Round Robin April 23: Thrift Studio Preview, Anna-Sophia Van Zweden Reception And Chick Lit And Genesis Annual Luncheon Patron Parties

People were literally bumping into each other trying to hit all the fundraisers on Thursday, April 23. As one vet put it, “I just keep telling myself that June is up ahead.” But until then, here’s just a smidgen of the fundraising hit-and-runs that were taking place on April 23. While patrons of the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy’s Day at the Races prepped for the Kentucky Derby, others headed to:

Thrift Studio Preview

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

Before the sneak preview of the Dwell With Dignity pop-up Thrift Studio even officially opened the doors in the Design District, a lineup of people were spilling into the parking lot waiting to get in. Luckily, the mobile photo trailer was a fun distraction.

The reason for the plethora of folks was the goodies provided by area interior designer types. Surrounded by his “faithful gals” Valerie Cain and Lauren Thomasson and looking as pleased as a peacock, Thrift Studio Honorary Chair John Phifer Marrs proclaimed that the vignettes and furnishings were “Great!”

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

When asked why the Dwell With Dignity team had decided to reduce the Thrift Studio from two-a-year to once-a-year, John looked a bit amazed at the question. His answer was a question, “Do you know how much work goes into this event?”

He then admitted that the good resulting from the funds raised was amazing. As the crowds poured into, John recalled a boy who didn’t have friends to his home because he was ashamed. That changed once Dwell With Dignity stepped in and created a home that he was proud to show off to his friends.

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

As for this Thrift Studio, it will continue through Saturday, May 23. As items are purchased, new merchandise will be brought in. In other words, it’s an ever-changing cornucopia of marvels.

Chick Lit Patron Party

Carol Seay

Carol Seay

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

Over at Highland Park Village it was beautiful clothes and loads of gals including Chick Lit Luncheon Chair Wendy Messmann and Honorary Chair Carol Seay.

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

Over on the couch at the back of the salon was author Stacey Ballis, who was observing the crowd including Lynn McBee and Jolie Humphrey.

Before long she was meeting and greeting folks like a veteran politician the night before an election with Community Partners of Dallas Paige McDaniel making the intros.

Genesis Annual Luncheon Patron Party

Kathy Helm

Kathy Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

Just south of Highland Park Village, Kathy and Larry Helm created a traffic jam with valets running non-stop. The draw besides the Helms’ home, with their lanai, terrace and pergola with fire pit, was the Genesis Annual Luncheon patron party.

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

As Larry and Genesis CEO Jan Langbein greeted guests like Gail Turner, Underwriting Chair Robin Bagwell, Angela Nash, Donna ChereckEmilynn and Claude Wilson, Eve Wiley, Brenda and Bob White, Michal Powell and Suzy and Tom Rhodes.

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

According to reports, tickets were flying for the May 5 luncheon featuring Maria Shriver.

This year it’s taking place in the Anatole’s Trinity Ballroom. Leave it to the Genesis crowd. They’re planning on dressing up the huge room for the fundraiser.

Departure

Up north at NorthPark, Dallas Symphony Orchetra First Daughter Anna-Sophia van Zweden was being toasted at Mont Blanc for her masterminding the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Soluna International Music and Arts Festival, Dallas’ three-week festival of music and art.

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

This mega three-week visual art and music festival runs from May 4 through May 24, capping off with a free concert on Sunday, May 24, conducted by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap van Zweden at Klyde Warren Park honoring members of the armed forces and “showcasing” work by Monte Laster.

The project includes artists from around the world, as well as local talent, to provide a feast of visual and orchestral delights.

Academy Of Country Music “Lifting Lives” Benefit Had Heavyweights On Stage And A Lightweight Red Carpet

For modern country-western music worshipers, the 50th anniversary Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday, April 19, was the super-duper bowl. But on the Friday before, a scant 900 were to party for Garth Brooks’ ACM Lifting Lives benefiting Children’s Health and Cook’s Children. Why, there was even a chance to bid on a couple of Garth’s red pickups.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks

Produced by ACM Lifting Lives and Encore Live of Fort Worth, pre-event hype was as amazing as the Sunday celebration at AT&T Stadium. The fundraiser was to spontaneously take place at the Omni Dallas and Fort Worth Zoo with Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Trisha Yearwood and, of course, Garth.

However, signs appeared that all was not exactly falling into place. The Monday before, the twin events were reduced to Big D only. It was just as well, since the weather was really fouling up outdoor plans throughout the area.

When the big night arrived, it was a mixed bag. The good news was that on the surface the guests were having a jolly good time. Behind the scenes it was not going exactly according to schedule. So much so that one local event planner passing by winked, “Don’t mention our name with this.”

The media was given strict orders in the days leading up to the event. Media was to check in at 5:15 p.m. Red carpet for media interviews with celebs was to take place from 5:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The cocktail reception for guests was to start at 6 p.m. Dinner and the program would take place in the Dallas Ballroom from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Strict orders were given that under no circumstances were any media allowed to photograph the performers during the program. If one broke the rule, they would be escorted out of the ballroom, never to return. They would probably be kicked off Garth’s Christmas card list, too.

Following orders to a “T,” the media checked in on time and were escorted to the curtained-off lobby outside the Trinity Ballroom, where a mini-red carpet was in place with platforms and roping. The sponsor backdrop was still being jiggled to fit just right.

Josh Dorr

Josh Dorr

Tara and Montel Williams

Tara and Montel Williams

Staffers in black walked the area comparing notes. At 6:10 p.m. word was passed that Josh Dorr was approaching. One media type asked, “Who’s he?” Didn’t matter. Within minutes that photographer was calling Josh by name and asking him to move to his left for a better shot. A staffer walked by reporting that Hunter would not be walking the carpet.

At 6:15 p.m. Montel Willliams, who would be co-hosting with ET’s Nancy O’Dell, was next on the carpet with his wife Tara. Things were rolling along.

Alan Peppard and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Alan Peppard and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Behind the crowd of photographers and reporters was Charlotte Jones Anderson talking with Alan Peppard.

Then, nothing. The clock was ticking. Staffers compared notes. A blonde announced that there was food and drinks in another room for the media. Some of the press perked up. Others shrugged. Then she was more emphatic. Some followed her. Others stood their ground. Finally, it was reported that the room had to be cleared for a VIP reception, but the media would be back in place by 6:45 for the rest of the red carpet.

Like hungry mice, the media fell for the bait and took their place in a holding room, where mini-crab cakes and itty-bitty waffles were passed around. At 6:45 Dallas Morning News photographer Ashley Landis and a Fort Worth photographer broke ranks and headed back to the curtained-off lobby. Once inside the area they were scrammed out by a California PR type.

Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood

Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood

At 7:00 p.m. more media gathered outside the curtain area, where they spied between the curtains more than 100 guests plus Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Trisha and Garth posing against the backdrop for Getty photographers. One media type grumbled that he hoped that his equipment was still untouched when they let them back in. The clock kept ticking, but the crowd wasn’t moving.

Sybil and David Yurman

Sybil and David Yurman

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Big Little Town

Big Little Town

Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O’Dell

Finally at 7:14 p.m., the VIP’s were heading to the ballroom for the big show and the media was allowed back in and took their place. Jeweler David Yurman, The Band Perry and Big Little Town and Nancy O’Dell walked the line.

Courtney Kerr

Courtney Kerr

At 7:40 p.m. a staffer announced that Courtney Kerr would be next to be photographed and interviewed. A national member of the media asked, “Who’s she?” Local types muttered something about her being a reality show used-to-be, a blogger, and a former manager of a mall sunglass shop.

Just as Trisha and Garth finished up the last interview at 8:17 p.m., the staffers seemed to be disappearing. One media type asked when Urban and Lady Antebellum would be showing up. Nope. They wouldn’t be available. That was it.

The media closed up shop, since they were prohibited from shooting the program inside the ballroom, where the dinner (green salad, petite filet with vegetables and Key Lime cheesecake) was now being served.

But the good news is that the live auction resulted in Garth buying back his old dually pickup for a cool $275,000. He just couldn’t part with his beloved 1992 pickup. In the end, more than $700,000 was raised for the charities.

Another thing that was raised was the roof, what with all those talented celebs on stage. After Hunter’s short opening set got a few couples out on the dance floor—Jennifer and John Eagle among them—Little Big Town had the crowd singing along with its hits like “Pontoon” and  “Girl Crush.” The Band Perry kept things going with a touching song called “Bright Eyes,” for which they were joined onstage by more than a dozen Lifting Lives campers with Williams Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopment disorder.

After Lady Antebellum’s performance of the upbeat pop rocker “Need You Now”—probably the evening’s highlight to that point—Urban blistered through a rocking set before introducing Garth. “He’s the reason we’re here tonight,” Keith said. “If he calls, you come a-runnin.’ ” Urban and Brooks teamed up on the latter’s smash, “Friends in Low Places,” before Trisha sang her hit tune, “She’s In Love With The Boy.” Then Keith, Garth and Hunter returned to the stage to top off the evening with a stirring rendition of Brooks’ monster hit, “The Dance.” “I love you guys,” Garth concluded just before midnight, disappearing into the wings. “Thanks for having us!”

Round Robin April 15: Côtes Du Coeur Reception, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Derby Day And Moonlight Ball Patron Parties

Accountants were hunkered down trying to meet the midnight tax deadline. But the evening of Wednesday, April 15, was one of those rare nights when the weather was ideal and partying indoors and out was incredible. Some of the events taking place included:

Côtes Du Coeur Reception

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Heart disease survivor and fundraiser Mary Gill was being celebrated at Jimmy Choo in connection with the April 25th Côtes du Coeur benefiting the American Heart Association.

Jimmy Choo's Cinderella slipper

Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella slipper

It was a bittersweet occasion. Being toasted and surrounded by about 60 friends like Simona Beal, Elizabeth Washburn, Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez, Kim Bannister, Mary Martha Pickens, Wendy Messmann, Kris Johnson, Cara French and Nancy Gopez cheered her a bit despite the recent loss of her brother Richie Humphreys, who succumbed to his years of battling cancer.

Helping add a touch of sparkle to the occasion was the presentation of Jimmy Choo’s made-to-order Cinderella shoe. Gals like Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak tried it on. Even if the crystal-embellished shoe fit the lady’s foot, the glass slipper—a tie-in with the new “Cinderella” live-action movie, which was playing at the nearby Village Theatre—might have required a Prince Charming to help handle the near-$5,000 price tag.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Derby Day Patron Party

Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

In Marion and Jim Moore‘s glorious house, Aakash Patel was playing his violin in the entry hall. About 35 guests were gathering for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Wells Fargo Derby Day patron party, which helps support programs including the DSO Young Strings, of which Aakash is a graduate. Co-Chairs Courtney Nall and Susan Walker had arranged for the event at the Moores’ just days before the Wells Fargo-sponsored derby at Lone Star Park.

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

In the den, Marilyn and H.M. Hailey were settled down in a comfy couch. The former Neiman Marcus house model recalled her days of working the couture salon and Zodiac Room with models Virginia Muncy and Desi. It was during this period that Marilyn met legendary hat designer Frank Olive. She was so caught up with the milliner that she started collecting his hats. Today she has 40 Frank Olive creations.

Who knows? Maybe Marilyn wore one of her prized chapeaus at the Sunday, April 19, Derby Day.

Under The Moonlight Ball Patron Party

Bob Penn was at the door of his 87-year-old mansion for the rescheduled Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight Ball patron party.

Mother Nature hadn’t been a very nice party guest for the previous Moonlight events. First the patron party had to be rescheduled due to snow, and then she dumped rain on the main event itself. Still, Moonlighters took it in stride. Despite the rain, they partied indoors at Trinity Groves and thank heaven they picked a perfect night for the patron party.

With the grounds looking just a kiss away from spectacular, the Penns threw open the terrace doors and the 45 guests took full advantage of the Penns’ hospitality and glorious home that sits on more than an acre in Highland Park.

Catherine Penn and Cate Ford

Katherine Penn and Cate Ford

Moonlight Co-Chair Cate Ford pointed out the faces carved into the staircase leading to the living quarters. There was a rumor that it was of Bob and his brothers as children. Then Cate checked out the charming panels featuring the Penn daughters in the living room.

Carved faces in stairway

Carved faces in stairway

Panel of Penn daughters

Panel of Penn daughters

Katherine Penn admitted that 30 years ago, when they moved into the house which was built in 1928, she thought it was way too big, but they eventually filled it up with kids and furnishings. Luckily, Katherine and Bob kept the Santa Barbara style home built by Bob’s folks intact with some slight adjustments. Katherine said that such things as air conditioning and electrical adjustments were a bit challenging. But they met the challenge.

One of the original homes built in the immediate neighborhood, the estate’s magnificent trees suffered no damage in last year’s straight-line winds. The secret? Katherine is vigilant about keeping the trees trimmed.

If ever the Penns invite you over, accept. This house is beautiful, inviting and historic.

Salvation Army Fashion Show Patron Party Had A “Merrie” Time Thanks To A Couple Of Kings

On Tuesday, April 14, the Salvation Army Fashion Show patrons gathered at Merrie Ann and Frank King’s home. While the den, dining room and hallways filled, such Salvation Army Fashion Show Co-Chair Ginger Sager and Salvation Army Majors Michele and Ward Matthews greeted guests like Honorary Co-Chairs Sharon McCullough, Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Terry McCullough and Lissie McCullough, Ramona Jones, Michal Powell and Carolyn and Stephen Swann.

Debbie Hayhurst, Mike McCullough, Libby Hunt and Terry McCullough

Debbie Hayhurst, Mike McCullough, Libby Hunt and Terry McCullough

But off to side in the living room was Merrie Ann.

When someone commented on her necklace with the double C’s, she sloughed it off and directed attention the evening Salvation Army efforts.

Merrie Ann King, Michal Powell and Ginger Sager

Merrie Ann King, Michal Powell and Ginger Sager

Still the guest persisted saying how great her hair looked. She laughed and admitted that it was heavily hair sprayed due to the day’s humidity.

Looking around the home, someone commented that the digs magically were wonderful and livable. Merrie Ann laughed and admitted that finally with five kids, loads of grandkids and a great-grandkiddo, everything was “touchable.”

So, it was that so appropriate for this patron party for the Salvation Army. Like the Kings’ furnishings, the collection of clothes that will be on sale will both touchable and wonderful.

The annual fashion show will take over Brook Hollow on Monday, May 4, with the Chic Boutique opening at 10 a.m., the Jan Strimple-produced show starting at 11:30 and luncheon following.

Top-Tier Art Ball 50 Patrons Warm Up For Gala At The Hartland-Mackie Estate

New kids on the block might have thought that the main topic at the Art Ball 50 patron party on Wednesday, April 8, would have been the crane that nested on the Dallas Museum of Art on the past Good Friday.

Thomas  and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Sorry. But that was so yesterday’s news. Instead it was a competition between the fashion plates at the party and the dressed-up house … no, make that killer mansion … of Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie.

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Allen Questrom

Allen Questrom

Simona Beal

Simona Beal

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

As 100 guests like Kelly and Allen Questrom, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Merry and Chad Vose, Ann and Lee Hobson, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Nancy and Robbie Briggs, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Nancy Rogers, Simona Beal, Kara and Randall Goss, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Julie Hawes arrived at the Volks Estate estate via the way bigger-than-huge silver frames on either side of the front doors, they discovered the silver pointed balloons hovering overhead in the entry halls. And then there was the study with its backdrop of gigantic Brillo boxes as a photo backdrop.

DMA in cabana

DMA in cabana

And what about that Texas-size “DMA” in silver fronting the cabana and the silver balls floating in the pool?

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

Dressed in black bowtie for the evening was Gerber baby lookalike little Mr. Hartland-Macke, who was being squired around by smiling grandmama Georgina Hartland.

In the dining room was a sneak peek of the Brian Bolke-curated pop-up shop that would be up for grabs at Saturday’s DMA fundraiser. Well, OMG! Talk about $225,000 of delicious items. Elder Statesman beige cashmere softer-than-soft lingerie going for $1,400. A briefcase by Proenza Schouler that would seal a deal before even entering negotiations could be snapped up for $2,150. A one-of-a-kind $100,000 Hoorsenbuhs Forever Mark Diamond cuff twinkled. Somehow Brian had put the ask out to his Forty Five Ten vendors and the first wave of the asks signed up immediately donating the merchandise. Talk about some kind of wonderful.

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

When DMA top guy Max Anderson took over the mic and wife long-haired  Jacqueline in white looking lean and adoring joined the crowd in listening to him, he thanked all and asked, “Where’s Nancy?” He was talking about Art Ball 50 Chair Nancy Carlson, who was way in the back. Shannon Wynne hollered out, “Somebody get Nancy!”

Before Max finished the presentation, Nancy appeared to applause.

Only problem with the evening? It set the bar awfully high. It’ll be hard to imagine the Art Ball topping this one.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Art Ball 50 Patron Party

Thomas  and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Once again it paid to upgrade. The Art Ball 50 patron party at Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie’s proved that. Even old timers who had been to the WOW! Mansion were amazed how the twosome had dressed the place up with ceiling covered in silver balloons, a Fort Five Ten sneak preview shop and DMA spelled out in silver fronting the cabana.

DMA in front of the cabana

DMA in front of the cabana

Whew! While the write-up is being prepped check out the photos of the beautiful people and their surroundings at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Dwell With Dignity’s One-And-Only 2015 Thrift Studio Kicks Off This Week With Loads Of Goodies And A Preview Party

Good news and disappointing news. Dwell With Dignity has held its Thrift Studio fundraiser twice each year, where those generous interior designers and furniture types have donated merchandise for sale.

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Talk about finds and bargains.

This year’s on and only Thrift Studio starts officially Friday, April 24, and continues through Saturday, May 23, at Dallas Design Center, with interior designer John Phifer Marrs serving as honorary chair and buddies Jennifer Karol and Merry Vose co-chairing the host committee.

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

 

Now, the disappointing news. Organizers have decided to have just one Thrift Studio this year. But let’s have a half-full glass attitude — it means one-stop-shopping to benefit Dwell With Dignity.

Remember patronage has its advantages. Upgrading to patron levels means attending the preview party on Thursday, April 23, and first dibs on the goodies.

2015 Côtes Du Coeur Patrons Sip The Product Of The Grape At “The Beck House”

Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz opened their fabulous estate (aka The Beck House) on Thursday, April 2, for the 2015 Côtes du Coeur patron party, and what a turnout it was. With Baylor Scott & White doctors, retailing arbiters like Shelle Sills and Jeff Byron and movers-and-shakers like Nikki and Crayton Webb, it was a real mix of smart and fashionable types before fundraising efforts went quiet for the holiday weekend.

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

For some who had been to the mansion back in the day when Patty and Henry Beck were the homeowners, they were surprised to see how the main house had been updated and expanded. The water features were fabulous/

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

Typical of most parties, the kitchen turned into the gathering spot with Matt McAllister and Omar Flores cooking up a storm. While the chefs were preparing food, the talk included Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb back in town and Nikki swearing she was going to stay true to saying, “No” for volunteering…except for Cattle Baron’s…Shelle and Michael Sills were headed to a birthday party…Jana and Mike Brosin reported that they’ll be heading up Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, at the Fairmont.

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Mike and Jana Brosin

Mike and Jana Brosin

But before everyone toddled off, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took her place on the winding stairway and addressed the group (Nancy Gopez, Jennifer Sampson and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger), introducing sponsor Merrill Lynch’s Gillian Breidenbach. Then Kate Rose told of the developments that took place resulting in her personal battle against heart disease. Despite having a healthy heart, her episode with strep throat ended up with entering the world of heart disease and the threat that she would never have children. Thanks to research and technologies, she was able to have three healthy kids, but she and her medical team still carefully monitor her heart.

She then introduced Baylor Scott & White cardiologists, who told of the amazing promises that were in the future for those battling heart disease.

Kevin Mulcahy Brings Personal And Professional Firsthand Knowledge To Appetite For Advocacy

Shanna and Kevin Mulcahy

Shanna and Kevin Mulcahy

A cute young couple walked through the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon reception with its 900 guests at the Sheraton Dallas on Thursday, April 2. No one bothered the twosome.

But the night before, they had been the center of attention at the Appetite for Advocacy’s patron party at PlainsCapital headquarters. They were the luncheon’s keynote speaker Kevin Mulcahy and his wife. They posed for photos with luncheon Co-Chairs Barbara Durham and Julie Rado and a slew of others including Steve Durham and Cole Dulaney. Kevin had made a strong impression the year before at the DCAC conference discussing the problems of the victim and the legal world in dealing with child abuse.

Shanna and Kevin Mulcahy, Julie Rado and Barbara and Steve Durham

Shanna and Kevin Mulcahy, Julie Rado and Barbara and Steve Durham

Rachel Trowbridge and Laura Siino

Rachel Trowbridge and Laura Siino

But today they appeared to be just like the rest of the DCAC supporters including Ward Hunt, Rachel Trowbridge, Laura Siino, Linda and Steve Ivy and the Goss clan (Kara and Randall Goss and Libby and Quinton Goss).

Quinton and Libby Goss , Kara and Randall Goss and Paul Divis

Quinton and Libby Goss , Kara and Randall Goss and Paul Divis

As the ballroom doors opened, the guests took their places for lunch. When it was time for Kevin, he opted not to be leashed to the podium. Instead he walked the stage telling how, as Assistant U.S. Attorney & Chief of the General Crimes Unit Detroit, Michigan, he had handled numerous child abuse cases. But Kevin’s view and concern for the issue had a personal kick to it, thanks to a fellow named “Randy” and a life-changing experience that took place 30 years ago this spring.

It was Randy who had been the pre-teen Kevin’s soccer coach. After developing a friendship and a trust, it all unfolded one Saturday when all the kids in the soccer league with their dads spent the night at the local Y. Kevin’s dad couldn’t be there, so Randy was going to sub in for him. During that horrendous night, Kevin lived through sexual assaults by Randy with “breaks” only coming when a fellow with a flashlight would check on the youngsters spending the night in the gym.

But Kevin was a survivor who managed to overcome the abuse of his childhood. And he encouraged luncheon guests to shine a light on any and all questionable situations and to support DCAC in shining that light.

Another compelling moment during the lunch was the presentation of the Bill Walsh Award to Dallas County District Attorney chief prosecutor for child abuse Eren Price, and the Ruth Altshuler Award to the late Ronnie Berg. Bringing some to tears was Ronnie’s acceptance that he wrote just days before his death extolling the work of DCAC and the importance of protecting children.

After Years Of Planning And Fundraising, Longtime Supporters Celebrate The New Parkland At “The Evening In The Park”

It was eons in the planning and fundraising, but the new Parkland Hospital holds all the promises of wishes come true.

Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich and Janie McGarr

Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich and Janie McGarr

Richard and Kathy Holt and Joan and Alan Walne

Richard and Kathy Holt and Joan and Alan Walne

Mary Suhm and Phil and Laurie Evans

Mary Suhm and Phil and Laurie Evans

John Wiley Price

John Wiley Price

Saturday, March 21, 250 guests including Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich, Janie McGarr, Lyda Hill, John Wiley Price, Caren Prothro, Veletta Lill, Kathy and Richard Holt, Joan and Alan Walne, Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer and Mary Suhm with Laurie and Phil Evans celebrated “The Evening in the Park” at the 2.8M-square-foot facility. It was an amazing feat both structurally and financially. Thanks to I Stand For Parkland Co-Chairs Don Glendenning and Nancy Halbreich, more than $150M was raised through private donations to build the hospital that is scheduled to officially open for business on Thursday, August 20.

Honorary Co-Chairs Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones arrived and posed for photos with David Krause. Trevor had just flown in from a Charles Russell auction in Montana and a quick stopover in Calgary.

As “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was being sung, living statuary stood in place. When one of the white painted live statues was asked how they were going to shed the white stuff, the statue admitted, “I don’t know.” Think loofahs and lots of scrubbing.

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

But the facility needed no scrubbing or hesitation. As one person put it, “What an amazing facility!”

Over to one side, characters in early 20th century attire played croquet. In another area, an artist did portraits of folks. Looking very closely at a wall mural of Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” something seemed a bit askew. It was a long figure, whose painted body blended in perfectly with one part of the artwork.

Other entertainment included special performances by the Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts and Young Strings Students of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the lobby and members of the Turtle Creek Chorale in the cafeteria.

Holly And Doug Deason Open Their Home For No Tie Dinner & Dessert Host And Sponsor Party

While many had taken off for spring break on Friday, March 6, others headed to the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party at Holly and Doug Deason‘s home. Here’s a report from the field:

Holly and Doug Deason*

Holly and Doug Deason*

Doug Deason remembered when AIDS first touched his life. It was in the 80’s and he learned that a childhood friend, a robust guy who played football, had contracted and died from it. Since then, Doug and the rest of the world became educated about the ferocious disease that has no discrimination, no age restrictions, and no cure.

Ever since, Doug has felt a personal connection to the cause, so it’s no surprise that he and wife Holly Deason opened up their lavish home in Preston Hollow for the Sponsor and Host Event for AIDS Services of Dallas’ largest fundraiser, No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party. In addition, Doug’s sister, Sterling O’Donnell serves as No Tie’s Honorary Chair alongside husband Jody.

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

Approximately 150 guests were welcomed by Co-Chairs David Nelson and Dennis Kershner and treated to a magnificent culinary spread from Doug Boster Catering and cocktails from William Grant & Sons featuring the 2015 No Tie signature cocktail, The Bollywood, made with Reyka Vodka, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, and fresh lime juice. By the end of the night, several happy guests were dancing to the tunes of Mark Ridlen (a.k.a. DJ Mr. Rid).

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

Additional attendees included ASD President and CEO Don Maison, 2014 No Tie Honorary Chair LeeAnne Locken, WFAA DayBreak’s Ron Corning, philanthropists Tricia Simms and Sheri Sisler Moneymaker, and husband and wife creative team and models, Rob and Deanna Cahill. No Tie’s Media Ambassador Amy Vanderoef sent her love and good wishes from Mexico while she was vacationing.

Celebrating a landmark year, the 10th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, is going global to capture the magic, vibrant energy, and exotic flavors of The East in its Bollywood-style theme “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” The largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, an expected 1,500 guests will gather at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the “after party” including complimentary cocktails, entertainment, dancing, colossal auction, and of course, tons of desserts! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.notiedinner.org

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

10th Anniversary Heroes For Children Patrons Partied At Cameron And Clay Smith’s Before The Weather Cratered

So where were the three inches of snow that the weather wizards had predicted? An anemic bagel has more cream cheese smeared on it! Oops! It was the last day of TV sweeps but that surely had nothing to do with all the hoop-la. Right!

Cameron and Clay Smith's home

Cameron and Clay Smith’s home

Regardless, the 10th anniversary Heroes For Children held a patron party at Cameron and Clay Smith’s splendiferous Preston Hollow home-sweet-home.

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Unlike parties past at the Smith spot, the crowd didn’t gather in the living room. Nope, folks like Lisa and Clay Cooley handed in their coats and headed toward the kitchen. But on their way, they were waylaid by peeps like Smith neighbor/Co-Chair Skye Brewer hubby Bill Brewer with his so-perfect profile.

A tray of food

A tray of food

But back to the watering hole or, in this case, the cooking center. The yummy items hardly got on the serving trays before they were picked up for a ride to oral gratification. The fact that the bartender was also holding court nearby didn’t discourage anybody.

Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Skye Brewer and Kristen Sang

Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Skye Brewer and Kristen Sang

Snapshots: Kate Rose Marquez was catching Ladd Sanger up on Cotes du Coeur that she’s spearheading…Ladd and wife KJ (Kristen Johnston) hadn’t been able to attend Sunday’s Cotes du Coeur’s chefs reveal Sunday. Dang, those airline delays!…Heroes and Children’s 10th Anniversary Co-Chair Jennifer Dix’s new purse from husband Richard was getting plenty of check outs and she didn’t mind one iota…Skye revealed the goal for the March 28th gala was 100 purses on the big board valued at $1,000 per handbag. She’s just a few handbags away from the goal…Still no one was revealing what the “surprise auction item” was that involved the Jimmy Fallon Show.

Stay tuned. Bamboo shoots are being applied to organizers’ nails by MSC elves to find out the sussy.

Plans For Appetite For Advocacy Announced Including A Posthumous Tribute To The Late Ronnie Berg

Plans for the 8th Annual Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon were just announced for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser. Co-Chairs Barbara Durham and Julie Durham Rado have arranged for the event to return to the Sheraton Dallas hotel on Thursday, April 2, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Mulcahy as the featured speaker.

Appetite for Advocacy*

Appetite for Advocacy*

He and his staff in the Eastern District of Michigan are responsible for handling crimes of child prostitution, drug trafficking, child pornography

Kevin’s advocacy against child abuse comes from personal experience. At the age of nine, he became the victim of sexual abuse. The perpetrator was his soccer coach, “Randy.”

According to DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis, “We can all make a difference when it comes to protecting children, but the first step is awareness and education. With so many heartbreaking stories, we need the community to partner with us and take a stand for our children.”

Receiving the Lt. Bill Walsh Award will be Eren Price, who is the chief prosecutor for the Child Abuse Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

Ronnie Berg (File photo)

Ronnie Berg (File photo)

The Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award was presented earlier this year to the late Ronnie Berg for his community leadership and dedication to children in need. The late president of PlainsCapital Bank Turtle Creek, who just died on February 22, was a DCAC trustee for seven years, a past Appetite for Advocacy co-chair and instrumental in helping DCAC to raise the funds for the agency’s new 56,000-square-foot facility. His dedication and importance to the DCAC will be honored at the luncheon.

And remember that April is I Stand Up For Children month.

* Graphic courtesy 
of Dallas Children's 
Advocacy Center

POSTPONEMENT: Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas’ Under The Moonlight Sponsor Party

With wet, icy weather comes postponements. One of the first to hit the email-box is the sponsor party for Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight fundraiser. The new date is Wednesday, April 15.

That’s good news. Because that gives you have more time to sign up to be a sponsor for the Saturday, March 21st Under the Moonlight seated dinner by Chef Sharon Van Meter at Trinity Groves. There will be dancing to Latin jazz techno music by The Phonophreaks and a live auction.

Cate Ford (File photo)

Cate Ford (File photo)

Lauren Swann*

Lauren Swann*

Whoa! The postponement of the sponsors party is now gonna be held after the major fundraiser co-chaired by Cate Ford and Lauren Swann. Why not? Consider it to be private after-party to celebrate the big event by the big supporters.

* Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas