A Gentle Reminder: Komen Dallas Race For The Cure

Get your shopping done early Friday at NorthPark. Why? The NP crew will be setting up for the 16,000 expected for Saturday’s Komen Dallas Race For The Cure.

There are gonna be street closures and all types of stuff leading up to Saturday morning when folks walk and run to raise funds for breast cancer research and developments.

So, what’s a little shopping inconvenience when it could mean that dollars resulting in cancer battling are raised?

Ah, shoot! Why not walk and shop? The weather is gonna be this side of perfect and you just might be saving a life…and it may be your own.

And why not make that appointment for your mammogram?

Round Robin September 24: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chairs Reception And Chic

After the day’s luncheon, everyone should have headed home, but fundraising required venturing out as the weekend approached. At ZaZa Art, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League celebrated Lisa and George Longinos’ being honorary co-chairs for the DSOL Debutante Presentation on Saturday, February 20, at the Meyerson.

North of LBJ, the Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon patrons were gathered at The Warehouse in preparation for their October 30th fundraiser with Eva Longoria as the keynote speaker.

Back in the Bubble, the John Wayne Film Festival was underway at Highland Park Village Theater for three days of movies and rubbing shoulders with the Duke’s kin to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Honoring 2016 Co-Chairs

Just a few doors down from the HPV theater, another cancer-busting event was taking place. It was the Cattle Baron’s gals shopping (a percentage of the sales went into the CBB coffers) and sipping at St. Laurent in honor of 2016 CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber.

2015 CBB Co-Chair Tia Wynne was having to handle the hostessing duties. Her Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens was in New York and finding the getting around town a doozy while Pope Francis was in the Big Apple hood.

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

JB Hayes

JB Hayes

Cara was looking forward to her cousin Blair Farris coming to town on Wednesday, October 14. Blair is the publisher/editor of Peachy The Magazine.

JB Hayes was back from a trip to Tuscany where Courtney and Neal Rider were celebrating the anniversary of their wedding there.

After Claire Emanuelson tried on a multi-colored, $15K fur cape, she and Piper Wyatt were on their way for a girls’ night out. Other guests included Joanna Clarke, Teffy Jacobs, Wendy Messmann, _

Chic

On the edge of the Bubble, Brian Bolke’s Forty-Five Ten was rocking with people watching better than the Grammy red carpet. It was “Chic” — the chic-est kick-off event for the November 7th Art for Advocacy being co-chaired by Paige and John Slates and benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Itty-bitty Shelle Sills fessed up that by staying thin, she was better able to move through such jamfests. This one included Nancy Rogers, Faisal Halum, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Alicia and Scott Wood, David Droese (“Lately we’ve been doing the family thing.”), Muffin Lemak, Brooke Hortenstine, Julie Hawes, Missy Peck, Christen and Derek Wilson, Pat McEvoy, Jennie Reeves, Sunie Solomon, Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman.

Shelby Wagner

Shelby Wagner

Scott and Alicia Wood

Scott and Alicia Wood

Missy Peck

Missy Peck

 

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

The evening’s draw was so typical of Brian. Author Donald Robertson was all smiles while signing his “Mitford at the Fashion Zoo.” Oh, goodness, how the ladies were lined up whom Donald had illustrated on the shopping bags. Talk about wanting to be a bag woman!

Donald Robertson

Donald Robertson

Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin

In another area, “looks” expert Linda Rodin needed no spotlight. It was her glasses, her white/silver hair, her Bottox-less beauty or her outstanding cheekbones. It was the whole package that set her aside from the rest. Her zest for life and people dominated the scene. “I’ll have what she’s having!

Claire and Piper, who had moved their girls’ night out to Forty Five Ten, were then headed back to Highland Park Village for din-din at Café Pacific.

Political Debating Didn’t Hamper The Family Place’s Partners Card South Soirée At NorthPark’s Mulberry

Event planners just thought they were safe scheduling events on Wednesday, September 16th. After all, North Texas Giving Day was the next day, so it appeared that Wednesday would be open to fundraising. Oops! The CNN Republican debate suddenly became the Super Bowl of Politics that night. Oh, dear! Debate-watching parties were popping up around town like pumpkins at Autumn at the Arboretum.

Would anyone show up for an event while the politicos were verbally sparring? Guess what? The philanthropic crowd knew how to schedule their time like a seamstress showing off the forbidden stitch.

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

While The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sipped and shopped at the Luxury Garage Sale in Snider Plaza, The Family Place crowd shimmied their way into Mulberry for the Partners Card South Soiree in NorthPark.

Mulberry’s Matthew Minick looked right at home with the guests parading in. Family Place Development VP Melissa Sherrill was just a tad bit blown away by the turnout that included Nancy Gopez, Cass Robinson, Sara Robinson and Mulberry’s New Yawker Johanan Merino, who was just back from the Big Apple with a refreshed haircut and a review of New York’s Fashion Week.

Just as ReuNight Co-Chair Robert Weatherly arrived Family Place CEO Paige Flink reported that tickets were going lickety-split for the November 12th delicious dinner with Chef John Tesar in the kitchen.

Robert Weatherly

Robert Weatherly

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Then she spotted Paula Davis and announced that Paula had been the top card seller. Her secret? She has lots of shop-loving neighbors in Lake Highlands.

Another event on The Family Place’s schedule is the 20th Anniversary Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, October 1, at the Hilton Anatole.  In addition to Co-Chairs Michaela Dyer and Layne Pitzer arranging for awards being presented to Nancy Nasher, Bob Miller and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, they’re having actress Marisa Tomei as the keynote speaker.  BTW, be prepared. Paige is hoping to make an announcement to impress. She ain’t talking about it until then.

Round Robin September 15: Equest Reception And Soup’s On! Kick-Off Reception

When did Tuesday become the new Thursday? When area fundraisers realized the fact that Thursday, September 17, was going to be overwhelming for nonprofits from 6 a.m. until midnight, thanks to North Texas Giving Day. And then there was going to be the memorial service for the late Ebby Halliday Acers with thousands in attendance at Park Cities Baptist Church at 3 p.m. on that Thursday.

So, the smartest event planners decided to scoot their events to Tuesday, September 15. Boy, did they!

The Les Femmes du Monde gals headed across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge for their party to honor past Les Femmes presidents at Souk Restaurant. The High-Tech High Heels crowd assembled friends at the Perot Museum to rally awareness and funding for helping more local students pursue STEM degrees and careers. Everyone was talking about Goodwill’s “The Lunch,” but no one could record, photograph or take notes at the Omni. Perhaps it was because the “special guest” was a former President who lives in North Texas. Too bad. Reviews were top notch. The Two by Two artsy crowd was gathering at Highland Park Village’s Alexander McQueen with Gala Chair Nancy Rogers just back in town from New York and Fashion Week activities for the festivities. Up north at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend, Hope’s Door was having its kick-off party for its annual “An Evening of Hope.” This year’s theme will be “A Night in Morocco.”

As for other going-ons in the area, here are some:

Equest Reception

Karen Briggs, Emilynn Wilson and Diane Brierley

Karen Briggs, Emilynn Wilson and Diane Brierley

Akris fashions

Akris fashions

Just a few doors down Alexander McQueen, Equest Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson was joined by Tiffany Divis, Diane Brierley, new HPV Chief Marketing Officer Mia Meachem and fashion producer Jan Strimple.

Alas, Emilynn was disappointed. She had bought a smashing Akris outfit for Friday’s 10 Best Dressed Fashion Show, but it appeared the outfit was going to have to stay in the closet. Due to a family illness, she was headed to Houston.

In addition to the fashions on the models and on the mannequins catching second looks, heads whipped around when catering cutie Cassandra walked by sporting a new, shorter haircut. Cassandra had hoped that she would have an Anna Wintour look. Instead people kept telling her how they like her new “Dutch boy” do.

The ladies sipped and shopped for outfits to wear for the Tuesday, September 29th, luncheon benefiting the Equest Women’s Auxiliary at Brook Hollow.

Soup’s On Kick-Off Party

Gretchen Gerlach and David Nichols

Gretchen Gerlach and David Nichols

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for Karen James to incorporate her backyard as well as her contemporary home. The place was filled with all types of folks like Taylor Overstreet, Stephen Page and Jennifer and Joe Clifford, who were beaming over the numbers being turned in from North Texas Giving Day.

David “Mr. Hermes Tie” Nichols and the evening’s chair Gretchen Gerlach were discussing the 2013 talk by Liz Murray, who wrote “Homeless To Harvard.” That was the year that Gail Davis and her daughter Sarah Leverett Charbonnet chaired the annual fundraiser for The Stewpot Alliance.

Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham were excited about Brad’s new project in Midlothian. It’s a 26′ tall twisted steel beam symbolizing the city’s new tagline: “We are Midlothian.” Midlothian is a “city of industry” where things are built, Brad said.

Christi Nicolas, Charlotte Legg and Gail Davis

Christi Nicolas, Charlotte Legg and Gail Davis

But the big news of the night were the plans for the 2016 super-duper lunch — Soup’s On! Chairing the event will be Charlotte Legg and Christi Nicolas along with Honorary Co-Chairs Micki and Mike Rawlings. Of course, The Grape’s Chef/owner Brian Luscher will be organizing the chefs, who will provide soups for all, along with their recipes.

The speaker for the upcoming luncheon will be Collins Tuohy, who was “The Blind Side’s”/NFL’s Michael Jerome Oher’s “other” sister.

While it may still seem a little warm to be thinking of soup, remember that come Tuesday, January 19, it will hit the spot and raise loads of green stuff for one of downtown Dallas’ treasures. BTW, the event is returning to Union Station this year.

IBB Design Fine Furnishings Hosts The 2015 Partners Card North Seller Soirée

Beth Rafferty, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer, Shay and Brian Geyer*

Beth Rafferty, Brooklyn Geyer, Jaylie Geyer, Shay and Brian Geyer*

IBB Design Fine Furnishings proprietress Shay Geyer and her mom Beth Rafferty know how to throw a party and they did just that on Wednesday, September 9, for the Partners Card‘s North Seller Soirée benefiting The Family Place. Here’s a report from the field:

“Approximately 100 guests gathered together for a Seller Soirée at IBB Design Fine Furnishings in celebration of Partners Card 2015.

“The Family Place, along with Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir and Ashlee Weidner and Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers, welcomed card sellers, sponsors, retailers and friends for an evening filled with festive hors d’oeuvres, sips, shopping and door prize drawings.

Debbie Munir, Ashlee Weidner and Melissa Boler*

Debbie Munir, Ashlee Weidner and Melissa Boler*

“Co-Chairs Melissa, Debbie and Ashlee led the remarks, reminding everyone to please mark their calendars and purchase their $70 card for the annual shopping fundraiser, presented by Bank of Texas, set for October 30 through November 8, 2015. Bank of Texas Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking Mandy Austin also addressed the group and thanked The Family Place for its wonderful, long-lasting partnership.

Clinton Encinias, Paige Flink and John Mazey*

Clinton Encinias, Paige Flink and John Mazey*

“This year will mark Bank of Texas’ seventh year as presenting sponsor of Partners Card. The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink concluded by thanking all those who have contributed to making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place. In addition, she shared The Family Place’s latest fundraising goals, motivated card sellers to go beyond previous accomplishments and invited others to join in promoting and selling cards for one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Diane Hopson*

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Diane Hopson*

Heather Street Baker and Mandy Austin*

Heather Street Baker and Mandy Austin*

“Guests included: Nancy Scripps, John Mazey, Eric White, Sharon Jett, Brandy Taylor, Michael Munir, Michele and Mickey Munir, Maggie Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Katie Hunzinger, Melissa and Jeff Cameron, Diane Hopson and Kathryn Henry.”

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Cattle Baronesses Shop Jimmy Choos, While Cowboy Artists Of America Preview Art For Tony Crowd Across The Street

When the Jimmy Choo doors in Highland Park Village opened for the Cattle Baron’s Ball’s shopathon party, it was just 2015 CBB Co-Chair Tia Wynne, CBB member JB Hayes, the Jimmy Choo staff and serving team on Tuesday, September 8. Within 15 minutes the salon was so jammed that the stilettos on the shelves were feeling down right claustrophobic. Before too soon the crowd was spilling onto the sidewalk.

Jimmy Choo purses

Jimmy Choo purses

Jimmy Choo shoes

Jimmy Choo shoes

But before crowds including 2010 CBB Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, 2016 Co-Chair Cara French, Carolina Herrera’s main lady Melinda Rathke, Lisa Haddow Shirley, Catherine Jaynes, Christi Houser and HP Village’s Rachel Michell grew, Tia and JB took full advantage of the quiet and checked the displays for new foot dress wear. Both gals fessed up they normally wore flats at home and kicking about. But for those dressy and business type gatherings, it was hit the heels.

Christi Houser and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl

Christi Houser and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl

Catherine Jaynes

Catherine Jaynes

Tia reported that underwriting for the October 3rd American Cancer Society fundraiser and the headcount looked like it was once again hit the 3,000 mark at Gilley’s. Typical Tia style, she admitted she and Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens had benefited from last year’s Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum tackling the move of the mega-event from an outdoor venue to Gilley’s.

As for JB, she was all packed for a quick getaway, but not before she had a handful of raffle tickets to sell.

Isabell Novakov was doing double duty. Yup, she was Jimmy Choo’s for CBB, but she had to head across the street for a cocktail reception hosted by Lee Ann and Alan White and PlainsCapital Bank at the Dallas Country Club. Annette Simmons, Michal Powell, Rusty and Bill Duvall, James Huffines, Anne and Larry Nixon, Monica and Jay Rosser, Kelli and Gerald Ford, Ray Washburne, Debbie and Jim Francis, Pat and Emmitt Smith and a couple of hundred other swells were checking out an exhibit of western art.

Lee Ann White

Lee Ann White

James Huffines and Anne and Larry Nixon

James Huffines and Anne and Larry Nixon

Jim and Debbie Francis

Jim and Debbie Francis

Monica and Jay Rosser

Monica and Jay Rosser

How western was it? In the crowd were a number of gents topped off by Stetsons and a couple of handlebar mustaches. They were part of the Oklahoma-based Cowboys Artists of America, eight of whose members were in attendance, including Martin Grelle and Bruce R. Greene.

Ross Perot Jr.

Ross Perot Jr.

Red Steagall

Red Steagall

Sarah Perot

Sarah Perot

Legendary western poet/musician Red Steagall and his wife Gail were chatting with cowgirl banker Elaine Agather. Other guests included SMU’s R. Gerald Turner and Sarah and Ross Perot Jr.

The gathering was to preview the paintings and sculptures that would be on the block at the CAA’s 50th Annual Sale and Exhibition and Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 17th Annual Exhibition and Sale — Cowboy Crossings — on Thursday, October 8 thru – Saturday, October 10 in Oklahoma City, benefiting the National Cowboy Museum. Alan had the works brought to Dallas for one day from the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Then he had them packed up and shipped on to Oklahoma City.

As a parting gift, each guest received a copy of a handsome book by B. Byron Price—he went to high school in Lubbock with Alan, it turns out—that was titled, “The Sons of Charles Russell.” Trivia: Local Trevor Rees-Jones is one of the country’s leading collectors of Charles Russell art. And, yes, Trevor was also among those in attendance.

Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Gather For Women Of Distinction Luncheon Host Committee Reception At Trina Turk

While The Dallas Opera lovers were sipping and shopping at NorthPark’s Mulberry for the First Sight/First Night announcement reception on Wednesday, September 2, girls of all ages were gathered at Trina Turk in Highland Park Village with the munchies being provided by Bistro 31. Here’s a report from the field:

“The Host Committee of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction Luncheon gathered to celebrate the upcoming event at Trina Turk. Hosted by Luncheon Chair Katherine Coker, Maggie Kipp and Suzy Gekiere, more than 70 ladies attended the party sipping champagne while conversations bubbled with excitement swapping summer vacation stories, back-to-school details and plans for the fall.

Katherine Coker and Olivia Coker*

Katherine Coker and Olivia Coker*

“The Women of Distinction Luncheon is the largest fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and will be on Wednesday, October 14, at the Hilton Anatole. Each year it recognizes outstanding women leaders in the community. This year’s recipients include the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jan Rees-Jones, two Women of Distinction Tincy Miller and Michele Bobadilla and two Young Women of Distinction Devin Bray and Sruthi Tummala.

“Keynote speaker Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code (girlswhocode.com), will share an inspiring message about the critical need to introduce girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has received a lot of press recently and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today.

“’This ties beautifully to our luncheon,’ said Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO Jennifer Bartkowski, who was beaming with enthusiasm over the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center of Excellence project in South Dallas, where girls can explore STEM programs and careers in a ‘living laboratory.’

“’We have raised more than $7 million to date and are set to finish phase one construction by the end of the year! In fact, Jan Rees-Jones was our first donor to the STEM Center of Excellence!’

Jennifer Bartkowski*

Jennifer Bartkowski*

“She said this is an important time to be a Girl Scout and that the experience is more than selling cookies. Girl Scouts help instill courage, confidence and character while teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.

“Jennifer concluded saying, ’This event will raise more than $500,000 to invest in girls, and we hope to introduce new friends to Girl Scouts to elevate our brand and tell our story.’

“Underscoring Jennifer’s message, Katherine said she loved the Girl Scouts because it gives girls an opportunity to reach their full potential. ‘I feel there is no greater gift we can give to the next generation of young women.’

“Katherine thanked the Host Committee members for all they had done to make the event a huge success and encouraged Host Committee members to put tables together that included young girls.

“’This year we are offering a special youth ticket so be sure to bring your daughter’s and their friends so they too can hear Reshma Saujani’s inspiring message!’

“In fact, Katherine’s daughter and Girl Scout Olivia Coker attended the party with nearly a dozen of her fifth-grade girlfriends as they also geared up for the event. The energy in the room was palpable as moms made plans for buying tables together.

Lynn McBee, Heather Randall and Lisa Singleton*

Lynn McBee, Heather Randall and Lisa Singleton*

Beth McHaney and Stephanie Stollenwerck*

Beth McHaney and Stephanie Stollenwerck*

David and Sara Martineau*

David and Sara Martineau*

“A snapshot of the gathering included former Woman of Distinction Lynn McBee stopping by to support one of her favorite causes… Girl Scout Audit Committee Member and AT&T executive Michelle Thomas joining the party to represent the presenting sponsor, AT&T… Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Board member Tegwin Pulley attending…Many women were talking about the beginning of football season. Heather Randall was headed to the UT/Notre Dame game…. Others in the crowd included Katherine’s mom Beth McHaney, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Clark, Sara and David Martineau, Anne Besser, Kim Miller, Lisa Singleton, Elizabeth Gambrell, Sara Lee Gardner and Stephanie Stollenwerck.

“As a special treat Trina Turk generously gave 20 percent of all sales back to the Girl Scouts and Laura Downing, Ann Dyer, Jessie O’Brien, Ashley Purnell and many others walked away with shopping bags. Katherine and Maggie shopped early so they could sport Trina’s new fall fashions at the party.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Round Robin August 26: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Reception And Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

As summer ends and schools kicks back into session, the queen bees were fundraising along Preston Road on Wednesday, August 26:

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Reception

From 4 to 6 p.m. the Equest Women’s Auxiliary was a farrier’s dream at Jimmy Choo’s. The stiletto salon on the corner facing the Highland Park Village had the gals kicking off their “experienced” shoes for some new recruits.

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

But if you think Jimmy C’s is footwear only, program your brain to the re-think-that-one mode.

As one gal checked out the newest JC sunglasses, Barbara Stuart recalled how she bought her killer “cheaters” when she chaired the Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon with daughter Melissa Macatee in 2011.

Speaking of Barbara, she was checking out vacation notes with Pam McCallum on their summer stays in different coasts of Canada. Then they launched into reminiscing about their annual lunch at Café Pacific on the Friday before TX-OU. Seems OU Pam and Longhorn Barbara shed their proper ways for mischievous gifts for each other with the alma maters in mind.

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

In another part of the salon, this year’s Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson and daughter Michele Dunn were catching up with Equest Women’s Auxiliary Chair Barbara Layton and her daughter, Katie Layton, who was on her way to Bachendorf’s for the Cattle Baron’s live auction reveal party just down the road.

Emilynn revealed that the funds were coming in and the fashion show tickets were flying like thoroughbreds from the gate. She told how this year’s presenting sponsor was philanthropist Al Hill Jr., who had provided a $50,000 check. The fashions will once again be provided by Highland Park Village merchants with Jan Strimple reining in the action on the runway.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

Bachendorf’s didn’t have a refreshening over the summer. It had a major face lift. Where once were shelves of crystal, now was an elegant showroom for Rolex timepieces. But don’t worry about the crystal. It was beautifully displayed in a nearby alcove.

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

As for the rest of the store, it was open with marvelous new carpeting, gleaming display cases and a whole feel of 21st century sparkle.

Katy Bock admitted that it had come together just in time for the Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal reception. A couple of days before, there had been no chandelier and the carpeting was just being laid.

And what had Katy been doing? Lolling by a pool or having a facial? Nope. She had been a perfect wife and had been in the store helping display merchandise.

Lawrence Bock looked relieved and dressed perfectly in blue shirt and tie to match the blue palette of the store.

Diane and Hal Brierley

Diane and Hal Brierley

While rings were bring tried on by many, blonde Sheryl Callewart was sporting a cast on her right little finger. Seems that a kitchen oop’s had resulted in a slice requiring an ER visit and 11 stitches. While the cast would come off in 10 days, Sheryl admitted that the metal finger cover was a hassle.

Diane and Hal Brierley were just back from a sea jaunt on the Queen Mary 2. Their trip had been delayed arriving on schedule due to a crew member falling overboard. Despite days of attempting to find the crewman, the search failed to locate the man.

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Other Cattle Baron’s Ball supporters included Lisa and Clay Cooley, birthday gal Nancy Gopez, Marybeth Conlon, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Jane Rozell, Cindy Stager, Kristi Bare and Wanda Gierhart, who was relieved that she was only responsible for two items for the upcoming TACA Custom Auction.

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

CBB Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens had to head out early. Seems she was having dinner with her new boss. In addition to partnering up with Tia Wynne to head up this year’s CBB, Mary Martha just got a very big promotion at Bank of America.

As for the live auction items, they once again were made up of the things that folks dream of including—everything from fabulous travel packages like the Tower of London, Canyon Ranch, Tequila Herradura, Abu Dhabi and the Taj Mahal; a poker game with Dallas Cowboys legends; to naming rights for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at Baylor Scott & White Health. And that’s just a few of the goodies that will be up for bid at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 3, with Tim McGraw providing the musical memories.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 Partners Card

According to 2015 Partners Card Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir and Ashlee Weidner, alongside Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers,

Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Munir, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Melissa Boler*

Ashlee Weidner, Debbie Munir, Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Melissa Boler*

“We invite you to ‘Shop with Heart’ while saving money and a life this fall during Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas! As one of the most highly anticipated shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex, Partners Card offers shoppers the unique opportunity to receive a 20 percent discount at their favorite stores and restaurants while contributing to a worthwhile cause – family violence intervention and prevention. This year, the Partners Card shopping event will begin Friday, October 30, and end Sunday, November 8, 2015.

“The 10-day shopping spectacular rewards cardholders with unbelievable savings at some of Dallas’ most popular stores and restaurants. With the purchase of a $70 Partners Card, shoppers receive 20 percent savings at more than 750 participating retailers in Dallas, Arlington, Grapevine, McKinney, Plano, Southlake, Richardson, Frisco, Coppell, Flower Mound, Denton, Colleyville, Las Colinas, Irving, Mesquite, Addison, Garland, Rockwall and Lewisville.

“Over the past 22 years, Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place. However, it represents only a tenth of the overall operating budget needed to provide a safe haven to victims of domestic violence. Our goal this year is to sell 16,500 cards! Behind the sale of each $70 card is a woman and child, who with help from The Family Place, will have a safe place to retreat.

“Individuals may purchase a Partners Card from any participating retailer or restaurant, card-selling individual, through direct mail or by visiting www.partnerscard.org. Partners Cards go on sale September 7, 2015. For more information, contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214.443.7754 or email [email protected].

“We hope you will purchase a card and shop ‘til you drop during the 23rd Annual Partners Card fundraiser!”

* Photo provided by 2015 Partners Card

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market

According to 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market Co-Chairs Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey,

Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

Amanda Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

“The 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market marks 38 years of giving to deserving beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In its history, this unique shopping event has raised more than six million dollars for 100 different nonprofit organizations while kicking off the holiday shopping season in style. We are looking forward to celebrating ‘Chi Omega Candy Christmas’ at the 38th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market in Centennial Hall at Fair Park.

“As the yearly fundraiser of the Dallas-area Chi Omega Alumnae, we hope to have a record-breaking year at the Market once again. The 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market has pledged $210,000 to the following beneficiaries: Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, AVANCE-Dallas Inc., Camp Summit, Dallas Services Low Vision Clinic, DME Exchange of Dallas, Hope Cottage, Jonathan’s Place, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship and Chi Omega Educational Corporation and Collegiate Scholarships.

“The Chi Omega Christmas Market will run Wednesday, November 18- Saturday, 21, 2015, kicking off with a preview party on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. where guests will have an exclusive preview of this year’s Market. Shoppers also will enjoy entertainment by Hunter Sullivan, cocktails, appetizers and valet parking. Preview Party tickets are $75 and offer readmission during the Market.

“First Call shopping is set for Thursday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Call tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door for $25. First Call tickets also offer readmission throughout the Market.

“General admission will run Thursday, November 19, from 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance for $12 at Dallas-Fort Worth-area Tom Thumb stores and online at www.chiomegaxmas.org.

“We hope you will join us for the 38th Annual Chi Omega Christmas Market to raise money for these deserving beneficiaries that make holiday shopping worthwhile!”

* Photo provided by 2015 Chi Omega Christmas Market

North Texas Giving Day Booster: NorthPark Center

“As we celebrate 50 years of NorthPark Center, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful community that surrounds us in Dallas. We are proud to be part of a city that is so generous and community oriented.

NorthPark50*

NorthPark50*

“Giving back has been a part of the NorthPark culture since we opened our doors in 1965. To celebrate this milestone, we are launching NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving. The initiative aims to honor some of the amazing charities in our community.

“One of the most exciting philanthropic events that takes place in the Metroplex is North Texas Giving Day. It is the one day each year when donations of $25 or more are amplified by bonus funds and prizes. Year after year, we have watched this one-day giving spectacular grow into the largest giving days in the nation. It exemplifies the philanthropic spirit of our city and celebrates the wonderful work our local nonprofits are doing to build a community that cares for people, art, art, culture and more.

Nancy Nasher*

Nancy Nasher*

“That is why we are so pleased that NorthPark will be the official host of the Dallas County North Texas Giving Day Donation Station on September 17, 2015, with thanks to Communities Foundation of Texas which presents North Texas Giving Day and has arranged a line-up of free nonprofit performances and KidsGive activities.

“The activities will take place at NorthPark in NorthCourt, on Level One, between Nordstrom and Macy’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 17, 2015.

“The showcase performances will include performances by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Dance Company, Junior Players, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Shakespeare Dallas, The Singing Girls of Texas and Texas Boys Choir from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, and see animals from Dallas Zoo and SPCA of Texas.

“Register now for the 2nd Annual DFWChild KidsGive that will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change and help with nearly a dozen hands-on, philanthropic kid activities like making superhero capes for Union’s Capes 4 Kids and stuffing goodie bags with toiletries for Attitudes and Attire.

“We hope you will join us 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on North Texas Giving Day to celebrate our community’s wonderful nonprofits and rally for another record-breaking giving day!”

-By Nancy Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark

* Graphics and photo provided by NorthPark Center

Art For Advocacy Co-Chairs Host A Gallery Preview And Private Tour Of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Laura Rowe and Jessi Moore

Laura Rowe and Jessi Moore

With the bus cooling its wheels out front on Levee Street, a couple dozen Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center supporters and art lovers like Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch, Laura Rowe, Jessi Moore, David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal and Wanda Dye were checking out the art in the Holly Johnson Gallery and Cris Worley Fine Arts on Tuesday, July 21.

"This Is Obvious" (2015) by Sara Deal

“This Is Obvious” (2015) by Sara Deal

But this wasn’t any old art gallery show and stroll. At 6:25 p.m. the crowd was welcomed by the gallery owners Holly Johnson and Cris Worley, who are the art chairs for the 2015 Art for Advocacy in November.

John and Paige Slates, Holly Johnson and Cris Worley

John and Paige Slates, Holly Johnson and Cris Worley

Next up were Art for Advocacy Co-Chairs Paige and John Slates. As John thanked the artists in the crowd for their contributions, Dallas Children’s Charities’ Stephen Howard said loud enough for all to hear, “Did you see the article in the paper saying how the quality of the art this year has really ramped up?”

Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch,  David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal, Stephen Howard and Wanda Dye

Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch, David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal, Stephen Howard and Wanda Dye

This comment was greeted with applause and smiles.

But the words were brief because the crowd had to board the luxury bus just after 6:30 to head on over to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for a personal tour by DCAC President Lynn Davis.

It was a perfect opportunity for artists, art lovers and children’s advocates to see how children could benefit from the beauty of the Saturday, November 7th Art for Advocacy at F.I.G.

Illustration by Donald Robertson*

Illustration by Donald Robertson*

BTW, don’t tell anybody, but retail kingpin Brian Bolke is planning “a private celebration” for the Art for Advocacy host committee members and sponsors at Forty Five Ten with so-very talented artist Donald Robertson and Rodin Olio Lusso’s Linda Rodin with a percentage of sales going to DCAC. Donald is going to “reveal his illustrations featuring some of Dallas’ most fashionable women on Forty Five Ten shopping bags that will be installed in the T Room restaurant.” Sorry, but the precious deets about the by-invite-only party when and where are limited to the hardworking committee members and generous sponsors.

Suggestion: Make a healthy donation to Art for Advocacy and you just might become an honorary host committee member or sponsor. But if your budget ain’t that healthy, you can meet the two international talents at FFT from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.

* Illustration provided by 
Forty Five Ten

Rhonda Sargent Chambers Named Honorary Chair Of The Family Place’s Partners Card 2015

After years on the runway, in print ads and on billboards, Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been spending more and more time behind the scenes heading up RSC Show Productions.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers (File photo)

Rhonda Sargent Chambers (File photo)

While the ever-smiling blonde has been involved with all types of events, she has earned a reputation for being involved with nonprofits in creating unique fundraising events. Need examples? The Children’s Cancer Fund Fashion Show, Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night, Baylor’s Celebrating Women Luncheon, The Elisa Project’s Esteem Fashion Show, Children’s Medical Center Plano’s Legacy of Love Fashion Show and this past spring’s DIFFA’s gargantuan fundraiser.

When she’s not working in the production booth, she’s also donating her time and services for such events as the former Celebrity Waiter Dinner, Big Thought, The Child Abuse Prevention Center and DIFFA.

Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. She’s been awarded the Humanitarian Award for Children’s Cancer Fund 2009, Inaugural Award for the Dynamic Women of Dallas in Modern Luxury Magazine 2005, and Volunteer of the Year for The Council October 2013.

Now, The Family Place is adding their name to her list of honors by having her the honorary chair for Partners Card 2015. Makes perfect sense. After all, Partners Card shoppers love to use their discounts on clothes, accessories and shoes.

According to The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink, “As a fashion expert for more than 30 years, it is a privilege to recognize Rhonda Sargent Chambers as Partners Card 2015 honorary chair. She has given such wonderful support of this program throughout the years, and we are excited to celebrate her, as well as her endeavors.

You just know Rhonda already has her Partners Card and will put it to good use during the 10-day spendathon from Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 8, at 750 participating retailers and restaurants.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Back To School Drive

According to Community Partners of Dallas Board Chair Jennifer Evans Morris,

Jennifer Evans Morris*

Jennifer Evans Morris*

“This year Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) will host its 22nd annual Back to School Drive beginning Saturday, August 1 through Monday, August 31, 2015. Throughout the month, CPD, The Container Store and individuals and organizations throughout Dallas will collect new school supplies for abused and neglected children served by Child Protective Services, and will prepare more than 2,500 children to start school with school supplies and uniforms.”

“This is a great project for individuals, families and office teams. Every year we marvel at the creative competitions some of our corporate partners develop to encourage involvement and drive participation. Whether it is a donation of a single pack of notebook paper, or one that includes more than 20,000 supplies, every donation makes an impact when you set out to meet the needs of such a large group of children.”

“The Back to School Drive is one of the most important activities CPD does all year. Sometimes the only difference between an A+ student and a failing student is having basic supplies to do homework and participate in class. Because 69% of the children we serve at Community Partners of Dallas live on a family income of less than $14,000 annually, after the most basic of needs of the family are met, school supplies may not fit into that budget.”

GameStop collection*

GameStop collection*

“In addition to supplies, such as 3-ring binders, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, glue, markers and notebook paper, CPD especially needs backpacks (boy-friendly most needed), construction paper, rulers, red pens, manila paper, scissors and watercolor sets.   For those interested in supporting the Back to School Drive, they can do so through in-kind or monetary donations. Donations of new school supplies can be dropped off at any Metroplex location of The Container Store during the month of August; supplies and monetary donations also can be delivered to Community Partners of Dallas’ Central Location, 1215 Skiles Street in the Wilson Historic District. For a full list of school supplies needed, visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org or contact Corinne Karp at 214.624.7588.”

* Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas

SOLD OUT ALERT: Crystal Charity Ball’s 2015 Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show And Luncheon

Was there something that you meant to do and just put it off…like getting your reservation for the Crystal Charity Ball‘s 2015 Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon? Or, did your social secretary forget to send that check in?

Oh, dear. Don’t kill the messenger, but you’re in really big trouble. The September 18th fundraiser at Neiman Marcus Downtown is a done deal. In fact, it’s pretty overdone. There’s already a waiting list of nearly 100 in the wings. Smart were those who hand-delivered their checks the day the tickets went on sale.

2015 Crystal Charity Ball Best Dressed, Honorary Chair and Hall of Fame Honoree

2015 Ten Best Dressed, Honorary Chair and Hall of Fame Honoree

Luncheon Chair Mary Clare Finney “attributes the early sell-out to Peter Copping, designer of the Oscar de la Renta collection, who is attending the event along with the honorees including Hall of Fame honoree Sarah Perot and Honorary Chairman Ruth Altshuler.”

In addition to being front and center at the fashion show, or rather behind the scenes making sure everything is absolutely perfect, Peter will also be guest of honor at a cocktail reception sponsored by JP Morgan Chase at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home-sweet-home the night before the luncheon.

If you have your tickets, start shopping to pick out what you’re gonna wear for the reception and the luncheon. And don’t forget to wear that adorable smile. You know it’s just the perfect accessory.

More Than Designer Fashions Highlighted The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Whoopsie! That was the word going through the minds in the blacker-than-black tent at Brook Hollow for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, May 4.

For once it wasn’t a case of Ma Nature pulling one of her thunderous blasts, nor was it a terrorist attack.

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

As dedicated shoppers elbowed each other to shop the treasure trove of gently experienced fashions in the ballroom and “card room,” all was going perfectly.

OK, so maybe a couple of gals weren’t thrilled that they both wanted a one-and-only item in the card room where couture outfits were displayed, but there were no cat fights. Oh, please! This was Brook Hollow and the event was benefiting the Salvation Army of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Finally the guests found their way from the clubhouse down the steps through the tunnel leading to the darker-than-dark tent for the show. Course, it took some time to take their seats, but eventually all were in place including the no-funny-business Secret Service types who escort former first lady Laura Bush. While she took her place on the front row near her friend Ruth Altshuler, posed for photos with Gene Jones and chatted with Kappa Alpha Theta sister Valerie Bell, the Secret Service took their places along the back of the tent with no smiles. In the meantime, some guests snuck out their cellphones for a quickie, fuzzy shot of Laura in her green suit.

Betsy Chambers

Betsy Chambers

Janet

Janet

Following a video about “Janet,” who had overcome an abusive relationship thanks to Salvation Army resources, SAWA President Betsy Chambers introduced Janet to the audience and presented her with flowers.

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Luncheon Co-Chair Ginger Sager recognized the 2015 honorary mother/daughter co-chairs of Marilyn Augur and her daughters (Margaret Hancock, Anne Hardaway and “Elizabeth Taylor, who is unable to be with us today”) and Sharon McCullough and her girls (Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Terry McCullough and Lissie McCullough). They also pointed out “special guests” Sharon’s sister, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Laura Bush.

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

It was becoming apparent that this event was a mom-daughter coming together with Tucean Webb with daughters Suzanne Webb and Tucean Franks, Nina Thornburgh and daughter Lisa Ogle, Faye Briggs still in a wheelchair and daughter Pebble MeGehee.

Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Then just as the luncheon committee chairs were to stand for recognition, the lights went out. Why, shoot! All the electricity including the A/C shut down. Had Brook Hollow not paid its electricity bill? Heck, no! It was some complicated snafu that was basically showstopping….literally.

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

But as darkness provided some laughter about holding a fashion show in the dark, it also caused the Bush team to look a tad bit antsy. As the darkness continued beyond the 30-second mark, the Secret Service wasn’t laughing. After two minutes of darkness, Ginger and her Co-Chair Dixey Arterburn persevered and tried to carry on in the dark thanking committee members and telling how the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme was selected because the day was the late Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. In the meantime, the Secret Service started easing toward the aisle leading to Laura just as the lights came back on at the two-and-a-half-minute mark. Whew! What guests didn’t realize was the electrical stoppage had also caused the massive A/C units to stop. Now, they were having to reboot from scratch to cool the tent.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Unruffled Dixey and Ginger continued on script. They introduced Margot Perot on stage and told how the Margot Perot Award had been named after her for playing “a vital part in organizing the Women’s Auxiliary of Dallas over 23 years ago.” It was then that Gene Jones and her daughter Charlotte Anderson Jones joined Margot, Dixey and Ginger on stage as the recipients of the Margot Perot Award for their “work tirelessly to promote good in all they come in contact.”

As the five ladies exited the stage, Shelly returned saying “Where else but the Salvation Army can we talk about Audrey Hepburn, the Dallas Cowboys, Margot Perot and domestic violence in the same conversation?” She then introduced the show, leaving guests to figure out which one of the outfits on the runway had originally retailed for $19,000. (FYI: It was the black gown that was the show’s closer.)

Fashion show finale

Fashion show finale

Once the show finished, Major Michele Matthews was on stage. With her voice breaking, she thanked the SAWA, extolled the greatness of the recycled fashion show project and more or less made a farewell speech. While some might have felt Michele was a bit dramatic, they didn’t realize that this would be Michele’s last SAWA’s fashion show. She and her husband Ward Matthews were being reassigned to Atlanta.

For more photos and loads of clothes, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Thrift Studio Has Marked Everything At Half-Price For the Final Days Including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Donations

Yipes and holy yipes! The Dwell with Dignity‘s Thrift Studio has only days… or, rather, hours left until it’s a woof of history.

Thrift Studio (File photo)

Thrift Studio (File photo)

According to the organizers, “EVERYTHING (they capitalized it) at Thrift Studio is 50% OFF (they colorized that and capitalized “OFF”).

There’s additional news that hasn’t been colorized or capitalized. It’s that those very cool chaps with great taste, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, have donated 60 items to the mix.

If you decide to ho-hum and not be tempted, you’re gonna have to hold your breath until 2016 for the next Thrift Studio.

It’s the last five days, so get going!

Lunchtime Bag Stuffing Spree To Take Place Thursday At The Wearhouse Sale

If you don’t have plans for lunch tomorrow (Thursday), then take $25 over to The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Wearhouse Sale for a last chance to pick up some extra-special sweet deals. No, lunch won’t be served, but who needs lunch when you’re served up a buffet of shopping.

The WearHouse Sale shoes (File photo)

The Wearhouse Sale shoes (File photo)

Sure, you thought the Wearhouse was closed for business last week, but the organizers decided to open it one last time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. All types of goodies will be available including clothes for all ages, shoes and handbags.

But it’s better than you imagine. For that $25 you can take home as much as you can stuff in the bag.  Yup, you read that right.

This is a “OOO” (aka One-day Only Opportunity).

If you do have plans, why not change the locale and take your buds over to 9216 Harry Hines Boulevard. There’s nothing more fun than bargain hunting with pals. Afterwards, you can always pop by the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for a barbecue plate.

BTW, the online auction for those “special items” from the silent auction and runway collection closes down Friday at 2 p.m., so hop to it.

BvB Dallas To Auction Off 31 Stanley Korshak Wedding Gowns At BvB Bridal Blitz!

There are those dresses that one remembers. Not just the ones that red carpet at the 2015 Met Gala. But it’s those white dresses. Not just the ones with the blue satin sashes that Julie Andrews sang about. It’s those first communion dresses. It’s those graduation dresses. It’s those high school prom dresses. So pristine white that in the years to come they still remain ageless.

And then there’s that wedding dress that was more photographed than a Kardashian. It was flawless, whimsical and romantic.

So, where is this going? Well, those adorable gal, who make up the BvB Dallas ( aka Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas) waging war on the football field against Alzheimer’s, are at an age when weddings and bridal showers are more prevalent than skeeters in the summer.

It seems that one of their own — Catelyn Cappelman — was being fitted for her wedding gown at Stanley Korshak (aka “Crawford’s Place”) and her mother-in-law-to-be told the bridal salon manager about Catelyn’s mom and showed her the video of Catelyn receiving her check. The staff was so moved by the story that they and Crawford Brock realized how much these young things wanted to help battle an “oldtimer’s disease.” So, the Stanley K folks donated 31 bridal gowns to auction off  at BvB Bridal Blitz! to benefit for the BvB Dallas efforts on Saturday, May 16, at sixty five hundred. Yup, 31 gowns!

Blondes vs. Brunettes Brides*

BvB Bridal Blitz!*

You were wondering what kind of the white gowns were up for bid. No Evan Picone nor Levi’s. Sorry, but this Korshak-level fashions. Think more along the lines of Angel Sanchez, Badgley Mischka Bride, Carolina Herrera, Inez Di Santo, Kenneth Pool Liancarlo, Rivini and Romona Keveza. In the world of bridal and deb gowns, these are super-duper names.

As for the BvB’s, they won’t be in sweats and neither should the guests. It’ll start at 9 a.m. with a “First Look” to try on the gowns before the rest of the world checks in at 10 a.m. But to try on these fabulous gowns, it does require some sustenance like bubbly and bites.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public will be allowed to check out the dresses with the auction starting around 2:45 p.m. with the BvB ladies modeling them. All starting bids will begin between $1,800-$3,600, 70% the original retail prices.

And since the BvB’s are totally cool with the online way of life, you can get a sneak peek of the dresses “via Cyber-Dust, which is available on your smartphone’s app store.”

Suggestion: Get your ticket now, check out the gowns online and block Saturday May 16 for a fun time at sixty five hundred.

* Photo credit: Dyan Kethley

Round Robin April 16: Equest Fashion Show Announcement, AWARE Reception And Paws Cause Kick-Off Party

The bubble was bubbling Thursday, April 16. “Close family and friends” and big-buck donors were hunkering down at a tented dinner to celebrate the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary. That had the fine set dashing in and out of other fundraisers like:

Women’s Auxiliary of Equest Fashion Show Announcement

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson

Emilynn Wilson had beau coups of announcements for the Women’s Auxiliary of Equest fall fashion show. Luckily she made the news at Carolina Herrera in HP Village. Don’t you know it was a showplace of OMG fashions with spring colors that could have held its own with the Arboretum.

For even vet Herrera types, the bridal shop still amazes with all the white gowns that make wedding bliss perfect.

But back to the Equest news of the day. Plans call for the annual fashion show to take place at Brook Hollow and the theme would be Caring Hands. Emilynn even had the logo despite the designer, Di Johnston’s daughter, was MIA due to be under the weather.

Carol Huckin and Carolyn Lupton

Carol Huckin and Carolyn Lupton

Then Emilynn revealed that the honorary chair would be longtime philanthropist Carolyn Lupton.

At this point Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth told the crowd that both Carolyn and her daughter Carol Huckin had been dedicated and under-the-radar supporters of Equest for ages.

Louise Griffeth and Tricia George

Louise Griffeth and Tricia George

Emilynn’s final announcement was that the Equest Award for Community Service would be presented to Helen McGraw. Past award recipients have included Louise (2000), Sandra Cude (2001), Pamela Dealey Petty (2002), Carol Huckin (2003), Linda Secrest (2004), Lydia Haggar Novakov (2006), Dian Moore (2007), Linda Perryman Evans (2008) Dee Wyly and Emily Wyly (2009), Mar Nell Bell, Connie Hardin and Patti Brown (2010), Jan Myers (2011), Karen Shuttee (2012), Nancy Carter (2013) and Debbie Oates (2014).

Besides announcements, there was a slight collision of fashion. Louise Griffeth and Tricia George arrived in the different outfits but the same print. Thank heaven, they accessorized differently.

AWARE Reception

Ralph Lauren fashions

Ralph Lauren fashions

Less than a block away and an hour later, Town & Country filled the Ralph Lauren store with a jam-crammed party benefiting AWARE.

Co-Hostess Lynn McBee did a quick change from her outfit worn at the Equest announce party. She was on her way to the Meadows Gala with husband Allan McBee outside in the car with the engine running. Despite surviving on two hours of sleep, she looked wide-eyed and ready-to-go.

Stephanie Bray, Debbie Wilson, Mersina Stubbs and Lynn McBee

Stephanie Bray, Debbie Wilson, Mersina Stubbs and Lynn McBee

Another co-hostess, Mersina Stubbs, was still raving about Katherine and Bob Penn’s house where the Under the Moonlight patron party had been held the night before.

One round-the-bout vet complained upon hearing about the Penn home, “Gee, why haven’t I seen it?”

Paul Divis and Christie Carter

Paul Divis and Christie Carter

Billie Leigh Rippey and Tricia Besing

Billie Leigh Rippey and Tricia Besing

Others supporting AWARE and checking out the newest Ralph Lauren fashions was Ramona Jones talking about the Vonlane luxury busline, Paul Divis waiting for wife Tiffany and heading to another event, Christie Carter in a darling white leather jacket , mom Billie Leigh Rippey and Tricia Besing being greeted by old friends and fellow co-hostesses Stephanie Bray and Debbie Wilson being photographed.

Paws Cause Kick-Off

Just down the road on Cedar Springs, the Paws Cause humans and critters got together to kick off plans for the upcoming fundraiser for SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair. Here’s a report from the field:

Amid stunning artwork, glittering jewelry, fabulous hats, over-the-top perfect gifts and one-of-a-kind décor pieces, the SPCA of Texas held a kick-off party for Paws Cause 2015 at Flower Reign by Shane Walker. A delightful array of delectable hors d’oeuvres and champagne refreshed attendees, a photo booth captured the evening’s fun for the guests to share and a highly talented caricature artist sketched guests with whimsy and just a little bit of cheeky playfulness.

Flower Reign donated 20% of the purchase price of all products purchased that night. Special thanks to Flower Reign by Shane Walker for hosting the party, to Kristen & Scott Greenberg for providing the beverages and to Food Glorious Food for providing the delicious hors d’oeuvres.

This year, Paws Cause is celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas, where spay/neuter surgeries and wellness care are provided in high-need neighborhoods to help moderate the stray animal population. Each year, the Mary Spencer Clinic performs more than 11,000 low cost spay/neuter surgeries and your generosity allows us to continue positively affecting families and their furry companions.

Paws Cause 2015 is shaping up to be most successful, thanks to Event Chair Phyllis Comu. To celebrate its 20th year, Paws Cause is inviting all past honorary chairs to again be honorary chairs.

The honorary chairs include Jane Arrington, Rebecca and Jim Belew, Diane and Hal Brierley, Andie Comini, Terry Cook and Steve Yevich, Wynne McNabb Cunningham, Barbara and Steve Durham, Holly Forsythe, Gwen Echols, Cassie Evans Decker, Janelle and Larry Friedman, Gemma Galeoto, Brenda Gray, Hillary Hurst, Susan Jones, Whitney Keltch, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Lynn Knox, Ann Marcus, T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens, Martha and Larry Powell, Gigi and Roy Salley, Sarah Potter, Melinda and William Rathke, Mary Spencer, Mary and Skip Tremble, Karen Urie, Karol Wilson and Cheryl Wyly.

Paws Cause 2015 will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, a state-of-the-art animal shelter facility in the heart of West Dallas. The summer cocktail-themed evening will feature catering by Food Glorious Food, musical entertainment by The British Are Coming, a silent auction, the famous “Bone Appetit” restaurant drawing, and more. For more information, please visit pawscausedallas.org.

Preparations Underway For The Salvation Army Fashion Show At Brook Hollow

Look what’s going up at Brook Hollow! The staging for the Salvation Army Fashion Show is being built for Monday’s fundraiser.The weather predictions are hinting at temps in the upper 70’s and low 80’s and just a 10% chance of rain. Knowing Co-Chairs Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager, they’re negotiating with Ma Nature to hold off until after the luncheon. Doesn’t really matter, since the show will be in the tent and luncheon will be the main house.

Salvation Army Fashion Show staging

Salvation Army Fashion Show staging

If you haven’t got your tickets, hustle.

Dallas Museum Of Art’s Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait “Selfie-brates” Its 50th Anniversary With Fab Fashion, Faces And Funky Video

The 50th anniversary of the Dallas Museum of Art’s annual black tied fundraiser was a really big deal — Artball 50: Self-Portrait. No, the crane that fell on the DMA earlier in the week was not part of the celebration, but it certainly drew news coverage of the upcoming fundraiser on Saturday, April 11.

Forty Five Ten pop up shop

Forty Five Ten pop up shop

Cashmere lingerie

Cashmere lingerie

As guests arrived at the ceremonial entrance on Ross, they discovered a Forty Five Ten pop-up shop at the top of the promenade leading to the mega tent. There were the so very softy Elder Statesman Cashmere lingerie set ($1,450), a lineup of Edward Bess “Dallas Pink” lipsticks ($35), Moschino gown ($2,550) and all types of items curated by Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke. Alas, the Loewe Runway Shopper had already been snapped up for a cool $3,950.

Once past the boutique, the guests entered the tented reception area. Just as the place was about to bust, the curtains on the east side opened to the ballroom. Here massive lit balls floated overhead with ever-changing faces and eyes staring at the guests below.

Stage under Ave

Stage under Ave

Event planner Todd Fiscus, instead of trying to hide the massive orange “Ave” sculpture, embraced it by placing the stage for singer Kitty Carmichael and her band just under it. Against the wall through which guests had arrived was the stage for comments and the live auction.

As guests took their seats around 8:15, past DMA Chairman of the Board Walter Elcock officially welcomed the crowd, adding, “This is supposed to be fun…so, if you don’t do anything, have fun tonight!”

He was followed by DMA Eugene McDermott Director Max Anderson, who shushed the talkative crowd and thanked Gala Chair Nancy Carlson and touted impressive statistics from the past year: 700,000 total visitors to the DMA, of which 28% were Latino and 13% were African-American.

Dinner consisted of Caviar Cloche (celeriac panna cotta, slow-cooked quail egg, chive crema American sturgeon caviar and celery chips), Still Life (pan-roasted wild turbot, fava-cumin puree and cauliflower couscous, spring vegetables and tomato jam), Framed Game (Maple Leaf Farms duck confit, spring pea goat cheese ravioli, Apple-smoked bacon and charred pearl onions with Parmesan cream sauce) and Sweet Triptych (Lemon curd goat cheese mascarpone chocolate tart with Thyme-cardamom berries, Pavlova, passion fruit, basil with olive oil powder and vanilla bean fromage blanc, apricot shortbread with honey and balsamic pearls).

Unlike “Downtown Artsy,” the sponsor video of two years ago that used the Downton Abbey theme, this year’s video “Artball Funk” was upbeat, having local art lovers making fun of themselves (Max and Mayor Mike Rawlings in hair curlers, Cindy Rachofsky shining shoes, Nancy Carlson stiletto strutting, etc.). It was a clever way to stealthily promote the sponsors.

Hugh Edmeade

Hugh Edmeades

By the time that Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades took over the stage in his black velvet evening jacket, he had to use his best British “shush” to get the attention of the crowd. He found himself shushing a few more times during his part of the program. A couple of the highlights of the auction were:

  • Deedie Rose and Marguerite Hoffman

    Deedie Rose and Marguerite Hoffman

    A DMA parking space for a year (Value: Priceless) — Tablemates Deedie Rose and Marguerite Hoffman got into a playful bidding war, with Deedie claiming rights for $15,000. One local attorney, upon hearing what the spot went for, commented, “For $12,000, I’ll drive you there and pick you up, anytime, anywhere.” The big question will be whether Deedie’s daughter, Lela (Rose), will decorate the space.

  • Marfa Daytrip (Value: $15,000) — When the trip for seven to Marfa went up for bid, one oldtimer sniffed, “You couldn’t pay me $10,000 to go to Marfa.” Another fella across the table responded, “You could buy Marfa for $10,000.”
  • Georgina Hartland

    Georgina Hartland

    Nancy Rogers

    Nancy Rogers

    Dinner at Grange Hall for 22 (Value: $30,000) — This one resulted in a showdown of the BIDs (Blondes In Diamonds) — Nancy Rogers in diamonds and sapphires and Georgina Hartland in diamonds and aquamarines. It was the last item up for bid and both gals wanted it. The listed value was $30,000. But that number was passed early on. As the dollars rose, so did the ladies. Wielding their paddles like sabers, neither was backing down. In the meantime, heads were shifting back and forth from Nancy to Georgina, back to Nancy. At times, it appeared as if the gala had turned into a tennis tournament. Finally, when the bid hit $100,000, hairdresser Michael Flores got Hugh’s ear and whispered something that appeared to remedy the bidding war. The solution would be that each lady could have her own supper for 22 at Grange Hall for $100,000. It was a happily-ever-after ending, with Nancy and Georgina hugging each other and DMA staffers looking very, very happy.

    Nancy Rogers and Georgina Hartland

    Nancy Rogers and Georgina Hartland

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles

Then the sponsor video was replayed as guests returned to the reception area, where the after-party was underway with Solange Knowles at the helm. It was rather remarkable that Solange was there at all. Just a few days before her business manager Armina Mussa had been stabbed and Solange had canceled appearances to be by her bedside. But Beyonce’s little sister had no time to rest. The next morning she headed to California to attend her mom’s wedding aboard a yacht in Newport Beach to Richard Lawson.

There was so much going on, from fashion to fun, so here is a breakdown of fashion plates and snapshots:

Fashion Plates

For fashion lovers, the Art Ball 50 is traditionally a feast of fabrics, colors and designs. But this year the clothing seemed to be on steroids. There were simply way too many to go into detail, so here’s a rundown of guests and their designers: Nancy Carlson (Versace), Nancy Rogers ( Rosie Assoulin), Dallas Snadon (Chanel), Kathleen Hutchinson (Alexander McQueen), Molly Barnes (Roberto Cavalli), Julie Hawes (Altuzarra), Melissa Bank (La Petit Robe de Chiari Boni), Sharon Young (Roland Mouret), Nikki (Angela Sanchez) and Crayton Webb (Brooks Brother white evening jacket and Turnbull & Asser bowtie), Suzanne Droese (Lanvin), Lynn McBee (Elie Saab), Pat (Libertine) and Charles McEvoy (Zegna), Claire Emanuelson (Lanvin), Catherine Rose (Rosie Assoulin), Juliette Aston (Fauto Puglisi), Anne (Monique Lhuillier) and Steve Stodghill (Haleigh’s tuxedo and Jimmy Choo shoes), Brian Bolke (Givenchy), Selwyn Rayzor (Balenciaga), Jennifer (Tom Ford) and Tom Karol (Dior), Jeri Kleiman (Michael Faircloth), Amanda Johnson (Badgley Mischka), Georgina Hartland (Dennis Basso Couture), Nasiba (Valentino) and Thomas Hartland-Mackie (Tom Ford), Vinnie (Chloe) and Malcolm Reuben (Armani), Janet (Vionnet) and Crawford Brock (Brunello Cucinelli, Olivia Kearney (Naeem Kahn), Merry Vose (Roksanda), Kimberly Chandler (Juan Carlos Obando) and Browne Andrews (Ann Demeulemeester).

Jacqueline and Max Anderson

Jacqueline and Max Anderson

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark

Heidi Dillon

Heidi Dillon

Of course, there were one or two that deserved some explanation. Jacqueline Anderson had eyes popping in her Mikael D. Seems that she had come directly from Neiman’s after being fitted into the figure-loving gown with its deep-diving neckline and sweeping train…Jennifer Clark channeled Scarlett O’Hara. She’d had Michael Faircloth create her skirt out of drapery material…Heidi Dillon’s Dior short black dress and shoes were engulfed in a sweeping Moschino cape that was reminiscent of Budweiser…Fav accessory of the night: Spanx!

If you want a gander of the fashions, check out the photos on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Most of ’em are there!

Snapshots

Yvette Ostolaza and Bruce Hoeksema

Yvette Ostolaza and Bruce Hoeksema

 John and Molly Seeligson, Margaret McDermott and Michael Seeligson

John and Molly Seeligson, Margaret McDermott and Michael Seeligson

One chap, who snuck in under the very fashionable crowd’s radar, was Bruce Hoeksema with CenterStage Chair Yvette Ostolaza. Yes, the extremely good looking Bruce is an established jewelry and leather designer in his own right, but he was also designer Valentino’s companion for 30 years, as well as an executive with the acclaimed fashion house before starting his own company. The story of this Midwest, “aw shucks” fella is one worth reading. Dang, now don’t you wish you’d met him?…Philanthropist Margaret McDermott was one of the first to arrive along with the Seeligson clan (Molly, John and Michael)…Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner reported that they were getting married the following week in Florida…

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Olivia and Jeff Kearrney

Olivia and Jeff Kearrney

Jeff Kearney was being congratulated about being elected to the hall of fame for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association…Marguerite Hoffman danced to the disco music all the way up to the receiving line with Jacqueline and Max Anderson…Speaking of the receiving line, some folks bypassed it as if they were on the way to a sale. A vet laughed: they must “be from a different part of Texas”…

Jessica Nowitzki and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie

Jessica Nowitzki and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie

Kimberly Chandler and Browne Andrews

Kimberly Chandler and Browne Andrews

Since the Mavs were playing, Mav wife Kimberly Chandler was with her brother Browne Andrews, and new mom Jessica Nowitzki was with the Hartland-Mackies…Kenny Goss admitted that following the MTV Re:Define the night before, he headed to Whataburger at 2 a.m….When Jennifer Karol was seen sidling up

Kitty Carmichael

Kitty Carmichael

to Mayor Mike Rawlings, she laughed, “It’s no big deal. I was his campaign fundraiser when he first ran for mayor.”… Olivia Kearney learned from Katy Bock about an amazing facial mask (SK II). Seems Katy had used it on husband Lawrence, whose mother asked if he’d had a face lift. Upon learning the cost of the treatment, one person said, “It ain’t cheap, but it’s cheaper than plastic surgery and doesn’t hurt.”…Subject of the night that rarely came up: the toppling of the crane on the DMA…One gent said to his dinner table companion, “I didn’t know Elaine (Agather) could sing.” Seems songbird Kitty Carmichael on stage resembled the banker. As for Elaine, she was at the Master’s. However, she did make a couple of cameo appearances in the Artball Funk sponsor video…Caterer Cassandra made the rounds checking tables to see which menu items were being gobbled up. When confronted about the main entrée — duck — she admitted that it was a tricky choice. People either love duck or don’t. As some guests hit the dance floor at the after-party, others headed home. However, two couples were heard telling their driver to hit the Burger King drive-thru.

There are so many other photos of the night at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Top-Tier Art Ball 50 Patrons Warm Up For Gala At The Hartland-Mackie Estate

New kids on the block might have thought that the main topic at the Art Ball 50 patron party on Wednesday, April 8, would have been the crane that nested on the Dallas Museum of Art on the past Good Friday.

Thomas  and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Ann and Lee Hobson

Sorry. But that was so yesterday’s news. Instead it was a competition between the fashion plates at the party and the dressed-up house … no, make that killer mansion … of Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie.

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol

Allen Questrom

Allen Questrom

Simona Beal

Simona Beal

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

Robbie and Nancy Briggs

As 100 guests like Kelly and Allen Questrom, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Merry and Chad Vose, Ann and Lee Hobson, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Nancy and Robbie Briggs, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Nancy Rogers, Simona Beal, Kara and Randall Goss, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Julie Hawes arrived at the Volks Estate estate via the way bigger-than-huge silver frames on either side of the front doors, they discovered the silver pointed balloons hovering overhead in the entry halls. And then there was the study with its backdrop of gigantic Brillo boxes as a photo backdrop.

DMA in cabana

DMA in cabana

And what about that Texas-size “DMA” in silver fronting the cabana and the silver balls floating in the pool?

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

Little Mr. Hartland-Mackie

Dressed in black bowtie for the evening was Gerber baby lookalike little Mr. Hartland-Macke, who was being squired around by smiling grandmama Georgina Hartland.

In the dining room was a sneak peek of the Brian Bolke-curated pop-up shop that would be up for grabs at Saturday’s DMA fundraiser. Well, OMG! Talk about $225,000 of delicious items. Elder Statesman beige cashmere softer-than-soft lingerie going for $1,400. A briefcase by Proenza Schouler that would seal a deal before even entering negotiations could be snapped up for $2,150. A one-of-a-kind $100,000 Hoorsenbuhs Forever Mark Diamond cuff twinkled. Somehow Brian had put the ask out to his Forty Five Ten vendors and the first wave of the asks signed up immediately donating the merchandise. Talk about some kind of wonderful.

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

Max and Jacqueline Anderson

When DMA top guy Max Anderson took over the mic and wife long-haired  Jacqueline in white looking lean and adoring joined the crowd in listening to him, he thanked all and asked, “Where’s Nancy?” He was talking about Art Ball 50 Chair Nancy Carlson, who was way in the back. Shannon Wynne hollered out, “Somebody get Nancy!”

Before Max finished the presentation, Nancy appeared to applause.

Only problem with the evening? It set the bar awfully high. It’ll be hard to imagine the Art Ball topping this one.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Dwell With Dignity’s One-And-Only 2015 Thrift Studio Kicks Off This Week With Loads Of Goodies And A Preview Party

Good news and disappointing news. Dwell With Dignity has held its Thrift Studio fundraiser twice each year, where those generous interior designers and furniture types have donated merchandise for sale.

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Thrift Studio preview (File photo)

Talk about finds and bargains.

This year’s on and only Thrift Studio starts officially Friday, April 24, and continues through Saturday, May 23, at Dallas Design Center, with interior designer John Phifer Marrs serving as honorary chair and buddies Jennifer Karol and Merry Vose co-chairing the host committee.

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

John Phifer Marrs (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

Merry Vose and Jennifer Karol (File photo)

 

Now, the disappointing news. Organizers have decided to have just one Thrift Studio this year. But let’s have a half-full glass attitude — it means one-stop-shopping to benefit Dwell With Dignity.

Remember patronage has its advantages. Upgrading to patron levels means attending the preview party on Thursday, April 23, and first dibs on the goodies.