Dallas Cowboys War Room At The Star Was The Scene Of Chef Tiffany Derry Serving Up KidLinks’ Symphony Of Chefs Draft

Jerry Jones‘ legendary War Room at Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters was the location for another big draft on Tuesday, January 23. It was the site of KidLinksSymphony of Chefs pick chefs for the annual fundraiser that will be held on Monday, February 26 at Sixty Five Hundred. Here’s a report from the field:

When your chef selection is set to be conducted draft style, what better location than the state-of-the-art War Room at the newly opened Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, The Star, to conduct it in. And that’s exactly what happened on the evening of Tuesday, January 23, as VIP sponsors and patrons gathered for a private party to select their table chefs for the 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs benefiting KidLinks. 

Tiffany Derry*

Hosted by The Dallas Cowboys And Legends Hospitality, the 2018 VIP Patron And Chef Selection party paid homage to the upcoming draft that Jerry Jones and his team will soon be conducting for the fall football season. But this time Tiffany Derry from Bravo TV “Top Chef All-Stars and Top Chef Junior” fame led the charge in conducting a 23 table and chef selection event.

As guests including Ann and J.W. Brown, Aimee and Adam Hall, Mike Dollar and wife Karen and Founding Event Co-Chairs Bonnie and Nathan Shea began to gather in the stunning grand atrium of The Star for VIP guided tours, they were immediately enamored by the dancing LED sculpture by artist Leo Villareal taking selfies and Instagram videos for their social media followers to see. 

John Kleifgen and UnoImmanivong*

Following the early tour that lasted about 45 minutes and still didn’t cover all of the history, memorabilia and art in the building guests made their way to The Training Table event space for much needed cocktails featuring Tequila Sheela and J.R. Ewing Bourbon. They were greeted with passed appetizers by Executive Chef Orazio Lamana that even included two select Whole30 items for those guests partaking in the health-craze sweeping the nation. As more guests and chefs arrived including Fitzgerald Dodd, former The Cedar’s Social executive chef now turned private chef Justin Box, Anastacia Quiñones of Oddfellows and Nick And Sam’s Steakhouse newest executive chef John Kleifgen, you could tell everyone was anxious to be selected but eager to get the evening started.  A preview booklet of each chefs menu floated around the room from guest to guest and you could hear the chatter from table hosts about who they might select and which menus sounded the most enticing.

Diana Crawford*

Just before the program began, the queen of steaks as she’s called, Dee Lincoln and her executive chef T.J. Lengnick left a packed restaurant and walked over from her namesake Dee Lincoln Prime to join in the evening’s fun. Following a few words of welcome, a story about a recent KidLinks client family by CEO Diana Crawford, some praises given to the many sponsors in the room and recognition of the 29 participating chefs that give of their time and talents, it was now time for the draft! Yet sponsors had no clue what was about to happen.

Grand Atrium*

As they were guided through the building, up a set of marble stairs and down a short hallway, the sponsors soon found out that they were headed to the infamous War Room. A place where lives are changed forever when they get “the call”, the War Room was set-up for each sponsor representative to pick who would be cooking on Monday, February 26, at Sixty Five Hundred for their table of 10 guests. With chef pictures on one side and sponsor names on the other, the interactive video wall that covered the entire front wall was set-up for a selection experience that sponsors would soon not forget. The fun was just beginning. Meanwhile, a live video feed soon appeared on the screens where the remaining guests and chefs in the event space could see and hear everything going on in the room where it happens. 

Draft in the War Room*

Soon after explaining how the draft would be handled, a rousing banter among chefs, guests and sponsors commenced. There were even financial challenges and draft seats being given up raising an extra $5K+ on the spot for the charity. With the first draft pick being “purchased” by Honorary Chair Faye C. Briggs’ son, Mike Montgomery (who also happens to be serving as Event Chair with his wife Vinette Montgomery), the first chef selected was celebrity chef Ken Patrick best known for his appearance on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. The draft continued with selections including Tre Wilcox, Gorji from Canary by Gorji, Joanne Bondy from Stocks and Bondy plus 20 plus other featured dinner chefs until all chefs were selected.

Georgia and Marc Lyons and Vinette and Mike Montgomery*

As the evening came to an end, it was clear that Vinette and Mike along with their Co-Chairs Georgia and Marc Lyons had scored a touchdown with the VIP Patron party. Talks about how to top it next year were well under way, but until the 26th of February comes and goes the focus was on selling two more additional tables. So the event chairs work wasn’t done yet and table hosts had some work to do by figuring out whom they wouldn’t be inviting to dine with them in February.

For more information about KidLinks and the Symphony of Chefs evening of culinary composition event and the participating chefs visit www.thekidlinks.org./soc.html.

* Photo credit: Thomas Garza

“Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” Celebrates Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Supporters And Launches The Ann Williams Legacy Society

Back in 1996 the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Founder’s Luncheon was the brainchild of DBDT Founder Ann Williams to raise money and to honor “civic and business leaders of Dallas who have impacted Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas arts community.” Over the years, dozens and dozens of people and organizations like The Meadows Foundation, Liz Minyard, Juanita Brown, former first lady Laura Bush, Isabell Cottrell, Target, Nancy Hamon, Helen Giddings, Ruth Altshuler, JC Penney, Annette Strauss and Mary Suhm were honored.

Since Ann’s announced retirement in 2014, changes started taking place. In addition to the departure of two artistic directors, it was decided that funding for the organization should go in a different direction. Instead of the luncheon event going quietly into the night, it was decided to hold a send-off event — “Farewell Founder’s Luncheon” — at which time the new fundraising program would be revealed.

While some might have thought the luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on Wednesday, January 17, would be a boo-hoo occasion, it was full of cheers for Ann and her organization that is “the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas.”

Michelle Thomas

The day kicked off with a VIP Reception in half of the Grand Ballroom for folks like Michelle Thomas, DBDT Executive Director Zenetta Drew, DBDT Executive Board Member Paulette Turner, past honoree Charley Pride and his wife Rozene Pride  and the day’s honorees Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash and Linda Todd. Emcee Clarice Tinsley was juggling duties — reviewing script and accommodating requests for photos with Ann. Due to the day’s chill, guests were checking their coats at the door.

Speaking of coats, those heading to the Imperial Ballroom upstairs for the luncheon were finding the hallway brisk to say the least. It made some of the 650 guests opt to pass up the upstairs coat check.

At the back of the room, tables were set up for selling the DBDT’s 40th anniversary books. At the front of the room was a stage large enough for a performance. Down the center of the room was a 12-foot wide aisle with the head table set for 16 next to the stage.

Devrae Jefferson, Lindzay Duplessis, Kayleigh Eidson, Imani English and Chad Vaught

At 11:50 the VIP Reception was breaking up and the ballroom was starting to fill. Standing near the room’s entrance were five of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Encore members (Devrae Jefferson, Lindzay Duplessis, Kayleigh Eidson, Imani English and Chad Vaught). When asked if they would be performing at the luncheon, they smiled and said, “No.”

Doug Curtis and Ann Williams

Clarice Tinsley and Lucy Billingsley

Zenetta Drew and Gilbert Gerst

Lelious Johnson

Right on schedule the headtable guests including Ann, Clarice, Zenetta, General Co-Chairs the Rev. Lelious Johnson and Kimberley Runnels, Honorary Co-Chairs Lucy Billingsley and Doug Curtis, DBDT Board Chair Gilbert Gest and the day’s honorees and their spouses Samara Kline, Joseph Nash and Frederick Todd were introduced as they entered the ballroom and took their places at the table.

Kicking things off DBDT Board of Directors Rev. Claude O. Maples told everyone to stand including Mary McDermott Cook, Regina Montoya, Marnie Wildenthal and Patricia Meadows. There was a slight hesitation as guests looked around a bit bewildered, but all complied. Then he instructed all to point to Ann saying, “Ann, you go, girl.” With smiles and laughter, the room full of guests joined in to the delight of Ann.

Clarice revealed that the Chilhuly-styled sculptures serving as centerpieces were available for purchase at $200 a pieces.

Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble

Following lunch, the Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble arrived on the stage and performed “Mandiba.”

Ann Williams and Linda Todd

Ann Williams and Herdercine Nash

Ann Williams and Andy McCarthy

Samara Kline and Kimberly Runnels

It was then time for the final presentation of the Founder’s Awards by Ann to Andy, Linda and Hercerdine followed by Zenetta’s revealing the creation of the Ann Williams Legacy Society that would be supported by benefactors listing DBDT in their will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy. Already on board as Charter Members were Norma and Don Stone, who in 2016 added DBDT to their will. 

Herman Houston III

To conclude the luncheon on just the right note, DBDT Encore member Herman Houston III took the stage dancing to Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

At the conclusion of his performance, Ann Williams received a standing ovation for her vision and dedication.

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

Family, Friends And Officials Celebrate The Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway Designation With Memories And Champagne Toasts

There was a chill in the air and the forecast of light snow in the days ahead. But neither that nor Annette Simmons‘ in-recovery cough was going to prevent a special announcement from being made regarding Annette’s late husband, Harold C. Simmons, on Friday, January 12.

Jerry Fronterhouse, Amy Simmons Crafton, Annette Simmons and Don Huffines

Even state politicos like Sen. Don Huffines and State Rep. Morgan Meyer with their staffs had arranged to be on hand for the occasion at Annette’s and Jerry Fronterhouse‘s home. Morgan, who’d just returned from a legal proceeding in New England, hadn’t let the big northeastern blizzard keep him from pulling up in his SUV in Simmons’ driveway.

The day had been a long time coming. While entrepreneur/philanthropist Harold had died in 2013, his legacy was continuing, thanks to his widow Annette and their blended family.

Morgan Meyer, Lisa Simmons Crafton and Joe Crafton

Before the “official” part of the event began, guests gathered in the home’s formal living room to chat. Morgan and Simmons’ daughter Amy Simmons Crafton were comparing notes about the new four-legged additions in their families. Amy and husband Joe Crafton had Grace, a four-month-old Golden Retriever, and Morgan had a four-month Retriever named Scout that had already had a run-in with the Meyers’ son, Asher.

Signed Act designating Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway

The last to  arrive was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who was immediately welcomed by Annette.

Over on a table was the official paperwork signed in October that designated the section of Preston Road (aka State Highway 289) from Northwest Highway to Royal Lane as the Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway, thanks to the Simmons family, Greg, Don and Morgan. 

Annette Simmons and Greg Abbott

As the group assembled in the living room, the Simmons’ longtime friend Texas Tech University Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance kicked things off, recalling Harold’s sense of humor. According to Kent, when Harold “called to congratulate me on becoming chancellor, I said, ‘I dreamed last night that you gave Texas Tech $100 million.’ Harold said, ‘You must have had a nightmare.’”

Next up was Don, who stood next to Greg and applauded Harold’s brilliance at entrepreneurship and patriotism. “He believed in America, in American exceptionalism, and in the great state of Texas,” Don said. “He loved the Republican Party … I don’t think we can find a better patriot—a [more] virtuous patriot—and Harold was that. The least we can do is honor him with a couple of signs on Preston Road.”

Don was followed by Morgan, who noted the late billionaire’s longstanding support of nonprofits. At the time of his death, Harold and Annette Simmons’ charitable contributions had provided many hundreds of millions of dollars to countless nonprofits, ranging from the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Just the year before his death, Harold personally gave away millions, including $50,000 to the Rayfield Wright Foundation, $60,000 to Hunger Busters, and more than $1 million to Buckner Children and Family Services.

Jerry Fronterhouse, Lisa Simmons and Don Glendenning

After Don and Morgan spoke, Annette assembled the people who had supported the Simmonses through the years—including their drivers, security people, and house staff—to be formally recognized. Besides Joe and Amy—she had donated a kidney to Harold—also on hand were Harold’s daughter Lisa Simmons, Annette’s son Andy Fleck with Andy’s son Austin Fleck, and Harold’s longtime lawyer Don Glendenning.

Andy Fleck, Kent Hance and Austin Fleck

With Annette seated next to him, Greg said that Harold would be remembered for “doing everything [he could] to protect the freedoms that have made America the greatest country in the world.”

Annette Simmons and Greg Abbott

With a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous smile, Annette looked at Greg and recalled a Dallas Cowboys football game where “you were visiting with [Harold]. I said to him, ‘What were you two talking about?’ And he said, ‘I just asked him how much he needed.’”

There were also small, personal memories of Harold. It seems, for example, that Harold’s sense of humor was not diminished after he had his kidney transplant, courtesy of Amy. Following the surgery, he gave Amy earrings and a necklace to commemorate their “relationship.” Every now and then Harold would tease her to wear his “kidney stones.”

Amy Simmons Crafton, Annette Simmons and Greg Abbott

The group then moved into the study for the unveiling of a prototype of the two signs that were being installed on Preston at that very moment. The room was dominated by a portrait of Harold at age 68 or so, and another of the Simmonses’ Springer Spaniel, Duke, which had been painted by their friend, former President George W. Bush.

Duke

Upon checking out the new sign proclaiming the Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway, Don and Greg jokingly debated whether the color tended to be Aggie maroon.

Joe, looking at Greg, asked with a laugh whether the Simmons highway designation meant it’s “true that Amy cannot get a speeding ticket on the Harold Simmons Memorial Highway?” Retorted the governor in the same spirit: “Just wait until we add another three lanes on either side!”

Greg Abbott and Annette Simmons

With that, Annette and Jerry asked everyone to join them in a champagne toast to the naming of the highway.

Don Huffines

Don Huffines

Don then did a double presentation. First, he presented a framed photo of the signing of the legislative act designating the miles in Harold’s name. Then, a copy of Harold’s biography, titled “Golden Boy,” was presented to Greg. When Annette and Jerry realized that Greg had not read the book yet, a pen was produced and Annette personalized it for the governor.

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons and Greg Abbott

After all the accolades and toasts had been completed, Jerry raised his glass one more time, this time to honor Annette, saying how her efforts to salute her late husband’s accomplishments were to be applauded. “She shaped his thinking, I’m sure,” Jerry said. “You all were a great team—probably one of the most powerful husband-and-wife teams in Texas.”

For more photos from the reception, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway Designation Reception

Morgan Meyer, Don Huffines, Kent Hance and Greg Abbott

In these parts the importance of events can’t be judged by the number of guests. Such was the case on the afternoon of Friday, January 12, at Annette Simmonsand Jerry Fronterhouse‘s estate. The crowd was made up of less than 25, but what a heady group it was — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, State Sen. Don Huffines, State Rep. Morgan Meyer, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance and the blended family and friends of the late Harold Simmons.

Greg Abbott and Annette Simmons

The occasion was the champagne toast for the designation of the Harold C. Simmons Memorial Highway. As the signage was being put into place along Preston Road extending from Northwest Highway to Royal Lane, accolades and memories were shared in the home where Harold had lived for decades.

While the post is being finalized, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball Theme, Talent, Date And Location Revealed For 45th American Cancer Society Anniversary Fundraiser

Jonika Nix and Katy Bock

Drivers in a hurry to drive down Beverly Drive Friday evening were in for a reality check. It was going to be a slo-mo journey.

The reason was the 45th Cattle Baron’s Ball Reveal party at Ruth Ruhl’s mansion. The number of cars trying to deliver guests became so large that it seemed that the Jack Boles valets were going to have to park the cars in University Park.

The big news of the night had the 300+ guests whooping and hollering when 2018 CBB Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix announced that the theme would be “Sapphires And Spurs,” with the blonde co-chairs and their committee of 100 women heading back to Gilley’s. 

2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball Theme “Sapphires And Spurs”*

As for the entertainment, the video screen in the great room announced that the main act would be the Zac Brown Band. And to get the pre-concert live auction ramped up, the Charlie Daniels Band would be set the pace.

Zac Brown Band*

Before finishing the announcement, Katy added, “The date is Saturday, October 20.”

Lock down that date on your calendar. Start shopping for your sapphires and spurs. And get your ticket for this American Cancer Society funder.

As for the reveal party itself, stay tuned. That will follow in the days to come.

* Graphic and photo provided by 2018 Cattle Baron's Ball

Quinn’s Landmark Home Was The Perfect Spot To Announce The Park Cities Historic And Preservation Society’s Spring Plans Announcement

Kim and Terry Quinn

Nutcrackers guarding the front door

Stockings hung along the mantle

Drake

Venise Stuart and Shelby Fuqua

Hadley and Jana Paul

Barry and Lucinda Buford

Kim and Terry Quinn’s Park Cities home was made for the holidays. With Nutcrackers on both side of the front door, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree aglow in the living room’s window, personalized stockings hung along the mantle and Drake, the tail-wagging Labrador making everyone feel right at home, it was the ideal place for the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society’s holiday party on Tuesday, December 12.

Making it even more perfect was the fact that the Prairie-style home built in 1914 was recently designated a historical landmark.

PCHPS President Lucinda Buford also took the opportunity to announce April’s fundraising plans for guests like PCHPS President-elect Venise Stuart, Barry Buford, Hadley Paul, Shelby Fuqua and Susan and Tom Stanzel.

Tish Key will be chairing the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11, at Brook Hollow Golf Club with former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager as the keynoter.

The following Saturday, April 14, Jana Paul will be chairing the Historic Home Tour. The homes that will be on tour will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The annual Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 21, will be chaired by Polly and Dan McKeithen.

North Texas’ Hope Lodge Plans And Designs Revealed As Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Jennifer And Richard Dix Ramp Up For $25M Goal

Brr! With the first kiss of winter’s chilly lips waking North Texas on Thursday, December 7, there were a heck of a lot of Lexuses and Mercedes headed to the former Dallas High School on Bryan Street. The drivers weren’t doing carpool duty. They were there to hear about the sneak preview of The Hope Lodge designed by Perkins And Will Dallas in their news digs in the former school.

As the crowd gathered, Perkins And Will architect John Strasius pointed out the windows of the former classrooms. With new panes of 21st glass, the taller than an elephant’s eye windows allowed the room to be shown in natural light.

But as John explained, the windows had been adjusted to modern-day convenience. While they would no longer be able to open for the day’s breezes, they were sealed tightly.

Deidre Bacala and John Strasius

Janet Ryan

Jonika Nix, Cara French and Katy Bock

As soon as the guests like Katy Bock, Cara French, Jonika Nix, Kristi Hoyl, Tim Moore, Susan McSherry, Janet Ryan and Deidre Bacala took their places at the tables arranged in a horseshoe, Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson, American Cancer Society Regional Distinguished Partners VP Annie Russell and John welcomed the group.

Kristi Hoyl, Robin Robinson and Susan McSherry

Then Perkins And Will’s Tori Wickard unveiled plans for the incredible complex on the Baylor Scott And White Health – North Texas campus that would allow 50 cancer patients and their families to reside free of charge while going through outpatient treatments at any area medical facilities.

Tin addition to providing 50 private ensuite bedroom suites, the 40,000-square-foot Hope Lodge will have a shared kitchen, dining spaces, a garden, facility recreation rooms and resource library with an Internet computer station, as well as such services as daily transportation to and from treatment facilities and peer support groups and cancer care networks.  

To assist residents during their stay in the four-story facility, Perkins And Will created a design that would “enhance the mental and society aspects of healing” including natural light, clean air and water, fitness and nourishment.

Located just southeast of Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at the intersection of Elm and Hall, the remarkable project is due to a partnership between Baylor and the American Cancer Society.

The capital campaign is already underway thanks to Hope Lodge Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Jennifer and Richard Dix. What surprised the Dixes was the fact that this hadn’t already been done.

Jennifer and Richard Dix and Tori Wickard

According to Jennifer, who chaired the American Cancer Society 2011 Cattle Baron’s Ball, “Did you know that Dallas is ranked number 7 in the national for cancer care? What a point of pride for our city and an amazing resource, not only for the residents of DFW, but for the thousands of people who travel annually to Dallas for cancer care. Hope Lodge is the missing component for these patients and we fervently believe Dallas needs this vital asset.”

With the cost of construction hitting $20M and an additional $5M need for operating support, the capital campaigns goal is $25.

While Jennifer and Richard have already locked down underwriting for the outdoor spaces as well as the main lobby, living room, library, meditation room and 12 of the suites, they still need to hit 80%-85% of the $20M in capital funds to be raised for construction to get underway.

Nasher Sculpture Center’s 2018 Great Create Artists Revealed

One of the ultimate most favorite family events is the Nasher Sculpture Center’s The Great Create. It not only turns the Center’s lush grounds into a colorful playground with food and music for kids, it also has pop-up workshops with some of the area’s most outstanding artists.

Great Create (File photo)

This year’s Co-Chairs Macey and Steve Davis, Nicole and Justin Small and Meredith and Scott Wallace have quite a lineup of talent for the Nasher fun(d)raiser. They include Chesley Antoinette, The Color Condition, Ryan Goolsby, Kyle Hobratschk, Shelby David Meier, Nic Nicosia, Tom Sachs, Allison V. Smith and Giovanni Valderas.  

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, the artists will set up along the walkways for kids to try out their handiwork and learn about different forms of art.

The activities are geared for munchkins 12 and under. Oldtimers (13 and older) are able to be Art Ambassadors, who can assist the artists and the wee ones.

The Great Create (File photo)

The Great Create (File photo)

If you don’t have a kiddo, borrow one. It’s as much fun for the adults as the children.

Tickets are available here! Upper level packages include perks like invites to the patron party, “a special family photography opportunity with Allison V. Smith” and VIP Early Admission.

BTW, proceeds from the event go to the Nasher’s youth education programs that “account for more than 36% of the Center’s attendance each year, allowing many students and families to experience the Nasher at no cost.”

Art In Bloom 2018 Chair Dyann Skelton Officially Kicked Off “Power Of Flowers” Revealing Generous Keynote Speaker Michael De Feo

While others scurried around shopping and dragging out Christmas decorations, Pat McDonough’s Park Cities home was all decked out just in time for the right-official Art In Bloom 2018 kick-off party on Wednesday, December 6. From needlepoint ornaments to charming little Kris Kringles throughout the home, the only thing missing was mistletoe.

Ornaments

Kris Kringle

Angel

Late to arrive was Honorary Chair Barbara Durham. But not to worry. She already knew what Art In Bloom Chair Dyann Skelton was going to reveal for “Power Of Flowers” on Monday, March 26, at the Dallas Museum Of Art.

Pat McDonough and Dyann Skelton

Mid-way through the festivities, Dyann gathered the crowd to share details about the DMA League fundraiser, which will feature speaker Michael De Feo, a New York City-based artist known in the street art movement for his iconic flower images around the world under the moniker, the Flower Guy. In addition to his numerous exhibitions in international galleries and museums around the world, he has also collaborated with fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, Milly, La Mer and J.Crew for whom he created a line of t-shirts as well as window designs for each of J.Crew’s 280-plus store façades around the world. As homage to his work, host committee member Suzanne Guthrie arrived wearing one of de Feo’s J.Crew T-shirts.

Dyann also shared that “Flowers – An Exhibition” returns for the second year and will feature a unique display of floral arrangements created by local designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 23, to Patron Party attendees and will be on view to all DMA visitors Saturday, March 24, thru Sunday, March 25, in the Museum’s Level 2 European galleries. 

Former Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin, who is chairing the Patron Party, announced that plans are already underway for not-to-be-missed event, which will feature dancers, special entertainment and amazing cuisine. An invitation to the event will go to sponsors, donors and Patron Party ticket holders, which are available for purchase now.

Dyann added that De Feo has donated two framed original works for the event: “Untitled (Doutzen Kroes by Duy Yo for Vogue Nederland, April 2016),” 2016, acrylic on two magazine pages, 14 1/4″ x 20″ which will be featured in the live auction, and “Untitled (Rosamund Pike by Masha Mel for L’Officiel, No. 1013, April, 2017),” 2017, acrylic on magazine page, 11.75 x 8.625 inches, 14 3/4″ x 11 5/8″, as the prize for one lucky raffle winner. Raffle tickets are now on sale, $25 each or 5 for $100.

Net proceeds from Power Of Flowers support the DMA’s numerous programs and exhibitions, as well as the Floral Endowment Fund.

Crystal Charity Ball Members Roll Up Their Ugly Christmas Sweater Sleeves To Assemble, Schlep And Make Ready For 2017 Children’s Gala

Some may think that the 100 Crystal Charity Ball committee members spend the days leading up to their annual fundraising gala at hairdressers, makeup artists and designers for final fittings. How wrong those guessers are! Instead the gals are elbow-to-elbow with vendors and others staffers preparing for the big hoop-la. Why even past CCB chairs show up to join the work.

Pam Busbee, Christie Carter and Debbie Oates

For the Saturday, December 2nd ball at the Hilton Anatole, the Thursday before was no different except, the ugly Christmas sweaters had more of a whimsical spirit.

Beth Thoele

Mascot Bernie

With 2017 CCB mascot Bernie looking on, there was assembling of programs, Tiffany box favors, putting together clear bags for magazines and newspapers and other preparation to tackle. Even the lunch provided by Mesero found CCB-ers discussing what still needed to be done.

Leslie Diers, Phil White, Pam Perella and Elizabeth Gambrell

2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella, Underwriting Chair Leslie Diers and Children’s Book Chair Elizabeth Gambrell took a break to thank Wells Fargo’s Phil White for being the first-ever CCB Children’s Book sponsor. Who would have thought that after all these decades, the sponsorship hadn’t been gobbled up? The book has truly become a collector’s item with kids of the past now being CCB committee members.

Gary Cox, Claire Emanuelson and Tom Addis

In the meantime, event producer Tom Addis was showing his flexibility. It seems that the previous group that had held its meeting in the Chantilly Ballroom had been a wee bit slow in departing. That meant that Tom and his crew had to rearrange their POA to create “An Evening In The Alps.” Would they make it happen? Does Santa know how to shimmy down a chimney? No doubt on either count.  

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s “A Garden By The Sea” To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Fundraiser

When Melissa Lewis agreed to be president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she called Venise Stuart. Melissa would only take the leadership position, if Venise agreed to chair the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

After chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb ball, the Aware Affair and Les Femmes Du Monde’s Women of the Year, Venise was the right one to tap for the 30th anniversary of the annual tea that benefits the Council’s A Woman’s Garden.

At Tootsies on Thursday, November 16, Melissa and Venise had about 70 guests in for champagne and to learn about the plans for the spring fashion show.

Before the announcements were made, Venise said that she wanted the annual fashion show and luncheon to be an elegant affair along the lines of the grand days when the ultra-rich sought the cool breezes of Newport in the summer.

When the event was first launched in 1987, it was simply a seated tea with Virginia Nick, Margaret McDermott, Mary Nell Rogers, Barbara Lake and Carol Ann Brown on the terrace of the Camp House with a regatta sailing on White Rock in the background. As one person described it, “Nobody had ever done anything like that. It was like we were in a movie. They had just restored the Camp Estate. It was a simple but elegant affair. It was like Downton Abby. Nobody asked you for anything. It was just a beautiful afternoon.”

Over the years, change was afoot. It was held in different locations, designers like the late Frank Olive attended, fashion shows were added and the hat judgings. In recent years, the tea has settled into a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza and the fashion show and live auction in Rosine Hall followed by a seated luncheon on the terrace overlooking the grounds.  

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Lynn Dealey and Linda Ivy

Dyann Skelton and Emilynn Wilson

Linda Burk

With the 70 guests including Emilynn Wilson, Linda and Steve Ivy, Dyann Skelton, Jocelyn White, Donna Darling, Claire Cunningham, Kay Weeks, Barbara Bingham and Tea founder Carol Ann Brown, the twosome announced that Linda Burk would be the honorary chair and that Tootsies under the leadership of Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb would be providing the fashions with Jan Strimple producing the show on Thursday, April 12.

A Garden by the Sea by Lynn Dealey

Then they unveiled the graphics designed by Lynn Dealey with the theme “A Garden By The Sea.”

2018 Cattle Ball Baron’s Kicks Off The Year Of Fundraising For Cancer Research And Treatment With Legs And Hope At McKinney’s Truluck’s

It was a changing of guards, or rather chairs for Cattle Baron’s Ball on Thursday, November 16, at Truluck’s. Just ten days earlier the CBB newbies had had their orientation cocktail party across the street at ZaZa’s Art House and Social Gallery.

As the valets were swamped by the Range Rovers, Mercedes and Bentleys, the ladies who are as comfortable in stilettos as Saint Laurent over-the-knee boots arrived en masse for the fall luncheon .

Cattle Baronesses daytime boots

Inside 2017 CBB Co-Chair Anne Stodghill was reporting on her after-life following the Saturday, October 21, fundraiser at Gilley’s. Seems she’s taken up jewelry designing and preparing for the holidays.

A few minutes later 2017 CBB Co-Chair Sunie Solomon arrived in the valet line. But before leaving her car, she had to get something. Inside her purse was her daughter’s lunch for drop off.

Anne Stodghill and Sunie Solomon

While Anne and Sunie scooted upstairs for a sneak peek photo with the mega check that would be presented to the American Cancer Society during the lunch, 2018 CBB Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix were welcoming the overflow crowd and preparing to kick off the year-long journey in fundraising for cancer research and treatments.

Jonika Nix, Rebecca Wright and Katy Bock

Thanks to Truluck’s special events coordinator Rebecca Wright and CBB committee members Amanda Shufeldt, Paige Westhoff, Megan Flanagan and Samantha Wortley, the group including Nancy Gopez, Kristi Bare and Lee McDonald,eventually took their places in the party room for a lunch of delicious meal including a Sonoma greens salad, an entrée (choice of beef tenderloin filet, simply prepared salmon and linguini primavera) and a Truluck’s signature variety platters of desserts.

Amanda Shufeldt, Paige Westhoff, Megan Flanagan and Samantha Wortley,

In addition to the official reveal of the $4M check, CBB Deidre Bacala told the group of the various opportunities available for CBB members regarding Hope Lodge and the other opportunities for people to support Cattle Barons.

JUST IN: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball’s 452-Page “Children’s Book” Is Unveiled Today Thanks To Wells Fargo Private Bank

Today the Crystal Charity Ball elves committee members donned their “Alpine” sweaters and started schlepping flowers, favors and all kinds of goodies at the Anatole in preparation for Saturday night’s “Evening in the Alps.”

In addition to the activity, 2017 CCB Underwriting Chair Leslie Diers revealed a first for CCB. According to Leslie, the legendary “Children’s Book” that will be given to guests was being sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Leslie Diers, Phil White, Pam Perella and Elizabeth Gambrell

On hand for the delivery and the unveiling of the 452-page book by 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella and 2017 “Children’s Book Chair” Elizabeth Gambrell was Wells Fargo Private Bank DFW and Oklahoma Regional Director Phil White.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to get one of these keepsakes, you’ll have a wonderful time checking the beautiful photos of area children photographed and donated by John Derryberry Photography, James French Photography, Gittings and Haynsworth Classic American Portraiture.

JUST IN: 30th Anniversary Mad Hatter’s Tea Theme, Date And Plans Revealed

Last night 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart announced plans for the annual fundraiser benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum‘s A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

On the ground level of Tootsies, Venise revealed that the 30th anniversary would be a salute to the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era.

A Garden By The Sea*

Women’s Council of the Arboretum President Melissa Lewis stressed it was not a Gatsby-period theme. Rather think of the Vanderbilts summered in Newport at The Breakers, Marble House and Rough Point, when the magnificent estates enjoyed the cool breezes.  

To visually explain the feel, Melissa and Venise unveiled the graphic designed by Lynn Dealey that benefited the “A Garden By The Sea” theme perfectly.

Serving at honorary chair will be Linda Burk, who has been a longtime supporter of the Arboretum.

The fashion show of Tootsies fashions and luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 12, at the Arboretum under the direction of Jan Strimple.

As for the chapeau judging details, stay tuned.

* Graphic credit: Lynn Dealey