JUST IN: Tracy Rathbun’s Husband Will Celebrate His 20th Anniversary Heading Up The March Of Dimes Dallas Signature Chefs Auction

When the March of Dimes Dallas Signature Chefs Auction was just three years old back in 1997, there was young fellow who was making a name for himself in these parts. In addition to his day job of cooking in area restaurants, he offered to take the lead for the fundraiser.

Tracy Rathbun and her husband (File photo)

Back then he was known as Kent Rathbun, but due to a legal quagmire he’s known nowadays as restaurateur “Tracy Rathbun’s husband.”  

But the namelessness hasn’t stopped his support, involvement and leadership in the March of Dimes Dallas’ “premiere fundraising gala,” that will take place on Thursday, November 2, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

To celebrate his 20th anniversary as Lead Chef of Dallas Signature Chefs, Mr. Rathbun has once again assembled some of the top and most generous chefs to provide chef samplings, as well as a live auction “featuring unique dining experiences.”

David Holben (File photo)

Chad Houser (File photo)

Janice Provost and Abraham Salum (File photo)

The gathering of chefs includes: Damian Avila of Lockhart Smokehouse, Jermaine Brown of Great Scott, Carlos Capistran of Shinsei, Donald Chalko of Texas Spice – Omni Dallas Hotel, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Fish Market Grill, John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Dwight Harvey of Off the Bone Barbecue, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Chad Houser of Café Momentum, Jeffrey Kollinger of Tillman’s Roadhouse, Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly – Hotel Zaza, Carlos Mancera of Republic, Sonny Pache of Ocean Prime Dallas, Tom Parlo of The Mansion Restaurant – Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Janice Provost of Parigi, Mico Rodriguez of Mesero and Meso Maya, Abraham Salum of Salum Restaurant, Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill, Nathan Tate of Boulevardier and Rapscallion, John Tesar of Knife and Chris Vogeli of III Forks.

Jim Severson (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

This one is a true graze and gaze around with loads of people watching. Start those diets now, because the tickets are available here.

Signature Chef Patron Party Had Guests Around Tracy And Kent Rathbun’s Pool, Chickens In The Hen House And Bees In The Hive

Chef Kent Rathbun appears to be half of his old self. That’s because of all the weight he’s shed. Even his ear lobes seem svelte. But as he reported on Wednesday, October 5, he hadn’t lost his commitment to the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Dinner taking place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3. Yes, the event had taken place in recent years at the Omni Dallas, but there was a convention of some sort that had blocked out the ballroom.

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

While wife Tracy Rathbun was off taking son Max Rathbun to a soccer game, the Rathbuns’ indoor-outdoor entertainment center was the setting for the Signature Chefs patron party. The majority of the roughly 100 guests like Co-Chairs Amanda Shufeldt, Kameron Westcott and Nancy Owen partied in the backyard with its pool, shaded terrace and chef-envy outdoor kitchen.

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

On the other hand, Kent took Parigi’s Chef Janice Provost for a tour of the property’s garden, the two massive, 2,500-gallon water tanks, the beehives and the hen house with a sign on the door reading, “Do Not Gather Eggs.” The reason for the sign was because only the Rathbuns’ daughter Garrett Rathbun was allowed to collect the hen-laying products.

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Speaking of chefs, Kent reported that the following chefs will be part of the super-duper graze-athon including: CBD Provisions’ Richard Blankenship, Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine’s Jermaine Brown, Texas Spice’s Donald Chalko, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House’s Richard Chamberlain, Casa Rubia’s Omar Flores, Suze Restaurant’s Gilbert Garza, Off the Bone Barbeque’s Dwight Harvey, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s David Holben, Café Momentum’s Chad Houser, Dragonfly’s Dan Landsberg, Madrina’s David Fingerman, Parigi’s Janice Provost, Uchi’s Jeramie Robison, Sevy’s Grill’s Jim Severson, III Forks’ Chis Vogell, Five Sixty’s Jacob Williamson, Lockhart Smoke House’s Damian Avila, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Nicolas Blouin, Proof and Pantry’s Nick Hurry, Shinsei’s Carlos Capistran and Knife’s John Tesar.

Suggestion: Make sure you’ve got your tickets and start dieting now because you’re gonna want to graze a lot at the dinner.

JUST IN: Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chair Andrea Weber Delivers A New Baron

Cara French and Andrea Weber on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cara French and Andrea Weber on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pioneer women were known for being a hardy type. It was said they would have their babies and then go plow the north forty. Well, Cattle Baron’s Co-Chair Andrea Weber is the 21st century version. In addition to working with her Co-Chair Cara French, raising 2-year-old Nicolette Weber with husband John Weber and looking fabulous, she has been pregnant for the past nine months.

John Weber Jr.*

John Weber Jr.*

Well, today  Andrea and John welcomed 7 lb., 14-oz. John Weber Jr. to their posse.

When asked over the weekend if she would be at the Saturday, October 15th Cattle Baron’s at Gilley’s with Dwight Yoakum on the Live Auction Stage and Toby Keith on the Main Stage, she responded with a smile and “Sure!”

* Photo provided by 2016 
Cattle Baron's Ball

2016 Signature Chefs Auction Is Headed To The Anatole To Cook Up A Storm For March Of Dimes Of Dallas

The March of Dimes Dallas’ annual Signature Chefs Auction is making a change this year. No, Chef Kent Rathbun is still going to be at the cooking helm with his culinary buds. This event is one of his favs and no matter how busy he is or how thin he gets, he’s gonna be there for the 19th year in a row.

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Nope! The change is the place. This year’s Co-Chairs Hallie Lamont, Nancy Owen, Amanda Shufeldt and Kameron Westcott have revealed that the food will be doled out and the live auction of incredible packages will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3.

As for which chefs will be serving more than 700 guests, stay tuned. That list is being compiled!

* Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee Photography

Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner Shone The Spotlight On Jack “Jackman” Lowe Jr. With Magicians, Poker And Grandkids

The Hilton Anatole is like a second home to fundraising types. After lunch earlier in the day for the Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Distinguished Women, the generous types were headed back for the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, benefiting Methodist Health System Foundation.

It was an odd sight to see the trafficking of the conventioneers in open shirts and lanyards exiting the door, as more than 800 Folsom guests in their suits and stilettos headed to the reception area outside the Grand Ballroom.

April Box and Joy Duncan

April Box and Joy Duncan

Trammell S. Crow

Trammell S. Crow

Ron and Phyllis Steinhart and Joan and Alan Walne

Ron and Phyllis Steinhart and Joan and Alan Walne

But once the ballroom doors opened and the band from the School for the Talented and Gift at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center got underway, there was no doubt that the festivities had started. The guests like Joy Duncan, Phyllis and Ron Steinhart, Joan and Alan WalneTrammell S. Crow, Steve Folsom, Diane Folsom Frank, Bobby Lyle and Lottye Brodsky found their way into the ballroom and started to visit. That turned out to be part of a problem. They were just having so much gabbing, they didn’t want to settle down.

School for the Talented and Gift at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

School for the Talented and Gift at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt

Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert

Still, it appeared there were a number of guests who were MIA. Then magically a wave of guests arrived. As Ashlee Kleinert explained, “We were in the car listening to the Rangers-Blue Jays game.” They would have done better not listening to the Rangers losing to the BJ’s.

Mary and Jack Lowe Jr., Gary Cogill and April Box

Mary and Jack Lowe Jr., Gary Cogill and April Box

Finally, all took their seats and emcee Gary Cogill got things started, telling guests of honoree/former TDIndustries CEO Jack Lowe Jr.’s fondness of Jack Daniel and poker. A dishy type in red-sequined dress appeared holding a signed poster of “The Princess Bride,” Jack’s fav. With a video camera over their shoulders, Gary and Jack downed a glass of Jack Daniel’s and played cards for the poster.

Signed Princess Bride poster

Signed Princess Bride poster

Taking a break for dinner, the guests then discovered that Jack enjoyed magic. Up the ramp to the stage, a magician arrived and did all types of things to a blonde assistant. He sliced her in two. He stuffed her in a box only to have her disappear and then reappear. He levitated her. For the finale he covered her with a backdrop curtain and moments later made Methodist Health System Foundation CEO April Box appear. She took over the program, telling guests that this year’s proceeds would go to providing prenatal group care, individual education, ongoing pregnancy monitoring and medical care to support full-term delivery.

Harold MacDowell

Harold MacDowell

Her words were hardly out and the applause thundered when the sound of a scissor lift decked out in colorful lights rolled into the ballroom with Event Co-Chair/TDIndustries CEO Harold MacDowell at the helm.

Hopping on to the stage and after telling a couple of jokes about Jack, Harold told how Jack’s leadership had literally saved TDIndustries in 1986 when mechanical contracting firms were folding left and right. Sounding a little amazed himself, Harold recalled how when it looked like the company was on the verge of going under, Jack called his team in and told them the solution to their problems was to end the benefit retirement plan and for them to sign over checks for the company’s salvation. They did and it was the best investment they made.

Adding to Jack’s story, a video was shown featuring his daughter Coley Canter and Michael Hinojosa wearing a Batman T-shirt and surrounded by Batman collectibles that segued the program to the “Jackman” portion of the evening.

When the video ended, a mammoth animated pop-art-style presentation of “Jackman” was shown with Jack as the heroic problem solver. Following the last slide, the Lowe grandkids in “Jackman” garb and masks took the stage dancing to the “Batman” theme song, much to the delight of Jack and the rest of the guests. Just as the applause rewarded the dancing efforts, Jack hopped up on stage to the arms of the children. It was a wonder Jack didn’t topple over as they all hugged him.

As the kids took their seats on stage, April presented Jack with his own Jackman cape. Keeping his words brief, Jack recalled when they got the contract for the Anatole on July 7, 1977 (7-7-77). “I think that’s lucky.”

Turning the attention to the award’s namesake, Jack paid tribute to Bob Folsom, saying, “In addition to serving as the Mayor of Dallas, he served as president of the board of trustees of the Dallas ISD school board. To my knowledge, no one else has served in both positions.

“I want to share three ways he impacted me. One, he was the only four-sport letterman ever at SMU, and I aspired to play end like him. Two, early in my career at TDIndustries, he was one of our most important customers. Three, he opened my eyes and my mind to the idea of volunteering to serve our community by running for political office.”

He then thanked the Methodist team and the guests, who had helped raise a record-breaking $1.3M.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award

According to 2015 Methodist Health System Foundation Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award Co-Chairs Harold MacDowell, J. Robert “Bob” Ferguson and Louis B. “Ben” Houston,

“We are co-chairing the Methodist Health System Foundation Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award honoring our good friend, Jack Lowe, on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. We’ve worked with Jack for many years at TDIndustries, and in fact, Bob and Ben have worked with him for 50 years! When we say that we’re helping Methodist Foundation President and CEO April Box Chamberlain come up with some surprises, we mean it as we have plenty of stories about him!

Methodist Folsom Award Eagle Sculpture*

Methodist Folsom Award Eagle Sculpture*

“If you want to receive an invitation to the patron party for underwriters contributing $10,000 and above, you’ll be invited to a patron party that will be at a high profile place as it has been in years past.

“Chamberlain said this about Jack, ‘His servant leadership has helped resolve many complex business and community issues, including support for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), Momentous Institute, National Association of Corporate Directors/North Texas, Dallas Citizens Council and others. We look forward to honoring his many achievements, which have had an incredible impact in our community.’

“An interesting tidbit about Jack that you may not know: From 1962 to 1964 during a pivotal time in space exploration, he served in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, now called the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Of note is that he worked with the first group of astronauts including John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong.

“Every recipient selects where the funds raised will benefit at Methodist. Because Jack believes in strengthening families, he has selected the CenteringPregnancy™ and Centering Parenting programs at Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic and Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Since the inception of CenteringPregnancy in 2009, this innovative prenatal program has reduced prematurity rates from 18 percent to 5.6 percent and repeat teen pregnancy rates from 28 percent to 2.7 percent. Centering Parenting focuses on baby’s first year, integrating health assessments, education, and support. Used together, these programs help to ensure a successful start for children and their families.

“For those interested in supporting the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation Vice President Angela Nash at 214.947.4596 or [email protected]. More information is available at https://foundation.methodisthealthsystem.org/.

* Photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation