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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Graphic provided by 2018 Art In Bloom

MySweetWishList: Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon

According to Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Lisa Cooley,

Gina Betts (File photo)

Lisa Cooley (File photo)

“Sadly, in our community, more than 3,600 families with children seek our help annually because of a housing crisis. Unfortunately the number of children and families that are homeless or on the edge of homelessness is growing at a record pace.  With only 110 emergency shelter rooms for homeless families with children in Dallas, we are facing tremendous pressure to increase our capacity to serve more families than ever before.

Family Gateway opened in October of 1986 when Mayor-Pro Tem, Annette G. Strauss saw families living on the streets of Dallas and envisioned a facility where homeless families could stay together as a family unit in a safe place.

“Today, Family Gateway acts as the point of triage for families experiencing or near homelessness in Dallas County, a new designation to help build in opportunities for families to avoid a shelter experience, if at all possible. For families who do need shelter or supportive housing, we believe that a family that stays together provides the most stability and long-term success for children. Our mission is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to these vulnerable families, and with your help, we can do it.

“Our wish is that that you partner with us by purchasing a sponsorship or table, or underwriting necessary funds needed to make sure that the 2018 Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon is a success.  Please visit familygateway.org to learn more about us, or email [email protected] to receive 2018 luncheon information.”

-By Gina Betts and Lisa Cooley, Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon co-chairs

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: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Chair Heather Randall,

Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty six years. In early 2018, we will reveal details of the annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon which will raise much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

Heather Randall (File photo)

Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our Horses for Heroes program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization 30 years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

“My wish is that you visit Equest Women’s Auxiliary to learn how you can become of a part of this amazing organization. You don’t have to wait for the Fashion Show to become involve! We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause.”

-By Heather Randall, Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show chair

MySweetWishList: Go Red For Women Luncheon

According to 2018 Go Red For Women Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley,

Lisa Cooley (File photo)

“Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to celebrate the energy, passion and power of women to stand together to wipe out the #1 killer of women and men. The Go Red for Women Luncheon is the cornerstone event of the Go Red for Women movement.

“This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness through the support of the Dallas community to fund education and research of heart related science in women.

“My wish along with my Co-Chair Janelle Walker is to get more women and men involved in the event on Friday, February 23, at the Omni Dallas. Supporting the Go Red for Women Luncheon allows corporations and individuals to come together to raise awareness and fund research, especially in women.

“The luncheon is an opportunity to share this educational message with women’s leadership groups, executives, neighbors or friends and anyone who can impact the life of a woman by lending a voice for heart health.

“For every $1 raised, 90 cents directly funds research and education for heart health.  I believe that is money well spent.”

-By Lisa Cooley, Go Red For Women Luncheon co-chair

JUST IN: Former First Twin Jenna Bush Hager To Headline Park Cities Historic And Preservation Society Distinguished Speaker Luncheon

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society *

With the weekend holidays being a family-oriented occasion, this news fits right in. Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society President Lucinda Buford has revealed that former first couple Laura and George Bush’s blonde daughter Jenna Bush Hager will be the keynoter for the PCHPS Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11.

Since leaving her days in the White House, 36-year-old Jenna has touched many bases — written The New York Times best-seller “Ana’s Story: A Journey Of Hope,” joined the NBC’s “Today” staff as a contributing correspondent, become an editor-at-large for Southern Living, gotten married Henry Hager and become the mother of Mila Hager and Poppy Hager.

Tish Key will be serving as the luncheon chair that will be held at Brook Hollow.

Lucinda also announced that Jana Paul will chair the Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 14, that will featured five Park Cities homes. The following Saturday (April 21), Burleson Park will be the site of the Classic and Antique Car Show co-chaired by Polly and Dan McKeithen.

If you’re looking for a totally unique gift, here’s a thought: how about tickets to the luncheon? They’re on sale now! Tickets for the Home Tour will be available in March and the Car Show is free for the viewing.

* Graphic provided by Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s “A Garden By The Sea” To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Fundraiser

When Melissa Lewis agreed to be president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she called Venise Stuart. Melissa would only take the leadership position, if Venise agreed to chair the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

After chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb ball, the Aware Affair and Les Femmes Du Monde’s Women of the Year, Venise was the right one to tap for the 30th anniversary of the annual tea that benefits the Council’s A Woman’s Garden.

At Tootsies on Thursday, November 16, Melissa and Venise had about 70 guests in for champagne and to learn about the plans for the spring fashion show.

Before the announcements were made, Venise said that she wanted the annual fashion show and luncheon to be an elegant affair along the lines of the grand days when the ultra-rich sought the cool breezes of Newport in the summer.

When the event was first launched in 1987, it was simply a seated tea with Virginia Nick, Margaret McDermott, Mary Nell Rogers, Barbara Lake and Carol Ann Brown on the terrace of the Camp House with a regatta sailing on White Rock in the background. As one person described it, “Nobody had ever done anything like that. It was like we were in a movie. They had just restored the Camp Estate. It was a simple but elegant affair. It was like Downton Abby. Nobody asked you for anything. It was just a beautiful afternoon.”

Over the years, change was afoot. It was held in different locations, designers like the late Frank Olive attended, fashion shows were added and the hat judgings. In recent years, the tea has settled into a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza and the fashion show and live auction in Rosine Hall followed by a seated luncheon on the terrace overlooking the grounds.  

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Lynn Dealey and Linda Ivy

Dyann Skelton and Emilynn Wilson

Linda Burk

With the 70 guests including Emilynn Wilson, Linda and Steve Ivy, Dyann Skelton, Jocelyn White, Donna Darling, Claire Cunningham, Kay Weeks, Barbara Bingham and Tea founder Carol Ann Brown, the twosome announced that Linda Burk would be the honorary chair and that Tootsies under the leadership of Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb would be providing the fashions with Jan Strimple producing the show on Thursday, April 12.

A Garden by the Sea by Lynn Dealey

Then they unveiled the graphics designed by Lynn Dealey with the theme “A Garden By The Sea.”

2018 Cattle Ball Baron’s Kicks Off The Year Of Fundraising For Cancer Research And Treatment With Legs And Hope At McKinney’s Truluck’s

It was a changing of guards, or rather chairs for Cattle Baron’s Ball on Thursday, November 16, at Truluck’s. Just ten days earlier the CBB newbies had had their orientation cocktail party across the street at ZaZa’s Art House and Social Gallery.

As the valets were swamped by the Range Rovers, Mercedes and Bentleys, the ladies who are as comfortable in stilettos as Saint Laurent over-the-knee boots arrived en masse for the fall luncheon .

Cattle Baronesses daytime boots

Inside 2017 CBB Co-Chair Anne Stodghill was reporting on her after-life following the Saturday, October 21, fundraiser at Gilley’s. Seems she’s taken up jewelry designing and preparing for the holidays.

A few minutes later 2017 CBB Co-Chair Sunie Solomon arrived in the valet line. But before leaving her car, she had to get something. Inside her purse was her daughter’s lunch for drop off.

Anne Stodghill and Sunie Solomon

While Anne and Sunie scooted upstairs for a sneak peek photo with the mega check that would be presented to the American Cancer Society during the lunch, 2018 CBB Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix were welcoming the overflow crowd and preparing to kick off the year-long journey in fundraising for cancer research and treatments.

Jonika Nix, Rebecca Wright and Katy Bock

Thanks to Truluck’s special events coordinator Rebecca Wright and CBB committee members Amanda Shufeldt, Paige Westhoff, Megan Flanagan and Samantha Wortley, the group including Nancy Gopez, Kristi Bare and Lee McDonald,eventually took their places in the party room for a lunch of delicious meal including a Sonoma greens salad, an entrée (choice of beef tenderloin filet, simply prepared salmon and linguini primavera) and a Truluck’s signature variety platters of desserts.

Amanda Shufeldt, Paige Westhoff, Megan Flanagan and Samantha Wortley,

In addition to the official reveal of the $4M check, CBB Deidre Bacala told the group of the various opportunities available for CBB members regarding Hope Lodge and the other opportunities for people to support Cattle Barons.

Business Council For The Art’s 2017 Obelisk Awards Luncheon Was A Salute To The Arts And Business And A Swan Song For Two

Some of the 2017 Obelisk Awardees were wondering why the pre-luncheon VIP reception at the Belo on Wednesday, November 15, was starting at 10 a.m. After all, the luncheon wasn’t scheduled to start until noon. Still there were group photos to be taken and individual ones with VIP types like Business Council for the Arts Chair Nancy Nasher and mic tests. But this group was well versed into production and found themselves done with all the preparations within a half hour.

Luckily, there were plenty of things to catch up about and check out like the arrangement of the awards that were strategically positioned in front of the ballroom. The beautiful pieces of glass were the artwork by Dallas artisan Jim Bowman. This collection would be Jim’s swan song, since he and his wife Mary Lynn Devereux-Bowman were moving to North Carolina.

2017 Obelisk Awards by Jim Bowman

And speaking of swan songs, little did anyone suspect that this would be one of the awardee’s farewell appearances. But more about that later.

David Haemisegger, Nancy Nasher and Larry Glasgow

Carolyn Brown

James Faust

Niki Anthony

Across the room, the late art scribe Patsy Swank’s son, Sam Swank played his guitar as around 500 guests like  David Haemisegger, Business Council for the Arts Larry Glasgow, NorthPark crew (Billy Hines and Lona Crabb), Neiman’s Kevin Hurst, Nasher Sculpture Center’s Jeremy Strick, Jo Staffelbach Heinz and Andre Staffelbach, James Faust, Dotti Reeder, Carolyn Brown, Patricia Meadows and Dr. Richard Sachson waited for the ballroom doors to open.

At one point the entry of the guests came to a standstill as one Mercedes driver forgot something in her care and searched and searched for it with cars coming to a standstill in the Belo circular drive.

At 11:41 a.m. the doors opened and the room filled, but it took a couple of call-to-chairs by a voice over the PA. Even after taking their places, the crowd was in a talkative mood. Due to the chatter in the room, many didn’t realized that art-loving/real estate kingpin Craig Hall was appearing in a video on the screens at the front of the room. He was introducing the backstory of Jim’s creating the awards. Too bad because the process was both fascinating and a salute to the artist.

Following the videos, Business Council for the Arts Board Chair Larry Glasgow addressed the group and immediately the talk stopped. Perhaps if he had introduced the videos, more folks would have learned about the work that went into the awards that were underwritten by Craig.  

Steven Roth and Thai-Lan Tran

Luncheon Co-Chairs Dr. Thai-Lan Tran and Steven Roth spoked how the arts contribute to the well-being of people and that Keynote Speaker Karen Brooks Hopkins would be addressing the group in a few minutes.

For the next ten minutes, guests were put to the test of Etiquette 101. At many tables, some guests were served their lunches, while others didn’t. As forks stayed in place waiting for the rest of the table to be served, the chicken Provencal with asparagus and crispy potatoes cooled. A floor managed walked the room appearing to be satisfied with the progress, while more than one guest tried to grabbed the attention of a passing server. Eventually, plates made their way to the empty spots and no one starved.

At 12:15, Karen posed the question if the arts and business can help and provide real service? She believed the answer was a definite, “Yes.” Highlights of her talk included

  • Art is the only thing that endures over the years.
  • Too often art is dismissed as frivolous.
  • The arts only receive 5% of corporate philanthropy.
  • Inclusion of arts in low income neighborhoods results in positive ways.
  • The arts can be a powerful force for change.
  • Businesses must be incorporated in supporting the arts to get the job done.

In emphasizing the need for the need to appreciate corporate support, she recalled that during the 2008 recession, she was involved in a gala at which the head of the sponsoring bank was called to the stage and he was boo-ed. “It would be the long time before the bank would sign up again. I learned a hard lesson that night.”

Ryan Anthony

Finishing her talk at 12:28, Karen said that business should be creative in giving.

Next up was Nancy, who like a general taking command said, “We’re going to keep on schedule.” That said, she didn’t mince words and introduce Dallas Symphony Orchestra Lead Trumpet Ryan Anthony, who played three tunes making it seem so effortless. He finished up with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel.”

At 12:39 North Texas Public Broadcasting President/CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff took her place at the podium on the left side of the stage to announce the recipients including

From the left: (front row) : Keith Cerny, Nancy Carlson, Alexa Spears, Gail Sachson, Bill DiGaetano and Eddie Reyes; (back row) : Adam Conway, Kevin Hurst, Julius Pickenpack, Kathy Litinas, Javier Martinez and Jacques Marquis

  • The Arts Partnership Award
    • Large Business — Target
    • Medium Business — Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
    • Small Business — Angelika Film Center
  • The New Initiatives Award
    • Large Business — Corgan
    • Medium Business — West Village
    • Small Business — C.C. Communications
  • The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award — The Cliburn
  • The Business Champion for the Arts Award — Nancy Carlson
  • The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award — Keith Cerny
  • The Arts Education Award — Neiman Marcus Group
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award — Ask Me About Art/Gail Sachson
  • The Community Champion Award — Kathy Litinas

All gave touching and revealing acceptance speeches. They ranged from Nancy Carlson’s “It’s my privilege to support the arts” to Gail Sachson’s “Art is good for your eyes and all your other body parts. But it especially good for your heart. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Ironically, the last recipient was The Dallas Opera General Director/CEO Keith Cerny who sounded like he was doing a Reader’s Digest version of the State-Of-The-Opera. In addition to achieving financial stability and gaining international recognition, his proudest achievement was the Linda and Mitch Hart program for women conductors.

Exactly one month later to the day, Keith would announce he was leaving The Dallas Opera to head up the Calgary Opera.

As 2017 Gala Nears, Crystal Charity Ball Committee Honors Its Top Producers With Charms And Fashions At Forty Five Ten

As the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball committee faced their final days before the black-tie gala at the Anatole on Saturday, December 2, it was time for CCB Chair Pam Perella and her lieutenants (Leslie Diers, Elizabeth Gambrell, Anne Besser, Cheryl Joyner and trapped in traffic Kristina Whitcomb) to literally “wrap up” the year-long effort for Dallas County children’s charities.

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

Thanks to the Tim Headington posse, the reveal of the CCB top producers were feted at Forty Five Ten’s top floor restaurant on Monday, November 13. While some succumbed to downtown’s “don’t turn” traffic traps and construction turmoil, the vast majority arrived right on time.  

Adam Lippes, Lauren Ostek and Travis Christian

Promptly at noon, the ear-shattering crowd of ladies took their places to eyeball Forty Five Ten designer Adam Lippes.

Scott Polk

Just before the presentation of the awards was made, jeweler Scott Polk revealed the charm that would be presented to the awardees.

In keeping with CCB Chair Pam Perella’s theme, “Evening in the Alps,” the charm was a St. Bernard.

And the recipients were:

  • Underwriting — Tucker Enthoven, Fredye Factor, Sarah Losinger, Meredith Bebee, Libby Allred, Suzy Gekiere, Lisa Cooley, Patty Leyendecker, Amy Hegi, Lynn McBee and Claire Emanuelson
  • Foundations — Alicia Wood, Amy Prestidge, Susan Farris, Paige Slates, Linda Secrest, Vinnie Reuben, Kimber Hartmann, Leigh Anne Haugh, Jennifer Dix and Susan McSherry
  • Silent Auction/Special Gifts — Tiffany Divis, Margaret Hancock, Shelle Sills, Katherine Coker, Ola Fojtasek, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Elsa Norwood, Kim Miller and Susan Farris
  • Children’s Book — Lynn McBee, Margaret Hancock, Suzy Gekiere, Elsa Norwood, Linda Secrest, Libby Hegi, Kristina Whitcomb, Stacey Walker, Melissa Macatee and Libby Allred

For additional photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Golden Globe’s Nominee “This Is Us” Chrissy Metz To Be Keynote Speaker At The Elisa Project’s Life Lessons Lunch On February 28

The Golden Globe nominees were revealed Monday and Chrissy Metz is once again nominated for her role as Kate Pearson on NBC’s “This Is Us.” But her success and fame didn’t come overnight or easily. Chrissy’s life story is one that screenwriters dream of. Sure, she went through the trials and tribulations that many actresses face like being out of work, surviving thanks to friends and family, watching roles won by others and learning to accept rejection.

Chrissy Metz*

But Chrissy dealing with a literally “bigger” issue — her weight. Admitting that she was born chubby, she was just 11 when she went to Weight Watchers. Her weight jumped up and down the scales at one point losing 50 pounds only to “gain back 100 pounds due to depression and ‘eating my feelings.’”

Then the moment came when all the stars were in alignment and she landed the role of Kate, whose storyline was so akin to Chrissy’s. But even more than the role, Chrissy’s popularity has been due to her being so open about her dealing with her weight issues.

For that reason, The Elisa Project organizers are thrilled that they have just gotten word that Chrissy will be at the 13th Annual Life Lessons Luncheon on Wednesday, February 28, at Brook Hollow Golf Club for a conversation with Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman (File photo)

Kim Bannister (File photo)

According to Luncheon Chair Kim Bannister, “As an organization dedicated to the development of healthy children and adolescents by raising awareness of body image and self-esteem issues and the prevention of life-threatening eating disorders, we know Chrissy will truly captivate attendees as she shares her own inspirational stories of courage and self-acceptance. This year’s luncheon is not to be missed!”

Honorary co-chairs will be Sandra Estess and Elizabeth Estess Hughes.

Starting at $2,000, tables are available for purchase now. If space permits, individual tickets will go on sale in early February. Suggestion: Gather up pals and get a table locked down now. Don’t depend on those individual spots coming available.

* Photo provided by The Elisa Project

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Wrap-Up Luncheon

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

After a year of work, the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella and her team were tallying up the results for Dallas children’s charities. While the final dollar amount won’t be revealed until 2018, the top producers of the committee were recognized at the annual Wrap Up Luncheon on Monday, November 13, at Forty Five Ten’s Mirador penthouse restaurant.

Meredith Bebee

Caren Kline

Patti Flowers

Before learning the heavy hitters, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for some of the folks lunching and being “charmed.”

2018 Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Farewell Founder’s Award Luncheon To Honor Founder Ann Williams As Awardees Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash And Linda Todd

Back in 1996 Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder Ann M. Williams wanted a fundraising event to support the organization’s community outreach and education programs in the area including dance classes, workshop and lecture-demonstration for students. She also wanted to recognize “civic and business leaders of Dallas who have impacted Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas arts community.” Her supporters came up with the perfect solution — the Annual Founder’s Award Luncheon

Thanks to the support of such sponsors like Presenting Sponsor Chase, the event became the major community fundraiser for the “oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas,” that was established in 1976.

But the upcoming fundraiser on Wednesday, January 17, at the Hilton Anatole has been renamed the 2018 Farewell Founder’s Award Luncheon. The reason is that it will be the last one. It’s time to launch a new “initiative.”

But the luncheon will be far from a boo-hoo occasion. It will be a celebration highlighting “the legacy and extraordinary service of Ms. Williams, to Dallas and the field of dance,”as well honoring the 2018 awardees Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd

Doug Curtis, Lucy Billingsley and Ann Williams*

Joining Event Co-Chairs Kimberley Runnels and the Rev. Lelious Johnson will be Honorary Co-Chairs Lucy Billingsley and Doug Curtis.

With this finale luncheon just a few weeks away, better lock down your reservations pronto. Plans for the fundraiser’s replacement will be revealed at the meal.

* Photo credit: Derrick Waiters

32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Carried On Despite Coinciding With Veterans Day Parade And A Couple Of Hiccups

When the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Dallas scheduled its  32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon for Friday, November 10, at the Hyatt Regency, it was all systems-go without a hitch in sight.

However, just weeks before the big award presentation the Veterans Day Parade leadership announced that instead of holding the parade on Veterans Day (Saturday, November 11), it would be held the day before (aka Friday, November 10). Still that shouldn’t have been a problem. But then the route was presented with the starting point across the Reunion Boulevard from the Hyatt in Reunion Park. To add pepper to the mix, the parade’s start time coincided with the arrival of the philanthropists for lunch.

But wait! It got more tangled up. Like the date and place being on the calendar for months for the awards luncheon, so was Scott Murray. It was a no brainer, since Scott and his company Murray Media have been heavily involved with the program for years. But for Scott it was going to be a busy weekend because he had promised to be part of the parade that he thought would be on Saturday. Then when the parade was literally moved to Friday, Scott had a bit of a predicament — How to be in two places at the same time? But the parade organizers promised him that his part in the parade would be over by the time he was needed at the luncheon and they would get him there.

Whew!

Micah Pinson

While Scott was with the vets parading, the pre-luncheon reception carried on with a cute red-haired chap charming one and all. It was 13-year-old Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy Micah Pinson. He was right at home with people like Gae Whitener, Karen Waller, Jay McCauley, Deborah Montonen, Doug Hawthorne, Brent Christopher, Katherine Krausse, Chris Culak, Kathleen Gibson, fellow awardees like Outstanding Philanthropists Sandra and Henry Estess, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Lynn McBee, Outstanding Foundation representatives Julie and Ken Hersh, Outstanding Fundraising Executive Pagett Gosslee and the Terry Simmons family (Karen, Jordan, Adam and Shannon Simmons) on hand to receive the Special Recognition Award for the late attorney.

Meagan Burton, Ken and Julie Hersh, Karen Simmons, Pagett Gosslee, Mica Pinson, Lynn McBee, Kevin Hurst, Sandra and Henry Estess and Mary Freeman

Becky Sykes

Doug Hawthorne

Katherine Wagner

Following a group photo, the VIP types joined the rest of the guests like Jamie Williams, Katherine Wagner, Frank Risch, Becky Bright, Kit Sawers, Mimi Sterling, Jody Grant and Michael George, in the Landmark Ballroom. However, a couple of the folks were doing the swivel head searching the room. Kevin Hurst was looking for Neiman’s President/CEO Karen Katz. He was hoping that her busy schedule would allow her to accept the award for the Outstanding Corporation. No problem. Karen was there along with NM Downtown GM Tim Adair.

Tim Adair, Karen Katz and Kevin Hurst

Doug Murray and Carole and Scott Murray

On the other hand, Carole Murray, as well as National

Philanthropy Day Chair Meagan Burton, was trying to find out what Scott’s status was. Just minutes before the noon start, Scott arrived looking like a kid who had the time of his life. He explained that despite the Veterans Day program had run longer than planned, the organizers assured him that they would get him to the Hyatt on time. And they did complete with Scott being driven through the crowds with a police escort complete with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Following the presentation of the flags, Donte Ford’s providing the invocation, luncheon and remarks by Greater Dallas Chapter AFP President Mary Freeman and South Texas Money Management CEO/Chief Investment Officer Jeanie Wyatt, AFP International Interim President/CEO Jason Lee admitted that due to the recent hurricanes there was a concern about donor fatigue?” His answer was positive — Despite the division within the country, philanthropy is something that can bring all together.

Then it was time for the presentation of awards in which the recipient tape their acceptance speeches ahead of time, so there are no “I’m going to go off script” hiccups.

However, there were hiccups. When Scott introduced the video for Sandra and Henry Estess, all eyes turned to the mammoth screens. Nothing happened. And nothing continued to happen, except Scott’s looking back at the production table. Finally, the video appeared.

The rest of the videos went up perfectly until 1:11 p.m. when foster mother and past Philanthropy Day Chair Pagett Gosslee’s video was to be shown for the Outstanding Fundraising Executive. Instead of the attractive brunette, it was red-haired Micah on the screen. Scott could be heard telling the production table that they had the wrong one showing. The screen went dark and immediately Pagett was accepting her award.

Next up was Micah, who had been born without three finders and had become a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital at the age of six. The next year he decided he launched “Helping Hands One Step At A Time” to give back.

After he received his award, Scott asked him what he wanted to be when he was older. Micah didn’t hesitate. He wanted to be a sport agent because he “likes people and want to make money.” When asked who was his hero, Micah said, “My Dad. He’s always been there for me.” With a little nudging from Scott, Micah added that he liked his mom, too.

Scott then told Micah that he was going to have him on “The Scott Murray Show” the following Sunday on KLIF.

For a look at more of the people at the luncheon, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.