The Great Girl Scout Cookie Debate Nearly Results In An Elf Brawl

The debates have not ended! The MySweetCharity espresso barroom was the scene of a near brawl this afternoon. With her eminence Queenie sitting on her throne as judge, she listened to two teams of elves argue, complain and decry the lack of knowledge of the other group. At one point it got so ugly that one debater stuck his purple tongue out.

Girl Scout S’more*

Girl Scout Samoa*

The subject? Which Girl Scout cookies were better — old favorite Samoas (aka Caramel Delites) or the new cookie on the block S’mores? The S’mores team argued that there are S’mores and then there are S’Mores. The Samoas group claimed the other side was nuts not to love the coconut-laden Samoas.

Girl Scout Thin Mint*

At one point it got so ugly that one debater stuck his … that’s right … purple tongue out. Queenie had had enough and ordered a time out. After 10 minutes Elder Elf notified the old gal that it hadn’t worked. In fact the elf gallery was now complaining that both sides were wrong. Thin Mints topped the other two and they were staging a protest in front of the MSC headquarters.

Making a Solomon decision, Queenie told Elder, “Get me a crate of each and I shall make the final decision.”

Elder sought the request here to provide Queenie with crates of cookies. One can only suspect that Queenie’s New Year’s resolution of losing that 50 pounds was history, as she waddled to her chambers with a wheelbarrel filled with the boxes of cookies.

But don’t wait to learn Queenie’s decision. The Girl Scouts are officially kicking off sale of the cookies (Girls Scouts S’more, Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Shortbread/Trefoils, Do-si-Dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, Toffee-tastic and Trios) on Friday. They (the cookies, not the Scouts) can be ordered directly from a Scout or online.

Girl Scout cookie sales*

And look to downtown Dallas Friday night for dazzling signs of the great cookie takeover. The Bank of America Plaza will shine green and white; One Arts Place’s unique green square will dazzle; and the Omni Dallas Hotel will feature “the Girl Scout logo in green displaying the message, ‘Cookie Time.’”  

* Photos provided by the Girl Scouts

Queenie Has Her Own Version Of Voting Requirements



As Queenie arrived with her usual pomp-and-ho-hum, Elder Elf approached her. Gingerly, he asked, “Ma’am, did you know that early voting has gotten underway today?”

With head raised (this time it didn’t hit the ceiling), she nodded just slightly so that her tiara would not go askew.

Daring to broach the issue, Elder queried, “As you probably know, there have been some new requirements about voting. I just wanted to review them with you. Here they are:”

A voter who has not been issued a driver’s license or social security number may register to vote, but such voter must submit proof of identification when presenting himself/herself for voting or with his/her mail-in ballots, if voting by mail. These voters’ names are flagged on the official voter registration list with the annotation of “ID.” The “ID” notation instructs the poll worker to request a proper form of identification from these voters when they present themselves for voting, unless they are a voter with a permanent exemption on the voter registration certificate. The voter must present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of identification:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

Putting on her monocle, Queenie reviewed the list and dismissed it, saying, “I have far better credentials than these.”

Raising his scraggly eyebrows, Elder said, “Please share with us your references, so that we can recommend them to the authorities.”

With nose raised high, Queenie reported that she had had the obstetrician who delivered her provide a notarized statement saying that she was indeed born in the United States with photos of the delivery.

Shaking his head, Elder didn’t have the heart to suggest that might not work. Instead he dared to ask, “May I be so bold to ask for whom you are voting?”

Expressing a slight look of shock (her latest shot of Botox had not settled in yet), Queenie responded, “As my dear Queen Mummy told me when I was a little Queenie-in-training, ‘One must never discuss sex, politics, religion or one’s plastic surgeon.’”

April Is Going To Be Gangbusters, So Fasten Your Seat Belts



Having just emerged from her wrinkle-remover chamber, Queenie arrived at MySweetCharity headquarters to find not an elf in sight. This simply couldn’t be. After all, MSC elves have no life outside MSC. Clearing her throat, nothing happened. Hmm, that usually gets results.

She announced, “The last elf to appear will have lunch with me today.” With that, all elves popped up. No one wanted to be the last one.

Beckoning Elder Elf over, Queenie raised her perfectly engineered right eyebrow and asked, “So, what’s up?”

Trembling, Elder stammered trying to speak. Queenie harrumphed, “Enough with the theatrics. Just put a subject and verb together and tell me exactly what’s the problem. Was the croissant delivery late?”

Elder straightened up and said, “It’s April.”

Queenie wasn’t getting it. She replied, “So? It usually follows March.”

Elder explained that due to the area spring breaks taking place throughout March, nonprofits had moved their usual March events to April. Thus, April had become overloaded with fundraising activities.

From the gleeful look on her face, Queenie still didn’t get it. “Oh, just think of all the fun there’ll be had in April. Lunches, cocktail parties, dinners, lectures, patron parties, announcement receptions, check presentations! Loads and loads of opportunities to raise money for nonprofits. I simply can’t wait to see Tim, Hoda, Goldie, Martin, Amal, Tommy, Brene and the rest! I wonder if I’ll have time to get away for Elizabeth’s private birthday party?”

With all that name dropping, Elder realized that a reality check was necessary at this point. “Ma’am, you really need to look at the MySweetCharity Calendar. The Calendar elves are being treated for finger bruising from posting all the events. The other elves are hyperventilating at how all these activities are going to be handled.”

With that Queenie put on her reading glasses and pulled up the April calendar. With eyes bulging out, her head started spinning like a hula hoop. She returned to her wrinkle-remover chamber.

MySweetMusic For Christmas 2015 – Part 2

An inquiry came into MySweetCharity headquarters if Tinkerbell would be partying with the MSC elves over the holidays. Sorry to report that after taking a survey of her finest looking friends, Tink opted to go in for a two-fer “refreshing” — a wing lift and fairy dust injections.

Back to the music of the season, here you go!

MySweetMusic For Christmas 2015 – Part 1

Tis Christmas Eve and time to prepare for Santa to make his rounds and try to squeeze down chimneys throughout the land.

The MySweetCharity elves have saddled their unicorns and taken off for the starry land of Wynken, Blynken and Nod to join their North Pole cousins. Word has it that once again Mrs. Claus has been working for days to prepare one of her wonderful feast for all. At the table, Santa will tell of all the households he saw and toys he delivered.

After the last story is told, all will waddle off to their trundle beds and snooze away under down duvets. However, the tree sprites will have to have their own accommodations because they glow when they snooze.

But before the MSC elves left, one wee elf was left behind to monitor any news that might break. They also arranged for the MySweetCharity world to have music to celebrate the good of the world and to set aside at least a few hours the strifes and cares of the world.

Check back through the next day for new music like

MySweetCharity’s Queenie Discovers Wondrous Things On Thanksgiving

Opening the doors to the main brain room of MySweetCharity headquarters, Queenie was filled with lifted nose and closed eyes this morning. For just a moment, she looked like Julie Andrews on top of the mountain. To the amazement of old and new, Queenie was happy.

Elder Elf approached her trying not to break the moment saying, “Your wondrous one, what has pleased you on this day?”

He was a tad bit worried since the elf staffing was on a holiday schedule and she might have noticed a shortage of short ones.

Like Scarlett O’Hara charming the Tarlton twins, she sashayed her way to her throne adjusting her newest tiara. Looking at Elder, she said, “I must confess today didn’t start out as I had planned. A distant, health-conscious cousin invited me to something called ‘The Turkey Trot,’ and you know how passionate I am about animals. Well, it turned out to be masses of people in T-shirts, shorts and running shoes. There wasn’t a gobbler in sight.”

Elder asked, “Did you take part in the run?”

Narrowing her overly-surgically-enhanced eyes Queenie said, “Heavens, no! I found my way back to MySweetCharity headquarters and took a wrong way down a hallway I had never seen. At the end of the passage, I discovered the most amazing site since Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb. There was this room with so many wondrous things. And as if that wasn’t enough, there were the most amazing aromas arising from this room.”

As Queenie went into one of her mind-wandering periods, Elder and the vet elves gave each other the slinky eye.

Elder asked, “What was so amazing about this room?”

Queenie with closed eyes reliving the moment and head tilted to sky above recalled, “There were cabinets in which you could put bowls and they would come out in seconds with the most aromatic scents. When you plunged your spoon into the containers, the results were tantalizing. There was another shelf that produced buttery croissants and succulent delicacies like apple lattice and sweet potato pies that bubbled. Across the room was this huge cupboard. When I opened it, there were all types of frozen custards!”

No one had the heart to tell Queenie that she had discovered the MySweetCharity kitchen with its microwaves, ovens and Sub-Zero.

Have a happy and safe food-fest with friends, families and favorite critters.

Round Robin October 14 Part II: Champion Of Children Award And Les Femmes Du Monde Woman Of The Year Dinners

One of the MySweetCharity elves was so weary s/he missed these two events that were supposed to be posted with the October 14th Round Robin. The elf is taking some time off…an hour to be exact to catch up on their sleep needs. In the meantime, check out what Les Femmes Du Monde and Dallas CASA folks were doing the evening of Wednesday, October 14.

Champion of Children Award Dinner

Jerry and Gene Jones and Kathleen and Michael LaValle*

Jerry and Gene Jones and Kathleen and Michael LaValle*

Over at the Fairmont Dallas, the excitement was palpable at the jam-packed reception before Dallas CASA’s big annual fundraising dinner. AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was making a rare public appearance, shaking hands and mingling with the crowd. Not far away, the Dallas Cowboys’ First Couple Gene and Jerry Jones were doing the same. All around them were guests like Event Co-Chairs Jana and Mike Brosin, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Christie Carter and Caroline Rose Hunt. Also spotted: Cortland Grynwald, lead co-chair of Attorneys Serving the Community, which named Dallas CASA its 2015-2016 beneficiary.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones*

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones*

Greg May and Randall Stephenson*

Greg May and Randall Stephenson*

Dallas CASA president and executive director Kathleen LaValle was saying the dinner crowd of about 550 would be the fundraiser’s biggest ever. “We’re so excited to honor AT&T,” she said. “Three of their executives are on our board, and we’re honored to be honoring them.” Dallas CASA gave its Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award to the telecom giant at the dinner.

It also heard from Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a best-selling author whose book, Three Little Words, described her nine years in foster care. Rhodes-Courter was interviewed by Gloria Campos, the event’s honorary chair.

Les Femmes Du Monde Woman Of The Year Dinner

Across town at the Dallas Country Club, meanwhile, Realtor Virginia E. Cook was being honored as Les Femmes du Monde’s 2015 Woman of the Year. About 150 guests enjoyed dinner (Panzanella salad, Boursin chicken, Julienned vegetables, chocolate mousse) and a tastefully-done video tribute to Cook starring the likes of Herb Weitzman, Roger Staubach, Tincy Miller and Lee Kleinman.

Emcee Jody Dean kept the program moving along, delivering quips like this one about Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich: “She asks and won’t take no for an answer. It’s like talking to a tornado,” Dean said. “A wonderful, gracious tornado.” Heinrich was ably assisted at the podium by Dinner Chair Venise Stuart, who warned before the video played: “You’re going to need tissues.”

After the SMU Stampede singers serenaded Virginia with tunes like “Blackbird” by the Beatles and “My Girl,” Heinrich took to the dance floor to cut an elaborate rug with her longtime dance instructor. “You’ve heard of ‘War and Peace’?” Alyce’s dance partner asked when the couple finally took a break. “I’m Warren Slaughter.”

* Photo credit: Lara Bierner

As MySweetCharity Elves Stress, Queenie Once Again Rises Above The Fray

When Queenie arrived at MySweetCharity headquarters this morning, she looked remarkably refreshed. As she bustled to the gourmet coffee bar, she took note of the elves busily updating the MSC yacht. In addition to not being at their traditional workstations, their little eyes were pulsating and their complexions were plaid. That only happens when elves have been stressed and/or have lacked sleep.

Narrowing her eyes and stretching out her neck to examine the situation more closely, Queenie asked Elder Elf, “Why are the elves working on the yacht instead of the day’s posts? Why do they looked so battered? And why are they wearing those gray wraps instead of their adorable TGIF outfits?”

Looking worse for wear, Elder Elf stepped away from supervising the yacht repairs and said, “Ma’am, between the past nights of lightning, thunder and flooding, I fear none of us have gotten a decent night’s sleep. It’s been so awful that they’ve had to wear ThunderShirts. Even the seahorse stables have flooded. We’re preparing the yacht for evacuation just in case, this situation continues. Obviously, you have proven once again how you can withstand such calamity. You look positively radiant.”

Instead of receiving this information with compassion and appreciation, the old girl shook her head and said, “What?”

Elder repeated his report that was once again met with a cranky look. Then she smiled and said, “Oh, wait, I forgot to take my earplugs out this morning. So, what was that you were saying, Elder?”

Elder simply smiled and returned to the yacht. Queenie left for an appointment with Annie Leibovitz to shoot Queenie’s selfie.

Help MySweetCharity Elves Skinny Up Fat Fingers

For many the holidays have officially ended and it’s back to heavy-duty keyboard pounding. While hitting the keys, check your plans for 2015. Oops! Found an event that needs to be on the MySweetCharity Calendar? Submit it!

By having it posted, you’re letting other event planners know that they might want to rethink their scheduling something that day.

It’s a free service, unless you want to dress it up with a logo and a lengthy description of the event.

Plus, you’ll be helping the MySweetCharity elves, who have finally returned to the workshop. Like many they’ve put on a tad bit of weight, especially their fingers. Seems when elves lift mugs of hot chocolate and hot shortbread, their digits fatten up. Their chubby little thumbs and fingers need to work off the weight by exercising on the keyboards.

May Your Christmas Be Filled With Music

Queenie and the MySweetCharity elves have packed their bags and are heading to Just Room Enough Island to celebrate the North Pole elves’s hardwork. They’re even expecting the Irish leprechauns, British hobbits, Mexican duendes, French faeries and other worldly whimsicals to join them. It’s going to be a grand time of lighter-than-air dancing, drinking ultra-rich cocoa and dining on delights prepared by Mrs. Claus and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

However, before Elder Elf blew out the last candle at MySweetCharity world-headquarters and put away his quill, he sent word that the elves had left behind a gift. Starting a bit after midnight, they’ve arranged to have all types of Christmas music to play during the day starting with an all-out choir and ending with a restful lullaby or two.

So, if you need some music to while away the hours, check MSC.

Merry Christmas to all and to all — thank you.

Change Of Plans: MySweetWishList Series

It seems that the elves have gotten themselves into a situation. It’s a good situation, but it also requires some adjustments. When they announced the return of MySweetWishList, they thought they’d get a couple or three wishes.

Suggestion: Do not have the elves predict any elections, guess your weight or read your palm!

Instead the wishes have been flowing in like the White Rock spillway during a thunderstorm.

Some of the requests are for itty-bitty needs that most folks take for granted. Others are a bit more substantial but their being granted would make major differences in the lives of those in need.

Because of this development, the posting of MySweetWishList is going to be ramping up starting Monday.

Just wanted you to know that sometimes it’s nice when the elves are wrong.

Following Thursday’s Storm, Queenie Recommends Celebration For MySweetCharity Elves

This morning as Queenie arrived at MySweetCharity headquarters, Elder Elf greeted her but warned her to be prepared — the elves were in shambles.

(Please recall that when MSC elves tear up, guacamole-like substance flows from their teeny tiny eyes. The place looked like Ojedas on a Friday at noon.)

When Queenie asked the reason for the overload of green stuff, Elder said, “They’re worn out and devastated. The elves’ itty bitty homes were wiped out Thursday night due to the winds.”

Queenie in her compassionate way pursed her pouty lips and asked, “Why are they upset?”

Elder, realizing that Queenie was in need of a tactful reality kick in the derriere, said, “Queenie, whose brilliance outshines the greatest star in the Milky Way, the elves’ cottages are in ruin. All is lost! ”

Looking up after admiring her highly buffed toenails, Queenie tilted her head slightly — “Pshaw! That, my dear Elder, is stuff. Was a life lost? No. So, the loss of stuff is an inconvenience, but it’s temporary, frustrating and replaceable.”

Elder did the shifty eye, as the elves looked quizzically at each other. He asked, “Oh, one who has never encountered a question without an answer, how should we proceed?”

Straightening her head so her tiara stayed in place, Queenie replied, “The elves’ houses were made of marshmallows, chocolate chips and cherries. Gather the remnants up and bring out the ice cream that has been melting in the walk-in frig. We shall have a party to celebrate our good fortune that nary a soul was lost. Afterwards we will rebuild the homes with sturdier stuff, like peppermint sticks, lollipops and peanut brittle.”

Help MySweetCharity Calendar Elves Fight Obesity

Thank heaven, you’re back at your desk! The holidays are behind us and 2014 is charging ahead. To keep the MySweetCharity Calendar elves busy, we need you to submit your events. Over the holidays, the darlings got downright plump from sitting around with nothing to do but eat sweet rolls.

Submit An Event

Submit An Event

How to have your event included? It’s simple. Just hit the “Submit An Event” link, fill out the form and hit the “Submit” button.

It’s free, unless you want to add a photo, logo and event description.

Thanks to your help, our tubby elves will be back in fundraising shape soon.

A Christmas Day Feast Lost And Found Thanks To The MySweetCharity Duchess Of Great Acts Of Kindness

Christmas Day was rather chaotic around MySweetCharity headquarters. The MSC elves had planned a true feast at the end of the day for the Clauses and their North Pole elves. Unfortunately, while we were out untethering the reindeer from Santa’s sleigh, the MSC pandas snuck in and ate everything. To make things even worse, the electricity went out, so there would be no movie watching nor video game playing as planned.

We were all in tears and fears. Whatever would we do? And what would Queenie do when she woke from her holiday nap?

But she surprised us. . . even Santa’s elves, who knew well of Queenie’s temperament.

As she entered the Great Room with lantern in hand, she had tears running down her old, fat cheeks. Was it because of the disaster that had struck our celebration? No, it seems that she had just been notified by carrier pigeon that the Duchess of Great Acts of Kindness had made an “extremely generous donation” to buy toys for extremely needy children on behalf of MSC.

Looking around the room, Queenie asked why everyone else was crying, too. When we told her of the loss of our Christmas dinner and electricity, she told one and all to “dry up and get over it.” Immediately she sent elves scurrying for scented candles. Next she told the pixies to scrounge up board games and jigsaw puzzles. Then she turned to the brownies in from Santa Fe and told them to light up the mammoth fireplaces with pinon wood. Grabbing the sugar plum fairies, she hauled them into the kitchen. That in itself was amazing, because most of us didn’t think she knew where it was. A half hour later, the entire headquarters was smelling wonderfully and glowing. Just then Queenie and fairies emerged with all types of fixin’s — peppermint cocoa topped with marshmallows, homemade eggnog shooters, frosted cinnamon rolls, a 2’ tall smore, vanilla sundaes with peanut-brittle sprinkles and a sea-salt covered caramel cake.

The rest of the evening games and puzzles were played by candlelight and the burning logs. Everyone seemed to look so much better in the glow of the flickering lights. And conversations and giggles flowed as the games and puzzles were underway. A sugar high was achieved by all.

As the last of the other elves fell asleep in their trundle beds, Queenie waddled back to her hibernation chamber with a smile. I asked her if the reason was the fact that she had saved the day for MSC’s holiday celebration? No. She said the party had been fun, but it was the Duchess, who had inspired Queenie to appreciate what MSC had, and not what they lacked.

MySweetCharity Elves Test Drive Dallas Streets

If you’ve been watching the TV newscasts, then you’re sure that Dallas is indeed entombed. So, three of the MySweetCharity elves ventured out. One put on skis and headed to the market to pick up fixings for gumbo, brownies (the edible type) and Tabasco.

The second one hitched up the unicorns to their sleigh and took off slowly for the feed store. Seems the dodo birds needed new socks and the miniature whale wanted a muff.

Within an hour, the first two were back with all their list complete.

The third elf decided to scout out the Hilton Anatole to see how dicey the parking lot was. Not! Evidently the hotel staff has gone into hot overdrive by clearing the driveways and parking areas. They’ve even arranged for an area for Uber to park their vehicles. The walkway leading from the valet drop to the hotel is covered and has a bank of heaters.

So, if you’re going to leave home-sweet-home for CCB or for your feed store, here are some tips:

  • Use common sense.
  • The biggest challenge will be getting out of your neighborhood. The main streets are relatively clear, but stay in the center lane.
  • Drive slowly. Duh!
  • Don’t park under a tree if possible. The trees are having a very rough time with the weight of the ice.
  • Have a full tank of gas. You just don’t know if you’ll be stuck in some kind of traffic jam.
  • Put a blanket or two in the car. You probably won’t need it, but it will look so comfy and cozy.
  • Be generous with your valet parker. They’re out in frigid conditions to make sure that you and your car get together safely.
  • Drive slowly. Oh, did we already say that?

If you’re that worried about the conditions, stay put. Your safety is paramount to all of us.

Round Robin October 16: Hope For Humanity And Urban Revival Patron Parties And CCB’s Circle Of Angels Dinner

Things were just starting to ramp up Wednesday, October 16, all around town with events saluting the underwriters and patrons for upcoming events. It’s always nice to see major supporters receive a pat on the back in advance.

Janet and Jeff Beck

Janet and Jeff Beck

Hope For Humanity Patrons Party

Janet and Jeff Beck’s collection of art ranges from a handmade, coin-laden headdress from a remote village in Thailand to a Peter Max Statue of Liberty and everything in between. But they all share a common denominator — each has a story behind its acquisition.

Headdress from Thailand

Headdress from Thailand

The Becks opened their Addison showplace for the patrons of the October 30th Hope for Humanity Dinner benefiting the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Don and Carol Glendenning, Mary Pat Higgins and Hylton Jonas

Don and Carol Glendenning, Mary Pat Higgins and Hylton Jonas

Hylton Jonas, who’s chairing the museum’s board, and CEO Mary Pat Higgins revealed that they were undertaking some very big projects.

First they will be focusing on education, both about the Holocaust and working with students on how to respond to hatred and prejudice.

Second, they’re in the initial stages of planning and designing a new, larger facility. Presently their exhibition space is 2,500 square feet. Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot exhibition area inside a 50,000-square-foot building. Whereas the organization hosts 50,000 visitors annually now, their plan projects the new facility handle 450,000 each year.

Hylton and Mary Pat stressed that in addition to the Holocaust, the focus would be on human and civil rights and other forms of genocide.

Currently in the “pre-silent” phase, they’re analyzing fundraising capabilities. Have they selected a site for the new building? Not yet, but they’re working with California designer Michael Berenbaum, who is well-known for his work creating similar facilities.

Urban Revival Underwriters Party

Margaret Keliher and Mina Cunningham

Margaret Keliher and Mina Cunningham

Over in Preston Hollow it was a case of little houses in a big house to benefit many houses. Cameron and Clay Smith hosted the underwriters party for the November 7th Urban Revival benefiting the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

While Crayton Webb stood by the window talking with Lester Keliher and looking out the window for wife Nikki to arrive, Margaret Keliher joined Mina Cunningham on a couch, with a display of designer birdhouses on a nearby table. Each one had its own unique look and just hinted at the collection that will be auctioned off at the Trinity Groves fundraiser.



In the kitchen Darin Kunz revealed that DIFFA is changing directions slightly for the 2014 gala. Yes, Simona Beal will be the honorary chair, but the March 29th black tie fundraiser will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel. As for the November 7th Dallas Holiday Wreath Collection fundraiser, it will be held at Dallas Market Hall.

Circle of Angels Dinner

Caren Kline thanking guests in the Pecan Room

Caren Kline thanking guests in the Pecan Room

Closer to downtown Dallas, the annual Crystal Charity Ball Circle of Angels dinner was underway at Old Parkland’s Pecan Room in the Nurses Quarters. Before settling down to an out-of-this-world seated supper (First course — roasted beet salad with herb garlic goat cheese, marcom almonds with green apple vinaigrette; main course — 44 Farms Black Angus tenderloin with savory granola, lemon-basil risotto and squash with madeira sauce; Dessert — Espresso bittersweet chocolate pate with white chocolate ice cream) by Cassandra, the crowd filled the magnificent room. With its marvelous collection of paintings and collectibles, the two-story Pecan Room with its huge fireplace is simply fabulous.

But it’s not accessible to just anyone. Those whose offices are within the campus are able to access it. In this case, thanks to Crow Family Holdings’ Anne Raymond, the CCB was able to hold the dinner for the mega-buck supporters for the area children’s fundraisers.

Laura and Jason Downing

Laura and Jason Downing

Minnie Caruth

Minnie Caruth

CCB Chair Caren Kline was front and center thanking those assembled, especially Deloitte, which underwrote the evening. Graciously accepting her thanks, Deloitte’s Jason Downing reminded the guests that over the years CCB had raised more than $105M for area children’s nonprofits.

Marilyn Augur

Marilyn Augur

Christi Urschel

Christi Urschel

Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly

Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly

The evening’s guests included Neiman Marcus Downtown GM Jeff Byron, who talked about the prepping of the store for the upcoming holidays with the famed window displays. .  Carol and Don Glendenning, who had been at the Hope for Humanity patron party. . .Robin and Don Conlon, who was recovering nicely from shoulder surgery; Minnie Caruth sans husband Bill, who was in the final stages of reviewing grant requests for the next day’s Caruth Foundation meeting; Annette and Harold Simmons, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Christi and Hal Urschel, Marilyn Augur, Connie and Chris O’Neill, Nancy and Gene Carter, Aileen and Jack Pratt, Leslie and Bryan Diers, Nancy and Robbie Briggs, Katherine and Key Coker, Mary Claire Finney, Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly,and Craig Kennington and his mother Dorothy Kennington.

Queenie Blows A Gasket Over Email Inquiry

Today started off so nicely. Sure, it was a bit warm, but the solar-powered A/C was cranked up. The elves had just finished posting the latest batch of events on the MySweetCharity calendar. To celebrate, one of the Scottish elves brought in some homemade scones with rich butter and jams.

Queenie was sipping her Da Hong Pao tea and reading her emails. Everything was fine until she got to one. It was amazing to see the old girl’s face become a rich Tyrian purple, as she prepared to blow.

As the elves hid in their favorite hiding places, Queenie stood up shouting, “No! Never! Not ever!”

Elder Elf asked, “What won’t happen, Oh One Who Is The Brightest Star In the Universe?” (The old fellow knows how to phrase a question, don’t you know?)

Queenie swooned and fell back on her Lila Jang canapé. Two MSC pet ostriches fanned her. All she could do was wave the email that had sent her into apoplexy. Elder put on his specs and read it — “Do you ever ‘share’ or ‘sell’ the MSC subscriber list?”

Elder shuddered. Elves collapsed and wailed throughout the MSC queen-dom.

Until MSC can return to norm, take heart. When you subscribe to MSC, you are only signing up to receive a roundup of the MSC posts from the day before. That’s it. No one else has access to the list. Never has, never will.

While The Queenie Is Away, The MySweetCharity Elves Are In Overdrive To Pull Things Together For 2013

Queenie is down and out for the count. She’s been in the royal bedchamber swigging NyQuil, singing along  with her old buddy Maria Callas, chomping on dark chocolate caramels and perusing the 2013 Dallas Social Directory that just arrived via a worn-out carrier pigeon.

In the meantime, the MySweetCharity elves have been hustling to get things organized for her return. Since the 2012 books are nearly closed, we’re starting to put together our plans for 2013. But we need your help. If you have an event coming up in 2013, could you please let us know ASAP, so we can lock it down in our ledger books?

What do you need to share? It’s simple. Just email [email protected] with the following info:

  • Event
  • Beneficiary
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Ticket contact including name, phone number and email address
  • Ticket price
  • Website
  • Chairperson
  • Honorary chairperson
  • Honoree
  • Any extra info that might impress Queenie (Don’t make it way too long. . . like more than 250 words. . . that’s the limit of her reading capabilities).

Please send the information. You see while others are out celebrating New Year’s Eve, the MSC elves will be having their year-end reviews and we really want to impress the old Queenie.

MySweetCharity Elves Give Thumbs Up To Speilberg’s “Lincoln”

A cluster of the MySweetCharity elves showed up smacking with the smell of popcorn this afternoon. Seems they had gone to an extremely private showing of “Lincoln” where popcorn drenched in Land O’ Lake unsalted butter was served.

The eldest elf asked the coterie of elves if they liked Steven Spielberg‘s latest product. All agreed that it was spectacular — the acting, the lighting, everything.

“But,” asked the elder, “what did you get out of it besides popcorn breath?”

“Tad was adorable! I love Mary’s clothes! Oh, and when Tommy Lee Jones took off his wig. . .” squealed a frivolous elf.

All the elves gave “Frivvy” the side eye.

The most wrinkled elf said, “It reminded me of Kathryn McGarr‘s book on her great-uncle Bob Strauss. You know, the era in which Democrat Bob and Republican Jim Baker managed to work together in the political arena. You know, that point when compromise didn’t mean humiliation. It meant progress.”

Queenie, looking quite wrinkle-less thanks to a fierce workout with a steam iron, entered the room. She smiled. All the elves quivered. That is a look not seen very often.

She then “suggested” that perhaps the good people from the Museum Tower, Nasher Sculpture Center, Hostess management and unions should also be allowed a showing of the movie a time or two or three. As she said, “Until it sinks in.” 

On this day of Thanksgiving, let’s all remember this state-of-mind and state-of-being were earned through tears, bloodshed and working together.

Now, go eat a turkey and don’t be one.

MySweetCharity Elves Hit The Root Cellar As Queenie Blows Her Royal Stack

OMG, the elves are currently unavailable. They’re all hiding in the root cellar. Queenie just returned from a night on the town and was she . . . er, “upset.” Evidently it started earlier in the day, when a MySweetCharity post about the NasherSalon was made. Seems a couple of comments came in that were “not constructive.” As any old timer in the MSC universe knows, all commenters are vetted on their first post. When Queenie, her supreme self, sent an email asking for verification of their email address and proof of authorship, no response came. She was. . . shall we say. . . upset. . . we’re not allowed to use words that would adequately describe her attitude. One of the newbie elves suggested that perhaps the comments had been made by people with “fake email addresses.” Holy St. Augustine grass! The poor little newbie was shot through and through with laser-like looks. Didn’t the newest kid in MSC know that fake email addresses don’t fly in this kingdom?

Then someone mentioned an incident about the alleged misconduct of an adult with an underage person. Well, this shoved old Queenie over the edge and into the Grand Canyon. As she fell into the depths of anger, she screamed at the top of her lungs that “children are children. They were meant to be protected and nurtured by adults, whether the adult is 18 or 100. Equally the accused is entitled to protection until a court decides otherwise.”  

Blowing hot air out of all orifices like a humpback whale, Queenie took to her bed with her bed warmer, a linen hankie and a box of dark chocolate caramels. By that time the elves were safely ensconced in the cellar.

It has not been a good day in the MSC universe. Tomorrow offers great promise to be better.

MySweetCharity Elves Don’t Like To Sweat

For a second day in a row, the elves returned from a fundraising lunch glistening. Was it new makeup? No.

One of the stay-at-the-office elves asked why the returnees were sparkling. Grumbled the wettest one, “We waited 45 minutes outside in 100-degree heat for our jalopy.”

At today’s event one female guest was so worn out after waiting 30+ minutes that a chair had to be provided. Queenie harrumphed that she would have demanded a throne. The sound of elves snickering was heard throughout the office.

Lesson learned: Dallas is a city that depends on and appreciates the various valet services. There are a heck of a lot of great ones that run their soles off in all types of conditions to accommodate guests. Why, they’re even known to drive home guests who are too encumbered to do it themselves. However, it only takes a bad valet experience to turn a hot event into a steamy one.

MySweetCharity’s Elves Suffer Major Giggling Episode

The MySweetCharity elves have been having a giggling fit. Sounds cute, but it can get out of hand. When this situation occurs, Queenie usually grabs a bucket of Thompson’s maple syrup and pours it on the gigglers.

This time even Queenie started giggling, too.

Seems one of the MSC scouts reported the sighting of a blogger who admits s/he would be more favorably inclined to cover organizations’ events if they picked up the tab for his/her transportation, childcare, etc.

Well, at lunch one elf asked Queenie if she was going to start a new policy requiring hosts to pay someone to “elf sit.” In the back of the dining hall, the first giggle was heard as one of the elves asked, “Who would ever sit on an elf?” 

We needed a good laugh.

And if you’re wondering, MSC continues to cover news, people and events for the good of Dallas and not for compensation.