30th Anniversary of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Brings Honors, Joys And Tears

Friday evening was a very special one for Cindy Brinker Simmons at the 30th anniversary of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer at the Adolphus. Having founded the organization to help children and their families battling cancer, Cindy’s work both professionally and personally have been amazing and inspiring.

To mark the occasion, Event Chair Mary Poss created an evening for the 300 guests that was personal and reflected the core of what WOKC has come to mean to so many.

One of the highlights was the presentation by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (pictured left with, from the left, Cindy Brinker Simmons and City Councilman Ron Natinsky) to Cindy of a proclamation designating Friday, November 5, 2010 as “Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Day in Dallas.”

To commemorate the 30th anniversary, the first Norman Brinker Humanitarian Award was presented to Pete and Pat Schenkel “for their extensive community support and philanthropic service to the Dallas community.” It was especially touching that Cindy and her stepmother Toni Brinker presented the award to the Schenkels.

Then it was time to present the “Little Mo” awards, that were named in honor of Cindy’s mother, Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer at the age of 34. Given to community leaders who represent Little Mo’s spirit of hard work, humility, compassion and excellence, the awards were given to the following:

  • Cristy Ecton of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas — Education & Awareness Award
  • Dr. Meaghan Granger of Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth — Medical & Health Achievement Award
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs — Philanthropy Award and
  • Lori Freeland — Volunteerism Award.

The heartbreaking moment in the evening occurred when Honorary Chair Annette Leslie (pictured left with husband Craig Leslie) shared the story of her 17-year old son, Carson, who died earlier this year from medulloblastoma. She told of Carson’s “courageous fight with cancer the impact WOKC had on their family and the inspiration his legacy is providing to other teens with cancer.” Following her very personal story, Carson’s book Carry Me was given to the guests.

To help other families like the Leslies, more than $200,000 was raised thanks to the live auction and event underwriters like

  • Celebrating Success ($20,000) —  Margot and Ross Perot
  • Changing Lives ($10,000) — Kenny Can Foundation and Mary and Mike Poss/Living Green Designs
  • Researching a Cure ($5,000) — Brinker International, Cindy Brinker Simmons and family and Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Family Foundation
  • Sharing the Vision ($2,500) — Ann Cain, Dean Foods Company, Inwood Village Pediatrics, Paula and Bob Strasser, Safeway, Inc./Tom Thumb, Toni and Norman Brinker Fund, UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation and Wells Fargo
  • Presenting Sponsor – American Airlines
  • VIP Cocktail Reception Sponsor – Jersey Mike’s
  • Media Sponsor – Modern Luxury

“We are overwhelmed at the generosity and support of the sponsors and guests for tonight’s event and we thank each one of you for your contribution to our cause,” said WOKC CEO Evelyn Costolo (pictured left with Mary Poss). “Fundraising from tonight’s event far surpassed our goal and raised over $200,000! The majority of these funds will be used to fund Medulloblastoma research at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Plano and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Medulloblastoma is the most common type of brain tumor found in children and accounts for 15-20% of pediatric brain tumors. Each dollar contributed tonight will allow us to continue our fight against childhood cancer, until the day when all children are living cancer free.”

Cindy, your folks would be very proud of you.

Photo credit: Alana McIntyre, 1000 Words Photography

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.

Share-A-Date: 2011 Savor The Symphony

Saturday, April 16, 2011: The Élan Circle of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will present “Savor the Symphony” at the Adolphus Hotel with Co-chairs Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. Chaired by Carlen Long and Natasha Hallam, the black-tie event  will feature a five-course wine dinner, silent and live auctions and live entertainment.

Funds raised from the event contribute to the education programs offered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association.

Event sponsors included

  • Presenting sponsor — Ben E. Keith Co.
  • Title sponsor — Adolphus Hotel
  • Prelude event sponsor — Rosewood Crescent
  • Media sponsor — Modern Luxury and Pink Memo

Art + Advocacy Brings Out The Young Art Lovers For Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

If all the young art lovers of Dallas seemed to be MIA Thursday, there was a reason. They (pictured) were at Three Three Three First Avenue having a heck of a good time buying up art and raising money for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The occasion was Art + Advocacy presented by TurningPoint Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wealther Management U.S. Trust.

Event Chairs Ginny and Conner Searcy and Honorary Chair Molly Byrne arranged for a live and silent auction of artowrk by both emerging and established artists (Daniel Birdsong, Fannie Brito, Isabelle du Toit, Letitia Eldredge, Frankie Garcia, Michael Ledoux, Bonny Leibowitz, Shane Pennington, Kristen E. Rice, Ryder Richards, Zach Saucedo and Valton Tyler) plus something very special — an exhibit of self-portraits created by child-abuse victims who have received help at DCAC.

Helping to get the crowd revved up for bidding were DJ Lucy Wrubel handling the music and auctioneer Mike Jones and KDFW-CH. 4’s Natalie Solis (pictured) getting hands raised for the auction.

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?

Crystal Charity Ball’s Underwriter Party At Lauryn Gayle and Tom White’s Is The Last Hurrah Before The Gala

The Crystal Charity Ball‘s underwriters party Wednesday at Lauryn Gayle and Tom White‘s home was the last hurrah before all 100 committee members got in countdown mode for the annual December gala. To get guests in the mood for the upcoming “An Evening in Imperial Kyoto,
Underwriter Chair Robyn Conlon (pictured),  who had just become a grandmother on Friday, and Ball Chair Cynthia Mitchell had touches of Japan at the party.

In addition to the platters of sushi, they arranged to have students from the Suzuki Institute of Dallas (pictured) with Executive Director Nicolette Solomon conducting. The tiny musicians in Japanese costumes were a level above adorable, both pleasing to the eye and ear.

For those who still regarded sushi with disdain, Wynnwood prepared a dining room full of more well-done edibles.

Annette and Harold Simmons dropped in after attending the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award “Special Friends” party at Laura and George Bushes.  . . . Photographer James French (pictured right with Barbara Daseke) reported that he had decided to broaden his wedding business. . . .  Robyn greeted each guest at the door the CCB greeter’s designer (Oscar dlR). . . Jere Thompson was still digesting the previous day’s elections.

Then the evening was over all too soon for the 200+ guests. Now the question is: “How many kimonos will be worn to CCB?” BTW, does Oscar design kimonos?

Bush Cousins Cover Peak Preparatory for Miss Nelson Is Missing! and Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy

Today the Bush dynasty is in all parts of Dallas championing literacy. Starting off the morning blonde cutie Mandi Bush sans hubby George P. joined Bush cousin Jebby Bush and his bride Sandra at Peak Preparatory School. The reason was Bush Matriarch Barbara Bush’s annual essay contest, “Magic of Reading,” in which school children may participate. This year it was Miss Nelson is Missing! The children not only read the book but they also got to attend a performance by the Dallas Children’s Theater (pictured).

Promptly at 10 a.m., 150 students assembled (pictured) for a celebration of their efforts. Peak Prep Director Chris Garcia introduced the Bush cousins and UpLift Education CEO Yasmin Bhatia. The kids politely listened, but couldn’t help but be distracted by the DCT cast of costumed characters.

But before the performance the children heard via video from Barbara herself, who thanked the children and encouraged them to keep reading. She finished her taped visit by turning the event over to Mandi, who introduced DTC’s Robyn Flatt, who in turn introduced the cast.

Now  it was time for a rousing performance “Swamp Stomp” from Miss Nelson is Missing! followed by Mandi’s (pictured in foreground with, from the left, Maria Rodriguez, Nicolas Vegas and Giovanni Rivas) presentation of the winning essays to:

  • “Lessons Learned” by 3rd grader Nicolas Vegas
  • “The Golden Rule” by 4th grader Maria Rodriguez
  • “Miss Nelson is Missing” by 5th grader Giovanni Rivas

If you’re lucky enough to be among the sold-out audience for tonight’s “A Celebration of Reading” at the Meyerson, then you’ll get a copy of the three winning essays as a gift from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.


21st Century City Conference Is Advanced Thinking For Urban Lifestyles Of Tomorrow

What should the 21st century offer besides jobs and housings in the successful urban area like Dallas? According to the 21st Century City Conference this Friday at Dallas City Hall, there is a

“shift taking place in the way we build out our cities. We seek a more humane city, one that allows for the complexities of diverse lifestyles while offering serene and quiet places that feed the soul. We want a city that is vibrant and alive and we want, once again, to learn from nature.”

To discuss this futuristic hope for city dwellers, the conference (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will have the following speakers and panel:

  • “A More Humane City” — Rutherford H. Platt, Ph.D.
  • “A Rebirth of the City Park” — Peter Harnik
  • “American Cities in 2050” — Joel Kotkin
  • “Experiencing the Soul of the City — Larry Beasley
  • “Nature and Our Public Health” — Ignacio Bunster-Ossa

Panel discussion: “The Role of Art and Culture” with Margie Johnson Reese, Veletta Forsythe Lill, Zenetta S. Drew and Clara Borja Hinojosa

You can still register and there’s even a “beers, bites and conversation” reception afterwards at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

BTW, River Rats and Rat Pack members get a discount at registration. Don’t you just love members with privileges?

Yes, and as you probably guessed, the folks at The Trinity Trust are behind this learning opportunity.

Laura And George Bush Host Very “Special Friends” Of 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner

Yes, former First Couple Laura and George W. Bush have been keeping a pretty low profile since moving back to Dallas. Well, as low a profile as possible when you consider they are accompanied by an entourage of Secret Service folks.

Wednesday night they opened their home for “Special Friends” of the 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner that will take place at the Anatole on Thursday, November 11, benefiting Methodist Health System. If you’ll remember, Laura received the Folsom Award in 2008 and the late Norman Brinker received it last year.

Established in 2005, the award was named in honor of former Dallas Mayor Bob Folsom and presented to those who “demonstrate commitment and excellence in the community leadership” emulating the achievements of the Mayor.

This year’s awardees Pat and Emmitt Smith (pictured right with, from the left, Laura Bush and Pat Smith) may also be the busiest people in Texas when you consider their philanthropic projects, his being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and their just having baby Elijah on September 22.

After a brief welcome by the former president, Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain described the Smiths as the “Dream Team” in their representing Bob Folsom’s legacy of love and commitment of service to our community.”

While luncheon Co-chair Troy Aikman was unable to make the event, his fellow teammate and Co-chair Daryl Johnston (pictured center with April Box Chamberlain and George W. Bush) told the group that Pat and Emmitt had requested that “proceeds from this year’s Folsom Event support indigent care. This is intensely meaningful as Methodist Healthy System strives each day to provide quality health care to a growing number of disadvantaged families in their service area — particularly in Southern Dallas County. Pat and Emmitt have a demonstrated passion for reaching out and helping those who need it the most.”

Emmitt responded, “Pat and I want to thank Daryl and Troy for being a part of this prestigious award. Being able to extend our hands to the less fortunate opens our hearts and make us feel very blessed. To whom much is given, much is expected. We try not to take things for granted and do our very best to help others.”

Among the guests were Bob Folsom’s wife Margaret and their son Steve Folsom, who is Methodist Health System Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman, along with Norman’s widow Toni Brinker (pictured center with, from the left Pat and Pete Schenkel and Dr. Stephen and Marilyn Mansfield).

(Photo credits: Scott Hagar and Ronnie Dunlap)

St. Jude And The Jumbotron Watched Over “Evening Under The Star”

Last year’s Evening Under the Star had to be moved upstairs at Cowboys Stadium because the Jumbotron was having issues. It was a great event and no one knew the difference. . . until this past Friday, when the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital benefit took over the field with Jumbotron on best behavior overhead.

Around 1,000 guests staggered around the field. No, not because of over indulgence of refreshments. They were simply in awe of the place. As massive as the stadium is, it’s an entirely different experience when you’re on the field itself. No one has come up with a word big enough to capture the feeling of the First Wonder of the Football World.

Being on the field transformed guests from proper type folks to wannabe athletes. Redhead Lisa Doney (pictured) took up the football toss and was not going to give up until she got that dang thang through the tire.

Across the way, Dan Gray and Brad Nall (pictured) took turns attempting to kick the football through the goal posts. For some reason, that goal post just seemed to get further and further away.

On the other hand, Host Committee Chairs Sherice and Tim Brown (pictured left with Sherice Brown) looked down right at home on the playing field thanks to Heisman Trophy winner Tim’s years playing for Notre Dame and in the NFL.

However, the two most popular pre-show activities on the field were the buffet line and the silent auction.

The rows of Taste of the NFL featured cuisine ala major NFL flavors including:

  • Atlanta (Southern Comfort Food) — Classic green bean casserole, southern fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, Georgia peach cobbler and vanilla bean ice cream
  • Dallas (Served Up Texas Style) — Cowboy cole slaw, smoked beef brisket, Dr Pepper BBQ sauce, jalapeno cornbread, chocolate decadence bites
  • Chicago (Windy City Selections) — Caesar salad, Chicago-style pizzas (pepperoni, spinach and baby portabella, BBQ chicken Hawaiian)
  • San Francisco (Pacific Temptations) — Skewers from the Pacific Rim, lemongrass tenderloin of beef, Asian chicken, ginger shrimp, fried rice, vegetable spring rolls and fortune cookies

Over toward the silent auction, Margo (pictured) and Jim Keyes were proving to be  old hands at the St. Jude’s silent auction and headed straight for it. BTW, Margo looked rather fabulous courtesy of others. Her turquoise necklace, black pants suit and stilettos were picked out by Jim and her turquoise earrings came from jewelry designer DiAnn Malouf. And speaking of designs, it seems that Jim’s submission for this year’s The Catholic Foundation Plaza was a finalist. . .Leaving the stilettos at home and buying into the whole western motif was Gail Fischer. Why the metal on her boots alone would set off any metal detector.  . .  Honorary Chair Aileen Pratt didn’t have a chance to check out the silent auction because she was trying to track down husband Jack and her daughter (“She looks so cute in her fringe”).  It’s easy to see why Aileen and Jack were selected as the honorary chairs. Aileen is so articulate and committed to children in need — “Children don’t understand the economy going badly. They understand pain and need and we have to help them regardless of the financial situation.” As Party Co-Chair Lydia Novakov said, “Their (the Pratts) devotion to the mission of St. Jude has helped so many precious children in their toughest hours. Their efforts parallel those felt by numerous others in the Dallas community. Aileen (pictured) and Jack are true angels in our midst.”

Then folks settled down for a live auction conducted by Mike Jones followed by a concert with Jo Dee Messina.

Before the live auction and concert started, Toni Brinker and Isabell Haggar (pictured right with Toni Brinker) were spotted standing on the star at the 50-yard line. When asked about their luck in not having the event on the same night as the World Series next door at the Ballpark, Isabell said, “St. Jude was watching over us, I guess!”

Evidently Isabell was right. St. Jude must have been keeping a watchful eye on the project to raise funds for his hospital. The evening raised a whopping $700,000. That’s $100,000 more than last year. Guess it really did pay to move the party down to the field of dreams.

Sorry, But The Annual Museum of Nature & Science Gala Is Sold Out

If you were hoping to attend the Museum of Nature & Science’s “Fly Me To The Moon” on Thursday, November 18 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, you’re out of luck. It’s a sell out!

Honorary Chairs Emily and David Corrigan and Event Chairs Henny Wright and Ed Stead have put together quite an evening to raise funds for the Museum’s “education initiatives, including a scholarship program that opens the door for at-risk school children in North Texas to visit the Museum.”

That means you won’t be able to have dinner catered by Kent Rathbun or participate in the incredible auction of —

  • A once-in-a-lifetime ZERO-G Experience of true weightlessness! On a specially modified Boeing 727, parabolic arcs are performed to create a weightless environment allowing the guest to float, flip and soar as if in space.  The ZERO-G Experience includes 12-15 parabolas, a participant’s own ZERO-G flight suit, ZERO-G merchandise, a Regravitation Celebration, certificate of weightless completion, photos and video of the unique experience.  Item includes airfare to the departure locations at Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Las Vegas or Bristow Air Center in Titusville, Fla.
  • Breitling Emergency Mission Men’s Watch PLUS a flight on a Breitling stunt plane with the Captain of the U.S. Aerobatic team, David Martin.  Courtesy of Richard Eiseman Jewelers.
  • Luxurious private island Caribbean getaway in Cayo Espanto for three nights for two including private butler service, three tailored meals per day, all drinks (excluding wine/champagne), and transfers.  Coach airfare for two to Belize courtesy of American Airlines.
  • 10-day buffalo and plains game hunting safari for two hunters, courtesy of Robin Hurt Safaris.  Includes one professional hunter and exclusive use of the hunting camp and concession in Tanzania.
  • Bow hunt in Grayson County, courtesy of Greg Almond.  A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to harvest a giant Whitetail deer on a ranch located within 70 miles of Dallas area.
  • Two first-class international airlines tickets, courtesy of American Airlines
  • Sparkling Brilliance!  White topaz and 18 Karat gold “Maltese Cross” Earclips in white or black enamel by Verdura
  • Night at the Museum – Adopt the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Museum of Nature & Science’s Dinosaur Gallery. The winner will also have the opportunity to host a private viewing of “Dinosaurs Unearthed” and a screening of Sea Monsters in the TI Founder’s IMAX theatre for 100 of your closest friends, family and colleagues!
  • Amethyst, Courtesy of Daniel Trinchillo – Fine Minerals International.  A beautiful example of Mother Nature’s art work!   A stunning example of Amethyst stalactites from Uruguay is mesmerizing in both its color and undulating form.
  • Capella  Pedregal – Cabo San Lucas…….Start with a beach so private it takes a 1,000-foot tunnel through a granite mountain to get there.  Your 7-night stay at the recently unveiled Capella  Pedregal  Resort includes a 4-bedroom, 4,000 square foot Villa with dual master suites, 2 private plunge pools and your very own Majordomo awaiting your arrival.  Enjoy the plentiful resort dining venues, the highly indulgent Auriga Spa, the state-of the art Fitness Center and all the intuitive services of the luxurious Capella  brand!

Sponsors for the event include the following:

  • Galaxy ($50,000 level) — Balfour Beatty Construction.
  • Eclipse ($25,000 level) — American Airlines; Bank of America; Al G. Hill, Jr.; Lyda Hill; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Margot and Ross Perot; Nancy Perot; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; and Katherine and Eric Reeves.
  • Constellation ($12,500 level) — AT&T, Emily and David Corrigan, Ka and L.L. Cotter, Nancy Dedman, Energy Future Holdings/TXU Energy, Fine Minerals International, Cindy Thomas and Bert Headden, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Ketel One Vodka, Kent Rathbun Catering, Nokia Siemens Network, Peregrine Group, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Rosewood Foundation, Henny Wright and Ed Stead, Marisa Chung and Daniel Trinchillo.

Queen Latifah Inspires Both Young And Old For The Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 25th Anniversary

Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

Whether you loved Queen Latifah (pictured) in Chicago or Hairspray, you gotta admit there is no one quite like her. That smile, that personality, that voice — a totally winning combination and that is why it was so appropriate for her to be the keynote speaker at the Dallas Women’s Foundation‘s 25th anniversary luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Friday.

Queen is known for being her own woman, so it should have been no surprise that she would do something unexpected.

Photo credit: Lisa Stewart

It seems that in addition to 2,000 luncheon guests, a group of 250 girls from North Texas schools gathered in a special “Girls Viewing Room.” The plan was for the youngsters to watch a live video feed of Queen’s remarks.  Imagine their surprise when Queen made an “in-the-flesh” appearance (pictured). She then took the opportunity to talk with the girls about the importance of empowerment of the next generation of women leaders and philanthropists.

“Stay positive and keep your eyes on your goals and don’t let anyone hold you back from pursuing your dreams,” Queen said. “Just know that you can achieve anything you want, as long as you put your mind to it, and you work hard to achieve it, and, you know, every once in a while get on them knees and ask for a little help, you feel me!”

Needless to say, Queen knew how to punctuate her appearance. She gave a copy of her book, Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom to each of the girls.

Then the Queen had to head to the luncheon where Cecilia Guthrie Boone was honored with the Power of the Purse® Award. An active volunteer and philanthropist, Boone has focused her work on issues that most impact the lives of women and girls.  She is the past chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Planned Parenthood of North Texas, Planned Parenthood of North Texas Action Fund and Annie’s List, a PAC that recruits, trains and funds progressive female candidates running for statewide office in Texas.  She is also president of the Boone Family Foundation in Dallas.

Currently Cecilia is the chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s $30 million comprehensive campaign. She is chair-elect of the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America board and is a member of the Harvard-Kennedy School Women’s Leadership board and the international Women’s Funding Network board.  In Dallas, she is on the Parkland Hospital Foundation Steering Committee and the Southwestern Medical Foundation board.  Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

“While this event is a celebration of the past and how much Dallas Women’s Foundation’s volunteers, partners and grantees have accomplished in this community, it is really an invitation for the future – an invitation to learn, connect with extraordinary women and get involved,” said Becky Sykes, Dallas Women’s Foundation president & CEO.

Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

To close the luncheon, 30 girls from Booker T. Washington performed “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray. While Queen didn’t sing along, she and other members of the Dallas Women’s Foundation joined the group dancing, clapping and celebrating (pictured) “the day’s spirit of investing in women and girls and empowering women’s philanthropy.”

In addition to Queen, Becky and the other hardworking folks who made this anniversary so special, you’ve got to give a pat on the back to the following sponsors who dug in their pockets to make it all happen: [Read more…]

Sip, Shop And Save With Partners Card At Gucci Wednesday

Early reports from Partners Card shoppers are daunting! Experienced, shop-til-you-drop types are loving the thrill of the killer purchases. Those more timid types are a little wary of the activity initially, but they’re getting into the swing of things. You’ve got to admit that shopping in Dallas has never been for the faint of heart.

A great place to exercise your Partners Card is Wednesday night (tonight) at the new GUCCI boutique in NorthPark from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to co-hostess Rhonda Sargent Chambers, “Partner’s Cards are available in-store for $60, with 100% of your purchase supporting The Family Place programs and entitling you to enjoy a 20% discount on any purchase now through November 7th.”

You not only can do your holiday shopping and impress your friends with gifts, but you can also help The Family Place.

Crystal Charity Ball’s “Circle Of Angels” Was Simply Heavenly At Charlotte And Shy Andersons’

Splendiferous. That’s the word to describe last Wednesday’s dinner for the Crystal Charity Ball‘s “Circle of Angels” (donors of $25,000 and more). Yes, CCB is known for the grand gala in December benefiting various children’s charities, but to accomplish a perfect thank you for very special angels is another situation entirely.

Since 1998, the CCB gals have been holding this annual dinner to thank their big time donors, but this year they really wanted to raise it to new heights. The reason? Because these loyal contributors, despite an excruciatingly rough economy,  had once again shown their mettle and supported the CCB commitment to help the children. With the December 4 gala, “An Evening in Imperial Kyoto” just days away, it was imperative to show their appreciation before they had to focus on getting the ball rolling.

(BTW: Not only is the annual event a priority among donors, it’s also extremely exclusive. Invitations are not transferrable and are limited to the individual donor or the highest ranking corporate executive from the underwriting group. After all, the CCB gals want to make sure that the right person is thanked for coming through, don’t you know!)

The evening’s chair Rachael Dedman assembled a winning location —Charlotte and Shy Anderson‘s (pictured right with Charlotte Anderson) Highland Park home — and a dreamy team of Tom Addis, Junior Villanueva and Cassandra Tomassetti to accomplish perfection.

From the moment guests arrived at the front door, it was flawless. CCB Chair Cynthia Mitchell in a fabulous Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress welcomed guests at the front door with a million-dollar smile and a hug as if she were welcoming family for Thanksgiving dinner. Deloitte‘s Patty and Blaine Nelson and Vicky and Doug Lattner got extra hugs from Cynthia. It seems that Doug and Blaine (pictured left with Cynthia) had arranged to have Deloitte sponsor the evening. Wise man.

On a normal occasion, the Andersons’ home would be perfect for a party. But on this first night of the World Series, it was absolute heaven for baseball fans. During the cocktail reception, many found their way to the den where a humongous flat screen with the series on almost filled the entire wall.

Just beyond the main house event planning maestro Tom had established a two-story, clear tent that appeared to be a magnificent crystal jewel box with special lighting that cast a glow on each of the tables for the seated dinner. And, no, the ladies in the stilettos did not have to wobble through the lawn to find the place cards with their names at the tables. Tom had the tent situated nicely on a platform flooring.

In the center of each table (pictured), Junior had placed two arrangements of white flowers — the lower one was a bouquet of white hydrangeas, roses and orchids, while the tall cylindrical glass container was overflowing with stems of perfect orchids. Even the platinum table clothes with white shimmering overlays bordered with gold netting created a feel of angelic beauty.

All of the tables centered around two musicians dressed like angels playing harps. Let’s face it. Tom went way beyond expectations for Charlotte,  since they grew up together in Little Rock. Suggestion to Charlotte: Keep the tent, the flooring and the lighting.

To complete this dinner of perfection, Cassandra created a fabulous menu including

  • First Course  — Shaved asparagus and squash salad with radicchio, ricotta cheese and toasted almond gremolata with aged balsamic vinegar paired with Coquerel Family Terrior 2007.
  • Main Course — Roasted sterling silver beef tenderloin with manchego cheese and cauliflower gratin baby spinach and cabernet reduction paired with John Anthony Cabernet 2006
  • Dessert — Warm chocolate pudding cake with apricot sauce vanilla  bean ice cream

It wasn’t too much because diets are a priority this time of year, but the taste and presentation made each course unforgettable. After all, this crowd has educated palates and Cassandra got an A+.

And what about these very special guests? You would have thought they came from Central Casting. Bob Dedman and Kenny Troutt (pictured right with Bob Dedman) chatted about the upcoming election; Chad Hennings was genuinely taken aback when told that his recent talk at the Frontiers of Flight Museum had made a great impression on Nance and Ron Chapman; like any great mom Gene Jones immediately checked in with Charlotte to see how things were going; after months of mending, Carol Seay was able to wear a normal shoe; underwriting chair Robyn Conlon looked relieved that her goals were being met and her next project was grandmotherhood; while next year’s ball chair Connie O’Neill was taking it all in, husband Chris was looking quite pleased at the aspect of being CCB First Husband; and coming from the United Way kick-off party at Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt‘s home, Annette and Harold Simmons (pictured right  with Lee Ann White) arrived just in time to catch up with Lee Ann and Alan White.

The only oop’s of the night was learning after dinner that the Rangers had lost to the Giants. Perhaps they should have the CCB ladies in charge of the team next time.

Swab And Possibly Save A Life This Thursday

While MySweetCharity is dedicated to local nonprofit and charitable causes, there are rare exceptions that “sorta” fit the purpose of MSC. This post is one of them.

The following email has been making the rounds that you might want to consider for participation —

Long time community supporter, Larry Lacerte, is in need of a life saving bone marrow transplant. Jesuit College Prep located at 12345 Inwood Road, 75244 will host a bone marrow drive on Thursday, November 4th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Terry Center. Donors must be between the ages of 18-60 years old. It’s a simple process. There is a short questionnaire to complete, and then a swab of your cheek that the donor does himself.  Take 10 minutes and be a potential match for Larry or someone else. You could save a life! Please let your children or friends know about this important drive.

If you have questions, please contact Patty Leyendecker either via email at [email protected] or visit www.bethematch.org.

While the event is focused on finding a donor for Larry, remember the process could match you with another person in desperate need of a transplant. You might just be the one who could make a difference to the recipient, as well as their family and friends. It doesn’t cost you a cent and you could be a hero.

If you are a bit leery about what’s expected, here’s link to answers.

Now, put “Swab” down on your agenda for Thursday.

Get Up And Vote

Today is election day. Please vote for the good of all.

Northwood University’s Distinguished Women To Commence This Weekend Despite Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Being MIA

There’s been an ever so slight change of plans for the upcoming weekend of activities for Northwood University‘s “Distinguished Women‘s” activities. It seems that the keynote speaker Barbara Taylor Bradford had to cancel her appearance at the Saturday forum and luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton.

Too bad for for Barbara. She’ll be missing the Distinguished Women’s panelists tackling the topic, “Juggling Family, Work and Personal Happiness: Is It Achievable?” on Friday and the black-tie awards ceremony Saturday night at the Ritz.

Established in 1970, the Distinguished Women’s Award was created to “recognize the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies and public and private sector services worldwide.”

Quite frankly, the lineup of this year’s recipients truly reflects the philosophy behind the award’s creation. They include:

  • Elizabeth Acton (Dallas, Texas) —  Beth Acton is Chief Financial Officer of Comerica Bank, the largest bank with headquarters in Texas. Previously, she was Treasurer of Ford Motor Company’s worldwide treasury activities. As Board Chair of Vista Marie, a non-profit that helps children recover from abuse, she headed the first ever capital campaign to build a new charter school.
  • Wanda R. Brice (Plano, Texas)  —  Wanda Brice is currently CEO of The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, a national museum and Smithsonian affiliate. A past President of the International Women’s Forum-Dallas, Brice is a lifelong entrepreneur and public policy advocate; she has championed issues benefitting small business and women.
  • Karen E. Burke (New York, New York) —  With a Ph.D. in Biophysics and an M.D. degree, Karen Burke has made significant contributions to medical research in several areas including Dermatology. The author of six books, she is included in the Castle-Connolly Guide of Best Doctors. Burke serves on numerous boards ranging from the medical field to education.
  • Kerry R. Graham (Paradise Valley, Arizona) —  Kerry Graham, a life member and three-time national President of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, has worked tirelessly to promote and expand the opportunities for women in golf. Graham’s dedication to growing the game of golf and LPGA T&CP membership has earned her numerous awards.
  • Julie K. Hersh (Dallas, Texas) —  Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living, is a mother, corporate wife, suicide survivor and advocate of mental health awareness. Board President of the Dallas Children’s Theater, she is also an active supporter of the Suicide and Crisis Center and other non-profit organizations.
  • Ruta Lee (Los Angeles, California) —  Ruta Lee has had an incomparable career acting in movies, television (over 2,000 appearances) and on stage. Over the past 45 years, as Chairperson or President, roles exchanged between herself and Debbie Reynolds, she has helped to raise millions for the Thalians Community Mental Health Center located in Los Angeles.
  • Petra Levin (Palm Beach, Florida) —  Petra Levin has been selfless in lending her celebrity to a long list of charitable organizations. She has worked tirelessly and raised millions for the Caron Foundation which she has chaired for the past six years. The former Miss Germany has chaired benefits for the American Folk Art Museum, where she is a Director, and for the Palm Beach Heart Ball.
  • Jan Dedrie Strimple (Irving, Texas)  —  Couture fashion model Jan Dedrie Strimple has been recognized worldwide for her unique career. In 2009, Women That Soar honored Strimple for empowering, supporting and inspiring other women on their personal and professional journeys. She has helped raise more than $3 million for education and services for those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Margaret Daniels Tyler (Alexandria, Virginia) —  A bridge-builder, change-agent, and teacher, Margaret Daniels Tyler is Senior Program Officer, U. S. Special Initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her responsibilities include providing strategic guidance for the $2 billion investments in scholarships, and advancing college completion goals for young adults of poverty and color.
  • Goldie B. Wolfe Miller (Bannockburn, Illinois) —  Goldie Wolfe Miller is one of the country’s most successful female commercial real estate brokers with over $3 billion in transactions. Wolfe Miller’s Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative at Roosevelt University-Chicago empowers women in commercial real estate to achieve leadership.

Tickets are still available for the various activities to meet these incredible women.

Chefs Will Cook In The Wilds Of Africa Plaza At The Dallas Zoo This Saturday

Honorary Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson has just released the list of chefs participating in the Zoo To Do’s “Under the Seregeti Sky” this Saturday at the Dallas Zoo. It includes:

  • Abacus – Executive Chef/Partner Kent Rathbun
  • Bolsa – Chef Graham Dodds
  • Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House/Chamberlain’s Fish Market – Chef Richard Chamberlain
  • Dakotas Restaurant- Chef Martin Sarabia
  • Dallas Affaires Cake Company – Operator Margaret Grag
  • Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – Chef David Holben
  • Empire Baking Company – Owner Meadors Ozarow
  • Fearing’s Restaurant – Chef/Partner Dean Fearing
  • Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck – Chef Sara Johannes
  • Green Room – Chef Joel Harloff
  • Gregorio’s Catering – Chef Greg Draxler
  • Maguire’s Restaurant & Catering – Chef Alberto Solis
  • Margaux’s restaurant by design – Owner Kay Agnew
  • Mozzarella Company – Owner Paula Lambert
  • Nana – Chef Anthony Bombaci
  • Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse – Chef Samir Dhurandhar
  • Ocean Prime – Chef Sonny Pache
  • Opio Restaurant at the Hilton Park Cities Hotel – Chef Billy Webb
  • The Place at Perry’s – Chef Jaime Corona
  • Sevy’s Grill – Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse – Chef Rick Goshom
  • Suze – Chef Gilbert Garza
  • TASTE of the WILD Catering at the Dallas Zoo
  • Tillman’s Roadhouse – Chef Dan Landsberg
  • Woodlands American Grill – Chef Carlos Marin

In case of rain, word has it that the party will move over to the Hilton Anatole. No, not the animals but the chefs, food and guests, silly. But cross your fingers that the skies are clear and the World Series is finally over, so the party can commence at the Dallas Zoo and without big-screen TV’s everywhere.

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer Celebrates 30th Anniversary By Saluting Others

Back in 1980 Cindy Brinker Simmons created Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer to help children and their families battling cancer. She was inspired to found this organization by the death of her mother Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly Brinker‘s from cancer. In 2005, “The Spirit of Little Mo” awards were established to “honor community leaders who represent Maureen Connolly Brinker’s spirit of hard work, humility, compassion and excellence and have a commitment to eradicating childhood cancer.”

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of WOKC, the inaugural Normal Brinker Humanitarian Award was created to honor Cindy’s father, the late Norman Brinker.

This Friday the WOKC 30th Anniversary Gala will take place at the Adolphus Hotel  to present the awards to these very deserving people with Honorary Chairs Annette and Craig Leslie, whose 17-year-old son, Carson, lost his battle with medulloblastoma earlier this year.

Receiving the awards at the event will be: [Read more…]

T. Boone, Emmitt And Roger Upped The Ante For Expanding Worlds With Flying Footballs And Talk

It’s challenging when your annual luncheon doubles in size and that’s what happened to LaunchAbility‘s “Expanding Worlds 2010” lunch Tuesday at the Fairmont. Last year’s event of 200, mostly gals, at the InterContinental Hotel for an onstage conversation of Elaine Agather, Linda Custard and Tincy Miller, grew dramatically. Instead of being north of LBJ in the intimate Malachite Room, this year’s venue was held straight in the heart of downtown Dallas at the Fairmont’s International Ballroom. In place of three proper ladies chatting, it was guys whom other guys just wish were their best friends — T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach (pictured right  with, from the left, T. Boone Pickens and Emmitt Smith).

The results — twice as many guests and many, many more men!

The VIP reception starting at 10:45 a.m. in a part of the International Ballroom proved to be a bit of a challenge. It appeared that everyone was a VIP and wanted to have their photos taken with Boone and Roger. Word had spread through the crowd that Emmitt “was running late” and wouldn’t be there til lunch started. Also, someone said that he would not be signing anything.

As the official event photographer hustled people through to have their official “grip and grin” photos taken with Boone and Roger, the two VIP’s cordially and good heartedly posed with one and all.  The whole scene reminded one of high school prom photos without corsages.

On the sidelines, Ebby Halliday who came up with the idea of having “the triplets” for the star attraction sat smiling gleefully at the mass that had responded to her suggestion. That gal knows how to create a winning operation.

Former KXAS-CH. 5 anchor Mike Snyder was talking with friends about his involvement with American Airlines and the veterans program.

On the other hand, across the ballroom table hostess Ruth Altshuler was masterminding the arrangement of guests at her table by placing cards at each seat. Smart move on Ruth’s part. Recently luncheon and dinner guests have been complaining that after placing their materials at a certain seat at a table, they return only to find that other table guests have moved them to another seat. It happened at this event — several times at several tables. Gee, you would have thought the guests were preparing to go on a death march instead of to eat.

But all was soon forgotten when lunch began and a video presentation about LaunchAbility was partly shown. Alas, the tape stopped midway, but adlib expert/ emcee Scott Murray picked up the story without missing a beat. Who needs a video when you have Scott?

Also helping in the communications at the luncheon was signer Connie Miller (pictured), whose hands never stopped throughout the event.

Soon it was time for the Big Three to take to the stage. Before they took their seats, Roger got his hands on the two footballs that had been autographed by the three and auctioned off. Emmitt warned the hundreds of guests, “Folks, watch out. He is going to throw it.” And Roger did just that, twice. The first time caught some off guard. The second time set a covey of guests scrambling to catch it. The fellow who caught the ball put it neatly in an empty seat next to him with pride, only to have an event staffer retrieve it for the winning bidder.

Scott quipped, “Come to think of it, the Cowboys are in the market for a quarterback, Roger.”  To which Roger responded : “I was trying to get warmed up for the Jacksonville game next week.”

The ball throwing naturally launched the conversation into the sports arena. Here are some highlights from the chat (pictured from the left, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach and T. Boone Pickens): [Read more…]

60 Have A Very Spicer Sunday In The Garden

Sunday afternoon while North Texas was suffering from a tornado warning, 60 people (pictured) sampled the good life as if they were enjoying Tuscany. But instead of traveling to Italy, they found their Holy Grail at Tom Spicer‘s FM 4510 Market Garden. The TACA Custom Auction had offered 30 couples the opportunity to join in for a “Back to the Garden” package where they would shuck off the stilettos and pearls for flats and oh-so-comfy outfits for a one-of-a-kind meal. It was smartly scheduled for a Sunday when the Cowboys weren’t playing, but, alas, Mother Nature slated a downpour the day before. But, no problemo! Hay was strewn all over the place adding to the feel of the country-within-the-urban bubble.

Old familiars mixed it up with “this is their first timers” and Tom strolled the lineup describing his staff and their results. The food either came from his acreage (pictured) or from Louisiana. And there were a couple of items like the endive that came from elsewhere.

But who cared?

Arriving through the grocery store entrance with generators gyrating like Lady Gaga, guests entered the wonderful world of Spicerman with rows of produce merrily being pampered and nurtured for feasting. After being greeted with flutes of champagne and a couple of clouds overhead, guests spent a civilized period of being charming and getting to know each other. Diane Brierley after hearing about Ana and Don Carty‘s car connection with Jeff and Nicolette Marcus at Two X Two, recalled the Brierleys’ Mercedes mixing it up with John Eagle‘s Bentley at the recent Annette Strauss Square dedication due to valet coordination. It’s all fine and the cars are in tip-top condition, but Diane admitted that the PAC valets now spot them coming immediately.

Then it was time to settle down to a grand meal. Settling the most was former Tracy Locke/current artist Cindy Hennessey, who had bought 10 of the dinners for her and her gal pals. Even Cindy’s  sister Julia Wallace (pictured right with, from the right, Deborah Kish, Cindy Hennessy and Kathy Leonard) of Vail was in town for the occasion. Dallas’ Timberly Padden of Tracy Locke (pictured on the left with, from the left Donna Barnett, Nancy Burke, Diane Seimetz and Kim Branthoover), Diane Seimetz, Kim Branthoover, Deborah Kish and Kathy Leonard plus Donna Barnett of Little Rock and Nancy Burke of Louisville, Ky.

Just down the table was Wells Fargo’s Michael Marasco who was describing his plans for Dayle Binder‘s (pictured right with Michael Marasco) upcoming birthday celebration. He’ll be whipping up the pre-dinner appetizers for the party at Tara Lewis‘ place. When it came to the dinner itself, Tara, Michael and Dayle were pretty much in agreement. Bolsa, be prepared.

Then Tom Spicer (pictured) walked the line checking and describing the courses that included:

  • Amuse bouche – Sweet potato vishyssoise
  • Appetizer – Oysters en brochette
  • Salad – Caesar salad
  • Potage — Smoked duck and andoullie gumbo
  • Entre — flounder en papillote
  • Dessert — Happy hour bread pudding

As guests finished their meals and began to collect their place settings to take home, the only problem was leaving. Who wants to leave a garden paradise?

Share-A-Date: Soup’s On! Luncheon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011: The Stewpot Alliance’s Third Annual Soup’s On! Luncheon: “Creating a Vision of Leadership at Union Station” will have Morton Meyerson as keynote speaker. This favorite event not only provides a marvelous lunch thanks to area chefs including The Grape’s Brian Luscher, but guests take home a soup bowl hand painted by the children in The Stewpot’s Saturday School Program.

Artwork provided by The Stewpot Alliance

Event chairman Lillie Young and her Co-chairs Gayle Johansen and Dian Dorsey have arranged for some marvelous artwork (pictured) that will be on display at David Dike Fine Art Gallery from November 9 to 22.

The Stewpot Alliance is “dedicated to supporting and promoting The Stewpot and serving as a resource for volunteer events and development opportunities.

Black Tie Confusion On November 6

On Saturday, November 6, there will be two formal gatherings in downtown Dallas. Yes, yes. There will be many more than two, but the confusion is about two specific events because of their names. One is the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Black Tie Gala benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Fairmont. The other is the Black Tie Dinner at the Sheraton Dallas with proceeds going to Human Rights Campaign Foundation and various gay lesbian bisexual and trangender supportive organizations in North Texas.

Let’s not even bring up the fact that there is Yellow & Black Tie Gala benefiting the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel on the very same night.

Did MSC miss the memo about November 6 being Black Tie Day?