JUST IN: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Co-Chairs Plan “Transforming Lives” With Tootsies Fashions, Awards And Much More

KidneyTexas Inc.’s 2017 Runway Report Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have announced plans for the Tuesday, September 26, fashion show at Brook Hollow Golf Club with Linda and Steve Ivy serving as honorary co-chairs.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

This year’s theme which will be “Transforming Lives” was revealed in the logo designed by Lynn Townsend Dealey.

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

The theme was especially poignant for KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn, whose mother is “one of the oldest kidney transplant recipients.”

Longtime supporter Sue Goodnight will receive the First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award and Natalie Taylor will be presented with the Sue Goodnight Award.

The Over the Top Awards will be presented to Tootsies’ Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dee Lincoln.

The Tootsies’ team will be providing the fashions with the show being produced by flaming-haired Jan Strimple.

In addition to a tea in October featuring Royal Chef Darren McGrady, there will be an event in November honoring Men of Kidney.

The 2017 beneficiaries are scheduled to receive the following amounts:

  • Parkland Foundation — $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit,
  • Baylor Health Care Foundation — $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants, 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center — $29,925 for kidney-related research,
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines,
  • Camp Reynal — $19,500 and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation —$14,214 for a hemodialysis machine.

Information about tickets and underwriting opportunities can be found here!

* Graphic provided by KidneyTexas Inc.

KidneyTexas Inc. Celebrated The Holidays With Check Presentations, Gifts Of Crystal And A Birthday Cake

What better place to have a party during the season of giving than a jewelry salon? And since Bachendorf’s had been the jewelry sponsor for the 2016 KidneyTexas luncheon, it was the natural choice for the organization’s presentation of checks and the announcement of plans for 2017 on Wednesday, December 14.

Introduced by KidneyTexas President AB Aston, beneficiary selection committee member Kendra Karlock along with the 2016 KidneyTexas Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner handed out the following checks:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation — $25,000 for “A Longitudinal Study of Living Kidney Donors”
  • Camp Reynal (National Kidney Foundation) — $30,225 for camper’s fees, counselors and medical personnel
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $10,000 for Pediatric Stone Center
  • Methodist Health System Foundation — $4,775 for warming cabinets
  • Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation — $98,500 for KidneyTexas Inc. Hemodialysis Unit
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation— $25,200 for two Hemodialysis machines

Joyce Lee, Dr. Cole Edmondson, Shannon Fisher, Angela Nash, Dr. Craig Peters, Anna Bland “AB” Aston, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Kyra Barnett, McKamy Tiner, Marie Collins, Beth Dexter and Kendra Karlock*

When the last check was presented, it was time for the gift giving to continue. After AB turned over the presidential duties to 2016-2017 KidneyTexas President Andrea Alcorn, one of Andrea’s first acts was to give a “gorgeous crystal bowl” to AB. Then AB gat McKamy a “beautiful crystal angel — all to a resounding ovation.”

As her second act, Andrea revealed plans for the 2017. This year’s luncheon will have a trio chairing the fundraiser — Kendra, transplant survivor Christine Martin and Susan Russell.  

And the final surprise of the evening took place when McKamy “came forward with a huge cake and blazing candles as everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to AB, who was celebrating her birthday that evening.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Had Everything From Heartfelt Stories To Bewitching Close Encounter With A Chandelier

There are just some things that your mammy and pappy harrumphed about as dinner table talk. Such things included one’s inner plumbing. Love the folks, but they weren’t always on the spot. While the subject of kidney disease may not have been considered as appropriate in years past, its outing has allowed countless people to learn and help.

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland "AB" Aston

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland “AB” Aston

Since coming out of the topic closet, the battle against kidney disease has added young people to the ranks of warriors. This situation was apparent on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow. Sure, it was billed as The Runway Report Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting KidneyTexas, but the Tootsies fashions and luncheon were just lovely window dressing compared to the day’s message.

KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston had overseen the selection of The Price family (Carole Cleveland Price, Alicia and Scott Price, Stacey Price Wright and Larry Wright) as honorary chairs and McKamy Tiner to chair the luncheon.

The reason for McKamy’s chairing the lunching was not due to her being a sixth-generation Dallasite, an Idlewild deb and a 10-year associate of Dave Perry-Miller. It was a very personal reason — childhood bud Ian Arena.

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Their families had known each other through Ian’s childhood battling with cancer. Then, at the age of 13, he was diagnosed with kidney disease that had resulted from his chemotherapy. When McKamy’s folks discussed the situation at the dinner table, 15-year-old McKamy declared that she knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Ian’s transplant.

This announcement may have sounded like a very optimistic comment by someone who hadn’t even gotten her driver’s license yet. But to everyone’s surprise but McKamy, she proved to be the perfect match.

Martha Tiner

Martha Tiner

Michael Tiner

Michael Tiner

Robin Arena

Robin Arena

As McKamy’s and Ian’s folks (Martha and Michael Tiner and Luncheon Co-Chair Robin Arena) sat nearby admiring their kid hero/ine, Ian told the audience that almost immediately following the transplant, he felt great and color had returned to his face for the first time in years.

Emcee WFAA’s Ron Corning encouraged the filled-to-capacity ballroom including Nancy Carter, Marena Gault, former blond Holly Davis now more brunette-ish, Lisa Cooley with soon-to-be daughter-in-law Bela Pietrovic and some walking wounded types like Vodi Cook with arm in cast and Sharon Popham on a walker, to consider following McKamy’s lead. He told of one man who had donated his kidney to another with the understanding that if and when his grandchild needed a kidney, the child would be higher on the list of recipients.

Then Ron interviewed 16-year-old kidney patient Jira (aka cutest guy in the room), who told how in addition to spending three days a week in dialysis, there was an emotional toll. He felt out of the loop at school due to his kidney disease.

Jira and Ron Corning

Jira and Ron Corning

But thanks to efforts and fundraising by KidneyTexas, such transplant recipients like Ian, Christine Martin and Andy Meyercord were all on hand.

But it wasn’t all talk about kidney disease.

Andy Meyercord

Andy Meyercord

Emilynn Wilson

Emilynn Wilson

In the humor department, Ron once again provided the laughter. In announcing KidneyTexas co-founder Emilynn Wilson was being honored with the Sue Goodnight Award, he said that the plan had been to present her with a nice piece of Baccarat. But realizing that Emilynn had applied a frugal eye to the organization’s dealings, they decided to give her “a bag of M&M’s… the peanut ones. I mean, they’re not the brand name. They’re the ones from Costco, so you get more. They’re nicely wrapped. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.”

Runway recovery

Runway recovery

And as for the fashions, Jan Strimple‘s fashion show featuring Tootsies day- and night-time clothes went flawlessly until… well, there was that dramatic series of black gowns highlighted by towering black hats. It was like a bewitching grouping of Herve Leger, Cinq A Sept, David Koma and ML Monique Lhuillier. The almost-oops resulted when the first model in the series walked the elevated runway down the center of the room… right under the ballroom’s mammoth chandeliers.

Yup, you guessed it. It was a brief encounter of “towering black hat” with the room’s center “mammoth chandelier.” But you’ve got to hand it to the model. The hat stayed put and she didn’t lose a beat. Her reward was the guests smiling in amazement that she had handled it masterfully. Evidently word was passed among the lovely catwalkers and the rest of the lineup steered clear of the hanging glass and light fixture.

This year’s beneficiaries include Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Health/Children Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal — National Kidney Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

If you couldn’t make the lunch and missed the moving stories and the show’s tip of the hat, you can still donate to KidneyTexas or sign up to be considered as a transplant. There are more than 4,000 Texans in need of a healthy kidney that you could share.

For more photos of the fashions and folks in the audience, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 The Runway Report

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Hey, the fashion-show events are well into marching ahead for fundraising. The KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report was in the front line on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. But unlike others, this one had a very special personal story driving the efforts thanks to KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston, Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner and a grateful Ian Arena.

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

Ah, but that’s a story that is being written up. In the meantime, check out the peeps and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Especially check the bewitching model, who received smiles of approval following her interaction with the Brook Hollow chandelier.

On A Bustling Thursday, Marla And Tony Briggle Hosted The KidneyTexas Runway Report Patrons At Their Glen Lake Townhouse

Fess up. Don’t you secretly love it when the weather forecasters blow it? You know it’s when they claim bleak comeuppance is on its way and it’s a beautiful cloudless day.

On Thursday, September 15, that’s almost exactly what happened with a big, old moon shining without a rain cloud in sight. Guess those 15% chances of showers were showering somewhere else.

While Mary Martha and John Pickens were chairing “Harvest” for the North Texas Food Bank at The Shed and Lynn McBee was headlining High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser at the Bush Center with Margaret McDermott and Mary Templeton as honorary co-chairs, the North Texas ZIP codes were jamming neighborhoods.

Marla and Tony Briggle

Marla and Tony Briggle

Over in the gated Glen Lakes neighborhood, Marla and Tony Briggle opened their wonder townhouse overlooking the ponds with mallards and Muscovy ducks quacking around. Why, did they host the KidneyTexas’ “A Runway Report” patron Party for about 75 guests?

No, they personally had not experienced a loss to the deadly disease, but when their Realtor Jeannie Neathery asked for the favor of opening their home, there was no way they were going to say, “No.”

Looking around the public rooms, Tony recalled how his late brother Stockton Briggle had helped develop the look. For instance, for their collection of Oriental pieces of art including a magnificent gold antique kimono displayed on the red-lacquered wall with shelves surrounding a beautiful screen and an exquisite desk with everything from an antique French clock to their collection of crosses. The robe had been from Marla’s late husband Jay Jack‘s “collection of gowns for for his ‘Robes of the Orient” fashion show many years ago at the Adolphus.”

The Briggles' study

The Briggles’ study

Joining

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

Heather ____ and McKamy Tiner

Heather Kanny and McKamy Tiner

Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner were her mum Martha Caldwell Tiner and McKamy’s legal-eagle buddy Heather Kanny. Another more recently acquired pal was KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston. When asked how they were as partners for the fundraiser, McKamy didn’t lose a second: “There were no arguments or fusses. We just got along!”

A Passing: Karen Settle

In the fundraising world of meetings and social gatherings, where first impressions are the norm, it’s always gratifying to encounter a person who exudes beauty both inside and out. Such was Karen Settle. While Karen was not part of the non-stop fundraising herd, she made her mark when she took on a project. It was just two years ago that KidneyTexas Inc. President Jolie Humphrey arranged to have Karen chair the KidneyTexas Runway Report at Brook Hollow. Karen appreciated the cause because both she and her college sweetheart/husband Jay Settle had undergone kidney surgery.

Karen Settle (File photo)

Karen Settle (File photo)

In typical Karen style, she opened her University Park home for an appreciation party. As reported, the house was not the biggest one, the newest one nor the oldest one in the neighborhood, but, like Karen, it immediately made folks feel right at home. Sure, there was the “two-story, red barn in the backyard along with a pool and putting green,” but it was the type of place that made you want to return for a longer stay. It was the perfect reflection of Karen.

But Karen’s dazzling looks and genteel style belied her talents. Having earned her BBA from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree from SMU in psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from UNT, she worked at SMU. During her 25 years at SMU, she served as Director of the Counseling and Testing Center and as a Licensed Psychologist for the SMU Memorial Health Center until her retirement in 2013. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Dallas Psychological Association.

In addition to her various leadership roles in the world of psychology, she was a founding member and past president of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center League and a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League.

Despite the professional and community accomplishments, family and friends were still the priority in Karen’s life. From her meeting Jay on a collegiate tour of Europe and that first kiss on a bench in Rome, raising two sons (Blake Settle and Trey Settle), and becoming a grandmother to growing her collection of friends, Karen’s life was the type others envy.

Still Karen’s life was not without loss. She suffered the incredible grief of a parent whose child has died, when Trey was killed in a car wreck in 2011.

As Jolie put it, “I’ve only known her well for four years, but we became very close quickly. We spent every week together planning the KidneyTexas luncheon and spent more time after that. Karen was smart, had a quick sense of humor, loved playing jokes, loved photography and she was pretty good at it herself. She had a high appreciation for art and loved entertaining. Karen was also a fashionista. Karen and Jay loved to travel. In fact they went on a river cruise in Europe this past May.

“Karen battled with her health for many years and things became worse the past two years. She never dwelled on it. Karen loved life, laughed often, was filled with joy and loved the Lord. I truly loved Karen like a sister. We connected instantly. She has many friends from many circles. People instantly liked her when they met her. She was very special.”

According to KidneyTexas Inc. President Anna Bland Aston, “KidneyTexas Inc. has so many warm and wonderful members who enjoy each other and support each other. We lost a true treasure of a friend in Karen Settle’s death this Tuesday, August 30.”

A memorial service will be held at Park Cities Baptist Church on Friday, September, 2, at 1 p.m.

“One Of The Country’s Top 10 Party Houses In The World” Was The Setting For KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party

Within the uber fundraising season, Thursday take on a new face. But Thursday, May 5, was the super-duper fundraising special.

View from the poolhouse

View from the poolhouse

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Over in Highland Park behind a massive hedge and a glass wall was Dana Nearburg’s award-winning estate. This home-sweet-home has won the Dallas AIA Design Merit Award, Texas Society of Architects honor award, ASLA Landscape Design Award and International Lighting Award, to name a few.

Okay, so there were garages for eleven vehicles, a two-story pool house described as “one of the Top 10 party houses in the world by ‘Architzer Online Magazine,’” and a fabulous pool between the main digs with a glass-skybridge to the guest quarters over one of the garages. But then there were the little touches like the artist studio in the upper level of the pool house and the fountain in the entry of the main house that is also a Jacuzzi. Dana admitted that the idea of the waterworks seemed odd at first, but then it was perfect for those times when her race car driving ex- (Formula One driver Charlie Nearburg) would return from the track and could relax the moment he walked in the door.

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

The property was open for the KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party thanks to Runway Report Chair McKamy Tiner and her mom Martha Tiner, who was an old Highland Park High School chum of Dana’s.  And for once the weather could not have been more perfect for walking the grounds.

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Neighbors like Betsy and Guinn Crousen strolled over from their digs just a block away, while others like Emilynn and Claude Wilson, KidneyTexas President Anna Bland Aston, Nikki Nole with Remington Reece, Megan and Andy Meyercord, Lauryn Gayle White, Natalie Taylor, Terri Massad, Linda and Steve Ivy, Di Johnston, Ramona Jones, Vicki Hill and past KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk and her mom Mary Lee Cox used their wheels to arrive.

Anna Bland Aston

Anna Bland Aston

Among the live auction goodies that auctioneer Louis Murad was collecting bids for were

  • Mesero Margarita Party for Twenty at Mesero on Henderson — Your guests will taste some of their favorite margaritas, sample Herradura tequilas, and enjoy trays of passed bites like slow roasted brisket nachos, tiger shrimp ceviche and some of the best guacamole in the city.
  • Montana Sporting Club Getaway — Experience the best of a private hunting lodge, dude ranch, fly-fishing club and ski resort, in one location. Four nights, five days at The Montana Sporting Club in a luxury log cabin with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that accommodates 6-8 people.
  • Slip away to San Miguel de Allende – Stay four nights in Casa Chiripada del Parque, a sophisticated three bedroom, four bath oasis nestled among stately homes on Juarez Park. Enjoy fine restaurants, galleries, and shopping just steps from your door. Home accommodates up to 6 people.
  • The Masters Championship Package — Masters Championship Round with three nights, double occupancy stay (Friday, April 8, 2017 to Monday April 10, 2017) Master’s Tournament badges for Saturday and Sunday, and two round trip airline tickets to Atlanta.
  • Kentucky Derby Package for two – Enjoy the 2017 Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Oaks Clubhouse Seating on Friday and Saturday, round trip airfare, and hotel accommodations.
  • Argentina Dove Hunt – Head to Cordoba, Argentina to the Five Star Pica Zuro Lodge for four days, three nights. Includes six dove hunts for two hunters; highly trained chefs will provide all meals, wine, beer and spirits – full open bar.
  • Dish Preston Hollow — Four-course dinner with wine pairing for six. Chef and sommelier will tailor to your guests’ tastes and dietary needs.

Camp John Marc Patrons Celebrated The Camp’s 25th Anniversary At Kathy And Harlan Crow’s Library

Seriously, are there two cuter fellas on morning TV than WFAA’s Ron Corning and KDFW’s Chip Waggoner? While Ron is the go-to-guy for brilliant spontaneous quips and breaking news, Chip is the calm voice that directs folks through the insanity of the day’s traffic.

But on Monday, May 2, Chip was in blue blazer at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library for the Camp John Marc 25th anniversary patron party.

Tanya Miller, Chip Waggoner and Suzzi Perry

Tanya Miller, Chip Waggoner and Suzzi Perry

How about some insider info on KDFW’s morning team? Chip’s pooch passed away a couple of years ago, but he didn’t replace the canine with another dog. The Waggoner household has a couple of Ragdoll cats, one of which fetches.

Regarding the KDFW dog situation, anchor Tim Ryan has added a Golden Retriever to the clan. According to Chip, the four-month-old pup is already following his marching orders. Ah, come one. If you lived with Tim, wouldn’t you heel to his commands?

And when it comes to newcomers to the household, anchor Lauren Pryzbyl is adding to hers. In addition to training pup Mattie and raising toddler Landry, she and husband Shane Miller are expecting their second munchkin.

Chick and Jane Pierce, Ellen McStay and Craig and Marsha Innes

Chick and Jane Pierce, Ellen McStay and Craig and Marsha Innes

But on this evening, the 100-plus guests like Chris Durovich, Marie Dean, Tanya and Scott Miller, Peggy Meyer, Jane and Chick Pierce, Suzzi Perry, Ellen and John McStay and Brill Garrett were taking the walking bridge across Turtle Creek to the Crows’ estate. Those in stilettos discovered that the boards of the bridge had just enough space between them to trap a heel.

Chris Durovich

Chris Durovich

Vance Gilmore

Vance Gilmore

But once there, it was a perfect evening to learn about the plans for the 25th anniversary celebration at Camp John Marc. It was also a poignant occasion. After 25 years of heading up the camp, Vance Gilmore is retiring.

CJM Executive Board Member Craig Innes—he’s been involved with the camp for more than 25 years—admitted that when the camp for kids facing chronic medical and physical conditions got started, they weren’t quite sure what would happen. But that first year 500 youngsters attended the camp during eight weeks. Now, “on average over 3,000 children, teens and family members attend a CJM camp every year.” The camps are tailor-made for youngsters suffering from kidney disease, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, blood disorders, cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, juvenile arthritis, severe asthma and burns.

The fundraising activities and donations help defray the $585 per camper cost by reducing it to $195.

In Addition To Chairing 2017 Callier Cares, Emilynn Wilson Will Receive KidneyTexas’ 2016 Sue Goodnight Award

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson is going to be a busy gal in the months ahead. Not only is she chairing the 2017 Callier Cares fundraiser for Callier Center for Communications Disorders, she’s gonna be on the receiving end of accolades. On Tuesday, September 20, she’ll be presented the Sue Goodnight Award at KidneyTexas’ “The Runway Report” luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow that’s being chaired by McKamy Tiner.

The 2016 beneficiaries include Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal – National Kidney Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Dallas Methodist Hospitals Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

Bonne Santé At Westin Galleria Raised Funding To Fight Kidney Disease With Chefs, Paired Wines And Personal Stories

Like all diseases, kidney disease doesn’t play fair. It’s open to all ages, races and sexes.

At the Westin Galleria on Saturday, February 6, the Sixth Annual Bonne Santé filled the ballroom with chefs (Robert Clifford of Nick & Sam’s, Matt Dallman of 18th & Vine Kansas City Barbeque, Scott Gottlich and Andrea Maricich of The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich, Richard Hebben of XIX Nineteen Hyatt at The Bellevue, Sara Hooton of Central Market, William Koval of Lakewood Country Club, Matt McCallister of  FT33 & Filament, Shawn McClain & Richard Camarota of Sage Restaurant, Edward Mendoza of Cucina 503, Abraham Salum of Komali/Salum, Gianni Santin of Haute Sweets Patisserie, David Smith of  Westin Galleria, Ray Skradzinski and Bruce Wills of The Table, Marcus Strietzel of The Adolphus Hotel and Jason Weaver and Donald Chalko of Omni Dallas Hotel) cooking, wines being paired, walls lined with tables of silent auction items and 300 guests supporting the National Kidney Foundation Dallas Division.

Scott and Gina Gottlich, Marie Collins and Gary Renville

Scott and Gina Gottlich, Marie Collins and Gary Renville

Atlanta-based National Kidney Foundation Division President Gary Renville was on hand and impressed with the evening, which was orchestrated by Marie Collins, State of Texas Division president for the National Kidney Foundation, and event producer Steve Kemble.

William Koval and Steve Kemble

William Koval and Steve Kemble

When it comes to special events and the presidential debates, Steve didn’t hold back one iota. He said that if he were in charge of coordinating the verbal battles, he would have Megyn Kelly “do them all. Oh, the way she stirs things up!”

Matt McCallister

Matt McCallister

Other action of the night included Gina Gottlich hustling around pre-party in her flip flops… Chef Matt McCallister admitted this absence at the recent Soup’s On! was his fault due to his not responding soon enough… Abraham Salum reported that despite being traditionally being closed on Sundays, his Salum/Komali would be open on Sunday, February 14, for Valentine’s Day.

But the real subject of the night was kidney disease.

Event Co-Chair Chef William Koval of Lakewood Country Club told how his now-strapping, 18-year-old son, Nathan, had made him aware of kidney disease years ago. It was just nine years ago that Nathan fell and discovered that night blood in his urine. After immediately taking Nathan to the local Waxahachie hospital, the Williams learned both good news and bad — no, the kidney had not been lacerated. The bad news was that Nathan had only one kidney and it was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. Now, the over-six-footer Nathan is healthy but along with his family is vigilant about his health care and was by his dad’s side in preparing the food for the evening’s fest.

Across the ballroom at his food station, Event Co-Chair Scott was also personally aware and committed to kidney healthcare. His sister, Stephanie, was a kidney transplant.

Round Robin December 3: Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange Party And KidneyTexas Check Presentation

Despite the tradition of fundraising powering down in December, that theory was hard to prove on Thursday, December 5.

Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch

With pony tails, jeans and boots, the Crystal Charity Ball leaders were prepping the Anatole for the annual mega-fundraiser for kids’ charities just two days away. Whether it was organizing the goodies for the silent auction, putting the finishing touches on the favors or just schlepping carts of “stuff” around, the 100 gals were hard at work to create an event that would provide more than $6.3 M for 11 nonprofits.

However, even the hardest working had to take a break along with the professionals like event producer Tom Addis, photographer James French and the Lamberts’ crew for a Mexican lunch courtesy of Misero in the Anatole’s Wedgwood Room thanks to CCB member Ann Dyer‘s son, Trey Dyer.

As an added surprised, Trey arranged for a mariachi trio to play until CCB Chair Michal Powell took charge of the program.

First she played a Texas trivia quiz with questions like, “What is the largest city in Texas?” and “What are the six flags that have flown over Texas” and “What is the one word that had changed in the state song (‘Texas My Texas’)?”

Then Michal read a poem to her committee a la “The Night before Christmas.” Without taking count, it seemed that most of the 100 committee members were mentioned.

After a standing ovation, the commitee got back to work.

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange

After months of being elsewhere, the legendary St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange was back in its original spot in Highland Park Village and just in time for the holidays!

To celebrate the return with far more than a new coat of paint, it had an official re-opening party with Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart greeting folks at the door.

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

And while the unique boutique has really had a total new look with bright color and lighting, the St. Michael’s magic was still found on the shelves and in the faces of the volunteers and friends like Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder, who handle everything from buying the merchandise to “manning” the cash registers.

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Sure, there were the silver goodies that are perfect wedding gifts, to adorable kids’ stuff and Michael Aram tableware. But the hottest item was the S’well bottles that were flying off the shelves.

S'well bottles

S’well bottles

Shelves of gifts

Shelves of gifts

While the zebra pattern ones were quite crowd pleasing, the insiders whispered that the silver and gold ones in the front of the shop were the season sweethearts.

Proceeds from the store go to the outreach programs of St. Michael and All Angel’s like Alley’s House, Attitudes and Attire, ChildCareGroup, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dwell With Dignity, Family compass, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, Jonathan’s Place, New Friends New Life, North Texas Food Bank, Rainbow Days, The Family Place, The Senior Source, The Stewpot, Turtle Creek Recovery Center, VMLC and Wilkinson Center to name just a few.

KidneyTexas Check Presentation

And speaking of sweethearts, Drs. Susan Watts and Greg Kozielec hosted the check presentation by KidneyTexas to the four beneficiaries: Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

The foursome was reportedly dividing up $254,000 that had been raised from the KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report that had been co-chaired by Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox in September at Brook Hollow.

While Donna was unable to make the presentation, Mary Lee and daughter/KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk were on hand to dole out the envelopes in the living room.

Following the check presentation, incoming KidneyTexas President AB Aston presented Therese with a silver box from Neiman’s that contained an engraved crystal vase.

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

McKamy Tiner

McKamy Tiner

As for the 2016 KidneyTexas Runway Report, adorable McKamy Tiner, who is the youngest living donor of a kidney, will be co-chairing the 2016 Runway Report.

KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Raised Greater Awareness And Funds To Help Those With Kidney Disease

WFAA’s Ron Corning was having a busy lunch week. On Tuesday, September 22, he emceed KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report at Brook Hollow. With guests being greeted at the front door by event producer Jan Strimple starting at 10:30, they discovered the silent auction in the reception area.

When the guests took their places, Ron introduced Luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox, who introduced the honorary co-chairs (Robin and Norm Bagwell, Liz Minyard Lokey, Gretchen Minyard Williams and Vinette and Michael Montgomery), the honorees (Dr. Michel Baum, Dr. Jim Brugarolas, Dr. Richard Dicerman, Rabbi William Gershon, Dr. Goran Lintmalm, Mark Leman and Dr. Henry Quinones) and Sue Goodnight Service Awardees Isabell Haggar, Patty Jo Turner and Rosemary Haggar Vaughan.

Congregation Shearith Israel Rabbi William Gershon, who received a kidney in April 2014, told of the life-changing/saving experience that others in the audience could relate to.

Vintage Martini fashion*

Vintage Martini fashion*

It was then time for a fashion show of clothes from St. John, Tootsie’s, Carla Martinengo and Vintage Martini. One of the more revealing outfits raised the chatter level, whereupon Ron spontaneously commented that guest/car dealer Clay Cooley was so uncomfortable that he reached down to tie his shoes…only he was wearing cowboy boots.

On the other hand, he was unable to prevent KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk‘s daughter Courtney Rourk from falling backstage from the steps. Luckily she wasn’t hurt and bounced back up.

As the last of the parade of models left the stage, auctioneer Louis Murad conducted the live auction of six items, two of which Louis was able to sell twice. No wonder it made Donna and Mary Lee smile as trips to the Masters Golf Tournament, a dinner for 25 at Mesero Restaurant and a Bachendorf diamond-and-gold bracelet brought in the ca-ching.

Ron brought back Rabbi Gershon to the stage, at which time he told of the need for funding kidney programs. He backed his comments reeling out the numbers of people dying each day waiting on a kidney transplant and the lack of dialysis machines.

By 1 p.m., the guests like Jan Osborn, Yvonne Crum, Lisa Cooley, Doris Jacobs, Kay Hammond, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Marj Waters and Lynn Dealey were in need of food as they moved to their assigned seating.

For Ron, this luncheon was a snap. A greater challenge lay a couple of days ahead. More about that later.

* Photo credit: Jan Osborn

Round Robin September 17 Evening: KidneyTexas Runway Report And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Parties

As the money kept pushing the North Texas Giving Day leaderboard to new, staggering heights on Thursday, September 17, the area nonprofits saw no reason to stop their extracurricular activities. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert crowd kicked off their plans at Scott + Cooner for their 10th anniversary benefiting the ASD Services on April 9th at Frontier of Flight Museum. This year’s theme will have guests going James Bond…The high rollers of the art-loving world got a sneak peek at the Giuseppe Penone exhibition “Giuseppe Penone: Being The River, Repeating The Forest” at the Nasher Sculpture Center…Shakespeare Dallas celebrated North Texas Giving Day by partying at Samuell Grand Park with all types of goings-on like animal adoptions and fencing demonstration. Touche!…And speaking of East Dallas, Foodiepalooza at 7 for Parties was benefiting the East Dallas Boys And Girls Club.

Whew! But there was still more. Here are a couple for your review:

KidneyTexas  Runway Report Patron Party

Banker Norman Bagwell met car dealer Clay Cooley at Kathy and Larry Helm’s Highland Park home for the KidneyTexas Runway Report patron party. After the first howdy do’s Clay learned why Runway Report Honorary Co-Chair Norm was involved with KidneyTexas. Norm had survived kidney disease thanks to the funding of research and developments.

While some might have listened politely, Clay launched into a full conversation about such advancements with Norm, who had received a kidney. Norm then praised the amazing transplant programs taking place at Baylor and U.T. Southwestern. He explained that he had indeed been lucky not only to have time to make decisions on how to proceed, but both his wife Robin Bagwell and his sister had been viable donors.

Here were two men who had only just met and yet they both understood and were amazed at the life-changing developments taking place in North Texas.

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

But soon they found themselves in the study surrounded by KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk, Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox and Donna Arp Weitzman.

In the hallway was retail real estate whiz Herb Weitzman, who is helping wife Donna write her next book, “How Dallas Became a Retailing Mecca.” According to Donna, it’s not so much about Herb as it is the various Dallas retail real estate projects that he’s been involved in.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Just blocks away at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home, they had expected around 225 guests. Instead the number was hitting the 300 mark that included Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing talking with Cliff Fischer, April Box, Angela Nash, Annette Simmons with Gerald Fronterhouse, Michal and Loyd Powell, Vicki and Bob Chapman with Preston Evans, Piper Wyatt, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Anita and Truman Arnold, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Alicia and Scott Wood, Gene and Jerry Jones, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Jill and Bob Smith, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Amy Green, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Patsy Donosky with Harold Pruner, Tucean and David Webb and of course, the 10 Besties (Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Christi Urschel). The draw was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party underwritten by J.P. Morgan with Elaine Agather greeting one and all at the front door.

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Hal and Christi Urschel

Hal and Christi Urschel

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

Adding to the panache of the evening was Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping in attendance; Peter’s arrival in Dallas had been slightly delayed to an American Airlines computer glitch. Another person suffering from AA’s gremlins was Key Coker. His plane from South Carolina was also held up.

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Well, OMG, the gals were dressed to the uber nines with Lela Rose taking the lead worn by Pat Harloe and DeeDee Lee. Caren Kline drew second and three looks in Halston. She said that since the party was for a fashion show, “I had to step it up a little.”

As hot as the fashions were, the temps in the house thanks to the body count caused smart fellas like Allan McBee and Peter Foster to stake out spots over floor air vents. One of the coolest rooms was the dining room, where the air was breezing and the Cassandra-laden table was a never-ending feast for the eye and tastebuds.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

In a corner CCB Honorary Chair Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman discussed Na’s day-before as a new board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation…NM Exec Kevin Hurst was talking about his chairing The Obelisk Awards that will be presented on Friday, November 13, at The Fairmont…Phillip Huffines shared photos from his attending the CNN Republican debate the night before in the Reagan Library. His twin brother State Sen. Don Huffines was on camera for much of the night, since he was seated behind CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

But it was an early evening because the next morning’s 10 Best Dressed was on the schedule at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

For more photos of the party, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

SOLD OUT ALERT: KidneyTexas’ Runway Report

If you were thinking you’d like to see some fabulous fashions, bid on great items, lunch with generous folks and help fight kidney disease, you’re out of luck for attending the Tuesday, September 22nd Runway Report benefiting KidneyTexas.

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Yup, Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox and KidneyTexas President Theresa Rourk have just posted the “sold out” sign. Why they didn’t have to send out invitations!

Perhaps it’s because they’re honoring a stellar group of medical experts like:

  • Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health,
  • Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center,
  • Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas,
  • Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel,
  • Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute,
  • Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas and
  • Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System

And, of course, it always helps to have Robin and Norm Bagwell as honorary co-chairs and WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee.

But don’t give up in despair. That’s why “Wait Lists” were created and donations are always accepted and truly appreciated.

KidneyTexas’ Guests Brought Auction Items To The Residence At The Stoneleigh For Upcoming Runway Report Bidding

North Texas was enjoying a cool front briefly on Thursday, August 13. Replacing the 100+ temps, some folks were actually considering rummaging through their closets for those sweet sweaters. After all, the temps were breezing in the 90’s.

Over at the Residences at the Stoneleigh, a KidneyTexas crowd of about 30 was happily checking out the digs.

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

The draw, in addition to the pricey but spectacular Stoneleigh condos—almost half of the roughly 75 units have already been sold—was the fact that guests were bringing in items that will be auctioned off at the Runway Report on Tuesday, September 22, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Among the goodies to be offered at the luncheon, which was a near sell-out: a $20,000 bracelet from Bachendorf’s; two dinners for 50 at the Stoneleigh restaurant; a vacation stay at a house in Deer Valley, Utah; and artist Lynn Dealey‘s signature KidneyTexas “bejeweled arm” prints.

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

The Stoneleigh event was hosted by The Stoneleigh’s Donna Jo Smith, KidTX President Theresa Rourk and Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox (duh, Theresa’s mom) and Donna Arp Weitzman.

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Natalie Taylor*

Natalie Taylor*

Guests included Juli Harrison, Ramona Jones, Natalie Taylor and Goodnight Service Awardee Patty Jo Turner and husband John Turner.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

As for Donna, it seems that she has been juggling all types of life experiences. Yes, she’s co-chairing the RR. But she also said her book, “Cinderella Has Cellulite,” is in its third printing, has been translated into six languages, and had reached No. 22 on an Amazon list. In addition, Donna said an appearance on TV’s Wendy Williams show was being planned this fall to flog “Cinderella”—and that she’s hard at work on a sequel (tentative title: “Prince Charming Has a Migraine”).

And then there’s that construction crew lineup at Chez Weitzman. According to Donna, husband/real estate retailing guru Herb Weitzman has embraced the home-office work style big-time and is having a free-standing office constructed on the couple’s University Park estate. Being a sharp cookie and a fashion plate, Donna has plans to transform Herb’s old office into … what else … a closet for all her clothes.

* Photo credit: Danny Campbell

KidneyTexas’s Gals Get Update On Runway Report And Check Out Fashion And The Bocks’ Bling At St. John

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

With May and its showers in the rearview mirror, June promised a quick start for sunshine and summer temps. Over at St. John on Monday, June 1, Assistant Manager Jamie Hermosillo found himself surrounded by the ladies of KidneyTexas celebrating The Runway Report. In addition to luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Lee Cox, honorary co-chair Vinette Montgomery, Carole Ann Brown and Di Johnston were on hand to hear the latest details of the event.

Di Johnston

Di Johnston

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

As for the fashions, fashion producer Jan Strimple is arranging for five scenes, each one representing the participating retailers (Carla Martinengo, Lublu, HPV’s St. John, Tootsies and Vintage Martini).

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

The day’s big topic was Katy and Lawrence Bock’s donation of an 18-karat gold bracelet highlighted by 101 diamonds that will be auctioned off at the September 22 fundraising fashion show/luncheon at Brook Hollow. With Ron Corning as emcee, the auction should be lively, to say the least. However, the bracelet can be bought right now for $20,000.

Another biggy conversation maker that really hit home was Honorary Co-chair Norm Bagwell’s recovering from successful kidney surgery on Thursday, May 21, and home on Wednesday, May 27. Thanks to the monies raised at The Runway Report, such procedures have made monumental difference in surviving and coping with kidney disease.

This year’s event will honor the professionals who are on the front lines in the battle against kidney disease, including

  • Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health,
  • Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center,
  • Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas,
  • Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel,
  • Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute,
  • Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas and
  • Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Table tickets and sponsorships are available now to help support and develop greater advances to combat this deadly disease. Individual tickets and $2,500 tables are already sold out, but there is a waiting list.

*Photo courtesy of KidneyTexas

Round Robin April 7: The Billiard Ball Patron Party, KidneyTexas Luncheon And John Wayne Film Festival Reveals

While Warren Buffett was talking with folks in The Colony for a sneak peek of the new Nebraska Furniture Mart benefiting the Cancer Support Community North Texas, other fundraisers were taking place elsewhere on Tuesday, April 7, including:

KidneyTexas Reveal

It’s the dread of every hostess. That’s what KidneyTexas‘ “The Runway Report Luncheon” Co-Chair Donna Arp Weitzman feared. Earlier in the day, she told her caterer that 10 people had RSVP-ed. By afternoon the number had jumped up to 20, then by the time the valet parkers had appeared, the number had risen to past 30.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

While old-timers admitted that most folks don’t RSVP until the last minute, one scarred vet harrumphed, “If they RSVP at all.”

But sure enough they came. Adorable Isabell Haggar and sis-in-law Rosemary Haggar Vaughn arrived together. Hostess Donna told them of her first job as a teenager was as a seam buster.

Just halfway through the party plans for the Kidney Texas luncheon and fashion show were announced. It will be Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 23, under the direction of Jan Strimple with WFAA Ron Corning serving as emcee.

As for the clothes, they’ll be provided by Carla Martinengo, Lublu, St. John at Highland Park Village, Tootsies and Vintage Martini.

In addition to Robin and Norm Bagwell serving as the honorary co-chairs, there will a new twist this year for the honorees. According to Kidney Texas President Therese Rourk, the area hospitals and medical teams will be honored including Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health; Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas; Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel; Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute; Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas; and Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System.

The luncheon will benefit Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Billiard Ball Patron Party

Rachel Trowbridge is trying to hold off on delivering the Trowbridges’ newest kiddo until after the April 18thBilliard Ball” fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. But on this evening she appeared to have everything under control at Gail and Dan Cook’s ultra-contemporary home.

While B&GCGD clients (aka kids) and guests took full advantage of the perfect weather by dining poolside, others ventured downstairs into the museum and adjoining workroom. The museum is an amazing collection of 400 antique dolls in glass cases. Gail explained the reason for the dolls being in the windowless room is so that sunlight does not damage their delicate outfits. Over the years, Gail has collected the 100-year-old and older dolls in various stages of conditions. Meticulously, she has “dolled” them up using the finest fabrics in keeping with their eras and accessories.

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail smiled recalling that as a girl, she hadn’t been interested in dolls, since she had a slew of brothers. Then when her daughter said she wanted a doll more than 30 years ago, that request opened a whole world and vocation for Gail, who has gained the reputation as an outstanding expert and judge for the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Her collection has been the subject of the book, “In Perspective The Gail Cook Collection.”

Dan Cook

Dan Cook

On the other hand, Dan held court with Carole and Scott Murray, Carol Seay, Susan Stanzel, Don Glendenning and Ball Co-Chairs Barbara and Steve Durham.

Across the living room, Jeff Rich told how he and wife Jan Miller would be hosting a discussion with Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, the dean of the University of California at Davis veterinary school. They had developed the relationship when their beloved beagle “Schumacher’s” sister was in desperate need of dialysis, which UCD offered. Jan was so impressed with the school that she is on the board.

John Wayne Announcement Party

The big question at the gathering of John Wayne fans was “Where is the Mockingbird Room?” That’s where the kick-off plans were to take place in Highland Park Village. When they realized that it was the gathering room in the HP Village Management Office, it made perfect sense. After all, it overlooks Mockingbird Lane.

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

And it was just the right size for the posse that included Leslie Light, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, Holly Reed, Carter Malouf, Holly and Doug Deason, Linda and Steve Ivy, Patti and Blaine Nelson, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Leslie Ann Crozier, Piper Wyatt, Holly and Stubbs Davis, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Debra Nelson and Tiffany and Paul Divis.

Leslie Light

Leslie Light

Randall Goss

Randall Goss

The big draw was the announcement of plans for the 2015 John Wayne Film Festival that’s being co-chaired by Kara and Randall Goss. The twosome revealed that it will be held from Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27 at HP Village Theater and Look Cinemas benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Joining the local were the Wayne kin including the Duke’s sons Ethan Wayne and  Patrick Wayne, daughter Marisa Wayne and grandchildren Anita Swift and 7-year-old Duke Ditteaux.

Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

According to Anita, “Texas is the place for John Wayne, so it’s the perfect place to have a John Wayne film festival.”

She added that Pat Green may just play again this year and there also may be a free outdoor screening of movies at Klyde Warren Park.

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Raised Awareness And Funds With Fashion, Heroes And Lunch

Well, goodness gracious! KidneyTexasThe Runway Report was bulging like Honey Boo Boo’s mama trying to slip into a size 2 Spanx. Guests were everywhere in the Brook Hollow ballroom on Tuesday, September 23. Despite requests by organizers, not one more chair could be added — “The fire marshals would have our heads!”

Event producer Jan Strimple had planned to start the fashion show promptly at 11:30. Unfortunately, the Dallas Street Repair Department wasn’t in the same groove as Jan. Seems they have channeled Mockingbird from Cedar Springs to nearly Harry Hines down to one lane. Luckily, the Southwest Airlines billboard amused guests as they patiently made their way to the club.

So, Jan gave late arrivals a break. At 11:34 she gave a one-minute warning.

Like Mr. Chips’ students, the guests took their seats. After all, they had been warned — once the show starts, no one would be seated. After all, the event was benefiting Baylor Scott & White Health, Children’s Medical Center, Camp Reynal/National Kidney Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey and Luncheon Chair Karen Settle told the audience how the event had brought them closer together. Then the twosome aimed the attention to Honorary Chair Faye Briggs on the front row. Telling how they had gotten to know her in working on the luncheon and how “everyone wants to be Faye.” With that they pulled out masks on a stick with Faye’s photo.

Janelle Friedman

Janelle Friedman

Emcee Jocelyn White introduced Sue Goodnight Service Award Recipient Janelle Friedman, who thanks Sue for her being “an inspiration for all of us.” Then Janelle teased her husband Larry, who was seated just a seat away. In the weeks prior to the event, he asked her, “What am I going to do when I’m up there?…Well, are you going to call me up there, so I can be honored, too?” Janelle simple answered, “No, Larry, this is my honor.” Then smiling at Larry, she added, “So I want to introduce my husband Larry Friedman.”

But the frivolity ended when the reason for the luncheon was addressed via stories of people who had received transplants from loved ones. While some may have wondered why Robin Bagwell gave the invocation, it was noted that she, like Marsha, had provided her husband with a kidney eight years ago. Robin might have found a new calling.

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Another kidney donor/recipient couple was Marsha Finney and Lewis Gibbons, who had suffered a disease that resulted in kidney failure. A future of dialysis was prevented that to Marsha’s providing the life-changing kidney for him.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

After Marsha and Lewis had finished their stroll on the runway and were seated, the “Family Scene” took place, leading off with Linda and Steve Ivy with their granddaughter Miles Olivia Ivy, Lindsey Bumgarner, Jack Ranger Walsh with his uncle Austin Walsh, John Ross, Haley Bush with her neighbor Maddie Folmnsbee, Zach Young, and Christina White with her daughter Caroline and Blake Settle in clothes from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and KidBiz.

Plein Sud fashion

Plein Sud fashion

Before the Runway Report by Tootsies commenced, Jocelyn conducted the live auction. After Mary Black won the Santa Fe Vacation Package for 10, Jocelyn pointed Mary out, “So, if you want to be her friend…”

Rene Ruiz fashion

Rene Ruiz fashion

Then the fashions were on parade. Jan had hinted that the show’s finale would feature gowns from Rene Ruiz, who had flown in from Miami for the event. While the designer’s name was not as familiar to locals as Armani, McQueen or Herrera, he quickly changed that status for the sold-out crowd of 427 with his breathtaking designs. They blended elegance with a sensuous feel.

Then it was off to lunch (spinach and mixed greens topped with blue cheese crumbles, avocado, bacon with chicken nuggets and honey mustard dressing and lavosh garnish plus a cup of golden gazpacho followed by chocolate chambord molten cake with Heath bar ice cream) and heading over to Tootsies to get to know Rene’s handiwork firsthand.

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

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report

Those KidneyTexas gals had tears for those who have donated a kidney to loved ones and cheers for those who were promoting awareness of this disease that is affecting 30,0000 Texans each year.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Thanks to their efforts, advancements are being made to reduce the need for dialysis and years of anguish. But they did this year with style, food and laughter at The Runway Report on Tuesday, September 23rd, at Brook Hollow with KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey, Luncheon Chair Karen Settle, Honorary Chair Faye Briggs and tons of fashions from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and Kid Biz.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

For a visual look at the day’s event, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery because tomorrow the post will come. At least, we hope so.

 

 

MySweetCharity Opportunity: KidneyTexas Runway Report

According to KidneyTexas Runway Report Co-Chair Karen Settle,

Karen Settle*

Karen Settle*

“What could be more fun that viewing, or better yet, being a guest model alongside of professional models in a fabulous Jan Strimple Productions style show? KidneyTexas offers the opportunity to walk the runway or to just enjoy the show.  The new fall looks will be unveiled by fashion sponsor Tootsies as well as fashion participants Pockets Menswear and Kidbiz. Our Kidney Kids from Children’s Medical Center will also make an appearance, and a story of strength and courage of a local couple will be shared. Then a delightful lunch will be served while we have time to chat with good friends and sip delicious wine.

“This amazing day also provides the opportunity to bid on 2 fantastic live auction packages:

  1. “Stunning South Sea pearls necklace with diamond clasp donated by William Noble Rare Jewels paired with a leopard patterned fur vest donated by Adrenne Landau on behalf of Tootsies valued at $33,000 and
  2. “Santa Fe, NM vacation package for 5 nights’ stay in a fantastic 5-bedroom sprawling adobe home with pool accompanied by a personal chef for an in-house meal, and airfare for two. Anonymous donor with airfare for 2 donated by Southwest Airlines, valued at $10,000.

“Guests can also purchase raffle tickets to packages which include restaurant gift certificates, beauty and fashion gift certificates, jewelry, crystal, photography gift certificates, and entertainment.

“Chairing this annual fundraiser and working with such talented and generous individuals has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Our committee has worked very hard and is excited to present this outstanding event! Beneficiaries this year include Baylor Health Care System Foundation for research to cure male fetuses of kidney damage, Children’s Medical Center for purchase of 5 blood pressure machines for at-home monitoring of children receiving dialysis, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal for camp and medical expenses of children with kidney disease, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for kidney stone research. Contributing to my dedication to this event is the fact about 20 million people in the U.S. are affected by kidney disease.  It can happen to anyone, and my husband and I have both had kidney surgery!

Faye Briggs (File photo)

Faye Briggs (File photo)

Janelle Friedman (File photo)

Janelle Friedman (File photo)

“I invite you to join us as we fight kidney disease which impacts children and adults.  Our Honorary Chair, Faye C. Briggs, will be recognized for her generosity and her love and support of KidneyTexas. Further, the 2014 Goodnight Award will be presented to Janelle Friedman in appreciation of her efforts to help children’s charities and her passion for KidneyTexas. For information on the event as well as ticket/table sales, please visit www.kidneytexas.org or call 214.891.0896.

“The KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon and Style Show will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Reception starts at 10:30, style show seating starts at 11:00 and luncheon begins at 12:00.”

* Photo provided by KidneyTexas Runway Report

June 11 Round Robin: Communities Foundation Of Texas NTGD, CCB Midpoint Luncheon, KidneyTexas And Carter Work Project Committee Receptions

Somebody started a rumor that things would really calm down after Memorial Day. Wednesday, June 11, proved that rumor to be as farfetched as a Victoria Secret catalogue in a convent.

Communities Foundation Of Texas

Started off at Communities Foundation of Texas’s library. The purpose was to discuss the fall tsunami day — North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

Oh, goodness! The plans for this day are raising smiles and hopes to help more than 1,300 nonprofits in less than 24 hours on Thursday, September 18. Last year the total ended up being $25,257,204.31

And don’t go thinking that just because CFT is a Dallas-based operation, NTGD is limited to Big D’s area codes.

Nope. It’s call North Texas Giving Day. . . not Park Cities Giving Day, Garland Giving Day, Corinth Giving day, Southlake Giving Day. That’s right. . . North Texas. Why, it wouldn’t surprise some if Houston tried to lay claim to be part of North Texas because of the big bucks raised.

Stay tuned. MySweetCharity will keep you posted on what to expect on the headline day.

Crystal Charity Ball Midpoint Luncheon

Next stop was Salum. Chef/proprietor Abraham Salum was literally multi-tasking. In addition to hosting the Crystal Charity Ball committee’s “Midpoint Luncheon,” he was in the parking lot doing valet duties. Seems one of the car parkers had failed to show, but the Mercedes, Lexuses and other luxury vehicles arrived right at high noon and swamped the place.

Abraham Salum

Abraham Salum

Inside, the CCB ladies showed not one iota of being bothered by the traffic jam. This lunch was the “midpoint” in the year-long effort to raise funds for area children’s charities.

With an internal working theme of baseball this year, CCB Chair Robyn Conlon and her “dirt bag” team members of Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alica Wood, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson announced the outstanding players in the follow categories:

Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alicia Wood, Robyn Conlon, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alicia Wood, Robyn Conlon, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Coming in from Left Field Award (those who brought in the first new donor of the year): Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Best ERA (those who brought in the most contracts): Michal Powell, Lynn McBee, Kristina Whitcomb, Susan Farris and Sarah Losinger

Kristina Whitcomb, Sarah Losinger and Susan Farris

Kristina Whitcomb, Sarah Losinger and Susan Farris

Rookie of the Year (new members who have brought in the most dollars): Gail Fischer, Leigh Anne Haugh and Tiffany Divis

Tiffany Divis, Leigh Anne Haugh and Gail Fischer

Tiffany Divis, Leigh Anne Haugh and Gail Fischer

Clean-Up Hitter (those who have brought in the most dollars): Libby Allred, Pam Perella, Michael Powell, Carole Lou Bruton, Kristina Whitcomb, Lynn McBee, Katherine Coker, Susan Farris, Janie Condon, Bette Mullins, Amy Prestidge and Elizabeth Gambrell.

Pam Perella and Libby Allred

Pam Perella and Libby Allred

Kristina Whitcomb and Carol Lou Bruton

Kristina Whitcomb and Carol Lou Bruton

Susan Farris, Katherine Coker and Janie Condon

Susan Farris, Katherine Coker and Janie Condon

Amy Prestidge, Elizabeth Gambrell and Bette Mullins

Amy Prestidge, Elizabeth Gambrell and Bette Mullins

Lead-Off Hitter (those who brought in the most new money): Leigh Anne Haugh, Susan Farris and Kristina Whitcomb

Kristina Whitcomb, Leigh Anne Haugh and Susan Farris

Kristina Whitcomb, Leigh Anne Haugh and Susan Farris

Relievers of the Year (those who have gone the extra mile): Suzy Gekiere, Leslie Diers, Fredye Factor, Amy Prestidge, Tracey Kozmetsky, Carole Lou Bruton, Ann Dyer, Lauryn Gayle White, Katherine Coker, Kim Miller, Tanya Foster, Vinnie Reuben and Paige Slates

Carole Lou Bruton, Amy Prestidge, Fredye Factor and Suzy Gekiere

Carole Lou Bruton, Amy Prestidge, Fredye Factor and Suzy Gekiere

Paige Slates, Katherine Coker, Lauryn Gayle White, Ann Dyer and Vinne Reuben

Paige Slates, Katherine Coker, Lauryn Gayle White, Ann Dyer and Vinne Reuben

All-Star of the Year (those who have been an overall go-getter): Beth Thoele, Suzy Gekiere, Janie Condon and Kimber Hartmann

Janie Condon, Suzy Gekiere and Beth Thoele

Janie Condon, Suzy Gekiere and Beth Thoele

Pinch Hitter of the Year (Those who the entire team sees helping across the board): Linda Secrest and Kristina Whitcomb

Kristina Whitcomb and Linda Secrest

Kristina Whitcomb and Linda Secrest

As a caveat that summer vacations may apply to others, Robyn warned the group that to achieve their goal, they needed to dig in for the summer and get those contracts headed for home base.

Kidney Texas Runway Report Appreciation Reception

Karen and Jay Settle’s University Park home is outstanding for a Park Cities residence.

The backyard red barn

The backyard red barn

It’s not the biggest one. It’s not the newest or the oldest. But it’s probably the only one in the hood and the surrounding area that has its own two-story, red barn in the backyard along with a pool and putting green.

KidneyTexas Luncheon Chair Karen opened her house for the KidneyTexas Runway Report Appreciation Reception.

Emily Anderson, Jolie Humphrey, Faye Briggs and Karen Settle

Emily Anderson, Jolie Humphrey, Faye Briggs and Karen Settle

Even diminutive Faye Briggs, who is legendary for hosting non-profit festivities at her estate, managed to leave her mansion to attend this one. After all, Faye is the honorary chair for the September 23 luncheon and fashion show with Tootsies fashions at Brook Hollow. Funds will benefit Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, National Kidney Foundation – Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Others attending the event were KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey, Emily Anderson, Barbara Bigham, Emilynn Wilson and Lynn Dealey.

Carter Work Project Committee Cocktail Reception

Mayor Mike Rawlings is legendary for coming and going. If there’s a way for him to support a cause, he’s there. He can hit three lunches in one day without so much as unfolding a napkin.

So, bets were on the table that he would stay put for the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project Committee Cocktail Reception. After all, it was being held at his home.

Micki and Mike Rawlings' home

Micki and Mike Rawlings’ home

But even Vegas bookies would have had their hearts broken and chips lost. Mike stayed long enough to smile and pat early arrivals on the back. Then he was out the door to an awaiting SUV with a couple of official types waiting for the mayor. He had to attend a gathering of the Republic Convention planners at the Hunt Oil building. The next night they were scheduled to visit Harlan Crow’s library.

Hello! Can Dallas pull out the stops to impress?

But back to Rawlings manor. Mike was heading the door. Son Gunnar was also on his way out in a different direction for another commitment. When stopped, the cute brunette acted surprise that anyone would think he was going to stay. After all, he thought he looked way too casual in his Polo shirt and slacks for this reception.

Micki Rawlings

Micki Rawlings

With the Rawlings men’s departure, it meant Rawlings matriarch/Dallas First Lady Micki was to handle the hosting duties. While some wives would steam under the collar for having to go it solo, Micki blossomed. Whether it was telling the history of their Max Levy-designed house or congratulating Stephen Jones on his upcoming 50th birthday, Micki was flawless. Somehow she managed to talk with each guest as if they were the only one in the room of 50.

When asked how her husband kept up the non-stop schedule, she admitted there were days when he was worn out. Those were the nights when he would come home, go upstairs to visit with her mother and then head to bed.

But the real reason for the gathering of folks like Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon, Keith Schumann, Jennifer Sampson, Gillian and Mark Breidenbach and Nikki and Crayton Webb wasn’t to see the mayor or even to chat with Micki. It was the Rawlings way of thanking the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project Committee. According to Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Executive VP Melissa Cameron, “Everyone here is a check writer.”

Jennifer Sampson, Mark Breidenbach, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon and Keith Schumann

Jennifer Sampson, Mark Breidenbach, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon and Keith Schumann

What has really brought the checkbooks out is the involvement of the Carters, who will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on July 7. Having built HfH homes for 31 years, each year the former first couple travels to a place in the world to work with HfH team members.

Why did the Carters pick Dallas? The answer was “Because we’re big” and due to the Dallas Habitat model ($100M Dream Dallas campaign). It also helped that Mayor Mike has been trying to revitalize neighborhoods in Southern Dallas.

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Micki started the evening’s talk off by saying “We’re so excited about the week” (with the Carters). Plans call for a week-long schedule of events including:

  • Sunday, October 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony at Annette Strauss Square.
  • Monday, October 6 – Saturday, October 11: Volunteers will construct/repair more than 100 homes for families in Dallas and Fort Worth with Mike and Micki Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy and Tom Price as honorary co-chairs.
  • Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m. — “Building on Faith” devotional by President Jimmy Carter
  • Thursday, October 9: Building Hope Celebration Dinner at AT&T Stadium presented by Pioneer Natural Resources. In charge of the evening’s event will be Co-Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee and Honorary Co-Chairs Karen and Stephen Jones with Project Co-Chairs Micki and Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy and Tom Price in attendance.
  • Saturday, October 11, at 8 a.m.: Closing Ceremony at Sundance Square
Allan and Lynn McBee

Allan and Lynn McBee

Lynn then thanked Underwriting Co-Chairs Gillian Breidenbach, Mark Shank and Crayton Webb and title sponsor Pioneer Natural Resources.

Gillian Breidenbach and Stephen Jones

Gillian Breidenbach and Stephen Jones

Final speaker was HfH CEO Bill Hall, who admitted, “The funny thing is, I’m more worried about President Carter showing me up on the build side than anything else.” He then recalled a story about how the former president “dissed” somebody who didn’t stay all day to pound nails.

BTW, President Carter turns 90 on October 1, so wish him a belated “Happy Birthday.”