Sold-Out And Grovel Alerts!: 8th Annual Celebrity Chef

Katherine Krause (File photo)

VNA President/CEO Katherine Krause will be spending her birthday celebrating all day on Wednesday, February 28. It seems that the staff once again scheduled VNA’s 8th Annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser at VNA Haggerty Center on her natal day.

The evening event is already sold out and the lunchtime is just seats away from the same status.

Ted and Bess Enloe (File photo)

There are so many reasons why it’s on the verge of being a done deal. In addition to having Mary Frances Bellman and CiCi Weinmann co-chairing the two-in-one day fundraisers, they’ve arranged to have Bess and Ted Enloe as honorary co-chairs.

Still another reason for the swift sell-out and almost sold-out is the featured chefs, who will be doing a cooking demonstration and orchestrating the meals. Yes, it will be a twosome — the husband/wife team of Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza.  

In addition to their recently released “State Bird Provisions” cookbook and industry recognition by the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit to mention a couple, they own two of San Francisco’s top restaurants — Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions and The Progress in San Francisco.

Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza*

While Stuart honed his cooking skills working for Chicago’s Chef John Hogan at Savarin, Nicole’s specialized in pastry and baking skills under Chicago Chef Nancy Carey at the Red Hen Bakery.

These meals are always fun and eye-opening for the professional chef and the Hello Fresh novice.

Funds raised from the lunching and dining will support VNA’s Meals on Wheels and Charitable Hospice Care programs.

* Photo credit: Ed Anderson

Leslie Ann Crozier Ramps Up Her Mission To Raise Funds And Awareness For Greater Alzheimer’s Research With Stellar Experts And Fundraiser

If the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones is serious about winning a Super Bowl, he needs to recruit Leslie Ann Crozier, founder of the It’s Their Time foundation. The only problem is that Leslie Ann’s red zone-to-end-zone drill is already committed to a bigger game.

That focus was clearly obvious at the Dallas Country Club on Tuesday, January 23, for the kickoff of an upcoming foundation event called “From Red Zone to End Zone.” The invitation-only reception attracted a heady crowd of about 125, including early arrivals Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse, who had to check out due to another event. Gee, who could blame ’em. After all, Sally Hoglund was hosting a get-together in the Founder’s Room at DCC for Kouy Novice, wife of new Dallas Summer Musicals President Ken Novice. And across town, Lisa and Clay Cooley’s mansion had Roger Staubach recalling the wonderfulness of the late Ruth Sharp Altshuler.

And there are still those who swear nothing happens in January!

Lee Bailey and Doris Jacobs

Stan and Barbara Levenson

Pete and Jackie Delkus and Mark Goldberg

Gloria Snead and Jimmy Westcott

Gail and Richard Sachson

Ken Cooper

But back to Leslie Ann’s gathering and her mission, which is conquering Alzheimer’s disease. Among her early supporters on hand were Lee Bailey, Barbara and Stan Levenson, Jackie and Pete Delkus, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Carol Seay, Jimmy Westcott with gal pal Gloria Snead (Jimmy will be part of the upcoming Gloria-Juan Ernesto Snead‘s anniversary), Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, Debra Nelson, Jill Smith, Dan Owen, Sunie Solomon, Millie and Dr. Ken Cooper, Ramona Jones, Doris Jacobs, April Bosworth, Dawn Mickey, Laura and Dennis Moon, and Connie and Denny Carreker.

Rhonda and Fraser Marcus

April Bosworth and Dawn Mickey

Connie and Denny Carreker

Katherine Wynne and Sunie Solomon

Denny was ramping up for his turf battle with Park Cities types on Monday, January 29. When asked about the situation, Denny didn’t hesitate — he was ready to take it on.

While Leslie Ann seemed overwhelmed at the turnout, she didn’t let it slow down her mission to raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s research. Unlike other Alzheimer’s programs, Leslie Ann’s was laser-sharp in that her foundation is totally focused on research to solve the deadly disease that

  • is the sixth-leading cause of death in America.
  • And, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise 55%  by 2030.

In other words, this disease is a baby boomer’s tsunami.

What was driving Stanford grad/SMU MBA grad Leslie was the journey that she and her family had undertaken as her mother was swallowed up by the disease.

Leslie Ann Crozier, Dale Bredesen and Billie Leigh Rippey

Before revealing details about the 2018 fundraiser by Event Chair Katherine Wynne, Leslie Ann presented a stellar gathering of brainiacs front and center. Among them were UT Southwestern Medical School NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director Dr. Roger Rosenberg, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, and the evening’s speaker Dr. Dale Bredesen. Said Leslie breathlessly, before introducing Bredesen, “Man, it’s a powerful group!”

While Dale’s talk at times was a bit over the heads of some in the SRO crowd, the message was clear: Alzheimer’s does not have to be a death sentence. In fact, thanks to a test of Dale’s research-based protocol, which rebalances metabolic factors by adjusting such lifestyle factors as stress, sleep quality and diet, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline are being prevented and in some cases reversed.

Many in the audience knew all too well the devastation of the disease. They had either had a family member suffer from it, or they themselves were embarking on the journey. But Dale calmed their fears, reporting that in his study of 2,000 patients, dramatic improvements were taking place.

Following Dale’s talk, Leslie Ann and Katherine revealed that the foundation would be holding a forum/dinner on Monday, May 7, at the Bush Institute to raise funds and awareness in support of Alzheimer’s victims. The “From Red Zone to End Zone” event will feature a panel discussion with Rosenberg and Rudolph Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Michael Hayden, Killam Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia.

Like a tease, Leslie Ann concluded by admitting that changes are afoot for It’s Their Time, including a name change for the foundation. But, alas, the lawyers were going through the picky problems of trademarks and had barred her from revealing the group’s new moniker.

JUST IN: Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum And Awards Dinner Co-Chairs, Keynote Speaker And Awardees Revealed

Plans for Dallas Women’s Foundation‘s 2018 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leadership Forum And Awards Dinner have just been announced. Co-Chairing the annual dinner on Thursday, April 19, at the Omni Dallas Hotel will be Effie Booker-Dennison and Janice Sharry with AT&T serving as presenting sponsor.

Effie Dennison*

Jan Sharry*

The evening’s keynote speaker will be Nina Tassler, who was president/chair of CBS Entertainment, as well as “the highest profile Latina in network television” and author of “What I Told My Daughter: Lessons Form Leaders On Raising The Next Generation Of Empowered Women.” 

Nina Tassler**

According to DWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson, “We are very pleased to welcome Nina Tassler as our keynote speaker. She not only achieved the highest ranks in the entertainment industry, but worked throughout her career to balance the scales for women in corporate leadership and in programming.”

Of course, highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the awards. It’s a pretty heady and diverse group.

This year’s recipients of the Maura Awards will be Arcilia C. Acosta, Jocelyn D. Kidd, Cynthia Mickens Ross and Gail Turner.

Arcilia C. Acosta*

Jocelyn Kidd*

Cynthia Mickens Ross*

Gail Turner*

Presented by Capital One, the Young Leaders Awards will be presented to Vanessa Bouché and Brooke López.

Vanessa Bouche*

Brooke Lopez*

As Ros put it, “It is a great honor for Dallas Women’s Foundation to recognize six extraordinary leaders whose example and service to women and girls are literally awe-inspiring. Our Maura Award recipients have dedicated their lives to creating opportunities and pathways for other women to follow; and our Young Leader Award recipients are demonstrating the impact of the next generation of women leaders in their own fields and beyond.”

For an impressive description of each of the awardees, follow the jump for the low down:

* Photo provided by Dallas Women's Foundation 
** Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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MySweet2018Goals: Jimmy Westcott

According to Children’s Hope Dinner Founder Jimmy Westcott,

“My goal for this year is to help as many children and women as possible served by Orphan Outreach Services by supporting the 5th Annual Children’s Hope Dinner and assisting in the organization’s fund-raising efforts. Raising awareness and funds are both vitally important. The dinner will take place on Thursday, April 19, at the Hilton Anatole with keynote speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning film ‘The Blind Side.’

“I am honored to champion this important cause that transforms lives and raises awareness for orphans, vulnerable children and women’s issues in several impoverished countries around the world.”

MySweet2018Goals: Louise Griffeth

According to Texas State History Museum Foundation Trustee Louise Griffeth,

Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt (File photo)

“My goal for the new year is to increase awareness and support of the Texas Independence Day Dinner that will honor three Dallas residents-philanthropist Nancy Ann Hunt, her husband, business icon Ray Hunt and legendary golfer Lee Trevino at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Tuesday, February 27, with the prestigious History-Making Texan Award.

Lee Trevino (File photo)

Dan and Stacey Branch (File photo)

“Dallasites Stacey and Dan Branch, who is a Trustee of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, are serving as co-chairmen for the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit many education programs and special projects of the Museum. Jan Felts Bullock of Austin is honorary chairman.

“Each year, the museum connects more than 100,000 school children from around Texas to the state’s vital history and culture, encouraging critical thinking and actively engaging them in applying knowledge to contemporary issues.”

JUST IN: 2018 Dallas Symphony Gala Plans Announced Including A Diminutive Songbird With A “Wickedly” Big Voice

Bob and Lisa Segert*

And the news keeps rolling in! Despite the chilly weather, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra staff has been in overdrive. In addition to getting ready for new Dallas Symphony Association President/CEO Kim Noltemy’s officially taking over next week, preparing for Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s final victory tour season and the 4th Annual Soluna, they’ve already finalized plans for the Dallas Symphony Gala.

Longtime DSO subscribers and supporters Lisa and Bob Segert will co-chair the fall season’s first black tie gala on Saturday, September 15, at the Meyerson. They’re old hands when it comes to the gala, since they’ve been on the host committee since 2015, in addition to Bob’s serving on the DSO Board of Governors.

According to Interim President/CEO Michelle Miller Burns, “Lisa and Bob have been part of the DSO family for over 20 years, and we’re delighted that they have accepted our invitation to lead this year’s gala. We are confident that their leadership will result in a night to remember.” 

Kristin Chenoweth (File photo)

But there’s a bit of a change in the POA this year. Instead of having world-famous musician perform with the DSO, it will be a petite songbird with a huge voice, following and collection of awards — Kristin Chenoweth! She may hail from Oklahoma, but she calls Broadway her second home and TV her third home with roles in “Pushing Daisies,” “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Wicked,” “West Wing,” “On The Twentieth Century,” etc. In her spare time, she’s written a New York Times Best Seller and released CDs/DVDs of her live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.”

If you’ve ever seen Kristin on stage, then you have witnessed a “big bang” experience. As Michelle put it, “Kristin Chenoweth is a consummate performer. Her concerts are always full of energy and spirit. This will be a thrilling start to the 2018/2019 season.”

“Full-Evening Gala” (fashion-show-plate cocktail reception, seated dinner, concert and after-party) tickets are going for $1,250 per person. Check with Tab Boyles for levels of opportunities.

The concert/after-party will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting Sunday, February 18. Single tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 12.

* Photo provided by Dallas Symphony Orchestra

2017 Crystal Charity Ball Hit The Mountain Tops Of Fundraising With Fabulous Fashions, Feasting And Faces At “An Evening In The Alps”

The munchkins wandering through the Anatole toward the hotel’s Peppermint Park must have thought the Crystal Charity Ball’s “An Evening In The Alps” was part of the Park layout on Saturday, December 2. So did their parents, as they shot photos of the kids standing in front of the snowy hill scene with red sleigh tilted picture-perfect on the upper level of the Chantilly Ballroom’s lobby.

Bob McCreath, Brandon Perella, Medley Wollenman, Vin and Pam Perella, Lauren Perella, Adam Ryan and Carolyn Curl

The backdrop proved to be ideal also for the CCB crowd in their finery. First to try it out was 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella and her family (husband Vin Perella, mom Carolyn Curl, dad Bob McCreath, daughter Lauren Perella with Adam Ryan and son Brandon Perella with Medley Wollenman). That was quickly followed by a snap of Pam with the members of her leadership committee (Anne Besser, Leslie Diers, Elizabeth Gambrell, Cheryl Joyner and Kristina Whitcomb).

Elizabeth Gambrell, Cheryl Joyner, Pam Perella, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Anne Besser

No sooner had the final official photos been taken than the 1,500+ guests, including Diane and Hal Brierley, Barbara and Ralph Babb, Luanne and Aaron McWhorter, Wendy and Boyd Messmann, Martha and Doug Hawthorne, Liat and Amit Berger, Calee Dillon, Christina and Christopher Durovitch, Lee Bailey, Brent Christopher, Robin Robinson, Lindalyn Adams with grandson Carlton Adams, Greg Bieberding, Eddie Ortega, Isabell Novakov with Trey Higginbotham, Kathleen Gibson, Kim and Greg Hext, Linda Perryman Evans, Joanna Clarke with Michael Royal, Cindy Stager with Oscar Durham, Kristen and Reed Gibbins, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Angela Nash with Billy Martin Jr., Margot and Bill Goodwin, Louise and Guy Griffeth, Caroline Rose Hunt with Del Frnka, Karen and David Shuford, Barbara and John Stuart, John Clutts, Dr. Sami Arslanlar, Billie Leigh Rippey with daughter Paige Locke, Norma Hunt with son Dan Hunt and his wife Toni Munoz-Hunt, Brenda and Bob White, Su-Su and Jerry Meyer, Dana and Greg McGowan, Scott Everett with Kristy Lohse, Elizabeth and Paul Dougan, Susan McSherry with John Zogg, Jan and Fred Hegi, Peggy and Dr. Dan Meyer, Laura and Paul Hudson, Andrea Devaldenebro and Leonardo Gonzalez Sangri, Amy and Michael Meadows, Kimberly and Justin Whitman, Stacey and John Relton and the Neiman’s crowd (Mimi and Rich Sterling, Neva Hall and soon-to-retire Malcolm Reuben with wife Vinnie Reuben), arrived through a tree-lined entry hall that immediately set the mood with a whiff of the evergreen.

Christina and Christopher Durovich

Ralph and Barbara Babb

Jerry and Su-Su Meyer

Trey Higginbotham and Isabell Novakov

Lindalyn Adams and Carlton Adams

Calee Dillon and Amit and Liat Berger

Oscar Durham and Cindy Stager

Del Frnka and Caroline Rose Hunt

Pat and Charles McEvoy and Jill and Bob Smith

Norma Hunt, Dan Hunt and Toni Munoz-Hunt

Lee Bailey

Mimi and Rich Sterling

Malcolm and Vinnie Reuben

Since the evening’s temperatures didn’t require outerwear, guests bypassed the coat check and headed to the gaming tables, the lavish silent auction gallery, James French’s pop-up studio, The Alpine Shop for perusing and the rustic “warming hut” with its mountains of shrimp and buffets of other delicacies.

And, of course, there were the CCB committee members with the balloons selling chance tickets for the 2018 Lexus. CCB newbie Lisa Singleton was joined by CCB vet Lynn McBee in selling raffle tickets. Her goal was $15,000, but within the first 20 minutes she had only sold $350. A few minutes later, she had doubled that amount. Things were looking up.

CCB-ers Lisa Cooley and Alison Malone set up shop at a table to the left of the entry and next to the bar. They had come in second last year and were bound and determined to sell the most tickets this year. Not only did they, but Alison’s husband/advertising guru Mike Malone told Katherine and Key Coker that Alison won the raffle last year and it would bring them good luck to buy their ticket from her. He was right. The Cokers had the winning ticket. And, yes, Lisa and Alison sold the most tickets of the night.

Key and Katherine Coker

Jim and Kristen Hinton

Among the first-time guests in the crowd were Baylor Scott Scott and White Health CEO Jim Hinton and his wife Kristen Hinton and Dallas Summer Musical’s Ken Novice and his wife Kouy Novice. Despite having been in town just seven months, Ken reported that the DSM had just signed a 20-year partnership agreement with Broadway Across America and is planning on an aggressive outreach to young people — around Fair Park and via the Dallas Independent School District. He admitted that, “We’re going to need to increase our budget,” which means stepping up fundraising efforts. He also wants to update the Music Hall at Fair Park, including changes in parking and traffic flows and increasing seating capacity.

John Clutts, Ken and Kouy Novice and Sami Arslanlar

And speaking of business, RED Development’s Paul Rowsey was optimistic about Amazon’s coming to North Texas. He believes Amazon will split its new headquarters between two cities, with Dallas having a good chance of being one of them… Ben Lange was introducing Evelyn Costello, who had just been named executive director for Luke’s Fastbreak Shirts.

Evelyn Costello and Ben and Tracy Lange

Robyn and Don Conlon

But it wasn’t just guys talking business. Former CCB Chair Robyn Conlon was beaming over her son Keith Conlon’s recent accomplishments. Not only did he get $10K taken off the price of his Rangers 2018 season tickets after hitting a home run over the Bud sign at Globe Life Park, but Keith had just been named general manager at Allie Beth Allman and Associates as well.

Midway through the cocktail reception, word was passed — “Do you know Tagg?” Was it a new social media hashtag? There was just a bit of distress as the question continued to be asked. The answer was that, thanks to high-tech cars, “Mr. Tagg” had left his car running with the valet and joined the throng inside. Only problem was he had taken the key with him. When he disappeared into the throng inside, the car dutifully came to a grinding stop, creating an unplanned conversation piece blocking the valet line. Finally, he …or, more importantly, his key was found and the flow of high-end vehicles rolled back into place.

And while the crowd grew in the lobby, the final preparations were being made in the Chantilly Ballroom for the doors to open at 9 p.m. The ballroom’s walls were covered with shimmering floor-to-ceiling draping, with towering screens displaying videos of wintry ventures. A mammoth stage was set up along the back of the ballroom for the bands.

At Pam’s and Annette Simmons’ table were monogrammed napkins along with gargantuan floral arrangements. 

Other tables also impressed with centerpieces highlighted by candles in suspended globes hovering over silver tablecloths, crystal. In the chairs were such favors at Tiffany boxes containing Tiffany weave porcelain bowls and the 2017 Children’s Book and the 2018 Calendar.

Right on cue, the Anatole’s Catherine New did the countdown for the staff to open the doors at 9 p.m. to the elegant dinner starting with a first course (poached lobster and roasted beets , arugula and frisée salad and grilled figs, shaved fennel, pickled watermelon radish, citrus mountain blooms and champagne vinaigrette) followed by the entrée (grilled filet of beef, roasted Cipollini red wine demi-glace, gratin dauphinoise, grilled farmer’s market carrots and turnips and seared asparagus). For dessert, it was Toblerone Swiss milk chocolate mousse with honey and almond nougat, Basler Brunsli crisp and coconut snow.

Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley and Isabell Terry

Betsy Crousen

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Libby and Al Allred

But as glorious as the room and menu were, the CCB guests once again were setting a standard for OMG fashion with the ladies in labels bearing such names as Herrera (Pam Perella, Christi Urschel, Jennifer Dix, Piper Wyatt, Kristina Whitcomb, Laura Moon), Zac Posen (Claire Emanuelson, Pat McEvoy, Delilah Boyd, Patty Leyendecker), Pamela Roland (Lisa Troutt, Gail Fischer), Armani (Paige Slates), Anne Fontaine (Amy Hegi), Chanel (DeeDee Lee), Dior (Betsy Crousen, Kara Goss and Dianna Miller), Badgley Mischka (Nikki Webb), Tom Ford (Heather Esping), Galvan (Lynn McBee), Oscar (Annette Simmons, Lisa Singleton), Tom and Linda Platt (Cheryl Joyner) Lela Rose (Linda Secrest), Marchesa (Ciara Cooley), Etro (Janie Condon), Escada (Caren Kline), Mackenzie Brittingham (Bela Cooley, Nancy Collins), Worth Collection (Alicia Wood), Patti Flowers (Lisa Cooley, Tanya Foster) and Michael Faircloth (Tracy Lange, Tiffany Divis, Mary Martha Pickens, Libby Allred, Elsa Norwood, Diane Byrd, Sue Scala, Stephanie Scala). Michael is probably in designer recovery.

On their well-pedicured feet were such slippers as Jimmy Choo, Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Weitzman, Rene Caovilla, Gianvito Rossi and Adrianna Papell.

Needless to say, Judith Leiber dominated the clutch department, followed by Chanel, Charlotte Max Design, Alexander McQueen, YSL and Jimmy Choo.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t have been a glittery affair without the bling-bling from Eiseman, Diamonds Direct, Bachendorf, Neiman’s, Sue Gragg, deBoulle, Julianna LeBlanc, William Noble, Cartier, Tiffany and family treasures.

Kara and Randall Goss and Dianna Miller

Delilah and Sam Boyd

Pete and Tanya Foster and Alicia and Scott Wood

Paige and John Slates

Crayton and Nikki Webb

 

Mike and Piper Wyatt

DeeDee Lee and Randy and Ginny Bailey

Tiffany and Paul Divis

But the most popular look of the night for the ladies was the caterpillar false eyelashes that would have made Liz Taylor’s double row of lashes look thin. It seems that along with having hair done, makeup applied and nails polished, one must have an appointment to have an extra layer of lashes.

On the other hand, the gents in the crowd held their own with tuxedos by Bob Baumann (Richard Dix), Chris Despos (Clay Cooley), Isaia (Vin Perella), J. Hilburn (Kenny Troutt), Bruno Cucinelli (Dwight Emanuelson), Edward Baumann Clothiers (Scott Wood), Zegna (Charles McEvoy), Q Custom Clothier (Al Allred) and loads of Armani (David Condon, John Slates, Les Secrest).

Amy Simmons and Joe Crafton

Lisa and Kenny Troutt

Laura and Dennis Moon

Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

Simply Irresistible

Mary and Robert Black and Cliff Fischer

As Atlanta’s Simply Irresistible took the stage, Amy Simmons and husband Joe Crafton were the first on the dance floor followed by Francie Moody-Dahlberg and husband Kevin Dalhberg, Laura and Dennis Moon, Mary and Robert Black, Gail and Cliff Fischer, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel, Connie and Denny Carreker, Pam and Vin and Leslie and Bryan Diers.

Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Kelli and Jerry Ford

Jerry Jones

Gayle Stoffel, Gene Jones and Anita Arnold

Having just as much fun on the sidelines were Michal Powell, Aileen and Jack Pratt, Mary Clare Finney with Chris Branscum and Annette Simmons’ “Jerry table” including her husband Jerry Fronterhouse, Jerry Ford with wife Kelli Ford and Jerry Jones with wife Gene Jones as well as Anita and Truman Arnold and Gayle and Paul Stoffel. But the music was too hard to resist, so soon Annette and her Jerry were on the dance floor, too.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball

More than 1,500 of North Texas’ finest spent the evening of Saturday, December 2, in a winter wonderland that oozed of the high-flying jet setters’ fav Megève with its warming hut, red sleigh in a snow-covered forest, the scent of pine trees and partying through the night away.

Mary and Robert Black and Cliff Fischer

Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

Laura and Dennis Moon

Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg

Jana and Mike Brosin

Diane and Hal Brierley

No, they weren’t in Switzerland. Rather, the local extreme bold facers were at the Hilton Anatole for the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball. Instead of being decked out in ski boots, snowboard jackets and thermal leggings, they were in Jimmy Choos, Armani tuxedos, spanx and courtier gowns sparkling with Judith Leiber purses, diamonds galore and false eyelashes.

Mike and Piper Wyatt

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Lisa and Kenny Troutt and Savannah Troutt and Courtney Novak

Lee Bailey

Norma Hunt, Dan Hunt and Toni Munoz-Hunt

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons

Ciara Cooley, Bela Cooley and Isabell Terry

Thanks to 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella’s “An Evening In The Alps,” her committee and event producer Tom Addis, the occasion was the perfect setting for this stellar gathering of high rollers in support of the multi-million dollar fundraiser for children’s charities. Ah, shoot! This crowd could send Coco Chanel into orbit over polyester.

Elizabeth Gambrell, Cheryl Joyner, Pam Perella, Leslie Diers, Kristina Whitcomb and Anne Besser

But as magnificent as the Hilton’s Chantilly Ballroom was with its shimmering curtains surrounding video walls, the you-just-want-to-know-’em guests dazzled. While the post is being finalized, there are more than 120 pictures from the night at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Philanthropists Lisa And Kenny Troutt To Serve As Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 32nd Annual Presentation Ball Honorary Co-Chairs

Lisa and Kenny Troutt (File photo)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh has announced that philanthropists Lisa and Kenny Troutt will serve as the honorary co-chairs for the 32nd annual fundraiser.

In addition to being the parents of three kids (Preston Troutt, Grant Troutt and Savannah Troutt), the couple has been involved with various aspects of North Texas nonprofits including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Council for Life, One Hundred Share, New Friends New Life, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Laura W. Bush Women’s Initiative Advisory Council and many others.

Lisa and Kenny will add to the gorgeous factor at the debutante presentation on Saturday, February 17, at the Meyerson.

Retiring Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan And Carol J. Adams Are Celebrated For 30+ Years Of Dedication To The Dallas Community

It’s hard to imagine The Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan and his wife Carol J. Adams retiring. For more than 30 years, they have been mainstays in the Dallas community, First Presbyterian Church Dallas (FPC) and its congregation and The Stewpot clients. Over the years, they have brought to light the challenges facing the homeless and providing means to help.

Bruce Buchanan and Carol Adams*

But that’s exactly took place amid a three-day celebration honoring the couple and ending Bruce’s 41 years as a Presbyterian minister.

Starting Friday, November 17, the clients and Stewpot staff honored Bruce with their tributes, program and farewell lunch at The Stewpot.

On the following evening,  Toast, Roast and Boast – a night of music, dinner, tears and laughter took place at The Statler with Bruce and Carol celebrating with their friends, family, past and present congregants and so many others from the citywide community.  Thanks to The Statler and the generosity of Fanchon and Howard Hallam and other underwriters, the evening was made possible.

The next day Bruce performed his last service as a Presbyterian minister on Community Ministries Sunday. Due to construction in the FPC sanctuary, the service was held at Scottish Rite Cathedral. Bruce’s and Carol’s sons, Doug Buchanan and Ben Buchanan performed the music for the service with their four-hand piano duo. Doug had been commissioned by FPC to write the anthem for the service in honor of his parents.

Mayor Mike Rawlings presented Bruce with The Dallas Proclamation from the Mayor’s office honoring Bruce’s service to the citizens of Dallas. The service ended with the congregation endorsing Bruce as Associate Minister Emeritus of FPC of Dallas.

With bagpipers playing, the congregation then marched from Scottish Rite Cathedral to Encore Park, where a reception was held with music, chili picnic and more tributes for Bruce and Carol.

The events were spearheaded by Amy Dresler, Margie and Ray Francis, Fred and Jan Hegi and Joan and Elvis Mason, along with The Stewpot and FPC staffs.

* Photo credit: Stephen Shore Photography

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

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

Neiman Marcus Downtown*

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

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

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

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

Vine and Dine table setting*

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

Troy Greisen, Jay Williams and Meredith and Jack Woodworth*

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

Shawn Robinette*

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

Don Laidlaw*

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

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

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

* Photo provided by Ability Connection

MySweetWishList: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball

According to 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson,

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

“There is a saying that ‘no one stands as tall as he who stoops to help a child.’ That summarizes my wish for the holiday season and the new year. The Crystal Charity Ball committee’s sole purpose is to serve the children of Dallas. 

“Since 1952, the Crystal Charity Ball has benefited 167 children’s charities in Dallas County with more than $145 million distributed. Beneficiaries have ranged from Children’s Medical Center to The Salvation Army. The common thread is that children are the future and they need everyone’s help. Every child deserves an education, healthcare, safety and positive reinforcement.

“In February, the Crystal Charity Ball Committee, after weeks of extensive research and vetting, will identify several children’s charities as the 2018 Beneficiaries. Charity Selection Committee members, along the accounting firm Deloitte, have carefully studied dozens of requests and proposals that will be presented to the entire Crystal Charity Ball membership. The campaign to fund these worthy recipients will begin in March.

“Please help us secure the future of the children of Dallas by visiting www.crystalcharityball.org.”

-By Claire Emanuelson, 2018 Crystal Charity Ball chair

MySweetWishList: 2018 Dream Gala

According to Greater Dallas JDRF Executive Director Amy Camp,

Amy Camp*

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

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

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

-By Amy Camp, Greater Dallas JDRF Executive Director

* Photo provided by Greater Dallas JDRF

MySweetWishList: 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball

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

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

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

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

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

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