JUST IN: KidneyTexas Distributes $144,639 To Six Organizations

KidneyTexas President Andrea Alcorn looked relieved Tuesday night at Tootsies. She revealed that thanks to the KidneyTexas committee efforts especially the Runway Report Luncheon chaired by Christine Martin and Susan Russell, they had met their goal — $144,639.

Andrea Alcorn, Susan Russell, Dustin Holcomb and McKamy Tiner Looney

Then she played Santa doling out the following checks:

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

2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox Reveals Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere To Co-Chair Runway Report

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere*

With the 2017 Runway Report in the rear view mirror, 2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox has revealed that Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere will be co-chairing the 2018 Runway Report.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Tootsies’ Fashions Were Front-And-Center On Stage For KidneyTexas Inc.’s Behind-The Scenes “Transforming Lives”

The KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report affair at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, September 26, may have appeared to be a typical fashion show and luncheon ready for a crowd of 350. The runway was laid out in the ballroom and the luncheon tables in the Promenade. The reception was already underway even before the 10:30 start as guests with flutes of champagne strolled in spotting friends across the room. Emcee Ron Corning with left leg firmly held in place thanks to a brace following a nasty fall in Santa Fe posed for photos with guests like Donna Arp Weitzman.

Soon the room was filled with the likes of Event Co-Chair Susan Russell, Jocelyn White, Angela Nash, Ramona Jones, Di Johnston, Susan McSherry, Angela Randall, Cheryl Hall, Vicki Howland, Lynn Dealey, Jolie Humphrey, Patty Jo Turner, Lauryn Gayle White, Lisa Cooley, Patti Flowers, Delilah Boyd, Tracy Lange, Marj Waters, Mr. Mesero’s Mico Rodriguez and Tracy Williams, who was watching her 15-year-old daughter walk the runway.

Andrea Alcorn

Ron Corning

KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn had lost more weight that she remembered. It wasn’t because she’d signed up for Weight Watchers. It was the “Stealth Juggler’s” diet that many baby boomers are unknowingly part of. She was juggling her day-job as a PR person, her responsibilities as KidneyTexas Inc. president and taking care of her mother Mae Alcorn (the longest kidney transplant survivor) who had fallen and broken a couple of major bones.

Altuzarra fashion

A.L.C jacket

Cinq A Sept gown with LaMarque jacket

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Highlighting the Tootsies fashions on the runway was a model in a Rob Bradford figure-hugging gown wrapped in vines ladened with faux butterflies that reflected the day’s theme “Transforming Lives.” 

But it was the behind-the-scenes story that was the real reason for the gathering.

Then there was McKamy Tiner, who just the year before had co-chaired the luncheon. She was also the nation’s youngest kidney donor. Today she was all smiles. Not just because of her kidney sharing, but she was getting married the following Saturday to Joel Looney. Because one donates a kidney doesn’t mean they lost their sense of humor, too. She told how when Joel met with her father months before, the bridegroom-to-be was nervous. Her dad offered him a Scotch to sooth his nerves. As an added calm down, papa Tiner told Joel, “I was always worried that Tiner would marry an a-s-o-e. You are the nicest guy around, so I’m not worried.”

McKamy Tiner

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

John Castorr

Co-Chair Christine Martin was as bright and sparkling as Tinkerbell. But that wouldn’t have been so, if it hadn’t been for two kidney transplants.

Christine’s brother John Castorr told how one of the beneficiaries Camp Reynal was a true getaway for for children with diabetes. In addition to having outdoors activities and being like any other summer camp, Camp Reynal had dialysis machines and healthcare specialist on site. 

But with all these knock ‘em out of the park stories, there was someone missing. His name was Vinny Trezza and he was a hunk. Not only did he play golf and was a Boy Scout, he “had been living with hydronephrosis, a condition from birth that caused his kidneys to swell and not function property.”

While folks sat near Vinny’s mom, Melissa Trezza, they initially didn’t realize the struggle that she and her family had gone through. But thanks to Melissa being a perfect match and Dr. Dev Desai at Children’s, Melissa “donated her kidney to her son, allowing him to avoid dialysis.”  

So, how does a kidney transplant take place?  For Vinny and Melissa it was Dr. Desai working for hours cutting away tissue around Melissa’s kidney with the help of long surgical tools and a TV screen that enhanced the picture of the kidney. Once Melissa’s kidney was removed, time was of the essence. It had to be flushed out and prepared for transplant. The kidney’s turning gray was a good sign as it was placed in an ice chest and transferred to the operating room where Vinny was prepped. Once Vinny’s “bad” kidney was removed, the clock kept ticking. Within minutes, Melissa’s kidney was transplanted into her son.

But this recent transplant and May’s transplant that took place years ago only resulted from research and development funded by fundraising by events like Runway Report.

Sue Goodnight

Steve and Linda Ivy

Natalie Taylor

Dee Lincoln

Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb

Jody Dean

As auctioneer Jody Dean worked the room to bring bids just a wee bit higher, Melissa sat knowing that her Boy Scout son had been the recipient of the power of fundraising with the fashions from Tootsies, the efforts of heroes like Lifetime Achievement Awardee Sue Goodnight, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy, Sue Goodnight Services Award recipient Natalie Taylor and Over-The-Top Awardees Dee Lincoln and Tootsies’ Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb.

As for Vinny, he was in class just being a normal buy thanks to his mom, Dr. D and the folks who had provided funding to let him get on with life.

And while Vinny let it be known that he wouldn’t be on the scene, there were nearly 50, who no-showed without notifying organizers. The results? Prepared and paid-for meals had to be thrown out. Had the MIA notified the leadership, the Runway Report could have prevented the meals from being prepared and saved some bucks. 

For more photos from the runway and the audience, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report

While the Tootsies fashions took centerstage at the KidneyTexas Inc.Runway Report on Tuesday, September 26, at Brook Hollow, the scene stealers were stories of people like KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn‘s mother, McKamy Tiner, Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin and a young fella named Vinny Trezza and his mother Melissa Trezza, whose lives have changed thanks to research and treatments for the disease.

Andrea Alcorn

McKamy Tiner

However, it must be admitted that the closing fashion on the catwalk that reflected the event’s theme of “Transforming Lives” definitely got reactions from those in the audience.

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

While the post is being finished, check out the fashions and faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Runway Report Patrons Were Feted Where Penguins Once Partied

While Runway Report Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy were world traveling and Co-Host Don Daseke was elsewhere doing deals, Co-Host Barbara Daseke carried on for the KidneyTexas Inc.‘ Runway Report patrons in the Daseke home-in-the-woods. It all took place on Thursday, September 21, in celebration of the “Transforming Lives Fashion Show And Luncheon” on Thursday, September 21, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. In addition to checking out the teak-wood mansion, guests were able to start bidding on the live auction items and raffle goodies. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke, Christine Martin and Susan Russell*

Barbara and Don Daseke opened their fabulous home for the Patron Party honoring KidneyTexas Inc.’s The Runway Report Transforming Lives Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 21, a wonderful treat for all!

Someone said the last time they were there for an event, there was a cheetah in the backyard and penguins in a pool. All of that is true! It happened when the Dasekes hosted an event for the Zoo To Do benefiting the Dallas Zoo, caretakers from the zoo brought some of the zoo’s residents for a road trip to the Daseke’s to meet and mingle with the upscale crowd. As longtime supporters of the Dallas Zoo, Barb and Don are chairing that event this year on Saturday, November 4.

Dee Lincoln and Jan Strimple*

Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill*

KidneyTexas Luncheon Co-Chair Susan Russell and her husband, Don, joined Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin in welcoming friends, supporters and patrons in for the celebration. Enjoying the sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and artful scenery were Over the Top award honorees Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime, who sponsored the wines this evening, and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb from Tootsies that is also the fashion show sponsor. And the word is out, the ever-fashionable Jan Strimple, fashion show producer, has a special surprise up her sleeve to be showcased at the fashion show on Tuesday.

The Sue Goodnight Service Award recipient Natalie Taylor was there, along with the award’s namesake, Sue Goodnight, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Natalie Taylor and Di Johnston*

Renee and David Winter*

Former Luncheon Chair Renee Winter and dear friend Pam Brock brought in orchids which will be featured as the luncheon’s centerpieces. Dr. David Winter, Renee’s husband, caught up on news with friends Dr. Warren Katz and his wife. Special thanks to Gold Crown Valet for sponsoring valet services for this and all of KidneyTexas’ special meetings and events.

The 2017 KidneyTexas beneficiaries include:

  • Parkland Foundation: $30,500 for kidney dialysis unit;
  • Baylor Health Care System 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: $14,214for a hemodialysis machine
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Bidding Gets Underway Tonight For Tuesday’s KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Live Auction

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

KidneyTexas Inc. is trying something new this year for its Runway Report live auction. Instead of waiting until the luncheon for the bidding competition to get underway, Luncheon Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have arranged for the bidding to start tonight at the Patron Party. There will be bid sheets for the guests with the final rally for the goods taking place at the luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 26.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

So, what’s on the auction bloc? To start with, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy have dug into Linda’s fabulous collection of Judith Leiber handbags and donated one of the pristine purse that is valued at $4,000.  

Other items include the following:

  • “Dreamy Blue’s,” a 24” x 36” abstract landscape by Georgeana Ireland valued at $3,000. In addition Georgeana is donating 10% of any of her paintings including her custom commissioned orders purchased until Sunday, October 15, to KidneyTexas Inc. And there’s still more. Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery will also donate 10% of its sales to KidneyTexas Inc until October 15.
  • A party at Mr. Mesero on Henderson for 50 guests complete with margaritas and loads of food valued as priceless. After all, how can one put a price on a great time with 49 pals?

Jody Dean (File photo)

Ron Corning (File photo)

Running the auction Tuesday will be KLUV’s Jody Dean with WFAA’s Ron “Crutches” Corning as emcee.

But if you can’t make the patron party or the luncheon, there’s always the raffle that includes:

A Michele stainless steel case with diamond dial watch (value: $1,695), a Bachendorf’s gift card (value: $1,000), a 11” x 14” family portrait by Robin Jackson Photography (value: $500), a Charlie and Co. package including haircut and blowout with stylist and color consult and take-home product (value: priceless), a Sallio Bistro gift card (value: $200), a Sevy’s Grill gift card ($150), an Al Biernet’s gift card (value $100) and an Al Biernet’s North gift card (value: $250).  

Raffle tickets are going for $50 per and three for $100.

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.
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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.