Signature Chef Patron Party Had Guests Around Tracy And Kent Rathbun’s Pool, Chickens In The Hen House And Bees In The Hive

Chef Kent Rathbun appears to be half of his old self. That’s because of all the weight he’s shed. Even his ear lobes seem svelte. But as he reported on Wednesday, October 5, he hadn’t lost his commitment to the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Dinner taking place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3. Yes, the event had taken place in recent years at the Omni Dallas, but there was a convention of some sort that had blocked out the ballroom.

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

While wife Tracy Rathbun was off taking son Max Rathbun to a soccer game, the Rathbuns’ indoor-outdoor entertainment center was the setting for the Signature Chefs patron party. The majority of the roughly 100 guests like Co-Chairs Amanda Shufeldt, Kameron Westcott and Nancy Owen partied in the backyard with its pool, shaded terrace and chef-envy outdoor kitchen.

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

On the other hand, Kent took Parigi’s Chef Janice Provost for a tour of the property’s garden, the two massive, 2,500-gallon water tanks, the beehives and the hen house with a sign on the door reading, “Do Not Gather Eggs.” The reason for the sign was because only the Rathbuns’ daughter Garrett Rathbun was allowed to collect the hen-laying products.

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Speaking of chefs, Kent reported that the following chefs will be part of the super-duper graze-athon including: CBD Provisions’ Richard Blankenship, Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine’s Jermaine Brown, Texas Spice’s Donald Chalko, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House’s Richard Chamberlain, Casa Rubia’s Omar Flores, Suze Restaurant’s Gilbert Garza, Off the Bone Barbeque’s Dwight Harvey, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s David Holben, Café Momentum’s Chad Houser, Dragonfly’s Dan Landsberg, Madrina’s David Fingerman, Parigi’s Janice Provost, Uchi’s Jeramie Robison, Sevy’s Grill’s Jim Severson, III Forks’ Chis Vogell, Five Sixty’s Jacob Williamson, Lockhart Smoke House’s Damian Avila, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Nicolas Blouin, Proof and Pantry’s Nick Hurry, Shinsei’s Carlos Capistran and Knife’s John Tesar.

Suggestion: Make sure you’ve got your tickets and start dieting now because you’re gonna want to graze a lot at the dinner.

Folsom Leadership Award Patron Party Honoring Gerald Turner Looked Like A Coming Together Of Mustangs

While Second Thoughts Theatre and Texas Trailblazer Awards patrons worked the valets, caterers and donors south of LBJ, the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award patrons gathered at Ashlee and Chris Kleinert’s home-sweet-home in Preston Trails on Monday, October 3.

Angela and Brad Cheves and Ashlee Kleinert

Angela and Brad Cheves and Ashlee Kleinert

At times it looked like a besuited SMU pep rally, with Fred Hegi, Carolyn and David Miller, Caren Prothro, Folsom kids (Debbie Jarma, Diane Frank and Steve Folsom) and Mitch Hart on the patio overlooking the golf course.

Gail Turner looked right at home seated with Jan Hegi and Lottye Lyle. On the other hand, Gail’s husband,/2016 Folsom honoree/SMU President Gerald Turner, looked like someone preparing for a root canal. As he told the group, he’s much more comfortable handing out awards than receiving them.

Gerald Turner, April Box and Chris Kleinert

Gerald Turner, April Box and Chris Kleinert

Just before remarks were made, hostess Ashlee saw a problem dropping. It seems that with the sun setting, the home’s auto-shades were setting, too. The problem? The lowering shades were blocking the glass doors leading to the patio. As Ashlee scurried to raise the situation, host Chris smoothly commented, “That’s what you get when dumb people live in a smart house.”

While getting the guests’ attention at most gatherings can be a challenge, it wasn’t at this one. There was an excellent PA system in place and a stage just high enough for the speakers to be seen by all present.

John Scovell

John Scovell

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Kelli Ford

Kelli Ford

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

After Chris welcomed the 100 or so guests including Pat and Pete Schenkel, John Scovell, Margaret and Lee Jackson, and Methodist Health System CEO Stephen Mansfield, he introduced Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box, who reported that according to policy, the honoree could designate where the funds raised by the dinner would go. For Gerald, who will be feted on Wednesday, October 19, at the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom, it was a natural choice — the programs offered through the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Golden Cross Academic Clinic, which uses the services of medical residents and fellows to care for uninsured and under-insured patients who are in need of primary care and struggling with chronic diseases.

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, April Box, Gerald and Gail Turner and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle, April Box, Gerald and Gail Turner and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Following the remarks, Gail and Gerald gathered with April and 2016 Folsom co-chairs Kelli and Gerald “Jerry” Ford, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt for a group photo.

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Kelli and Jerry Ford

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt, Lottye and Bobby Lyle and Kelli and Jerry Ford

After the right-official photos were done, the co-chairs cut up a bit. While Kelli and Jerry posed perfectly, Ray did a kick and newlyweds Lottye and Bobby did a kiss and hug.

After Charming Texas Trailblazer Awards Patrons, Keynote Speaker Ronan Farrow Did Neighborhood Services With Paige Flink

Mondays are supposed to be quiet. It’s a day of the fundraising week when peeps and organizations can rest up and catch their collective breaths. But with the final quarter of 2016 in place, no day is safe. Want proof? How about Monday, October 3?

Second Thought kicked off its State of Mind fundraising at Caroline and Jim Manning’s home. Underwriting Chair Nick Even reported that the nonprofit hopes to raise funds on the Friday, November 4th event at Sammons Center with Karol Omlor as the event chair. It should be quite a night with Rob McCollum as emcee and favorite songbird Liz Mikel providing the evening’s entertainment.

While in Preston Hollow, Jennifer and Peter Altabef opened their Preston Hollow home (aka former Toni and Norman Brinker’s home) for The Family Place’s 2016 Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon patron party.

Paige Flink and Marvin and Lisa Singleton

Paige Flink and Marvin and Lisa Singleton

Co-Chairs Lisa and Marvin Singleton were all smiles, admitting that the move from the Anatole’s Grand Ballroom to the Chantilly was the right one for the fundraiser. According to Lisa, if they had stayed in the Grand Ballroom, the guests would have been on top of each other.

Early arrivals among the 90 or so guests included Honorary Co-Chairs Julie and Jim Turner, Lynn McBee, Brent Christopher, Barbara and Stan Levenson, Barbara Daseke, Jeff Bryon, Kevin Hurst, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Carol Seay, Travis Kelly, Jess Koloini,nd Clayton Kennington and one guest who got into “the spirits” of the occasion … or was it vice versa?

Travis Kelly, Jess Koloini, Lynn McBee and Clayton Kennington

Travis Kelly, Jess Koloini, Lynn McBee and Clayton Kennington

Arriving just in time for the evening’s remarks was luncheon keynote speaker Ronan Farrow, who proved to be as good as The Family Place staff and the Singletons had described.

Following the evening of chitchatting and cocktailing, The Family Place CEO Paige Flink took Ronan to dinner to discuss plans for the next day. Did she take him to Al’s, The Mansion, Stephan Pyles’ Flora Street Cafe? Nope. They wanted something low-key, where they could talk. The place was Neighborhood Services.

Hooves And Heels Stood Their Ground At Jimmy Choo’s For The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Patron Party

Equest’s Sugar, the mini-ambassador equine, has retired to grazing with a 19-year-old gelding. In her place on Wednesday, September 28, was mini-ambassador newbie Dare, who knew just the right pose with guests at Jimmy Choo’s for the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Patrons Party.

Dare, Tyler Singleton and Reese Singleton

Dare, Tyler Singleton and Reese Singleton

Why, Dare was such a showstopper that passerby sisters 9-year-old Tyler Singleton and 12-year-old Reese Singleton couldn’t help but stop in their tracks to meet the little gelding. While not quite Jimmy Choo-ish, Tyler’s purple glitter clogs seemed to fit in with the sparkling shoes on display in the Jimmy Choo windows.

Lindalyn Adams

Lindalyn Adams

Di Johnston and Lili Kellogg

Di Johnston and Lili Kellogg

As Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston and Luncheon Chair Kara Axley greeted guests like past Equest Luncheon chairs Angie Kadesky and Emilynn Wilson, honoree Lindalyn Adams made the rounds thanks to a super-duper, sit-down walker with spiffy cane.

Kara Axley and Angie Kadesky

Kara Axley and Angie Kadesky

Bill and Lezlie Noble

Bill and Lezlie Noble

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Needing no assistance in getting around were Honorary Co-Chairs Lezlie and Bill Noble, who just strolled down from Bill’s headquarters and were joined by Equest CEO Lili Kellogg.

Of course, one of the highlights on the shelves were the Jimmy Choo boots. Why, they practically pay for themselves. Whether it’s Equest, Cattle Baron’s just honky-tonking around, couture boots are always the footwear du jour in these parts.

With Lightning In The Air, Kathleen And Scott Kirby’s Home Was A Standout For Cattle Baron’s Underwriters Party

Leave it to the Cattle Baronesses to hold an underwriters celebration with all the splash of a movie premiere. After a couple of years when Mom Nature drenched the galas, she provided flashes of lightning among the North Texas clouds on Saturday, September 24.

No problem. In fact, it was literally highlighting the arrival of SUVs and luxury sedans at Kathleen and Scott Kirby’s mammoth mansion.

Andrea Weber and Scott and Kathleen Kirby

Andrea Weber and Scott and Kathleen Kirby

By all estimates, the house was tailor-made for the gathering of 300 major supporters of the Cattle Baron’s Ball and its fundraising efforts to fight cancer.

Cara French and Sunie Solomon

Cara French and Sunie Solomon

While 2016 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chairs Cara French and a very pregnant Andrea Weber (Editor’s note: Andrea had a healthy baby boy the next day) greeted guests at the front door, in the study, a cute fella was fiddling with the high-tech remote control that controlled the large flatscreen on the wall. Turned out the chap was homeowner Scott, former president of American Airlines and just named to be president of United Airlines.

Over in the bustling kitchen the Kirby’s two-year-old son was sampling the Gilley’s goodies and stealing the show.

2017 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chair Anne Stodghill and husband Steve Stodghill apologized for being a wee bit over dressed. The Stodghills were next headed to the 2016 Fur Ball that they were honorary co-chairing with D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock and Drs. Wendy and John Vandermeer.

Anne and Steve Stodghill

Anne and Steve Stodghill

Don and Barbara Daseke

Don and Barbara Daseke

Speaking of being overbooked, Lisa and Bill Ogle were starting to rethink their commitments. They had skipped Fridays’ TACA Custom Auction Gala due to a full dance card that included kid activities and a wedding.

On the other hand, Barbara and Don Daseke reported that they had made it to the TACA event for the cocktail reception and dinner.

A svelte Nancy Gopez was all smiles with just a tinge of regrets. Following her heart attack, she added exercise and healthy eating to her agenda. The results? A Loss of 12 pounds. When asked if she was going to have to buy a new wardrobe, the itty-bitty Nancy laughed and revealed that there were clothes in her closet that she could now wear resulting in a clothing reunion.

As for Nancy’s regret, she admitted the loss of weight and healthier lifestyle was at the cost of cutting out her favorite fast foods and snacks.

Zoo To Do Patrons Celebrated The Zoo Brothers High Atop Dump Top

The Zoo Brothers are not a new all-boy rap group. Nor are they Pokémon critters. They made their official debut at at the Zoo To Do patron party on Thursday, September 22 at Mary McDermott Cook’s Dump Top home. With the Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott bridges in the background, the Brothers (Hal Brierley, Don Glendenning and John Levy) reported on their co-chairing efforts for the Dallas Zoo fundraiser on Saturday, October 1.

Don Winspear

Don Winspear

Being  gents, they  first tipped their chapeaus to the previous chairs of the Dallas Zoo fundraiser. Then they fessed up that despite their manning up for the event, there were ladies behind the scenes attributing to their already earning more than $1.1M. Gals like the wives (Diane Brierley, Carol Glendenning and Carol Levy), Honorary Chair Mary McD (Don claimed that he considers the zoo to be Mary’s Zoo), Decoration Chair Ellen Winspear and Committee Co-Chairs Ruth O’Donnell Mutch and Christy Berry.

Don Glendenning, John Levy and Hal Brierley

Don Glendenning, John Levy and Hal Brierley

But when the rubber hit the road, Hal admitted that, in the past, the boys had always taken the role of showing up, sipping drinks and behaving. They now had greater respect for what their better halves and female pals had pulled off for so many fundraising events. Cracked Hal: “It’s a lot easier to be a spouse.”

Mary McDermott Cook

Mary McDermott Cook

The top lady of admiration was Mary, who in addition to hosting the patron party (“the hostest with the mostest”) was serving as the Silver Safari honorary chair and heading up the Eugene McDermott Foundation that is the presenting sponsor.

Barbara Daseke

Barbara Daseke

Joan Walne

Joan Walne

Other gals being recognized by the Zoo Brothers were Dallas Zoo Board of Directors Chair Joan Walne and Live Auction Chair Barbara Daseke, who has produced one of the most incredible collection of live auction items. Like what? How about a behind-the-scenes, meet-and-adore for six people to see the Dallas Zoo’s Swaziland elephants, including the new baby elephant and mama? Then the six will board a private jet to Kansas for a catered lunch and another behind-the-scenes tour of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo to check out their Swaziland elephants. Once again the six will board the jet and fly to Wichita, to see the last group of Swaziland transplants and enjoy cocktails at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Then they’ll head on home to Dallas. And they won’t have to pack a single trunk.

Winspear

Winspear

Another junket is on board American Airlines (first-class, of course) to Washington, D.C. “for an up-close viewing of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s newest panda, Bei Bei. You will be hosted by Executive Director Dennis Kelly and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo. Later in the day, visit a second Smithsonian museum for another VIP behind-the-scenes tour.”

And that’s just a couple of the packages!

As soon as the presentation on the third level was done, guests were directed to the ground level to check out Winspear the cheetah. Gee, that guy doesn’t need an agent. He’s a vet at posing for photos without a bribe.

Tiffany Divis, Ellen Winspear, Diane Gruber and Kathy Holt

Tiffany Divis, Ellen Winspear, Diane Gruber and Kathy Holt

Carol Levy and Alan Walne

Carol Levy and Alan Walne

In the crowd were Kathy and Richard Holt, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Ellen and Don Winspear, Diane and Mike Gruber, Jan and Fred Hegi, Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ron Kirk, Kim and Greg Hext, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, Lois Finkelman, Dan Branch with daughter Sarah, Gregg Hudson, Sean Green and Holly Bock Deason.

The Dallas Zoo’s Laurie Holloway was like a proud parent showing video of 7-year-old Amahle taking a dip in the Giants of the Savanna pond. It seems that some folks are mistakenly thinking Amahle is the Swaziland baby who was born at the Dallas Zoo just after his mom arrived.

Regarding the new five-month-old calf and his mom, they’re doing wonderfully. Word has it that if baby boy is separated from mom, he is known to raise his trunk and let the world know that he’s a mama’s boy.

As for his public debut, it’s due to take place soon. BTW, he’s weighing in at around 300 pounds.

And speaking of being well fed, Zoo To Do Chief Chef Chris McDord of Abacus has arrange for the following chefs to prepare feasts throughout the Zoo including Chef Brad Phillips of Asador, Chef Matt Balke of Bolsa, Chef Omar Flores of Casa Rubia, Chef Lan Nickews of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House, Dallas Affaires Cake Company,  Chef Brandon McCann of Dallas Zoo Catering, Chef Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Chef Meaders Ozarow of Empire Baking Company, Chef Jacob Williamson of Five- Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Chef Chrysta Ordonez of Hypnotic Doughnuts, Chef Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya, Chef Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Company, Chef Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus, Kathy Rogers of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chef Janice Provost of Parigi, Chef Blythe Beck of Pink Magnolia, Chef Michael Scott of Rosewood Ranches, Chef Abraham Salum of Salum, Chef John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Chef Kevin Spencer of SER Steak + Spirits, Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson of Sevy’s Grill, Chef Carlos Capistran of Shinsei Restaurant, Chef Lisa Garza of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Chef Gilbert Garza of Suze, Chef Michael Morabito of Tillman’s Roadhouse, Chef Jesus Olivares of Via Real and Kelly Buckley of 7-Eleven Inc.

Here is a list of the folks and companies on board for the festivities:

Anniversary Presenting Underwriter ($100,000) — The Eugene McDermott Foundation

Platinum Underwriters ($50,000) — American Airlines (Official Airline of Zoo To Do), Diane and Hal Brierley, Carol and Don Glendenning /Locke Lord LLP, Carol and John Levy, Ruth O’Donnell Mutch and Gayla and Jim Von Ehr.

Silver Underwriters ($25,000)Serena and Tom Connelly, Durham Family Foundation, Jennifer and John Eagle, Melissa and Trevor Fetter/Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Kara and Randall Goss, The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation and Overhead Door Corporation.

White Gold Underwriters ($15,000) — 7-Eleven, Inc. (Party Favor Sponsor), Jennifer and Peter Altabef, Bank of America (Photo Booth Sponsor), Kate and Lane Britain, Barbara and Don Daseke, Diane and Mike Gruber/Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP, Cindy and Chuck Gummer, The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation, Highland Capital Management LP , Al G. Hill Jr., Lyda Hill, Oncor , Edgar A. Robinson Family, Lori and Chuck Whitten, Ellen and Don Winspear and Wendy and Gary Wojtaszek/CyrusOne.

Sterling Underwriters ($7,5000)Lee Bailey, Connie and Denny Carreker, Debbie and Gerald Barnes/Gilian and Steve Baron/Susie and Joel Carp/Mary and Neil Dorflinger/Lisa and Neil Goldberg, ESCADA, The Hegi Family, Highland Park Village (Valet Sponsor), Jennifer and Doug Houser, Jackson Walker LLP, Dana and David Kleiman/Beth and Larry Konig/Elaine and Trevor Pearlman/Jackie Sherman/David Weinreb, Friends of Carol and John Levy, Vicki and Brian Miller, Dawn E. Moore/ Allegiance Title Company, Stephen Penrose, Caren Prothro, PwC, Nancy and Doug Rabe, Dr. R. Lynn and Cynthia A. Rea and Friends, The Rosewood Corporation, Service Systems Associates, Lisa K. Simmons, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Instruments, Tolleson Wealth Management, Turner Construction Company, UT Southwestern Medical Center/ Southwestern Medical Foundation, Walne Family/Herb’s Paint and Body Shops, Westwood Trust and Jane Williams and Ron Williams.

VIP Underwriters ($3,000) Michael D. Anderek, RosenBerry Real Estate Group, Carol Braden and Vera Locurto, The Burnett Family, Ana and Don Carty, CLR Design Inc., Julia and Louis Dorfman, Cheryl and James Drayer, Karen and Phil Drayer, Betsy and Richard Eiseman/Eiseman Jewels NorthPark, Alina and Ruben E. Esquivel, Leland Burk and Thomas Feulmer, Lois and Ross Finkelman, Denise and Steven Glazer, Steve Hargrove/ Hargrove Electric Co., Kim and Greg Hext, Holmes Murphy and Associates, Tavia and Clark Hunt, Margo and Jim Keyes, Matrice Ellis- Kirk and The Honorable Ron Kirk, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Deborah and David Michel, Winstead PC, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nancy Perot and Rod Jones, PlainsCapital Bank , Jeff and Darrel Rice and Mary and Mike Terry.

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Hope Cottage Is Now A Two-Story Home-Sweet-Home That Emma Wylie Ballard Would Have Loved

Isn’t it amazing how time flies. It was back in 1917-1918 that Dallas was seeing the creation of “love” and “hope.” The “love” was the official naming of an air field service for prospective World War I pilots after aviator Moss L. Love. Just one of 32 in the country, it would eventually become Dallas’ city-proper airport Dallas Love Field and home base for Southwest Airlines.

The “hope” was what 52-year-old Emma Wylie Ballard had. Becoming a widow at the age of 35, she “joined the workforce” to support her two children. That job was with the Dallas County Juvenile Court. It was in 1918, as director of the Dallas County Humane Society’s Child Welfare Department, that she had witnessed children being abandoned on the streets of Dallas and wanted to offer them “hope.”  And Emma did just that when she arranged for the opening of “a small home to accept the babies.” Within the first two weeks of the opening of Hope Cottage, a two-week-old baby girl was turned in as a result of her mother and aunt dying from the influenza epidemic. The child was named Hope Watson “after Hope Cottage and for the hope that she would live.” (Editor’s note: Hope Watson lived to the ripe old age of 92.)

Within the first four years, 542 babies were taken in by Hope Cottage.

Since the $29 a month for milk seemed a bit exorbitant to the county commissioners, Emma “took to the streets in her Model A with the signature stork on the front, picking up donations and abandoned children alike.”

Hope Cottage

Hope Cottage

Over the past 99 years, Hope Cottage has placed generations of children and had only two home base “cottages.” Last month the Hope Cottage family moved into an incredible two-story building in the Wilson District. To celebrate the occasion, they held a patron party on Wednesday, September 21, and a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, September 22. Here is a report from the field that Emma would have been proud of:

Not only was September 22, 2016 North Texas Giving Day, it was also the day that Hope Cottage, Dallas’ oldest nonprofit, non-sectarian adoption agency, dedicated their new home. This stunning edifice is located in the Wilson Historic District at 609 Texas Street and is only the agency’s third permanent address since its founding in 1918.

The ceremony opened with a welcome by CEO Sonyia Hartwell and prayer by Chaplain Ann Golding.  Chief Development Officer Leslie Clay sang the national anthem, during which a low-flying Southwest jet provided an unplanned, but perfectly timed flyover.

Hope Cottage adoptive parent/Board President Shannon Hills-Cline and Hope Cottage adoptee/ Comprehensive Capital Campaign Chairman Carmyn Neely each spoke passionately about their experiences with Hope Cottage and what the agency has meant in their lives.

Carol Young Marvin, Christopher Shaw and Leslie Clay*

Carol Young Marvin, Christopher Shaw and Leslie Clay*

George and Fay Young Foundation Executive Director Christopher Shaw made heartfelt remarks about the long relationship Hope Cottage and the foundation have enjoyed.  The Youngs adopted their daughter Carol Young Marvin from Hope Cottage and Mr. Young served for many years on the Hope Cottage Board of Directors. Carol too has served both on the Hope Cottage Board of Directors and the Hope Cottage Foundation Board. Shaw said, “Having watched this facility grow out of a vacant lot, I know it has only begun to leave its mark on our great city. And while the exterior is undoubtedly beautiful, it is what happens inside that matters most. And what happens inside can be summed up with one word – hope.”

Dallas District 10 City Councilman Adam McGough closed out the speeches. Referring to Hope Cottage, he said “…you can’t help but feel the sense of family, the sense of hope here. It is organizations like this that give our city hope.”

Representatives from both the Board of Directors and Gensler, Sonyia Hartwell and Adam McGough participated in the ribbon cutting along with a special treat – grandfather and grandson duo, Jeff York and Noah York, both Hope Cottage adoptees.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the doors flung open wide and the crowd surged in for tours of the building and refreshments.

Hope Cottage ribbon cutting*

Hope Cottage ribbon cutting*

The lobby has three walls of glass and is decorated in soothing colors of creams and soft greens. Several guests were also seen trying out the rockers on the expansive front porch. Look for those rockers to be used quite a bit once the weather cools down. The first floor contains the Meadows Foundation Pregnancy and Infant Adoption Suite, along with meeting spaces. On the second floor you will find the Hoblitzelle Foundation Client Services Suite and on the third floor is the Rees-Jones Conference and Event Suite. Looking towards the east from the event and conference suite, you have a stunning view of the Wilson Historic District with Baylor Hospital rising in the background, to the south you can see the lovely home of CASA. On the west you have a spectacular view of downtown Dallas from the Dallas Foundation Community Terrace. CASA’s Becca Haynes Leonard and CNM Connect’s Joel Rothermel and Beth Meyers were seen taking advantage of the view and snapping selfies on the terrace.

Hope Cottage’s new home was part of a $4.56M comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Next 100 Years.”  $3.6M was designated to construct a new service center and the remainder is designated for program expansion in three areas:  Pregnancy Services, Youth Education and Foster to Adopt. The George and Fay Young Foundation made the lead gift to the campaign and The Rees-Jones Foundation closed out the campaign. Other major foundation and corporate gifts include: Meadows Foundation, Hoblitzelle Foundation, Doswell Foundation, Hillcrest Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Seegers Foundation, Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown and Oncor.

Designed by Gensler and constructed by Royal Construction, this three-story jewel has been described as an architectural beacon in Dallas. Great care was taken by Gensler to insure the Austin stone building fit in with the surrounding neighborhood. The Gensler team, comprised of adoptive parents, was excited to lend their expertise to the Hope Cottage project.

Sonyia Hartwell, TAylor romatzky, Don Potts and Brooks Quinlan

Sonyia Hartwell, Taylor Gromatzky, Don Potts and Brooks Quinlan

On the evening before the dedication, campaign donors were treated to private tours and a reception in their honor, held in the Rees-Jones Event and Conference Suite. Attendees including Katherine and Michael Phillips, Don C. PottsKathy Smith from the Meadows Foundation, Lynn Gibson from the Rees-Jones Foundation and Georgia Black, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from At Your Service Catering and light beverages while experiencing a trip down memory lane perusing 98 years of photographs and news clippings the agency has so lovingly maintained.

What is up next for Hope Cottage?  A little bird told us they will kick off their centennial celebration on June 1, 2017, and will wrap up that celebration on the agency’s actual 100th birthday on June 1, 2018.

* Photos provided by Hope Cottage

Former Fort Worthian Grandparents Dianne And Jim Bosler Hosted Gateway To Opportunity Patrons At Their Dallas Home

Paula Miltenberger’s folks Dianne and Jim Bosler were talked into moving from their Fort Worth acreage to cozier territory in Preston Hollow. Well, that’s if you can call an estate “cozy.” The draw was Paula and husband Bay Miltenberger’s adorable, red-haired boys. What grandparent wouldn’t want to be within walking distance of their grandkids, especially during the pre-high school years?

Tracy Lange, Dianne Bosler, Paula Miltenberger and Lisa Cooley

Tracy Lange, Dianne Bosler, Paula Miltenberger and Lisa Cooley

But on Tuesday, September 20, the grandkids stayed at the Miltenberger home and the grandparents opened their house for the Family Gateway’s Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon patrons. One reason for the hosting was Paula was co-chairing the fundraiser with Tracy Lange.

Alas, because of the sweaty, three-digit temperatures, the Boslers’ palatial grounds were just for a looky-look from behind the windows and glass doors. But no tears were shed, since the mansion’s interior was just made for entertaining.

As one couple held a “charged-up conversation” in the dining room, Tracy and Paula were in the family room surrounded by Gina Betts, Cindy Stager, Luncheon Underwriting Co-Chair Lisa Cooley, Family Gateway Executive Director Ellen Magnis and Ben Lange. Of course, the co-chairs’ conversation turned to the Tuesday, September 27th luncheon featuring Jenna Bush Hager at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Jim Bosler, Gina Betts, Cindy Stage and Ben Lange

Jim Bosler, Gina Betts, Cindy Stager and Ben Lange

When someone asked if Jenna would talk about the upcoming presidential election, that idea was nipped in the bud. A passerby sniffled, “Oh, please, this is fundraising, not fuss making!”

7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala Patrons Shop, Sip And Celebrate At Abi Ferrin And Kendra Scott

With the kickoff of fall fundraising, the 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala patrons partied at more than just one spot in West Village on Tuesday, September 20. Both Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott provided a shop-and-sip-around at their digs. Here’s a report from the field:

Mosaic Family Services honored sponsors, committee members and supporters of the 7th Annual Gala at a cocktail reception on Tuesday, September 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott in West Village.

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

More than 75 partygoers arrived at Abi Ferrin in West Village and sipped cool drinks while shopping Abi’s eponymous collection. DJ Lamont Carlis kept the vibe going, as guests enjoyed savory fare donated by Cru, including artisan cheese and charcuterie with house made fig jam and fresh Turkish honeycomb, mini meatballs with tomato sugo and shaved Manchego, smoked salmon rillettes and arancini with roasted pepper tomato sauce.

With the nearby Kendra Scott boutique sharing the hosting duties for the evening, patrons mingled in both stores, while they shopped knowing a percentage of proceeds would benefit Mosaic Family Services.

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

As the evening came to an end, posh patrons like Ashley Anderson, Jo Mattison, Mirjana Omeragic, McKenzie Hoopfer, Catherine Langlois, Tam Tran, Marta Knutson, Leanne Moye, Shannon Mukundan, Nusia Sookarow, Kristin Paul, Meagan McLauchlin and Tina Ingram were treated to homemade cake balls by Tina Witkoff and a gift bag of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands signature products.

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

The upcoming 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District. Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, silent auction curated by Auction Chair Nusia Sookarow, raffle, casino, and music by DJ Lamont Carlis. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award to Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available; tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit classy.org/mosaicgala or contact Le Ta, 214.821.5393 x263 or [email protected]

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano

Designer Carolina Herrera And Her Daughters Joined Crystal Charity Ball Patrons At Tucker And Rich Enthoven’s Estate

Thank heaven Tucker and Rich Enthoven had a couple of new air-conditioning units installed in their Preston Hollow estate. The Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party on Friday, September 8, was hot stuff.

As all types of luxury cars lined up in front of the Enthoven circular driveway, it was worth the wait.

Christie Carter and Tucker Enthoven

Christie Carter and Tucker Enthoven

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Immediately upon approaching the front door, the 260 guests were greeted by event sponsor Chase’s #1 gal, Elaine Agather. Dang. That gal redefines the word “welcome.” She knew everyone and everyone reciprocated with hugs.

Next in the greeting line were 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Christie Carter and Tucker. But the entry hall soon became so cozy with more than 250 guests each wanting their time with Elaine, Christie and Tucker.

Charles and Pat McEvoy

Charles and Pat McEvoy

Barry and Lana Andrews

Barry and Lana Andrews

Jeff Byron and Kevin Hurst

Jeff Byron and Kevin Hurst

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Among the crowd were the most relaxed fellows — those husbands of past 10 BD-ers like Charles McEvoy, Jim Lee, Jack Pratt and Barry Andrews. Next most relieved were those gents (Key Coker, David Condon and Billy Esping), whose wives were making the 2016 BD list for a third and final time… Still another group that looked right at home among the BD set were the ladies who had been part of the CCB Hall of Fame Honorees like Elaine, Lana Andrews, Nancy Dedman, Annette Simmons, Tucean Webb and 2016’s Betsy Sowell and The Neiman’s team, very well represented with Mimi Sterling, Jeff Byron, Kevin Hurst, Malcolm Reuben and his bride CCB-er wunderkind Vinnie ReubenLynn McBee popped in after making the rounds at the Bush Center, where she was the keynote speaker at High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser, and checking in at the North Texas Food Bank’s Harvest… Among the sightings were so many mothers and daughters that one would have thought it was Mother’s Day with CCB Fashion Show Chair/2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella with her mom Carolyn Curl, hostess/10 BD-er Tucker and her mom Julie Ford, Tucean Webb and daughter Suzanne Webb and 10 Bestie Piper Wyatt with her mother Dixey Thornton and Piper’s sis Ginger Sanger Auer.

Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Betsy and Jim Sowell

Betsy and Jim Sowell

And speaking of mother/daughters, the family of the night arrived 45 minutes into the party — Venezuelan designer/2016 Neiman Marcus Awardee Carolina Herrera and her daughters Patricia Herrera Lansing and Carolina Herrera Baez. Just as the Herrera entourage approached the mansion, someone told the diminutive designer of meeting her at Neiman Marcus in the Houston Galleria back in the early 1980s. That was when the partnership of Herrera and NM was in its infancy.

Patricia Herrera Lansing, Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera Baez

Patricia Herrera Lansing, Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera Baez

The guest recalled how Herrera spent equal time with clients as well as trying on shoes in the NM salon. With that Herrera smiled and laughed, “Yes, I do love shoes. You remember?” Before an answer could be forthcoming, Herrera’s daughters laughed, “She loves shoes!” And the emphasis was on “loves.”

Then one of the Herrera team snapped a cellphone shot for the Herrera girls and they were off to the hundreds waiting their chance to meet two generations of designing women.

For lots more photos of the pretty patrons, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Christie Carter and Tucker Enthoven

Christie Carter and Tucker Enthoven

On the eve of the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show, the high-rolling patrons gathered for a cocktail party at Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s gorgeous estate. There seemed to be an endless stream of luxury vehicles arriving at the mansion’s entrance.

At times it almost seemed as there wasn’t a nook or cranny for one more person to squeeze in. But thank heaven there was room for the show’s featured designer Carolina Herrera, her daughters (Patricia Herrera Lansing and Caroline Herrera Baez) and the Herrera entourage.

Patricia Herrera Lansing, Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera Baez

Patricia Herrera Lansing, Carolina Herrera and Carolina Herrera Baez

And speaking of Herrera and her daughters, there were plenty of moms and dotters in the crowd.

Piper and Mike Wyatt, Dixey Thornton and Ginger Sanders Auer

Piper and Mike Wyatt, Dixey Thornton and Ginger Sanders Auer

Pam Perella and Carolyn Curl

Pam Perella and Carolyn Curl

While the post is being prepped, get a look at some of the peeps over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

On A Bustling Thursday, Marla And Tony Briggle Hosted The KidneyTexas Runway Report Patrons At Their Glen Lake Townhouse

Fess up. Don’t you secretly love it when the weather forecasters blow it? You know it’s when they claim bleak comeuppance is on its way and it’s a beautiful cloudless day.

On Thursday, September 15, that’s almost exactly what happened with a big, old moon shining without a rain cloud in sight. Guess those 15% chances of showers were showering somewhere else.

While Mary Martha and John Pickens were chairing “Harvest” for the North Texas Food Bank at The Shed and Lynn McBee was headlining High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser at the Bush Center with Margaret McDermott and Mary Templeton as honorary co-chairs, the North Texas ZIP codes were jamming neighborhoods.

Marla and Tony Briggle

Marla and Tony Briggle

Over in the gated Glen Lakes neighborhood, Marla and Tony Briggle opened their wonder townhouse overlooking the ponds with mallards and Muscovy ducks quacking around. Why, did they host the KidneyTexas’ “A Runway Report” patron Party for about 75 guests?

No, they personally had not experienced a loss to the deadly disease, but when their Realtor Jeannie Neathery asked for the favor of opening their home, there was no way they were going to say, “No.”

Looking around the public rooms, Tony recalled how his late brother Stockton Briggle had helped develop the look. For instance, for their collection of Oriental pieces of art including a magnificent gold antique kimono displayed on the red-lacquered wall with shelves surrounding a beautiful screen and an exquisite desk with everything from an antique French clock to their collection of crosses. The robe had been from Marla’s late husband Jay Jack‘s “collection of gowns for for his ‘Robes of the Orient” fashion show many years ago at the Adolphus.”

The Briggles' study

The Briggles’ study

Joining

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

Heather ____ and McKamy Tiner

Heather Kanny and McKamy Tiner

Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner were her mum Martha Caldwell Tiner and McKamy’s legal-eagle buddy Heather Kanny. Another more recently acquired pal was KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston. When asked how they were as partners for the fundraiser, McKamy didn’t lose a second: “There were no arguments or fusses. We just got along!”

Suzanne And David Palmlund Opened Their Swiss Avenue Estate For Fur Ball Patrons To Learn About New Live Auction Items

Wednesdays are showing all the signs of becoming the new Thursday. And as anyone who has a Daytimer knows, Thursday has evolved into a true-blue workout for fundraisers. But on Wednesday, September 14, North Texas was in overdrive with fundraiser types scrambling around. The Cattle Baronesses were at Jimmy Choo checking out the most showy high steppers. It was perfectly timed for those who were in a last-minute dilemma for footwear to attend Friday’s Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show. After all, who wants to show up for this fashion extravaganza in last season’s retreads when shoe-loving/featured designer Carolina Herrera will be on the scene?

And speaking of retailing, The Family Place’s Partners Card South Soiree was just inches away from NorthPark’s Nordstroms. Talk about a shopping pep rally in preparation for the Thursday, October 28 thru Sunday, November 6 event in North Texas!

And while the rest of Dallas got hit by a sudden torrent of rain, Suzanne and David Palmlund opened their Swiss Avenue estate for the SPCA’s Fur Ball patron party with nary a care about the weather. After all, their mansion and cabana were the perfect spot to hide just in case the heavens opened up.

Suzanne and David Palmlund's pool

Suzanne and David Palmlund’s pool

The gentile mansion was once again decked out for the occasion with sponsor backdrop on the front porch, games in the party room and a mammoth rubber ducky and parrot floating in the pool.

Kristen Greenberg and Suzanne Palmlund

Kristen Greenberg and Suzanne Palmlund

As Suzanne opened wide the front doors for the 125 guests like Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award recipient Karen Urie, Susan McSherry (Fur Ball Co-Chair Kristen Greenberg‘s sis-in-law), Dan Pritchett, Andrea Alcorn, Tatyana Murphy, Joan and Larry Rogers, Leslie Spalding, Gary Rugoff, Mary Lonzano, Tricia Sims and SPCA top dog James Bias, a server scurried to wipe up an “oops” spill on the entry hall floor.

Even before the festivities start at 6:30, guests were filling all the nooks and crannies of the 103-year-old mansion.

Phyllis Comu and Sandra Fite

Phyllis Comu and Sandra Fite

While 2016 Fur Ball Chair Phyllis Comu was delayed in traffic, Kristen explained that the event was close to “Sold Out” status (only about 35 tickets shy of 1,000). She was relieved to report that a waiting list was in place when the done-deal status had been achieved for the Saturday, September 24th gala at the Omni Dallas.

News of the night was talk about the live auction items coordinated by Sandra Fite. Two hitting the OMG level were the donations of animal-loving Jan Rees-Jones and her husband Trevor Rees-Jones. They had donated their personal suite at American Airlines Center for the sold-out Adele concert on Wednesday, November 2. What made this item even hotter was the fact that this tour would be Adele’s last one for a rumored ten years. She’s going to stop touring and focus full-time attention on raising her son, Angelo.

The second item that was just added earlier in the day was the ultimate top-tier level Savor package.

Tickets are getting scarce for this one, so get off the leash and get your spot locked down here.

Crystal Charity Ball’s Platinum Dinner Officially Kicks Off The Fall Fundraising Season

The official shot launching the 2016 fall fundraising triathlon was fired on Thursday, September 8, at the Dallas Country Club. Instead of tank tops, running shorts and Nikes, the participants were in Zac Posens, Herreras and Hermes for the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner hosted by Comerica.

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

And, following the rules of hospitality, Comerica’s Ralph Babb and his bride Barbara Babb were Johnny-on-the-spot to greet the more than 150 guests, who were heavy hitters for the upcoming Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday, September 16, in the glamorama tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown.

The only challenges facing the crowd were the DCC windows, which cast a blinding light just behind the check-in table with envelopes containing table assignments. Ah, but the CCV-ers had a back-up plan. They had gals immediately behind the table handing out the envelopes before the guests tried to overcome the shine to find their own envelopes.

Jacka nd Deborah Gunter and Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Jack and Deborah Gunter and Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

After getting their envelopes, guests like Deborah and Jack Gunter, Neva Hall, Shelle and Michael Sills, Nancy Dedman, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Mary and Bob Potter, Simona Beal, D’Andra Simmons, Lynn and Allan McBee, Susu and Jerry Meyer, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Lana and Barry Andrews, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley and Alison and Michael Malone played the catch-up game since most had been away for the summer. CCB Underwriting Chair Claire Emanuelson and 10 Best Dressed Piper Wyatt were back from Wyoming…Still glowing Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse were back from Montecito…10 BD-er Mary Clare Finney insisted that she had gained a couple of pounds over the summer, but she appeared to have already dropped that weight…Stephanie Fox was with adorable Nick Sowell, whose mum Betsy Sowell is the 2016 Hall of Famer…Robyn and Don Conlon were bubbling with news. Yes, they’re downsizing and growing. What’s that? They were moving to a “smaller house” on Beverly this winter, but they were also preparing for grandbaby #3. Seems son Keith Conlon and his bride Megan Conlon, who were married last December, were going to have a daughter just in time for Christmas… NM Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron was solo, due to one of his pooches suffering from a diabetic episode requiring attendance by Kevin Hurst. As for the construction of the fashion show tent, Jeff reported that the tent had been under construction since Friday. When asked if featured designer Carolina Herrera would be receiving the Neiman Marcus Award at the luncheon, he said definitely. And like so many others, Jeff used the word “elegant” in describing the petite Venezuelan couturier… Not all had fled the Dallas summer heat, though. Niven Morgan in his hairdo du jour admitted that his business had required him staying put all summer.

Alison and Michael Malone

Alison and Michael Malone

Pete and Tanya Foster

Pete and Tanya Foster

Ben and Tracy Lane and Lisa and Clay Cooley

Ben and Tracy Lane and Lisa and Clay Cooley

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Finally, after a couple or three requests for guests to go to their tables—and the bar being closed—the guests took their places. CCB Chair Christie Carter welcome the group and introduced Ralph, who thanked the group for supporting the CCB charities. Then Christie presented the 10 Best Dressed (Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Julie Hawes and Piper Wyatt) and Betsy.

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson

Paige Slates

Paige Slates

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Dinner was then served, including baby greens with shoestring cucumber, baby tomatoes, red onion, shaved Romano cheese and lemon thyme vinaigrette; filet mignon and grilled jumbo shrimp with risotto and baby vegetables and heirloom carrots; and a very impressive chocolate salted caramel mousse tart. Equally impressive was the talk around the dinner tables. Tracy and Ben Lange had already attended a fundraiser that night at Kendra Scott’s for son Luke Lange’s Fast Break T-shirts…Lara and Bob Tafel were like a twosome on a first date. Lara explained that despite having nearby offices, they rarely get a chance to just talk. And what were they talking about? Their mutual concern for the growing demands on community services to help children suffering from abuse and how to support those needs. When asked about the growing numbers of child abuse cases, Lara suggested that the rise was due to the fact that more were actually being brought to light…The evening’s chair Paige Slates and husband John Slates were seated next to Vinnie and Malcolm ReubenTanya Foster was preparing for her trip with Alicia Wood to New York’s Fashion Week… Clay Cooley was all smiles over Robbie Knievel’s recent motorcycle leap at his newest dealership. Wife Lisa Cooley recalled that the newest acquisition was a dealership where Clay had worked as a young whippersnapper salesman and they were newlyweds. When he inspected the property upon purchasing it, he called Lisa and reported, “It still has the same carpet.” Needless to say, the carpet was one of the first changes made.

For more faces and fashions, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner

Tis the season when flip flops have been replaced by Louboutins. Freshly minted faces are being explained away as having a restful summer. And all the work of past months is facing the final showdown for the year, as the fall fundraising season was officially launched with the Crystal Charity Ball‘s Platinum Dinner celebrating the very heavy hitters for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon that’s being chair by Pam Perella.

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Hosted by Comerica’s Ralph Babb, the dinner took place at the Dallas Country Club on Thursday, September 8, and featured dressed-to-the-nines guests, catch-up chatter and a killer chocolate salted caramel mousse tart (calories be damned for this dessert!).

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

For a look at the fashionable types, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. And, yes, the post is being prepped.

Camp John Marc Patrons Celebrated The Camp’s 25th Anniversary At Kathy And Harlan Crow’s Library

Seriously, are there two cuter fellas on morning TV than WFAA’s Ron Corning and KDFW’s Chip Waggoner? While Ron is the go-to-guy for brilliant spontaneous quips and breaking news, Chip is the calm voice that directs folks through the insanity of the day’s traffic.

But on Monday, May 2, Chip was in blue blazer at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library for the Camp John Marc 25th anniversary patron party.

Tanya Miller, Chip Waggoner and Suzzi Perry

Tanya Miller, Chip Waggoner and Suzzi Perry

How about some insider info on KDFW’s morning team? Chip’s pooch passed away a couple of years ago, but he didn’t replace the canine with another dog. The Waggoner household has a couple of Ragdoll cats, one of which fetches.

Regarding the KDFW dog situation, anchor Tim Ryan has added a Golden Retriever to the clan. According to Chip, the four-month-old pup is already following his marching orders. Ah, come one. If you lived with Tim, wouldn’t you heel to his commands?

And when it comes to newcomers to the household, anchor Lauren Pryzbyl is adding to hers. In addition to training pup Mattie and raising toddler Landry, she and husband Shane Miller are expecting their second munchkin.

Chick and Jane Pierce, Ellen McStay and Craig and Marsha Innes

Chick and Jane Pierce, Ellen McStay and Craig and Marsha Innes

But on this evening, the 100-plus guests like Chris Durovich, Marie Dean, Tanya and Scott Miller, Peggy Meyer, Jane and Chick Pierce, Suzzi Perry, Ellen and John McStay and Brill Garrett were taking the walking bridge across Turtle Creek to the Crows’ estate. Those in stilettos discovered that the boards of the bridge had just enough space between them to trap a heel.

Chris Durovich

Chris Durovich

Vance Gilmore

Vance Gilmore

But once there, it was a perfect evening to learn about the plans for the 25th anniversary celebration at Camp John Marc. It was also a poignant occasion. After 25 years of heading up the camp, Vance Gilmore is retiring.

CJM Executive Board Member Craig Innes—he’s been involved with the camp for more than 25 years—admitted that when the camp for kids facing chronic medical and physical conditions got started, they weren’t quite sure what would happen. But that first year 500 youngsters attended the camp during eight weeks. Now, “on average over 3,000 children, teens and family members attend a CJM camp every year.” The camps are tailor-made for youngsters suffering from kidney disease, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, blood disorders, cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, juvenile arthritis, severe asthma and burns.

The fundraising activities and donations help defray the $585 per camper cost by reducing it to $195.

Can Do Luncheon Patrons Enjoyed A Beautiful Evening At Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s Preston Hollow Estate

The skies were clear, but the local eyes weren’t so lucky. With all types of pollen filling the air, eyes were bloodshot, noses were runny and achoos were the song of the day. Welcome to North Texas. As one doctor once claimed, “If I were starting out, I would have been an allergist in North Texas.” Then doc admitted that the only busier practitioner would have been an allergy specialist in Houston — “Boy have they got their work cut out!”

But on Wednesday, April 27, there was not a cloud in the flawless blue sky. OK, there was a Southwest jet crossing the sky, but still.

Tucker and Rich Enthoven's backyard

Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s backyard

Just the night before the area community had been on standby for all types of scary weather stuff. But on this evening, Tucker and Rich Enthoven’s home-sweet-home and its fabulous grounds could not have been more spectacularly perfect with the tennis court, the pool and elevated terraces.

Sara Melnick Albert, Tucker Enthoven, Regina Montoya and Anne Reeder

Sara Melnick Albert, Tucker Enthoven, Regina Montoya and Anne Reeder

Anne Conner and Susan Phillips

Anne Conner and Susan Phillips

The gathering, which included Anne Conner, Debbie Oates, Linda Perryman Evans and Sara Martineau, was for The Wilkinson Center’s “Can Do Luncheon” patron party. Leslie Diers was doing front door greeting of guests as her mom Cynthia Melnick chatted with guests in the mansion and Leslie’s sister/Luncheon Chair Sara Melnick Alberts was on the terrace talking with Can Do award recipient Regina Montoya and her husband Paul Coggins… Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder was chatting with Susan Phillips about her Shih Tzu’s reactions to the previous night’s thunder and lightning.

But the real subject of the night was the luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Dallas Country Club that will recognize Regina and the North Texas Food Bank that has been such a vital part of The Wilkinson Center’s efforts to help families in need. This luncheon will be the fourth year that The Wilkinson Center has recognized those with the “can-do” spirit.

Mad Hatter’s Fashion Show And Luncheon Patron Party At Betsy And Guinn Crousen’s Mansion Was An Over-The-Top Draw

The line-up of luxury vehicles pulling up to Betsy and Guinn Crousen’s palatial Highland Park digs was impressive just 10 minutes into the Tuesday, April 19, affair. The valet parking company had been advised to expect 50 guests, but that number ended up being tripled including Jocelyn White, Linda Spina, Barbara Daseke, Linda Ivy, Connie Carreker, Jennifer and Coley Clark and Jennifer Houser. Needless to say, the car parkers were scurrying around the streets like roadrunners.

Jennifer Houser and Betsy Crousen

Jennifer Houser and Betsy Crousen

Barbara Daseke and Barbara Bigham

Barbara Daseke and Barbara Bigham

The event was the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum‘s Mad Hatter’s Tea patron party. Some like Leslie Ann Crozier were splitting their time between Mad Hatter’s and making it home in time to learn the outcome of the New York presidential primary.

Betsy and Guinn Crousen's courtyard

Betsy and Guinn Crousen’s courtyard

As a first-time event, the house with its marvelous courtyard had guests wandering throughout. Some even decided to check out the Crousens’ closets!

In the kitchen Emilynn Wilson was receiving congrats on being named 2017 Callier Cares chair. Another one receiving pats on the back was Barbara Bigham for the recent Bighams’ million-dollar donation for Scenic Overlook in the Arboretum’s newest project — A Tasteful Place.

Reception Warmed Up The Crowd With Auction Items—And Leigh Anne Tuohy—For Rainbow Days Fundraiser

It was a chatty, optimistic crowd that gathered Thursday, April 14, at the offices of Thompson and Knight for the Pot of Gold Patron Reception. And, why not: ticket sales for the 19th Annual Pot of Gold Luncheon scheduled for the next day were at 630, and counting. The luncheon, which benefits the Rainbow Days nonprofit, had a new venue, the Omni Dallas Hotel, after being at the Hilton Anatole for 18 years. Bids for the luncheon auction items were being taken online for the first time, and already more than $19K worth had rolled in.

Catherine Rowsey, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Nicole Williams and Jon Langbert*

Catherine Rowsey, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Nicole Williams and Jon Langbert*

Perhaps best of all, the luncheon’s special guest speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy, had shown up for the Thompson and Knight do—much to the delight of the 75 guests. Tuohy, the inspirational matriarch for the book and movie about her family titled “The Blind Side,” posed cheerfully in one corner for photos, even though her life was in overdrive (it seems her daughter Collins Tuohy, who was here in January for Soup’s On, was getting married the following weekend).

Cathey Brown*

Cathey Brown*

After Rainbow Days founder and CEO Cathey Brown welcomed patron reception guests like Lynn McBee , Juliette Coulter, Chris Kay, Don Krasen, Auction Co-Chair Jon Langbert, Rainbow Days Board President Greg Pascuzzi and Fred Rowsey —Cathy called the gathering “the party before the party”—Luncheon Chair Catherine Rowsey and Auction Co-chair Nicole Williams took over and thanked the event sponsors, including Jim McDonald from top sponsor Pacific Union Financial.

Greg Pascuzzi*

Greg Pascuzzi*

When the short program was over some of the guests returned to their sipping and chatting, while others made a beeline for the back room, where several of the auction items were on display. The auction, sponsored by Thompson and Knight, would feature items worth more than $70,000, including a golf trip to Pebble Beach, a stay and dinner at the Rosewood Crescent, tickets to the Mesquite Rodeo, and a custom dinner and wine for four at Sevy’s Grill.

* Photo credit: Rob 
Wythe/Gittings

2016 Art Ball Patrons Partied Among “Couture Construction” At The Joule’s Terrace With Appetizers In Toolboxes, Designer Jeremy Scott And Beautiful Peeps

The collegiate basketball title was over. The politicos were taking a timeout for the night. So, it was perfect timing for the beautiful peeps to get together with fashions and art at The Joule Terrace on the evening of Wednesday, April 6.

To spotlight the poreless folks and artistic clothes, Mother Nature shone a perfect light with equally perfect temperatures. Unfortunately, Uncle Bag of Wind gusted through the open terrace occasionally.

But before the first guests even arrived, they knew something was up. The outdoor entrance to the private lift to the Terrace looked like a construction project with yellow tape and helmeted construction workers. Only on second look did they realize that instead of the tape warning against entering, it read “Couture Zone Ahead” and the hunky construction team was familiar gents from the runways.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

So, the evening’s theme of “Construction” in connection with the Art Ball’s “Art and Architecture” was off and running. But then what would you expect from The Joule’s owner Tim Headington, who was also a major sponsor of the Art Ball and backer of the soon-to-open Forty Five Ten Downtown. Such a smart fella. He and Forty Five Ten czar Brian Bolke just knew that this event would be a feast for those who have taste, love fashion and have an eye for art like DMA Board President Catherine Rose, Elaine Agather, Shelle and Michael Sills, Faisal Halum, Capera Ryan, Gonzalo Bueno, Sharon Young, David Nichols with Ashley Tatum, Jim Showers, Yasaman Djunic, Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt, Erin Mathews with Russ Davis, Diane and Stuart Bumpas, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Suzanne Droese, Barbara Womble with Bob Minyard, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Kendall Kinsman, Anna Bresskaya, Vodi Cook, Cathy Hodges, Christina Nortzon and Mackenzie Brittingham.

Walter Elcock

Walter Elcock

Gonzalo Bueno

Gonzalo Bueno

Shelle Sills

Shelle Sills

Faisal Halum

Faisal Halum

And Brian smartly combined the theme of the night with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s most recent “Dangerous Couture” collection that featured dresses and accessories. In town for the party, Jeremy felt right at home with his clientele and designs everywhere on the Terrace.

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Construction buffet

Construction buffet

From the moment the elevator doors opened, The Terrace was spectacular with delicious appetizers being served in toolboxes and lunchboxes, mountains of shrimp, crab claws and oysters-on-the-half-shell in 100-quart coolers and DJ Lucy Wrubel surrounded by more directional and warning signage than Riverfront at Continental.

Surrounding a headless mannequin in an ice-blue party dress all puffed up thanks to  fluffy petticoat were upside-down orange cones serving as vases for huge balls of yellow flowers and waiters in helmets and orange vests with trays of Moet and Chandon with top cap-coupe adaptors. One guest giggled that sipping champagne via the mini-champagne resulted in bubbles in her nose.

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

Interim DMA Director Walter Elcock was in fine fettle greeting guests with wife Laura Elcock. When asked if there was any chances of his taking on the duties fulltime, he laughed that idea away… 2016 Art Ball Co-Chair Ann and David Sutherland were surrounded by well-wishers for the upcoming April 23 gala at the DMA…Nancy Rogers in shades and a marvelous Moschino coat arrived with hair artisan Michael Flores and ended up chatting with Jeremy, who had designed her gown for last year’s Two By Two fundraiser, and Moschino Director of Communications Pablo Olea in a black jacket and red-and-black pleated skirt/kilts…Architect David Droese reported that work on Forty Five Ten Downtown was moving along quickly for a fall opening…DMA Junior Associates Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn were explaining how Folly After the Ball was replacing its annual An Affair of Art… Moll Anderson in a standout Moschino coat…New homeowner Andy Beal brought along Olya Sinitsyna and his son Ryan Beal…The Joule’s Tim was turning a head or two. Yup, the blonde philanthropist has lost more than 30 pounds and looks healthier and slimmer than ever.

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

For more pictures of the event, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Art Ball Patron Party

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers being served up in toolboxes. Upside down warning cones serving as vases. Hunky construction workers serving as the welcome committee. Billionaires just hanging out. These were just a few of the elements that made the Dallas Museum of Art‘s 2016 Art Ball patron party at The Joule’s terrace a true memory maker.

Hunky construction workers

Hunky construction workers

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

And leave it to Forty Five Ten fashion wizard Brian Bolke to add that touch of couture with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott on the scene surrounded by gorgeous clients in his creations.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

While the post is being finalized, get a gander of the party at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Parkland Advocate Debbie Dudley Branson Is Honored With Prestigious Linz Award

Few nonprofit events in Dallas can match the annual Linz Award luncheon for the star power of its guests, and this year’s Linz—held Wednesday, April 6, at the Omni Dallas Hotel—was no exception. Everywhere you turned, it seemed, the city’s legendary movers and shakers were moving and shaking, from Frank Branson, Joel Allison, Carol Reed, Walt Humann and Luncheon Chair Patti Flowers to Doug Hawthorne, Dolores Barzune, Dale Petroskey, Ros Dawson, Gay and Bill SolomonRon Steinhart, Mary Jalonick, Sarah Losinger, Margaret Jordan, Helen Holman, Winfred Parnell, Meredith Mosely, Tom Dunning, John Scovell and Andy Stern.

Patti Flowers and Ros Dawson

Patti Flowers and Ros Dawson

Larry and Dolores Barzune

Larry and Dolores Barzune

Frank Branson

Frank Branson

Winfred Parnell

Winfred Parnell

They’d all turned out to honor Debbie Dudley Branson, recipient of the 87th annual Linz Award. Presented by Zales, a Signet Brand, and The Dallas Morning News, the Linz is given each year to the individual whose civic and humanitarian efforts over the last decade created the greatest benefit to the city, without having received monetary compensation. The luncheon is organized by the Junior League of Dallas and benefits its Community Service Fund.

This year about 500 people showed up for the event honoring Branson, a trial lawyer who served as board chair of Parkland Health and Hospital System when it had multiple complex problems. Among other things, Parkland was facing the potential loss of its accreditation, its hospital license, and its Medicare certification and funding. Branson is credited with turning around and revitalizing the system, thanks to her “grace-under-fire leadership and genuine concern for the underserved people of Dallas County.”

Jim Moroney

Jim Moroney

Debbie Branson and Sheila Grant

Debbie Branson and Sheila Grant

While guests enjoyed lunch including a mixed-green salad and braised short-ribs, they heard from Sheila and Jody Grant, last year’s Linz recipients, as well as Jim Moroney, publisher and CEO of The News, and Bill Luth of Signet Jewelers. Luth called Branson a “focused, dedicated and committed leader” before giving way to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who likened Branson’s 2012 challenges at Parkland to receiving a military “posting to Hawaii on December 7, 1941.”

Debbie Branson and Clay Jenkins

Debbie Branson and Clay Jenkins

During her remarks accepting the prestigious award, Branson said her efforts to revive the system were a “true labor of love” that would not have been possible without the help of its thousands of front-line employees, doctors, and volunteers. Among the improvements she oversaw were the implementation of a more effective governance structure; the building of a new, $1.3 billion campus; and the hiring of a permanent CEO, Dr. Fred Cerise.

However, Branson cautioned in concluding her remarks, “I know the quest is not over to make Parkland better.”

For more photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

NorthPark’s Arhaus Had Munchkin Furniture On View For Cherish The Children Luncheon’s Patron Party

In preparation for the Tuesday, April 5, Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children Luncheon with speaker/author Laura McBride at the Omni, Event Chair Erin Pope arranged for a patron party at NorthPark’s Arhaus. Here is a report from the field:

Kathleen LaValle and Erin Pope*

Kathleen LaValle and Erin Pope*

Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children patron party was the evening of Sunday, April 3, at NorthPark Center’s Arhaus. The lovely evening featured food and drinks for more than 70 attendees including luncheon sponsors and designers of the children’s furnishings like Board Chair John Gibson and designers Casey and Phil Green, Emily Robinson and  Alex McCreight. The charity luncheon supports Dallas CASA’s mission to provide advocates for abused and neglected children.

Barbara Womble and Caroline Rose Hunt*

Barbara Womble and Caroline Rose Hunt*

This year’s luncheon honoree is Dallas’ own Caroline Rose Hunt, who told the patron party guests that Dallas CASA is her favorite charity. Arhaus donated a $500 gift certificate for the evening, and the lucky winner of the random drawing just happened to be Caroline Rose Hunt’s guest Barbara Womble.

Phil and Casey Green*

Phil and Casey Green*

Emily Robinson and Alex McCreight*

Emily Robinson and Alex McCreight*

As lovely as the evening and event were, the highlight was the 14 beautiful children’s chairs to be auctioned at the fundraising luncheon. Attendees got a preview of the chairs and furnishings which come in every creative shape and size, including painted chairs, upholstered chairs and detailed stools perfect for little ones. One item is shaped like a boat, with the seat opening to make a toy box. Another pair of chairs feature a beautiful, hand-laid geometric pattern of wooded blocks.

* Photos provided by Dallas CASA

Fashion Guru Tim Gunn Packed ‘Em In At Forty Five Ten’s T Room For Community Partners Of Dallas’ Chick Lit Patron Party

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Not since Rob Lowe and Kevin Costner hit the North Texas area has a man been swarmed like New York Times best-selling author and overall fashion arbiter Tim Gunn was at the 10th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon Patron Party.

Laverne Nieberding and Greg Nieberding

Laverne Nieberding and Greg Nieberding

Yipes! Taking place at Chick Lit Honorary Chair Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten, the place should have been big enough for the guests, the fashions and Tim. But with Tim meeting-and-greeting guests like Luncheon Chair Kristi Hoyl, Melissa Sherrill, D’Andra Simmons, Anne Stodghill and Greg Nieberding with his mom Laverne Nieberding in the T Room, the place was as tight as a stamp on an envelope.

What made it more challenging was Tim somehow managed to locate himself against one of the bars. Goodness, bubbly and Tim together resulted in celebration and selfie-action as everyone wanted a flute of champagne and a photo with Tim.

One lovely evidently was new to celebrity get-togethers and decided that she was Tim’s one-and-only, resulting in more than her fair share of special time with him. But Tim proved as proper and charming as his attire, chatting it up with the gal until someone suggested that others might like some quality time with Tim, too.

Lara and Robert Tafel

Lara and Robert Tafel

Organizers were amazed at how generous Tim was. His contract limited his time at the patron party to 45 minutes, but he stayed way beyond the time limit.

Paige McDaniel and Juilette Coulter

Paige McDaniel and Juilette Coulter

Another couple of Chick Lit celebs were Lara and Bob Tafel, who have been on board in supporting the Community Partners of Dallas fundraiser since its inception. But their involvement is more than being the presenting sponsor of the annual get-together. In the midst of all the partying, Bob voiced genuine concern that recent legislative developments were increasing the need for CPD’s efforts.

And speaking of the 10th anniversary, CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel proudly wore a new piece of jewelry, a necklace spelling out sparkly Chick Lit in its signature font. She told how she and CPD Director of Development Joanna Clarke had had the necklaces especially made for those like Lara, Juliette Coulter and Kristi Bare who have attended all 10 years of the CPD fundraiser.

And while the guests kept coming and coming, it was still an early night because the luncheon was the next day at the Hilton Anatole.