Final Sets for USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Classic

For those you who pride themselves on remembering the good old days of the Virginia Slims and World Championship of Tennis, you probably already know about the USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Tennis Classic. If that’s the case, you need to read no farther because you already have stellar seats at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for Sunday’s final sets.

As for the rest of us with courtly interest, the tournament has been underway since Sunday with the likes of Valerie Tetreault, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Alexandra Stevenson, Alina Jidkova, Christina McHale, Madison Brengle and Lauren Albanese. Benefiting the North Texas Children’s HopeChest and Special Olympics, organizers have also arranged for free tennis clinics in the evening for area youngsters and adults.

Quarterfinals are taking place right now and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing tennis and to help some very worthy causes. Need ticket info? Here you go!

BTW, if you’re doing office duty right now, check out Radio Tennis.


Despite the weather forecast, the largest women’s tennis competition in Texas is taking place with the final sets taking place Sunday. Benefiting the

Why Are These Two People Smiling?

The two folks in the picture (Jonnie England, left, and John Shore) are smiling for two entirely different reasons.

Metroplex Animal Coalition Director of Animal Advocacy and Communications (whew) Jonnie is smiling with the hope that she can rustle up some volunteers for “Cars & Stripes Forever,” Saturday’s car and bike wash from noon to six benefiting the Metroplex Animal Coalition. It’s a pretty nifty deal for both volunteers and people who have dirty cars. The volunteers get to sit under tents accepting peoples’ money. The people with the dirty cars not only get their cars washed, they also get to dine on a gourmet buffet and a $20-gift certificate to Stratos. Oh, and they can have their pets paws read by a Paw Psychic. The event is taking place in front of The Lodge and is totally underwritten by animals’ best friend Dawn Mickey.

Understand that MAC Treasurer/Secretary Skip Trimble has been seen around town with a bucket of mud getting cars dirty.

If you have some time on your hands, let Jonnie know that you want to volunteer ASAP.

Now, why is John smiling? Well, not only was he having lunch with Jonnie today at Bolsa, he was bidding farewell to the age of 34. Tomorrow he joins the 35-year old set. Happy birthday, John. Somebody buy him a car wash.

Laura Bush Added To 2010’s “A Celebration Of Reading”

Amanda and George P. Bush (pictured) just notified MySweetCharity that their aunt/author (aka Former First Lady) Laura Bush has joined the lineup of authors for A Celebration of Reading at the Meyerson on Monday, Nov. 8.

In addition to Laura, Donovan Campbell, Jeff Kinney, Lelia Meacham and Condoleezza Rice will be sharing the stage for Barbara Bush’s annual event.

Because we know you’re looking for some summer reading, we’ve linked the authors names to websites that include their books.

And remember — proceeds form the event go to the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy, through which The First Lady’s Family Literacy Initiative for Texas grants awards up to  $50,000. The 2010 grant were presented to the Krum Independent School District in Krum, AVANCE in Waco, Austin Learning Academy, Bowie Independence School District, Dallas Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr. Branch) and Crystal City Independent School District.

The second-year sustainability grants were given to Literacy Council of Tyler, Deer Park Independent School District in Pasadena, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg and Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

Guess Who’s Coming To Black Tie Dinner?

Photo provided by Black Tie Dinner

If you’re current on your Broadway stars, then you know how very special this announcement is — two-time Tony nominee  Gavin Creel (pictured) will headline the 2010 Black Tie Dinner with the Turtle Creek Chorale on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Sheraton Dallas.

Gavin earned his Tony nominations for his lead role in the 2002 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie and the 2009 for his performance in the revival of Hair.

But Gavin is more than gorgeous with matching voice. He’s is one of the founders of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LGBT civil liberties. In fact, OUT Magazine‘s listed Gavin as one of the “OUT 100” for his work with Broadway Impact and the National Equality March.

Turtle Creek Chorale Artistic Director Dr. Jonathan Palant said, “We are doubly honored this year to be both a beneficiary of and a performer at Black Tie Dinner. As the Chorale strives to reach its mission “to educate, entertain, unite and uplift,” we are proud to stand strong with Black Tie Dinner once again.

“Personally speaking, it’s been 13 years since Gavin and I completed our undergraduate degrees together at the University of Michigan, and I very much look forward to collaborating with him again!”

On-line Table Captain table sales begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. Sponsor opportunities are available now!

Just In: ELECTRIC Is Sold Out, But Saturday’s Baseball Game Is Still Pitching!

We were just getting ready to announce that the VIP packages for Friday night’s ELECTRIC at the House of Blues were sold out, but general admission was still available.

Forget that! Now everything ELECTRIC is sold out. Oh, shoot! You’re gonna miss the 1,000 Edison lightbulbs, 8,000 feet of cable, 3,000 mirrors, 1,200 candles, 12 electricians and a heck of a lot of good looking people. That’s not saying that the 12 electricians won’t be hunks.

You’re upset we can tell and some of you aren’t quite sure what ELECTRIC is. It’s part of [Read more…]

Ratings Soared For Paws In The City’s Dancing With Our Stars

You just thought Dancing with the Stars was over for the season when Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough won the mirrored-ball trophies. Wrong! Paws in the City held its own version and managed to jam all the fun, drama and glamour of the television show’s entire season into one night at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Saturday.

The evening began with a jam-packed reception with silent auction and available pooches for adoption on the sideline. One little, four-legged Lab mix was guest of honor despite a nasty looking back. Her name is Faith (pictured. Editor’s note: The photo is reduced dramatically because it’s pretty grim. If you would like to see it full blown, just click on the photo.) and she is recovering from someone pouring hot grease on her back. You’d never know if from her attitude. Throughout the evening she was a friend to all and the feeling was reciprocated as she made her way through the crowd.

Another critter in the reception was Spencer Nilsson (pictured). No, he’s not a pooch, but he’s typical of the many who are the secret to Paws in the City’s success. Spencer is a PITC volunteer and fosters pets until they find their “forever homes.” Checking the dogs up for adoption at the party, he owned up to having a beagle and presently fostering a Maine Coon. You know volunteers really love their work.

Following the reception, the 650 guests adjourned to the main hall where tables were so tightly in place that it’s a wonder the servers were able to squeeze through.  Ah, the problem of having too many people supporting an event.

It was announced that the Wyly Medical Assistance Fund had issued a challenge — if $20,000 could be raised during the evening, the Fund would match it to provide money for animal medical treatment, boarding and training of animals.

We’ll tell you if they made it later.

But first Event Host Preston Pearson (pictured) took the stage. Now Preston is well-known for being one of the Dallas Cowboy legends. Time and time again, like so many of his fellow players, he has donated time, effort and money to causes throughout this area. But you may not realize that this incredible athlete has a very soft spot for animals. It’s largely because of a gal named “Lucy.” She was a dog that Preston’s son asked him to take care of while he was away. It was a match made in heaven.

“I fell in love with Lucy,” the Super Bowl winner said with pride. Then he told of her her death about four years ago and the inscription on her tombstone, “Lucy, A Friend to All.” It was at this point that Preston started tearing up. Regaining his composure, [Read more…]

D’Andra Simmons Announces Junior League of Dallas Fundraising Plans With Peter Duchin As A Key Player

D’Andra Simmons (pictured) knows how to get people to attend a party. Just have Peter Duchin, the darling of New York cafe society, not only show up, but play a few tunes on the ivories. And that’s what happened Thursday night at Galerie Zuger for the announcement of JLD’s plans for the upcoming year. What an announcement it was!

Just as the place was in over-fill capacity, the crowd learned that D’Andra  [Read more…]

Think Blind Side When It Comes To Wednesday’s Child Alliance Lunch

More plans for the upcoming fall fundraising season were announced Thursday night at Eddie V’s. Wednesday’s Child Alliance President Suzanne Bock Grishman (pictured) rallied her WCA troops to reveal two very special women will be part of their plans for the annual luncheon on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Ritz Carlton.

First, Suzanne announced that the luncheon speaker is none other than Leigh Anne Tuohy. What’s that? That name sounds familiar, but can’t recall it as being a local? Right! Think The Blindside gal herself. Yup, the Wednesday team managed to land the #1 champion of foster parents to address the luncheon. If you’ve heard Leigh Anne in an interview or in person, you know that she won’t mince words.

As if that wasn’t enough, Suzanne went on to reveal Janelle (pictured) and Larry Friedman will serve as the 2010 luncheon chair.

The steering committee for this one includes Carol Aaron, Andrea Alcorn, Mary Black, Sally Blanton, Yvonne Crum, Lynn Townsend Dealey, Carmen and Don Godwin, Sue Goodnight, Suzanne Bock Grishman, Lynn McBee, Elaine Pearlman, Sandy and Tommy Rouse, Carol Seay, Joanne Tiechman, Debbie Vaughn and Carmaleta Whiteley.


JUST IN: Tim McGraw Announced For XLV Countdown Live from Cowboys Stadium

Tim McGraw (pictured) announced today at that he will perform at the XLV Countdown Live From Cowboys Stadium.

It’s been a secret for months. Such hints as the performer had sold 40 million units and was a multi-Grammy winner were shared, but serious money questioned whether the committee would want another country western performer.

(Tim’s wife, C/W singer Faith Hill, opened the three-part concert series this spring at Bass Hall.)

Also on the program will be Fort Worth’s Van Cliburn and a historic tribute to the Dallas Cowboys’ 50th anniversary and a celebration of the career of newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Unlike the two previous concerts, the Sept. 10th event will have v-e-r-y “family-friendly” seating with most seats selling for $25. Tickets go on sale June 26.

The evening is being presented by Frito-Lay. Pass the chips, please!

Get Out Your Top Hat And Tails Dusted Off For Paws In The City Saturday Night

Paws in the City got a nice story on WFAA last night. Perfect timing! Their annual fundraiser, “Top Hat and Tails,” will have a “Dancing With The Stars” feel this Saturday night at Frontiers of Flight Museum.  Hosts Drew Pearson and Scott Murray have arranged for such celebs as Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson, foodie Dee Lincoln, KTVT-CH. 11’s Gary Seith, Dallas Cowboy wife Michelle Witten, chef Richard Chamberlain, TV/radio personalities Jocelyn White and Brendan Higgins and KXAS-CH. 5’s Kim Fischer to dance up a storm.

The dance competition will pair celebrities with Arthur Murray dance pros. There will be one dance routine performed by each couple and judged by  Claudia Marshall, Kellie Rasberry and Tony Dorsett. You just know there will be some Simon Cowell comments dropped. Winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and guests’ voting.

In addition to the fun, the St. Francis of Assisi Award will be presented to Holly Forsythe for her dedication and service to animals.

Barking Hound Village, Toothacres, Urban Paws, Tailwaggers, WUF, Kinder Kritter, Boarding Bungalow and Bikerdogz Dog Training will be presented awards for their support of Paws In The City. What kind of support? They have helped board and train dogs in the program.

Event chair Becky Haisma and Vice Chair Tina Fairbanks have Honorary Chairs Samantha Reid, Andrea Alcorn and Nancy Latner helping them make this another success story for Paws In The City.

Understand there are a few tickets still available.

Chick Lit Luncheon Brings In A $144,259 Nest Egg

It’s a Friday on a short work week. How great! Let’s make it even better with some pretty fab news from Community Partners of Dallas. It seems the accounting elves have finished tallying up the results from April’s Chick Lit Luncheon with Chicago author Jen Lancaster. Thanks to the event, $144,259 was raised to provide necessities for children in the care of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

“We are extremely thankful to our presenting sponsor, Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel (pictured), as well as all of the other generous donors and volunteers who helped to make this year’s luncheon such a success,” said Paige McDaniel, Community Partners of Dallas President and CEO. “The Chick Lit Luncheon provides necessities for our community’s youngest victims of abuse. With the support from our favorite ‘chicks,’ Dallas children now have the critical resources they need to experience hope and healing.”

In addition to the generous Tafels, the following sponsors also deserve a “well done”: [Read more…]

TACA Lexus Party On The Green Brings Home A Lot Of Green

Just a week ago today, the TACA Lexus Party on the Green was held at the Rosewood Mansion. While there are more than a dozen chefs throughout the world in various stages of recovery from the epic epicurean soirée, the nimble fingers of the TACA elves have been hard at work tallying up the grand total. And what a total it is!

Almost $350,000 was raised thanks to Event Chair Ashley Tripplehorn and the support of 550 guests, event sponsors (ALON USA, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Lexus, American Airlines, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, 103.7 Lite FM, PaperCity and Texas Monthly) and chef sponsors (Artesana Rosewood Residences/Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Baker Botts L.L.P., Bickel & Brewer, Diane and Hal Brierley, Faye C. Briggs, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Carreker Family Foundation, Dianne Cash, Don and Barbara Daseke, Jennifer and Tim Doke, Jennifer and John Eagle (pictured), Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Ford, Tara Lewis and John Swords, Neiman Marcus, The Rosewood Corporation, Jacquelin Sewell and Travis Wolff Independent Advisors & Accountants.

Suggestion: Put Friday, September 24, on your calendar for the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala.

"We're Talking Baseball" Is Your Get-Out-Of-Jail Card

When you play Monopoly, your “get out of jail” card frees you from just about anything. For baseball players, it’s, “We’re talking baseball.” Remember that later.

Sunday night after a sour defeat to the Cubs, the Texas Rangers regrouped for the Eighth Annual Triple Play Game Show Extravaganza at the Anatole hosted by Cristina Barbosa-Young and Michael Young, Dana and Josh Lewin and Lisa and Ken Schnitzer. Benefiting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation that supports programs for improving the lives of children in need, this was definitely a big league event. With Tivo’s set for Lost Sunday night, baseball fans of all ages were chatting it up with their Rangers.  Ron Washington, Jim Sundberg, Rusty Greer, José Guzmán and other Rangers, both past and present, moseyed around the aisles and aisles of silent auction items talking with fans like Oscar Howard and Chris Batiste (pictured right with from the left Oscar and Ron). [Read more…]

Sting And The Winspear Were Stage-jacked Saturday And Didn't Mind It All

Photo provided by North Texas Super Bowl XLV

See the picture to the left? Looks like a lollaplooza moment? Did designer Norman Foster envision this scene at the Winspear? More about that later. [Read more…]

TACA Lexus Party On The Green Brought Out Chefs And Cool Clothes

Poor Oliver Ridgeway! The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi chef was probably thinking, “Veni, vidi, edi” (“They came, they saw, they ate!”) after Friday night’s TACA Lexus Party on the Green at the Rosewood Mansion. He had meticulously prepared 550 crisp ahi tuna tacos with piquant mango salsa, avocado mousse, wasabi tobiko and southwest microgreens for the 500+ guests. That should have been enough with over a dozen other world-class chefs stationed with their signature dishes in other parts of the Mansion. But, alas, he found himself scrambling around on the Terrace trying to pull together a Reader’s Digest version with what materials he had left over to feed with masses who returned with empty plates for “more, sir.” You would have thought the darlings hadn’t eaten since last year’s Party On The Green.

But Oliver wasn’t alone in fulfilling the demands of the glamorous chow lines. [Read more…]

Wining To Dine At The Rosewood Mansion For TACA Tonight

TACA Lexus Party on the Green organizers are expecting their biggest crowd in history tonight at the Rosewood Mansion — 550!

Understand that everyone from valets to wine stewards are looking forward to the two days of wining and dining for the arts.

Word has it that Mother Nature is going to behave herself tonight.

Retired Staubach Is Busier Than Ever

Since joining LaSalle Lang Jones Jones Lang LaSalle as Executive Chairman of Americas and moving into his new digs in the Preston Hollow area, Roger Staubach has become the energizer bunny rabbit of community involvement. Besides spearheading such projects as the North Texas Super Bowl, he’s been a very hands-on force for the recent Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show and AWARE luncheon.

Now it’s just been announced that he’ll be serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas honorary chairman with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas President J. Darren Rodgers serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas Chairman. The walk will take place September 11 at Victory benefiting the American Heart Association.

Diets Die! It's TACA Proscenium Weekend At The Rosewood Mansion!

Attention, all dieters. You’re getting the weekend off from celery and Slim•Fast. Come rain or snow or shine, it’s the TACA Proscenium presented by ALON USA and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Imagine chefs from around the world coming together to compete for your taste buds for two days. And we’re not talking just any old chefs with a white apron and a spoon. Here’s a rundown — [Read more…]

Dallas Is Going To The Dogs!

Let’s review the checklist of summer must do’s. Graduations handled? Check! Wedding gifts ordered? Check! Summer vacation plans made? Check!  But what about your dog (pictured)? Doesn’t s/he deserve a little summer activity, too. You know they’re good sports and would be agreeable to any shenanigans.

Here are a couple of solutions to your pooch guilt. Not only will be you have fun, you’ll help other less fortunate critters. [Read more…]

Saturday's Sting Concert is Nearly Sold Out

Those wonderful folks who have been organizing  the concerts benefiting the North Texas Super Bowl’s concert have only 100 tickets left for Saturday night’s Sting concert at the Winspear.

What you haven’t seen it advertised around town? Nope! And you won’t. Why? Because it’s a private concert, so no promo has been allowed.

But we just know the right person to check with about getting tickets. It’s Special Event Manager/Wunderkind Kristen Miles. You can give her a call at 214.252.5107 or just email her at [email protected] Be forewarned — she’s a busy gal and the tickets are flying.

UPDATE: They’re down to 75 tickets.

Partner Card Season Announced!

Start planning — the 2010 Partners Card dates have been announced! From Friday, October 29 thru Sunday, November 7, it will be cardholders’ hunting season.

Whoa! Don’t go bothering to get your card yet. The $60-cards go on sale in mid-September with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Family Place. Also, 20% of each purchase goes to The Family Place.

Don’t thank us!  Thank the presenting sponsor Bank of Texas and more than 750 participating merchants/services in Arlington, Grapevine, Plano, Southlake and Dallas, of course.  Oops! Also, don’t forget to thank Chairs Maggie Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopolous. You go, girls!

Dean, Kent And Bruno Will Be Cooking At The Rosewood Mansion

Did you know that the Rosewood Mansion is turning 30 this year? Yup, and as part of the celebration, three of its fav chefs are going to hold a cooking demonstration for the TACA Culinary Master Class. Just imagine alumni Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun returning to their Mansion roots and joining current Exec Chef Bruno Davaillon for a show and serve on Saturday, May 22. That’s the day after TACA/Lexus’s Party on the Green at the Mansion.

Yes, we know. You want to know what’s on the agenda. . . or, rather menu. Here goes and loosen your belts a notch:

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FightNight Pulls No Punches Thanks To Beauty And Brawn

Let’s admit that the commercial real estate crowd has taken it on the chin this past year. Last Thursday they stuck out those chins, took a deep breath and had a heck of a good time at The Real Estate Council’s 22nd FightNight.

Except for a few dozen gorgeous gals like Bridge Title’s Ashley Frasure (pictured), the crowd was 90% gents looking like a James Bond reunion having a great old time. Who would have ever thought that the Dow had tried to jump off a cliff earlier in the day?

To get things off on the right foot, the entrance of the Anatole resembled every man’s idea of a man cave, complete with two tables bulging with iced-down longnecks on the right, and up ahead, a variety of dolls like Cristal Gannaway and Melissa Terry (pictured right with Cristal) in oh-so-short-and-tight hot pants. Shades of the old days of Southwest Airlines! [Read more…]

Tee Time: The Merry Month of May

If you’re a die-heart golfer or golf watcher in need of a reason to get out of the office and do some good, then have we got some deals for you! [Read more…]