United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Shows Appreciation For Volunteers

The late Erik Jonsson was known for many accomplishments that today are flourishing in Dallas like the best kept garden around. Besides being mayor of Dallas, he was the first president and co-founder of Texas Instruments and the driving force for the creation of DFW International Airport, the present city hall, the Dallas Convention Center, the University of Texas at Dallas and the Dallas Central Library to name just a smattering.

What some people may not realize is that Jonsson co-founded the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Like his other contributions, the UWMD has been a part of the growth and success of the city.

To meet the many needs of the community, UWMD relies on members of the community who selflessly give of their time to UWMD. They’re called volunteers.

The wonderful thing about volunteers is that they don’t have to be rich, brilliant or drop-dead gorgeous. They just have to have a big heart and the willingness to open it to others through their personal efforts.

Wednesday the UWMD honored a handful of such people at a luncheon sponsored by Target at the West Galleria. The awards and recipients included:

  • Debbie Taylor

    J. ERIK JONSSON AWARD (a volunteer who has shown extraordinary spirit of volunteerism and service) — Debbie Taylor, regional director of Citi Community Development.  A 25-year veteran of leadership positions in non-profit and civic initiatives throughout the region, Taylor will serve as incoming 2011-2012 Board Chair of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  She currently serves on UWMD’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and successfully led United Way’s Annual Fundraising Campaign in 2007.
  • Carl C. Scherz

    GIVE VOLUNTEER AWARD (a volunteer who inspires others to give to United Way) — Carl C. Scherz, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP.
  • ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER AWARD (a volunteer who has stood up as a champion for community issues and engaging others in the work of the United Way) — Dave Philips, Frito-Lay (retiree)
  • Tamika Brunetti

    SPOTLIGHT 2020 VOLUNTEER AWARD (a volunteer who makes a direct impact in education, income or health) — Tamika Brunetti, Ernst & Young
  • Andy Smith

    LIVE UNITED VOLUNTEER AWARD (a volunteer who embodies the LIVE UNITED call to action, “Give, Advocate and Volunteer”) — Andy Smith, Texas Instruments
  • Ralph Goedderz

    ROOKIE VOLUNTEER AWARD

    Socrates Villarreal

    (volunteers who have served as emerging leaders committed to spurring positive change in the community) — Ralph Goedderz, Frito-Lay Inc., and Socrates Villarreal, Enterprise
  • Natalie Solis

    MEDIA AWARD (a media representative who has reported important social issues in the region, specifically publicizing programs demonstrating community-level impact delivered by United Way — Natalie Solis, FOX 4 KDFW anchor/reporter

Oh, if you’re wondering why Dave’s photo is not included, it’s because he didn’t attend the luncheon. Seems he had a grandchild being born. The man knows his priorities!

Photo credit: Gloria Nieto

Lucky Dog Barkery Expands And Benefits Area Groups Through Saturday

Pooch in need of fashion

Fashion checklist:  One-shoulder swimsuit? Yes! Blue-and-white-striped T-shirt? Yup! Espadrilles? Course! Collar and leash? Say what?

True clotheshorses know that their ensemble is not complete until their very favorite “accessory” is dressed to the nine’s, too. That’s why a seasonal change of looks is imperative for that best friend. And Lucky Dog Barkery has timed its expansion and grand re-opening perfectly.

Today through Saturday a portion of sales will be donated to

And don’t forget to pick up some edible treats, too. BTW, canine shoppers are welcome anytime. Don’t you just love a store with a policy –“No dog ever leaves the Lucky Dog Barkery without a biscuit.”

KidneyTexas 2011 Updates, But Don’t Tell Anyone Until June 17

It won’t be officially announced until June 17th, but because you expect to be ahead of the pack, here goes.

Subject: KidneyTexas

You already know that KidneyTexas’s annual fashion show/luncheon, “Steppin Out in Style,” has gone through some changes. Instead of Korshak, it will be Tootsies fashions on the runway. Instead of the Hilton Anatole, it will be Brook Hollow. And, yes, the date is going to be September 15, and Pat McDonough and Marianne Wilshusen are chairmen of the 2011 event

But what you don’t know is that Charlotte Kimberlin will be the honorary chair. What’s that in the back of the room? Who is Charlotte Kimberlin? Oh, dear, you must have just landed at DFW International. As anyone with a smidgen of “in-the-know” will tell you, Charlotte was president of KidneyTexas 2008 and is currently Advisory Board Chairman. KidneyTexas president Megan Meyercord put it, “I am soooo very glad she is our honorary chairman — she has done so much for Kidney Texas.”

Don’t fret. You now know and no one will tattle on you. But there’s more!

Two new names have been added to the sponsors list. They are The Plaza at Preston Center (that where Tootsies calls home) and Looper Reed & McGraw P.C.

Now, remember, you’re sworn to secrecy until June 17 when all this newsy stuff is officially announced along with the logo. Please make “oooh” and “ahhh” sounds when the announcement is made, so the not-so-savvy folks won’t feel totally left out.

Centerstage’s Supper Club Parties At The Wyly With Red Sneakers And A Bunny

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, which specializes in turning words on paper into stories onstage, lived up to its reputation for transformations Saturday as it hosted Centerstage 2011. The annual fundraising dinner for the Dallas Theater Center was held in the Wyly’s Potter Rose Performance Hall, which had been turned into into a “beautiful supper club” for the evening. Gone was the Hall’s theater seating, replaced by a look reminiscent of the simple, classic nightclubs of the 1930s and ‘40s. Think gauzy curtains, white-peonies centerpieces, two or three big Art Deco-style overhead lighting fixtures, and a simple stage with a stand-up mic for the evening’s elegant entertainer. But more about her later.

Jay Oppenheimer and Jeanne Marie Clossey

The supper-club description came from host committee chair Jay Oppenheimer (who also said proudly that Wyly’s metamorphosis came in “under budget”). Jay was greeting guests at the “Martinis and Manhattans” cocktail party before the dinner with Jeanne Marie Clossey, the host committee’s underwriting chair, at his side. Jeanne Marie was also spotted in conversation with Mark Weinstein, the brand-new president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. This was Mark’s”coming out” appearance at a PAC event, as he’d only arrived in Dallas three days earlier.

Margaret McDermott and Mark Weinstein

Weinstein, who previously ran the Washington National Opera alongside Placido Domingo, wasted no time working the room, chit-chatting with Hal and Diane Brierley (they were major underwriters for Centerstage) and bending low to talk with Margaret McDermott (she was on the host committee, and the Eugene McDermott Foundation was a major underwriter as well). Also enjoyingthe reception were underwriters Billie Leigh Rippey, Tincy and Vance Miller and Caroline Rose Hunt (accompanied by Bob Brackbill).

Kimberly and Blaine Nelson

Deloitte honcho Blaine Nelson, board chair-elect of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, said his “date” for the evening—and for the next few days—was his daughter, Kimberly. She’s from Utah, Blaine said, but not for long, as she and her husband are relocating to Washington, D.C. Other faces in the crowd included

John Clutts, Megan Meyercord, Jill Rowlett

Kidney Texas president Megan Meyercord; Yvonne and Mayo Crum (they had to duck out early because Mayo’s back was giving him a fit) and Jill Rowlett (Jill’s husband Tracy was home with their son Michael for the night); John Clutts of The Clutts (modeling/talent) Agency; airline executive Don Carty and his wife Ana (just back from a week in Italy with their two sons); fragrance designer Niven Morgan; and Barbara Brice with her fiancé, Jim Walsh. Jim couldn’t help

Yvonne Crum and Don and Ana Carty

beaming about his son, Dallas-reared Pat “Sponge” Walsh, a four-star Navy admiral and commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Pat had been busy the last few days, Jim said, speaking in Washington D.C., San Diego, and San Francisco to commemorate the 69th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Midway (June 4-7, 1942).

Heather Kitchen

While guests enjoyed their dinner—stacked Caesar salad, horse-radish-crusted prime rib, butterscotch apple crumb “pie” with ice cream—Dallas Theater Center officials took to the raised stage and got down to business. Board chairman Frank Risch, who said Centerstage’s purpose was to “celebrate the complete transformation” of the DTC after 53 years, predicted a 25 percent rise in attendance, to as many as 95,000, for the 2010-2011 season. Risch then introduced Heather Kitchen, the DTC’s new managing director, who’s been in Dallas just 11 weeks. Heather, who relocated from San Francisco, said that when she’s asked the biggest difference between California and Texas, she says, “This is the most friendly, accepting place I’ve ever been in my life.”

Kevin Moriarty

DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty (he wore red sneakers with his dark blazer, taking the evening’s “anything-but-black-tie” dress code to heart) described the recipients of the gala’s fundraising including Project Discovery, the theater group’s flagship education program. One of the participants in that program—Mickey Giles, who’d graduated from his high school in Garland just hours earlier—told the crowd that “it took Project Discovery to turn my dreams into gold.” Mickey’s talk must have done the trick, because a lot of money was raised for the DTC in the next few minutes.

Auctioneer/actor Chamblee Ferguson asked for bids of $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 and so on, down to $100. When all was said and done, Chamblee announced that a whopping total of $118,600 had been pledged.

Kelli O'Hara

Then it was time for the elegant entertainer we mentioned earlier: Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara, who’s made a name for herself as one of Broadway’s leading ladies. A three-time Tony nominee (for her roles in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, and South Pacific), Kelli wowed the crowd with classic tunes like “All the Way,” “Make Someone Happy,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.” But her biggest applause may have come for something called “Opera-Country”—a spoofy, “semi-autobiographical-but-not-really” song about a country gal who goes to New York and makes it big in the opera world. O’Hara was backed during her set by pianist Adam Ben-David, on loan for the night from his associate-music-conductor duties with The Book of Mormon.

Lady Bunny

No sooner had the applause for O’Hara died down when “Wedding Bell Blues” by the Fifth Dimension started blaring over the sound system, signaling the Wylie’s final transformation of the night. New York drag queen/DJ/comedienne Lady Bunny had begun spinning discs for the Centerstage after-party.

Vance and Tincy Miller

Last we saw the Cartys and the Millers were among those out on the dance floor, helping cap a great evening for the DTC.

Dallas Summer Musical’s CenterStage Reception Was Party Despite MIA VIP’s

Holding a party the week following Memorial Day weekend can be deadly. Dallas tends to look as crowded as a swimming pool supply shop in January. Most folks have headed out of town to deliver kids to summer camp or for cooler surroundings. That may be why Thursday night’s reception at Tootsies honoring the members of the Dallas Summer Musical‘s CenterStage may have had a few VIP’s MIA.

(Editor’s note: The DSM CenterStage should not be confused with the Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage. Yes, one capitalizes the “s” and the other doesn’t. The DSM version is a community of donors giving $5,000 or more to the DSM’s annual fund. The DTC’s is an annual fundraiser.)

DSM impresario Michael Jenkins was out of town, so DSM chairman of the board Mike Steindorf was to fill in as Mr. Frontman for the evening. Word came part way into the party that Mike had canceled. No designated understudy was announced or needed.

Recent Curtain Call gala co-chairs Mary and John Gills’ excuse for no-showing was “rock solid.” According to Mary,

“Our daughters go to Camp Mystic for the month of June. Hannah is a counselor this year then it’s off to UT, Rachel and Rebecca are campers. Packing trunks for a month is a ‘superwoman’ skill!

“John and I safely delivered Rebecca to the Camp Mystic bus in the NorthPark parking lot at 6 a.m. this morning. Rachel will be returning from a church retreat today so John will drive her to Hunt, TX tomorrow morning.

“Our 16 year old son, Miller just loves the sister-free home!  He’s my sweetheart and loves all my attention.”

Sharla Stevanovic and Jacy Russell

Ah, but not to worry. There were young thangs from the DSM’s Associate Producers like Jacy Russell and Sharla Stevanovic and clothes from Alice + Olivia’s “stock show” (They prefer you call it a stock show, not trunk show) being modeled.

Alison Volk, Bradley Coble, Andrea McShane

And, of course, where are pretty gals, there are guys like Bradley Coble, who admitted that he often shops at Tootsies for his girlfriends.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Organizers Reveal Joshua Bell Will Part Of The Indian/Moroccan/Turkish Night

Kim Monk and David Hyslop

The Dallas Symphony has been through a lot in recent months. Just in the leadership category, it’s been a bit mind boggling. But Wednesday night it appeared that the ship was steadying itself. The event at the Ritz had been billed as the announcement party for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala plans. It turned out to be a “get-to-know-David” reception. David is David Hyslop, the DSO interim president. The tall, gray-haired gentleman could have taught politicians how to work a room. With handlers trying to pull him away, he gave everyone quality time and regaled them with stories from his work throughout the country. When asked if he was prepared for the heat of Dallas, he quickly said that compared to the winters in his present home state of Minnesota, the heat was a welcome relief.

Barbara and Don Daseke

But there an evening’s program to handle and David was off. He officially welcomed the group and told them like a kindly father, “What you have accomplished in a difficult economy is amazing.” Then he introduced gala co-chairs Barbara and Don Daseke, who gave details of the September 17th event at the Meyerson with a goal of $600,000.

Barbara said she wanted the black-tie gala to be energetic, lively, happy and that she would be working with Todd Fiscus on the evening’s feel using Indian/Moroccan/Turkish  textiles. Upon arriving, guests will enter through a tent and then go through another.  Remember the team of Daseke-Fiscus was the one that orchestrated Ebby Halliday’s 100th birthday gala decor at the Meyerson, so it should be quite an extravaganza.

In addition Barbara reminded guests that conductor Jaap van Zweden would be returning for his fourth season and then she dropped the bombshell — Joshua Bell would be performing. The music lovers in the room either swooned or oohed-and-ahed. For the uneducated, Joshua’s internationally known for being one of the truly great violinist. For the readers of People, he was named one of the 100 Most Beautiful People in the world and dated Natalie Portman.

Holly Reed

It was then announced that once again AT&T would be the presenting sponsor. When AT&T’s Holly Reed spoke to the group, she told David that AT&T was right at home in welcoming companies and people to Dallas. Holly then reminded the group that this year’s gala would be the 11th year of AT&T’s handling the title sponsorship and they’d better buy their tables ASAP.

On the sidelines Jose Reyes was talking up the two after-parties with Anna-Sophia van Zweden as honorary chair. DJ Lucy Wrubel will be in charge of the music for one party and a-yet-to-be-named entertainer will handle the other.

After all the program was concluded, David returned to the podium saying, “Let the party continue.”

Share-A-Date: ROCKANDRUNWAY

Crawford Brock and Linda Owen

Thursday, August 25: The Park at Woodall Rodgers may be under construction, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t rocking with its neighbors. One of those neighbors is, of course, Stanley Korshak. And like a good neighbor they’re tossing a party. No, wait! It’s not just a party. It’s “an inaugural event.” What that means is that they just might make this an annual do-dah.

“ROCKANDRUNWAY will be like  nothing we’ve ever seen as far as multi media entertainment,” said Korshak’s main man Crawford Brock. “The combination of live music and a fashion runway show will certainly prove to be a night like no other.”

This year’s launch party also just happens to be a part of “A Quarter Century of Style,” Korshak’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Amy Vanderoef Is Gonna Learn Magic Tricks And Play A Mouth Trumpet For Gateway Family’s Celebrity Waiter Luncheon

Christa Wetzel, Tracy Rathbun, Lynae Fearing, Brandy Taylor

Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing opened their DUO – All Things Culinary Wednesday night to about 125 guests to kick off the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon for Family Gateway. That explained the lineup of cars at the valet stand on Inwood.  One car parker looked as if he had been struck by the genius wand saying, “Oh, that’s why there are all these cars.”

But once inside the guests and celebrities mixed and mingled as the DUO/ Shinsei mavens and their bud Brandy Taylor smiled on. Not only were they throwing the party, they were donating 15% of the evening’s proceeds to Family Gateway. If you’re a foodie, you were in cooking paradise.

Maggie Cooke Kipp and Shay Geyer

Luncheon co-chairs Maggie Cooke Kipp and Shay Geyer were thrilled not only at the turnout, but their plans for the September 23 luncheon at the Ritz.

Now, anyone who attended last year’s luncheon knows that it got a bit rambunctious. Why? It’s the ideal recipe of ladies plus champagne plus very gutsy celeb waiters. Shay, who waited last year, giggled at some of the memories of what happened with Kim Fischer performing Baby Bump with the other gal waiters, and Vaughn Miller showing why he’s such a polo expert as he rode Brandon Higgins into the legions of luncheon tables.

Marc and Jessica Colombo

Wednesday night at DUO’s, though, there were none of those antics. Dallas Cowboy Marc Colombo towered over the rest of the crowd and said he was going to try to get some of the NFL players involved. It all depends on the lockout. If they get the season going on schedule, training camp would start around July 24, and it would be 7 days a week, from 6:30 in morning to 6:30 at night. But Marc doubted that scenario would happen. He predicted that the dispute wouldn’t be settled until the last minute, right before the season starts, if it is settled. Not good for the players. Then again, he added, all the players would have the same handicap. On the upside, Marc proudly said the Cowboys’ “player-organized workouts” they’ve been holding have had the highest numbers (participation) in the NFL.

Regardless of Marc’s status, it’s pretty good guess that Marc’s wife Jessica will be at the luncheon for sure. Not only did she serve as last year’s silent auction chairman, she’s also on Gateway Family’s board.

Celeb waitress D’Andra Simmons was right on time despite having spent a very busy day at the TV studio and getting an audition tape to NYC. Plus she’s been tied up with photos for Hard Night Good Morning. Guess D’Andra was simply trying to wrap up everything before hand surgery on Friday.

Of course, you want to know which celeb waiters are scheduled. Here is the present list: Gina Miller, Daniel Lewis, Amy Vanderoef, Grant Stinchfield, LeeAnne Locken, D’Andra Simmons, Kris Clinton, Kim Fischer, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Lynae Fearing, Chris Flanagan, Lisa Garza, Tracy Rathbun, Victoria Snee, Hunter Sullivan, Tre Wilcox, Steve Kemble and event emcee Scott Murray.

Speaking of celebs, Good Morning Texas’s Amy Vanderoef threw down the gauntlet. She said she’ll play the National Anthem on a mouth trumpet and do card tricks, like pulling one from behind her ear. When asked if she knew how to perform such magic tricks, the cute blond replied with a perfect smile and a twinkle in her eye, “No, but I will by the time the luncheon is held.”

“$30 For 30 Years” Would Wrap An Anniversary With A Very Special Quilt

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Washington Monument

This Sunday is the 30th anniversary of the day that the CDC officially reported the first case of AIDS. During the past three decades the disease has gone from a mysterious plague, a much vaunted celeb cause to a “is-it-still-a-problem?” The good news is the mystery of its rampage has slowed down. The glitzy support by Hollywood types continues on a less grandiose basis. But, yes, it is still a very real problem.

Did you know:

  • More than one million people are living with HIV in the U.S.
  • One in five living with HIV is unaware of their infection.
  • MSM of all races remain the group most severely affected by HIV.
  • By race, African Americans face the most severe HIV burden.
  • Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.

That is why C.U.R.E. is using the anniversary to launch $30 for 30 years. It’s a campaign to bring the 8,000 panels from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to the Dallas Convention Center September 30 – October 2. No, the quilt is not like the one that grandma used have on her bed. This quilt is the size that the Jolly Green Giant could have used. It’s massive. In fact it will be the largest display since the entire quilt was seen at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

According to organizers, the purpose of project is “to enhance respect and dignity for the HIV/AIDS community, while also heightening awareness for the need of increased education, prevention and outreach.”

It’s easy to participate. You don’t have to put on any running shoes or even get up earlier than usual. Just hit the link and you’re part of C.U.R.E. 2011.

Photo provided by C.U.R.E. 2011

Authors Announced For 10th Annual Celebration of Reading in Dallas/Fort Worth

Mandi Bush

Whoever claimed that Dallas dies in the summer needs to know — Ain’t so! Emails are flying like jets on Thanksgiving Eve. The newest email to arrive is about the 10th Annual Celebration of Reading in Dallas/Fort Worth. Yes, it’s still scheduled for the Meyerson on November 7. But the news is the authors that President George H.W. and Barbara Bush and their grandkids Mandi and George P. Bush have lined up. Try these on for size, or for book reading this summer.

  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, tells a touching story about a young woman in Afghanistan who, with her determination, beat the odds and created a thriving business.
  • Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, chronicles the amazing story of fortune and betrayal behind the founding of the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, leading to the creation of the movie “The Social Network.”
  • Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, tells the story of two young men with the same name growing up in the same city whose lives took totally different directions – one becoming a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader; the other serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder – and their unforeseen correspondence and friendship.
  • Helen Simonson, author of the New York Times best seller, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, writes in her first novel about a retired British army major in a small English village who embarks on an unexpected friendship with a widowed Pakistani woman.

It’s a great evening each year with authors’ insights about their books, a great meal and realizing that reading is gratifying no matter the time of year.

Suggestion: Do a young person a favor and invite them to attend the event with you. It’s a true gift.

Fresh Faces Of Fashion’s Raffle/Fashion Show Was Flawless Despite An Undercurrent

Photo Gallery Alert: Additional photos are available for viewing at MySweetCharity’s “Photo Gallery”

Christian Siriano and models

Fresh Faces of Fashion held its much-awaited-for raffle for a Mercedes and fashion show by Christian Siriano at Park Place Mercedes Wednesday. The place was more than gushing with beautiful people. Yet there was an undercurrent of a not-so-beautiful situation skulking among those-in-the-know. More about that later.

The FFF class of 2011 was more than just gorgeous. They had broken nails emailing promotion of the program that benefits the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. Along with that they had spent long hours hounding friends and family to buy tickets for the raffle of one of two Mercedes. For their efforts, the prize was not just raising awareness and money for S&CC, but also two roundtrip tickets on American Airlines, gas for a year from Park Place and detailing of their car.

Piper Young and Megan Meyercord

FFF Piper Young felt confident that she topped the others until she heard through the grape-

Amanda Sterett

vine that sister FFF Amanda Sterett had blown everyone away with a last minute surge in ticket sales. Oh, well, Piper admitted the booty would have been nice, but the purpose was to raise money and spread the word about S&CC and she had done just that, like her sister FFF’s.

Yvonne Crum and LeeAnne Locken

But as the evening continued, the raffle seemed to be a secondary concern. It was party time for a crew that looked like the call sheets from Page Parks and Kim Dawson. There wasn’t a pimple or split end in the room. Just luscious ladies and Gentleman Quarterly cover guys. What’s that saying about birds of a feather? Well, they were flocking at Park Place.

In the professional model category Jan Strimple and Rhonda Chambers Sargent for once were in the crowd opposed to being backstage. . . Actresses LeeAnne Locken (she’s co-chairing the upcoming Top Hat & Tails) and Sonia “Celebrity Waiters” Acavedo with Michelle Classen were right at home in the Mercedes showroom. . .  Gregg Asher decided to give his ponytail holder the night off and wore his blonde locks shoulder length. . . Throughout the showroom, FFF mothers Doris Jacobs, Dee Dee Lee and Muffin

Lemak made it pretty obvious where their FFF daughters got their looks and fashionable

Dee Dee Lee

sense.

Doris Jacobs

Both Doris and Dee Dee opted for sizzling pink outfits but in different extremes. While Dee Dee looked very Dallas Woman’s Club in her pearls and ladies-who-do-tea outfit, Doris’s off-the-shoulder, floral silk dress screamed, “Shall we have drinks by the cabana?” . . . When “Time of My Life” was heard

Bob Farrell and Keith Bernardo

playing over the crowd, someone asked Keith Bernardo what singers made the song famous. Without hesitation, Keith whipped out his smartphone and answered, “It was from Dirty Dancing and sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer

Bridget Boggess

Warnes”. . .  S&CC founder Dr. Cliff Jones couldn’t make it, but his adorable granddaughter Bridget Boggess was on hand to represent the family.

Christian Siriano

As the swelling crowd filled every nook and cranny of Park Place, designer Christian was backstage prepping his show’s lineup. Like the late Jimmy Galanos and other designers, the 2008 Project Runway winner seemed to have a relationship with each outfit as if it were a friend or a child. When he felt all was just perfect, he relaxed his brow and smiled.

Christian Poppert

But before his collection paraded on the Park Place runway, FFF had some business to be conducted by Park Place’s Robert Morris, Modern Luxury‘s Christian Poppert and FFF maven Yvonne Crum. Initially, it was a little hard for the threesome to find just the right spot on the wrap-around runway to address the guests. Remember the crowd was everywhere. But finally they found working the center section was the best option.

Robert Morris and Margie Wright

First there was the presentation of a very nice $10,000 check from Park Place to S&CC’s Executive Director Margie Wright. At first the presentation was a little hard to hear over the five-deep audience’s chattering. But leave it to Margie, who commanded everyone to pipe down. They did. She added, “I used to teach kindergarten.” Much laughter.

Then Yvonne took over and explained that her FFF cohort Jill Rowlett had planned to be present, but was stuck on a runway in Aspen with Dee Wyly due to bad weather.

Raffle time

Knowing what the crowd was anticipating, Yvonne, Robert and MLD’s Christian pulled out the bowl with raffle tickets. Packed like a Lady Gaga’s mosh pit, the guests grew closer to the staging to see if their ticket had resulted in a new Mercedes. Ah, but there could only be one lucky winner and it was long-legged Lisa Stapp in silky shortest shorts.

But before there were any boo-hoos about not winning, the FFF Class of 2011 started parading the catwalk like old hands. After their showing back in March at Stanley Korshak, these gals are fearless in facing the crowds. (Check MySweetCharity’s PhotoGallery for the FFF’s runway action.) Following their presentation, the professionals took over the dazzling group in Siriano’s collection to rave reviews.

Yes, it was all so beautiful and flawless except for that “undercurrent” mentioned earlier.

Established in 1966 by Dr. Jones, S&CC’s funding is just half of the challenge in helping people deal with life-threatening ordeals. The other half is getting the word out to use S&CC. Thanks to the FFF, not only has $1 million been raised in just five years, but it’s also created a greater awareness of the services offered by the S&CC. Unfortunately, that was just the problem for the undercurrent.  Earlier in the day, it was learned that a highly-educated and well-known individual had taken his life devastating his family, friends and associates. One can’t help but wonder if he had only contacted S&CC, the results might have been different.

The program that Cliff started 45 years ago is available, free and needed in all segments of society. So, Fresh Faces keep getting the word out.

Fifth Annual Elizabeth Toons Concert/Shoot-Out Nets $450,000 For Children In Need

The 5th Annual Elizabeth Toon Charities Memorial Concert and Shoot-out did very, very well. Thanks to the 1,500 guests at the Pat Green-Jack Ingram concert at Gilley’s and the shootout the next day, $400,000 was raised for children in need through Texas.

It was only five years ago that only 150 attended the first concert. But this one especially poignant with the opening act of Mockingbird Sun. Lead singer/lead guitarist Charlie Berry and singer Brett Taylor attended Highland Park HS with Elizabeth, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2006.

Another reason for the big score in the money category was the silent auction with the gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Darren McGrady for five couples was won by Tom Douglas for a whopping $21,000. However, the day of military shooting and instruction by Navy SEALS topped that going for $26,000.

Speaking of guns and things, Bank of America/Peloton won the Shoot-out at the Dallas Gun Club with a total score of 415 points.

Memorial Day — What Are You Doing At 3 P.M.?

Originally known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day has more recently been called “National Moment of Remembrance” thanks to an effort undertaken by former President Bill Clinton in 2000. He wanted this day to

“honor those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While these heroes should be honored every day for their profound contribution to securing our Nation’s freedom, they and their families should be especially honored on Memorial Day.”

On December 28, 2000, he signed S. 3181 (Public Law No. 106-579), The “National Moment of Remembrance Act, which designated 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance, in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”

At 3 p.m. Monday, stop whatever you’re doing, take a deep breath and realize that many. . . too many gave their lives so you could enjoy the sweet air of freedom.

Candice Crawford And Tony Romo Wedding Won’t Have The Fireworks That CityArts Festival Will

Don’t you just know the folks attending the wedding of Candice Crawford and Tony Romo Saturday at “Lee Park Tent City” are going to think the fireworks display over at Fair Park was part of the newlyweds’ celebration.

Children's Area at CityArts Festival

Wrong! It’s just a smidgen of the activities at CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete. The Saturday night fireworks are thanks to Gold Metal Recyclers.

But the excitement starts today. The Friends of Fair Park have arranged for a three-day extravaganza for the Memorial Day weekend at Fair Park and it should be great this year. The weather is supposed to be perfect for the entire family to wander along the Lagoon and Cotton Bowl Plaza.

The best part is that there’s no admission fee. OK, so the City of Dallas is charging $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, but times are tough, don’t you know. (Editor’s note: There’s always DART, but make sure you check the weekend schedule.)

What can you expect to see and do? Just follow the jump and you’ll be amazed. [Read more…]

North Texas Legends Of Journalism Celebrated At Trinity Trust Center

Trinity Trust Center had them lined out the door Wednesday night. Trinity River Rat Wrangler Tierney Kaufman was serving up drinks faster than the ponies at Lone Star Race Track.

Tony Zoppi

And it had absolutely nothing to do with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge or the Trinity River project. Instead the Press Club of Dallas borrowed the facility to honor the “Legends of North Texas Journalism.” It was easy to spot the legends. They were the ones looking like prized pooches at Westminster wearing big, old blue ribbons.

Dallas Morning News business columnist Bob Miller was surrounded by fans, friends and fellow scribes like Karen Robinson-Jacobs. He was keeping one eye on the door waiting for wife Shirley. SMU professor/former DMN-er Carolyn Barta upon seeing Miller told friends how back in the 60’s Bob had been her boss at the Morning News through two pregnancies. That was a time before maternity leaves, and when smoking and manual typewriters were newsroom staples. Women just didn’t have a few months off to have a baby. They had to use vacation time or take time off hoping their jobs hadn’t been filled.

Bert Shipp

Across the way, former WFAA guru Bert Shipp and former Morning News reporter Hugh Aynesworth had guests lined up to chat. Interestingly the two made history in covering the John F. Kennedy assassination. Over Bert’s shoulder was his son Brett, who does investigative reporting for WFAA, with his fiancée Madeleine Johnson. No date has been set for their wedding.

Ron Chapman, John Gudjohnsen, Nance Chapman

KVIL/KLUV legend Ron and Nance Chapman were catching up with former KDFW/former WFAA photograph mastermind John Gudjohnsen. Ron had recently orchestrated the memorial service for Ben Laurie, who died April 15. To conclude the services, guests were given blue and white balloons to release in the sky in honor of the late helicopter traffic reporter.

Troy Dungan

Former WFAA weather guy Troy Dungan was all smiles. Suspect he was glad not to be on-air Tuesday night when the area got hit with tornadic weather.

Both Ron and Troy have been subjects of KTVT-CH. 11’s Karen Borta‘s reports on the status of well-known, retired members of the media.

If you want a list of the “legends,” follow the jump!

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Tick, Tick, Tick — Time Is Running Out For The Fresh Faces Of Fashion Raffle

Just a few more hours until the Fresh Faces of Fashion females draw the winning raffle ticket at Park Place for a Mercedes.

According to FFFFav Yvonne Crum, it’s not too  late to buy a ticket.

Remember the money goes to the Suicide and Crisis Center.

Movers, Shakers Difference Makers Were The Kind Of Folks Gilda Would Have Liked

Remember Gilda’s Club? It was the project of the late Gilda Radner‘s husband Gene Wilder and her friends to provide a place where free support could be provided for cancer victims and their family and friends. The little project became much bigger than anyone realized.

Chuck Scimeca

Today the numerous Gilda’s Clubs are a part of the Cancer Support Community that includes The Wellness Center. And as you might suspect North Texas is a big player in it. Thursday the group held its second “Movers, Shakers, Difference Makers!” fundraiser at The Palm hosted by Palm GM Chuck Scimeca .

After board co-chair Katie Arbour welcomed guests, executive director Kelly Counts recognized the 2010 Movers, Shakers, Difference Maker recipients — David Bowe of Daugherty’s Pharmacy, Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma. She told the group that, alas, the fourth recipient was unable to make it — Jason Terry. Seems he was already booked playing for the Mavericks a few blocks away.

(Betcha didn’t know that for the past three season Jason and a corporate sponsor have each donated $100 for every three-shot that the Mavericks guard makes. Last year along Jason completed 164 three-point shots resulting in a donation of $32,800 from him and his corporate sponsor.)

Co-chair president/event chair/Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat then told the group before a dinner of sea bass and filets was served, “So manyof us here have been moving and shaking for almost ten years. . . in 2002 when we opened our doors, we had 900 members. Today we have 3,000 and 600 of those are children.”

Kelly Counts, Mark Solomon, Sheila McKinney, Jay McAuley

After dinner the 2011 honorees were recognized:

  • Leah and John Davis for their generosity over the year,
  • Attorney Mark Solomon, who provided legal support, supplies and event sponsorship before the organization even opened in North Texas back in 2002,
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Allen president Sheila McKinney, who had a “pioneering vision to provide an unmatched program of support to the residents of Collin County living with cancer” and
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation president Jay McAuley, who “provided vision and resources to help Cancer Support Community open a new set of ‘red doors (the organization’s trademark)’ in Allen.

Laura Wheat, Leah Davis, John Davis

But these recipients weren’t the type that just smiled demurely and said, “Thank you.” Nope. Remember that Davis couple that was recognized for their generosity. Perhaps they should have also been honored for their sense of humor. In accepting their award, John was dressed as an Acme Mover and Leah as a pepper shaker.  Confused? Think “mover” and “shaker.”

Don’t you think Gilda would have loved that scene?

Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

TACA’s Move Indoors For Party On The Green Was The Right Move

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Remember the board game Clue? The one where Col. Mustard was in the library with a knife and Mrs. Peacock had a candlestick in conservatory? That game came to mind Friday when TACA’s Party on the Green annual outdoor event at the Rosewood Mansion was moved indoors because of inclement weather.

Elizabeth and Ashley Tripplehorn

Instead of having the great outdoors with the Rosewood Mansion’s terraces and lawns to cook for 425 chicly casual guests as planned, POG chairs Ashley and Elizabeth Tripplehorn and the TACA team decided to move the whole kit and caboodle indoors due to Mother Nature’s having a temper tantrum. Gee, she’s getting to be the ultimate party pooper. But never fear –the POG team with the Mansion staff pulled it off as if it had been planned all along.

So what did moving the party indoors have to do with Clue? When you have 20 chefs from around the Rosewood world plus a handful of locals preparing their individual recipes, where do you put them all? After all, the boutique Mansion is not the Sheraton Dallas Hotel mega-world. Mansion impresario Duncan Graham and his smiling, unruffled staff blew off the concerns with, “No problem.” The Mansion can accommodate any situation.

When guests arrived, they received a detailed map specifying the location of all the action:

FIRST LEVEL

  • Chefs cooking

    Along the Promenade – Chefs Sharon Hage (formerly of York Street), Wolfgang Eberle (Al Faisaliah Hotel), Bruno Davaillon (Rosewood Mansion), Ned Bell (Rosewood Hotel Georgia) and Teiichi Sakurai (Tei-An) and the Chambord Vodka bar.

  • Wine cork pull wall

    Across the way in the Pavilion Ballroom — Chefs Jacques Sorci (The Carlyle), Kevin Garvin (Neiman Marcus), Juan A. Rosado (Rosewood Crescent) and Hemant Dadlani (Rosewood Little Dix Bay) along with the Merrill Lynch Wine Cork Pull, the Lexus chance tickets and silent auction.

  • The Mansion Restaurant — Chefs Peter Rudolph (Rosewood Sand Hill), Luca Rutigliano (CordeValle), Fabrice Guisset (Las Ventanas al Paraiso), Yann Giacomoni (Jumby Bay) and Nicolas Blouin (Rosewood Mansion) along with the Collingwood Whiskey bar and Don Ambrose trio.

SECOND LEVEL

  • Jen Miller and Paul Paredes

    Sheppard King Suite — Chefs Anthony E. Dawodu (Caneel Bay) and Daniel Echasseriau (Rosewood Corniche) and DJ’s Jen Miller and Paul Paredes

  • FDR Suite — Chef Graham Dodds (Bolsa)
  • Hunt Suite — Chefs Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer)and Brian C. Luscher (The Grape)
  • Burford Suite — Chef Tim Byres (SMOKE)

Peter Rudolph, Bruno Davaillon, Fabrice Guisset

Chef wrangler/ Mansion exec chef Bruno was the realist in the group. Yes, logistically it would have been easier to have been outdoors as originally planned, but these chefs are the best in their field and they knew how to go with the flow. Besides the out-of-town chefs had been in town for five days enjoying the Dallas scene. Tuesday night they tried out Tre Wilcox‘s cooking at the Marquee and felt no pain! According to California Dreamy Peter Rudolph, “The food at Marquee was fabulous!”

Actually, the move indoors had organizers reconsidering the outdoor venue. Duncan admitted that moving the party indoors had opened his eyes to the fact that many of the ladies preferred the air-conditioned surroundings opposed to the May outdoor temperatures. Hmm, could this be a sign of things to come?

Lollipops

But it wasn’t all about the chefs and where they were stashed. Each dish was incredible and this year the chefs came prepared. They were bound and determined not to run out.  The Lollipop Flower Garden in the main room of the restaurant had everyone lined up plucking the little darlings as chef Nicolas Blouin smiled on the sidelines.

As for the guest, they didn’t seem to mind being indoors one iota. One guest claimed that she had seen more people because of the indoor arrangements. “It’s like bumper people. You just bump into everyone, but it’s a fun bumping.”

Dianne Cash

Diane and Hal Brierley were just back from a Mediterranean cruise during which they learned of Bill Lively‘s unexpected resignation. . . . Lucian LaBarba was continuing his quest to have a statue built honoring the late Stanley Marcus. . . Doris Jacobs was looking at a July 1 closing on Scott Ginsburg‘s home on Isabella. . . By 9:15, the wall of 400+ wine bottles for the wine cork pull was starting to look pretty bare. . . Dianne Cash was upstairs looking for her daughters/chairs Ashley and Elizabeth, who were downstairs looking for mom. .

Graham Dodds

. Chef Graham Dodds was still nursing a badly burned hand. No, it didn’t happen at POG. . .Colin Duchin

Duncan Graham and Charlene Howell

was doing a solo act because main-lady D’Andra Simmons was attending a Sweet Briar reunion.  . . Mary Gill was in the Mansion bar on the couch with Holly Reed. . . Scott Kimple‘s $100-raffle ticket was picked for the 2011 Lexus CT 200h. ..POG vets (Caroline Rose Hunt, Charlene Howell, Fred Merrill and Sally Blanton and Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham) found their favorite banquettes in the restaurant to call home base.

Fred Merrill and Sally Blanton

BTW, Brad O. once again created the Golden Skillet Award. Unlike other awards made of fragile, clear crystal, the GSA is truly unique. Looking to all the world like a true-blue cast-iron skillet, the art piece has “thyme, chives, chervil, tarragon, parsley, sage and basil sculpted onto the inside edges of the skillet. The cooking area of the skillet features the event logo, which is slightly raised off the bottom to emphasize its prominence.”

Luca Rutigliano

This year Luca took the GSA home to San Martin, California, for his “Pressed Watermelon and Dungeness Crab Salad with Chili Lime Dressing.”

While Luca may have been thrilled over his prize, it didn’t compete with the TACA take-home for the night. The $325,000 raised was an increase from last year’s $636 per guest to $765 pg this year thanks to increased sponsorships and a highly-successful cork pull. Not shabby for a night that was supposed to be a wash out.

Lisa Troutt To Be Equest Honorary Chair, Jan Myers To Receive Community Service Award

Lisa Troutt

It makes perfect sense! Who would be more ideal to be the honorary chair for the October 4th Equest Women’s Auxiliary‘s Luncheon at Brook Hollow Golf Club? Why Lisa Troutt of WinStar Farm, of course! After being in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness with the Troutt’s Funny Cide, she has plenty of horse sense and appreciates good horse flesh.

Equest chairs Barbara and Melissa Macatee having been locking down all the details for the annual luncheon before everyone takes off for the summer. Another item on their must list” was the recipient of the Community Service Award. Check that one off the list, too. The award will go to Jan Myers, who has been so invaluable to  so many efforts including Camp John Marc.

Crystal Charity Ball Former Chairs’ Annual Dinner Included Vets From 1955 and 1969

Caren Kline

Wednesday night was a gathering of fundraising legends — former Crystal Charity Ball chairwomen. The occasion was the annual dinner for the “formers” and this year it was held at Caren and Pete Kline‘s marvelous home in Preston Hollow.

Caren and Pete Kline home

(Caren was doing double-duty-hosting since husband Pete was away on business.) Joining the chairs were their devoted spouses, who held down the forts and supported their wives during their tenure.

Dale Wigley

Two of the standouts were Dale Wigley and Peggy Braecklein, who

Peggy Braecklein

chaired the balls of 1955 and 1969, respectively. While the two compared notes on the couch, younger members of the crowd waited for a chance to talk with Dale and Peggy. One former chair said, “Our success was built on the shoulders of those who preceded us.”

Tucean Webb

While some may wonder what’s so remarkable about this stellar group, anyone who has been involved in fundraising efforts involving volunteers will tell you that

Sara Martineau and Lindalyn Adams

these ladies are on par with Fortune 500 CEO’s.  For one year they are challenged to raise an astronomical amount of money for children’s charities via two events (Ten Best

Barbara Stuart

Dressed luncheon in September and the CCB in December). CCB trivia: the first CCB garnered $21,000 for the Dallas Polio Chapter (aka March of Dimes) in 1952.

They also go through the gut-wrenching process in selecting the right beneficiaries. The scrutiny of the selection process is mindboggling according to recipients who have gone through it.

Connie O'Neill

In the past 59 years, they have raised more than $100 million for local children’s charities. This year CCB chair Connie O’Neill and her team of 99 have set a goal of $4,265,030.

 

Share-A-Date: Go Red For Women Luncheon

Friday, June 10: For ages, heart disease symptoms and treatment have been focused on men, but that’s changing thanks to efforts like Go Red for Women. To bring upfront even more so, Go Red for Women Luncheon is being held at the Hilton Anatole. But it won’t be your typical fundraising luncheon. Here’s a breakdown of the activities:

  • 10 a.m.– Registration, health screening (Sponsored by Methodist Health System), exhibits, VIP hospitality lounge and Go Red Silent Auction
  • 10:30-11 a.m. — “Give to Get: Connecting vs. Networking” – Colleen Affeldt (Reframe the way you are building and leveraging your network. It’s not who you know, it’s what you do for who you know.
  • 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. — “How to Turn Your Fat Burning Engine on High” – Larry North, Larry North Fitness (Learn how to feed the muscle and starve the fat and never allow yourself to feel hungry again. Sponsored by Ryan)
  • 12 p.m. — Welcome and Opening Remarks, Heart Healthy Lunch (Sponsored by Texas Beef Council)
  • 1 p.m. — Keynote Speaker – Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman

And since commercial real estate maven Susan Arledge is chair the event, she called on her good buddy and former boss Roger Staubach to help out with a “Signature Auction Item.” No, Rog isn’t going to sign a football. Well, maybe he will, but he and his wife Marianne will host a dinner for six prepared by chef Richard Chamberlain at the Staubach’s very cool home.

Even if you don’t win the signature dinner, you’re going to be a lot smarter and healthier after attending this luncheon. Go Red!

Bill Hobby Reveals Tales About Sam Houston That Weren’t Taught In History Classes

Bill Hobby

If Texas has royalty, former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby is one of the top tier types. His family tree has all types of limbs touching from the founding fathers to the Texas media giants. So, when he arrived at the Hall of State for the Dallas Historical Society‘s 89th Annual Meeting of the membership, he was greeted like Mick Jagger. Like a rock star, he didn’t bother organizers with arranging his transportation needs. He just used his own jet, thank you. With his signature bowtie, twinkle in his eye and that Hobby smile, he charmed one and all despite his  79 years.

Lindalyn Adams

Among the crowd in for lunch Wednesday were DHS Chairman Max Wells, President/Incoming Chairman Margaret Keliher, Past Chair Diane Bumpas,

Andrew and Cindy Clendenen

Nominating Chair, Arboretum President Mary Brinegar, Development Chair Andrew Clendenen with his wife Cindy, Joe Dealey, Searcy Ferguson and Lindalyn Adams.

Before Bill talked, the group reviewed the past year’s activities. Max reported that the Landry exhibition attracted 120,000 during the State Fair. He went on to announce “Texas” would be on display for the 2011 State Fair. Max added that during the tour of the “Texas” exhibition now in Houston, he was told that the best items were from Dallas.

Perhaps that point was proof that the Dallas/Houston rivalry was still alive and well with a smile. Bill only proved the point in his talk about Sam Houston. It was a fascinating talk that at times was a little challenging to hear in the Great Hall. For this reason, a reprint of the talk follows the jump. Be prepared. You learn how there is a connection between Benjamin Franklin’s family and Texas,  Sam’s taking a very strong stand against seceding from the union, his encounter with an arrow that might have ended his first marriage and other thangs that aren’t included in typical Texas history courses.

Just in case you weren’t able to attend and want to learn about a very colorful character of Texas history, follow the jump for the entire talk reproduced. [Read more…]

WISH Gala Was Just What Everyone Wished For — Lots Of Fun And Funds

Low rider Cadillac

As guests arrived at Dallas Contemporary for the WISH Gala Saturday night, they were greeted by a DJ on the left of the steps and a snazzy low-riding vintage Cadillac. Some folks wanted to just stay there and study the amazing creation.

Ah, but what waited inside was a sight to behold. The place looked wonderful and decked out for dinner, auction and Dallas contemporary beautiful folks.

Brooke Hortenstine

That’s the way chairs Brooke Hortenstine and Capera Ryan had planned it, don’t you know. To tantalize the young and want-to-be-young set, the gals had a sneak peek for 500 Thursday night and by Saturday the word had gotten around resulting in a full house.

Betty Blake

Representing first generation types was Betty “Boop” Blake, who has been a mainstay of the arty set for decades and decades and isn’t slowing down one bit at 90+.

Sumner Billingsley

At the other end of the age spectrum was Sumner Billingsley in a black-and-gold Temperly London cocktail dress with a quilted Chanel bag over her shoulder talking with former Hockaday classmate Kathleen Campbell.

Emily Wyly

Emily Wyly was chatting with Niven Morgan and the subject of horses came up. Right subject for Emily. Her 6-year-old Hanoverian, Leon, “won both his classes today” at Las Colinas. Not bad for a relationship that just started at the beginning of the year when she bought him in Florida to join her other four horses. While she didn’t ride Leon Saturday, she was “very excited and happy.”

Despite it being election night, heavy hitters like Heather and Ray Washburne, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Jill Rowlett, Jose “I’m-Ready-To-Steal-A-Scene” Reyes, Shelle Sills, Jeremy Strick, Allen Questrom and Lynn and Allan McBee were on hand.

Jessica Giesen's shoes

One of the most eye-catching sights of the night besides Versace rep Jessica Giesen‘s shoes and high-heeled Gregg Asher was a woman named simply, “Ann.” When

Ann

asked about the blonde “stuff” piled on top of her head ala Marie- Antoinette-meets-Heidi, she shrugged it off with “I really didn’t know what to wear. So I put my hair up this way, to cover it up.”

Capera Ryan and Jenna Alexander

But then again Jenna Alexander was creating some major whiplashes in her painfully tight black Versace skin . . . dress. How tight was it? “I can’t eat tonight,” was all Jenna could say on exhaling.

 

 

Share-A-Date: Cabaret Gala 2011

Saturday, September 24: There was a time in the 70’s when the Fairmont’s Venetian Room was the mecca for everyone cool. Why? Because management booked the most incredible talent at the time — Richard Harris, Marlene Dietrich, Sonny and Cher, the Smothers Brothers, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme and Marilyn Maye. Ah, that last name may not come to mind immediately, but that’s going to change when she returns to the Venetian Room  for the Cabaret Gall 20011 benefiting the Dallas Children’s Theater.

Her voice is still amazing folks like she did when Johnny Carson described her as “Super Singer) and Ella Fitzgerald simply tagged her as “the greatest white female singer in the world.”

Emily Wyly and John Clutts will co-chair the event, with Julie and Ken Hersh serving as honorary chairs.