MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion Exhibition

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

The Dallas Museum of Art’s preview soiree for Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen’s Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion was more like a wedding reception for the marriage of art and fashion. Having interned with Alexander McQueen and Claudy Jongstra, Iris’ work is breathtaking and mind-shaking. True, some of the collection of 45 couture designs may not look all that comfortable for wearing, but there’s not a one that wouldn’t turn heads.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

Salvador Breed and Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

While the brief post is being prepared, Iris’ works of art are available for viewing over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery in the meantime.

JUST IN: 2017 Tablescapes Co-Chairs Beth Dike And Mary Hubbard Announce Plans For Kappa Kappa Gamma Fundraiser

2017 Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes Co-Chairs Mary Hubbard and Beth Dike just made it official. The annual fundraiser will return to the Dallas Country Club with Tablescapes by Candlelight on Monday, October 16, and Tablescapes Luncheon on Tuesday, October 17, with Central Market as the presenting sponsor. This year’s theme will be “Forever Blue and Beautiful.”

Mary Hubbard, Lori Martin and Beth Dike

This year’s keynote speaker will be Brownwood, Texas, native Mark D. Sikes, known locally for his Draper James fame. On the more worldly front, his friends/fans/followers include actress Reese Witherspoon and director Nancy “Something’s Gotta Give” Meyer. In fact Nancy wrote the intro for his most recent book “Beautiful, All American Decorating and Timeless Style.” And, of course, wouldn’t you know he’s known for his love of blue.

As for the table designers, Mary and Beth suggested that they were in the final stages of signing up talent. Interested? Go ahead! You just know your grandmother’s Lenox Blue Tree china would be picture perfect decked out on that heirloom tablecloth alongside your best friend’s Baccarat stemware. Or, if you’re a professional, why not spiff up your brand by showcasing it in front of a pretty nifty crowd?

It’s time to put those creative juices to work and to raise funds for this year’s beneficiaries including Akola Project, Camp Summit, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter And Support. Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network, Town North YMCA, Visiting Nurse Association (Meals on Wheels) and Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.

High-Powered Crowd Celebrates New DMA Director Agustin Arteaga And Exclusive U.S. Exhibition of Mexican Modernists

The crowd gathered at the Dallas Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 8, was a distinguished one, befitting the auspicious occasion. Including such luminaries as 2017 Art Ball Co-Chairs Ann and Lee Hobson, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Roger Horchow, Monica Alonzo, Chris Heinbaugh, Janie and Cappy McGarr, Jonathan Martin, Jeremy Strick, Max Wells and Terrell and Jim Falk, the group had assembled to celebrate the curatorial debut of the museum’s new Eugene McDermott Director, Dr. Agustin Arteaga.

Ann and Lee Hobson

Cappy and Janie McGarr

Allen Questrom

Laura Wilson

Agustin Arteaga

And, what a debut Arteaga was curating: the exclusive U.S. presentation of an art exhibition called Mexico 1900-1950, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco And the Avant-Garde, featuring 189 works by 66 artists. The exhibit, which debuted last October at the Grand Palais in Paris, will be on display at the DMA through Sunday, July 16. It’s supported by Patron Tequila and presented in partnership with Dallas’ Latino Center for Leadership Development, which was founded by Jorge Baldor.

Mexico 1900-1950 guests

The opening celebration was a first opportunity for many to see and greet Arteaga, who came to Dallas last year after serving as director of the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, one of Mexico’s largest and most prominent cultural institutions. He was flanked on a raised stage at the DMA by fellow hosts Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the DMA’s board of trustees, and DMA Board Chair Melissa Foster Fetter, as well as by Consul General of Mexico in Dallas Francisco de la Torre Galindo, Director General of International Affairs Jimena Lara Estrada, Patrón’s Director of Brand Innovation Carlos Boughton and Baldor (who told the crowd, “It’s nice to see so many brown faces at the DMA”).

Jorge Baldor, Melissa Foster Fetter, Austin Arteaga, Catherine Marcus Rose, Jimena Lara Estrada, Francisco de la Torre Galindo and Carlos Boughton

The exhibition of modernist paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, and film, the DMA’s new director explained, was put together in just three months to showcase an “artistic movement that took the world by surprise. … We made it on time,” he added, “and hopefully within the budget!” Arteaga also said the exhibition was only able to come to the U.S. with the Mexican government’s special permission, which had been secured by Maria Christina Garcia Cepeda, the Secretaria de Cultura de Mexico. The cultural secretary had planned to attend the March 8 Dallas event, the director added, but her trip had to be postponed after President Enrique Pena Nieto asked her to appear at a special women’s day event in Mexico City. So, Arteaga promised, “She’ll be here tomorrow.”

Côtes Du Coeur Catalog Preview Party Reveals “Wonderful Things” For The American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth Fundraiser

Thursday night was just popping with news like a North Texas thunderstorm. After announcing plans for the 2017 Celebrating Women Luncheon at Peggy and Leonard Riggs’ home across from the Dallas Country Club, Tucker Enthoven scurried over to her Preston Hollow estate to host the Côtes du Coeur Catalog Preview Party.

And, boy, have Côtes du Coeur Co-Chairs Kelly and Dave Pfeil put together a collection of auction items, chefs and wines for the Saturday, April 22, dinner/auction at the Omni Dallas! It’s enough to make one’s heart go pitty pat.

And speaking of the heart, the American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth fundraiser is a personal undertaking for Kelly and Dave. As Kelly said, “We have lost three immediate family members to heart issues. Dave’s brother had a valve replacement and his father, after two heart attacks, has six stents.”

According to Dave, “Kelly’s career as a PhD scientist in research and development of food and beverage was devoted to heart-healthy products, by eliminating and reducing trans and saturated fats and reducing sugar and sodium, with Coca-Cola and Frito Lay. Our common desire to save and improve lives keeps us involved with the work of the AHA.”

To bring in the funding for heart disease research and treatments, Auction Co-Chairs Georgia Davis and Kim Bannister have put together the following:

  • The City of Lights – a Private Parisian Tour: The winning bidder will gather a group of up to 20 people, or a more intimate group if you prefer, to have the Louvre and Palace of Versailles all to yourself!
    • The LouvreThe Louvre averages just under 30,000 visitors per day. Often crowds are 15 deep in front of the Mona Lisa. BUT, your group will wander the Louvre filled with works by the world’s greatest artists without any distractions. Crowds will not obscure your appreciation for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, the Winged Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo. Delight in 3 hours (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) of uninterrupted bliss in the largest museum in the world.
    • The Palace of Versailles – The next afternoon (or previous afternoon), experience the approximately 2,000 acres of Palace of Versailles’ incredibly beautiful gardens.  From 2:30-5:00 p.m., marvel at the symmetry of the gardens, enjoy the fountains, tour the stables and contemplate what it took to create such a marvelous estate.
  • Behind the Scenes with Filmmaker Ken Burns: Shadow Emmy Award-winning Ken Burns and the writers, producers, and other film makers that work with Ken producing amazing films of America’s history at his studio in Walpole, New Hampshire. View clips of upcoming films such as “The Vietnam War” and “Country Music.”
  • Montana Mountain Retreat: Embrace nature’s beauty as your group of eight fish, hike and explore the mountains of Montana. Relax in a beautiful 4-bedroom, 2-cabin home by the natural treasure of Flathead lake. Explore the Glazier National Park or sail to Big Fork, Crazy Horse Island for excursions during your 6-night/7-day retreat.  
  • Experience Russian River Valley’s Merry Edwards: Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the world-renowned Russian River Valley during a three (3) night stay at Merry Edwards’ extraordinary new guest house in Forestville. Your group of eight will be treated to a VIP winery tour and tasting at Merry Edwards winery.  Enjoy a relaxed dinner with Merry and Ken paired with library wines selected from their cellar. A true wine lover’s dream and a once-in-a-lifetime getaway featuring one of the greatest wine producers in California!

Richard Chamberlain (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

Dean Fearing (File photo)

Kevin Garvin (File photo)

Matt McCallister (File photo)

Chad Houser (File photo)

As for the graze-around dinner, Chef Chair Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market has arranged for the following chefs to be stationed around the ballroom: Chef Aaron Staudenmaier of Shinsei, Lovers Seafood and Market; Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill; Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton; Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus; David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; John Tesar of Knife; Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly; Carl Murray of NOBU; Garth Blackburn of Sub-Zero/Wolf Showroom; Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort; Donald Chalko of Omni Dallas Hotel; Matt McCallister of Filament and FT33; Stephen Rogers of Gemma; Alex Astranti of Uchi; Angela Hernandez of Top Knot; Jody Denton and Stephen Kalil of Frito-Lay Kitchen and Chad Houser of Café Momentum.

The wines for the evening will be led by this year’s Tete du Cuvee winner — Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery and including B Cellars, Barnett Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards, Château Minuty, Checkerboard Vineyards, Clos du Val, Domaine Paul Blanck, Egelhoff Wines, Ehlers Estate, Etude House, Hall and Walt Wines, Herb Lamb Vineyards, J. Bookwalter Winery, Justin Vineyards and Winery, Loring Wine Company, Macauley Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, Montagu Wines/ Silver Ghost, Mullan Road Cellars, Ramey Wine Cellars, Red Mare Wines, Schweiger Vineyards, Sequoia Grove, Stewart Cellars, Torii Mor, Trujillo Wines, Turnbull Wine Cellars and W and J Graham.

Tickets for the wining and dining are available here!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 ReuNight

Forty Five Ten fashion

Nick Wooster, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Faisal Halum

It was just this side of glorious. The ultimate sneak preview of Forty Five Ten benefiting The Family Place on Thursday, November 10.

Brian Bolke and Shelle Sills

Diamond Mahone, Jeny Bania, Tim Headington, Anais Assoun and Sabrina Dee

As fabulouso as the peeps were  dressed to the nines, the collection of fashions for both men and women plus dazzling home-sweet-home accessories assembeler by retailing wizard Brian Bolke had even the most brilliant dressers becoming wide-eyed tourists.

And to add to the splendiferous factor were legendary designer Donna Karan and fashion scribe Tim Blanks.

Niven Morgan and Donna Karan

Tim Blanks

While the post is being prepared, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the looks and the lookies at the debut of Dallas’ newest chic showplace.

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

Salesmanship Club Hopes AT&T Byron Nelson Tourney Will Raise $6.5M For Momentous Institute

Since its inception, what’s now called the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament has raised at least $143 million for charity—the most of any annual PGA tour event. This year the goal is to add to that total at least $6.5 million in net proceeds in support of Momentous Institute, a Dallas nonprofit serving needy children and their families with education and mental health programs.

Momentous is owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which has hosted the Byron Nelson tourney since 1968 and will do so again this year from May 16-22 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas.

Tim Costello, Patton Chapman and Tim Marron*

Tim Costello, Patton Chapman and Tim Marron*

At a “media preview” event for the Byron Nelson on Tuesday, March 1, at TopGolf Dallas, 2016 tournament chair Tim Marron said the Salesmanship Club’s goal is to raise $14 million in sales for this year’s tourney, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Marron and other club officials said this year will be AT&T’s second year as the Byron Nelson’s title sponsor, and that this year’s total purse will be $7.3 million. Of that, $1.31 million will go to the tournament champion.

Michelle Kinder*

Michelle Kinder*

Dallas phenom Jordan Spieth, 22, who was last year’s PGA Player of the Year, has committed to attending the Nelson, Marron announced. He also disclosed that Spieth may host the tournament’s free Youth Golf Clinic at the Four Seasons on May 17, and that Hudson Moore, the Limelight Band, and David Nail would provide entertainment in the Pavilion After Dark on May 20, 21, and 22, respectively. Other activities during the week-long extravaganza will include something called the KidZone (bounce houses and the like) Presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers, and the AT&T Digital Clubhouse, showcasing the telecom giant’s products and services, both from May 19-22.

Momentous Institute Executive Director Michelle Kinder said the organization is serving at least 6,000 children and family members annually. Last year, the Byron Nelson provided the institute with $5.6 million in net proceeds.

Also attending the media preview were other members of the Salesmanship Club’s fabled “Red Pants” brigade—longtime member Patton Chapman, for example, and the AT&T Byron Nelson chair-elect Tim Costello —as well as media members The Dallas Morning News’ Holly Haber and CBS Channel 11’s Robbie Owens.

* Photos provided by Momentous Institute

Dallas Museum Of Art’s “International Pop” Opening Reception Tickets Are Made Available

The good news is that the Dallas Museum of Art’s “International Pop” opening reception on Wednesday, October 7, is a “Go!” Guests will get “a first look at the exhibition’s iconic masterpieces” and are encouraged to wear “neon” to “throwback” attire.

There will be a 16-foot-long, light-bright photo booth and DJ S.O.U.L.A.H. and DJ Justin Bell providing the tunes. For those arriving in a Mini Cooper, they’ll get priority parking. The reason? Mini Cooper is the event sponsor.

The even better news is that unlike times past when an opening reception was limited to DMA members, they’re opening this one for the public. You’re waiting for a catch. Ah, you’re thinking that those tickets will be in the healthy three-figure range. Sorry, but don’t buy any lottery tickets today. The tickets are going for a measly $30. Yup, three sawbucks!

Now for a bit of downer news. Originally announced that Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson would be hosting the party that status changed with the announcement of her husband/former DMA Eugene McDermott Director Max Anderson taking a new job in New York City. Darn! Just betcha she had picked out a head-turning neon outfit for the party. Now, she’s having to move the Anderson household north for winter in the Big Apple.

BTW, the exhibition doesn’t officially open until Sunday, October 11, and will require “a $16 special exhibition ticket.”

Cattle Baronesses Shop Jimmy Choos, While Cowboy Artists Of America Preview Art For Tony Crowd Across The Street

When the Jimmy Choo doors in Highland Park Village opened for the Cattle Baron’s Ball’s shopathon party, it was just 2015 CBB Co-Chair Tia Wynne, CBB member JB Hayes, the Jimmy Choo staff and serving team on Tuesday, September 8. Within 15 minutes the salon was so jammed that the stilettos on the shelves were feeling down right claustrophobic. Before too soon the crowd was spilling onto the sidewalk.

Jimmy Choo purses

Jimmy Choo purses

Jimmy Choo shoes

Jimmy Choo shoes

But before crowds including 2010 CBB Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, 2016 Co-Chair Cara French, Carolina Herrera’s main lady Melinda Rathke, Lisa Haddow Shirley, Catherine Jaynes, Christi Houser and HP Village’s Rachel Michell grew, Tia and JB took full advantage of the quiet and checked the displays for new foot dress wear. Both gals fessed up they normally wore flats at home and kicking about. But for those dressy and business type gatherings, it was hit the heels.

Christi Houser and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl

Christi Houser and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl

Catherine Jaynes

Catherine Jaynes

Tia reported that underwriting for the October 3rd American Cancer Society fundraiser and the headcount looked like it was once again hit the 3,000 mark at Gilley’s. Typical Tia style, she admitted she and Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens had benefited from last year’s Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum tackling the move of the mega-event from an outdoor venue to Gilley’s.

As for JB, she was all packed for a quick getaway, but not before she had a handful of raffle tickets to sell.

Isabell Novakov was doing double duty. Yup, she was Jimmy Choo’s for CBB, but she had to head across the street for a cocktail reception hosted by Lee Ann and Alan White and PlainsCapital Bank at the Dallas Country Club. Annette Simmons, Michal Powell, Rusty and Bill Duvall, James Huffines, Anne and Larry Nixon, Monica and Jay Rosser, Kelli and Gerald Ford, Ray Washburne, Debbie and Jim Francis, Pat and Emmitt Smith and a couple of hundred other swells were checking out an exhibit of western art.

Lee Ann White

Lee Ann White

James Huffines and Anne and Larry Nixon

James Huffines and Anne and Larry Nixon

Jim and Debbie Francis

Jim and Debbie Francis

Monica and Jay Rosser

Monica and Jay Rosser

How western was it? In the crowd were a number of gents topped off by Stetsons and a couple of handlebar mustaches. They were part of the Oklahoma-based Cowboys Artists of America, eight of whose members were in attendance, including Martin Grelle and Bruce R. Greene.

Ross Perot Jr.

Ross Perot Jr.

Red Steagall

Red Steagall

Sarah Perot

Sarah Perot

Legendary western poet/musician Red Steagall and his wife Gail were chatting with cowgirl banker Elaine Agather. Other guests included SMU’s R. Gerald Turner and Sarah and Ross Perot Jr.

The gathering was to preview the paintings and sculptures that would be on the block at the CAA’s 50th Annual Sale and Exhibition and Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 17th Annual Exhibition and Sale — Cowboy Crossings — on Thursday, October 8 thru – Saturday, October 10 in Oklahoma City, benefiting the National Cowboy Museum. Alan had the works brought to Dallas for one day from the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Then he had them packed up and shipped on to Oklahoma City.

As a parting gift, each guest received a copy of a handsome book by B. Byron Price—he went to high school in Lubbock with Alan, it turns out—that was titled, “The Sons of Charles Russell.” Trivia: Local Trevor Rees-Jones is one of the country’s leading collectors of Charles Russell art. And, yes, Trevor was also among those in attendance.

Côtes Du Coeur Grand Tasting Resulted In Wedding Proposal, Great Taste And Huffy Valets

Kristen Johnston Sanger and Ladd Sanger

Kristen Johnston Sanger and Ladd Sanger

While Bruce Jenner was explaining his life-changing decision on Friday, April 26, and thunderstorms were messing up North Texas, finally confirming weather guessers’ predictions, about 400 wine lovers gathered in the Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom for the American Heart Association’s Côtes du Coeur Grand Tasting, on the eve of the Côtes du Coeur Gala. This was the hottest of the numerous pre-gala events, since the featured wineries poured a select reserve of their wine for top-level patrons and sponsors.

As Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston Sanger and her husband Ladd Sanger and guests walked the hallway leading to the ballroom, they were handed fishbowl-sized wine glasses with a “Dell” tag. The glasses would be put to work sampling the top-line wines along with delicious samplings provided by the area’s yummiest chefs.

Curtis Schuler

Curtis Schuler

But first they had to get past Marybeth Conlon, who was at the front door selling raffle tickets for the red hot Escalade.

At one point there was a sudden explosion of thunder, but no one seemed to notice. There were just too many wines, tasties and guests.

Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took the mic and tried to quiet the guests for announcements. But who could come between the guests and their chattering? Finally, after a few shushes, a large part of the crowd quieted down and Curtis Schuler of Dell thanked the group and presented Underwriting Chair Rick Allen with a Tiffany blue box.

Andrew Ellis and Catherine Mitchell

Andrew Ellis and Catherine Mitchell

Unfortunately, the shushing was forgotten as wine advisor Steve Ellis reeled off a list of participating wineries.

Just as Steve finished the winery lineup, he introduced his son Andrew Ellis, who fell to the on-knee stance and presented a diamond ring to Catherine Mitchell. She accepted his proposal with tears and smiles.

It was another reason for a clinking of the wine glasses and preparing for the next night of wining and dining.

Only downer of the night was the Anatole’s valet team. One after another, the guests were hit with a $20 parking fee. One chap griped to the valet wrangler that he thought it was complimentary. No, siree. It was $20 flat to get the car fetched. Perhaps the guest had misread the invitation. But the complaints continued, until one man marched back to the ballroom and inquired with an event organizer about the $20 “complimentary valet.” She immediately compared notes with the valet team. The fee was lifted and the problem was resolved.

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

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

Thrift Studio Preview

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

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

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

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

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

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

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

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

Chick Lit Patron Party

Carol Seay

Carol Seay

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

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

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

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

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

Genesis Annual Luncheon Patron Party

Kathy Helm

Kathy Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

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

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

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

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

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

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

Departure

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

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

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

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

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

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

Thomas  and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

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

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Allen Questrom

Allen Questrom

Simona Beal

Simona Beal

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

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

DMA in cabana

DMA in cabana

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

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

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

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

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

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

Before Max finished the presentation, Nancy appeared to applause.

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

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

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

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

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Talk about finds and bargains.

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

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

 

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

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

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

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

Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich and Janie McGarr

Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich and Janie McGarr

Richard and Kathy Holt and Joan and Alan Walne

Richard and Kathy Holt and Joan and Alan Walne

Mary Suhm and Phil and Laurie Evans

Mary Suhm and Phil and Laurie Evans

John Wiley Price

John Wiley Price

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

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

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

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones

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

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

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

Beaked Dancers And Slices Of Watermelon Add To Opening Reception Of John Alexander’s Exhibition At Meadows Museum

WHO and Sarah

SMU Prof. Christopher Dolder and Sarah Padilla

As 600 guests arrived via the elevator at SMU’s Meadows Museum for the Saturday, March 20th opening reception of “Human/Nature. The Ridiculous and Sublime Recent Works by John Alexander,” they were greeted by dancer Sarah Padilla in a beaked mask. As they strolled to the front doors of the museum, there were chunks of watermelon in clumps lining the walk.

John Alexander's "Father, Son and Holy Ghost"

John Alexander’s “Father, Son and Holy Ghost”

According to Meadows School of the Arts Dance Prof. Christopher Dolder, SMU graduate John Alexander got the significance of the watermelon and loved it. It seems Dolder had decided that after viewing Alexander’s painting “The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” it would set the whimsical mood for the exhibition. And it did.

IMG_4768 "The Three Graces"

As the guests made their way up the stairs past other Meadows dancers with masks and beyond the Goyas and “The Three Graces,” Alexander’s paintings of all sizes filled the Gene and Jerry Jones Hall to the fascination of young and old.

It also took minds off the SMU basketball team’s loss the day before.

John Alexander's "Life On A "Merry-Go-Round"

John Alexander’s “Life On A “Merry-Go-Round”

Alexander’s collection is on display at the Meadows Museum, that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, until Sunday, June 28.

Rescheduled Boots And Horses Got A Sneak Preview Of Texas Horse Park

Their first planned gathering was squashed by Mother Nature’s icy downfall on March 4, so The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats regrouped and rescheduled their sneak preview of Texas Horse Park for Tuesday, March 10. There were some who wondered if having it during spring break would decrease the attendance. Word has it that ” an even large crowd that before” turned out. Here’s a report from the field:

More than 100 members of The Trinity Trust’s Rat Pack and River Rats were among the first to experience the magic of the not-yet-opened Texas Horse Park for an evening of horseback riding, cocktails, and Texas hospitality. Guests enjoyed exploring the trails and various venues, and many even saddled up a horse for a gallop in the arena.

“It is even more beautiful than we imagined it could be,” said Gail Thomas, President and CEO of The Trinity Trust.

Texas Horse Park architect Craig Reynolds spoke about the design and vision for the park and how it will be a community asset. “It’s hard to believe this is 10 minutes from Downtown Dallas,” he said, marveling about the beauty of the Great Trinity Forest.

“I am blown away by my visit to the Texas Horse Park,” said Salle Stemmons. “I can’t wait to share it with all my family and friends. What a magnificent gift for all of Dallas to enjoy! Well done!”

Other guests, including Texas Horse Park Foundation board member Carol Nichols, Annie and Bud Melton, The Trinity Trust board member Lynn McBee, Natalie and Evan Beattie, Calvin Bluiett and Dustin Bullard, enjoyed taking pictures – and even a ride – with the beautiful horses provided by River Ranch Charities. Sweet Pea and Pepper seemed to be the crowd favorites.

“This is so much fun. What a terrific venue for parties and events,” said The Trinity Trust board chair Mary McDermott Cook.

Located in the Great Trinity Forest near the Trinity River Audubon Center, the Texas Horse Park will host a public opening on March 28 from 10:30am-1:30pm. It will be a great way to explore the site and get the kids on a horse. The city-owned facility houses two nonprofits, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship and River Ranch Charities.

Thank you to Smith Group Asset Management and Texas Capital Bank for their sponsorship of the 2015 Rat Pack and River Rats. Join today to participate in upcoming events cocktail events, grand openings, private paddling adventure on the Trinity River, Trails & Ales party in the Trinity River Corridor and more. Rat Pack members are invited to a special cocktail reception at Mary McDermott Cook’s “DumpTop.”

There’s Much Instore At Habitat For Humanity’s New ReStore

The corner of Abrams and Skillman hasn’t been known for fundraisers. Okay, so if you remember way back when the Tom Thumb opened at the corner, then you’re one step ahead of the rest.

While Tom Thumb’s has been gone for quite a while, the Super Duper Target has been filling the void of shopping mania.

Joining the corner conclave of changes was the arrival of ReStore, where Big Lots used to reside. On Friday, February 20th, a sneak peek was held with loads of Habitat for Humanity supporters in attendance. This one joins the three other ReStores in Dallas (West Dallas, on Forest Lane and in Garland). But this baby is the biggest one of the lot with 25,000 square feet of merchandise for sale.

Cory Hohwiler and Cole Hohweiler and Cohen Hohweiler

Cory Hohweiler, Cole Hohweiler and Cohen Hohweiler

Ali Aeeulkaeir, Hussein Aeeulkaeir and Hassan Aeeulkaeir

Ali Aeeulkaeir, Hussein Aeeulkaeir and Hassan Aeeulkaeir

Bekah Hooton and Lola Hooton

Bekah Hooton and Lola Hooton

But it wasn’t a chic cocktail party for grownups only. The place was jamming with DJ Andre and lots of too adorable munchkins like the Hohweiler kids (brothers Cole and Cohen and baby sister Claire), the Aeeulkaeir brothers (Ali, Hussein and Hassan) and the Hooton tykes (Lola and Elliott).

Buckets of paints

Buckets of paints

Rows of liquid nails

Rows of liquid nails

Chairs made of seat belts

Chairs made of seat belts

Just for fun, the kiddos brought along their folks, who strolled the aisles checking out the paints, doors, gently experience furniture and goodies like brand new Hawk hammers going for $5.99 with Area ReStore VP Ron Collins directing traffic, just as if they were moseying through Home Depot.

Jenny Grumbles

Jenny Grumbles

Ah, but Home Depot didn’t have A&E TV reality show “Storage Wars: Texas” cutie Jenny “Uptown Girl blogger” Grumbles. Not only was the blonde celeb having a heck of a good time meeting with folks, she also was contributing to the Habitat for Humanity efforts. There were five chairs that she had restored to glory and put them up for a drawing. Since her Uptown Country Home shop in Snider Plaza closed, she’s focused on refurbishing furniture. As Jenny put it, “Trash to treasure.”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Loris Gréaud’s “The Unplayed Notes Museum” Patron Party

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Dallas Contemporary proved that museums are far from ho-hum affairs. On Saturday, January 17, French artist Loris Gréaud proved that for the patron party of his “The Unplayed Notes Museum.” Having taken over the entire 26,000-square-foot museum, he made his first solo exhibit in the U.S.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

At 8:30, he orchestrated a two-minute destruction of many pieces within the exhibits as unsuspecting guests were evacuated from the building with cellphones recording the mayhem.

While the post is being prepped, check out the before-and-after photos and some of the witnesses at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Tablescapes

As the holiday feasting is approaching, it’s time to make your table a “fashion plate”. Sorry about that. Couldn’t resist.

Tablescapes

Tablescapes

And the Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Tablescapes created a two-day wonderland of magnificent table settings that inspired and had mouths watering at the Dallas Country Club on the evening of Sunday, October 19, and the next day for lunch and a lecture by world-class bon vivant Alex Hitz.

Tablescapes

Tablescapes

Alex Hitz

Alex Hitz

Even the Chi Omegas, Pi Phis and Thetas in the audience were “Kappa Adjacents” for the two days.

For your consideration, check out the two pages on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery of some of the 54 table settings and peeps browsing around.

BTW, there wasn’t a paper plate or napkin in sight.

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On! Announcement Parties

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were at AT&T Stadium celebrating “Habit for Humanity” at Building Hope Celebration Dinner with Wynonna Judd on stage and loads of swells on the floor of the stadium. Or, there was the Leukemia Texas‘s sold-out Concert for Cure at The Rustic, where car- and people-watching started in the parking lot as the guests jammed the place to hear Jack Ingram on stage. With the weather perfect, it was optimum conditions for the inside/outside venue to showcase its ability to party hearty. Other activities taking place included:

Thrift Studio Preview Party

Thrift Studio preview

Thrift Studio preview

Over in the Design District, Dwell With Dignity’s semi-annual Thrift Studio’s preview party had another lineup of vehicles and guests waiting their turns to get in to see the staging of “available” furnishings donated by area interior decorators and vendors. Dwell With Dignity Co-Founder Lisa Robison was being congratulated once again on the success of the program that “creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.”

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Event Chair Laura Chancellor arranged for sets designed by CDA Interior Design, Catherine Dolen and Stacy Coulter & Associates and Carlin & Company; Dan Nelson, Vision Desing Inc., Jan Barboglio and Peacock Alley; Denise McGaha Interiors and ID Collection; Eleven 11 Design, Brendan Bass Showroom and Robert Allen Design; Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira for X+III and David Sutherland Showroom; Joseph Minton; Paul Duesing Partners; and Peter Sandel Design LLC, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Tara Harper and her brother Brad were upstairs checking out the furniture, while others were checking out Joe Demoruelle’s colorful jacket. Also on hand were Honorary Chair/designer Tobi Fairley and Meredith Hite, who had joined Shay Geyer’s IBB Design Group. Remember, the Thrift Studio like Brigadoon is a temporary wonderland. The pop-up shop is open until Saturday, November 8th with ever-arriving new goodies.

Flora Award Patron Party

Adam and Stacey Beck

Adam and Stacey Beck

Less crowded was the invite-only patron party for the Flora Award that will take place at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 6, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. But this evening it was business attire at Joan and Steve Smith’s Park Cities home. It was a natural to have the party there. After all, the Smiths’ daughter Stacey Beck and her husband Adam were co-chairing the fundraiser for the Gardens.

Co-honoree Suzy Rhodes greeted guests, like past honoree Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Celeste and Michael Bosco and past Flora Award chairs Marilyn Waisanen and Bettye Slaven, while husband Tom worked the back of the house near the Smith’s Grey African Parrot, Juma, that was entertaining guests with his moves and conversation. Suzy and Tom met in eighth grade at the former Highland Park Junior High School (now McCullough) and have been married 39 years. Tom kidded friends saying, “She would not leave me alone.”

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis told the 70 guests that the gardens were in overdrive with butterflies. In addition to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, which had just celebrated its fifth anniversary in September, the newly renovated gift shop had a “spectacular selection of framed tropical butterflies” that has resulted in an increase in sales.

Dick also revealed other changes taking place at TDG, including The Welcome Garden featuring deep shade tolerant plants including the hardy windmill palm, which had won “Best in Show” at the State Fair. It had been “been made possible through donations” from Suzy and Tom, the TDG Board and Board Members Janet Smith and her husband Norman.

Other TDG news included a refreshening of the Minnie Marcus Garden and the building of the Nature Learning Center by hand and “featuring reclaimed materials and serving as an outdoor classroom space, native snake exhibit, greenhouse and green gardening demonstration site.”

Soup’s On! Kick-Off Party

One of winter’s favorite fundraisers, “Soup’s On!,” got kicked off Brad Oldham’s studio and for good reason. Here is a report from the field about The Stewpot Alliances’ big fundraiser as it enters its 40th year in operation:

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore announced that author, singer/songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 luncheon and art sale to be held Tuesday, January 20, at the Omni Dallas. Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon will act as honorary chair of the popular event. The announcement was made at the brand new Brad Oldham Studio at 1200 Ross Ave. The retail studio will open to the public within a few weeks.

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Kristine Schwope chaired Thursday’s Fall Kick-off party and membership drive which also collected items for the annual Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Friday, December 4.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

“It was a treat to be at the new Brad Oldham Studio for the Soup’s On! announcement. Oldham has created ‘Birth of the City’ — a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall that stories from the history of Dallas from its founding until the mid-1930’s. This site-specific installation will feature ten-6’ by4’ panels along Park Avenue and Young Street. There will be a public unveiling of the Sculpture Wall @ Encore Park on Friday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m.”

* Photos provided by The
Stewpot Alliance

Taste America: Dallas Patron Party Had Tasties And Treats High Atop The Anatole On The Eve Of The Big Dinner

Anthony Van Camp, David Scalise, Rachel Hayden, Julian Eckhardt and Daniel Gorman

Anthony Van Camp, David Scalise, Rachel Hayden, Julian Eckhardt and Daniel Gorman

While couture empress Carolina Herrera was entertaining the ladies at the Dallas Woman’s Club with fashions, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Dallas hit town on Thursday, September 25. Well, at least the worker bees did. Visiting Inn At Little Washington Chef Patrick O’Connell was in transit, but his team including Rachel Hayden, Julian Eckhardt and Daniel Gorman had arrived to set things up. They told some of the guests at the Taste America: Dallas patron party at the Hilton Anatole’s Sēr, there had been some challenges making it to Dallas. Was it missed connections? Mechanical problems with the plane? Weather conditions? Nope. It was trying to get some of their fresh produce through the airline screeners. Seems the turnips and cheese in carry-ons were “questionable” items.

Ser barkeeps shaking it up

Ser barkeeps shaking it up

One local hearing the problems the team faced nudged a friend saying, “Guess they didn’t realize that we have turnips and cheese in Dallas.” Another person was heard telling the crew, “We even have running water and electricity.” The Inn team laughed and joined Sēr Chef Anthony Van Camp and Hilton Anatole Chef David Scalise.

David Bowen

David Bowen

Vicki Briley-White and Jim White

Vicki Briley-White and Jim White

The bar was naturally busy with Bowen & Company President David Bowen chatting it up with Gregory Dunbar across the way from Vicki Briley-White and Jim White, who were picking up celebrity sous chef Jim Moroney’s chef jacket.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb  Weitzman

Donna Arp Weitzman and Herb Weitzman

Joe Pacetti

Joe Pacetti

Organizers pulled the monogrammed chef jackets out of their plastic wraps for the presentation to present celebrity sous chefs Joe Pacetti and Herb Weitzman. Orders were heard through the area that it was imperative that the cleaners’ plastic wraps were to be retained.

Jeweler Joe naturally accessorized his jacket with diamonds galore, while Herb simply wore wife Donna Arp Weitzman on his arm.

Tasties

Tasties in spoons

Another presentation that was underway was the passing of tasties throughout the room. With foodies like Arnold Wayne Jones and Robin Everson, it was indeed hard to imagine how the food could get any better.

Tasties on a stick

Tasties on sticks

But the Friday fundraiser with Dallas chefs Omar Flores, Matt McCallister, Janice Provost, Tim Byres and David Uygur providing the vittles and fun at the reception followed by dinner by Patrick and Chef Stephan Pyles scored on both good taste and great fundraising for the James Beard Foundation and Café Momentum.

Dallas Historical Society Has A Touchdown With Texas Sports Legends At The Hall Of State During The Fair

Leave it to the Dallas Historical Society to set a mighty fine exhibition when the State Fair brings throngs of folks to Fair Park. Knowing how folks love sports, they are showcasing a collection of memorabilia that would set fans’ hearts fluttering — Texas Sports Legend. From championship rings and belts, a Heisman Trophy to an Olympic unitard, all types of sports and champs are right there in the Hall of State. Here’s a recap from the Tuesday, September 23rd “sneak preview:

Texas Sports Legends*

Texas Sports Legends*

“On September 23, the Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows received a sneak preview of this exhibit. Fellows are those who donate at least $1,500 to the Society. They receive exclusive invitations for exhibits and events at some of the most historically significant places in the city.

“Those in attendance included Alicia Landry, Tom Landry Jr., Norma Walker and her family, Veletta and John Lill, Margaret and Lester Keliher, Kathleen and Ban Bywaters (known for helping the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas launch its Trains exhibit).

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

Kathleen and Ban Bywaters*

“They viewed interesting items in the exhibit such as:

  • Tom Landry‘s Championship Rings
  • Curtis Cokes' championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ championship belt*

    Curtis Cokes’ Championship Belt

  • Nastia Liukin‘s World Championship Medals and Olympic Unitard
  • Roger Hornsby‘s Cardinals Uniform
  • Davey O’Brien‘s Heisman Trophy
  • Michael Johnson‘s Track Shoe
Tom  Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Tom Landry Jr., Margaret Keliher, Lynn and Allan McBee*

Lynn and Allan McBee, Dallas Historical Society’s co-chairmen of the board of trustees, said, “Since it was founded in 1937 by some of Dallas’ most prominent leaders, Dallas Historical Society’s Fellows have provided one of the strongest funding sources, public endorsement and valuable special events’ financial resources for the Dallas Historical Society. For those interested in seeing historically significant exhibits, such as the Texas Sports Legends, we encourage you to join the Fellows. We also have a series of programs and events especially for this membership group.”

“Those interested in joining can go online at Dallas Historical Society.

“’Whether they grew up here or became a member of a Texas-based team later in life, there are many legends to be honored who have contributed to Texas athletics,’ said State Fair of Texas President Mitchell Glieber. ‘We know that we cannot honor them all, but we thank the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for loaning us a selection of sports memorabilia for fairgoers to enjoy during this year’s Fair, themed “Deep in the Heart of Texans.”’

“A selection of the inductees from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame who will be highlighted in this exhibit include: auto racing legends – A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford; baseball legends – Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan; basketball legends – Rolando Blackman and Clyde Drexler; boxing legend – George Foreman; football legends – Joe Green, Tom Landry, and Doak Walker; golf legends – Ben Crenshaw and Lee Trevino; hockey legend – Mike Modano; rodeo legend – Don Gay; soccer legends – Mia Hamm and Kyle Rote Jr.; swimming legend – Eddie Reese; tennis legend – Zina Garrison; and track and field legends – Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson.”

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 19 (aka the last day of the State Fair).

Photo credit: Steve Foxall

Co-Chairs Wanda Gierhart And Dean Fearing Give A Sneak Preview Of Some TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Items

On the Dallas nonprofit circuit, there are certain people who could talk a vegetarian into buying a meat packing plant. Dean Fearing is one of ‘em.

Friday, September 12, he was in fine fiddle at the Ritz Carlton. No, he wasn’t just cheffing. He was at the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction preview party with his Co-Chair/NM Arbitror of Magnificent Taste Wanda Gierhart.

Don Daseke, Nick Even, Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing

Don Daseke, Nick Even, Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing

Wand and Dean are the perfect team. She’s elegant, understated and cool like champagne. He’s a little bit country, outgoing and as understated as an Aggie yell leader. The two had gathered the group to hint at the treasures they had collected for the Friday, September 26th black-tie auction.

Joey Wilkensen, Megan Bowdon and Andy Teller

Joey Wilkensen, Megan Bowdon and Andy Teller

Sipping a special Patron laced drink and sampling Dean’s fare like friend goat cheese pops, the crowd included Shelle and Michael Sills, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Kevin Hurst, Jeff Byron, Nick Even, Don and Barbara Daseke, Laree Hulshoff, Joey Wilkensen, Megan Bowdon, former TACA Chair Andy Teller and TACA Chair Nancy Carlson and husband Clint.

Bill and Lisa Ogle

Bill and Lisa Ogle

Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson

Then Dean with a longer hairstyle that he attributed to Wanda’s influence, kicked the announcements off with a trip to Mexico. He recalled years ago when he was working at the Mansion and he was told that a guest had just ordered a bottle of wine priced at more than $300. It turned out to be Sammy Hagar. The chef and rocker bonded over music and food. So when it came to an auction item at Cabo San Lucas, Sammy offered dinner at his fabulous estate overlooking the Pacific. Of course, Dean will prepare the meal. Perhaps Wanda will be the sommelier. Afterwards, Dean and Sammy will entertain the guests at Sammy’s Cabo Wabo. As for where to stay, the winning bidders will call the over-the-top, luxurious Capella Pedregal* home.

By the time Dean was finished with the description of the package, couples were already nudging each other on how high to bid.

Wanda admitted that she didn’t know how to top that. However, she did with two packages — an around-the-world with Rosewood and a Paris adventure ala Chanel.

Then Dean finished the preview with the annual Farm-to-Table package. What’s new about that? A lovely meal out in a pasture? Well, this one will be the teaming up of Dean and Stephan Pyles. The two chefs who gave birth to southwestern cuisine haven’t partnered up on a meal in 20 years. This meal should be historic and histrionic.

There are still more items that will be up for bid. They been posted on MySweetCharity in the past days and next few leading up to the black-tie auction.

If you were too late getting your reservation for the dinner/auction, see if you can get some buddy to bid for you.

* Since the preview party, Cabo San Lucas was hit by Hurricane Odile. Not to worry. The town, Capella Pedregal and Sammy are taking the opportunity to improve on the resort’s renowned perfection.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market

According to 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-Chairs Allison Cox and Sara Koda,

Allison Cox and Sara Koda*

Allison Cox and Sara Koda*

“The 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market marks 37 years of giving to deserving beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This unique shopping opportunity has raised more than six million dollars for 100 different nonprofit organizations while kicking off the holiday shopping season in style. We are looking forward to celebrating ‘Christmas in the City’ at the 37th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market in Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

“As the yearly fundraiser for the Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae, we hope to have a record-breaking year at the Market once again. The 2014 Chi Omega Christmas Market has pledged $206,500 to the following beneficiaries: Bea’s Kids, Chi Omega Education Foundation, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, CitySquare, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation, Letot Center Capital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas® and Project Transformation.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will run November 19-22, 2014, kicking off with a Preview Party Wednesday, November 19th from 7 to 10 p.m. where guests will have an exclusive preview of this year’s Market. Shoppers also will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and a raffle with fantastic prizes. Preview Party tickets are $75 and offer readmission during the Market.

“First Call shopping is set for Thursday, November 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Call tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25.

“General admission will run Thursday, November 20th from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at www.chiomegaxmas.org.

“We hope you will join us for the 37th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market to raise money for these deserving beneficiaries that make holiday shopping worthwhile!”

* Photo provided by Chi Omega Christmas Market