Jennifer Houghton’s Turtle Creek Lane Tour Of Decor Benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter Was A Fundraising Treat

Anyone who has been trapped eastward on Lovers Lane has had a brief respite at the corner of Turtle Creek Lane. Regardless of the time of year, the itty-bitty corner has celebrated the holiday of the season. In December, there’s even a daily countdown to December 25.

The source of the corner celebration is not the University Park City Council. Rather, it’s the property’s owners, Jennifer and Steve Houghton.

Earlier this year designer Jennifer’s streaming of their swans (Johnny Cash and June) had gone viral with the laying and hatching of cygnets.

But on Friday, September 29, the VIPs for the two-day Turtle Creek Lane Tour of Decor benefiting Genesis Women’s Shelter was a treat. In addition to the two days of checking out Jennifer’s handiwork, there was a raffle for her “Halloween tree.”

Front door


Breakfast table

Dinner table

Jennifer had decked every inch of the house, both inside and out, with Halloween waves of witches, black cats and Jack O’Lanterns. Whether it was a teeny weeny witch hat on the dining room chairs or the living room abounding in orange with a goblin playing away at a player grand piano, it was an overwhelming showcase of a non-holiday holiday.


Outdoor terrace

Jennifer Houghton and Amanda Richards

But this wasn’t any different from past Jennifer undertakings. Her gal pal Amanda Richards recalled how she’d met Jennifer. After admiring her handiwork years before, she knocked on Jennifer’s door to compliment her corner décor. Without hesitation, Jennifer invited Amanda in and it was the beginning of a great friendship.

For more photos of Jennifer’s spooks and sights, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Preview Party

Tag Heuer Virtual Experience

Bachendorf’s Lawrence Bock just doesn’t serve up some cocktails when he hosts a party. No, siree. For the 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Preview Party on Wednesday, August 30, he wanted to provide an experience. This one had even the most timid types (as if there is one in CBB land) settling back in a comfy chair for the Tag Heuer Virtual Experience in one part of his salon. In another was a jewelry counter topped with Craft’s Angel Envy at 72 for tasteful sampling.

Cattle Baronesses arming up for a photo

And, of course, there were gorgeous Baronesses and displays of the live auction items that will be on the Winston and Strawn LLP Live Auction Stage at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 21.

For photos of the evening’s experience, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Decorations Revealed Reflecting Maestro Jaap Van Zweden’s Farewell Celebration Season

Todd Fiscus and Adele Ichilian

Event guru Todd Fiscus had just returned from a break in Mexico. The weeks earlier had had him in Sonoma, Calif., and a ranch in Wyoming and everywhere but Mars. But thanks to NDA (non-disclosure agreements), all he could show for his handiwork was a tan.

Before presenting the sneak preview of the 2017 Dallas Symphony Gala lookey-lookey on Tuesday, August 15, at the Meyerson Symphony Center, he did fess up to Culinaire Catering Director Adele Ichilian about the newest event trend — cellphone check-ins. Seems that folks who are hosting big-time weddings, birthdays, whatevers don’t want to be in the swamp of social media. As Todd put it, social media has become the four horsemen of the apocalypse: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.

To solve the problem, Todd has created cellphone cubbyholes like yesteryear’s hotel key cubicles. Guests hand over their phones before entering the event, receive a receipt for the phone, and pick it up when leaving the occasion. While the guest is partying, Todd has arranged for the cellphones to be charged up.

Made sense. Example: For wedding photographers trying to capture the “money shot” of the newlyweds having that first kiss, the main aisle has been filled with guests’ arms stretching out with cellphones to also capture the moment.

Jana Etheridge and Clay and Lisa Cooley

Michelle Miller Burns and Randy Wilhoit

But on this night, Todd was laid back in shorts at the Meyerson for the DSO Gala décor presentation for guests including Jana Etheridge, Randall Wilhoit and Katherine and Key Coker.

According to Todd, DSO interim CEO Michelle Miller Burns and  DSO Gala Co-Chairs Lisa and Clay Cooley, there were “still a few tables available” for the Saturday, September 16, Gala, which will launch Farewell Celebration Season for departing  DSO Music Director Jaap Van Zweden, who’s decamping to lead the New York Philharmonic.

Therefore the Gala at the Meyerson will have a sort of “grand finale” look and feel, Todd said, with cool emerald greens (from the table linens to the Elephant ears from Brazil!) and malachite reflected throughout.

2017 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala table setting

Joining Jaap and the DSO musicians will be the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who is always a North Texas music lover’s favorite.

The concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Renaissance Foyer with Honorary Chair Margaret McDermott.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala After-Party seating

As for the much-anticipated after-party, by contrast, it will be a “fun, sexy version of an after-party,” all aquas and hot pinks with a DJ providing the music.  

Tickets for the season’s first formal gala range from concert-and-after-party tickets to full-blown Gala packages.


DFW Restaurant Week’s Food And Wine Night Celebrated The Kick Off Of the 20th Annual Fundraiser With Cadillacs, Grazing And Sunshine

Heat and sunshine didn’t dissuade folks from attending the DFW Restaurant Week’s Food and Wine Night party on Thursday, August 3. Taking over the entire One Arts Plaza driveway, food stations were set up along the sides with a stage at the far end facing the mega high rise.

Cadillac owners were pleased to find out that they were due free valet parking courtesy of Restaurant Week Co-Sponsor Dallas-area Cadillac dealers. Only problem arose when the valets couldn’t tell a Cadillac from the other makes.

Then there was trying to get into the party. It required IDs’s and tickets to receive the required wristbands. Some guests though the bracelet translated into free grazing only to find out that all was not gratis. One gal had a mini-sticker shock when she discovered that her adult beverage had a price tag. Oops!

One Arts Plaza driveway

Cadillac on display

As the sun set, the crowds sought the shady side of the driveway or headed into the air-conditioned lobby. Luckily, as the sun set, guests found conditions more user friendly. Still those fountains the center sure did look inviting. But so did the food and those spiffy Cadillacs on display.

Marijke Lantz, Bill Durbin and Susan Arledge

Elise and Daren Martin

Anna and Benson Kurian

Looking cool as a margarita were bare-shouldered types like newlywed Elise Martin with husband Daren Martin, Susan Arledge, Bill Durbin, Marijke Lantz, Anna Kurian with husband Benson Kurian wearing his comfortable Toms, Allyson  Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Pedro Armstrong and Danielle Abril, who had to borrow a blouse from cohort Carly Mann’s closet.

Allyson Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Carly Mann, Danielle Abril and Pedro Armstrong

The 20th Annual Restaurant Week officially got underway with a preview weekend on Friday, August 4, with more than 100 area restaurants serving up vittles during its run to break up the doldrums of August and with 20% of every meal going to North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope!

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.