MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle Of Angels Dinner

Courtney Wang and Lori Barber and Rachael and Bob Dedman

It was a gathering of angels at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library on Thursday, November 2. In this case, the angels didn’t float in with wings. Rather they arrived via Mercedes, Bentleys and other luxury four-wheelers for the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels dinner.

Jason Downing

Pam Perella and Caren Kline

Filled to capacity, the main room of the library was a showcase for the CCB underwriters to be wined, dined and thanked for their support. But then, what else would one expect when Rachael Dedman was in charge of the evening?

While the post is being prepared, the pictures are over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Park And Palate’s Down To The Roots Turned Klyde Warren Park Into The Ideal Grazing Spot With Boldfacers And Top-Tier Chefs

On the eve of Texas-OU, Park And Palate‘s Down To The Roots at Klyde Warren Park became a splendiferous open-to-the-skies-above cuisine center. So, while Uptown, Greenville Avenue and other party joints were elbow-to-elbow with out of town visitors on Friday, October 13, Klyde Warren had such heavy hitters as SMU’s First Couple Gail and Gerald Turner and Nancy and Randy Best grazing the grounds, thanks to the area’s top chefs led by Chef Dean Fearing. Here’s a report from the field:  

Gail and Gerald Turtner*

Randy and Nancy Best*

Klyde Warren Park kicked off Park & Palate on Friday, October 13, with Down to the Roots, its VIP celebration for park donors and sponsors. For its signature fundraising event, Klyde Warren Park transformed its normally bustling greenspace into a food-lover’s paradise with plush lounge areas, inviting highboy tables and of course makeshift kitchens for some of the state’s top chefs sprinkling the lawn. Guests like event co-hosts Lyn and John Muse and Carolyn and Rob Walters, Sheila and Jody Grant and Mayor Mike Rawlings enjoyed unique dishes created by top chefs including Dean FearingKent Rathbun, Jason Dady and Jon Bonnell

Carolyn Rose Walters and Rob Walters*

Jody and Sheila Grant*

The evening’s theme was “Pillars and Protégés”, in which well-known pillar chefs selected a friend, co-partner, or up-and-coming protégé to be paired with to create a unique collaborative dish for the night’s tasting. A friendly competition raised the “steaks” for the participating chefs and after a fierce (and filling) competition judges Luke Mathot, Richard Ruskell and Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park named Jason Dady and Jeff Bekavac the evening’s winners. The two received a pair of boots from event sponsor Lucchese for their Short Rib Tacos.

Tara Green, Luke Mathot and Richard Ruskell*

While the Blood Orange Margaritas and Jameson Sours flowed, guests enjoyed dessert from Fluff Bake Bar and Chef-host Dean Fearing while they danced to country music artist David Nail.

Thanks to the help of event sponsors like Republic National Distributing Company, Texas Capital Bank and Winston & Strawn LLP, Klyde Warren Park exceeded its revenue goal for the third year of this delicious fundraiser.

Crystal Charity Ball Cocktail Buffet Was A Feast Of Fashion With Designer Zac Posen And The 10 Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Famer

As the statue overlooking Turtle Creek was being removed on Thursday, September 14, JP Morgan/Chase was hosting the Crystal Charity Ball cocktail buffet at Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate in North Dallas.

Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate

In this case there was another creek, but it was much smaller and there was a bit of maneuvering. It seems that the turn into the McIntyre’s circular driveway required a sharp turn. One driver ended up slightly dipping into the landscaped terrain. And speaking of the vehicles, they ranged from posh Bentleys to decked-out pick-up trucks.

Muffin Lemak and Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Libby and Al Allred

After turning their cars over to the valets, the guests strolled over a narrow foot bridge to the fabulous mansion with its towering glass windows and stone walls. At one point the parade of pretties came to a traffic jam stop like Stemmons Freeway during rush hour. Sara Lee Gardner had just crossed the bridge with husband Stan Gardner and Shelle and Michael Sills, when she turned and walked halfway back on the bridge to talk with Muffin Lemak and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson. The result? The strolling flow of guests across the narrow bridge came to a standstill, with no HOV lane in sight.  Needless to say, a traffic cop was not required. Just a couple of throat clearings by a bystander literally got the guests on their way.

They were greeted by petite JPMorgan Chase banker Elaine Agather, who was getting her workout opening the heavy front door. The blonde in red revealed that she had been less visible on the fundraising scene due to an expansion of her territory that now ranged from the far north of the U.S. to practically the space station. By the way, while Elaine is a well-known gal who is just as comfortable in a boardroom as she is on a saddle, has managed to combine a firm handshake with soft hands. She must have been loyal to wearing gloves when reining her ponies.

Don and Carmen Godwin and Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell

Tucker and Rich Enthoven

Jim Lee and Vin Perella

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers and Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

As for entertainment, there was a pianist, but the real draw were the people. Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse had to duck out early due to a dinner date…Carmen and Don Godwin were with Australian jeweler Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell. Margot’s goodies highlighted by mega-pearl necklaces (thanks to Margot, Carmen was wearing literally the world’s largest strand of baroque pearls) would be the accessory du jour for the 10 Best Dressed the next day… Rich Enthoven told how he nearly parted ways with his vintage Corvette. No matter how he tried, it just wasn’t reliable. Then Daryl Johnston, upon spotting the car and hearing of Rich’s frustration, told him about the “Corvette Whisperer.” Rich took a chance and it worked.  Both Rich and his eye-catching Corvette now are happy campers… Tom Addis reported that Garry Cox, who had just recently undergone a liver transplant, was doing very well and already home…Pete Foster reported on the pros and cons of the just-announced Apple iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X… Solo appearances included Ralph Babb (wife Barbara Babb was recovering from a cold) and Joanna Clarke (her boss Paige McDaniel was under the weather)… On the other hand, designer Zac Posen arrived with his posse (Amelia Gibson, Jillian Sinel and Celine Mariton). Earlier in the day, Zac had been named Rosewood Hotels Ambassador for Dallas.

Alas, even at the best affairs, there is a guest or two who didn’t listen to their mama on good table manners. In this case, a couple of folks were seen pulling a George Costanza. The shocked catering maven, upon seeing the double dipping, promptly withdrew the bowl from the table.

Jillian Sinel, Elaine Agather, Zac Posen, Celine Mariton and Amelia Gibson

But it was an early night, because ccB Chair Pam Perella and 10 Best Dressed Chair Christi Urschel and the 10 Besties had an early call the next morning, and everyone needed their beauty sleep.  

DeeDee Lee, Pam Perella and Christi Urschel

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David Weinreb’s Breathtaking Estate Was Just Made For Cattle Baron’s Trailblazers To Party The Night Away

Sunie Solomon, David Weinreb and Anne Stodghill*

Up north on Thursday, May 4, while others were celebrating Cinco de Mayo eve, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill  and their committee members were honoring their early bird underwriters with a Traiblazers party at David Weinreb‘s estate. You know who he is, of course. Whisper in your ear — he’s the fella who heads up The Howard Hughes Corporation.

David Weinreb estate*

Regardless, David opened his home … no, make that palace and grounds with a swimming pool longer than Beverly Drive and a cabana that would make Hearst Castle’s Neptune Pool seem like an ornate kiddie pool. Checking out the digs, one guest proclaimed, “This place is big enough to hold Cattle Baron’s Ball here!”

Annika Cail, Samantha Wortley and Megan Flanagan*

Isabell Novakov and Jamie Jo Boulogne*

Underwritten by PlainsCapital and PrimeLending, the partying was so typical of Cattle Baron’s with flirty fashions  being worn by Lauren Chapman, Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi, Merrick Huckin, Jamie Jo Boulogne and Evening Co-Chairs Annika Cail, Elizabeth Fischer, Megan Flanagan, Samantha Wortley.

As for the munchables, the food being ladled out was barbecue thanks to Spice of Life.

Brian and Cammie Heflin and Danielle and Brent Raindl*

Ana Laspetkovski, David Weinreb, Olya Sinitsyna and Andy Beal*

Katy Bock and Jonika Nix*

Gathered poolside as the sun was setting were PlainsCapital’s Isabel Novakov, Danielle and Brent Raindl, Camy and Brian Heflin, as well as CBB Founding Co-Chair Jacque WynneJoanna Clarke, Nancy Gopez, Mary and Robert Black, Steve Stodghill, Steve Solomon, Lawrence Bock, Olivia and Jeff  Kearney, Ana Laspetkovski and Andy Beal with Olya Sinitsyna, who were on hand despite their baby being due at any moment. (UPDATE: Andy’s and Olya’s little Austin Beal arrived a week later. All three are doing just fine.)

The big news of the night was the announcement that blondes Katy Bock and Jonika Nix will be the 2018 Cattle Baron’s co-chairs.

* Photo credit: Holt Haynsworth

 

American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth Area’s Go Red For Women Patron Party Had A Bigger-Than-Planned Turnout

Tim Wallace and Mary Parker

The valets had been warned to expect 50 to 70 for the Go Red for Women patron party at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s estate on Thursday, February 2. Instead it was more like 150. Itty-bitty Nancy Gopez showed up a half hour into the event, but if it hadn’t been for her buddy Mary Parker, she wouldn’t have been there or anywhere at all.

It was blonde beauty/heart survivor Mary’s advocating to friend and stranger alike about the warning signs of heart disease that had sent Nancy to the ER, when she was visiting her folks last fall. That resulted in not only Nancy’s recovery from a true life-threatening condition, but it also landed her on the American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth Area’s Go Red For Women’s slate as Open Your Heart chair with her buddy Mary, and receiving the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Omni Dallas on Friday, February 3.

Kay Hammond

Jeff Canose

Ron and Sandi Haddock

Despite the chill of the night, the patrons found the Cooley mansion just to their liking with Sandi and Ron Haddock greeting folks like Texas Health Resources COO Dr. Jeff CanoseKay Hammond, Trinity Industries CEO Tim Wallace, Anne Davidson and Mark Porter at the entry hall. Ron looked pretty darn spiffy in his black leather jacket that they picked up in Florence.

Across the room, Crystal Charity Ball members Cara French and Lisa Cooley were recovering from a marathon day of CCB beneficiary selection. The day had started around 8 a.m. and had just finished up at 5:20 p.m.

Cara French and Lisa Cooley

Michelle Vopni and Melissa Cameron

But it was an early night for the Go Red crowd. Plans called for an early morning start thanks to American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth Area Executive Director Melissa Cameron‘s and Go Red for Women Luncheon Chair/Ernst and Young Dallas Managing Partner Michelle Vopni‘s plans for a full day of heart-healthy activities.

2016 Crystal Charity Ball Celebrates Its Circle Of Angels With A Cocktail Reception And Seated Supper At Forty Five Ten

Forty Five Ten fashions

It was the big hoop-di-doo for Crystal Charity Ball underwriters — the Circle of Angels dinner. Originally slated to be the opening event for Forty Five Ten, it took second place on Wednesday, November 16. Just the Thursday before, The Family Place’s 2016 ReuNight had been the sneak peek before the luxury store’s Saturday, November 12th opening. But not to worry. As it was, it worked out perfectly. It was almost as if ReuNight had been a dress rehearsal.

Instead of arriving at the Main Street curb entrance like ReuNight, most guests got the royal experience of the auto courtyard with Anthony Howe’s mesmerizing, wind-powered 25-foot tall sculpture, Lucea. Now, Tony Tasset’s 30-foot Eye next door won’t be the only “eyecatcher” on the block!

Chris and Christina Durovich and Barbara and Ralph Babb

But unlike the ReuNight guests who explored every nook and cranny of the four-story fashion palace, the Angels stayed primarily on the first and second levels.

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons, Christie Carter, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

John and Mary Martha Pickens

Alison and Mike Malone

While the ladies checked out the shoes, jewelry and clothes, more than two fellows asked, “Where the bar?” The answer was found over in the jewelry department.

Circle of Angels dinner table

Once again to accommodate the dinner, the see-thru tent adjacent was in place. However, there had been some adjustments to the dinner tent from the week before. While the tent’s black flooring still created a slight wobble for guests, the towering glass candleholders of ReuNight had been replaced by 30” tall straight-sided white candles. The mirrored-top tables that had added dazzle to the filled-to-capacity tent the previous week were gone. In their places were tables draped in pink clothes to accommodate a lesser number of guests, say 113. In the center of each table was a low vase filled to the max with white roses. Hmm, round tables with pink table clothes, centerpieces of white roses, simple white candles…well, after all, it was “circle of angels.”

Tanya Foster and Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell

As CCB Chair Christie Carter and Circle Chair Tanya Foster handed out table assignments, some naughty guests got to their tables early and swapped table assignments. And one or two of the guests arrived with someone not on the acceptance list. Emily Post must be rolling her hereafters.

But pretty soon dinner via The Joule was served up, so who cared about tablemates. The salad (escarole salad with herbs, parmesan and bread crumbs) was a hit. The entrée’s (duet of beef filet and main lobster, Thumbelina carrots, king trumpet mushrooms and truffle jus) meat portion was tender on the inside, but a bit challenging to cut into. The “Last” (aka dessert) was a chocolate lover’s idea of palate paradise. To heck with the calories, gobble up the chocolate crème caramel, devil’s food, Cajetan and pecan toffee!

Vicki Chapman and Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Jennifer Dix and Stacey Walker

Nickey and Debbie Oates

Tucker and Rick Enthoven and Julie Ford

Table-top topics of the night: Chef Kent Rathbun’s amazing recovery from his November 5th accident in West Texas that resulted in 22 broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and a punctured kidney. The good news is that he was home mending… Christine and Chris Durovich serving as honorary co-chairs for the 2016 Trains at NorthPark…Thanksgiving plans had Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse headed for AT&T Stadium for the Cowboys game; Nancy and Robbie Briggs watching the game with homeless people; Mary Martha and John Pickens staying home with loads of family and friends over for dinner… Claire Emanuelson was receiving congratulations on recently being named the 2018 CCB Chair.

Christie Carter and Brian Bolke

The evening program was brief with CCB Chair Christie thanking guests for their support in raising more than $5.6M for the beneficiaries. Forty Five Ten proprietor/host Brian Bolke graciously thanking the women for what they have done over the years to support the children of Dallas. And the evening sponsor Deloitte’s Bob Chapman proudly appreciating the partnership that DeLoitte and CCB have had for 17 years.

More photos can be seen at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

It Was A “Perfect Season” For Crystal Charity Ball Underwriters At Gail And Cliff Fischer’s Estate Thanks To Vintner Norma Hunt

Nothing makes a lady’s leg long better than a stiletto. But along with beauty can come a bit of a pain in traversing certain areas. One of those areas was the auto courtyard in front of Gail and Cliff Fischer’s more-than-fabulous estate on Wednesday, November 9.

Gail Fischer

Todd and Heather Furniss

Robin and Debby Robinson and Barbara and Ralph Babb

The occasion was the Crystal Charity Ball’s Underwriter Party and the POA was for the guests to have their cars taken at the street and the guests to stroll in the moonlight up to the mansion. This made sense since the driveway’s entry only allowed one car at a time to pass through. With about 200 guests including Debby and Robin Robinson, Barbara and Ralph Babb, Pam and Vin Perella, Linda and Les Secrest, Piper and Mike Wyatt, Tincy Miller, Heather and Todd Furniss, Tom Addis, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Sharon Friedberg and Fisher daughter Elizabeth Fischer   RSVPing, the street drop-off made more sense.

Tincy Miller, Tom Addis, Bette Mullins and Garry Cox

Sharon Friedberg, Stephen Pelitere and Elizabeth FIscher

Only there were a couple of hitches in the plans. First there was a big grate between the street and the driveway, and the valets were worried that the ladies’ heels might fall victim to the large slits in the metal panels.

Then there was the stroll. The courtyard is beautiful, but it is also a gravel one and a couple or three gals had to wobble their way up to the steps with the help of their escorts.

As for the moonlight, it had taken the night off and so could not help the guests up the drive.

Ah, but once inside, it was a glorious gathering with CCB 2016 Chair Christie Carter and CCB Underwriting Chair Claire Emanuelson and husband Dwight Emanuelson along with the evening’s presenting sponsor David Blank and his wife Stacy greeting each guest.

On the entry hall’s huge round table were the favors provided by Norma Hunt — bottles of wine from her Sonoma vineyard. It made sense. The wine was 2013 Perfect Season Cabernet Sauvignon and this year’s CCB theme is “There is a Season….”

And while some folks looked a little bleary eyed from late-night watching of the election returns, one gal admitted that she was so tired of all the news coverage that she went to bed before the final numbers were in. So, how did she find out who had won the presidential election? “I asked Siri.”

Amit Berger, Kelsey Halford and Stacy and David Blank

On the other hand, evening presenter David Blank was bright-eyed in introducing Amit Berger, senior VP of Diamonds Direct that had just purchased David’s Diamond Doctor. Amit has been with Direct for more than 20 years and was previously in charge of the Birmingham store. Diamonds Direct VP of  Marketing and Branding Kelsey Halford once again reassured all that Diamonds Direct would not only continue but would perhaps expand on the store’s presence among the North Texas nonprofits.

Lana And Barry Andrews Open Their Home For The Celebrating Women Luncheon Patrons Party

It was as if North Texas’ southern relatives in Harris County had shared their steamy temperatures on Tuesday, October 18. While weather-guessers swore it was downright unnatural for October to host temps in the 80s edging toward the 90s, old time vets laughed the topic woes off. The real chill wouldn’t settle in until Halloween. Luckily Lana and Barry Andrews’ palatial digs in Highland Park were chilled to fend off the humidity and heat for Baylor Health System Care Foundation’s the Celebrating Women patron party.

Robin Robinson, Lana and Barry Andrews

Robin Robinson, Lana and Barry Andrews

Wedged between the Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 15, and Baylor Health Care System Foundation‘s 17th Annual Celebrating Women Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, the patron party was the bull’s-eye for those fighting breast cancer.

Glenda Kay, Nancy Carter, Gloria Martindale and Di Johnston

Glenda Kay, Nancy Carter, Gloria Martindale and Di Johnston

Nancy Carter was a-glow about their multiple hotel projects. At one point she got a tad bit nostalgic about one of their early projects for the Marriott Suites on Stemmons and the hanging of Bill Marriott’s portrait.

Across the way, Randi Hassell rolled her way from the breakfast room to the mammoth kitchen. The cause for the wheels with a pouch for accessories was foot surgery. “Would crutches be more convenient?” someone asked. Randi’s response: “No way.” And off she rolled.

Randi Hassell

Randi Hassell

Tucker Enthoven and Pam Perella

Tucker Enthoven and Pam Perella

2017 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella was solo since husband Vin Perella was out of town. Now that her chairing duties of the CCB Fashion Show were in the rear view mirror, she was starting to focus on preparations for the 2017 CCB fundraiser.

Robin Robinson, Connie Yates and Joel Allison

Robin Robinson, Connie Yates and Joel Allison

Right on cue, Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Robin Robinson stood in front of the fireplace in the living room and thanked guests and sponsors like Comerica President Curt Farmer and Tom Thumb sweetheart Connie Yates. He then recognized Honorary Co-Chairs Diane and Joel Allison. As Diane stood in a corner of the room, Joel recalled how Lindalyn Adams had approached him years ago to have a luncheon fundraiser to support research and treatments for breast cancer. He went on to stress that all of the fundraising and awareness building was for the good of the patients.

Jill and Bob Smith and Aileen Pratt

Jill and Bob Smith and Aileen Pratt

As most guests stayed put in the Andrews’ cool home, others like Jill and Bob Smith headed for dinner dates at the Dallas Country Club and 2016 Crystal Charity Ball types left for the Gentleman’s Reception at Tracy and Kent Rathbun’s Preston Hollow home.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner

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

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

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

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

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

2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Ball Underwriters Are Feted At Brook Hollow Golf Club

While the Cattle Baron’s ladies were checking out Herrera fashions, Phyllis Cole McKnight and Steve McKnight arrived for dinner with friends at Brook Hollow, only to be greeted by servers with trays of appetizers and grown-up libations.

Asking a friend what was going on, Phyllis learned that the underwriters of the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Presentation were being celebrated with a cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Oak Room.

As guests were greeted by DSOL Deb Presentation Chair Nancy Labadie in the main dining room, they discovered the James French portraits of the 2016 debs lining the Verandah.

James French debutante portraits

James French debutante portraits

Nancy Labadie

Nancy Labadie

Sharon and Roy Popham and Barbara Averitt

Sharon and Roy Popham and Barbara Averitt

It was in the Verandah that 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Co-Chairs Marena and Roger Gault said news about the big DSO Fall fundraiser was on hold until after the deb ball on Saturday, February 20, at the Meyerson.

In the Oak Room, Barbara Averitt and Sharon and Roy Popham were making a check of the dinner arrangements.

Kenny Novorr and Dixey Arterburn and Linda Burk and John Gilmore

Kenny Novorr and Dixey Arterburn and Linda Burk and John Gilmore

While double-deb mom Simona Beal had to be MIA due to son Robbie Beal’s basketball game in McKinney, deb parents Lisa and Clay Cooley made it after Lisa’s spending most of the day at the Crystal Charity Ball beneficiary selection meeting.

Other guests included Cynthia Beaird, Dixey Arterburn, Kenny Novorr and Linda Burk and John Gilmore.

Soup’s On! Patron Party Guests Ranged From The Rawlings To Collins Tuohy With Surprise Gifts And News

Weather guessers were claiming that it wasn’t all that chilly. Easy for them to say, tucked in their heated studios. But combine the temps on Monday, January 18, with the breeze and it was definitely a gloves-on, snug-hats-on night.

One place where warmth was glowing was Margie and Ray Francis’ home-sweet-home along Turtle Creek.

Ray and Margie Francis and Micki and Mike Rawlings

Ray and Margie Francis and Micki and Mike Rawlings

The occasion for gathering was the Soup’s On! patron party. Okay, so Chef Chair Brian Luscher was unable to be present, but there was a good reason and it would be revealed the next day at the Soup’s On! fundraiser for The Stewpot Alliance.

Even Dallas First couple Micki and Mike Rawlings made it. After all, they were the Soup’s On! honorary co-chairs. Mike stayed as long as he could but it was also MLK Day, and he had to hustle to The MLK Symposium at City Performance Hall. Earlier in the day Big Mike had been floating down the streets for the MLK Day parade.

Kersten Rettig

Kersten Rettig

On the other hand, Micki was headed to a grandmother gathering for a baby shower of a friend. Speaking of kids, Micki reported that son Gunnar Rawlings had just flown in from a buddies ski trip to Japan.

Not so agile was Kersten Rettig, who was on crutches with a mobile cast in place on her right ankle. As the result of a very nasty fall in Arkansas four months ago, she had to resign her post as development director of Dallas CASA in December to focus on healing. Ever flexible, Kersten had opened her own PR operation with three clients to start, including the family project PDQ.

Jennifer and Joe Clifford and Susie Simon

Jennifer and Joe Clifford and Susie Simon

Rev. Joe Clifford was back from a week in Haiti to join wife Jennifer Clifford in congratulating Susie Simon for providing funding for The Susie Simon Art Endowment.

Another fly-in arrival was Soup’s On! Co-Honorees Christy Coltrin and husband Brad Oldham. Just back from the Atlanta International Gift Show, Christy seemed a little overwhelmed from the successful trip to Georgia. Seems that two monks there had bought her entire “Tiny Sparks” collection for their monastery gift shop.

Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham

Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham

Collins Tuohy

Collins Tuohy

Halfway through the reception, Stewpot Alliance Board President Kristine Schwope joined Luncheon Co-Chairs Charlotte Legg and Christi Nicolas in welcoming the 50 guests and helped serve up the niceties that included presenting keynote speaker Collins Tuohy with a Brad Oldham-sculpted spoon and Micki and Mike with a painting of a view of The Stewpot Alliance in downtown Dallas.

2016 Soup's On! centerpiece

2016 Soup’s On! centerpiece

As a surprise, Kristine presented the luncheon co-chairs with Brad Oldham pieces of art to thank them for all their work.

In turn Charlotte and Christi then surprised the crowd by revealing the luncheon centerpieces/tablescapes were not only edible but from The Stewpot Community Gardens thanks to Terry McCullough and Billye Turner.

Junior League Of Dallas Salutes Its 2015-2016 Sponsors At The Crow Library

As the day’s temps dropped on Thursday, January 14, the Junior League of Dallas members and 2015-2016 sponsors lined Lakeside with their cars parked on both sides of the street. Then, taking the walking bridge overloooking Exall Lake, they strolled in the nippy air just past the gargantuan teddy bear statues to Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library. It seems that while the Crow estate’s main driveway is torn up due to the construction of an underground garage, the 150 event guests, like Greg Nieberding, Angela Nash, Holly Reed of Origin Bank, Christie Carter, Dr. Joe LaManna, Susan Jenevein, Pam Perella, Isabell Novakov, Linda Secrest, Joanna Clark, Bob White of Bank of Texas and Lacy Bell, had found a nifty alternative. The bridge is also beneficial for those Pump House gatherings, due to the tight fit at Willow Wood Circle.

Angela Nash, Susan Jenevein, Christie Carter and Pam Perella

Angela Nash, Susan Jenevein, Christie Carter and Pam Perella

Extra credit goes to seven-months pregnant Nikki Webb, who high-heeled it across the wooden bridge with husband Crayton Webb. While medical experts predict the newest Webb son will arrive March 7, Nikki says they’re hedging their bets, believing the due date may be earlier.

On this night it was Nikki’s first visit to one of Dallas’ most amazing showplaces, though, and she wasn’t going to miss it.

But the main news was about the Junior League’s 54thTo Dallas With Love” gala with a James Bond theme on Saturday, February 20, at the Hilton Anatole, and the organization’s fundraising. (“Right at the $1 million goal or close to it,” said Gala Chair Ashley Allen.)

Emily Brett, Meredith Mosley and Ashley Allen

Emily Brett, Meredith Mosley and Ashley Allen

Holly Reed

Holly Reed

Joe LaManna

Joe LaManna

Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill

From the stage on the main floor, JLD President Meredith Mosley and Ashley handed out kudos to Diamond Level sponsor Lyda Hill, earlier-in-the-day grant presentation sponsor Bank of Texas, the evening’s sponsor Origin Bank and other “To Dallas With Love” sponsors like Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians.

Those JLD ladies really know how to show thanks.

Also mentioned: the Tuesday, February 2nd Platinum Dinner for sponsors at the $10,000 level and higher at a private estate.

Then it was back to strolling. But this time it was through the magnificent Crow library to discover “wonderful things.”

Round Robin October 29: 16th Annual Mission Ole And Stars And Stripes Film Festival Sponsors Party

Thursday, October 29, proved to once again return Thursday to its status as the busiest day of the week. Earlier in the day there were The Dallas Opera’s First Sight luncheon and fashion show at the Winspear and Mosaic’s 5th Annual Partners and Possibilities Luncheon at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center north of town. That was just the warm up for the evening’s activities that included the 2015 David Wiessman Bridge Builder Award Dinner at The Adolphus Hotel co-chaired by Holly Deason and Blaine Nelson and honoring Ron Haddock. Even Fort Worth was buzzing with the NewDay Services for Children and Families at The Cendera Center!

But back in Dallas, there was still fun and fundraising going on.

16th Annual Mission Ole

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

The Day of the Dead makeup

The Day of the Dead makeup

Mission Ole alter

Mission Ole alter

Despite being within a hair’s breadth of October 31, the Trinity River Mission fundraiser’s 16th Annual Mission Ole could have easily been mistaken for a Halloween dress rehearsal. Evidently Chair Greg Nieberding recognized the growing popularity of “Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)” and deemed it to be the theme for the gathering at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

Gary and Cindy Turner

Gary and Cindy Turner

Against a wall was a presentation of art that was in keeping with “The Day of the Dead” tradition in which “alters” are created as a tribute and celebration of the life of a deceased loved one. The artwork contains such things as the person’s favorite things like food, pets, musical instruments, etc.  On this occasion the alter was filled with artwork honoring Donna Graham, who founded Trinity River Mission.

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

One highlight of the evening was the ballet folklorico performance by Trinity River Mission students. Not only were they adorable in their colorful costumes, they knew how to do a showstopping presentation to the delight of their parents and guests like Cindy and Gary Turner, Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke.

Still another memorable moment was TRM grad Carina Torres, who went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She told of the importance TRM had in her life.  A little later in the evening Carina, who is a founding member of Nicolay Dance Works in Huntsville, returned to perform a solo dance.

The evening was such a hit that they’ve already reserved 3015 at Trinity Groves on Thursday, November 3, for the 17th Annual Mission Ole.

Stars & Stripes Film Festival Patron Party

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

North of the Dallas North Tollway at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s spread, the sponsors of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival were filling the mansion to talk about the upcoming fundraiser for Sons of the Flag. While some guests chose to ride the Cooley Cart from the estate’s entrance to the residence, others decided to walk along the drive past the tennis court and pond and over the bridge to the front door. Shoot! It was such a gorgeous night, why not?

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

With SOTF Founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott greeting folks like Pam and Vin Perella, Lynn and Allan McBee, Christie Carter and Pam Busbee at the door, Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were talking with vets and going over details of the November 12-15 festivities at the Angelika plus the lunch on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club with Gen. Tommy Franks.

Midway through the evening, the Cooley staircase was put to use to tell about the upcoming film festival. From it Ryan told the history of Sons of the Flag and how it really started with his meeting Ret. Capt. Sam Brown, who suffered third-degree burns over 30% of his body.

Ryan and Director of Development Mary Meier even got David Sargent of Stripe-A-Zone to get up on the staircase and tell how important it was for his company to be the presenting sponsor of the festival.

 James Faust

James Faust

BTW, the opening night will not only feature “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Seal Team Member/native Texan Tyler Black will be on hand.

Also on hand was Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust, who helped curate the collection of films. He was also looking forward to the DFS’s The Art of Film on Friday, November 20, at The Space on Oak Lawn with Isabella Rossellini.

Round Robin September 10: 2015 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction And SPCA Of Texas Fur Ball Patron Parties

Those filled-to-the-max Thursdays returned to the Dallas fundraising scene on September 10 throughout North Texas. Here are a couple of reports from the field:

Signature Chefs Dallas Sponsor Party

Tracy and Kent Rathbun hosted the 2015 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Dallas Sponsor Party at their home. Kent had to host solo the first part of the evening. Seems Tracy was delayed due to a meeting at the Rathbun kids’ school.

For almost 20 years Kent has supported the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner*

Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner*

Event chairs Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner had the opportunity to thank the participating chefs and top sponsors in attendance for their support of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction. Kent also revealed his live auction package, Master the Experience – Take Two. In 2014, Rathbun’s Masters Tournament package went for the highest bid in event history at $67,500. This year, multiple couples/twosomes will have the opportunity to join Kent and his brother and fellow celebrity chef Kevin Rathbun in Augusta.

  • Here are the details on the Master The Experience — Take Two ($20,000 per couple/twosome)
    Round-trip airport transfers from My Private Driver
  • Two (2) guests will travel to August National Golf Club for the 2016 Masters Tournament
  • Exclusive ‘Under the Stars’ dinner with Chefs Kent Rathbun and Kevin Rathbun, Buffalo Trace whiskey and many fine wine purveyors to kick off the Masters in style
  • Two (2) Masters passes for Thursday and Friday
  • Accommodations for two (2) at Jameson Suites Hotel for three (3) nights
  • Transfers for two (2) to and from the Jameson to the 1018 Club
  • Dine at the illustrious 1018 Club for all meals on Thursday and Friday, especially prepared by Chef Kent Rathbun and his team
Diane and Hal Brierley*

Diane and Hal Brierley*

Kent will kick off the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers/Mary Kay Inc. with another Surprise Raffle ($100 per ticket). Other live auction packages include: a South African Safari, NYE in the Big D, Sea Island Escape, FT33 Farm-to-Table Dinner, Aspen Adventure; Christopher Martin’s Kidz Creations painting, Mexican Tequila Tasting Tour and the Dallas Sports Extravaganza. Auction preview videos will be posted on signaturechefsdallas.com in late September.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers/Mary Kay Inc. is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Dwight Harvey, Jeramie Robison, Kent Rathbun, Gilbert Garza, Matt McCallister, Nilton "Junior" Borges, Joel Orsini and Richard Blankenship*

Dwight Harvey, Jeramie Robison, Kent Rathbun, Gilbert Garza, Matt McCallister, Nilton “Junior” Borges, Joel Orsini and Richard Blankenship*

The event will feature signature samplings from 19 of Dallas’ top chefs: Richard Blankenship of CBD Provisions, Nilton “Junior” Borges of Uchi, Donald Chalko of Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House/Fish Market Grill, Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Grill/Steakhouse and Coal Vines, Omar Flores of Casa Rubia, Gilbert Garza of Suze Restaurant, Dwight Harvey of Off the Bone Barbeque, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Matt McCallister of FT33/Filament, Kent Rathbun of Kent Rathbun Concepts, Jeramie Robison of Shinsei Restaurant, Stephen Rogers of Gemma, Abraham Salum of Komali /Salum, Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill, Nathan Tate of Boulevardier / Rapscallion, Anthony Van Camp of SĒR Steak + Spirits and Chris Vogeli of III Forks.

For more information on the event visit signaturechefsdallas.com.

Fur Ball 2015 Patron Party

Katy Murray, Jocelyn White and Stacey Kivowitz**

Katy Murray, Jocelyn White and Stacey Kivowitz**

The view was magnificent from Stacey and Don Kivowitz‘s penthouse in the heart of the Park Cities for the Fur Ball 2015 Patron Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A stunning sunset lit downtown Dallas with a gentle glow while patrons sipped lychee martinis, champagne, wine and cocktails and chatted with excitement about the upcoming gala while being serenaded by pianist Erik Barns.

A bounty of egg rolls, pot stickers, sushi, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons and chocolate truffles were served. The evening’s suburb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events.

Laura and Mark Flagg and Leslie Tipping**

Laura and Mark Flagg and Leslie Tipping**

As the evening wound down, words of appreciation filled the air. Don thanked the evening’s sponsor, Northern Trust, for their gracious support. Northern Trust President Mark Flagg waxed poetic in celebration of the special bond between people and their pets. SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias thanked the Kivowitz’s, Northern Trust and the Fur Ball’s three chairs: Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray and Jocelyn White.

James Bias and Jan Rees-Jones**

James Bias and Jan Rees-Jones**

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Karen Urie, Kelly Thompson, Don Short, Michelle and John Krick, Leslie Tipping, Marsha and Richard Gray, Cassie Evans Decker and Carol Nelson.

The Honorary Co-Chairs for Fur Ball 2015 are Janelle and Larry Friedman, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich and Lynn and Allan McBee. The Fur Ball 2015 committee includes Artists for Animals: Craighead Green Gallery, Athlete for Animals’ Dallas Stars Craig Ludwig, Underwriting Chair Claire Collins Schwarz, Underwriting Committee Members Joyce Fox and Stephanie Fox, Auction Chair Nicole Rosenblum, Auction Co-Chair Mary Elizabeth Kappes and Auction Committee Members Phyllis Comu, Lona Crabb, Sandra Fite, Lezlie Goad, Cindy Lindsley, Kelly Thompson, Denise Wallace and Lane Wells.

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for more than 50,000 animals each year.

* Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee Photography 
** Photo credit: Quoc Cong/XO Photography

Antonio Ristorante Hosts Thank You Party For WaterTower Theatre Donors

All things theatrical do not happen just in the Dallas Arts District. The folks north of LBJ in Addison have got a fine little gem that has stage lovers discovering the talents at WaterTower Theatre. And, of course, because fundraising is part of the nonprofit’s fun-raising activities, they know how to make their supporters feel special. Here’s a report from the field about WaterTower’s Donor Appreciation reception on Tuesday, July 21:

“Last night WaterTower Theatre held its annual Donor Appreciation event at Antonio Ristorante in Addison.  More than 90 donors attended the party which was hosted by Executive Chef Antonio Avona.

Corky Pledger and Chef Antonio Avona*

Corky Pledger and Chef Antonio Avona*

Barbara Bigham, Ben Fischer, Laree Hulshoff and Bob Bigham*

Barbara Bigham, Ben Fischer, Laree Hulshoff and Bob Bigham*

“In attendance were several WaterTower Theatre board members including Barbara Daseke, Laree Hulshoff, Rose Colarossi, Debbie Staggs and Corky Pledger.  Special guests included Town of Addison Council Members Mary Carpenter, Ivan Hughes and Bruce Arfsten.

Nick Even, Donald Fowler and Barbara Daseke*

Nick Even, Donald Fowler and Barbara Daseke*

April Bosworth and Terry Martin*

April Bosworth and Terry Martin*

“Other guests included “Creep” composer Donald Fowler, Nicholas Even, Sharla D’Francisco, Eileen and Neil Resnik, Maureen Anderson, Ben Fischer, Barbara and Bob Bigham and many more. The annual event is held by WaterTower Theatre to thank its major donors and supporters.  The evening, held on Tuesday, July 21, was underwritten by Antonio Ristorante which is located at 4985 Addison Circle in Addison, Texas.”

* Photos provided by WaterTower Theatre

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas CASA Housewarming Party

While Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses was unveiled Thursday, July 9, at NorthPark, the official kick-off party was held the following Sunday, July 12, at Green House Market with 100 builders, sponsors and buddies.

Tyler Murph

Tyler Murph

Lynn Brooks and Jeff Kindig

Lynn Brooks and Jeff Kindig

Bo London

Bo London

Ben Hutchison

Ben Hutchison

The post is being prepped. So, check out the photos over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery now.

JUST IN: 14th Annual Celebration Of Reading Has New Ticket Pricing Levels And Sponsorship Perks Available Now

Despite Papa George H.W. Bush taking a tumble and in the hospital, Mama Barbara Bush isn’t letting this slow down her 14th annual Celebration of Reading on Monday, October 12.

The tickets just went on sale and this year there’s been some added levels of participation. And they range from less expensive to added perks for sponsorships.

For guests who want to attend the pre-event reception, the presentation of best-selling authors (Harlan Coben, Dana Perino, Jodi Picoult, Scott Simon and Markus Zusak) in the McDermott Concert Hall at the Meyerson plus have “a light dinner” afterwards, the tickets are $250 each.

Michelle Staubach Grimes (File photo)

Michelle Staubach Grimes (File photo)

But for those who just want to hear the authors and skip din-din, the price of a ticket is just $100. They’ll still get to attend the pre-event reception and have a reserved seat. Now, that’s a deal.

At the other end of the spectrum, for generous sponsors there will be the Celebration Luncheon with members of the Bush family and the authors as well as a VIP reception prior to the presentation! Of course, they’ll have reserved seats at the presentation and dinner.

Also, you can expect to see some of the Staubach clan in attendance since children’s author Michelle Staubach Grimes is now chairing the Dallas fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Suggestion: After you finish reading “Go Set A Watchman,” check out the Celebration of Reading authors’ handiwork.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazers Found Their Way To Partying Over The Top At Gas Monkey Live

Some might have considered the Cattle Baron’s Trailblazers Party at Gas Monkey Live on Thursday, May 21, as the final bash of the 2015 Spring fundraising season. Others would have just raised their eyebrows skyward in shock. After all, Dallas fundraising never really stops.

But the CBB’s Trailblazers Party is one for the big buckaroos — those who have already signed up for Saturday, October 3, at Gilley’s.

Only hiccup was the fact that first-timers to Gas Monkey Live didn’t realize that Richard Rawlings’ Gas Monkey empire extended to two spots on Technology Boulevard. Text messages were shot out from early arrivals to latecomers: “Don’t stop at the first Gas Monkey. Go to the one next to the theater.”

Annika and Dennis Cail

Annika and Dennis Cail

Neal and Natalie Moon and Rainey and Aron Fogiel

Neal and Natalie Moon and Rainey and Aron Fogiel

Evidently the crowd (Richard Eiseman with daughter Reed Eiseman, Callan Harrison, D’Andra and Jeremy Lock, Carole and Scott Murray, Elizabeth and Alex Laurenzi, Annika and Dennis Cail, Nancy Gopez, Andrea Weber, Natalie and Neal Moon with her folks Rainey and Aron Fogiel, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Christina and Allen White, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Jill Tananbaum, Kristi and Ron Hoyl, Kristi Bare and, of course, CBB Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne with her mom Sherry Williams) got the message and found the Jack Boles team ready to relieve them of their cars.

 Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams

Jill Tananbaum Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Jill Tananbaum, Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Instead of one of those shoulder-to-shoulder events where too many people are crammed into a tight party space, the nearly 500 had plenty of room to catch up, eat, drink, bid and dance to Austin-reared singer/songwriter Aaron Einhouse and his band. And they did just that.

Aaron Einhouse (center) and band

Aaron Einhouse (center) and band

Martyn Hammer

Martyn Hammer

Steve Stodghill was getting ready to go to Cuba and then Peru with wife AnneRichard Eiseman was introducing a younger woman to folks. She was his daughter Reed…As guests hunkered close together with the one with the longest arm holding his/her cellphone out for a selfie, they were in for a surprise. CBB member Isabell Novakov had arranged for the ultimate favor courtesy of PlainsCapital that guests would find in their cars — a selfie stick.

As the band took a break, the live auction of trips and dinners got underway with the highlight being the Baja experience. It was auctioned off in memory of the late Richie Humphreys, who had recently lost his battle with cancer. His sister Mary Gill had co-chaired the 2013 CBB. Martyn Hammer picked it up for $9,000.

 

Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage Gala Underwriters Sip Champagne At Balenciaga

Jim Clark and Jeanne Marie Clossey

Jim Clark and Jeanne Marie Clossey

With parking spaces blocked off for valet parking in front, Highland Park Village’s Balenciaga was the scene for the Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage Gala Underwriter Party on the evening of Thursday, March 19. One of the first to arrive was Honorary Chair Jeanne Marie Clossey in an off-the-shoulder black Balenciaga, of course.

As she and Jim Clark compared notes, the shatter of glass was heard just steps away. It seems a tray of flutes and wine glasses toppled on the black-and-white marble floor. Luckily, no red wine was being served.

Michelle Lacy, Rebecca Fletcher and Yvette Ostolaza

Michelle Lacy, Rebecca Fletcher and Yvette Ostolaza

Gala Chair Yvette Ostolaza admitted that she had run out of time and was wearing Valentino. She added that she had wanted to attend the TACA event going on at the same time, but since she was chairing the DTC, she opted to stay put at Balenciaga.

Talk of the evening focused on the Saturday, May 9th fundraiser for the DTC with songbird Megan Hilty and pianist Seth Rudetsky headlining the entertainment at the Wyly Theatre.

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

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

Holly and Doug Deason*

Holly and Doug Deason*

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

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

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

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

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

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

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

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

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

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

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

Cate Ford (File photo)

Cate Ford (File photo)

Lauren Swann*

Lauren Swann*

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

* Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

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)

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

Despite A Mighty Wind, Cattle Baron’s Underwriters Generated A Get Together At Elaine And Trevor Pearlman’s Estate

Downed tree on house

Downed tree on house

A big, old guest of wind changed the scenario for Thursday, October 2, festivities. Throughout North Texas, especially Dallas, giant trees were uprooted. While some might have suspected that Ma Nature wanted to remind Cattle Baron’s Call Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum that she’s still a player, she didn’t discourage the CBB underwriters.

Despite 70 MPH winds and blackouts that stymied the city, the CBB co-chairs talleyhoed and held their underwriters’ party at Elaine and Trevor Pearlman’s estate. Only some adjustments were required. Seems that like much of the area, the Pearlmans lost their electricity. But unlike the other electric-lacking homeowners, the Pearlmans had a generator.

Cindy Stager, Richard Rawlings and Jill Tananbaum*

Cindy Stager, Richard Rawlings and Jill Tananbaum*

So as guests like Lee Bailey, Leigh Bailey, Carol Seay, Di Johnston, Gail Fischer, Lisa Ogle, Dee Simmons, Elizabeth Gambrell, Teffy Jacobs, Capera Ryan, Kristi Bare, Anne Stodghill, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Paige Westhoff, Katy and Lawrence Bock, D’Andra and Jeremy Lock, Katherine LaLonde, Kristen and Ladd Sanger, Nancy Gopez and Samantha Wortley pulled up, they were told that the party was going to be outdoors since it was cooler and dry. Also, the party would close down at sunset.

Lawrence and Kay Bock*

Lawrence and Katy Bock*

But as it turned out the evening was so perfect post storm that the party continued until 9 p.m. with the sound of chainsaws humming in the distance.

* Photos provided by 
Cattle  Baron's Ball