JUST IN: Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Delayed Until Noon

Just got word from Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show co-chair Holly Davis that the annual benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Hilton Anatole has been delayed until noon due to the weather conditions.

Check back with MySweetCharity before you leave for the luncheon, just in case there are any changes in plans.

And you just know you don’t need to be told to drive safely, take your cell phone (duh!), bring a blanket and water and be very careful.

UPDATE: Just received this note from Holly,

“It is a very difficult situation but we are going forward with a delayed start at Noon. Some people are confident about making the trek while others are opting to stay home. I hope everyone does what is safest and best for them.

We have models backstage getting ready right now to put on a fabulous show. Now… I better get ready too!”

For those of who attend the luncheon, be very safe both going and returning from the event.

JUST IN: Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Is Happening Tomorrow “No Matter The Weather”

St. Valentine's Day Luncheon 2010

Remember last year’s Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show? Sure, you do. It was the one that ended with the ladies heading to their cars as Dallas got hit by a wintry blast. Ah, but the ladies had Lady Luck on their committee and managed to pull the whole thing off before things got grim.

Once again the gals are being threatened with snowfall, but they’re absolutely fearless. They just sent word that tomorrow’s event at the Hilton Anatole is a definite “GO!” At the recent patrons party, they announced that they had a back-up plan — slumber party at the Anatole the night before. Wonder if they’ll be telling ghost stories tonight?

Crawford Brock

Or, they just might be writing thank you notes to Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock. You ask why? Well, this info from the committee is pretty self-explanatory:

“For more than 10 years, Crawford Brock of the renowned retail outlet, Stanley Korshak has been an integral part of the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. Not only has Stanley Korshak been a major cash sponsor of this event, donating over $600,000 in cash alone since 2002, Crawford and his store have provided in kind donations as well that have significantly decreased the expenses associated with this magnificent production. In addition, as the Fashion Presenting Sponsor, Crawford Brock and the team at Stanley Korshak, have been dedicated to supporting the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Whether it be through underwriting production costs, providing stylists and models, securing and flying in designers such as this year’s designer, Carolina Herrera or through hosting kickoffs and events to promote the Luncheon and Fashion Show, their support has helped create a one of kind event that every Dallasite wants to be a part of while raising vital funds for cancer research. We would like to nominate Crawford Brock and Stanley Korshak for the Partners Against Leukemia & Lymphoma Award as they truly are a partner in the fight against blood cancers.”

JUST IN: Tomorrow’s Attitudes & Attire Luncheon Has Been Postponed

Tomorrow’s annual Attitudes & Attire Luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart has been postponed to Friday, February 4, and will start at 11:30 a.m.

If you wonder why, look outside.

Before The Super Bowl, The Souper Bowl Was Definitely On For The Stewpot Alliance

Despite all the talk about the upcoming Super Bowl, Dallasites focused on the third annual Soup’s On!, the real souper bowl, Tuesday at Union Station. With nine generous chefs (pictured from the left, Keith Hanks, Abraham Salum, Joel Harloff, Bruno Davaillon, Keith Hanks, Kevin Garvin, Brian Luscher, Randall Copeland and Jim Severson) toiling in the kitchen to feed a sell-out crowd benefiting The Stewpot Alliance, guests sauntered around the silent auction of art and the goodies. Among them were Sam and Karen Blair, who were catching up with Ed “Mr. Levee Singer” Bernet (pictured right with, from the left, Sam and Karen Blair) about the musical group’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

Before anyone knew it, a call to lunch rang through the hall. No, they didn’t bong dinner chimes or whistle. Instead the strong, wonderful voices of the Hamilton Park Men’s Choir (pictured) belted out songs that could not be denied.

Among the crowd hearing the call were Laura and Mayor Tom Leppert, who ran into former Homeless Czar/presently Park Board President Mike Rawlings (pictured right with, from the left, Tom and Laura Leppert). Gee, everyone seemed to be button-holing Mike. You’d think he was running for mayor or something.

Robyn Conlon arrived with a great tan having just returned from Grand Caymen. She was thrilled about the video that was to be shown and with good reason. It was a tribute to her father, the late Gillis Thomas, who died last year and had been so instrumental at the Stewpot and helping the homeless.

Emcee Gary Cogill got things started with the help of the Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford, Luncheon Chair Lillie Young (pictured), Mayor Tom and Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan of The Stewpot. They couldn’t help but give keynote speaker Mort Meyerson a bit of a hard time claiming that Mort reported the sell-out was the result of “my mother has been on the phone again.” Enjoying the joke was mother Bernice (pictured) front and center at the #1 table.

The guests also learned that The Stewpot was celebrating its 35 anniversary and had served more than four million meals since its start back in 1975.

As the speakers took their turns, the servers presented the tables with bowls of soup. Each table had a soup created by one of the nine chefs.  BTW, insiders know that the take-home goodies from this lunch not only include a soup bowl designed by children in the Stewpot’s Saturday morning program but also a copy of the chefs’ soup recipes.

In addition to the soup, guests were served a nice chicken dish. As lunch was devoured, the chefs took a break (pictured) before being introduced. One of them told Abraham to sit and back and relax. They all knew that Abraham is with days of opening his new restaurant Komali, right next door to Salum. (Sneaked a peak of the Komali after Soup’s On! and, boy, has it been worth the wait.)

After the introduction of the chefs, the schedule started showing signs of running over its 1 p.m. conclusion resulting in Mort (pictured) not taking the podium until 12:59. Before starting his 11-minute talk, he turned the tables on the crowd by pulling out a camera and taking a photo of the audience so Bernice could show it to her bridge club.

Share-The-Date: TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

Friday, March 4, 2011: Yes, it’s between Texas Independence Day (March 2) and Ebby’s birthday (March 9), but TACA Silver Cup Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole is one of the best lunches around. This year’s honorees are Sarah Perot and John Eagle (pictured left with Sarah Perot). If you have been to one, you’ve probably already gotten your reservation in. If you haven’t been, get your reservo now!

Following in the tradition, last year’s winners will introduce this year’s recipients. Can’t wait  to hear what Cindy Rachofsky has to say about John and what John Cody sings about Sarah.

Soup’s (Nearly) On! At Union Station

"Pueblo," Watercolor by Donald of Dallas

Remember the Share-The-Date: Soup’s On! that was posted back in October? Sure, you do. Remember that marvelous piece of artwork (pictured) that was for sale?

Well, it’s nearly that time and doesn’t soup sound good? Sorta wish it was happening today.

But it’s worth the wait till  Tuesday, January 25, with the chefs that The Grape’s/Soup’s On! Chief Chef Brian C. Luscher has rounded up for the lunch at Union Station.

The chefs are: Keith Hanks of The Capital Grille, Chef Joel Harloff of The Green Room, Chef David McMillan of MCM Restaurants, Chef Kevin Garvin of Neiman Marcus Restaurants, Chefs Nathan Tate and Randall Copelane of Restaurant AVA, Chef Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Chef Abraham Salum of Salum and Chef Jim Severson of Sevy’s.

Event chairman Lillie Young and her Co-chairs Gayle Johansen and Dian Dorsey have arranged for Morton H. Meyerson to be the keynote speaker with Gary Cogill serving as emcee.

As you know funds raised by the luncheon and silent auction go to The Stewpot Alliance, that is “dedicated to supporting and promoting The Stewpot and serving as a resource for volunteer events and development opportunities.”

And don’t forget — guests get to take home hand-painted bowls by the children who participate in the Stewpot’s Saturday School.

Share-A-Date: 19th Annual Juanita And Henry S. Miller Jr. Founders Award Luncheon

Tuesday, February 22: The 19th annual Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr. Founders Award Luncheon will honor Sara and David Martineau. Luncheon Chair Kim Miller has a Romeo & Juliet theme with a romantic performance by Dallas Opera singers at the Brook Hollow Golf Club event.

Share-The-Date: 2011 Destiny Awards

Thursday, March 3: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Destiny Awards luncheon at Belo Mansion benefiting St. Philip’s School and Community Center. If Dr. Gates’ name is familiar but doesn’t click immediate recognition, he just happens to be an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor, and public intellectual. In addition to his incredible academic credentials, he’s also known for having a beer with President Obama.

For luncheon information, call 214.421.5221 Ext. 238.


MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Legend Bob Schieffer Chats With Buddy Tom Brokaw And Serenades Luncheon Crowd

Monday’s “A Conversation with a Living Legend” benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Center should have been titled, “A Friendly Interrogation of a Living Legend.” Interviewer and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw had decades of research and was not going to let his friend, honoree  Bob Schieffer, off the hook on stage at the Hilton Anatole.

But before getting to that “stage” of the day’s event, there was a press conference for the two with Dr. John Mendelsohn (pictured right with, from the left, Tom Brokaw and Bob Schieffer), president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. At the media session, the subject matter focused on cancer.

After revealing that “my mother died of breast cancer because she was afraid to go to the doctor,” Bob (pictured) added that his bout with bladder cancer taught him that people don’t like to talk about “below-the-belt diseases.”

On the subject of smoking, Brokaw didn’t hold back when asked about the new tougher warning labels on cigarette packages: “Whatever it takes,” said Tom, “I’d put a big skull and crossbones on the package.”

Dr. Mendelsohn admitted that he saw a future where one day cancer would be considered like pneumonia was to his parents’ generation.

Following the press conference, Tom told how there were eight doctors in his family including one of his daughters, who went to Stanford with Charlotte (Jones) Anderson.

Speaking of the Jones family, Tom (pictured) went on to say that he had attended the Cowboys/Eagles game the night before. NBC sportscaster Bob Costas had told him for a long time that he just had to see the Jones’ stadium in Arlington. Brokaw’s review? “It’s done with so much elegance. Everybody was having a great time.”

Someone noticed that 70-year-old Tom was walking rather gingerly. It seems that he had broken his ankle a couple of weeks before while on an ATV. Then he said, “I hunted on it the next day, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing.”

While Tom was chatting, 73-year-old Bob was looking healthy, spry and happy posing for pictures with the TCU Air Force ROTC (“The Flying Frogs”). He told them how he had been a member of the ROTC at TCU, which made the smiles in the photo all the bigger.

He also autographed an “Uncle Schieffer Wants You” recruitment poster (pictured)  for Washington internships for the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU.

Ah, but all of this was just a warm-up for the main event.

As 795 guests ambled into the ballroom, some legends were spotted in the group like Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, Margaret Crow, honorary chairs Margot and Ross Perot and writer/TCU alumnus Sandra Brown, who had brought husband Michael and daughter Rachel and her husband Pete to the lunch.

After the main aisle was finally cleared, Bob was escorted into the ballroom by Event Chair Gale Sliger (pictured), a 28-year cancer survivor. Late arrivals like Jan Pickens scurried to their seats just in time for the “Flying Frogs” to present the colors.

Just a couple of minutes before noon, the group learned that the event had raised $953,360, lunch would be served and the program would start in 20 minutes.

Right on schedule, Dr. Mendelsohn followed a video about MD Anderson with the introduction of 12-year-old, cancer survivor Madison Glover, who presented Tom with a gift. In turn, Tom kissed the youngster and took his seat at a table on a stage that easily resembled Schieffer’s “Face the Nation” set.

Brokaw was a great warm-up man. He told the crowd that he had been hunting with Dr. Mendelsohn in South Texas recently: “As a quail hunter,” Tom said of the doctor, “he’s a great oncologist.”

Introducing Schieffer, Brokaw said, “He’s the single most popular figure in Washington journalism. . . a man of grace and integrity.”

As Schieffer took his chair on stage and crossed his legs, it was noted by many that the TCU alumnus was wearing black boots emblazoned with TCU in white (pictured).

One of the first topics was the late President Gerald Ford. It was during his administration that the two journalists met. Brokaw asked what Schieffer’s most embarrassing moment was.

According to Bob it was during a press conference, when out of nowhere Ford asked Bob if he had a question. Bob went totally blank. Realizing that his bosses were probably watching, he pulled a question out of the air, “What’s the deal with the Russians?” It was just the right question, because Ford launched into an answer that turned out to be the lead story the next day.

Brokaw wasn’t going to let his friend get off the hook so easily. “I thought you were going to tell about the time you asked a question that had already been asked.”

Schieffer: “I don’t recollect that time.”

When Brokaw pushed, Schieffer lobbed back with, “I don’t think we have time for that one.”

Another subject was the late grandmaster of journalism Walter Cronkite and his relationship with Bob. While Bob’s anecdotes were great, his impression of Cronkite was amazing. He sounded just like the late CBS anchor.

“Walter was the most curious person I ever knew,” Bob said.

Brokaw added that Walter’s late wife, Betsy, once regretted moving from their NYC townhome to a high rise. When asked why, Betsy reportedly said she loved the little patch of yard there. Did she like to garden? No, she replied, it was a great place to bury those awards that Walter had collected.

But all was not jovial chatting. Schieffer got down to serious concern about today’s media due to the lack of editors for bloggers and Internet communicators. Earlier in the day Brokaw had reiterated his disapproval of Twitter to a handful of folks.

Other concerns that Schieffer addressed were:

  • Washington politics: Because of partisanship, bitterness in Washington is the worst he could recall. He observed that Democrats and Republicans have to spend so much time raising money back home to get re-elected, they don’t get to know each other in D.C.
  • Politicians: They have to kowtow to so many special interest groups. Also, their campaign gurus and consultants no longer live in the local communities, unlike the old days where there was more accountability. “We have taken an amateur sport and turned it into a professional sport. . . . That’s 90 percent of what’s wrong.” Congress is “basically dysfunctional.”
  • Wikileaks: “Totally outrageous, totally irresponsible. . . I don’t know if they’re terrorists, or silly people making mischief.”
  • Journalism: “There’s something to be said for gatekeepers. That’s what editor are.  . . Our main responsibility now is knocking down false rumors on the Internet.”
  • Newspapers: “I think newspapers will basically wind up being on the iPad.” But we need newspapers to keep an eye on things. Without newspapers, “Corruption (will be) on an epic scale.”

Response from the audience — applause!

Following the talk, Bob and two members of the Washington, D.C., band Honky Tonk Confidential performed “(I Wanna Be A) TV Anchorman.”

Photo credit: Pete Baatz

After the tune ended and the applause died down, an auction was held for four to attend a broadcast of “Face the Nation” and brunch with Bob and his wife Pat with hotel and first-class airfare included. The winning bid of $35,000 was made by Lenise Stephenson, who just happens to be an associate member of The University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors — and the wife of AT&T Chairman/CEO/President of the Board Randall L. Stephenson (pictured left with, from the left, Lenise Stephenson and Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens).

Carolyne Roehm Had Them Lined Up For The Salvation Army Luncheon

There are public speakers with tightly prepared scripts and teleprompters. Then there people who chat and just make the audience feel like they’re catching up with an old friend. Carolyne Roehm is the latter and perhaps that is what endeared her to the 500+ ladies who lunched Tuesday at Brook Hollow.  Benefiting The Salvation Army of Dallas, the event had been put together within three months. Even fundraising veteran Ruth Altshuler was amazed at this speed — “Something like this normally takes at least six months to organize.”

But back to Carolyne.

Even before heading to the dining room, Carolyne was nestled in the Grill with a line of fans holding her latest book, A Passion for Interiors, for an autograph by the lifestyle empress. But that line ended up being longer than the lines waiting for Santa. Two reasons for the long lines were

  1. Everyone wanted her to sign their copy of A Passion for Interiors.
  2. Carolyne (pictured right with guest) just didn’t sign and wave bye-bye. She had a one-on-one chat with each guest.

When it became apparent that it would take most of the day for Carolyne to autograph each book at that rate, it was decided that the show had to go on. Those in need of autographs were advised to head to Neiman’s Downtown Wednesday, when Carolyne would be making a PA.

But still things hit a hitch in the road. And that was the hitch. Luncheon Chair Heather Furniss (pictured right with daughter Ashley Furniss) was facing the age-old problem — stall the  lunch for the late arrivals stuck on the traffic jam outside or proceed with the schedule. Proceed it was, with Distinguished Woman Jan Strimple calling the ladies to order and introducing Salvation Army Captain Michelle Matthews, who was subbing in for her husband for the invocation. It was the first time since the ladies started assembling that silence ruled the room, but it didn’t last. Once Michelle said, “Amen,” the gals started gabbing non-stop.  Too bad, because they missed Jan’s telling them about the numerous accomplishments of The Salvation Army in Dallas.  One woman, who obviously was not attending her “first rodeo,” not only chatted throughout Jan’s talk, she also distracted others from hearing. After the talkative guest had worn out the ears at the table, she start texting friends. Perhaps  Carolyne’s next book should be “A Passion for Good Manners.”

Finally a few folks started shushing the others. They were just in time because it was announced that the beautiful white overflowing floral arrangements in blue and white (Carolyne’s fav colors) vases were going for practically nothing. Lucky were those who heard the announcement as evidenced by the parade of the centerpieces leaving after the luncheon.

Then lunch was served at 12:30 p.m. By 12:50 Jan was back at the podium introducing Carolyne.

As she tried to get up from her chair, Carolyne found that the tight seating was going to be a challenge. Making it up to the stage, she admitted that she was not graceful and that her life had not been as seamless as Jan had described in her intro.

Then she launched into a synopsis of her life —

  • starting of as a designer of “Mrs. Polyester Stretch Pants” for Sears + Roebuck,
  • being a protege of Oscar de la Renta,
  • launching her own business,
  • deciding to get out of NYC when her 1993 divorce from Henry  Kravis made the New York Times,
  • studying Shakespearean tragedy in England because her life was a tragedy at that point,
  • working for free in a French floral shop,
  • taking cooking lessons where her assignment was gutting fish,
  • her beloved 1765 Weatherstone home burning down in 1999 and,
  • her rebuilding Weatherstone with fewer but bigger rooms and 76 windows.

Taking a deep breath, she then admitted that in preparing for her trip to Texas, where all the woman are beautiful, she’d had some Botox injected. Unfortunately, it had backfired on her with the injections leaving bruising. That comment brought laughter and many nodding heads that appeared to commiserate with Carolyne’s efforts.

Then she launched into what the interior decorating types were longing to hear — her insights on home furnishings. Since not everyone could stay for her tips, here are a few:

  • Harmony and comfort are essential.
  • Always have a “wood room.” It provides a sense of warmth.
  • The bedroom is the woman’s domain.
  • Doesn’t have (or need) a dining room. “When you get a divorce, your social schedule drops.”
  • Weatherstone’s 11 fireplaces are all wood burning. “I’ve schlepped more wood than all of you put together!”
  • Nature is the big influence.
  • Dark (wood) rooms are great for those days when you have a hangover.

As the last slide appeared saying “Thank you” 40 minutes later, Carolyne was finished with her program. But she continued adding to her collection of friends in Dallas.

Doing Time At The Ritz-Carlton For Friends Of Wednesday’s Child

When New York City’s Robert A.M. Stern Architects designed Dallas’ Ritz-Carlton, they must have had the idea that mass transit and SmartCars were the only modes of transportation in Texas. What does this thought have to do with Wednesday’s Child‘s “Belonging Luncheon” Friday at the Ritz? More later, but first let’s get to the luncheon.

VIP types were told that their reception for the luncheon started at 10:30. With expectations that they would meet featured speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy of The Blind Side fame, they arrived to find sponsor backdrop in place, photographer ready to shoot and notables like Event Chairs Janelle (pictured) and Larry Friedman, emcee Gloria Campos, award recipients Myrna Schlegel and Julie and Lance Brennan. But, alas, no Leigh Anne.

As the minutes ticked away, the VIP reception melted into the pre-luncheon reception with 402 getting very cozy. Any long-haired blonde was given a second look. Say, wait! Was that Leigh Anne? Yes, but not the Leigh Anne you suspected. It was Junior League of Dallas President Leigh Anne Haugh, who had brought a copy of a magazine with a story about Leigh Anne Tuohy’s daughter Collins when she spoke to the Junior League. “I just thought she might like to have a copy,” Leigh Anne H. said. Eventually, she would seek help getting the publication to Leigh Anne T. via awardee Myrna.

But that was not to say the VIPs weren’t a part of the crowd. Media types like WFAA’s Debbie Denmon and media personality Jocelyn White were mixing with guests. Plus the Schlegel clan of beauties including patriarch Bob Schlegel and sisters Kari Schlegel and Kimberly Whitman (pictured left with Bob Schlegel) were there to cheer on Myrna.

To help while away the time, Ritz staff made sure everyone had something to drink, and adorable male models encouraged guests to sign up for the raffle — more tickets to the Super Bowl and a nice piece of jewelry by Naomi. Over to the side was a collection of art by local celebs for sale.

As the doors to the ballroom opened at noon, still no Leigh Anne T was in sight. Someone said she was on property but was in a private room just waiting to speak.

Immediately upon entering the ballroom, guests were welcomed to songs performed by the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas on risers at the back of the room. Looking quite magnificent, the room was filled with round tables easily seating 10 people, except for the table directly in front of the podium. This table was an extended long head table with Janelle and Larry seated at the head along with friends like Craig Watkins (pictured left with Larry Friedman).

Promptly at 12:05 p.m. a video was presented with Wednesday’s Child President/CEO Pat Lockerd and others telling the organization’s story and asking guests to “Step Up” with donations.

Following the video at 12:10 p.m., one of the young people from the video named Mickey was introduced to the crowd by Pat. Mickey addressed the crowd like a seasoned veteran–until she asked everyone in the room to hold up the pledge cards at their tables. With that a forest of white cards grew. Then Mickey said, “Now, who is going to be the first to pledge $5,000?” The forest was toppled. Then she asked for a $1,000 pledge. Not a card went up. She continued not giving up and finished her talk at 12:17 p.m. with “Dig deep.”

By this time, a parade of servers with salad plates had made its way to the tables and Gloria was at the podium again encouraging people to pledge.

Just as the Children’s Chorus was exiting the ballroom at 12:18 p.m., four Grinches arrived on the scene asking for pledge cards.

In typical Ritz serving style, the servers like precision Rockettes removed the salad plates as guests chatter. But instead of immediately being replaced by entres, the tables remained empty. No problem. It allowed folks to table hop, while the male models wandered the room promoting raffle ticket sales.

Someone in the know claimed that the event was scheduled with the Ritz to be over by 1. But a guest reading the program said, “No, the lunch ends at 1:30.” Who says people don’t read programs?

One guest admitted that she was starting to feel uncomfortable with all the pressure to pledge and buy raffle tickets. “Do you think they’re going to have a toll booth when we leave?”

At 12:38 p.m., the parade of servers reappeared with entre plates. A female voice was heard over the PA system. Some eyes looked to the podium, but no one was there. Expressions of confusion were exchanged. “Did you hear what she said?” No, but it must not have been important because no one was rushing for the doors.

At 1 p.m., the voice was heard again but still not understood. Someone pointed out the source of the voice was a woman at the production table in the back of the room. She didn’t seem upset, so again it wasn’t that big a deal.

The male models continued to wander the room with signs held high.

At 1:02 Gloria was back at the podium but people were hardly listening. They had settled into a pleasant chat session. Putting on her glasses, Gloria carried on and finally got the groups’ attention as she introduced Janelle and Larry, who were a nice combination of sincerity and chuckles.

One of their first duties was to present Julie and Lance Brennan (pictured left with Julie Brennan) with “The Gloria” named after guess who? The owners of The Turtle Creek News were brief and grateful.

Then Myrna Schlegel (pictured) received the “Belonging Award” and was even briefer in her acceptance.

While all these announcements and acceptances were going on, the Ritz staff started removing the floral centerpieces. Maybe they were rentals and had to get to the next event? But wait. The staff returned to the tables with big, square white platters with white mounds. From a distance they looked like Japanese hot hand towels. Strange. On closer inspection the mound wasn’t a clump of towels at all, but a cloud of “white stuff.”

Before guests could trade ideas on what to do with the new centerpiece, a slick video announced that Leigh Anne Tuohy was going to speak. For those who had been holding their breath since 10:30, the 1:20 appearance was long anticipated.

Leigh Anne (pictured) didn’t fail. Spunky, take no prisoners and fearless, she talked to the remaining guests. Some like Florence Shapiro just couldn’t stay.

Leigh Anne talked about

  • attending the Academy Awards and being seated with Sandi (Bullock) and Jesse (James)
  • Daughter Collins standing up in the moon roof of the limo on the way to Academy
  • Adopted son Michael’s scaring a beggar by chasing after him to give him some money
  • How their family shot into the national spotlight and
  • The need for people to make a difference in the lives of others by getting involved.

By the time she finished her talk at 1:48 p.m. with “I’m gonna be checking on you,” even the most frustrated guest was a member of the Tuohy fan club and rewarded her with a standing ovation. However, that standing ovation quickly became a rush to the valet. Poor Janelle and Larry tried to get the guests to stay for the raffle drawing, but the herd was headed to their cars. Or at least that’s what they had planned.

Little did they know that they were rushing to wait. As more than 300 people turned in their blue valet tickets and cooled their heels, they made observations about the Ritz’s itty bitty porte-cochere that was strangling the delivery of cars. On the other hand, the Ritz staff must have been used to the “it’s nothing new” situation. With cups of coffee on trays, they were gracious hosts trying to soothe the frustrated guests.

Soon it became a bunker mentality with veterans advising newcomers to settle back and just wait. This cooling of heels resulted in all types of activities. Some cell phoned to explain their delayed arrival at appointments. Others started texting their inner feelings about the Ritz’s parking nightmare ala social media. But some made discoveries. For instance, one woman, who had her hands full, dropped her program. Without hesitation the gentleman next to her moved quickly to retrieve the program for her. In handing the program to the woman, she noted his hand, “That’s a huge ring! What does it stand for?” To which 6’1″, former Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle Russell Maryland (pictured) humbly said, “The Super Bowl.”

Tutu Chic Fashion Show Scored “Wow!” Despite Winspear Sniff Factor

While Dallas audiences have been accused by some of being too generous with their standing ovations, the word “Wow!” is another situation entirely. Rarely is the word heard rising from audiences at a fashion show. Usually, the predominantly female audiences smile and nod with approval, as if at a tennis tournament.

Thursday “Wow!” was popping up all over the Winspear stage as Stanley Korshak presented designer Naeem Khan and his collection at the Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon benefiting the Texas Ballet Theater. Instead of the everyday, lean professional models, the runway was strutted and danced with dancers (pictured) from the TBT.

Before the show started, Naeem was asked about the presentation of his Spring 2011 collection at New York’s Fashion Week, when he received a standing ovation from the audience of fashion experts. The former Halston assistant admitted that Fashion Week is a killer and none of the audiences go overboard with praise. If you check out the video, you’ll see Naeem take a bow looking like the proudest peacock on the walk. What you don’t see is the crowd giving him a standing ovation.

But back to Dallas and Tutu. The event started off on a bit of a rocky footing. There was a definite “scent” in the lobby of the Winspear that reminded one how important it is to have a good plumber available 24/7. When asked if the problem was a result of the Virgin America party with Sir Richard Branson and Willie “Six Ounces” Nelson, one organizer said that the odorous situation had been in the air for a couple of days.

Luckily, the crowd gathered at the foot of the stairs and the ladies wearing the scents of Oscar, Armani, Gucci and Michael Kors overcame the Winspear Downwind. Also, adding to the fashion excitement was the arrival of Honorary Chair Nancy Rogers and her entourage (pictured from the left, Nancy Gopez, Tanya Foster, Paige Lane, Nancy Rogers, Donna Baker, Sonia Black, Leisa Street, Sunie Solomon, Kris Johnson and Mary Gill) quickly followed by the Amy Turner posse (pictured from the left, Lori Jones, Raina Snell, Dallas Snadon, Amy Turner and Kathleen Hutchinson).

After a glass or two of champagne, the ladies headed to the stage of the Winspear with its Nutcracker scenery and the fashion show. Co-chair Elaine Agather took to the stage. Korshak’s Crawford Brock‘s smile got bigger and bigger each time Elaine hyped the fabulous clothes available at Korshak. The gal needs to leave the banking world and start being the Korshak spokesperson!

As Naeem’s backstage-man Tim Quinn looked on from the sidelines, the show went on flawlessly with the clothes being displayed beautifully as the ballerinas (pictured) put them through their paces. For evidence, check out MySweetCharity’s “Photo Gallery.”

Then Elaine was back on stage to auction off two tickets to Naeem’s fashion show during Fashion Week and a $3,000 gift certificate toward an outfit. She started at $1,500 and eventually got it up to $4,500 thanks to Dwight Emanuelson, who was on the front row. Elaine admitted that she really wanted to get it up to $5,000. With that teamwork got into play. Naeem kicked in $500 to make it happen, then Dwight  added a bit more change with Nancy Rogers and Crawford kicking in, too, until the number hit $11,000+.  Co-chair Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney (pictured right with, from the left, Gina Betts, Nancy Rogers, Tanya Foster, Naeem Khan and Elaine Agather) were dazzled by Elaine’s auctioneering talents as well as the “kick in” attitude of the bidders.

With a nice bit of change going to the TBT and the ladies button holing Naeem’s folks as well as Crawford’s about pieces that they were interested in, the group headed to lunch in the lobby of the Winspear. . . the part of the lobby that was way far away from odorous side.

Congratulations to the two-year old event that earned a “Wow!” from fashion lovers and some nice financial support for Dallas dancers.

Wednesday’s Child Luncheon Is Going To Impress With The Tuohy Touch

She impressed Sandra Bullock and now she’s going to make a definite impression on a passel of folks Friday at the Ritz-Carlton. She is Leigh Anne Touhy of The Blind Side and will featured speaker for the annual Wednesday’s ChildBelonging” Luncheon.

Chairs Janelle and Larry Friedman have arranged for a “Heart of the Art” silent auction, book signing by Leigh Anne, a Super Bowl and Naomi jewelry raffle and a holiday performance by the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Scratch your head and you’ll remember the children performed at Barbara Bush‘s “A Celebration Reading” and were incredible.

If you’re wondering what the heck is the “Heart of the Art,” you just knew we’d have the answer. It’s various pieces of art created by the likes of Phil Romano, Emmitt Smith, Lynn Dealey, Lisa Boyd, Roz Campisi and Molly DeVoss. The trick is that each pieces has a heart in it.

And, as if all of that isn’t enough, Myrna Schlegel will be presented the “Gloria Award” for her long-time support for foster children, and Julie and Lance Brennan will receive the “Belonging” Award because of their “embodying the spirit of belonging to assure change in the lives of North Texas foster children.”

If you act now, you just might be able to get one of the last remaining tickets by calling 469.718.5616.

Share-The-Date: Teaming Up For Healthy Kids

Photo provided by The Cooper Institute

Tuesday, March 22, 2011: It should be the healthiest lunch held. The Cooper Institute’s “Teaming Up For Healthy Kids” will take place at the Hyatt Regency with NFL’s main man,  Archie Manning (pictured). Not only was Archie a legendary quarterback in his own right, he is the father of Super Bowl quarterbacks Peyton and Eli.

In keeping with First Lady Michelle Obama‘s effort to reduce obesity in children, Dr. Ken Cooper and Archie will talk about “healthy families, the rise in childhood obesity and what The Cooper Institute is doing to reverse the obesity epidemic.

Stephanie Oakes Graham and Edi Lycke are co-chairing the event with tickets starting at $150 for individuals.

The Salvation Army’s Soul-Saving Campaign Raised Funds With Sole-Saving Blake Mycoskie

The annual Salvation Army Luncheon is an inspiration in itself. With a herd of both males and females showing their support for the 130-plus year old organization, the luncheon is the warm-up kick-off for the yearly red kettle drive. As guests arrived at the luncheon in the Hilton Anatole, they were greeted throughout the lobby by The Salvation Army (TSA) associates ringing bells.

For some reason, there seemed to be a little more pep in the step as people entered the ballroom. Perhaps it was the Cowboys’ recent wins, the very successful Bush Center groundbreaking or the slight turn in the economy. Regardless, the crowd of 1,500 was bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Charlotte Anderson was wearing many hats like —

  • First Daughter of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
  • Exec VP Brand Management for the Cowboys
  • President of Charities for the Cowboys
  • National Advisory Board Chairperson for TSA.

No wonder the gal had a front row table!  She also had by her side Mom Gene Jones at the next table with gal pals Diana Strauss and Lee Ann White, but she also was joined by Brill Garrett (pictured right with Charlotte Anderson), Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett’s better half.

No wonder Keith Urban will officially kick off the Red Kettle campaign performing halftime at the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game.

Across the ballroom was Gail Turner, who feared  she was going to “have to put rocks in (husband/SMU president) Gerald‘s shoes” to bring him back to earth after the Bush Center groundbreaking two days before.

Speaking of which, Nancy Halbreich was giddy about the groundbreaking, too. Not just the event. She was just sitting among the first 10 rows with Nancy Dedman when Mitt Romney sat down next to her. When asked how the niece of former Democratic chairman Robert Strauss felt to be one of the only Democrats at the largely Republican gathering of 2,300, she diplomatically answered with a smile, “I consider myself to be an Independent.”

A few tables over, Bobby Lyle was being hugged and greeted like Santa. Luncheon Chair Joyce Fox (pictured right with Bobby Lyle) was one of the first to do the honors. Seems that Bobby was in charge of underwriting for the event and he has a reputation for making people want to give.

But more about that later.

Following the lunch’s being served, a moving video was presented telling “Edith’s Story” with the capper being the presentation of Edith to a standing ovation. Next Major Ward Matthews with the assistance of his wife Captain Michele told the group that one of the highest honors that TSA bestowed on individuals was The Others Award. It was created to recognize those outside TSA who have gone “above and beyond” to help the organization. They told how Jan Pickens, Ray Nixon (pictured) and Jim Francis had made such an impact through their efforts to raise awareness and finances for TSA that they were receiving The Others Award.

Then Gerald revealed that Bobby Lyle had given him an envelope with the amount of money raised from the luncheon. After opening the envelope, Gerald reported a whopping $3,313,154 was the magic number. But not satisfied, he suggested that everyone with a cell phone text a certain number which would result in their donating at least $10.

Immediately folks like Rena Pederson, Ann Carruth and Harriet Miers started texting. A few others raised an eyebrow. Looking a little uncomfortable, one guest whispered, “They just said that over $3 million was raised by us. Now, they’re asking for more?”

If you do your arithmetic and everyone in the room had texted $10, that would have increased the total by $15,000.

Gerald, the man who knows how to make things happen, also told the crowd that they could make a donation the old fashioned way by putting money in the little red kettles on each of the tables or buying the centerpieces.

Those Salvation Army soldiers really know how to market!

Speaking of marketing, the man of the hour and guest speaker Blake Mycoskie (pictured) took to the stage. The former SMU tennis player/founder of TOMS knew how to make an impression both visually and verbally. Doffing his brown sports jacket, the tousled brunette with the scruffy beard in the red plaid shirt with leather and beaded bracelets looked more like a beneficiary of TSA than the head of an international shoe mega-wonder. Ah, but he was just setting the well-dressed audience up.

While other speakers had used teleprompters, Blake talked non-stop for 25 minutes about his life. Sounds like half  a therapy session, huh? Not Blake’s life. Having done everything from losing  “The Amazing Race” by four minutes, to starting an online driver education company to playing polo and sipping fine wine in Argentina, Blake sounded like the ultimate subject of a  Robin Leach segment. Then while in Argentina, he joined some English-speaking gals in delivering shoes to children in a poor village a couple of hours outside town. He was so moved by the experience that he decided to start a company that gave one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased.

Blake’s tales of how he created the start-up company and in no time was overwhelmed with orders and encounters with the likes of Anna Wintour kept the audience riveted.  That first summer, 10,000 pairs were sold from his 1,000-square-foot apartment. This year TOMS gave awayits one millionth pair of shoes.

“Every single person in this room can have a tremendous impact  on the lives of people locally in this community and all over the world,” Blake said. “And your support for The Salvation Army is not just about  breaking a record or fund raising goals, which is awesome. It has to continue day after day after day. The more you incorporate giving into your life, the more you will receive. When you leave today, think what else you can do to help someone in need.”

By the time Blake had completed his talk, not a soul had left the ballroom and all gave him a standing ovation. It’s suspected that many were wearing TOMS by dinner time.

Tutu Chic Luncheon Will Be A Too-Too-Must Attend

Last year‘s Tutu Chic Luncheon may have been one of the most fun fund raising secrets of the season. For its first time on the society calendar, it had the guests on the Winspear stage sipping champagne, eyeballing Korshak fashion and enjoying  dancers Texas Ballet Theater (pictured).

The Tutu Foursome chair-gals (Elaine Agather, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney) who pulled it off last year decided to do an encore on Thursday, December 2, same place, same agenda.

With Nancy C. Rogers as the honorary chair, you just knew they were going to up the ante and they did with flair. Designer Naeem Khan will make a guest appearance for the event.

Champagne reception starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by the on-stage fashion presentation and the seated luncheon in the lobby of the opera house.

Tickets were going quickly, so move your tutu by calling Jeanne Cassidy at 877.828.9200, Ext. 110.

BTW, the underwriters include the following ballet lovers:

$25,000 — Nancy C. Rogers

$5,000 —  Jacqueline Barrett, Nancy Carlson, Jolie Humphrey, Holly Lydick /Shannon Hart, PaperCity and Priscilla Martin

$2,500Cassandra Fine Catering, Jeanne Marie Clossey, Barbara Daseke, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson and Wells Fargo

$1,500Elaine Agather, Terry Dallas, Lisa Barfield Kopecky, Courtney Marcus/Diane Byrd, Cynthia Miller, Jennifer Staubach and Kelly Van Den Handel

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Salutes Deserving Who Share Their Accolades

The people who know, live and understand all aspects of philanthropy lunched at the Hyatt to celebrate 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day and honor some of their own Friday, November 12. For the VIP’s it was an early start with a reception at 1030 a.m. As 99-year old Ebby Halliday entered the reception area with LaunchAbility’s Cathy Packard (pictured right with Ebby Halliday), the resident real estate elder stateswoman found herself surrounded by fans and friends. Dressed in black with Versace sunglass, she said, “It’s my Johnny Cash outfit.”

The two topics of interest at the reception were two events that took place the day before — the Holocaust Dinner honoring Roger Staubach and the requiem mass for the late Lynn Moroney.

Organizers were prepared for any questions. Why they even had “cheat sheets” with photos and descriptions of the key players!

Newlyweds Colleen and Bob Baillargeon (pictured) were recalling how they had planned to spend their honeymoon following their March 27 wedding in France for three weeks. But thanks to that pesky Iceland volcano, they had a choice — sit in de Gaulle Airport or head to elsewhere.  According to Bob, “We weren’t going to stay at Charles de Gaulle for a week, so we went to the Rheims area to try the champagne.”

When asked his opinion of the Cliff Lee negotiations, former professional baseball player Baillargeon suspected that New York’s state income tax, working with Nolan Ryan and the Dallas area could be major considerations in Cliff’s thinking.

Luncheon chair Diana Marquis (pictured right with daughter Noel Navarette) was running a tight ship and immediately cut to the chase welcoming all and introducing City Councilwoman Ann Margolin, who presented a proclamation.

While salads were being dolloped with dressing, Dealey Foundation President Joe Dealey addressed the group followed by Communities Foundation’s Brent Christopher, who presented a check for $12,000 for underwriting speakers for the Association of Fundraising Professional ‘s Greater Dallas Chapter.

At this point everything was running right on schedule and Ms. Marquis looked pleased. Then the presentation of the awards was made to the following:

  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive — David Krause
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Leah Prager
  • Outstanding Corporation — AT&T
  • Outstanding Foundation — The Sammons Dallas Foundation
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Cecile Bonte
  • Outstanding Philanthropists — The Hallam Family

Most of the speakers honored the speaking time limit, but a couple of them hijacked the microphone for more than the allotted time. You really couldn’t blame them. They were thrilled and wanted to give recognition to their friends, families and associates. However, their prolonging their talks resulted in some of the audience heading back to their offices, so they weren’t able to hear Howard and Robert Hallam‘s (pictured left with Howard Hallam) short, concise acceptance.

Emcee Scott Murray closed the lunch with the fact that in the past year, 37% of those going to the North Texas Food Bank went for the first time. It was a reminder to those in the fundraising industry that the economy has made their work more needed that ever. Without the hardworking people in the philanthropy world, so many would have nowhere to go. Keep up the magnificent work for the good of all.


Heroic Faces Lined With Honor

Faces are quite telling. Last Thursday an assembly of remarkable faces were present at the Hall of State for a luncheon saluting veterans by the Daughters of World War II. Faces like Harry Kabler’s (pictured left with emcee Scott Murray) were aged with lines. Their eyes still glistened. Their hair was gray or silver. Some wore ribboned medals on their chests; some just brought tales of past encounters; some like Herb Bunning (pictured right with son Jack Bunning) were accompanied by a family member to experience the occasion. It was a bit hard for the younger members of the audience to think of these men and women in their 80’s and 90’s, like 94-year old James “Maggie” Magellas (pictured), as youths who had put their lives on the line, so the world would enjoy life without tyranny. They didn’t do it for the glory; they did it because it was the right thing to do.

Congratulations to the Daughters of World War II for saluting these heroes of an era that has passed all too soon.


Carson Kressley, Veterans Day Parade Make Voices For Children Luncheon Memorable

It was a perfect storm situation Thursday. More than 500 guests were on their way to Union Station for the Voices For Children Luncheon featuring Carson Kressley and benefiting the Child Abuse Prevention Center. They had been warned that traffic might be a bit dicey, but what the heck. Most of guests were veterans of traffic snarls at the every venue in the area. However, a Veterans Day parade (pictured) marching right in front of Union Station with surrounding streets more or less blocked off was another situation entirely.

As guests arrived with tales of talking their way through police lines and creative driving, it only added to the energy level. Add Carson and you’ve got Red Bull Extreme. Like a rock star, he was immediately surrounded by the gals who all wanted their photos taken with the former star of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. As he straightened Voice Chair Robert Weatherly‘s (pictured) tie, iPhones and compact cameras were nearly blinding as they photographed the blonde cutie. It’s too bad they couldn’t have generated some heat, too. The predicted cold front wasn’t due til Friday, but it was as cold as a fur vault. Poor Holly Davis (pictured left with, from the left, Carson Kressley and Rhonda Sargent Chambers) looked flawless in her single-shoulder sweater, but admitted that she was positively freezing. Union Station staff said that they had lowered the temperature due to the fact that more than 500 were expected and the temperature would eventually warm up. Despite the two-stories of windows and bright sunlight beaming in, it was nippy throughout the event.

Once safely inside the icebox . . . er, dining room and seated for lunch, the group thought their parade problems were behind them until the speakers started trying to be heard. Imagine brass bands, military vehicles and shouting crowds in the background while someone is trying to be heard in the Grand Hall, which can often be acoustically challenging on the best of days.

One committee member admitted, “When we booked this, we didn’t realize the Veterans Day parade would be taking place in front. If we had, we wouldn’t have booked anything in downtown Dallas.”

But not to worry. The guests chatted non-stop. So much so that despite the best efforts to get their attention, emcee Brendan Higgins resorted to a dirty little trick. He announced from the podium, “Let us bow our heads and pray.” Silence followed almost instantly. Then Brendan asked God’s forgiveness for the faux prayer to get their attention. Naughty boy, but it worked.

Just as dessert is being served, Carson was served up for his talk. But Carson was a trooper and carried on with a flute of orange juice. He warned the group that he was “not going to be politically correct. I’m going to be inappropriate.” With that he launched into the following areas:

  • His suggested theme for children abuse — “Shake martinis, not babies.”
  • Likes Rick Perry because of his hair.
  • Provides his 10 steps to feeling great about yourself:
  1. Wear a good bra — uplifting experience
  2. Go to the spa
  3. Be grateful
  4. Accept compliments graciously and learn to give a compliment.
  5. Focus on giving
  6. Have confidence in yourself.
  7. Sit in the front
  8. Make a list of your most amazing attributes.
  9. Posture — walk with purpose
  10. Be a role model.

Before anyone wanted it to end, Carson was done with his totally ad-libbed talk. It was time for the live auction of “A Day With Carson!”  including his visiting the winner’s home for a private closet consultation, a Rolls Royce trip with Carson to Barney’s for a wardrobe refreshening with a $2,000 gift card, lunch at the mansion with Carson and three  of the winner’s friends and a R&R at the Stoneleigh Spa.

Carson got into the swing of getting the bidding going as he went from table to table with a microphone. At one point adorable realtor Logan Waller (pictured) was the target of Carson’s antics and ended up with Carson sitting on his knee.

As the bidding rose, Jenna Turner‘s bid of $8,500 drove Carson nuts. He offered a personal foot massage and asked her if she had “a significant other.” Jenna’s response was to point to an empty seat next to her that had just minutes before been occupied by emcee Brendan (pictured right with Jenna Turner). Guess it’s official — they’re seeing each other. Ah, now Brendan’s reaching under the table to hold Jenna’s hand during the ltalk made perfect sense.

Back to the auction. A couple of tables over, blonde Lisa Schnitzer couldn’t stand the near-but-not-enough-reach for $10,000 bid and volunteered to add $1,500 to Jenna’s bid just to even things out. You gotta love a gal who’s not only beautiful but comes through in a pinch. Carson was happy; Jenna was happy; Lisa was happy; Child Abuse Prevention Center Exec Director Jessica Slie Trudeau was happy; 500 guest were happy! Happiness warmed everyone.

Dallas Historical Society’s “Awards For Excellence” Embraces Native Born And Born-Again Dallasites

The Dallas Historical Society’s “Awards For Excellence in Community Service” (AFE) may not be the largest gathering inDallas, but it attracts decision-makers of Dallas, both past and present. Why just at Tuesday’s reception for the 2010 event at the Fairmont, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dr. Gail Thomas (pictured right with Kay Bailey Hutchison) were comparing notes about the October celebration of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Before even locking down the weekend of October 14 for the launch, Gail checked Kay’s schedule to make sure she would be available.

Besides being a past recipient of the AFE, Gail had still another connection to the day’s event — son Stewart Thomas was co-chairing the luncheon along with his wife Michelle and Honorary Chair Mary Anne Cree, the daughter of the late Rosine and Charles Sammons.

Now before you go off thinking that everyone associated with DHS had ancestors who arrived in Dallas with John Neely Bryan, rethink that one. Many of its members and leaders like former DHS Chair Diane Bumpas (pictured) and past AFE recipients Diane Brierley and Ebby Halliday weren’t even born in Dallas. All it takes is an interest in history.

Because this luncheon is known for running on schedule, lunch started promptly because there were a number of awards to give out. After recognizing various supporters, committee members and local community leaders, DHS Exec Director Jack Bunning gave a “state of the union” report of all the activities that had taken place including Phil Collins‘ interview on the Alamo, author Tom Alexander‘s conversation about his book on Stanley Marcus, and the Tom Landry exhibition during the State Fair that alone resulted in more than 100,000 people visiting the Hall of State. He also recognized Tom’s widow Alicia Landry (pictured), adding that due to the success of the Landry exhibition, it would  be relaunched on Thanksgiving weekend in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl XLV.

Then it was time to hand out the awards to the following:

  • Jose Antonio Bowen PhD for Arts Leadership
  • Albert Black Jr. for Business
  • Paula Lambert for Creative Arts
  • Susie and H.B. Bell EdD for Education: Administrative
  • Ed Long for Education: Teaching
  • Joyce Pickering of The Shelton School for Health/Science
  • Rev. Larry James and Rev. Gerald L. Britt Jr. for Humanities
  • The Hillcrest Foundation (Bill Caruth and Harold Caruth) for Philanthropy
  • Laura Estrada for Volunteer Community Leadership
  • Howard Hallam for being the Jubilee History Maker

Highlights of the acceptance speeches included:

  • Jose:  “It you’re a patron of the arts, please stand. . . especially if you go to events you don’t like!”
  • Albert’s (pictured) mentioning his friend Larry Lacerte’s not being present due to illness and Albert’s working with Mayor Tom Leppert to open Baylor’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at the old Frazier Courts community of East Dallas, where Albert grew up.
  • Paula: “I’m especially proud because I’m from Fort Worth!”
  • Susie and H.B. acknowledging the people who helped them at “Tables 21, 22 and 23.”
  • The number of hands that went up in the room when asked if Ed Long had taught their children.

To conclude the luncheon, the traditional A.C. Greene toast of champagne was made asking those born in Dallas to stand first, those who were born in Texas to also stand, and finally all who had made it to Dallas as soon as possible to stand.

Bravo, DHS for never getting old, and for just celebrating Dallas’ young roots.

Advice From Voices For Children About Traffic Issues Tomorrow

If you’re headed to Voices For Children Luncheon featuring Carson Kressley at Union Station or anything in downtown Dallas tomorrow, beware. The annual Veterans Day parade will be taking place at noon.

The good folks are Voices For Children just sent over this advice for their guests —

Please make note that the Veterans Day parade will be held downtown tomorrow, around the same time as the Voices for Children luncheon. Therefore, please allow ample time for your commute to Union Station. We were informed by the city that one lane on Houston Street will be kept open specifically for our luncheon, which will lead you directly to complimentary valet parking at Union Station.  Furthermore, we hired two police officers to direct traffic for luncheon guests.  Please forward this information to your guests.

To view the route of the parade, please click on the following link:  http://www.vetsdayindallas.org/route.htm

Okay, now you’re got the directions, so you just might want to march accordingly.

Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund’s Perfect Look Wasn’t All That Perfect

In the way old days families would gather around the television set to watch the Miss America pageant. Both were so glamorous and everyone watching had their favorites.  The Miss America contestants looked so beautiful and always had the perfect answer for the tricky question segment of the evening.

But reality isn’t always what it appears. For instance, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund admits that for years she suffered from an eating disorder to achieve physical perfection.

You’re laughing. Eating disorder? Have a Hershey bar and get over it.

With that attitude, it proves that education is needed and that’s exactly what Kirsten is going to do at The Elisa Project‘s sixth annual Life Lessons Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Anatole. Event Co-chairs mother/daughter Megan and Ryan McManemin have a personal reason for their involvement. Ryan was diagnosed with partial anorexia and bulimia while at Episcopal School of Dallas. Feeling pressured due to athletics and social pressure, the youngster was desperate to achieve “perfection.”

In fact her first episode occurred this time of year when Ryan was a freshman in high school. With all the food at Thanksgiving, purging was Ryan’s solution. But once was not enough, so it continued until Ryan “confessed her secret to her parents.”  Coming together, the McManemins weathered a full-court-press treatment program to redirect Ryan’s behavior for recovery.

“The treatment of eating disorders is a long, difficult process. Our family was extremely fortunate Ryan came to us early in her struggle,” said mother Megan. “We were able to get her immediate, intensive treatment before she lost control to this formidable disease.”

Even if you are a healthy camper, you may unknowingly have a person in your life who is suffering from this “unfashionable” disease. More reason to lunch Thursday with Ryan, Megan and Kirsten.

The Senior Source Calls In Nobel Laureate To “Roast” Marnie And Kern Wildenthal for “Spirit of Generations 2010”

Only Marnie and Kern Wildenthal could be “roasted” by a Nobel Laureate with a sense of humor. That’s what happened at The Senior Source’s “Spirit of Generation” luncheon Friday at the Anatole.

But before the stellar crowd lunched and laughed, the VIP reception took place in the Wedgwood Room that was just a tad bit chilly. It seems that prior to being the place for the reception, a flock of flowers had been in a holding pattern.  No problem. With the cold front that had moved in earlier that day, the ladies like Helen Storey and Virginia Chandler Dykes had pulled out their wool suit jackets for the lunch and others like Ruth Altshuler (pictured right with, from the left, Alicia Landry, Virginia Chandler Dykes and Helen Storey) and The Senior Source Exec Director Molly Bogen wore extremely fashionable six-foot long  scarves.

The hot topics of conversation ranged from 2011 Equest Co-chair Barbara Stewart (pictured) reporting that her daughter/Equest co-chair Margaret Macatee will be handling the hi tech aspect of promoting that annual event at Brook Hollow; Mary McDermott talking about the October opening festivities for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge;  and Isabell Haggar happily recalling Dinner Under the Star’s incredible success.

One person steering away from a particular topic was Ross Perot. He opted to take pass regarding the week’s elections.

Then it was on to a ballroom full of boldface types like Jess Hay seated with Margaret Crow, who just a couple of weeks ago had been on hand for the opening of the “refreshed” Anatole lobby. . .  Faye Briggs with her daughters Pebble McKenzie and Hester Briggs had French beauty Sylvie Wainwright (pictured left with Faye Briggs) at her table.

When all were settled in, it was time for the program with Luncheon Chair Sandra Estes teasing the group that for a long time she had considered “senior citizens as the ‘others.'” But her thinking had changed over the years and now, “I’m sold on old!”

Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Rowland “Robin” Robinson (pictured) did a nice job subbing in for Baylor Health Care System CEO Joel Allison who was in Washington on business. As you can guess, Baylor, like so many of the health care providers, is very concerned about providing for the upcoming flood of baby boomers as they approach the senior years.  “Both organizations (The Senior Source and Baylor) are committed to meeting the physical, the spiritual, the emotional and the mental needs of our clients.”

Following a video and a note from British operatic great Robert Lloyd recognizing the Wildenthal for their contributions throughout the years and their friendship, it was time to get down to business, or in this case, laughs. That was left in the hands of UT Southwestern Nobel Laureate Dr. Al Gilman, (pictured right with, from the left, Margo Goodwin and Kern and Marnie Wildenthal) who really should start a second career of roasting great people. While Al lauded Marnie for her decades of teaching at Episcopal School of Dallas, he gently poked fun at Kern with decades of stories about Kern even before his days as UT Southwestern president. A recurring theme was bird droppings that seemed always to find Al but avoid Kern.

But Al was not going to just tease Kern. He told the group of Kern’s incredible work ethic, his vision in orchestrating the growth of UT Southwestern, as well as the Dallas Opera.

Kern must have known that the lunch was going to have some mischief from the red-ribbon-tied Coke bottles at his table (pictured). Luncheon guests learned that Kern has a love for Coke. They also learned from this brilliant, world-famous friend that not only did they share the same birth date, but they also have a respect and friendship for each other that is unmatched.

With that Marnie and Kern accepted their award with the grace, eloquence and humility proving they rightly deserved the 2010 Spirit of Generations Award.

Voices For Children Luncheon Updates

This Thursday’s Voices for Children Luncheon with Carson Kressley at Union Station is nearly sold out. Event Chairs Holly Davis and Rhonda Sargent Chambers just reported a couple of updates:

  • Oprah Winfrey paid for Carson’s flight to Dallas to help out the child abuse prevent center
  • Nancy Rogers has been announced to be the presenting sponsor and
  • Cut off for Dutch Treat seats ($150) is today.

You already knew that the luncheon benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Center, didn’t you?