And The Selling Of The Partners Cards 2011 Is Off And Running At Ted Baker London

Partners Card crowd at Ted Baker London

Like ponies at the starting gate, the “Seller Soiree” at Ted Baker London last Wednesday had the eager-beaver Partners Card 2011 sellers just raring to go. In addition to honoring the sponsors, sellers and friends of the Partners Card program benefiting The Family Place,  the party was also the first opportunity for sellers to pick up their cards for the October 28-November 86* shop-a-thon.

Kelley McDonald Schadt

There was good reason for the break-through-the-gate-attitude. Partners Card 2011 Co-Chairs Kelley McDonald Schadt, Nancy Scripps and Andrea Weber have a real

Andrea Weber

challenge facing them after last year’s $1 million break-through achievement. The goal this year is to sell $1.1 million worth of merchandise thanks to the Partners Cards discount. That means 18,334 cards must be sold. The 250 sellers have until mid-October to sell cards at $60 per card. At that point the participating stores will be able to also sell cards.

Partners Card veteran seller JB Hayes admitted that the goal was challenging but very doable with the card’s 20% discount power. According to JB, “The economy is hurting. People are being more careful about the way they spend their money. So they want to plan for their Christmas shopping, their wedding shopping, with that 20% discount.

Tyler Kerbyson

Among the crowd was Hope Cottage’s Leslie Clay, who was just days away from the 3rd Annual Friends of deVille Golf Tournament at Coyote Ridge Golf Club.  . . Partners Card buyer Tyler Kerbyson was checking the racks for clothes. It’s amazing how much he looks like Michael Manos of yesteryear.

Paige Flink

If you haven’t had anyone approach you about buying a Partners Card, not to worry. You can go online, but you won’t get the same sweet smile that one of the sellers would give you with your card.

* According to The Family Place’s Paige Flink, the November 6 end date on the Partners Card website is wrong. November 8 is right.

UPDATE: Just heard from Kelly Fordham that Paige must have been a little overwhelmed by the crowd. The website’s date is right. It’s over on November 6.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #7: Tod’s Italian Experience

Remember Monday? Oh, sure you do. MySweetCharity posted about the party at Tod’s in NorthPark and the swell (and expensive) leather treasures found on the shelves. Well, now TACA has put together a package for Friday’s auction that not only includes a pair of the precious gommini driving shoes but a trip and oh-so-much more.

Tod’s Italian Experience (Value: $19,900)

Working with leather is an art form that takes generations to perfect. Everything from the selection of just the right piece of leather to tailoring it to making the final product is what Tod’s has truly taken to world-famous levels. Why else would Ferrari partner up with Tod’s except to fulfill the old adage — birds of a feather. . . well, you know the rest. If you haven’t touched a Tod’s item, you haven’t experienced yummy-licious.

TACA is offering the following package for two:

  • Two hotel nights in Cassette D’Ete on the eastern coast of Italy, where Tod’s factory is located
  • A tour of Tod’s factory followed by dinner for two
  • Tod's duffel

    Two classic Tod’s travel duffels
  • Two pairs of iconic gommini driving shoes and
  • American Airlines business-class air transportation for two to London

BTW, did you know that Dallas has one of only eight Tod’s stores in the U.S.A.? Now, you do!

Tod’s Was Full Of Talk And TACA Tuesday Night

Surrounded by the handmade shoes, bags and accessories, Tuesday night’s crowd at Tod’s in NorthPark were discovering the fall/winter collection of the Italian leather for the benefit of TACA, as well as learning about changes in nonprofit personnel.

Jennifer Hilton Sampson

Early arrival Jennifer Hilton Sampson was being congratulated by all on the day’s earlier announcement that she had been named the first female CEO of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Talk about working your way up the ladder. She started out at Arthur Andersen, joined UWMD in 2001 as CFO, was promoted to COO in 2004 and has been temporary headperson since Gary Godsey‘s retirement in July.

Now that she’s got the role locked down, she’s going to be focusing on

  • implementing the “United 2020” initiated by Gary
  • strengthening relationships
  • developing new relationship,
  • connecting with people and
  • collaborating with other nonprofits.

Becky Young

 ‘nother personnel change that was making the rounds. It was not happy news. TACA Executive Director Becky Young reported that TACA marketing sweetie Dillard Spring was heading to North Carolina to be closer to her family. With their home already sold, she was at home packing.

But not all was business. There was a lot of leather loving being conducted. David “Mr. Hermes Ties” Nichols admitted that he was a devoted fan of Tod’s shoes. Nothing goes better with jeans than Tod’s suede gomminos.

If you’re new to the Tod’s line (the NP store is only the eighth one in the states), you’re familiar with its spokesperson — Anne Hathaway.

Todd Fiscus

And speaking of Tod’s, another Todd getting star attention was event planner Todd Fiscus, who was doing  a wedding at the Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas plus one for 450 at the Ritz-Carlton in October. He suspects it will be the biggest one ever to be held at the RC Dallas.

“We have 111 parties in October,” he said, “in locations as far-flung as Austin and Oklahoma. It’s the craziest October we’ve ever had.”

Perhaps that explains Todd’s weight loss of 20 pounds.

Kit Sawers

BTW, a visit to Tod’s factory in Italy plus a pair of Tod’s travel duffels and gommini driving shoes are being auctioned off at the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction on September 23 at the Mansion on Turtle Creek chaired by Kit and Kemp Sawers. Oh, what a coincidence.

SOLD OUT: Pat Smith’s Girlfriend’s Retreat

Pat Smith

Sorry, but you’re too late if you were planning on joining Treasure You‘s Pat Smith on her Girlfriend’s Retreat at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco on Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17. At this point, even groveling won’t work. Dang it!

Sorry to rub it in, but you’ll be missing out on lots of food, fun and female energizing including workshops and a motivational talk by Pat herself during a Burgers ‘n Banana Splits luncheon.

The good news is there will be other Girlfriend’s Retreats in the future, so just remember to sign up as soon as they’re announced.

18th Annual Back-To-School Drive Lets You Shop Or Drop Donations for Kids

18th Annual Back-to-School Drive volunteers

Unless you’re lounging in Carmel or Aspen, you may not have noticed all the “Back-To-School” signage up in area stores. Despite the heat, parents are preparing their kids to return to the old grind.

In the meantime two great partners are once again teaming up to help 2,000 children start the school with school through the 18th Annual Back-To-School Drive. Now through Wednesday, August 31, Community Partners of Dallas and The Container Store are collecting new school supplies for abused and neglected children served by Child Protective Services.

18th Annual Back-To-School volunteers

They’re not looking for computers, iPads and new bicycles. That would be lovely, but the priority is on the very basics like 3-ring binders, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, glue, markers and notebook paper, CPD especially needs backpacks, construction paper, rulers, folders, scissors and watercolor sets.

“Sometimes the only difference between an A+ student and a failing student is having basic supplies to do homework and participate in class,” remarked Paige McDaniel, CEO, Community Partners of Dallas.  “Starting off the year with a backpack full of new school supplies and uniforms helps create a sense of normalcy for the children we serve, whose lives have been anything but normal.”

If you don’t want to do the shopping yourself or want to get the biggest bang for your buck, they’re very eager to accept monetary donations. Just drop off the ca-ching at any area Container Store location.

But you love to shop, so if you decide to make a major investment at Office Depot, Target  or Wal-Mart, drop off your purchases at Community Partners of Dallas’ Central Location, 1215 Skiles Street in the Wilson Historic District.

BTW, you might want to wish Paige a “Happy Birthday!” this Saturday.

Photos provided by Community Partners of Dallas