Dallas CASA’s Parade Of Playhouses Closing Party Was Just Ducky At NorthPark’s Pirch

Within ten minutes of the opening of the Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses’ closing party at Pirch on Thursday, July 20, at NorthPark, the parking lot was filled to the max.

The roughly 200 guests found themselves parking outside of Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms and strolling via the air-conditioned hallways to the luxury kitchen, bath and outdoor showroom.

Stephanie LaValle, Kathleen LaValle and Dunia Borge

Becca Haynes Leonard and Jim Thompson

Inside, they found Duni Borgia handing out treats. It was just three years ago that Duni was doling out gelato and Kathleen LaValle was named executive director and president of Dallas CASA. Honorary Chair Jim Thompson was impressed with the turnout. Since moving the closing party to Pirch, the event has become a major attraction for sponsors and builders, who have donated their time, efforts and materials for the fundraising stand-still parade.

Within Pirch, word was passed to head to the wine pull in the spa area, with its wall of multi-showerheads. The soak tub was transformed into a pond for rubber ducks with bottoms marked with numbers. For a $20 donation, guests got to select a duck and a wine with the corresponding number.

Rubber ducks

Wine pull

Robert Bobo

Pahlmeyer (2013)

Robert Bobo picked a plucky duck with the number 47 on its bottom. Robert admitted that, over the years, he had collected three ducks and relocated them to his office at Pioneer Natural Resources. This year’s quacker had earned Robert a Testarossa Pinot Noir (2014).

Still on the ledge waiting to be pulled was a sweet Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red (2013) valued at $168.97.

Lynn Brooks

Corey and Priscilla Anthony

Lynn Brooks arrived solo due to husband Jeff Kindig’s being delayed at the airport… Board member Corey Anthony and wife Priscilla Anthony were all smiles. They’re co-chairing the Champions for Children Dinner on Wednesday, November 16, with Laura and John Losinger and Honorary Chair Christie Carter. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the dinner at The Fairmont Dallas will honor the Junior League of Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 16th Annual Boots and Bandanas

According to 16th Annual Boots and Bandanas Co-Chair Meg Frainey,

It’s that time again ladies and gents! Grab your Stetsons and get ready to have a boot scootin’ good time in support of campers with disabilities. Camp Summit‘s 16th Annual Boots and Bandanas Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held on Thursday, November 2, at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in Downtown Dallas. You don’t want to miss it! With good ol’ Texas BBQ and entertainment, including live and silent auctions, wine pulls, and live Texas music from Shoot Low Sheriff, it’s sure to be an evening to remember!

Bonnie Webb, Amy Trammell and Brittany Bradberry*

Every year, hundreds of professionals, business leaders, donors, and supporters in the DFW area attend Boots and Bandanas, bringing in thousands of dollars in support of our remarkable campers. All proceeds from the event benefit Camp Summit and our barrier-free camping programs for children and adults with disabilities. The support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers ensures that our remarkable campers will always have a camp to call their own.

We have numerous sponsorship opportunities available, so grab a ticket, reserve a table, or even sponsor our saloon!  Register online to secure your tickets today! Visit the event website at www.campsummittx.org/boots for more information and to complete your online registration. 

If you would like to donate an item for our auction please contact Jeanie Lawson at [email protected] or 972-484-8900 ext. 109.  Small and large items are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering for the event or becoming involved with the event committee, please contact Georgia White at [email protected] or 972.484.8900 ext. 107.

We look forward to seeing you there!

* Photo provided by Camp Summit


TACA Lexus Party On The Green Felt Right At Home In Its New Sammons Park Setting With Performers, Ice Carvings And Chefs Galore

Like a family realizing that perhaps they need to expand their residence, TACA organizers had determined that, as part of its year-long, 50th anniversary celebration, the annual  TACA Lexus Party On The Green needed a change. So, after years at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, they moved the outdoor fundraiser to Sammons Park in the AT&T Performing Arts District on Friday, May 12. It was nothing against the Mansion. After all, they were going to have the 50th Anniversary Gala at the Mansion on Friday, September 8.

With both the Artscape Award and Auction Dinner at the Arboretum and the Party On The Green taking place outdoors on the same night, Mother Nature was in a kindly state of mind and provided spectacular weather.

Tia Wynne, Dean Fearing and Wanda Gierhart

Katherine Wynne

POG Co-Chairs Katherine Wynne and Tia Wynne had orchestrated a beautiful setting with a backdrop of the very green grass shaded by grown-up trees. Giant lit white balloons hovered over each of the tented chef’s stations. Tabletops were gowned in TACA green and chairs wrapped with pashminas (some salmon-colored, others turquoise, still others emerald-green). An artist with a power saw sprayed ice chips as he carved “50” into two massive blocks of ice on a mini-stage. A ginormous lit balloon with Lexus TACA Party On the Green floated on the reflecting pool. Adirondack chairs were perfectly positioned on the lawn, with flawless views of the action in the pool.  

2017 Lexus TACA Party On the Green

Ice carver

Dawn Spalding

Dancers in reflecting pool

Of course, like any move to new surroundings, there were the expected “oops.” For instance, the PA seemed at times loud enough to be heard in Deep Ellum. Pleasant conversations required ramping up the vocal chords to compete with the myriad of announcements and actors and musicians.

At times, there seemed to be an overly aggressive push for the performing arts. While the dance in the pond was indeed captivating, the theatrical production on stage with Booker T. Washington as a backdrop was a smash … for those within eyesight. For those grazing near the Meyerson, it was a jumble of verbal clutter, just as it was at the last Silver Cup Luncheon.

Michael and Amy Meadows and Charmaine and George Tang

Hal and Diane Brierley

Chris Heinbaugh and Nannette and Tracy Fitz

Alex Laurenzi and Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi, David Tripplehorn-Cash and Merrick and Stuart Huckin

Even those little snafus couldn’t hold back the 700 or so art-loving guests, like Amy and Michael Meadows, Charmaine and George Tang, TACA President/Executive Director Wolford McCue with wife Cheryl McCue, Diane and Hal Brierley, Ron Corning, Chris Heinbaugh, Nannette and Tracy Fitz, Simona Beal with her posse (Ed and Henny Wright, Bob Gibbs and Matthew Wilson), WaterTower’s Greg Patterson and Joanie Schultz, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Dawn Spalding, Dean Driver, Holly Reed, Susan Arledge, Marsha Getto-Aikens, Rachel and John Michell, Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and Alex Laurenzi, David Tripplehorn-Cash, Merrick and Stuart Huckin, Paige McDaniel with Joe B Clark and Leslie Crozier

Ed and Henny Wright, Bob Gibbs, Simona Beal and Matthew Wilson

Greg Patterson and Joanie Schultz

Paige McDaniel and Joe B Clark

Lisa and Bill Ogle

Susan Arledge and Marsha Getto-Aikens

Snapshots of the scene included Mark Edgar giving a thumb’s-up for Chelsea Corner Chef Sara Griffin’s Road House Burger with truffle fries, which was getting a major top rating from many. Sara’s secret? She uses three types of meat… Rosewood Mansion’s Chef Nicolas Blouin‘s chocolate bar was a confectionary feast for the eyes and taste buds. Earlier in the day, Nicolas had been the one bright spot in a not-so-favorable review of the Mansion by the Dallas Morning News foodie Leslie Brenner…. Parigi Chef Janice Provost on her first outing at the POG decked out her tent with roses and cups set in faux grass filled with savory basil panna cotta with baby tomatoes and pesto… Sissy’s Chef Lisa Garza-Selcer was a bit frazzled during the VIP party, due to her late arrival. When asked how her baby was doing, the brunette replied, “I don’t know.” … Salum Chef Sader Matheis was subbing in for Chef Abraham Salum, who was in Lebanon with his father… Knife Chef John Tesar was all smiles over the sales of his new book, “Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals at Home.” A recent signing at the Highland Dallas Hotel had drawn 200, John explained, and he was excited about expanding his Knife empire to Plano, San Francisco, and Denver…. Equally happy was Chef Dean Fearing with fiancée Wanda Gierhart, who is chairing TACA’s 50th anniversary, year-long celebration…  Laura Elcock reported that, earlier in the day, she’d had lunch with an old artist friend, who presented her with a portrait of Laura’s and husband Walter’s daughter… Michelle de Metz turned heads as she strolled past the tents with her leashed pooch.  

Nicolas Blouin

Nicolas Blouin dish

Lisa Garza-Selcer

John Tesar

Janice Provost

Janice Provost dish

Laura and Walter Elcock

Michelle de Metz

For more photos of the faces and food, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

2017 TACA Lexus Party On The Green Line Up Of Chefs, Sponsors And Ticket Opportunities Revealed For Sammons Park Celebration

Katherine Wynne (File photo)

Tia Wynne (File photo)

Wine pull (File photo)

Official “Diet Drop Date” is Friday, May 12. That’s when 14 chefs will provide one of North Texas’ finest grazing experiences at the TACA Lexus Party On The Green at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Sammons Park. Presented by Highland Park Village, Co-Chairs Katherine Wynne and Tia Wynne have arranged for celebrity chef tastings, a wine cork pull, a silent auction, live music and performances by TACA-supported arts organization in continuing celebration of TACA’s 50th anniversary.

According to TACA Carlson President/Executive Director Wolford McCue, “TACA’s mission is to support the performing arts community, so not only is the AT&T Performing Arts Center the perfect backdrop for TACA Party on the Green, it also provides us more space to showcase several of our beneficiaries. Tia and Katherine have planned an incredible evening with local celebrity chefs and performances by TACA supported arts organizations, all with the goal to raise critical funding for the local arts.”

Dean Fearing (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

The list of chefs includes Nicolas Blouin of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant, Lisa Garza-Selcer of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen, John Gilbert of G Texas Custom Catering, Sara Griffin of Chelsea Corner, Jeffrey Kollinger of Tillman’s Roadhouse, Sader Matheis of Salum Restaurant, Sonny Pache of Ocean Prime and Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef, Janice Provost of Parigi, Daniele Puelo of CiboDivino Marketplace, Gianni Santin and Tida Pichakron of Haute Sweets Patisserie, Drew Swanson of Wolfgang Puck Catering, John Tesar of Knife at The Highland Dallas and Participating Late Night Chef: Mesero.

The chef sponsors include Faye C. Briggs, Carlson Capital LP, Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc., Gwen and Leldon Echols, Leah and Jim Pasant, Donna Wilhelm and Wynne Transportation.

Faye Briggs (File photo)

Donna Wilhelm (File photo)

Katherine and Tia have arranged for the following opportunities for guests

  • $500 — The entire evening plus early entry at 6:30 p.m.
  • $375 — The entire evening starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • $150 — Late night partying starting at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets and sponsorships are available here!

Thank you notes should go to the following sponsors:

  • Title Sponsor – Lexus / The Dallas – Ft. Worth Lexus Dealers
  • Presenting Sponsor – Highland Park Village
  • Patron Sponsor – The Rosewood Corporation
  • Cork Pull Sponsor – Bank of Texas
  • Wristband Sponsor – Frost Bank
  • Official Airline – American Airlines
  • Host – AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • Valet Sponsor – Platinum Parking
  • Media Sponsors – PaperCity, Texas Monthly, CultureMap and MySweetCharity

JUST IN: Annual TACA Lexus Party On The Green Is Relocating From The Mansion To AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Sammons Park

Don’t plan on heading to the Mansion for the annual TACA Lexus Party On The Green, because it’s moving to the Sammons Park in the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 12, with former Cattle Baron’s Chairs Katherine Wynne and Tia Wynne as the co-chairs.

Katherine Wynne (File photo)

Tia Wynne (File photo)

Is it because of the Mansion’s mega-renovations? According to TACA Carlson President/ Executive Director Wolford McCue, “TACA’s mission is to support the performing arts community, so not only is the AT&T Performing Arts Center the perfect backdrop for TACA Party on the Green, it also provides us more space to showcase several of our beneficiaries. Tia and Katherine have planned an incredible evening with local celebrity chefs and performances by TACA supported arts organizations, all with the goal to raise critical funding for the local arts.” 

Party on the Green (File photo)

It will have the traditional wine cork pull, music and silent auction. As of today, the participating chefs will include: Chef Dean Fearing of Fearings Restaurant, Chef John Gilbert of G Texas Custom Catering, Chef Jeffrey Kollinger of Tillman’s Roadhouse, Chef Sader Matheis of Salum Restaurant, Chef Sonny Pache of Ocean Prime and Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef, Chef Tom Parlo of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Chef Janice Provost of Parigi, Chef Daniele Puelo of CiboDivino, Chef Gianni Santin and Chef Tida Pichakron of Haute Sweets Patisserie, Chef Andrew Swanson of Wolfgang Puck and Chef John Tesar of Knife at The Highland Dallas.

Presented by Highland Park Village, the event tickets are on sale. VIP tickets (translation: early-bird entry of 6:30 p.m.) are $500 and general admission for the 7:30 p.m. start at $375.

Dallas CASA’s 21st Annual Parade Of Playhouses’ Closing Party At Pirch Had Loads Of Perks, Peeps And Pampering

While it seemed like most folks had abandoned North Texas for their “suburb” haunts in Colorado on Thursday, July 28, ’twas not so.

Jana Brosin, Kathryn Knight and Summer Knight

Jana Brosin, Kathryn Knight and Summer Knight

More than 160 and less than a gazillion folks like Kathryn Knight and her daughter Summer Knight, Juliette Coulter and Regina Bruce filled the parking lot outside of NorthPark’s Pirch for the closing party of the 21st Parade of Playhouses benefiting Dallas CASA, despite the fact that the “parade” wouldn’t really be a done deal until Sunday, July 31.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

Soak tub

Soak tub

From the Cadillac Escalade parked out front to the soak tub just inside the doorway, the scene was set for luxury. If anyone had thought their own fabuloso palazzo was heaven, they were having second thoughts with the tiles, soaking tubs, pizza ovens and other “to-die-for” perks filling Pirch. Around each corner was something that was so pamper-oriented, it made going home to the same-old steam shower seem regretful.

Jim and Angela Thompson

Jim and Angela Thompson

But the night was to celebrate the playhouses and rightly so. Longtime PoP loyalists/sponsors/Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson along with Paula and Scott Orr and Crest Cadillac/Crest Infiniti’s Jana and Mike Brosin were more than pleased to learn that playhouse raffle tickets and text voting were ahead of last year… and last year’s was a gangbuster. Little did organizers know that a total of 15,546 raffle tickets would be the final count!

Mike Brosin, Kathleen LaValle, Paula and Scott Orr

Mike Brosin, Kathleen LaValle, Paula and Scott Orr

Sanctuary wine

Sanctuary wine

Still another fund generator was “Sanctuary,” where for the $25 purchase of a rubber duck, guests could claim a donated bottle of wine that cost a heck of a lot more than $25.

10th Annual Lexus Party On The Green Had A Full Array Of Food, Fashions And Fundraising For TACA

Finally, Mother Nature proved she could be kind on Friday, May 6. Following off-and-on days of wavering temps, hail, thunder and skies filled with frightening light shows, the skies cleared and breezes flowed at user-friendly speeds. At the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the TACA Lexus Party On The Green (POG) VIP types discovered that the auto courtyard was just that. Instead of being commandeered for cooking chefs and staging for bands and dancing, it had valets receiving and giving out cars for guests of TACA’s 10th annual POG.

Guests were directed to the side parking area for the check-in and the tented start-up partying. TACA Executive Director Becky Young greeted one and all and raised her eyes to heaven with a big, old smile. She recalled past POGs that had survived tornado alerts and rainstorms. Yes, the weather was indeed playing nice.

The partying had hardly started then the tent was filled to capacity, with the fallout spilling onto the terraces and throughout the hotel’s public rooms, where more cooking and sipping was in full swing. And while all 600 were there to graze, sip and support the performing arts, there was a definite division in the ranks on what to wear.

Jared Hutchins and Tierney Kaufman Hutchins

Jared Hutchins and Tierney Kaufman Hutchins

Billy and Jodie Payton

Billy and Jodie Payton

Kristen and Ladd Sanger and Amy Green

Kristen and Ladd Sanger and Amy Green

Some opted for the bare shoulder look (POG Chair Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Diane Brierley, Debra Nelson, Kristen Sanger, Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi, Lisas Cooley and Ogle, Jody Payton, Tiffany Divis, Nancy Gopez, Christy Coltrin, Debbie Horres, Michel Hagood and D’Andra Simmons Lock).

Ann Hobson

Ann Hobson

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock

Nancy Gopez and Paul Divis

Nancy Gopez and Paul Divis

Andre Staffelbach and Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Andre Staffelbach and Jo Staffelbach Heinz

Others went for light cotton (Ann Hobson, Brad Oldham, Barbara Daseke, Paul Divis, Ron Corning, Jo Staffelbach Heinz, Shane Allen, Amy Green and Jeremy Lock).

And still some went totally floral silks (Dee Simmons, Phyllis Comu, Natalie Westbrook and Mary Ann Cree).

John Bowden and Dee Simmons

John Bowden and Dee Simmons

CJ and Phyllis Comu

CJ and Phyllis Comu

Alex Laurenzi and Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi, Tarryn Franco and David Cash

Alex Laurenzi and Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi, Tarryn Franco and David Cash

And, of course, there were ever-proper jacket/open-shirt types (emcee Bill Ogle, Jared Hutchins, Andre Staffelbach, Clay Cooley, Ladd Sanger, Alex Laurenzi, David Cash, John Bowden and Billy Payton).

But the most popular attire of the night was the chef’s jacket that was being worn by the 22 participating chefs: Nick Amoriello of Kitchen LTO, Fidel Baeza of Rosewood Mayakoba, Edgar Beas of Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Blythe Beck of Pink Magnolia, Nicolas Blouin of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Matt Dallman and Scott Gottlich of 18th and Vine, Graham Dodds of Wayward Sons, Enrico Figliuolo of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Mervin Friday of Rosewood Crescent, Lisa Garza-Selcer of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar and Lisa Garza Taste Studio, Jared Harms of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Mathew Ingersoll of The Capital Grille, Brian Luscher of The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots, Matt McCallister of FT33 and Filament, Danyele McPherson of Remedy and HG Sply Co., Victor Palma of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Stephen Rogers of Gemma, Peter Rudolph of Rosewood Sand Hill, Abraham Salum of Salum, Michael Scott of Rosewood Ranches Wagyu Beef, Braden and Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen and Devadip Zahar of Rosewood Las Ventanas.

Matt McCallister and Danyele McPherson

Matt McCallister and Danyele McPherson

Graham Dodds

Graham Dodds

Peter Rudolph

Peter Rudolph

Victor Palma

Victor Palma

 Jared Harms

Jared Harms

Needless to say, the competition was hot and delicious. But the coterie of judges (Dallas Morning NewsLeslie Brenner, D Magazine’s Catherine Downes and Modern Luxury’s Kristie Ramirez) had the challenge to pick the best dish of the night for the 2016 Golden Skillet Award. After sampling each of the dishes, the winner was Lisa’s sassafras braised lamb shank with blue corn cake, poached quail eggs and pickled ramps rye cracker.

Fidel Baeza

Fidel Baeza

Stephen Rogers' dish

Stephen Rogers’ dish

Stephen Rogers

Stephen Rogers

Fidel Baeza's dish

Fidel Baeza’s dish

But still there were a couple who came so close, like Fidel (Caribbean tres leches: passion fruit sponge cake, traditional tres leches syrup, mango and guava) and Stephen (jumbo lump crab with spring vegetables, cashews and Thai vinaigrette), who both earned honorable mentions.

Brian Luscher

Brian Luscher

Brian Luscher's dish

Brian Luscher’s dish

And while longtime POG Chef Brian admitted weeks ago that he just knew he would not achieve his goal of the Golden Skillet, he was on a stool still recovering from foot surgery. The bad news is that Brian was right. He didn’t get the Goldie Pan. The good news was he won the very first ever People’s Choice Award for his spiced pork, rillettes, pickled grapes, grainy mustard and pumpernickel toast. This award, along with voting via cellphone, was a new development for the annual TACA fundraiser thanks to Tierney. And, of course, there was the traditional wine cork pull and raffle for a shiny new Lexus.

For more photos of the fashions and foods, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Lexus Party On The Green Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Something Old, Something New, Something Edible, Something Drinkable

Tierney Kaufman Hutchins was just 21 years old when Lynn and Allan McBee co-chaired the very first Party on the Green for TACA. Now, 10 years later she’s chairing the 10th anniversary of the fundraiser at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. And guess who she’s tapped for honorary co-chairs. Yup, Lynn and Allan.

Jared Hutchins and Tierney Kaufman Hutchins (File photo)

Jared Hutchins and Tierney Kaufman Hutchins (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

Lynn and Allan McBee (File photo)

In addition to chairing the event and holding down her job at Trinity Trust, Tierney this past year has gotten married to Jared Hutchins and just recently moved into a new house.

Brian Luscher (File photo)

Brian Luscher (File photo)

Matt McCallister (File photo)

Matt McCallister (File photo)

Danyele McPherson (File photo)

Danyele McPherson (File photo)

Ah, but the blonde is a multi-tasker. She’s arranged for the following chefs to be cooking up a storm all over the grounds and rooms of the Mansion: Nick Amoriell of Kitchen LTO, Fidel Baeza of Rosewood Mayakoba, Edgar Beas of Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Blythe Beck of Pink Magnolia, Nicolas Blouin of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Matt Dallman and Scott Gottlich of 18th and Vine, Graham Dodds of Wayward Sons, Enrico Figliuolo of Rosewood Castiglion de Bosco, Mervin Friday of Rosewood Crescent, Lisa Garza-Selcer of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Jared Harms of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Mathew Ingersoll of The Capital Grill, Brian Luscher of The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots, Matt McCallister of FT33 and Filament, Danyele McPherson of Remedy and HG Supply Co., Victor Palma of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Stephen Rogers of Gemma, Peter Rudolph of Rosewood Sand Hill, Abraham Salum of Salum, Michael Scott of Rosewood Ranches Wagyu Beef, Braden and Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen and Devadip Zahar of Rosewood Las Ventanas.

Lisa Garza-Selcer (File photo)

Lisa Garza-Selcer (File photo)

Abraham Salum (File photo)

Abraham Salum (File photo)

Scott Gottlich (File photo)

Scott Gottlich (File photo)

Of course, there will be right-official judging for the winner of the Golden Skillet Award by foodie know-it-all types — The Dallas Morning NewsLeslie Brenner, D Magazine’s Catherine Downes and Modern Luxury’s Kristie Ramirez. But there’s an addition this year! Guests will be able to add their two-cents by voting the winner of the first ever Party on the Green People’s Choice Award.

Party On The Green (File photo)

Party On The Green (File photo)

Still another addition this year is the voting for the silent auction packages that will feature “20 exclusive travel- and food-related silent auction packages, each personally curated by participating celebrity chefs.” Tierney has arranged to have the bidding to be via “mobile bidding this year to make it easy to spend money.”

Of course, there will be the wine cork pull that’s being co-sponsored by Glazer’s and Merrill Lynch and the 2016 Lexus RX-350 donated by the Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers. Other sponsors include:

  • Presenting sponsor — Lexus
  • Patron sponsor — The Rosewood Corporation
  • Wristband sponsor — Frost Bank
  • Official airline — American Airlines
  • Fireworks sponsor — Highland Park Village
  • Auction sponsor — AT&T
  • Pashmina sponsor — Sandra and Sam Moon
  • Chef sponsors ($5,000) —Diane and Hal Brierley, Carlson Capital LP, Barbara and Don Daseke, Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Kara and Randall Goss, Dawn and Tobin Grove, Jennifer and Chris LeLash, the Marie Keese-LeLash Foundation, Deborah and Jim Nugent, Paradox Compensation Advisors, Leah and Jim Pasant, Family Sommer, Strait Capital and Flexjet and Michele and Stephen Vobach.

If you’ve already locked down your tickets and a handful of raffle tickets, then go get that adorable outfit that you’ve been dying to buy. Now, you’ve got the perfect excuse to have it!

As Stormy Weather Hits North Texas, TACA Lexus Party On The Green Hits The Tented Pavement

As flash floods and tornadoes swarmed throughout North Texas on Friday, May 8, one very special spot remained untouched — Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Perhaps that’s because it was the site of the TACA Lexus Party on the Green. Who knows? Maybe Mother Nature was finally playing nice after her icy cold shoulder had cancelled TACA’s Silver Cup Award Luncheon back in March.

Just in case, TACA Executive Director Becky Young wasn’t going to play Russian roulette with the weather witch. Just two days before the event she had the Mansion auto courtyard tented and rearranged the floorplan to include the luxury hotel’s dining room, bar and ballroom.

Rawleigh and Kate Ralls and Lisa and John Runyon

Rawleigh and Kate Ralls and Lisa and John Runyon

Billie Leigh Rippey

Billie Leigh Rippey

Laura Tilley

Laura Tilley

The evening kicked off with the VIP’s like POG Co-Chairs Rawleigh and Kate Ralls, Lisa and John Runyon, Gillian Breidenbach, Laura and Justin Tilley, Keenan Delaney, Eneida Hatch, Diana and Francis Sommer, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Christy Coltrin and Golden Skillet creator Brad Oldham, Shane Allen, Matthew Crowe, Peyton Strouth and Barbara and Don Daseke partying in the tent filled with chefs cooking up a storm and adult libations always at hand. Billie Leigh Rippey was telling one and all about the newest member of the Rippey clan — Asher Christian Smith. The one-week-old was Billie Leigh’s daughter’s first grandchild, which petite blonde Billie Leigh beamed made her a “great-grandmother.”… In discussing the recent sale of his company, Hal Brierley reported that the new owners don’t mind if he “consults” in the same field, so he’s planning to start a new tech company that will focus on providing consumers with rewards for their time.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin

Hal and Diane Brierley

Hal and Diane Brierley

Kate Rose Marquez, fresh off her successful heading up of the Cotes du Coeur, wore a dress with no waistband, so she could try all the food stations. When someone told her that it’s “not exactly a Muumuu,” Cotes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston quickly piped in, “That’s tomorrow night!”…Former City Councilperson/Realtor Mary Poss admitted that she was having to stop some of her buyers because prices were too high. What’s driving the business more than corporate relocations? According to Mary, it’s existing-company consolidations and expansions….Mansion Chef Bruno Davaillon smiled about this POG being his fifth one.

Bruno Davillion

Bruno Davaillon

Javier Moreno and Alba Reyes

Javier Moreno and Alba Reyes

Rosewood’s Tracy Fitz was introducing Rosewood London Manager Michael Bonsor to locals. Scot-born Michael joined Rosewood in 2013 after working for the Claridge hotels. In describing the London hotel that’s just steps away from Covent Garden, he said the design is eclectic, with thousands of piece of art. It includes one of London’s most expensive suites — the 6,295-square-foot Grand Manor Wing with six bedrooms and goes for 22,000 pounds a night. It even has its own ZIP code! And just who rents such a place? According to Michael, it’s not celebs but rather business moguls from China… Another couple of newcomers to the area were Javier Moreno and Alba Reyes from Toyota, who were with Lisa and Marvin Singleton… Past POG Co-Chair Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum decided that this year they would break with their tradition of passing on the food. They were definitely going to sip and snack…Word quickly made the rounds that Rosewood London Chef Amandine Chaignot’s fish and chips rated seconds and thirds.

Matthew Crowe, Peyton Strouth, Gillian Breidenbach, Ron Corning and Shane Allen

Matthew Crowe, Peyton Strouth, Gillian Breidenbach, Ron Corning and Shane Allen

While acclaimed chefs whipped up delicious items resulting in dizzying collection of aromas, they also raised the degrees in the tent. Who would have thought with all that rain and unseasonal cool weather, heat would be a factor? Perhaps it was the steam playing games with his head, but WFAA’s Ron Corning was heard to say, “I hear Christmas carols.” Actually, it was DJ Lucy Wrubel and her lineup didn’t include holiday tunes.

Katie and Jim Reed and Holly Reed

Katie and Jim Reed and Holly Reed

Lauren Chapman

Lauren Chapman

After an hour, many sought refuge beyond the tent for cooler surroundings and more tastings. They followed a tented hallway to the Terrace overlooking Turtle Creek. The breeze was just enough to make long hair flutter, but nothing compared to the gale-like winds in other parts of North Texas. Some like Lauren Chapman found a table available and staked their claims. Others like Holly Reed and her folks Katie and Jim Reed, Lynn and Allan McBee, Simona Beal and Bob Gibbs followed the beckoning of the promised cool air wafting from the Mansion along with the aroma of more food being cooked up. Just within the doorway at the far right of the veranda, Chef Blythe Beck in her hot pink chef’s jacket acted like the welcoming committee.

Lynn McBee, Bob Gibbs and Simona Beal

Lynn McBee, Bob Gibbs and Simona Beal

Eric and Sheryl Maas

Eric and Sheryl Maas

In the main dining room Sheryl Maas all in white was nicely settled in a corner banquette. As she waited for husband Eric Maas and buddies Janelle and Larry Friedman, someone noticed a nice bauble on her hand. It was an early Mother’s Day gift — a Sue Gragg ring.

The Mansion bar’s with its low lighting was filled to the brim with folks like Randall Graham and Cody Baker finding the air a little cooler.

Lucky were those who made up Caroline Rose Hunt‘s entourage. They were escorted to an ultra-private dining room with a view of the grounds and even scored having food brought to them. It pays to know Mansion owners — past and present.

Caroline Rose Hunt

Caroline Rose Hunt

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

In the Garden Room Matt McAllister was holding court handing out house cultured yogurt, strawberries, New Mexico balsamic and coriander flowers.

Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and Alex Laurenzi

Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and Alex Laurenzi

Brian Luscher and Sarah Snow

Brian Luscher and Sarah Snow

Once in The Promenade and the Pavilion Ballroom, guests like Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and husband Alex Laurenzi discovered that the heat from the cooking chefs like a beardless Brian Luscher, Omar Flores, Danyele McPherson, Victor Palma, Stephen Rogers, Graham Dodds, Eric Shelton and Abraham Salum was starting to challenge the hotel’s A/C. But who cared about the temperature? Didn’t matter to Greg Patterson, who was signing up for the wine pull, or Lisa Ogle and her mom Nina Thornburgh, while husband Bill Ogle handled the emcee duties. However, the light blue and pink pashmina favors wrapped around the chairs seemed unnecessary for the moment.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2015 TACA Lexus Party On The Green

The TACA team was still feeling touchy about Mother Nature giving their Silver Cup Award a cold shoulder in March. So, when storms were predicted in North Texas the same night as the TACA Lexus Party On The Green, TACA Executive Director Becky Young wasn’t going to take a chance. A mammoth tent was erected in the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s auto courtyard and the interior dining rooms were made part of the plan.

Rawleigh and Kate Ralls and Lisa and John Runyon

Rawleigh and Kate Ralls and Lisa and John Runyon

Eric and Sheryl Maas

Eric and Sheryl Maas

Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and Alex Laurenzi

Elizabeth Tripplehorn-Laurenzi and Alex Laurenzi

Javier Moreno and Alba Reyes

Javier Moreno and Alba Reyes

As world renowned chefs cooked up a “storm” in every nook and cranny, the hundreds of guests sip, supped and simply looked rather fabulous as usual.

Brian Luscher and Sarah Snow

Brian Luscher and Sarah Snow

Eric Shelton

Eric Shelton

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

While the post is….ah, but you know the rest and where the photos can be found.

JUST IN: Friday’s TACA Lexus Party On The Green Is Covered

The TACA team is taking the weather guesser’s Friday damp forecast to heart and has just sent the following email:

“The TACA Lexus Party on the Green has a roof! Rain or shine, we will celebrate the kick-off of summer this Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. on the first floor and tented parking lot of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. We have 21 – yes, that 21! – chefs whose culinary expertise will be ours for the tasting as they compete for the coveted Golden Skillet. Tickets are still available, so bring your friends to enjoy the culinary creations of our celebrity chefs.

“If you haven’t purchased your chance tickets to win the 2015 Lexus RC 350, don’t miss out – there are still a few spots left!”

Translation: The Mansion is going to become a total party venue with the refreshed ballroom, The Promenade, Dining Room and the rest of the ground level. They’ll also be “tenting the parking lot and there will be marquee tents connecting the tent to the restaurant entrance.”

Back in 2011, the POG was held indoors and it became rather legendary with Caroline Rose Hunt, then Mansion GM Duncan Graham and Charlene Howell in a banquet in the main dining room, chefs cooking up all types of goodies in The Promenade, the wine pull in the ballroom, etc. There was even talk that some folks hid out in the wine cellar. But that was just an Urban Myth…or, was it?

Despite A Mini-Moat, Hundreds Made It To Shady Place Shindig Benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation

As guests like Carrie and Jay Treadwell pulled up at F.I.G. on Friday, January 16, for the 5th Annual Sunny Place Shindig, they discovered a moat separating them from the sidewalk and valet parkers. Seems the City of Dallas team had decided to let the water out of the nearby hydrant in order to do repairs on the water main running under Ross.

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Not to worry. Valets and gallant gents like Jay helped the ladies hop over the flowing water, so their stilettos and boots wouldn’t suffer. It was well worth the leap of faith.

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Inside Annette Leslie had put together a sold-out party for 400 with $100K already raised before the evening even started. With things like the venue and alcohol donated, she was well on her way to topping last year’s $150K benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation, which provides funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

But before Professor D went on stage, guests were checking out the silent auction items like donations from professional athletes, art, fashions and jewelry.

Auction items

Auction items

One of the super-duper items was a package including four tickets to the sold-out Taylor Swift show on October 17 at AT&T Stadium. Annette recalled how Taylor and her son Carson had been on The Today Show before he succumbed to cancer.

Still another was straight from George Strait. He, too, had met Carson and came through an autographed pair of Wrangler jeans plus a hat and the CD “The Cowboy Rides Away.”

But there was even more all through the floor. The sold-out Texas Tourney was getting underway. Kendra Scott’s Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston were “manning” the jewelry box pull. Across the way a wine pull had the bottles in burlap sacks ready for picking. Food was everywhere.

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

In town for the event were Jerry McDougall of PriceWaterhouse in Boston and Rare Sciences CEO/Founder/geneticist Christina Waters from San Diego. They are working with the Foundation to strategize its future direction. Jerry, who advises on healthcare issues, reported that incredible advances have been made in adult oncology. On the other hand, there’s a gap in children’s cancer. Both Jerry and Christina have been impressed with the foundation’s work with The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Despite the weekend’s beautiful weather, Jerry had to admit that he was eager to get back to Boston for the Patriots-Colts game.

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Just as Susan Arledge, Robert Grunnah and Irene and Alex Coe arrived, the true guests of honor showed up — four chickens in their own carriers! These shady cacklers would decide the winners of the “chicken drop.” Even the mini-moat couldn’t keep the feathered ones from being part of the night’s partying.

Greer Garson Gala Was “A Royal Affair” For Texas Health Resources Foundation

This report from the field came in about the Greer Garson Gala:

Texas Health Resources Foundation hosted donors and community leaders for a regal evening on April 26 at the Omni Hotel Dallas. With 350 attendees, the 2014 Greer Garson Gala, themed “A Royal Affair,” transported guests across the pond to England for dinner, dancing and royal fun.

“The Greer Garson Gala supports the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Guests showed an abundance of generosity by playing at the charitable casino tables, bidding in the silent and live auctions, and enjoying purchases from the wine pull and royal surprise bags. Through ticket sales, sponsorships and the gala’s fundraising events, the event raised more than $250,000.

William and Mary Ellen Kendall, David Heard and Keri Tonn, Kelly and Chuck Crider*

William and Mary Ellen Kendall, David Heard and Keri Tonn, Kelly and Chuck Crider*

“Attendees viewed a testimonial video featuring chairs Keri Tonn and David Heard, Kelly and Chuck Crider and Mary Ellen and William Kendall. Each of the three families navigated difficult circumstances surrounding pregnancy and childbirth, and shared personal stories from their experiences at the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Dallas. The video is available to view on the Texas Health Resources Foundation Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TexasHealthFoundation.

Jay and Jennifer McAuley*

Jay and Jennifer McAuley*

“’My husband David and I were so honored to be a part of this great tradition,’ said 2014 Greer Garson Gala chair Keri Tonn. ‘We’ve always known it to be true, but it was inspiring to see how generous Dallasites are to their community and to critical needs at Texas Health Dallas. We are grateful for their giving hearts and also for the tireless dedication that the entire volunteer committee put forth over the past year.’

Greer Garson Gala ballroom*

Greer Garson Gala ballroom*

“Dinner was exclusively designed by Omni’s chef Bryce Dahlgren and pastry chef Kristina Kent, and included all-day cabernet braised short rib with a creamy lobster couscous and chocolate molten cake with infused Chantilly crème and warm berry coulis. Hard Nights Day, Dallas’ premier Beatles cover band, kept guests dancing until the evening concluded. A photo booth complete with royal props was also a popular attraction at the gala.

“Texas Health Resources Foundation is proud to recognize the generous sponsors of the 2014 Greer Garson Gala, including:

  • “The Tiffany Yellow Diamond: Bank of Texas; Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt
  • “The Taylor-Burton Diamond: Commerce House, Insight Complete Eye Care – Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Bank, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Mr. and Mrs. William Seanor and Westwood Trust
  • “The Cora Sun-Drop Diamond: Curry Printing. OB On Call and Women’s Healthcare Center, Presbyterian Heart & Vascular Group, Radiology Associates of North Texas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Resources and Walnut Hill OB/GYN
  • “The Star of India: Gardere Wynne Sewell, Locke Lord LLP, Pediatrix Medical Group of Texas Vollero Beach Capital Partners
  • “The Taj Mahal Diamond: Atlas Anesthesia, Kelly and Chuck Crider, DLA Piper LLP (US), KDC Real Estate,LegacyTexas Bank, Nanci and Len Mackenzie and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Tonn
  • “Donors: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess, Leslie Johnson, Mrs. Christine G. Langston, Madeline and Brian Robison and Robert White
  • “Media Sponsors: NBC-5 and PaperCity Magazine”
* Photos provided by Texas Health Resources Foundation

 

JUST IN: TACA Lexus Party On The Green Co-Chair Couples Announced

Anne Besser (File photo)

Anne Besser (File photo)

Kristen and Ladd Sanger (File photo)

Kristen and Ladd Sanger (File photo)

Who says it’s too cold to think about partying outside? Well, the news that just arrived about the 2014 TACA Lexus Party On the Green should help you get a warm feeling.

The co-chair couples have been revealed! They’re going to be Anne and Jeremy Besser and Kristen “KJ” and Ladd Sanger.

Mansion auto courtyard (File photo)

Mansion auto courtyard (File photo)

You can almost feel the moonlight overhead, sniff the aroma of delicious dishes and taste the chilly champagne. Of course, there will be a Lexus IS 250 being raffled off and the Glazer’s/Bank of America Wine Cork Pull. But with two couples, you just know it’s going to be a hearty party night on Friday, May 9, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

Wine cork pull (File photo)

Wine cork pull (File photo)

Hope that will warm you in the sub-freezing weather. Stay tuned for the list of 20 celebrity chefs. As soon as they’re cooked up, you just know we’ll provide them.