MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Patron Party

Just back from the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Patron Party at Michelle and Houston Hall‘s drop-dead gorgeous mansion. More deets will follow, but just thought you would like to see some of the crowd. Photos are on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Larry “J.R. Ewing” Hagman To Headline A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon

Larry Hagman (File photo)

A.W.A.R.E.  President Chair Kay Hammond just revealed that Larry “J.R. Ewing” Hagman will be not only the honoree at the April 5 luncheon, he’ll also be the guest speaker.

Unfortunately, he has firsthand knowledge of how Alzheimer’s can plague a family. His wife of 58 years, Maj has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

In addition to dealing with Maj’s illness and resurrecting the “Dallas” series, Larry has had to battle cancer himself.

If you’ve ever heard him speak, you know that the talk will be from the heart with a lots of guts.

Chaired by Laurie Kidder, the luncheon will take place at the Hilton Anatole with the silent auction starting at 10 a.m.

How about some Larry Hagman trivia? What movie did he appear in with Henry Fonda? Answer follows the jump, plus his relationship with Henry’s granddaughter. [Read more…]

Lauren Chapman Reveals Slipper Club Gala Beneficiary

Lauren Chapman and Lisa Loy Laughlin

Thursday night The Slipper Club had a very happy hour at Komali. In addition to Happy Hour prices on all drinks including a special “Slipper Club Blue Margarita,” Slipper Club gala chair Lauren Chapman revealed the beneficiary — Communities in Schools Dallas Region — for the February black-tie soiree gala at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

It should have been obvious; CISDR  Director of Gifts, Donor Relations & Special Events Lisa Loy Laughlin was part of the Komali festivities.

You know about CISDR. Sure, you do. In addition to helping at-risk children, it’s the one that has a very best friend in Matthew McConaughey.

If you’re not a member of Slipper Club or Brook Hollow, not to worry. Tickets for the gala are available to anyone who wants to raise money for Communities in Schools Dallas, have a great time and be among the beautiful types.

If it’s anything like last Thursday night at Komali, it’s gonna definitely be a memory maker. Oh, and, yes, proceeds from the happy hour went to CISDR.

Photo provided by The Slipper Club

Dallas Animal Services Has Oodles Of Poodles

How bad is the canine overpopulation in Dallas? Well, Dallas Animal Services just sent word that they’ve got a half dozen poodles, everything from miniatures to a chocolate standard. Some were turned in because the owner couldn’t afford to keep them. Others were found wandering Dallas.

There was a standard (DLF152A A737576) and a miniature (DLF5B A737575) who were running the street together as Moi (56 lbs.) and Mini-Moi (17 lbs.).

So, if you ever thought about being double chic, now is your chance. Not only can you have a poodle, but you can boast about having a rescue pooch, too. But act quickly. If they’re not adopted, their days are numbered.

The Family Place’s Texas Trailblazers Got Fired Up Over Honoree Announcements At Goss-Michael Foundation

When you hold an announcement party to reveal the honorees for an upcoming event, you usually hold the “big news” until the party. But The Family Place took a chance and sent out invitations including the names to be “officially announced” for the 2012 Texas Trailblazer Awards including:

  • Texas Trailblazer — Liz Minyard and Kathryn Hall
  • Man of Influence — Dr. Kenneth Cooper
  • Real-Life Hero — Lynn Goldstein
  • The Family Place Advocacy Award — Verizon

Would people show since the news was out on a warm August evening?

The Family Place T-shirts

Last Thursday they turned out big time. The to-be-honorees had hardly arrived before the cars were lined up around the block. And why not? The party was at the Goss-Michael Foundation showcasing works of art by The Family Place clients.  Some paintings were for sale and other items like T-shirts were there to build awareness about folks going through very rough times. Alas, sorry to report that it was a one-night-only show, but beautifully displayed with both Kenny Goss and Joyce Goss supervising.

Amanda Ward and Ronnie Berg

Event Chairs Anh and Loc Trieu and Amanda and Lloyd Ward hardly made it down the hallway leading to the main gallery before they were surrounded by guests. Amanda told PlainsCapital’s Ronnie Berg that her competitive nature had gotten the best of her. Seems she was a semi-finalist in D‘s Best Looking Women in Dallas and had sent out email blasts to remind friends to vote before the Saturday deadline.

Lone Red Woman

Not to worry. Family Place mother hen Paige Flink was all over the place juggling guests and pointing out the works of art. One group that Paige especially emphasized were in the hallway. There were life-size, red wooden cut-out females with Texas-shaped plaques engraved with a victim’s name and the day she was killed. Paige hinted she had additional plans for the silhouettes in October. Isn’t that National Domestic Violence Month?

A victim of domestic abuse

Regardless, Paige and The Family Place gang will be celebrating at the Texas Trailblazer luncheon on Wednesday, September 19, at the Omni Dallas. While it may be a celebration of local heroes/heroines, it will also be a major fundraiser and awareness builder of a deadly issue facing all parts of society.

It’s Already Prom Night Recalling The Last Days Of Disco For Reading & Radio Resources

Alas, neither John Travolta nor any Bee Gees will be at 2012 Prom Night — The Last Days of Disco, but the great days of “Saturday Night Fever” will be alive and rolling on Saturday, September 22, at the West End’s Starlight Room.

You just know the sound is gonna be great because it’s benefiting Reading & Radio Resource.

If that organization sounds new to your ear canal, it’s a Dallas-based nonprofit organizations founded in 1969 to “provide audio recordings of printed materials to those unable to read for themselves because of vision loss, physical disabilities, learning differences such as dyslexia or English as a second language.”

“We are very excited to be raising funds for such a worthy cause.” said Julie Machal-Fulks, event chair 2012. “Reading & Radio Resource serves children and adults unable to read for themselves. Funds raised will go towards providing audio recordings of printed materials for children and adults who need them because of vision loss, physical impairments, learning differences such as dyslexia, or learning English as a second language.”

Handling the audio supervision will be NBC 5 co-anchor Kristi Nelson and DJ blonde babe Jennifer Miller.

Prom Night 2012 sponsors include:

  • Saturday Night Fever ($7,500+) — Scott & Scott LLP
  • Disco Inferno ($5,000+) — Gardere
  • Boogie Fever ($2,500+) — PlainsCapital Bank and Laura Baldwin
  • Studio 54 ($1,000+) — Scottie Pearson, Todd Williams and Mary Kay Inc.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Patron Dinner Officially Kicks Off The Fundraising Season

Rachael Dedman

Don’t go thinking that Labor Day signaled the end of summer. It was last Thursday’s Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon (CCBFS&L) dinner for the Platinum Patrons. Originally scheduled to be held at the Dallas Country Club, it was moved to Abacus. Underwritten by Comerica, the annual dinner usually ha around 120 attend. This year it was a crowd of 160+ RSVP-ed, “Yes, we’ll be there” to dinner chair Rachael Dedman‘s invite.

Sorta hard to imagine such a turnout when you think the Rangers and Cowboys had games in Arlington and the Republicans were convening in Tampa, but there they all were.

OK, so maybe CCBFSL Honorary Chair Gene Jones was absent, but she had a good excuse. Her Cowboys were playing the final pre-season game at Cowboys Stadium.

Barry and Lana Andrews

Looking around the v-e-r-y crowded cocktail reception, the fashion still managed to standout. Lela Rose had a couple of standouts in the crowd. It appeared that 10 Best Dressed Hall of Famer Lana Andrews and another guest not only looked terrific in the same cocktail dress. Since the crowd was so big, the gals probably didn’t even notice. . Chanel was represented by Kelli Ford in a white lace cocktail dress and Erin

Erin Mathews and Russ Davis

Mathews went the other extreme in black with vintage Chanel jewelry from the ’60s. Erin was also thrilled about son Travis‘s engagement. The bride-to-be is none other than Erin’s assistant, Brittany Jones. Before popping the question, he flew to San Antonio to clear it with her folks. Then it was off to LA to celebrate his birthday and to surprise her with an engagement ring. The nuptials are already slated for March 2. . . Speaking of birthdays, the

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Abacus dinner turned out to also be a birthday celebration of 10 Best Dressed DeeDee Lee‘s husband Jim, who turned 61. . . Former 10 BD-er Claire Emanuelson was sporting a new bauble

Claire Emanuelson and Pam Perella

on her finger. It was a anniversary gift from husband Dwight.

Ralph Babb

And what was the main topic of the evening? Politics beat West Nile 10-1. Comerica’s Ralph Babb admitted that he was “concerned but hopeful” about the economy6 with the election coming up. . . When asked where they would rather be if not at Abacus, the majority opted for watching the convention instead of the Arlington games. One guest in the bar told his bar buddy, “I heard a lot of people here saying they think Romney’s gonna win by a landslide.” . . Tincy Miller, who is facing Lois Parrott in the upcoming race for the State Board of Education, was with husband Vance. Was his title campaign manager? No, according to Vance, “I was her finance chairman.”

When dinner was officially announced, the herd moved into the two dining rooms to find their place cards and a menu that included:

  • Abacus Style Caesar Salad with North by Northwest Riesling from Horse Heaven Hills, 2010;
  • wood-roasted beef tenderloin with red wine butter, black truffle potato puree and brussels sprout leaves or cedar smoked salmon, parsnip mash, wilted baby spinach and yellow tomato butter paired with red wine – Gran Reserva Carmenere, Concha y Toro, Chile (2010) and
  • semi-sweet chocolate-macadamia tart and toasted coconut-caramel cream.

Jack and Aileen Pratt

Crystal Charity Ball Chair Aileen Pratt welcomed the crowd and introduced the 10 BD’s and HoF. That’s when this very top-notch set turned Abacus into a pep rally with the two rooms competing for biggest rah’s. Despite looking a little overwhelmed by the cheers, the ladies (Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Nancy Carter, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, Dee Dee Lee, Lynn McBee, Pat McEvoy, Kim Miller, Pam Perella and Ellen Winspear) handled the acclamations with grace.

Robyn Conlon and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

Seated in the smaller dining room was CCBFS&L Chair Robyn Conlon, who was a dinner widow for the evening. Seems husband Don opted to stay in California a couple more days. But she was  alone. Son Kevin Conlon and his wife Marybeth were table side with her. . . Gina Betts was back from London and marvelous tales of her taking her son to the recent Summer Olympics. Her one request to her son, “One day I want you to take your child to an Olympics.” Gina reported that there were no problems in getting events and everything went extremely well. Would the North Texas area be able to handle such an Olympic

Gina and Ken Betts

undertaking? The lady attorney that would be possible in the future with all the venues available in the area. . . .Tanya Foster, who had been working on seating for the CCBFS&L,

Tanya Foster

admitted that she was “ready to run into a pair of scissors, or a shard of glass.” It’s not easy to arrange placements for a sold-out event, don’t you know. In her other life, Tanya has been busy with modeling and acting. She hinted about her having more than an extra role in a certain TNT show, but wouldn’t be specific. . . After being involved with the CCBFS&L for 37 years, you would expect Neiman Marcus to be represented and they certainly were with NM Downtown’s Shelle and Dr. Michael Sills and Vinnie and NM NorthPark’s Malcolm Reuben. . . Ironically, not only will

Jennifer Clarke

this year’s CCB ball have a Parisienne theme, but Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Co-chairs Jennifer and Coley Clark reported that their ball at the Meyerson this Saturday would also focus on Paris. The twosome were thrilled to report that they had indeed hit their goal of $800,000 earlier in the day and were now focusing on after-party sales, which were coming in at a $2,500-per-day clip. No surprise. The after-party is quite a party. The Clarks also added that the DSO’s new president/CEO Jonathan Martin would be part of the festivities. . . . According to Kidney Texas Chair Emilynn Wilson, everything is right on schedule for the September 17 luncheon. . . Norma Hunt was excited about her small new winery project, “Perfect Season,” in Sonoma. She was just back from helping them bottle the 2010 vintage. . . Also just back from California was Jill and Bob Smith, who were a bit relieved not to have experienced the summer of West Nile. . . Sunie Solomon was already getting in shape to “wear something cute for Cattle Baron’s,” after giving

Mary Gill, Sunie Solomon and Amy Green

birth to “precious daughter Stylles, seven months ago. To achieve that killer figure, Sunie’s been attending Pilates classes four or five times a week. She’s also been watching her diet. For instance? She had part of her tenderloin boxed up to take home to her six-month-old teacup poodle. Okay, everyone pull out your calculators. The Solomon household is juggling a baby girl and a baby pooch.

To make sure that all went according to plan, Abacus’s Kent Rathbun was on hand to make sure everything was perfect for this crew. Afterall, they’ve got a full agenda ahead to fundraise for area children’s charities. Let the $$ start coming.

JUST IN: Amy Grant To Headline The Salvation Army Luncheon

Amy Grant

Six-time Grammy Award-winning sweetheart Amy Grant will be speaking and singing at The Salvation Army of DFW‘s 2012 Annual Doing The Most Good Luncheon! Yup, Luncheon Chair/Senior VP & Regional GM of Coca-Cola Refreshments Mark Schortman, Event Chair/Neiman Marcus VP & GM Shelle Sills and Underwriting Chair/Community Energizer Bunny Rabbit Lynn McBee have arranged to have Amy at the Thursday, November 15, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

The luncheon signals the unofficial start of the giving season with Thanksgiving just days away and Salvation Army kettles in need of being filled.

Prediction: Easy sell-out! So be smart and reserve a table. To do that, contact Tables Sales Chair/Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Partner Gina Betts.

Photo provided by The Salvation Army of DFW

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Patron Dinner At Abacus

Robyn Conlon and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

The full report is coming, but in the meantime check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Patrons dinner.

See, if you can you spot the two gals in the same Lela Rose design?

Share-A-Date: Mission Olé

2011 Mission Olé’s Wendy Krispin outdoor buffet (File photo)

Saturday, October 6, 2012: Mission Olé co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez just revealed that invitations will be hitting mailboxes for the annual Trinity River Mission fundraiser. Along with Honorary Chairs Sandra and Henry Estess, they’ve arranged something old and something new this year.

The new item is the event’s presenting sponsors.

“We have received so much support already from the community, including a new presenting sponsor, Texas Capital Bank,” said Nancy.

As for the something old, don’t go thinking it’s something dusty and worn.


The girls have arranged to have the event to return to Laurie Sands Harrison‘s marvelous home.

According to Kristi, ­­“We are also so fortunate that the wonderful Laurie Sands Harrison has graciously agreed to open up her beautiful home and outdoor garden for this special evening.  It is sure to be a can’t-miss event as we raise funds for the important programs of Trinity River Mission.”

Laurie’s estate is simply fabulous for this “casual chic” evening. Heck, it’s pretty darn perfect for any occasion.

But Kristi and Nancy aren’t relying on Laurie to hit a home run. “We hope everyone will make plans to join us; we promise a casual chic evening, silent and live auctions, casino and lots of great drinks and food – all for a wonderful organizations that helps ensure academic success for disadvantaged youth in West Dallas,” said Nancy.

To do this they’ve also drafted the talents of their buddies to help out. Among the draftees are Wendy Krispin, who “will be back with her sumptuous Latin-inspired dinner buffet complete with a made-to-order Gordita station, pal Julian Leaver of Bella Flora Design will put his professional touch to the event décor and  America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru Steve Kemble will serve as master of ceremonies.”

BTW, Steve will be emceeing this Friday’s Celebrity Waiter Luncheon. The question of the week is whether he can outdo his performance last year?

MySweetCharity High Horse: Make Believe And Anonymous Commenters Won’t Find A Place Here

Sorry to sound like great aunt Maudie, but there are some folks out there who just don’t get it. Well, get ready. They’re going to get it now.

When MSC receives a comment for posting from a new commenter, an email is sent for verification. The reason? There is no room in MSC for sniper commenting.

Recently a couple of comments landed in the MSC mailbox that were not verified by the sender. Since the comments were rather . . . take that back. . . they were, indeed, mean-spirited, it’s no wonder the sender did not want his/her name associated with them.

From the start MSC has been “an ongoing conversation for the good of Dallas.” In no way is it a forum for personal vendettas. Our community has flourished thanks to positive, constructive and respectful comments.

Let the flourishing continue.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2013 Go Red For Women

According to 2013 Go Red for Women Co-chairs Kate Rose Marquez and Virginia Rose:

Go Red for Women, February 1, 2013 at The Anatole, benefiting The American Heart Association. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and yet many people believe this is a “man’s” disease. Go Red for Women is the annual luncheon that seeks to educate and inspire women to take control of their health, exercise and affect true lifestyle changes that lead to an  active and longer life. Traditionally, this event has been held the first week of June and has had tremendous corporate support. However, individuals and the decision makers at foundations often consider the charitable season over by Memorial Day and many dollars that could support this event go untapped because of timing.

“By moving the event to February 1, we are in line with the traditional “Heart Health” month, February, and we are giving donors who have so generously supported women’s health issues in Dallas in the past the opportunity to support the American Heart Association and it’s research to  further women’s heart health.

“We would love to create a meaningful sponsorship opportunity for an individual or foundation. And of course, additional corporate donors are welcome!”

Dell Powering Possible Is Making It Indeed Possible For 400 Girls At Girls Incorporated To Be Computer Savvy

For youngsters, it used to be enough to have a brand new #2 pencil and ruled-paper tablet for the classroom. Then it became a status symbol to have a grown-up pen and calculator. Nowadays, that’s like having two tin cans connected by a string. Let’s face it. Being computer savvy is as important as reading, writing and ‘rithmetic.

Austin-based Dell has become a very successful company based on the growth of computers, but they’re also aware that not everyone can afford a computer and its servicing.

With this in mind, they created Dell Powering Possible grants. And Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas has learned that it’s been selected to receive one of Dell’s 2012 grants.

“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas to help them further their overall mission,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. “At Dell, we believe that children should have an opportunity to develop their potential through technology. With this partnership, we are one step closer toward closing the technology gap among underserved communities across the globe.”

The MySweetCharity elves are celebrating that news. It’s so cute to see them high-fiving their Dell computers and getting out pieces of cheese for their Dell mouses, or is that mice?

The grant will provide for more than 400 girls, ages 6-18, to access technology. What does that mean? Will they get a little gizmo that will tell them where the Wi-Fi spots are?

Heck, no! The grant will be used to “help Girls Inc. members, who are predominantly from economically disadvantaged families, acquire core technology competencies, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills.”

Dell is also providing GIMD with “volunteer services of a local Dell champion, who will manage employee engagement opportunities with local Dell team members.”

GIMD CEO Lori Palmer admitted, “We are extremely grateful to receive this grant. Our deepest thanks to Dell and its commitment to the empowerment of girls and young women! Through helping build our organization’s capacity, Dell has made a critical difference in the lives of Dallas-area girls and young women.”

Nice way to end the first week of school.

Pat Smith’s The Real Real Sale Was A Blow Out And Robin Roberts Has To Bow Out Of Pat’s Tresure You Retreat

Katie Mao and Pat Smith (File photo)

Pat Smith is a gorgeous and smart woman. She has used her talents, intelligence and taste to help so many others. Gee, you’d think Emmitt Smith‘s wife would just sit around in a jersey watching reruns of Dancing With the Stars. But not Pat.

Monday she pulled together The Real Real, a celebrity sale of fabulous clothes and accessories benefiting her Treasure You. While rumors flew that they were Pat’s retread threads, eyewitnesses claim that “most of the items were new with tags still on them!”

Originally it was to run from Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29. Right! It was all over by 10 a.m. Monday.

Robin Roberts*

That’s good for a lot of reasons. Not only did it raise money for Treasure You and make lots of shoppers happy campers, it also freed up Pat to lock down a replacement for “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, who was scheduled to be the Treasure You retreat/Luncheon featured speaker. But Robin had to pull out due to her undergoing intense health treatments to battle MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease.

Congrats to Pat on the sale and very best wishes to Robin. What do you want to bet that she’ll be the 2013 retreat’s featured speaker and what a story she’ll have to tell.

Will let you know who will be filling in for Robin as soon as Pat locks it down.

UPDATE: In addition to facing a daunting health battle, we regret to report that Robin suffered the loss of her mother overnight.

* Photo provided by Treasure You

MySweetCharity Promotes A Beauty Election. . . Really!

Our buddies over at D’s Frontburner are holding a 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas election. Every one of the ladies on the slate are so gorgeous that they look like a dermatologist’s dream of perfection.

Now, MySweetCharity has not gotten into the beauty contest business, except . . .

Well, this week’s collection of knockouts includes candidates who are very well known for their philanthropic efforts. The MSC elves would like to think that their work in the charitable sector provides an additional glow to their dazzling looks.

If you feel charitable with your time, drop on over and consider voting for one of Dallas’s nonprofit supporters. It costs nothing and the good D folks won’t track you down to sell you a subscription.

Remember, you can only vote once a day, and this week’s vote ends Saturday!

Ms. Sampson Goes To Washington

Jennifer Sampson (File photo)

Not everyone has been out of town on holiday. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO/President Jennifer Sampson found herself not just working in Washington but in the White House Monday. She was part of a forum on Urban Innovation that dealt with addressing solutions to poverty in growing cities.

Hosted by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and the Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility, the UWMD was selected “because of its effort to find new ways to push solutions to three core targets: education, financial stability and health.

Pat on the back for UWMD and Jennifer.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala

Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor and Nicholas Even

According to TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala Co-chair Jacquelin Sewell Taylor:

“My husband Phillip and I, as well as Nicholas Even, are thrilled to be the co-chairs of the 2012 TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala, to be held Friday, September 21 at 7:00pm at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Lynn and Allan McBee are Honorary Chairmen and Wanda Gierhart is Auction Chairman.

“TACA Proscenium, presented by ALON USA and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, features two unique events benefiting the performing arts in North Texas. TACA Lexus Party on the Green, held annually in May, and the upcoming 47th annual TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala. Both signature events are held at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and raise more than $800,000 for North Texas’ performing arts community.

“The Gala is an elegant black-tie evening celebrating the culinary excellence of Chef Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Cocktails will be served at 7:00 pm, and a seated dinner will be served in the restaurant and private suites at 8:00 pm. Live music performances take place throughout the event. The exclusive, one-of-a-kind Live Auction is held immediately after dinner, followed by a lively After Party styled by Todd Events.

This year we are adding some extra punch–there will be several elements of the evening that are new, and will be fun surprises for guests. Along with the board and all our friends, we have been hard at work selling tickets; TACA reports that the evening is nearing “sell-out” status!

“Auction items have a new energy as well, including an LA trip to the Grammy Awards, front row seats at two Fashion Week collections, a custom garden installation and an exciting, huge package from American Airlines. Stay tuned to My Sweet Charity for a teaser countdown of the auction packages!

“Founded in 1966, TACA’s mission is to champion artistic excellence in performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship and resources. Since its inception, TACA has distributed more than $20.3 million to emerging and established performing arts organizations with budgets as small as $12,000 to as large as $30 million.  This year, TACA is distributing $1.1 million to 41 diverse and dynamic performing arts organization serving North Texas.”

Tickets from $500; more information may be found at or by calling 214.520.3930.

Photo credit: Dana Driensky

RockNRunway Went That Away With 600 For The Salvation Army

Crawford Brock and his Stanley Korshak crew must dress Mother Nature. Thursday night she was in a very good mood and provided optimal weather conditions for the second annual RockNRunway to benefit the Echelon Group of the Salvation Army.

Crescent Court retailing courtyard

While Janet and Crawford Brock observed part of the festivities from their luxury suite on the upper tier of Korshak, about 600 tanned, professional and beautiful types gathered in the terraces of the Crescent Court retailing complex. Finally, they realized all the fun was downstairs and joined the crowd. Lucy “Wild Woman” Wrubel was in the middle of the mob setting the pace with music. Hey, you didn’t think she got that streak in her hair by staying home nights crocheting, did you?

Rose Clark, Wayne Moore, Lisa Moore, Molly Cox, Justin Cox, Heather Furniss, Crawford Brock, Christina Geyer

To be part of the crowd, you needed to get invited, RSVP-ed and make a donation and/or bring in a gently pair of used jeans for their denim drive.

As payback, guests were shown the fall designs in three fabulous fashion shows orchestrated by fashionable style guru Bret McKinney.

Austin Ames, Amanda Callahan, Chart Westcott

And while the fashions were typical of Korshak (young, unique and hot), the crowd was holding their own nicely, thanks to Stanley Korshak. . . or as it’s known at “the shak,” SK. Jacquelin Sewell Taylor sparkled in a sequined Fendi top from SK. One can only imagine what she’ll be wearing for the TACA Custom Auction Gala that she, husband Phillip and Nick Even are chairing on September 21 at the Mansion. . . Sarah Fay Egan looked rather beautiful in a SK black ensemble. Of course, all the gals were sporting blonde manes that were to die for. . . Heather Furniss, who helped coordinate the SK-Salvation Army/Echelon event, wore a stunning Lanvin shell necklace from SK.

John and Paige Slates

But the headlines of the night were also being made by the news traded among the guests. You don’t think these people were just looking good. They were talking good, too. Adorable SK-er Paige Slates and husband John will be joining Ann and Trey Fielder in chairing the Habitat for Humanity “Urban Revival” event at Trinity Groves on November 8. . . Carmaleta Whiteley and partying bud James Shackleford were full of news. First was news about Anthony Wilkinson. Not only his “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” returning to Broadway, he’s just been named director of tourism for NorthPark. No sooner did that item drop on the Crescent court terrace than another news blast took place. Carmaleta coaxed James to reveal that his company SomaComm Inc. is managing the social media for NP. Somebody at NP is collecting talent like a youngster gathering prized eggs at Brook Hollow on Easter Sunday!

Then James turned the tables on Carmaleta, who had been busily delivering demo DVDs of Faye Briggs‘ family history throughout the hood. As one person put it, “I learned so much about Faye and had no idea of what she had accomplished in her life. It truly brought tears to my eyes.”

Carmaleta and her partner Philip Wier premiered Faye’s family history at the Magnolia a couple of weeks ago and the twosome have been answering queries about the in’s and out’s of such projects.

After the models had emptied the catwalks, guests danced in “the shak” at the Rap Up Party.

Let’s face it. RockNRunway is just a warmup of what is on the horizon for the fall/winter fundraising.

Photos provided by Stanley Korshak

Labor Day/César E. Chávez Day Weekend Is Going To Be A Long One For Dallas City Employees

Practically everyone from employed to unemployed knows that the first Monday in September is Labor Day, with most everything except retailers closed. However, according to City of Dallas Public Information Officer Jose Torres, it’s also César E. Chávez Day. Very interesting.


Well, the rest of the country celebrates César E. Chávez Day on March 31, but we evidently do it differently in Big D.  According to Jose, that’s the way it’s been for a while.

Another thing you might not know is that the City of Dallas has selected Friday, August 31, as a Mandatory City Leave Day.The Friday closure means some city departments will be closed for four days (Friday, August 31-Monday, September 3).

Now, don’t go worrying that there will be no firemen or policemen on duty. You really didn’t think that did you? Nah!

But if you have a need that deals with the City of Dallas, you might want to check before you head out.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Opening Delayed Due To Not-So-Nice People

If you’ve ever been to the present Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, you know the aged mansion is filled with walls painted with whimsical scenes, loads of caring adults and children discovering life can be good.  You also know that it’s bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, its needs have long ago exceeded the vintage 16,000-square-foot home’s capabilities.

That’s why the October opening of the new ginormous 56,000-square-foot facility was better than the opening of Six Flags Over Texas back in the 60’s. Everyone from underwriters to volunteers were counting the days until the move took place.

Unfortunately, it probably won’t happen in October. Nope. It’s just might open inDecember.

Why? West Nile mosquitoes invasion? Bad weather? Workers on strike?

None of the above. Seems some not-so-nice people decided to steal $100,000 worth of copper pipes and air-conditioning units over the weekend.

According to DCAC’s Lynn Davis in a Dallas Morning News interview (sub.req.) with Christina Rosales, “How anybody can even steal from a children’s organization, I just don’t know. It’s just tragic. . .  It’ll [hiring security guards] cost more money but that’s what we need to do,” Davis said. “They [the thieves] slowed us down. They’re not going to stop us.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2013 Recess

Julie Bagley*

According to 2013 Recess Co-chair Julie Bagley:

“Recess, Spring of 2013, in a private home, benefiting The Dallas After School Network. This is a first-time event for a tremendous charity that supports over 12,000 children who attend after-school programs in the Dallas Area. In fact, this is a scoop for you, as we have not even officially announced this event yet!

“DASN provides training in education, arts, and safety for local programs including LeTot, Trinity River Mission and Vickery Meadow Learning Center. DASN was founded to create a consistent, accredited and safe environment for the tens of thousands of children in Dallas who require after-school care.

“This first-time event will be a fun, no-jacket required evening centered around everyone’s favorite part of the school day – Recess! It will be limited to 250 people. We are thrilled to announce we already have two major sponsors. But, would LOVE to share more about this event with MORE sponsors!!!”

* Photo provided by Recess

Oopsie! Somebody Broke The Dallas Summer Musical 2013 Season Early

Everyone was threatened with death and worse .  . .sitting in a room with a zillion reality show cast members if they revealed the Dallas Summer Musical 2013 season before it was formally announced at 7 p.m. Monday. Evidently somebody didn’t get the memo or really likes “reality folks.” Ah, but shucks, you’ve got to give them a break. They are a DSM sponsor.

Buyi Zama, Michael Jenkins, and Q Smith

Anyhow, let’s get on to the real news, not the complaining. People kept coming and coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park Monday night to have a feast and hear what Michael Jenkins had lined up for the 2013 season. Joining him were Buyi Zama, who plays Rafiki in The Lion King, and Q Smith, who plays both the blind lady and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins.

Cupcakes from The Original Cupcakery

Ah, but before you learn what will be playing, how about what folks were talking about as they sampled all types of goodies including mountains of cupcakes?

Let’s start with Michael himself. There’s less of him. Seems he wasn’t happy with his growing weight and decided to turn to the pro of healthy living — Dr. Kenneth Cooper. Let’s face it. Dr. C is a realist. He just knew that Michael with his work demands and lifestyle was not going to take up jogging every morning at the Aerobics Center. Michael kidded Cooper saying that he’d given up jogging when he kept spilling his martini. Dr. C took it seriously until Michael admitted that he was kidding.

But the good doctor gave Michael a v-e-r-y simple way to lose weight. It must have worked because Michael is 24 pounds lighter in just three months. You’re probably not interested in it, but we’ll include it following the jump just in case you have a spouse or friend in need of carving off a couple of dozen pounds. [Read more…]

Van Cliburn Could Use Some “Very Good Thoughts”

You may or may not have heard that Fort Worth’s most famous son of the ivories, Van Cliburn, could use some very good thoughts. According to Van Cliburn Foundation Interim President/CEO Alann Sampson:

“It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you our beloved Van is gravely ill and the prognosis is not positive. He has bone cancer, small cell stage 4.

“He is under excellent care, in good spirits, and resting comfortably at home.

“At this very tender time for Van and for the Van Cliburn Foundation, we ask for your prayers and good thoughts for Van.”

If you get a chance, you might want to drop him a note letting him know that he is in your thoughts. Where to send the note? The Van Cliburn Foundation, 2525 Ridgmar Blvd., Suite 307, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

And now, how about a listen to a Van moment.

People Newspapers’s Special Section Puts The Fun Into Fundraising

For those who like to hold their reading materials between their fingers, you might want to get this week’s Park Cities People and/or Preston Hollow People newspapers. They include a section with a calendar of upcoming fundraising events, as well as the lowdown on memories of the past seasons and What’s Hot, both past and future.

Designer Rick Lopez did a marvelous job of designing the section and assistant managing editor/super-duper reporter Bradford Pearson researched the calendar. Tip of the hat to both gents for making the section sparkle like a great bottle of Cristal.