“A Night At The Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge!” In Tune With Fun For Turtle Creek Recovery Center

Stanley Korshak’s “The Shak” is turning into the nightclub of choice for fashionable charities nowadays. Wednesday night it was turned into “A Night at the Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge!” benefiting the Turtle Creek Recovery Center. Co-chairs Maggie Kip and Nancy Gopez (pictured right with Maggie Kip) and Honorary Chairs Katherine and Eric Reeves lucked out by having not only crooner Hunter Sullivan there to manage the music (he’s also one of the founding members of the group), but a lot of wish-I-could-give-up-my-day-job performers.

One of the more memorable groups on stage was the quartet of  Cary Deuber, Amy Lott, Jennifer Lott Smit and Lindsay Lee (pictured right with, from the left (Cary Deuber, Amy Lott, and Jennifer Lott Smit) . They may not be quite ready for American Idol, but they are prime for Saturday Night Live with their antics.

Among the folks listening to the crooning was Northstar Insurance’s Taryn Woods, who refers people to Turtle Recovery Center.

Other founding members include Danya and Mike Anderson, Lori Anna Dees, Kurt Johnson, Julian Leaver, Lindsey and Michael Miller, Anne Stodghill and Kristina Wrenn.

Signature Chefs Made A Perfect Landing At Frontiers of Flight Museum Wednesday

Chef Kent Rathbun has added still another item to his resume — philosopher. Wednesday night as the Lead Chef marshaled the Signature Chef’s “Angels & Aces” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, he was asked about his non-stop schedule of activities. His response, “There’s a window, and it’s always closing. So you’ve got to get in an doubt of the window before it closes.”

And there were 20 of Dallas’ leading chefs and 40 wineries from the Napa Valley, who were probably thinking the same thing. This time of year the food and beverage industries are in overdrive donating time, money and services to help non profits like the evening’s March of Dimes.

For instance, Abraham Salum reported that the following Sunday he was headed to Balch Springs to prepare a dinner for 100 at one big communal table to raise funds for the farmers. In the meantime, he’s gotten his permits approved to move with his new restaurant that will be located right next door to his Salum.

Another person who has windows closing all around her is Ellen Winspear(pictured).  The petite blonde may appear to all the world as the epitome of femininity, but step back and rethink that image. She’s not limited to one image. Wednesday night she was all revved up for the upcoming days ahead.  Ellen admitted that she’d have a tear in her eye seeing Mike Modano playing in a Detroit uniform at the Stars  game. Friday, she was headed to the Rangers’ game against the Yankees. Saturday, she would be back to the Stars. Sunday, she was having an October birthday brunch for the opera singers in town for Don Giovanni with Gretchen Rose catering.

But Wednesday night was to raise money for the March of Dimes and once again the Signature Chefs proved to be a hit across the boards. Unlike last year’s event at which the heat from all the cooking warmed up the Fairmont’s ballroom, Co-chairs Brynn and Taylor Allday and Sue and Britt Fair had seen to it that the Frontier of Flight Museum’s thermostat was set just right to accommodate the 550 guests on both the main floor and the upstairs landing.

While the big screens showing live interviews with various personalities and chefs, it was the first hand chats with the chefs and vintners that hit the spot. Marc Cassel (pictured) was treated like a rock star. Perhaps it’s his trademark goatee and sneakers that sets him apart from others.

Alas, the only place that seem sparse was the upstairs VIP Lounge where the Moet Chandon hostess admitted, “I’m all by my lonesome.” Little did she know that even the VIP’s were too busy in line getting food to lounge.

Dallas CASA Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Advocacy Saturday With A Big Old Party

Some dread turning 30, while others celebrate the occasion big time. The folks at Dallas CASA are having a big old celebration for their 30-year anniversary “Dallas CASA Homecoming Reunion”  this Saturday at Eddie Deen’s. This group has tirelessly been advocates for children who have suffered abuse for 30 years. Their efforts are invaluable.

Chairing the 30th anniversary campaign are Southwest Airlines’ Madeleine Johnson and Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell’s Paul Coggins. Now, if those two names sound just a tad bit familiar, it’s because they both were federal prosecutors.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available for the evening of food, raffles and dancing with music by Party Crashers.

Most Likely to Succeed – $10,000: The Jim and Angela Thompson Foundation

Best Personality – $5,000: Archon Group L.P., The Berg Family, Dallas Mavericks, Stanford C. and Mary Clare Finney Foundation, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Marcia and Mark King/MMK Foundation, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, Eleanor and Steve Penrose, Kristy Robinson/The Hoglund Foundation, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Southwest Airlines, Pam and Jeff Stegenga and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Williamson Jr.

Most Spirited – $2,500: AT&T, Suzanne and Bert Bryan, Alyson and Scott Griffith, Vicky and Michael Gunning, Lisa and Dave Kroencke, Jeanne and Joseph Manogue, Nancy and Rex Spivey and Mersina and Phin Stubbs

Most Talented- $1,000: Debby Buchanan, Marcia Cluxton, Julie and Mike Fisher, The Gayden Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Goodwin, Kathleen and Michael LaValle, Roblyn and Kurt Mai, Mary Kay Inc., Nancy Perot Mulford, Pat and Claude Prestidge, Mary Kay and Kenneth F. Reimer, Carol and Frank Riddick and The Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation

Most Friendly- $500+: Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Altshuler, Colleen and John Aspinwall, Mason Brown Family Foundation Inc., Elizabeth and Michael Daane, Jill and Charles Johnson, Sarah Losinger, Shirley and William S. McIntyre Foundation, Danika and Kip Mondrygal, Carolyn and Denton Newham, Emily Parker, Cindy Pladziewicz, Kathleen and Rocky Powell, Jeff and Darrel Rice, Sara and Robby Rockey and Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Washburne

TREC Pint-Sized Playhouses Are A Real Estate Boon At The Giving Gala

Despite the fact that Thursday night’s Giving Gala at the Anatole is sold out, The Real Estate Council has arranged for folks to participate in the auction of this year’s Pint-Sized Playhouses. Last year one real sweetie actually bought one of the houses and turned around and gave it to a non-profit.

According to sources, if you were to step up with a bid of $7,500 before the auction, you could clinch the deal.

In case you’re brand new to TREC, you need to know that the “Pint-Sized Playhouses” are the results of the TREC members using their noggins and their skills. Here are the official descriptions and photos provided by TREC:

  • MYCON Playhouse: The team has designed and constructed a literal “play” house, a modern structure serving as a blank canvas for children to perform. The construction is traditional wood framing clad in finished boards with a metal roof. The side panels that enclose the space are also moveable and pivot along steel columns so children can expand the stage size. Writable surfaces are incorporated into the design so children can draw backdrops and scenery for performances.
  • Freese & Nichols/Pacheco Koch/Hill & Wilkinson Playhouse: This playhouse is a fan structure with activities inside and outs. Features include ladder rungs that lead to a slide, an interior chalkboard wall, an exterior climbing wall, a tic-tac-toe game, sand box, garden and hummingbird feeder. There is also a garden planter alongside the structure.
  • Corgan/Austin Commercial Playhouse: Transformer was the concept behind this playhouse. A simple cube design is meant to expand and transform with a child’s imagination. The structure is comprised of stained wood framing articulated with lightly washed wood slats. The transformation begins with a pivot hinged door and provides numerous other evolutions including a sliding monkey bar and loft space.
  • Beck: This Little Castle Pop Up Playhouse captures the imagination of youth and adventure by letting children climb inside a book. The outside features a storybook opening, and the book is shaped like a gothic-style castle with wrought iron window framed windows, a bell, decorative light fixtures, a wooden deck and a ladder. The  playhouse interior also features writing/drawing surfaces.

The auction will take place before singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen takes to the stage.

Presenting sponsor Deloitte is joined by the following greats:

  • Limelight Sponsor: Schwob Building Company.
  • Spotlight Sponsors: CMC Commercial Realty Group, Comerica, Corgan, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, Holt Lunsford Commercial, Jackson-Shaw and Thackeray Partners.
  • Paramount Sponsor: Encore Enterprises.
  • Platinum Sponsors: Archon Group L.P., Balfour Beatty Construction, Granite Properties, Hillwood, KeyBank and KPMG.
  • Gold Sponsors: American National Bank of Texas, Austin Commercial, Bank of America, Beck, Behringer Harvard, Bodman LLP, Butler Burgher Group, CB Richard Ellis, Corgan, Freese and Nichols, Hart Advisors Group LLC, Haynes and Boone, Hill & Wilkinson, Hunt Realty Investments Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, JPMorgan Chase, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr P.C., MYCON General Contractors, Pacheco Koch, Regions Bank, Republic Title of Texas, Rosewood Property Company, Stewart National Title Services, US Bank and Workplace Solutions/Teknion.

Cattle Baron’s Is Back Thanks To Feedback And Backup Plans

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If it’s not one thing, it’s another! Just when you think you’ve got all your hens safely in the hen house, a couple of boards come loose, causing pause. It’s a turning point — either you handle it seamlessly or all heck breaks loose.

That was the situation for the ladies of Cattle Baron’s this past weekend. Unlike last year, with its biblical rainstorm, the days leading up to the Saturday event at Southfork Ranch were perfect. It would have been fine even it had rained. For a year, CBB Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl and her merry maids had strategized, organized, sought feedback and re-examined their plans to prevent any problems from arising. This was their D-Day and they were ready to march to victory.  Weather plans had back-up plans that had back-up plans. They were prepared for a snowstorm. The vendors and sponsors were impressed with the management and bought in.

The days leading up to CBB’s version of “The Great State Fair” were a weatherman’s idea of A+ — no rain, just cool enough and no changes in store for the future. Committee members sans makeup worked alongside production crews tearing open boxes, learning the computer auction system, setting up the silent auction, doing everything but putting the stages together. Caterer Eddie Deen fed the masses. Production master Robert Hayden (pictured left with Kristi Sherrill Hoyl) surprised Kristi with a mega-popcorn box as a food station. Reminded one of Glee, only happier.

Friday night, after everything was more or less locked down, there was even a celebration at The Apartment for the committee. Ah, but don’t think the ladies were counting their chickens before they hatched. They were up bright and early Saturday to nail things down . . . again.

Then the showdown took place, beginning with the VIP party at the main house (the Ewings’ home) at Southfork. To add that touch of western, the guests drove up the main entrance with horses lined up on one side. Even CBB vets were then surprised as they exited their limos to be greeted by committee members like Mary Gill and escorted into the party by the Apache Belles. Seems the Belles were on hand to honor their alumna Annette Simmons, who arrived with husband Harold. When a photographer told Harold that Annette (pictured left with Harold Simmons and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl) never takes a bad picture, he smiled, “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world.”

With a band playing and food and beverages everywhere, it was hard for first timers to imagine the ball being even bigger and better. Ah, but just wait.

It also became apparent that the ultimate status symbol of the evening was the golf cart. Suggestion for next year: Have golf cart sponsorships available.

Snapshots and chat-shots: Lynn and Allan McBee brought Canadian filmmakers Eric Mantion and David Alexandre-Coiteaux, whom they’d met at the Dallas International Film Festival when the boys’ “Snow and Ashes” flick was screened. Seems the association clicked because there’s talk of doing some business together. But according to Lynn, oil-and-gas-man Allan “is not quitting his day job!” . . . Western boots came in all colors and designs. . .  Holly Reed, Jill Malouf, Jamie Jo Hayes and Holly Forsythe (pictured right with, from the left, Holly Reed, Jill Malouf and Jamie Jo Hayes) arrived à la “Sex in the City.” Holly F., who is known for her support of animal causes, said that she was going to get more involved with efforts to have Dallas death-row dogs shipped and adopted in the Northeast . . . Black continues to be the fashionable color as proved by Elizabeth Tripplehorn, Tanya Foster, Isabell Novakov and Betsy Sowell.

By 7, the sun was setting and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. As the dust started flying in the horizon from all the cars entering the ball’s main entrance, a handful of special folks climbed the steps up to the back balcony of the Ewing house to meet featured entertainer Jack Ingram. Looking and acting like the guy you had a crush on in college, Jack was generous with his time spent chatting with guests.

Ah, but there were schedules to keep and committee members with headsets were bound and determined to stick to their timeline, so Jack’s visit was too brief. Shoot! After performing at CBB, Jack had to hightail it to Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth to do a 10:30 gig.

Now the sun was done, and VIP guests strolled along a dark path to join the “fairgoers.” One group of four gals (pictured) decided to take a rest on a sidelined tractor.  They should have kept going quickly. The fair was dazzling and jammed-packed. A lot of the sports enthusiasts made it no further than the AT&T Cotton Bowl, where the big screens broadcast any and every sporting event in a setting with oh-so-comfy, double-padded chairs and couches. Too bad because if they stayed put they missed out on the rest of the fair.

Lines formed for the lit-up, old-fashioned ferris wheel. You would have thought these folks had never ridden one. Then there were lines all over the place for food. Luckily the lines moved quickly, thanks to efficient servers and the guests chatting it up with friends who were also doing time in the line. Only thing missing was enough seating. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones like Rod Lake (pictured), you quickly learned to juggle and eat.

Someone asked where the usually-on-hand mechanical bull was. A committee member smiled and said it had been retired. Because, according to one bystander, a female rider last year obviously was not wearing any undies, it was a forced retirement resulting in “No bull!”

But, who cared about a bull when you had a midway with Sling-A-Ring, Bottle Toss, Hunt-And-Shoot, Quarterback Challenge and Maker’s Marker Bell Ring (pictured Jane Wood with sledgehammer)? Matrice and Ron Kirk were just passing by when a young lovely took the sledgehammer and rang that dang bell. Then a hunky type of fella took the mallet from her and barely got the weight to rise. “You’re not gonna let that girl beat you, are you?” Ron asked, starting to make signs of picking up the hammer. Thanks to Matrice’s entreaties, Ron kept his position as an observer.


Photo credit: Randall McCoy


At 7:30 Jack Ingram (pictured) took over the Bank of America stage and got things going. Thanks to his music the crowd started growing in preparation for the Live Auction, which started at 8:30. Following tradition committee members rang cowbells throughout the auction as background music. Definitely not Muzak.

First thing up for grabs was an Eddie Deen’s dinner, with Jack Ingram providing an acoustic accompaniment. It was too good to be true when auction spotters notified that there were two bidders vying for the item. Through negotiations a second offering was provided, so it was a double sale.

Still, some auction observers looked a bit apprehensive. The front rows of the auction area were sparsely filled. “Where are the people?” asked one.

But items kept coming, bells kept ringing and items kept being auctioned off.

Then one of the big ticket items came up: a 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo with a trip to its German factory. Valued at $122,000, it was a real biggie.

And bidding proved the point. Finally with a wave of the red-light wand, a gent at one of the tables near the stage had won the bid. Cheers, loud bell ringing and whoop-la.

Then it was on to the next item and more bids.

But wait. There was a problem. The top baronesses regrouped. The gent had decided that he wasn’t going to live up to his bid for the Porsche. Awkward! A little like being homecoming queen and then having your date cancel at the last minute. But, Cattle Baron ladies know how to handle any situation with class and minimal embarrassment. They owned up to the audience that the bid hadn’t worked out, so the Porsche was again put up for an offer. As all eyes looked at the table to check out the man causing the situation, but he was nowhere to be seen.

Yahoo! Ashton Robusto-puffing/Dr Pepper CEO Larry Young placed the winning bid and pulled out his black card to finalize the deal.

“We are tremendous  supporters of the American Cancer Society. We really believe in giving back to the community,” said Larry with his best gal Colette (seated right with Larry) next to him. “We have a tremendous CSR [Corporate Society Responsibility] program at our company, and we are major sponsors of the music tonight.”

Restaurateur Jim Severson came to Larry’s table and shook his hand. Jim was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with metastatic prostate cancer. They gave him two to three years to live. Sevy admitted that a decade ago the cure would have been castration, but “I’m (still) kicking ass.”

Another member of the hospitality industry who valued the monies raised in the battle against cancer was Dawn Rizos, who was preparing to close the deal on a property for her new Dallas restaurant near the Meddlesome Moth. “We’re gonna have some b-tchin’ parties,” Dawn confided. Seated on the second row, she also revealed that her mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer.


Photo credit: Randall McCoy


Following the auction it was fireworks time, allowing guests to move on to their tables for a memorable concert by Alan Jackson (pictured) on the Dr Pepper Main Stage.

As guests eventually left, they lined up for the Inwood National Bank canvas favor bags like children lining up for Santa at NorthPark. Every year the bags are very hot commodities, and this year the red-and-white bag with its zipper top was tantalizing. Rummaging through the bag on the drive home one of the true finds was the Bickel &  Brewer portable speakers.

And, what were that issues that the Cattle Baron’s strategists hadn’t foreseen? A back-out bidder that they handled with true grit and panache–and some guests suffering from morning-after sniffles and coughs from allergies and hay fever thanks to the dust and pollen in the air. So, if it’s not a flood, it’s air pollution.

Regardless, it was a stellar comeback for a CBB crew that worked for success — and got it.

Sneak Preview Of Cattle Baron’s “Great State Fair” Plus Tips

Just returned from Southfork where the Cattle Baron’s committee is setting “The Great State Fair” for Saturday night. Prepare yourself. With everything (ferris wheel, margarita carousel, a ginormous indoor midway and food stations everywhere) you can imagine of an upscale state fair, the ladies have cranked it up even higher. That’s why Ball Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl is literally floating around the acreage. Robert Hayden (pictured left with Kristi Sherrill Hoyl) and his of Fauxcades production team even created a gigantic popcorn box in her honor!

Of course, you want details, so here are just some tidbits:

  • There’s an incredible Cotton Bowl, where you can settle back and watch the sports of the day. Whether it’s the Rangers playing late or college football, AT&T will have media areas all set up.
  • To even out the footing in the silent auction area, the entire thing has been covered with wood flooring.
  • The ferris wheel is ultra cool because you can see both stages. Only problem is going to be the wait in line. This is going to be a very popular ride.
  • Eddie Deen has been feeding the entire crew all week and you should see what he has planned for the menu Saturday night. Think along the lines of chicken-friend chicken sliders, cilantro burger sliders, hand-battered chipotle corny dogs, Frito chili pies and deep-fried pickle spears.
  • A lovely 921 Rolls-Royce (pictured) is parked nicely in the silent auction tent all revved up for a winning bid thanks to Ann and Hugh Corrigan.
  • Tyler Junior College Apache Belles will be performing on the Bank of America Live Auction Stage in honor of their fav alumna Annette Simmons.
  • Jack Ingram appears on the BofA stage at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live auction starts at 8:30 p.m. and hopefully big numbers will be chalked up.
  • Alan Jackson performs on Dr Pepper Main Stage at 10:30 p.m.

Making all of this happen are about 100 women (most of whom have ponytails and no makeup) who are ripping open crates (pictured), walking around with power tools (Laura Jorgeson pictured with power drill) and learning how to operate the state-of-art computers for the auctions. (Check out MSC’s photo gallery for proof.)

The interesting thing is that there is a mood on the property that is contagious. Everyone is happy. And they have a right to be. It’s going to be a great event.

To make your drive safe, here are some tips:

When you take the Parker Road exit off of I-75, get in the far right lane on the frontage road. (There’s all types of construction equipment hunkered down on the left side of the road.) Stay there until Parker Road. Do no go under the overpass. You’ll want to, but don’t! Turn right and take Parker through Plano (speed limit is a sedate 40 MPH) and into Parker (speed limit is 45 MPH). After about 5.5 miles, you’ll see the lights of Cattle Baron’s Ball. Turn right on FM 2551 and you’ll be part of the Great State Fair.

You’re on your own going home, but please drive smart and safely home.

AWARE’s March Luncheon To Honor Juanita And Henry S. Miller Jr.

Plans for the annual AWARE luncheon were announced Thursday night at the Crescent Club. While last year’s lunch was a mega-event honoring Dandy Don Meredith, the March 31, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole has all the earmarks of upping the ante.

AWARE President Carmaleta Whiteley introduced Luncheon Chair Deborah Packer who revealed that the theme will be “A Dallas Love Story — A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr.

“When our committee met to determine this year’s theme a common subject came up — The Caregiver. When you think of a caregiver, you think of someone taking care of someone who is ill. But a care giver can be many things. A caregiver may care for  a loved one, may care for a child, may care for a hobby, may care for  a passion such as the arts; dance, theatre, opera and symphony, they  may care for a friend, they might even care for a community.

“We asked ourselves if there was someone who possessed all of this? Not only did we discover one person, but a couple! One who cared  with passion, compassion and love for each other, their family, the arts, and the development of their community of Dallas. They did this for over 60 years!!

“We are pleased to announce our theme for this year….A Dallas Love Story: A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr.”

Representing the family, Miller daughter Patsy Donosky (pictured right with, from the left Carmaleta Whiteley and John Gilchrist) the told the group of her parents’ great love for each that was reflected in their holding hands and having a glass of champagne each evening together. Joining Patsy were Tincy and Vance Miller.

If just half of the Miller clan attends the lunch, the place is going to be sold out with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cattle Baron’s Dress Suggestion

Mother Nature is working hard to make up for last year’s nasty weather. Not only is she keeping the rain away until after Cattle Baron’s Ball is done, she’s also making it a tadbit warm Saturday.

Is that good?

Well, if you’re wearing a suit outdoors, no. But if you’re one of the young lovelies who stroll the acreage in cooler-than-cool ensembles, then you’re in luck. . . and so, are the people watchers.

So, think warm weather (light wear), earthy terrain (boots) and plastic (credit cards for the auctions).

Oh, and if you can arrange for it, bring along a designated driver. They’re lifesavers!

Hi-Ho, Equest Was Quite A Show!

Rusty the horse and Crunchie the pony (pictured) were  grouchy Tuesday morning. After all, having to get all dressed up and hauled over to Brook Hollow Golf Club to welcome guests for the Equest Fashion Show/Luncheon is not their usual routine. But like true Equest pros they stood their ground despite the high-density traffic pulling up to the porte-cochere at 10:30. Luckily, the weather was in a great mood with the sun shining and the temperature just barely hitting 70 degrees. Just the right time to pull out those knits, wools, leathers and boots.

To accommodate the more than 300 guests, Brook Hollow management had cranked up the air conditioning to keep things comfortable. Why turn up the AC when it’s cool outside? As one staffer said, “When you have that many people in a room, the temperature can get warm quickly.” Tip of the hat to Brook Hollow management because the place was packed and soon the slight chill was just right!

Another point of excellence was the seat identification. With rows of padded chairs, it could have been a mess trying to locate assigned seats, but organizers had once again solved that little problem. Each seat number was tied on the chair with a ribbon. And we’re not talking about movie ticket-size signs. These numbers were the size of a Tory Burch satchel.

By 10:55, the noise level was growing with the arrival of “Prancing Presenting Sponsor” Nancy Rogers, who was greeted with hugs, smiles and air kisses from blonde gal pals. Despite her top-tier looks and her “Ten Best Dressed” standing, Nancy is a horse lover from way back. Favoring thoroughbreds, she admitted that her schedule just didn’t allow much riding nowadays.

Speaking of “Ten Best Dressed,” Nancy’s sister TBD-ers (Robyn Conlon and Claire Emanuelson) were all front and center to support TBD-er/Equest Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter, (pictured) who was masterminding the luncheon with elegance, poise and true style. From her thank you speech to her checking each table at the luncheon, Nancy exuded graciousness. As Equest Executive Director Ariane Mele Einecker said, “Nancy has been an inspiration and a joy.”

Nancy’s daughter Merry Carter seconded that thought saying, “She’s just like that all the time.”

Not feeling comfortable with accolades, Nancy suggested that things were moving smoothly thanks to all the people helping her and to the structure and self-discipline connected with her day job of handling the interior design for the family business.

In the inspiration department, Nancy scored another home run by getting the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson (pictured) to provide the invocation. If you’ve ever heard Dr. Patterson, you know the tempo was set for the show from her “Good morning” to her “Amen.”

Following a touching presentation of the 2010 Equest Award for Community Service to  Mar Nell Bell and her daughters Patti Brown and Bonnie Harding (pictured right with from the left, Mar Bell and Patti), it was on with the fashion show from Highland Park Village merchants.

As the fashions were paraded on the runway, Leggiadro’s Nicki Mehew and Jimmy Choo’s Christi Houser (pictured right with Nicki) were iPhone shooting the action to share with their headquarters.

It should be noted that there was a different feel to this show. The models all seemed to be having a good time. From the male models on the sidelines in their dressage outfits to the gals on the catwalk in clothes from Escada, Leggiadro, Jimmy Choo, Anne Fontaine, Tory Burch and Carolina Herrera, everyone was smiling.

And then there was one dazzling model, Ruthie, (pictured) who was relatively new to the veteran fashion viewers. According to fashion producer Jan Strimple, Ruthie is not only a SMU student and part of the Campbell-Wagner Runway group, she also made an immediate “WOW!” impression with a “great walk and plenty of smarts — loved her the minute I met her!” Ruthie is also a remarkable young woman for another reason that only a few in the audience knew. [Read more…]

Friday Tee Time For Hope Is Going To Be Perfect

The weather is going to be clear for Hope Cottage’s 2nd Annual Friends of deVille Golf Tourney on Friday.

Presented by Surgical Associates of North Texas, it starts at 1:30 p.m. at Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrollton.  Other sponsors include:

Lunch sponsor — GEICO

Team sponsors — Kathy ad Bill Dickey and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Putting contest sponsor — Chris Mayberry of Bracewell & Giuliani

Hole sponsors — Kyle Stevens, Western Security Surplus Insurance Brokers Inc., and Lynn and Bob Thompson

In-kind donors — Sigel’s at Fitzhugh and Cole, Coyote Ridge Golf Club, Healthcare Chiropractic, PGA Tour Superstore, Avid Media Ventures, Todd deVilleneuve, Chris Mayberry/Bracewell & Giuliani, Vince Pellman – Rolling Hills Country Club, Barry Ray/Armstrong Office Concepts, Larry Bisno, Floss Dental and Salum’s

Share-A-Date: Victory Night At The Stadium

Saturday, December 11 @ the private club in Cowboys Stadium– “Victory Night at the Stadium”will feature cocktails, fun, food, tours, music and a live auction for a chance to win Super Bowl tickets.

Co-chaired by Ynette Hogue and Susan Levy, The Legacy at Preston Hollow — Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged will be the beneficiary of the event.

“Victory Night proceeds will directly benefit our residents by helping us meet our challenge allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, ” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.

For further information, call 972.468.6161.

Dawlin’ Rawlins Gilliland Returns To KERA Air This Afternoon

As you’re stuck in traffic this afternoon, switch the radio dial to KERA (90.1 FM) to hear native son and ever-charming Rawlins Gilliland, (pictured with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on “All Things Considered” from 4 to 7 p.m.

According to Rawlins,

“I will be on air live doing my ‘Begging for Bucks Fiscal Aerobics’ stint for the Fall Membership/Pledge Drive now in its third week.”

If you’ve heard Rawlins “beg” before, you know that it’s like nothing you’ve heard before. It’ll make your ride home much more fun and interesting.

And if you have some spare change, make a donation to KERA.

Only The Best Rise To The Occasion For TACA

While others cheered for their teams at Highlander and Ford stadiums Friday night, a well-heeled 250 pulled out their wallets and invested in Dallas culture. No, they didn’t call up their stockbroker and buy a load of equities. They attended the sold-out TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala at the Mansion to fund-raise for local arts.

The cocktail reception alone was magical with a nonstop cast of staff passing the most delicious appetizers that required little if any mess. There are a couple of tricks that event organizers know so well. For appetizers, no double dipping in sauces is number one. Second, never serve anything that can’t be eaten in one bite. There is nothing worse than balancing a drink in one hand and the second bite in another, all while trying to conduct a conversation.

But like we said, this was a well-heeled crowd with an equally Gosford Park staff in attendance. No mistakes were to be allowed.

It was also a community of friends, many of whom hadn’t seen each other since their summer hiatuses in La Jolla, The Hamptons or in the Rockies. “Hi, girlfriend,” was the greeting call among many of the blondes whose roots have never been exposed. As for the men, it was a handshake with the right hand and the left hand on the other fellow’s shoulder. The whole scene reminded you of sorority and fraternity reunions.

Newcomers to this soiree, though rare, were easy to spot. Their mouths gaped open and their pupils expanded as they beheld the jewelry and clothes worn by the veterans. With darling Judith Leiber bags glittering, it was obvious that the least expensive accessory for the evening was the ladies’ pedicures. For this group wears tuxedos and gowns the way most folks wear a smile — naturally and happily.

But don’t think it’s a show of ostentatious consumption. The jewelry is never overdone and the dresses are always in the very best of taste. For instance, Emily Summers‘ (pictured) beige silk cocktail dress by late great 6267 team sparkled with bead trim. Her jewelry of gold band bracelets, pearl and gold necklace and gold drop earrings highlighted the look exquisitely. Oh, and did we mention her matching Louboutins? But don’t think Emily stressed and stewed over her ensemble. She just naturally knows how to put “the look” of natural perfection together.

Major fashion statement of the night was the bare-arm look among the ladies. They must have been working out all summer to tone up.

Ah, but not all fashion was perfection. There was the adorable gal in the black cocktail dress with the grey suede fringe heels that pushed the any-high-heel-is-a-great-high-heel deal to the limit.

And then there were the men in their Brioni, Hugo Boss and Armani tuxedos. Some opted for double breasted and others added a touch of color with a red handkerchief or a colorful bow tie like Ken Travis. Yes, there was even a true minority group that opted for the non-black-tie, black-tie look, like Steve Durham and Don Carty. But then they could get away with it thanks to wives Ana Carty and Barbara Durham.

But back to the cocktail reception in the Promenade and ballroom, where the nine auction items were being perused. While some guests checked the various items, others had been plotting for days which they would be bidding on.

Then it was time to head to the Mansion restaurant, Sheppard King Suite, bar and wine cellar for a feast prepared by Executive Food Wizard Bruno Davaillon. But herding this blue-ribbon crowd does not mean clanging of chimes or flashing of lights. No, instead TACA organizers and Mansion hierarchy gently suggested that their guests take the front door through the auto courtyard to the restaurant entrance. Why not go straight through the hallway connecting the Promenade to the dining areas? Because the anorexic passageway might crush a full skirt, and one never crowds this crowd. Besides it was a spectacular night and the stroll seemed as enchanting as the evening.

But a few pokey types still in the Promenade raised their noses like bird dogs on scent. “Do you smell something burning?” Heads turned, looking in all directions. No, the votive candles on the cocktail tables were behaving themselves. Nor was it a maverick cigarette left lit too long. “È vietato fumare,” you know. One cool Mansion staffer smiled and said, “It must be something that Chef is cooking up.”

Following the multi-course dinner with perfect wine pairings, the guests were ready to take on the evening’s action. With auctioneer Mike Jones on the podium surrounded by reserved tables for some of the more familiar bidders, the scene was set to make $100,000 off nine items. Despite the crowds’ growing chattier as the bids went up, Mike was able to be heard over the din as his spotters located bidders. Steve Summers looking very tan and happy at his table on the front row topped all others for the Bulgari watches (one for him and one for Emily). . . Gwen Echols and Susie Bashore (pictured left with Gwen Echols) were high-fiving each other after posting the winning bid for the Lela Rose Runway and Dinner Party Valentine’s weekend in NYC. . .After snagging the trips to four Rosewood hotels/resorts, Rebecca Fletcher immediately hugged the Mansion’s Tracy Fitz before hugging her husband Barron, who had won the trips. . .  . The big spender of the night was Bill Bogart, who paid $15,000  for a trip to Paris and the French countryside complete with French lessons. Needless to say, wife Brenda (pictured right with Bill Bogart)was pleased with her husband’s decisive win. . . . and then there were the dinners.

Judging from the auction action regarding the dinners, there are a lot of high-profiled folks who are hungry. Across the room, Hal Brierley got into a bidding match with petite Faye Briggs, (pictured) who met his challenge for a Kent Rathbun dinner for 30 at the former 48 Nights. Thank heaven, TACA negotiators worked out a deal where a second dinner was added, so both Hal and Faye got their own dinners at $12,500 apiece.  . . Hal’s tablemates Helen and Frank Risch (pictured left with, from the left, Hal and Diane Brierley and Helen Risch) decided to get in on the action for the “Stellar (Mansion Wine) Cellar Dining” for eight, plus the top chaps from the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Theater Center. But it was going to come with a battle royale. From the crowd standing toward the back of the room, attorney Nick Even (pictured left with Heather Alexander) countered with his own bids. Hal with wife Diane had purchased a similar dinner last year with Jaap van Zweden and knew how truly regal the occasion could be. So, Mr. B suggested the Brierleys go in together with the Risches on the bidding. With that suggestion the bidding rose to $10,000. Quickly, the TACA mediators saw another double-whammy opportunity and moved into action resulting in both the Risch team and Nick getting their own dinners with the artistic types for a cool $10,000 each.

On the sidelines, TACA Board Chair Lynn McBee, who had worked out earlier in the day, was getting a second workout coordinating all the deals with TACA Executive Director Becky Young. But it was all worth it when you realized that TACA not only hit its $100,000 mark, it surpassed it–thanks to a lot of hungry folks who know a bargain when they see one.

Tiny Sparrow Foundation Is Not For The Birds

Don’t be fooled by the name — Tiny Sparrow Foundation. It  does not benefit our feathered friends. It was founded to connect volunteer photographers with families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Each family is photographed and presented a “Tiny Sparrow Album” at no cost. The foundation was the brainchild of breast cancer survivor Lidia Boicu, who took up photography during her treatments. Through her experiences, Lidia learned how a “collection of photographs that captured the life and spirit inside” the little patients brought joy to their families through difficult times.

To help support the project, “Pictures of Hope” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at True Rumors Boutique with cocktails, food from Fresh Point, It’s a Cooking Party, Silk Road, Cafe Malaga, Ronnie Ruth’s, Texas Star Bakery and Oh, Brownie! There will be a fashion show with models and Tiny Sparrow children showing off the latest fashions.

The event is open and free with proceeds from the silent auction including trips to Mexico, Florida and Northern California going to the foundation.

Cattle Baron’s Underwriters Get a Taste Of The Great State Fair

Evidently Mother Nature has been in weather recovery since last year’s Cattle Baron’s Ball because she was on her bestest behavior Thursday night when the underwriters were partied thanks to Watson Tower and Andrews Distributing at Jennifer and Greg Duncan‘s compound on Armstrong. With Big Tex literally greeting you in person at the front door, the mood for The Great State Fair was set before you even walked in. Then feng shui kicked into place as guests filled the mansion and felt right at home in the main house and the back grounds with its pools and exterior entertainment area.

It was a realtors’ delight evidently because Erin Mathews (pictured left with Don and Barbara Daseke) and her partner David Nichols were there as was Dave Perry-Miller.

Needless to say, one of the most populated places of gathering was the mega kitchen where Wolfgang Puck’s folks were cooking up a storm.

CBB Ball Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl (pictured left with D’Andra Simmons) was cool, calm and very collected with just a touch of mischief in her eye. Everything is under control with some surprises in store for the October 9 event at Southfork.

What surprises? “Just wait and see,” the blonde smiled. But what if there are storms? Kristi without hesitation reported that “We’ll just move indoors.” But you’re expecting 3,000! Like a general with the confidence of knowing her troops were in place and ready to rock ‘n roll, Kristi showed no doubt that all her ducks were in a row.

And speaking of ducks in a row, CBB members like Kristi Bare, JB Hayes and Katie Bock (pictured right with Bill Brewer) were as ready as car salesmen on the last day of the month. They’re ready to sell raffle tickets. And what are they raffling off this year? How about:

  • Sunrise Villa Resort – Hidden away on the beautiful northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Sunrise Villa is naturally blessed with breathtaking views of the crystal-blue Carribbean. Located in the exclusive, American-owned Orchid Bay Estates — a beachfront gated community — the two-acre villa comprises eight air-conditioned bedroom suites, each with a full bath and ocean view. The suites are located in five separate houses, all strategically clustered around a private, crystal-clear pool. Mańana Bar and hot tub. With concierge, daily housekeeping and in-house chef, Sunrise Villa is fully staffed and ready to cater to all  your needs. Donated by Sunrise Villa — Value: $12,000
  • Capella Pedregal Resort — Cabo San Lucas — Start with a beach so private, it takes a 1,000-foot tunnel through a granite mountain to get there. Your seven-night stay at the recently unveiled Capella Pedregal Resort includes a four-bedroom, 4,000-square -foot villa with dual master suites, two private plunge pools and your very own majordomo awaiting your arrival. Enjoy the plentiful resort dining venues, the highly indulgent Auriga Spa, the state-of-the-art fitness center and all the intuitive services of the luxurious Capella brand. This amazing vacation also includes an afternoon created to your own personal wishes on one of Capella Pedregal’s fleet of 60-foot and larger Viking yachts. Donated by Capella Pedregal Resort — Value: $18,000
  • NorthPark Gold — Experience the all-time ultimate shopping spree at NorthPark Center with $109,000 of NorthPark Gold. You’ll have more than 235 stores and restaurants in which to spend your Gold, including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, Eiseman Jewels, Bottega Veneta, De Beers and TOD’S. We’ll even throw in a prize package filled with gift certificates, special offers and fabulous gifts from the incredible boutiques at NorthPark Center. Donated by NorthPark Center — Value: $12,000
  • 2011 Porsche Boxster — After you cowboys and cowgirls put your horses up in the barn, hop in to this 2011 Porsche Boxster for the ride into tow. Porsche’s popular mid-engine roadster features everything you would expect: high performance, lightweight construction, sporting ability and pure driving pleasure, with more muscle under the hood and more aggressive exterior styling. So saddle up and put the spurs to her! Donated by Park Place Porsche — Value: $55,000
  • Eiseman Jewels and Rolex — Rolex — the leading name in timepieces and the preeminent symbol of performance and prestige for over a century. Choose from Eiseman Jewels’ newly-expanded men’s and women’s Rolex collection with your $10,000 gift certificate. You’re sure to make a statement with your Rolex from Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center. Donated by Eiseman Jewels NorthPark — Value: $10,000
  • His and Hers Lucchese Boots— You’ll be ready for any event when you arrive wearing your one-of-a-kind matching his and hers Lucchese Classic crocodile boots provided by Pinto Ranch and Lucchese. These beautifully handcrafted boots will be covered from top to bottom in crocodile and specially made in El Paso, Texas. Included is a personal boot consultation for each pair with a Pinto Ranch boot expert to help you choose details like size, boot construction, toe and heel. Donated by Pinto Ranch and Lucchese — Value: $24,000

Raffle ticket, anyone? They’ll take American Express, MasterCard, VISA and cash.

Preston Style 10 Has Beauties Both On Stage And In The Crowd

MySweetCharity has a shadow. No, not that kind of shadow. Rather, Paige Briggs, who is a public relations major in the University of North Texas school of journalism, has drawn the assignment to “shadowing” MSC on our escapades. To let her experience the challenges of covering the lively world of Dallas nonprofits, she was given the task of writing up Thursday night’s dazzling Preston Style 10. Here is her report —

As cars pulled into The Plaza at Preston Center, valets were running around frantically trying to keep up with the line of cars carrying the expected 500 guests into the already overcrowded parking lot.

Backstage, Rhonda Sargent Chambers (pictured left with Mel Crews model), a gorgeous blonde woman in the standard backstage uniform – black dress and heels – was un-phased by the chaos happening around her. The clipboard-wielding, fashion producer-extraordinaire greeted guests with a hug and called for the next model to head out onto the runway in the same breath.

The air in the main tent was abuzz with “fabulocity.” Mostly made up of twenty-somethings trying to out-fabulous one another, this crowd was one well-dressed bunch. At the center of the tent, the main stage, host to a  handful of models at a time, was meant to be the focus of the evening; however, guests spent more time looking at themselves and keeping an eye out to make sure no one looked better than them, that the actual models seemed to simply be background decoration.

Servers dressed in all black wove throughout the crowd carrying trays of tiny delicacies, bartenders shook hot pink cocktail shakers and poured out countless Belevedere cocktails and flute after flute of champagne courtesy of Moet. Models (pictured) strutted through the crowd carrying a card announcing whom they were wearing and looking beautiful, yet unaffected. But the guests looked anything but unaffected. Giant thick-rimmed glasses (no prescription necessary), thigh-high boots, feathered hair pieces, Mohawks, scarves (both men and women), skinny jeans or leather pants (both men and women), and designer handbags were the staples of guest fashion. Oh, and lest we forget, the “I-know-I-look-amazing” facial expression, achieved by looking slightly bored, while at the same time slightly sucking in your cheeks and pouting your lips just the tiniest bit.

With its white tent, red carpet, pink cocktail shakers and shoes in every shade of the rainbow, Plaza Style 2010 had all the makings of a colorful evening out on the town.  But, it was a woman dressed in black (Halston Heritage to be exact) who stole the show.

The Fashionistas were the beneficiaries of the third annual Plaza Style event, so it was no surprise that founder and CEO, Heidi Dillon (pictured left with Selena Hernandez) made an appearance. Dillon, who secured her place in the Dallas socialite history books, with the now infamous article that ran in the September issue of with F!D Luxe, stood tall and proud with her perfectly coiffed blonde hair and a forced smile framed by her vibrant pink lipstick.  Being fabulous is tough…but someone’s gotta do it.

It appears that Paige has a future in covering the beautiful people.

Real Girls Real Women Included Some Real Men At Thursday Night Party

While the party at Kathy and Rusty Tucker‘s house Thursday night was to honor the patrons for the Real Girls Real Women Luncheon (Tuesday, October 12 at the Anatole) for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the gals had to share it with some men.

And RGRW Lifetime Achievement Awardee Ebby Halliday and Real Women honorees Harriet Miers and Becky Sykes didn’t seem to mind one iota. One of the men was PlainsCapital Bank‘s Ronnie Berg who joined Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Colleen Walker (pictured) in telling the group about the importance for leadership among young women.

Colleen emphasized how just five years in the Girl Scouts can impact a young woman’s life in such dramatic ways that front row guest Sally Hoglund demanded that this information be spread around. And that’s just what’s going to happen at the lunch when Ebby, Harriet and Becky will be honored along with Real Girl honorees Ashton Gepfert and Haley Avery. Why are Ashton and Haley being honored? Did they sell the most Girl Scout cookies? Nope. Try this one for size —

  • Ashton, who is  a high school student and Girls Scout from  Allen,  has  had severe hearing loss since childhood and has developed a campaign called Defining Differences which she created to raise awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities.  She has become a respected speaker and has created informative programs for teachers and first responders to assist in dealing with individuals who have disabilities.
  • Haley, a high school student and Girl Scout from Richardson who attends Bishop Lynch High School, was burned over 50 percent of her body and has used that experience to become a volunteer at the Parkland Burn Unit and to serve as a Burn Camp counselor in Texas and California.  She has accrued more 1,500 hours of volunteer time at Parkland since she began in 2007.

Ashton and Haley weren’t at the Thursday night party, but they will be at the October 12th lunch.

Oh, and who was that other man at the party that helped the ladies? Why it was Logan Betts, son of luncheon chair Gina Betts (pictured right with Logan Betts). The youngster helped his mom before it was time to toddle home for bed.

BTW, major sponsors deserving a salute are The Posey Foundation ($30,000), Frito Lay ($25,000), Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP ($10,000), Margot and Ross Perot ($10,000), PlainsCapital Bank ($10,000) and Ebby Halliday Realtors ($5,000).

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #9

While you’re getting dressed for the TACA Custom Auction Gala, we have one last item for you to consider. Let’s say you want to stay put in Dallas and have a simple dinner for two. But you’re not thinking Luby’s. No, you still want something a little unusual that doesn’t require high-maintenance dressing and arranging for guests.

TACA’s worker bees have such a deal that it’s the real closer to the evening’s auction. This package will provide for 30 couples to purchase it —

Item 9.  Back to the Garden – The urban garden at FM1410 – Sunday October 24th. (Value: This package will be sold in pairs of tickets.)

On Fitzhugh, there is a magical place called FM 1410, where Tom Spicer offers fabulous produce and yummies for locals. Yes, it is a East Dallas store front, but it also has a wondrous garden that is occasionally available for private dinner.

Tom is opening his urban garden on Sunday, October 24, for a very, very private supper for 30 couples. Depending upon the best produce available on this day, your dinner will be prepared by guest chefs and in support of the Gulf Coast region. While most of the ingredients will be local, some will be grown just inches away from your chair. Of course, all will be accompanied with regional wine pairings.

To set the tables just right for the occasion, Neiman Marcus Vice President/Divisional Merchandise Manager for Gift Galleries and Epicure Bill Makin will create the table settings.

And to make the evening last, Mackenzie-Childs will donate a five-piece setting for each guest to take home. You might recall that Mackenzie-Childs not only produce the “world-renowned Majolica Tableware, but they also brought Sarah Ferguson to town earlier this year to support the Art Ball.

Remember: This item will be sold in “pairs of tickets.”

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #8

Of course, Paris is a required stop for anyone who has ever been to France. But to truly experience the “French connection,” you’ve got to explore the truly captivating countryside with its oh-so charming villages that were thriving before Columbus met Queen Isabella.

For those interested in such a French adventure, we offer TACA auction item #8:

Item #8 — Ahhh . . . Paris and the French Countryside (Value: $20,905)

After your American Airlines flight ala business class from Dallas to Paris, you and your companion will find your junior suite at Le Bristol Hotel just waiting for your  two-night stay in the City of Lights. This five-star hotel with its exquisite French garden, is perfectly situated on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore near the world-famous fashion boutiques and art galleries along with the Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Louvre and Orsay museums.

Following your stay in the big city, you’ll be ready to experience the French country life in the 600-year old St. Jean de Cole. On the banks of the Cole, it is considered the most beautiful village in the Dordogne region of France. And, of course, TACA has arranged for you to stay in the most beautiful house in this most beautiful city in the region — Maison Rose. The 400-year old row house is furnished with French antiques and has three-bedroom house that sleeps six. So why not invite friends to sleep over during your week-long stay?

And to make you feel more comfortable with the French, TACA has arranged for four one-hour lessons with SMU French lecturer, Dr. Heather Pelletier.

The Trains At NorthPark Are Going Through A Refreshening

After 12 years folks normally “refresh” their homes with a new coat of paint, an overhaul of the kitchen or entirely new furnishings. So, it’s no surprise that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas have had The Trains at NorthPark redesigned.

According to Trains co-chair Christine “Sleep Experts” Cook, “There will be some favorite America landmarks as in years past, but there will be some surprises as well, so we invite everyone to visit and to tell their family and friends.”

The redesign  of the 1,600 square feet of track, more than 800-square feet of train layouts area and hundreds of buildings was executed by Dallas-based TrainWorx by T.W. Design.

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Christine and her co-chair Amy Davis (pictured left with Christine Cook) also reported,

“We are thrilled to announce that JoAnne and Eddy Moore are our Honorary Trains chairs this season. We are also excited that Bank of Texas has returned to be the Presenting Sponsor, thanks to Bank of Texas Chairman and CEO Norm Bagwell. Their support, along with the community’s, is so important because we recently opened a new House, and these dollars help many families.”

Attracting 80,000 people each year, the holiday favorite will choo-choo from November 20, 2010 to January 2, 2011, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #7

If you love food and art, you have found your TACA auction item. In one similar auction, a couple paid highly for a dinner for their friend just with Jaap. But this year, you can have the whole kit and kaboodle!

Item # 7 — Stellar Cellar Dining, Star-filled Salon Conversation (value: Priceless)

The Dallas arts community has made headlines internationally in the last year. From the new AT&T Performing Arts Center to critical acclaim for local productions, Dallas is the talk of art world.

Now, you and three other couples can chat all about the performing arts over dinner with the Dallas Arts Triumvirate — (pictured from the left) Dallas Symphony Orchestra‘s Music Director Jaap van Zweden, Dallas Theater Center‘s Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Dallas Opera‘s General Director Keith Cerny.

And just where would an appropriate place for such a supper to take place? You wouldn’t want to be in a crowded dining room. No, you would want an intimate spot far from boisterous noise and those nasty eavesdroppers. Ah, but the food and wines would have to be top notch.

TACA is an old hand at picking such a spot — The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Wine Cellar! To match the quality of these renowned artists, none other that the Mansion’s Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon will prepare a four-course dinner paired with one-of-a-kind wines by Moet Hennessy including Krug Champagne, Cloudy Bay, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Newton “The Puzzle,” Chateau Cheval de Andes and Veuve Cliquot Demi-Sec.

BTW, you won’t have to worry about driving home after the wearing hosting duties. You’ll spend the night at the Mansion with in-room breakfast for two and overnight valet parking.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #6

Since TACA benefits the arts, it’s only fitting that an auction item involves the Texas Ballet Theater. While some think the ballet package suitable for a grandmother or mother to gift a coterie of little ones, it just might be perfect for gals who struggled through ballet lessons a couple of decades ago.

Item #6 — Sunday Holiday Brunch and Ballet with the Girls – Sunday, December 5. (Value: Priceless)

On Sunday, December 5, a dozen friends will start the day with a brunch in “The Glass House” on the second floor of Neiman Marcus’ flagship store. During the feast, a couple of winners from the Youth American Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Award will drop by for photos and to sign autographs with each of the guests. For those not aware of the ballet world, the visit by the twosome would be like having the competing quarterbacks for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic stop by to “Hi.”

Then it’s off to the Winspear to attend the Texas Ballet Theater’s performance of The Nutcracker. While other patrons will go to the lobby during intermission, not your group. Heavens, no! Your dozen will go backstage for a tour and have the performers sign a pair of pointe shoes for each of your guests to take home.

But it doesn’t end for your Cinderella following the performance. One lucky member of your group will have classes with the Texas Ballet Theater School  in either the spring or fall semester of 2011. The tough part will be your deciding who will be the fortunate prima ballerina.

Rawlins Gilliland To Provide Comic Relief On KERA

One of MySweetCharity’s favorite bon vivants/ wordsmiths is going to be on the radio-waves Wednesday. Rawlins Gilliland (pictured left with, from the left, Mona and Honey) will be on  KERA-FM (90.1) from 9 to 11 a.m. during “The Diane Rehm Show.”

What will he be doing? According to Rawlins,

“I will attempt to deliver some comic relief to what promises to be an exhausting Pledge Drive. Any amount, however small, called into the station or done online will really make me smile. I am not used to smiling on air live at 9 a.m.”

Share-A-Date: National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Friday, November 12 @ Hyatt Regency Dallas: The 25th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will honor the following:

  • Outstanding Philanthropists — The Hallam Family
  • Outstanding Foundation — The Sammons Dallas Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation — AT&T, Inc.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser — Cecile Bonte
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive — David Krause
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Leah Prager