sunday, April 26, for the Housing Crisis Center‘s 2015 Afternoon Tea.

Katina Anderson, Olivia Kearney, Julie Hawes, Amy Turner and Jonika Nix

Katina Anderson, Olivia Kearney, Julie Hawes, Amy Turner and Jonika Nix

They were joining their OMG young moms like Amanda Schufeldt, as were Olivia Kearney, Amy Turner, Paige Lane and Julie Hawes thanks to Housing Crisis Board Chair Amy Green. Maleiah Rogers arrived with daughter Everlee Rogers just as the group was entering the ballroom. Seems they had just come from the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Great Create.

Everlee Rogers and Maleiah Rogers

Everlee Rogers and Maleiah Rogers

Why, there were even some gents who initially looked a bit bewildered at an afternoon tea and its niceties. Come on. Fess up. Most guys consider an afternoon tea to be a very prim and proper dry affair with Lipton tea bags being drained. Most of them would probably prefer polishing the silverware. At least they wouldn’t have to wear a tie.

Ah, but they soon learned that they were so wrong about ladies-who-tea. Sure, there was hot tea, delicate macaroons and bite-able goodies, but there were plenty of flutes of champagne bubbling at the tables, too.

The too-adorable youngsters plucked the harp at the reception and even briefly settled down at tables in the ballrooms. But all too soon their chatter and need for afternoon naps forced moms and nannies to escort the future debutantes to the Promenade to chill.

Amy Green

Amy Green

Sherri Ansley

Sherri Ansley

Tina Parker

Tina Parker

Terri Martinez

Terri Martinez

What they missed was a playful welcome by Amy G., an introduction of new Executive Director Sherri Ansley by actress Tina Parker wearing a fascinator and a talk on tea etiquette by Terri Martinez.

Even the guests who looked like they were serving hard time brightened up upon learning tea trivia like why pinkies are held up when drinking and why no-elbows-on the-table got started.

One especially off-script moment came after Sherri reported the statistics and tales of those facing housing crises. As Terri prepared to talk etiquette, she said she had found the information about the housing crisis touching, since she had been one of those in need of help years ago.

Evidently Terri, like so many others, survived and thrived after living through a personal housing crisis.

Round Robin March 26: Women’s Auxiliary Of The Salvation Army Texas Tea And Côtes Du Coeur Catalog Announcement

Wicked weather hit Oklahoma and the North Texas area dodged the torrential bullet on Thursday, March 26. Since the temps dipped, woolly wear didn’t reappear. But don’t worry. The nonprofits were still hot-to-trot.

Women’s Auxiliary Of The Salvation Army Texas Tea

Dixey Arterburn and Ramona Jones

Dixey Arterburn and Ramona Jones

The question for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army on a normal day might have been, “How are the clothes coming?” or “How are ticket sales going for the Salvation Army fundraiser at Brook Hollow?”

Instead it was, “Did you find a parking space?” Seems the Crescent Court launched its face lift on the very same day as the SAWA’s Texas Tea at Stanley Korshak.

Libby Hunt

Libby Hunt

Evidently, everyone didn’t get the memo that the usual valet at Korshak’s front door would be replaced by the one at Capital Grille. But even then Salvation Army Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-Chair Dixey Arterburn arrived early and couldn’t find a parker at the Grille. Upon inquiring in a ladylike fashion with the Capital Grille staff, she was told to just leave her keys and it would be taken care of.

Guess it was just one of the adjustment to new arrangement days, but Women’s Auxiliary President Betsy Chambers, Ramona Jones, Honorary Co-Chairs Libby Hunt, Lissie McCullough and Sharon McCullough were right on time.

Lissie McCullough, Crawford Brock and Sharon McCullough

Lissie McCullough, Crawford Brock and Sharon McCullough

Regardless, Dixey and her Co-Chair Ginger Sager have arranged to have loads of the gently experienced designer clothes hanging around for sale on Monday, May 4, at Brook Hollow. Suggestion: start doing your arm exercises because you’re gonna be carrying out armfuls of fashions.

But on this day it was Korshak’s brand-spanking new clothes and “Texas Tea.”

Côtes du Coeur Catalogue Announcement

David Blank and Kate Rose Marquez

David Blank and Kate Rose Marquez

Later that evening, Diamond Doctor was being hit from all sides by the Côtes du Coeur gang. For a while DD David Blank stood outside greeting guests like Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach, Corry Schiermeyer, Kevin Curley, Kim Bannister, Dick Meyer, Mary Martha and John Pickens, Nick Tarantello and Micheala Davis.

Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach and Corry Schiermeyer

Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach and Corry Schiermeyer

Kim Bannister

Kim Bannister

Mary Martha and John Pickens

Mary Martha and John Pickens

One reason for his doing the meet-and-greet outside was that the store was pretty well filled with peeps with glasses of wine in hand.

Whether it was the Côtes du Coeur wine lovers checking out the Red Escalade in front of DD, hunkering down over the cases of gems on the ground floor or venturing upstairs to see the OMG items, it was an amazing gathering. In addition to the gazillions of dollars of jewels, another reason for the turnout was the presentation of the Côtes du Coeur catalog for the April 25 fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole. Just in the nick of time, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez rang the bell calling all to the stairs for the catalog presentation. As the information about the wines was being read, it was obvious that some folks were already planning their bids.

Art Ball Past Chairs Were Celebrated At Nancy Carlson’s With Sweet Masterpieces As Part Of 50th Anniversary

In the world of visual art, Wednesday, March 18, was a gathering of angels. At the invite of 2015 Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait Chair Nancy Carlson and the host committee, the previous chairs were invited to be honored for the past years of the multi-million dollar fundraiser.

Julie Hawes and Jennifer Karol

Julie Hawes and Jennifer Karol

Elaine Agather and Catherine Rose

Elaine Agather and Catherine Rose

Maxwell Anderson

Maxwell Anderson

Ann Barbier-Mueller and Cristina Lynch

Ann Barbier-Mueller and Cristina Lynch

The day’s rain had pulled back, so the ladies and Dallas Museum of Art Eugene McDermott Director Maxwell Anderson headed to the Carlson estate.

Cake masterpieces

Cake masterpieces

Most never made it past the entry hall, but those who like Cristina Lynch and Ann Barbier-Mueller did discovered a banquet of all types of goodies including edible lipsticks.

Sweets including edible lipsticks

Sweets including edible lipsticks

One of the first to fall victim was Max, whose lipstick kept falling off his plate.

Greer Garson and Jodie Biddle

Greer Garson and Jodie Biddle

Why the shout-out for the past chairs? Because this year’s Art Ball is the 50th anniversary. And to salute the past, Nancy had large blow-ups of past special Art Ball moments that included Greer Garson and Jodie Biddle.

Schatzie Lee

Schatzie Lee

Past chairs like Schatzie Lee were being videotaped in a side room about their Art Ball memories.

BTW, the Art Ball wasn’t always the Art Ball. Back in the yesteryear it was a mega-costume ball called the Beaux Arts Ball. But those were days when the DMA was at Fair Park. Only proving that memories are the foundation for today’s successes.

This year’s gala is right on target for Saturday, April 11, at the DMA.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Art Ball Host Committee Tea

Leave it to Art Ball 50 Chair Nancy Carlson and her host committee to take full advantage of the 50th celebration of the Art Ball. On Wednesday, March 18, they invited all the former past Art Ball chairs to Nancy’s “cottage” for a little gathering that included Park Cities tea (aka champagne) and the most magnificent looking cakes and sweet treats. In addition to the goodies, Nancy and DMA Eugene McDermott Director Maxwell Anderson saluted the past chairs for their efforts in raising more than $22M.

Cake masterpieces

Cake masterpieces

While the post is being prepped, check out a few of the photos from the “tea” at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. It’s delicious and not fattening.

Sweets including edible lipsticks

Sweets including edible lipsticks

Can you just imagine what the April 11 fundraiser at the Dallas Museum of Art is going to be like? Yummy, rich and memorable.

A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea Chair Dorothea Meltzer Celebrated Her Birthday With Author Michael Devine And Honorary Chair Marilyn Hailey

Dorothea Meltzer*

Dorothea Meltzer*

The ladies gathered on Tuesday, February 10, at the Dallas Arboretum for “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum. Birthday girl/Event Chair Dorothea Meltzer arranged for former Neiman’s model Marilyn Hailey to serve as honorary chair. To celebrate her runway days, a video was shown with “an array of shots during her modeling career which started in the early 1960’s.”

In addition to selling out of his book “An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors,” author Michael Devine told the ladies-who-tea about “tempura fried herbs. Parsley, thyme, basil – all dipped in batter and fried to perfection.”

Dorothea is an old hand at chairing the annual fundraiser for the Woman’s Garden at the Arboretum. She did it last year and has agreed to do it next year.

* Photo credit: Deborah Brown

Amy Mitchell’s Mansion On The Creek Provided The Christmas Wow! Factor For The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Tea

Satellites circling the earth probably were amazed at the lit-up North Texas area. Among the homes showcasing the Santa angle in December was Amy and Malone Mitchells’ mansion along Turtle Creek.

On Thursday, December 18, a bigger-than-life-size nutcracker at the front door greeted the ladies of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League for their annual holiday tea honoring the 2015 Symphony Debs. With debs home for the holidays, they were partying non-stop for the next few days including Saturday’s Diamonds & Debs hosted by the Lawrence Bock family and Sunday’s Holiday Party at Myrna and Bob Schlegels’ estate.

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

Christmas decorations in the Mitchell home

But on this afternoon with temperatures in the 40’s outside, the breathtaking interior of the home past the heavy front door immediately warmed things up for guests like Susan Stanzel, Cynthia Beaird, Jolie Humphrey and daughter Camille, who were headed to Santa Fe following Christmas.

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart

DSOL Debutante Ball Chair Venise Stuart was amazed at how seamlessly the year had taken place. She had asked Amy about hostessing the tea back in June and today was the result.

Carolers

Carolers

While Dickens-esque carolers wandering throughout, marvelously decorated towering Christmas trees were spotted in the Great Hall, the living room, the keeping room and practically in every nook and cranny. Hmm. Pity poor Santa in trying to figure out where to put the gifts.

Amy Mitchell

Amy Mitchell

Speaking of the keeping room, Amy was seated in a chair chatting with the some of the gals. In playing “checking in,” one gal said she was at SMU. Amy asked if she was in a sorority. The lass replied, “Chi O.” Immediately, Amy responded, “Me, too!” What a hoot! (Sorry about that.)

But it also appeared that the Mitchell clan was part of the Yule brotherhood with ceramic Saint Nicholases, magnificent tapestry, manger scenes and even a cute grinch throughout. And, of course, a life-size Santa presided from the Great Hall’s balcony. In other words, Christmas is a very big deal in the Mitchell household. It’s too bad it all has to end. But not to worry. In just 11 months all the Christmas magic will return to the Mitchell household.

Les Femmes Du Monde Holiday Party Was A Real Traffic Stopper

When mom is holding an afternoon party, it can really cramp a son’s POA. Such was the case for Spencer Hardin on Tuesday, December 16, when his mom Sarah Hardin hosted the Les Femmes du Monde Christmas party. As a more-than-expected flock of females filled the Hardins’ Park Cities home, Spencer got in his two-seater and headed out the driveway only to come to an abrupt stop. Blocking the way was a spotless Mercedes.

Dixie Marshall, Rhoades and Sarah Hardin

Dixie Marshall, Rhoades and Sarah Hardin

There was good reason. Dixie Marshall and Connie Rhoades, who had arrived in the Mercedes, were assisting another guest with a walker to the house. Being a gentleman, Spencer patiently waited without revving his engine once.

Sarah admitted that they really should have had valet parking. But it was a beautiful day and who would have thought the turnout would be so surprising that the cars lined the block.

As Dixie and Sarah helped the guest into the house, Connie headed back to the street to move the blocking car. Spencer was seen immediately driving away.

Alyce Heinrich

Alyce Heinrich

Just as well. Inside the guests spilled out of the family room and into the adjoining living room, as 2014 Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich announced the following:

The membership drive was on.

  • Alyce would continue as president through 2015.
  • Phyllis Comu would serve as 2015 president-elect.
  • Regina Bruce, who chaired the sold-out 2015 Women of Distinction luncheon at Harlan Crow’s library, would be 2016 president-elect.
  • Carmaleta Whiteley and her husband Otis Felton would chair the 2015 Woman of the Year evening fundraiser for Children’s Health and World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth.

As soon as Alyce was finished, many of the guests headed to the dining room, where a feast was waiting.

Former Neiman Marcus Model Marilyn Hailey Named Honorary Chair For “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea”

Back in the days when Neiman Marcus’ Zodiac Room had jackets available if gentlemen guests had forgotten theirs, there was a small group of legendary models who strolled among the tables to tell diners about their ensemble. One of those super stars was Marilyn Hailey.

Like the others, she was a fav of international designers. One of her favorite designers was the late hat designer Frank Olive. So much so, that she collected a delicious group of his chapeaus that was displayed at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s new member part in 2013.

Marilyn is lending her name as honorary chair of the “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” at the Dallas Arboretum on Tuesday, February 10.

Marilyn Hailey and Marena Gault*

Marilyn Hailey and Marena Gault*

In addition to landing Marilyn, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum President Marena Gault, Event Chair Margaret La Rocca and “A Writer’s Garden” Chair Dorothea Meltzer have arranged to have Michael Devine as guest speaker.

Like Frank’s love of fabrics and designs, Michael “has an internationally recognized line of hand-printed fabrics. His textiles and garden have appeared in numerous print and online magazines, including House Beautiful, Ell Décor, Traditional Home, World of Interiors and the Peak of Chic.”

It might be very smart to upgrade your involvement to the patron status because it will include an invite to a patron party the night before to meet Michael.

Proceeds from the event will benefit A Woman’s Garden at the Arboretum.

* Photo credit: Deborah Brown

Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Tablescapes Set New Highs With Table Fashions And Alex Hitz’s Boldface Namedropping

There wasn’t much time to recover from the Saturday, October 18 Cattle Baron’s Ball. But no excuses would do Sunday or Monday, since the annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes two-day fundraiser was underway at the Dallas Country Club. Showcasing the extremely talented professionals and should-bes, the event takes place just before the holidays really go into overdrive. The settings inspired hosts and hostesses for

Sunday, October 19 — Candlelight

The evening was the stuff that mega-advertising firms hope for when trying to promote a new convertible. The humidity was low. The breeze was just enough to make long hair flow perfectly. The temperature was ideal for bare shouldering it.

Holt Haynsworth and Lyn Barlow

Holt Haynsworth and Lyn Barlow

Within the Dallas Country Club, there was not a pore or line in sight thanks to the hundreds of glowing candles. And these candles were perfectly poised on dozens and dozens of beautifully decorated and dolled up tables. The King’s Winter Feast boasted shields, swords and antiquities in north grill. Holt Haynsworth’s table was a scene from Colorado with Aspens, a glass top covering decorative moss and photos from past shoots in the main grill. (Holt told his mom Lyn Barlow that he was unleashing his inner feminine self to create the table.) Junior Villanueva’s table in the gallery had stumped some, but clever guests like Jill Rowlett immediately figured it out. It was an upside down tree with roots reaching to the ceiling and tulips and tree limbs pointing downward with the leafy branches covering the table.

Junior Villanueva's presentation

Junior Villanueva’s presentation

And while guests queued up for the buffet and silent auction in the main northern side of the ballroom, the vast majority checked out the tables throughout the clubhouse. For within 24 hours, they would be a Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescape memory and its proceeds would be going to Catch UP and Read, Child Care Group, Contact, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Dwell With Dignity, Mosaic Dallas, New Friends New Life, Promise House, VNA/Meals on Wheels and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

No sooner had the last guests driven away from Candlelight, then the tables were redressed in preparation for the sold-out Monday luncheon in which guests attended a lecture by bon vivant Alex Hitz and then dined at the tables. And, yes, a lot of candles had to be snuffed out.

Monday, October 20 – Luncheon

Caroline Williams, Charlya Ward and Christine Flanagan

Caroline Williams, Charlya Ward and Christine Flanagan

Christine Flanagan, Martha Ward and Caroline Williams

Christine Flanagan, Martha Ward and Caroline Williams

Tablescapes Co-Chairs/Sisters Christine Ward Flanagan and Caroline Ward Williams had everything in perfect order. For the pair it was a three-generation occasion with mother Charlya Ward and grandmother Martha Ward on hand.

Monday morning guests returned to the club that is usually closed this one day of the week. They started arriving at 10 a.m. to view the tables with their finery and meet some of the designers.

Louise Griffeth and Junior Villanueva

Louise Griffeth and Junior Villanueva

At 11:30, they gathered in the ballroom to recognize Debbie Oates as the Platinum Key Honoree and Charlotte Anderson for being the recipient of the Fraternity Alumnae Achievement Award. However, Tablescapes Co-Founder Louise Griffeth had something up the sleeve of her brand new very Kappa Kappa Gamma dress (It was covered in key prints). She had managed to get floral genius Junior Villanueva to sit in the audience. The man who along with his Garden Gate crew create magnificent masterpieces in vases or ballrooms shies away from the applause and limelight. Instead, he prefers to let his handiwork be out front.

As Louise addressed the filled-to-capacity ballroom, she nervously admitted that she was treading on thin ice in calling attention to Junior. But once she did it, one and all rose to their feet to show their appreciation for his talent and his being a part of Tablescapes for 20 years.

Then it was time for natty Alex to regale the crowd with stories of being raised by jet setting parents in the south and France. Like a Page Six column, his talk was peppered with anecdotes and names like

Alex Hitz

Alex Hitz

Eating baked potatoes with so much caviar that “this half Presbyterian damn near blushed” in a duplex built for a silent movie star with a fountain for champagne in the bathtub (“Now, look at you. I say that in Dallas and nobody bats an eye.”);

  • “Lobster Mimi at Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera’s lush 91st Street house. The recipe she got from Mimi, her formidable mother-in-law. Here’s a pieces of news, ladies, even Carolina has a formidable mother-in-law.
  • “A surreal sour cream soufflé at Bill Blass’ country house in Connecticut on the bleakest, ugliest of February afternoons;
  • “A summer blackberry tart in “gorgeous Carolyne Roehm’s not to-be-believed, be believed garden in Connecticut full of super ripe, not to believed blackberries straight from that garden.
  • A coconut pudding with caramel sauce “one Christmas Eve at Susan Godwin’s palatial Fifth Avenue spread… If the coconut pudding didn’t get you, the apartment would.”
  • “Hands down, the very, very best chicken pot pie ever, which had sultanas in it. You and I might call them raisins at Louisiana belle Marguerite Littman’s house in Chester Square in London. She told stories about her very best friend Tennessee Williams. It seems they were sitting at the pool one day when a very, very, very skinny girl walked by. Marjorie looked at her and said “Anorexia nervosa.” To which, Tennessee responded, “Why, Marguerite, you just know everybody!”
  • Short ribs with Betsy Bloomingdale.
  • For the last seven or eight years of her life, Elizabeth Taylor had Alex spend Thanksgiving with her and “her family.” He told his audience that after being part of the holiday feast with Taylor, he advised that “I do hate myself for what I’m about to say…please, always remember if you hire a caterer to do a Thanksgiving dinner, please make sure that they do not specialize in tahini, couscous and lamb kebobs.”

With strict orders to respect the schedule, he concluded the talk telling them “to give people what they really want” and five tips to a perfect party — Five Ways To Entertain Well (as if any of these gals needed advice):

  1. “Never skimp on anything. “Don’t you go skimping. If you serve a frozen pizza, fried chicken or caviar, make sure it’s the best of what it is and there’s plenty of it.
  2. “When entertaining, make a schedule and stick to it. Serve dinner on time. And don’t wait on anybody. If people are late, it’s their problem not yours. Do not punish the people who come on time and reward the people who come late. (Applause)
  3. “Make an effort to get every detail right, but do it before the guests arrive. Do not be fussing around the kitchen making everybody nervous. Parties are first and foremost about people and then food and then everything else. And never stop smiling. Trust me, trust me. Nobody wants to see your freaking out in a cold sweat and popping Xanax.
  4. “The higher the monkey climbs the pole, the more he shows his _____. In other words, don’t be pretentious. Keep it simple. We know you’re rich and of excellent quality. Simpler is always better.
  5. “If all else fails, and make sure you don’t miss this one, just call up the Dallas Country Club.”
Jean Liu Designs and Pomp Party

Jean Liu Designs and Pomp Party

Then the crowd en masse left the ballroom for their tables for a luncheon of red pepper soup, chicken chasseur served with broccoli polonaise and fall rise blend and a chocolate mousse with whipped cream and pecan shortbread cookies.

All 54 tables were filled to the hilt except one. It was the Jean Liu Designs and Pomp Party in the main foyer. There was good reason for its being guest-less. It was made for guests, whose birthdays were still in the one-digit range.

Caron Cares’ Fourth Annual Day Of Discovery And Recovery Carries On Despite Area Power Outages And Storm Damages

Robin Bagwell and Carol Laurence*

Robin Bagwell and Carol Laurence*

The Fourth Annual Day of Discovery & Recovery Co-Chairs Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn weren’t going to let a little thing like one of the mightiest storms in Dallas history cramp their plans. The purpose was too important. So, while the rest of the area was suffering from power outages and storm damages, the Fourth Annual Caron Cares Seminar was moved outdoors on Friday, October 3, with the sun shining. Here is a report from the field:

Outside seminar*

Outside seminar*

“Not even the lack of electricity at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church could prevent Caron Cares from holding the Fourth Annual Day of Discovery & Recovery presented by Bank of Texas and Charlotte and Fred Ball. Plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze provided light and air conditioning for the event as the doors were opened and workshops were held outside.

Doug Tieman, Fred and Charlotte Ball, Rick Lear and Jack Zogg*

Doug Tieman, Fred and Charlotte Ball, Rick Lear and Jack Zogg*

“Retired Pastor at Lover’s Lane UMC Dr. Don Benton was honored with the Community Leadership Award. Marie Krebs accepted the Corporate Community Leadership Award for Twelfth Step Ministry, Inc. Scott Murray emceed the program.

Marie Krebs and Mike Pules*

Marie Krebs and Mike Pules*

Robert Hall, Barb Reynolds and Scott Murray*

Robert Hall, Barb Reynolds and Scott Murray*

Caron Treatment Centers President/CEO Doug Tieman was the luncheon keynote speaker. Doug shared his personal story of battling alcoholism while serving as president of one of the oldest and largest drug and alcohol addiction treatment center organizations in the country. In 2008, Tieman was charged with drunken driving in Palm Beach County, Florida, after attending a fundraising gala for Caron Renaissance Institute Treatment Center.

“Tieman began his keynote address by telling the audience of his dad’s experience as a teenager on a pork farm in Missouri. One day his father was given the task of riding an old bicycle into town pulling a chicken coop full of chickens. Hitting a slick spot along the way, his father wrecked the bicycle allowing all of the chickens to escape. Doug’s father realized that he needed help gathering the chickens so he knocked on a neighbor’s door and they willingly helped him catch the critters. Doug’s dad then walked the bicycle home instead of riding it, proud of the fact that he had caught all 15 chickens. When relaying the unfortunate saga to Doug’s grandfather, his grandfather said, ‘That’s curious. You started with 12.”

“Doug related the story of his teenage father to his own alcoholism recovery story and stated four main points that were attributed to both:

  1. He took responsibility for his actions.
  2. He asked for help.
  3. He did the work.
  4. He changed his behavior and ended up with more than he started with.
“Doug realized that he had a problem with alcohol; however, he was afraid to ask for help because of his position at Caron. He said that he was armed with all of the knowledge of alcoholism, but even knowing the facts, it didn’t protect him. Doug went on to say that he considers the DUI divine intervention. ‘I’m glad I was able to have this intervention in my life and start down the life of recovery.’  Doug expressed his appreciation to the Caron Board of Directors when they said after his arrest, ‘We don’t shoot our employees. We will get you help.’ Doug spent the next 45 days in treatment and as a result said that his life and his relationship with his family has gotten ten times better.  He encouraged all — ‘Don’t delay!’
Dotti Reeder, Amara Durham, Cal Grant, Kalita Blessing and Mallory Maclay*

Dotti Reeder, Amara Durham, Cal Grant, Kalita Blessing and Mallory Maclay*

“Caron’s mission is to provide an enlightened and caring treatment community in which those affected by the disease of alcoholism or other drug addiction may begin a new life.”

* Photos and writeup credit: Jan Osborn

Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Charles A. Sammons Tower Opens To Provide State-Of-The-Art Trauma And Critical Care

It’s been a long time coming, but the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower officially opened Thursday, July 24, with balloons, boldfacers and the best emergency facility south of the Trinity.

With a ladder extended from a Dallas fire truck out front, guests were greeted at the East Colorado entrance with a jazz band and escorted to elevators to the sixth floor. While the top floor is still in raw condition, it was totally decked out for the dedication with banner, food, and ceiling netted with blue-and-white balloons. And the views were nothing to scoff at. Time and again, guests commented how the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was the perfect backdrop for the new facility that has been recognized as one of three adult Level Two trauma center status. With the opening of the tower, Level One status is just around the corner.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center President Laura Irvine told the SRO crowd, “For the first time, I can mention that the American College of Surgeons will be recommending approval of our designation as a Level 1 trauma center.”

The event commenced taking on more of a pep rally with smiles and applause non-stop.

Methodist Healthy System Board Chair Levi H. Davis summed it up, saying, “This is an awesome day!” He also reminded the business leaders in the audience that Methodist is the largest employer in Oak Cliff, with 3,900+ “lifesavers” on staff.

Adding to that hoorah was City Councilman Scott Griggs, who evidently doesn’t believe in understatement. He announced, “This is the best [healthcare] facility not only in Dallas and Texas but in the whole world. You are definitely world class!”

George Schrader

George Schrader

Following a video, Chris Kleinert, who chaired the BrightER Capital Campaign, told the crowd, which included Methodist Health System President Steve Mansfield, SMU President Gerald Turner, former Dallas City Manager George Schrader, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louise Bright III, Carol Seay, Nancy Bierman and Chris’ adoring wife, Ashlee Kleinert, that he was a bit nervous about the day. When Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain first invited him to tour Methodist, he had never been there before. It became apparent that the hospital was outdated, outmoded and overcrowded. Seeing the immediate need and the future of the area, he signed on to raise more than $20M. That was 29 months ago. One of the first things Chris did, besides telling Ashlee of the ginormous undertaking, was to draft his in-laws, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, as honorary co-chairs. Then he and the Methodist team went about raising the money. Instead of pounding his chest over this amazing accomplishment, Chris turned the tables and attributed the success story to the donors, staff and city officials.

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert and April Box Chamberlain

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert and April Box Chamberlain

Chris then introduced Nancy Ann and Ray. According to Nancy Ann, the couple who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next year, didn’t know they were to speak.

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt

Ray praised the people on the capital-campaign committee and said they were Dallas’ future leaders. “They took time to volunteer for something that is really, really important. . . . That’s what has made Dallas great [over the years]. It makes you feel very optimistic about the future of Dallas.”

He scoffed at the idea that Nancy Ann and he had done more than serve as “cheerleaders” for the project. Then Ray reminded the assembled group that “Dallas has no reason to exist.” And except for leaders like these — Mayors Bob Folsom and Erik Jonsson and former City Manager George Schrader — “the city wouldn’t exist as it is today.”

Nancy Ann Hunt and Joy Duncan

Nancy Ann Hunt and Joy Duncan

Then the event’s closer was Nancy Ann. The shy little blonde rose to the occasion by saying without hesitation, “This is a game-changer for Dallas.” She said Methodist has always been a light shining bright, but no one recognized it. Then she added: “As Chris said, today it is a neon light!”

As the Hunts stepped down from the stage to take their seats, all in the room rose to give them a standing O.

Immediately, the staff, committee and key leaders rolled out a “never-ending blue ribbon” with Methodist printed in white. As they held the ribbon around the perimeter of the room, a “virtual ribbon cutting” commenced followed by a drop of hundreds of blue and white balloons.

Virtual ribbon cutting

Virtual ribbon cutting

For Methodist Health System PR pro Kathleen Beathard, it was a poignant occasion. Come August, she’ll be heading to a job in North Dallas. But before leaving, she’s tackling one last challenge. It seems that when you type in the Dallas’s campus address —1441 North Beckley — on the Apple map locator, the iPhone geniuses send you up to North Dallas. Don’t make that mistake. Just look across the Trinity for the tallest building atop a hill and head for it. That’s Methodist, the tallest and newest addition to North Texas’ stellar collection of trauma centers.

Two Harps Are Far “Better Than One” Harp For A Sunday Afternoon Of Chamber Music International Fundraising

There’s something soothing about the music emerging from the strings of a harp. No wonder angels claim them as their musical instruments of choice. And as the summer heats up hotter-than-the-opposite-of-heaven, soothing would be extremely nice in grand, air-conditioned surroundings.

Better Than One*

Better Than One*

Interested? Come Sunday, August 17, Classical Music International will present “Better Than One,” an hour-hour recital featuring Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell playing “English folk songs, Argentinean tango, contemporary American sounds and Gypsy-like dances” on their harps.

And Jaymee and Emily aren’t just some street musicians. Of course, you’ll want their credentials to prove that point. So, here goes:

“Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell have individually earned their acclaim for their artistry on the harp. Jaymee Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006 and continues to maintain an active role in the American Harp Society as the National Secretary and Southwest Regional Director. Ms. Haefner has performed as a soloist all over the world including Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She also received numerous awards such as the Laurete prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow and won the President’s Concerto Competition in Tuscon, AZ.

“Professor of Harp at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Mitchell was raved as a ‘marvelous harpist’ by the New York Times. Her performances can be heard on many recordings with RCA Victor, NPR’s Performance Today, and has toured around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Colombia Artists. Ms. Mitchell has taught at NYU and Purchase College as well as given master classes at the Royal College of Music in London and Madrid conservatory. She has also won several awards including first prize at the 7th International Harp Contest in Israel.”

And just where would these heavenly sounds feel right at home? Why at angelic philanthropist Faye Briggs’ home, of course. But even Faye’s place can’t hold thousands plus two harps. So, attendance will  belimited to under 100 guests. For $75, guests will enjoy a Sunday afternoon of “light and delicate snacks and drinks,” as well as the performances.

If CMI is new to you, it’s a non-profit performing arts organization that’s been around since 1986 “to present the highest artistic level of chamber music to a broad spectrum of patrons in North Texas.”

For more info about CMI and/or the “Better Than One” concert, contact Sandra Wu.

Mad Hatter’s Live Auction Items Just Revealed

Mad Hatter's Tea 2014*

Mad Hatter’s Tea 2014*

The Mad Hatters are putting the finishing touches on their chapeaus. Or, in some cases, their hat designers are for Thursday’s Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Arboretum. One of the items on the day’s agenda is the live auction. Thanks to Jacque Kennedy, the following over-the-top packages will be up for paddle waving:

Item 1: My Fair Lady Package — Enjoy a day of beauty for you and three friends.  Begin the day by spoiling yourselves with hair and makeup done by The Hair Bar. Head on over to True Foods in Preston Center for lunch with your guests and conclude your day with four tickets to the Arboretum Concert Series.

Hostess will receive:

  • Pink Python Clutch by Laura Ginsburg
  • Black and gold Escada watch
  • Earrings from Szor’s

Item 2: Ladies Who Lunch Package — You and your four closest friends are invited to a private luncheon with MacKenzie Child’s designer, Rebecca Proctor, at Neiman Marcus.

For each guest, the luncheon includes:

  • Private Meet & Greet before the luncheon
  • A signed gift from Rebecca Proctor
  • A makeover in the cosmetics department at Neiman Marcus NorthPark prior to the luncheon!

Hostess will receive:

  • Diamond earrings from Rare Gems India
  • Elaine Turner handbag from Tootsies
  • Portrait session and an 11×14 Family Portrait by Robin Jackson Photography

Item 3: A Spot of Tea Package — Enjoy an exclusive opportunity with a Mother/Daughter Tea Party for 8 hosted at the Dallas Arboretum. Afterwards, enjoy a memorable tour of the Children’s Garden with your guests, and the hostess will receive a head and shoulders pastel portrait of her daughter by Nancy Curran. Conclude the day with dinner for eight in your home catered by Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Item 4: C’est la Bonne Vie! Package — Escape for the morning to the French-inspired Rush Patisserie for coffee and croissants with 8-12 of your closest lady friends. Each guest will receive exquisite French Affaires greeting cards by Elizabeth New Seitz.  End the day with a $1,000 gift certificate for dinner at Nick & Sam’s in Preston Center.

Hostess will receive:

  • $500 Bachendorf’s gift certificate
  • Portrait session and a 16×20 Family Portrait by Robin Jackson Photography

Item 5: Run for the Roses Package — Enjoy a private garden consultation at your home with Michael Shoup of Antique Rose Emporium.

Package includes:

  • Three beautiful rose bushes
  • Signed copies of Michael Shoup’s books Empress of the Garden and Guide to Antique Roses
  • Select gardening tools for handling the roses
  • Five different holiday gift box sets delivered throughout the year from Stacy’s Elegantly Chocolate

Item 6: Picture Perfect Party Package — Enjoy an afternoon tea party with 8-12 of your friends, sampling French delicacies at the French-inspired Rush Patisserie. Capture the special occasion with a Custom Portrait Package and an 8×10 lustre coated professional portrait by Tiffany Hankla Photography.

Hostess will receive a 10-inch Waterford Crystal Cassidy Vase

* Graphic courtesy of Mad Hatter's Tea 2014

Round Robin March 26: Celebrating Women Announcement Coffee, Life Lessons, Contact Tea And Heroes And Handbags Live Auction

Wednesday, March 26, was a black hole of activities swirling. From morning coffees to SMU basketball, it seemed like every minute of the day required families making Solomon-like decisions on what to attend/support. So, what events were so demanding attention?

How about for starters:

Nobody can say Dallas is a hayseed town! Here are some flash points of the day that started off with the butterflies that serve as the symbol for both Celebrating Women and The Elisa Project:

2014 Celebrating Women

As mentioned before, Brenda Cockrell along with her caged perky, chirpy finches hosted the 2014 Celebrating Women Luncheon Kick-Off. What was revealed was that the Baylor Health Care System Foundation fundraiser for breast cancer would return to the Hilton Anatole on Friday, October 24. Luncheon Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle and Underwriting Chair Maggie Kipp were joined by a slew of past chairs including Celebrating Women First Lady Lindalyn Adams.

Celebrating Women leadership past and present

Celebrating Women leadership past and present

Ethel Randall

Ethel Randall

Seated near Lindalyn was Ethel Randall, who manages the remarkable Baylor mobile mammogram operation that weekly helps 100 people to learn about the health of their breasts.

The standing joke of the gathering was that Rob Lowe would not be returning this year. However, all were impressed with the final reveal of the 2014 speaker — ABC’s “Good Morning America”’s Amy Robach. And that was before she had been promoted to replace Josh Elliott!

Okay, let’s be honest. Amy may not initially raise eyebrows like the mention of Rob Lowe. But pause and recall that the 40-year-old journalist made headlines with her first-ever, on-air mammogram that revealed the she indeed had breast cancer last year.

Dr. Alan Miller

Dr. Alan Miller

But as Dr. Alan Miller, who is chief of oncology at Baylor, reported, Baylor advancements, from the mobile mammogram to the navigator program, are part of the remarkable survival rate of women . . and men … with breast cancer.

Sure, Amy may not be Rob Lowe, but she has firsthand knowledge of being an unsuspecting breast cancer patient and survivor.

As the guests headed out the door, they received delicious butterfly cookies created by Kim Crigger Warren.

Life Lesson’s Luncheon

Robin Bagwell, Kim Bannister and Jan Osborn

Robin Bagwell, Kim Bannister and Jan Osborn

Over at the Anatole, the butterflies were very much present as The Elisa Project’s mascot for the 9th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon in the Khmer Pavilion, chaired by Kim Bannister and Sawyer Bannister. As luncheon honorees Robin Bagwell and Jan Osborn schlepped signage to the Jade Pavilion in the Atrium’s lobby, a coterie of Hockadaisies gathered to meet keynote speaker, seven-time Olympic medal winning swimmer Amanda Beard.

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard

The duo was thinking about life after the lunch. Jan had wanted to go with Robin to the SMU game or the Heroes and Handbags live auction, but she was committed to chair the Contact cocktail party at the Bush Center.

On the other hand, Robin was headed to the SMU basketball game, while husband Norm was going to host one of the tables at the VNA’s Legends and Leaders dinner at the Khmer.

As Amanda posed for photos with the schoolgirls and adult guests like Leslie and Rick McCall, Elisa Project Executive Director Kim Martinez was reporting that 540 guests were expected for the fundraiser. It was easy to spot Amanda in her cornflower blue sundress, equally blue eyes, killer looks and tattoos on her calf.

Despite having attended a patron cocktail party the night before at Matthew Trent and making the rounds of local TV programs just a couple of hours before, Amanda looked bright-eyed. Perhaps it was due to her relatively new mommy duties and/or those twice-a-day swims.

Zoe Besser

Zoe Besser

It was hard to imagine this top athletic beauty would have ever had a problem with body image or self-esteem, but she had. And she had overcome the issues and encouraged the guests: “Don’t allow what others think and say define you.

But before Amanda spoke at the luncheon, an overpowering reading of entries by Zoe Besser and others from Elisa McCall captured the importance of self-esteem for young people. It was haunting to hear the words of a little girl, whose death had inspired her parents to help others suffering from an eating disorder, struggling with her frustration, confusion, anxiety and depression. Her emotional turmoil life hit home, with many in the audience having a greater understanding for the need for The Elisa Project. Even those who never knew Elisa now knew, understood and appreciated her struggle.

Contact Tea

Just as the crowd was being let out from The Elisa Project luncheon, a Kappa Kappa Gamma tea was underway at Jan Hegi’s home-sweet-home in Highland Park.

 Jan Hegi, Benaye Rogers, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis and Leigh Anne Haugh

Jan Hegi, Benaye Rogers, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis and Leigh Anne Haugh

The reason was Contact keynote speaker/honoree/Sandy Hook teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, who just so happened to be a Kappa and was in town as the keynote speaker for the next day’s Spirit of Contact luncheon at the Anatole’s Khmer Pavilion.

Before arriving at Jan’s, true-blue Kappa Kaitlin had visited the sorority house on the SMU campus.

As Jan and her “little sister” Marla Boone chatted in the entry hall, blonde Kaitlin took a seat on the couch in the living room. Her high heels were starting to get the best of her. Seems, like Amanda Beard, Kaitlin had been an early bird making the rounds of the local TV news shows. Learning that Amanda had also been staying at the Anatole, Kaitlin perked up. But then she learned that Amanda was already headed to the airport.

Editor’s note: Keynote and guest speakers may seem like they live an exciting life. A new city being feted, interviewed and photographed. Actually, it’s a demanding lifestyle — living out of a suitcase, being asked the same old questions, being shuttled around, trying to juggle their home life from long distance, being at the mercy of airline schedules, etc.

But back to Kaitlin. Despite having living through one of the nation’s most horrific mass murders, the 30-year-old teacher made no bones about her commitment to not let the tragedy define her or her students.

When asked if she had returned to the 3’ by 4’ bathroom where she and 15 of her students sought refuge from the murderer wandering the Sandy Hook halls, she looked a bit surprised. There was no way she would have ever returned to that room that had been demolished along with the school.

In 2012 Kaitlin admitted there were so many “angels” like her deceased grandmother who had been watching over her and her 15 first-graders, who were literally crammed in a room smaller than a coffee table. She recalled one student, who had been on vacation that day. When his parents asked her what she would have done if he had been at class, Kaitlin didn’t hesitate — “I would have put him on my shoulders.”

Heroes and Handbags Live Auction

Along with popularity comes challenges. In the case of the Knox-Henderson area east of Central Expressway, it’s parking. The guests of the Heroes and Handbags Live Auction found that out. Valet parking had been promised for the event at The Dram. But as guests trudged along Henderson, nary a parker nor sparking space was in sight.

However, nothing can prevent this crowd from getting to a Heroes for Children (H4C). Determined guests finally pulled into the lineup for Tei-Tei/The Porch parking lot that was as crowded as a Springsteen concert at the Final Four. Drivers were given understanding smiles by the parkers, who told them that they were indeed in the right lot. Once out of their vehicles, guests were directed down a walkway to the Dram.

One guest was so frustrated that he drove his SUV into the lot via the exit. To make amends with the attendants, he paid them $40 to keep his car nearby, saying, “We’re not going to be here that long.”

But once inside the dark bar with the cozy banquets and bar with a mirrored wall with glass shelves boasting loads of grown-up beverages, guests felt right at home.

Angela Choquette and Andrea Weber

Angela Choquette and Andrea Weber

H&H Chair Andrea Weber was celebrating a mommy’s night out. This was her first outing since giving birth to her daughter, Nicolette on March 5.

Darren Woodson

Darren Woodson

Andrea admitted that she indeed had had her hands full with the baby and the H&H fundraiser. But despite it all, the blonde new mom delivered more than the baby. She also arranged for adorable former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson to be the honorary chair. Well, she did get some help from husband John, who offices with Darren.

Taking the mic from Andrea and prodded by H4C Co-Founder Larissa Linton, Darren managed to articulately get the party-hearty crowd to face the reality of the program that helps the children battling cancer.

It was the perfect message to get the live auction hitting $37,000 for H4C.

Kristy Hensel and Larissa Linton

Kristy Hensel and Larissa Linton

Speaking of Larissa, she said that it appears that 200 handbags from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, YSL, Jimmy Choo, Susie Straubmueller, Chanel, Valentino and Rag & Bone will be up for auction at the H&H brunch on Friday, April 25, at the Omni.

Elaine Turner handbag*

Elaine Turner handbag*

Once again Elaine Turner has created a limited edition bag for the event.

In addition to having Tina “Bag Snob” Craig as the honorary chair, the H&H is being sponsored by Sewell, United Healthcare, Traxxas and TXU Energy.

If you love handbags and you just know you do, you’d better get on the stick and get your tickets. Insiders indicated “some tickets/tables are still left,” but they’re going, going, nearly gone.

* Photo provided 
by Heroes For 
Children

JUST IN: “Good Morning America”‘s Amy Robach Will Be 2014 Celebrating Women Luncheon’s Keynote Speaker

2014 Celebrating Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle announced this morning that the keynote speaker for the Baylor Health Care System Foundation fundraiser will be “Good Morning America”’s Amy Robach.

Amy Robach

Amy Robach

The Kick-Off Coffee at Brenda Cockrell‘s home also revealed that honorary chairs will be the Peggy and W. H. Smith family, Tom Thumb will serve as presenting sponsor and Maggie Kipp will serve as underwriting chair.

For those who watch GMA, then you know that the 41-year-old journalist recently made headlines when she had her first mammogram on October 1 on live TV. Weeks later she learned she indeed had breast cancer. Like many she never thought it would happen to her. But thanks to that mammogram, her cancer was discovered early enough that she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

According to Amy, “While everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early. The doctors told me bluntly, ‘That mammogram just saved your life.’ I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”

This morning a video was shown that despite facing surgery and chemo therapy, the loss of hair was the straw that broke the emotional camel’s back for Amy. So she decided to take charge of the situation instead of letting the cancer control her. Instead of losing her hair as she went through the chemo, she had her shoulder-length hair cut into a very cute bob.

On Friday, October 24, Amy will be at the Hilton Anatole to tell about her life one year after a mammogram saved her life.

KidneyTexas Fashion Show And Luncheon Plans Revealed At Spring Membership Meeting

Lynn Dealey and KidneyTexas luncheon logo

Lynn Dealey and KidneyTexas luncheon logo

In between the showers, March 26 was a beautiful day and just perfect for the Kidney Texas gals to don their prettiest frocks, have tea for the spring membership party and learn about plans for the annual KidneyTexas fashion show and luncheon.

The gathering spot for news sharing and tea sipping was Anna Bland Aston’s marvelous home in the gated community near NorthPark.

So what plans were revealed? Lynn Dealey unveiled the 2013 artwork for the luncheon. It will be at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 24.

Janine And Juliette Turner Entertain The Writer’s Garden Of The Dallas Arboretum’s Women’s Council On A Sunday Afternoon

A report just arrived about the February 24th Dallas Arboretum Writer’s Garden.

Holly Davis, Janine Turner, Juliette Turner and Jocelyn White

Holly Davis, Janine Turner, Juliette Turner and Jocelyn White

There was a lovefest at Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum Writer’s Garden Winter Tea Sunday, February 24. It was between Chair Jocelyn White and her Women’s Council friends including President Sue Ringle , Sharon Ballew, Doris Jacobs and Patricia Cowlishaw, as well as Joce’ gal-pals including Jan Strimple, Kim Gatlin, Roz Beadle, Roxanne Phillips and Holly Davis. They were all on hand to support the Women’s Garden as well as guest speakers Janine Turner and her 15-year-old daughter Juliette.

Emcee Jocelyn served as moderator as the mother-daughter duo discussed their respective books (Janine’s “Holding Her Head High” and Juliette’s “The Constitution Rocks!”) as well as their on-set stories from “Northern Exposure” and “Dr. T and the Women” to “Trip in a Summer Dress.” Janine’s longtime friend Jocelyn told how they met when she interviewed Janine for her KVIL radio show just as Janine was starting on “Northern Exposure” in 1990.

In closing, Janine told the gathered group of Women’s Council supporters that she will begin a new radio show on Clear Channel beginning in March, just as Juliette begins the second book in her three book deal for Harper-Collins.

Photo provided by Dallas Arboretum's Women's Council

 

Revised Plans For A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon To Be Announced At Today’s Holiday Tea

It’s been a daunting two weeks for Larry Hagman‘s world of family and friends. As if the loss of the actor wasn’t enough, some wondered what would happen to his countless philanthropic professional efforts. 

Luckily, Larry had entrusted all to professionals and close friends because these causes were very special to him. One of which was the fight against Alzheimer’s. It was well known that his wife Maj had been battling the disease for a number of years. It had gotten so severe that some questioned whether she would even comprehend his November 23rd death.

Kay Hammond (File photo)

For this reason Larry and his longtime friend Kay Hammond, who is president of A.W.A.R.E. (Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education), arranged for him to be the keynote speaker at the A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Hilton Anatole.

After getting over the initial shock and grief of Larry’s November 23rd death, Kay realized that Maj’s Alzheimer’s was still a big priority on Larry’s “Must Do” list and she wasn’t going to let him down. 

This afternoon the AWARE Holiday Tea will be more than the annual fare of sipping and sampling goodies. Kay will reveal the revised plans for the Friday, April 5th luncheon.

If you had thought about maybe skipping the tea, you just might want to rethink that. But if you can’t make it, stay tuned. We’ll let you know. But you knew that.

Veteran And Future Fundraisers Nosh With Nutcracker Types At Sugar Plum Fairy Tea At The Mansion

You sorta know you have a successful event when the cars are creating a lineup 5 minutes after the doors open. That was the scene at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek today as Texas Ballet supporters, both current and future, arrived for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea.

In its second year, the tea is part of the “warm” up for tomorrow’s Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Winspear. Last year the afternoon tea for mums and daughters was held at Stanley Korshak, but because it grew in size, the decision was made to move it to the Mansion.

While the elegant Mansion may be known as the place for grownups to see and be seen, this afternoon it was abounding with little princesses dancing, hugging and being oh-so adorable. Needless to say, bows and party dresses were the call of the day. Tea Co-chair Kathryn Beach

Elizabeth Slates, Caroline Corrigan and Margo Touchstone

and her daughters Katy and Lilly were all in soft pink. . . . Elizabeth Slates, Caroline Corrigan and Margo Touchstone wore just hints of pink on the tutu bracelets. . .  Donna Arp Weitzman looked like a snow queen all in white with daughter-in-law Trish Arp and granddaughter Meredith Arp. Donna will be at the luncheon with 20+ of her gal pals. Unfortunately four-year-old Meredith won’t be able to attend. She has previous commitments.

Trish Arp, Meredith Arp and Donna Arp Weitzman

In addition to mountains of cookies and sandwiches, there was everything from wine to hot chocolate. Needless to say, there was a line forming for tea and hot chocolate.

Line up for tea and things

For entertainment, there were coloring books about the Sugar Plum Fairy with crayons within arm’s reach.

Katy Beach, Kathryn Beach and Lilly Beach

And what would a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea for the Texas Ballet be without ballerinas? Not to worry. They were all there — Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King and Nutcracker himself.

The brilliant thing about the tea is that it’s hosted by the next year’s Tutu Chic co-chairs. Translation: today’s tea chairs — Munson sisters Kathryn Beach, Meg McGonigle and Merry Wyatt — will be chairing the fundraiser where “the champagne flows and the Korshak fashions dance on stage.”

BTW, Tutu Chic Co-chair Paige Slates reported that tomorrow’s fundraiser is sold out. However, you know how that goes. Write the right check and a place just might be found. Wink, wink.

A.W.A.R.E. Celebrates A Guest Bearing A $10,000 Gift At Holiday Tea

Christmas decorations

Jan Miller‘s palazzo was just brimming with holiday decorations and spirit for Tuesday’s A.W.A.R.E. tea. Event hostesses Mary Ann Hyde and Marion Moore had a full house for the annual event. Someone suggested that the big draw was Jan’s house that had two mammoth Christmas trees that looked like Santa himself had decorated them.

Marjorie Walthall

Among the crowd of guests were Bitsy Jordan, Carol Seay, Kay Hammond and Marjorie Walthall, who brought a nice little present. Actually it was a very nice big present. . .  a check for $10,000 to help the March 23 luncheon’s underwriting. Thanks to Marjorie’s generosity the total now stands at $143,000!

Jan Miller

BTW, it’s been noted that hosts and hostesses like Jan and her husband Jeff Rich, who open their homes for fundraising, have wireless microphones as handy as welcome mats. It really gets the job done when calling the group to attention. Don’t you love technology?