Dallas CASA Classic Golf Tournament Results In A Record-Breaking $2M Check For Dallas CASA

The Dallas CASA folks have had a great week, thanks to golf. No, Dallas CASA Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle has not been taking lessons from Jordan Spieth. Rather, she was presented a check for an eye-popping $2M resulting from AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Pioneer Natural Resources hosting the 20th annual Dallas CASA Classic.

Kathleen LaValle*

With 700 golfers coming together from around the country on Monday, April 24, at Brookhaven Country Club and the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas on Monday, April 24, the event was needless to say a record breaker for the annual fundraiser.

According to Kathleen, “Dallas CASA would not have been able to embark on this tremendous and exciting growth plan without the Dallas CASA Classic and the incredible corporate partners we have in AT&T, Goldman Sachs and Pioneer. This tournament has brought hope and support directly to thousands of Dallas-area children living in protective care because it’s not safe at home.”

Kerry Scott, Jim Lozier, Kathleen LaValle, Mark Berg, Linda Swartz and Woody McMinn*

Other organizations and people who made it possible include:

  • Platinum Sponsors — AT&T; Auction.com, a Ten-X Company; Ciena Corporation; Flotek Industries; Goldman Sachs; PfP Technology; and Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Gold Sponsors — Arent Fox LLP; CBRE; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Enterprise Products Operating LLC; FB Industries Inc.; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Greystar; Haynes and Boone, LLP; Helmerich & Payne, Inc.; KDC Real Estate Developments and Investments; Jones Long LaSalle Incorporated; Kel-Tech, Inc.; KPMG LLP; LEAM Drilling Systems, Inc.; Lincoln Property Company; MasTec Network Solutions; NOV Completion & Production Solutions; OmniTRAX Inc.; Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC; Plains Marketing LP; PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; ProPetro Holding Corporation; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Sunuco Logistics; U.S. Silica Holdings Inc.; Targa Resources; Tenaris; Trammell Crow Residential; Trinidad Drilling; Vinson & Elkins LLP; and Wood Partners
  • Silver Sponsors — AEI Group; Aimbridge Hospitality; Alliance Residential Holdings; Alvarez & Marsal; ARA, a Newmark Company; Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; BP P.L.C.; Black & Veatch Corporation; Caron Transportation Systems; Clear Capital; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP; CoreLogic, Inc.; Credit Suisse; Dawson Geophysical Company; Deloitte; DistributionNOW; Eastdil Secured; Ericsson, Inc.; Emerson; Energy Transfer Partners; Ernst & Young; Fairmont Santrol Holdings Inc.; General Dynamics Wireless Services; Gibson Dunn; Globe Energy Services, LLC; Goldberg Kohn; Halliburton; John Plott Company, Inc.; J.P. Morgan; LMC, a Lennar Company; McClatchy Bros., Inc.; McCollam Law Firm, Nabors Drilling USA, LP; Neustar, Inc.; Nexius; OpenInvoice; Petro Amigos Supply, Inc.; Platinum Pipe Rentals LLC; QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc.; Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.; Rush Truck Leasing; Schlumberger Limited; Seitel, Inc.; Select Energy Services; Sun Coast Resources, Inc.; TechnipFMC PLC; USIC LLC; Wells Fargo; Wilson Elser
* Photo credit: Nate Bednarz

Nancy Carlson To Serve As Honorary Chair For Communities In Schools Dallas Region’s 2017 Campaign For Kids

While plans for the Great Create were taking place at Forty Five Ten, on the other side of I-35, the Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region was kicking off its Campaign for Kids at Samuel Lynne Galleries on Thursday, January 12.

Bill Guess, Blake Lewis III and Paul Stephens

Michelle Healy

John Runyon

For the 50 guests including John Runyon, Sabene Stener, Lynn McBee, Michelle Healy and CISDR Board Members Bill Guess and Paul Stephens, it was a marvelous opportunity to check out the art and the goodies provided by Bird Bakery.

But the guests were there for more than taking in the art and munching. According CISDR President/CEO Dr. Judith Allen, Nancy Carlson would serve as the honorary chair for the nine-month campaign to raise $300,000 to support CISDR’s to “address the needs of high-risk children as they struggle to make it thru the school year.”

Judith Allen

Sabene Stener and Nancy Carlson

As part of the campaign, three events are on the schedule to keep the momentum moving. In March there will be a luncheon at Thomas Jefferson High School to “hear more about the effects of poverty, mental illness and fragmented families on the children of our area.”

While school may be out in June, the second event  Campaign for Kids Re-Cycle Drive will provide an opportunity to collect “un/gently used school supplies, school uniforms, etc. for Fall use.”

The final event will take place in September at the Campaign For Kids 6th Annual Golf Tournament.

Golf Analyst David Feherty Was A Keynote Hit At 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast Blending Addiction Struggles With Irish Humor

One behind-the-scenes story speaks volumes about the irreverent, freewheeling nature of the sold-out 32nd annual CARE Breakfast, which was held Wednesday, November 9, at the Belo Mansion and “starred” keynote speaker David Feherty, the hilarious NBC Sports pro golf reporter—and recovering addict.

It seems, we were told, that David learned about the kidney replacement surgery undergone a while back by Norm Bagwell, husband of CARE Dallas mainstay Robin Bagwell. Once Norm received his new kidney from Robin, David was told, his golf handicap plummeted from 14 to 5. Whereupon the morning’s keynoter cracked that if Norm “had only had his spleen taken out, he could have been a scratch golfer!”

Robin Bagwell, David Feherty and Norm Bagwell*

The golf theme—Irish-born Feherty, after all, is a former pro on both the European and PGA tours—was prominent during the breakfast, a big fundraiser for CARE Dallas and its work to educate the community about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The table centerpieces, for example, were clever decorations consisting of green felt, two golf balls, and a spray of red tees.

Following the “serenity” prayer delivered by the Rev. Paul Rasmussen, CARE’s new executive director, Susan Morgan, explained that CARE Dallas is a “safe and confidential place for families to learn about resources that are available to fight addiction.” In 2017, she added, the nonprofit plans to start up several new support groups.

Scott and Jan Osborn*

Then Robin, who’s been involved with CARE for 16 years, presented the group’s Margaret Sharpe Community Service Award to her pal Jan Osborn, an eight-year veteran of the group and the board chair for three years. Said Robin: “My greatest accomplishment was bringing Jan Osborn on to the board.” When Jan proceeded to deliver the world’s shortest acceptance speech—basically just saying thanks—Terry Bentley Hill took the stage and quipped, “If this was the Academy Awards, the orchestra hadn’t even pulled up the violins yet.” With that she introduced the keynoter, Feherty, calling him a “combination of Oprah and Johnny Carson.”

Terry Bentley Hill*

It was an apt description, if a little too G-rated.

At the lectern, Feherty set the tone right off the bat: “The first thing I thought this morning when I woke up was, ‘Hey, shit. I need a drink!’” After some jokes about the weak urinary stream of a 58-year-old man—that’s him—he quickly turned serious. “There’s no such thing as ‘recovery,’” he said. “Any addict knows that. I don’t need to be sober the rest of my life. I just need to be sober today.”

But then, soon enough, he was back to cracking wise: “The doctor asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about getting help?’ And I said, ‘No, I can drink it all by myself!’ ”

With that Feherty took off on the “dark sense of humor” found in his native Northern Ireland: “I don’t know if my father was an alcoholic, but he made a solid attempt at being one.” He introduced his 86-year-old mother, Vi Feherty—she was sitting in the audience—and said she’s been married for 63 years to Feherty’s 91-year-old father, Bill Feherty, who’s suffering now** from Alzheimer’s. The disease has its upside, Feherty said, explaining that Billy “broke out of his assisted living home, but couldn’t remember why he broke out. So he broke back in.” When Billy would come home late years ago after drinking at the club, Feherty recalled, his dad would ask Vi, “Is my dinner still warm?” And she would reply, “Yes. It’s in the dog.”

David Feherty*

Then came a series of random—and hilarious—stories and quips:

  • “A cop says to a drunk, ‘Sir, can you step out of the car?’ ‘No, I’m too drunk. You get in.’ ”
  • “The only reason I’m here today is because [Jan] Osborn has pictures of me with a goat.”
  • “I love Texas. It’s like America—except better.”

Concluding his entertaining talk, Feherty waxed serious again about his struggles with addiction. After his “career and marriage ended on the same day,” he recalled, he began taking 20 to 30 pills, plus two bottles of whiskey, daily. … “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great drunks and with some bad drunks,” Feherty said. “I was a spectacular drunk!

“I was sober the best part of 10 years, until 10 months ago,” he went on. “Like most alcoholics, I can’t believe it came back to bite me. I ended up in the Mayo Clinic rehab center in Rochester [Minnesota]. There are more friggin’ bars in that town! It was probably the worst 11 days of my life.” Turns out, Feherty had been suffering from a neurological disease in which “the frontal lobe of the brain doesn’t work properly,” he said. “It’s called the Comic’s Disease—Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters had it. … But, I’ve been sober for a few months now—again.” (At that, the crowd applauded enthusiastically.)

He ended on a poignant note: “I can drink it all by myself,” Feherty said. “But I can’t be sober without your help.”

Many in the crowd, it seemed, could relate.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Editor's note: Billy Feherty died two weeks later on Thanksgiving morning

C.C. Young Golf Tournament At Bent Tree Country Club Scored Funding For The Benevolence Fund

While Dallas was getting back to normal after the Red River Rivalry, golfers were hitting the Bent Tree Country Club links on Monday, October 10, to raise funds for the C. C. Young Benevolence Fund. Here’s a report from the field:

On Monday, October 10, C. C. Young hosted its 5th Annual Classic Golf Tournament presented by Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the senior care community’s Benevolence Fund, which serves as a financial safety net and ensures residents always have a place to call home, regardless of their financial position.

Golfers, sponsors and C.C. Young supporters gathered at 10 a.m. for check-in at Bent Tree Country Club and mingled while picking up boxed lunches before the shotgun start, which began promptly at 11 a.m. The Texas-themed day on the course included a photo opportunity at the 14th hole, as well as shots at a hole-in-one on the 5th, 8th, 14th and 17th holes. Prizes included: Golf vacation at French Lick Resort, a set of TaylorMade Rocket Bladez HL Irons 4-AW, a set of Adams Speedline Woods and Irons with bag, and $25,000.

George Linial and Russell Crews*

George Linial and Russell Crews*

Following the day on the course, golfers were welcomed to the awards reception by western-clad cheerleaders and proceeded to bid on silent auction items and enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet.  Participants also tried their hand at a round of blackjack and were entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch and a cash prize.

 

C. C. Young President and CEO Russell Crews congratulated golfers like Rich Scanlon, George Linial, Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard and talked about C.C. Young’s mission to provide a premier senior living community where each individual can grow in body, mind and spirit, no matter their life’s circumstance or limitations.

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

Gerry Hicks, Keith Wilson, Alex McMaken and David Dillard*

“This tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers throughout the year,” Crews said. “We have made the Top 25 list in Dallas Business Journal’s ‘Top Charity Tournaments’ the past two years thanks to our wonderful sponsors and donors who continue to support us, and because of events like this, we can continue to provide excellent care to seniors in our community.”

Awards were then presented to the winning teams. Ronnie Klein, Chad Dunaway, Mike Oswald and Garrett Perkins of Project Control were announced as the first place winners. Mikel Fears, Matthew Jung, Chase Tucker and Aaron Ellis of Time Warner Cable Business Class came in second place, and third place winners were Rusty Collins, David Hullet, Randy Hunnicut and Alan Magill.

Sponsors of the event included Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, D2 Architecture, Morrison Senior Living, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, Time Warner Cable Business Class, CliftonLarsonAllen, Infinity Pharmacy Solutions LLC, Steve Folsom and Park Cities News and The Waters Family.

* Photo credit: Jennifer Griffin

Lee Jarmon Pro Am Golf Tournament Benefits Baylor AT&T Memory Center

Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson usually shaves off his summer beard at the end of August. But evidently he’s been just too dang busy to apply blade to whiskers.

On Wednesday, September 21, Robin’s smile shown through the facial hair as he received a simply lovely $145,000 check from Steve Folsom and Matt Bryan at the Crescent Club.

David Howe, Elisa Stephens, Matt Bryan, Robin Robinson, Steve Folsom, Kimberly Doyle and Stacy Stephens

David Howe, Elisa Stephens, Matt Bryan, Robin Robinson, Steve Folsom, Kimberly Doyle and Stacy Stephens

The check was the result of the May 16th Lee Jarmon Pro Am Golf Tournament at Gleneagles Country Club that Steve and Matt had co-chaired. On hand for the presentation were Baylor neuropsychologist Dr. Kimberly Doyle, tournament committee member Dave Howe, tournament staffers Elisa Stephens and Stacey Stephens and Baylor Foundation’s Jennifer Huntsberry, Susan McSherry, Angela Randall and Tim Moore.

Jennifer Huntsberry, Angela Randall, Tim Moore and Susan McSherry

Jennifer Huntsberry, Angela Randall, Tim Moore and Susan McSherry

While it was the 28th anniversary of the tournament, it was the first year that the Baylor Foundation had been selected as a third-party beneficiary.

The funds will be used to support the Baylor AT&T Memory Center. And it seemed so fitting, since the tournament was named in honor of the late businessman/auto dealer Lee Jarmon, who “was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the 1980’s.” The battle came to an end with Lee’s death on July 10, 1997 at the age of 81.

Helping Our Heroes Commemorates 9/11 By Celebrating And Raising Funds For Those In The Military And First Responders

While some folks took time to recall 15 years ago on September 11 when two planes destroyed the Twin Towers, one plane flew into the Pentagon and still another plane missed its target thanks to strangers on board, the Helping Our Heroes organization used the occasion to raise funds for those in the military and first responders who have made incredible sacrifices. Here’s a report from the field:

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Helping Our Heroes gathered at Frontiers of Flight Museum to honor heroes in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders. The dinner and auction benefited Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty, and the Semper Fi Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

John Christensen and Gail Leonard*

John Christensen and Gail Leonard*

Barbara and Trip Bomar*

Barbara and Trip Bomar*

Justin Cleveland and Jerald Cleveland*

Justin Cleveland and Jerald Cleveland*

Mike and Lisa Engle*

Mike and Lisa Engle*

Approximately 200 people including Barbara and Trip Bomar, Justin Cleveland, Jerald Cleveland, John Christensen, Gail Leonard and Lisa and Mike Engles arrived to W. T. White’s Junior ROTC standing at attention. During the cocktail reception, guests perused the silent auction tables with items such as an autographed football from Emmitt Smith, Coco’s Bangles and dozens of restaurant and spa packages to name a few.

Brian Aft*

Brian Aft*

Promptly at 7:00 p.m., Event Co-Chair Mike Marasco introduced the Color Guard who presented the colors, and 15-year-old Lindsey Fish sang the National Anthem prior to guests sitting down for dinner. Event Co-Chair Travis Wilson introduced the 2016 Guest of Honor Gen. James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, who spoke about how his office at the Pentagon was destroyed after a plane hit the Pentagon and how America was changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Local hero and this year’s Honorary Chair Cpl. Brian Aft also took the stage to tell his story as a Marine. On April 8, 2011, Aft struck an improvised explosive device while patrolling on duty in Afghanistan. Taking the brunt of the explosion, Aft suffered numerous injuries including the loss his lower extremities.

“The days after 9/11 were the worst of times, but they were also the best of times because people came together and were more appreciative and thankful for their country,” Gen. Amos said. “It is organizations like Helping Our Heroes that are truly making a difference in the lives of veterans and anyone who serves. “I am thankful for the opportunity to be here tonight.”

Following the remarks, Wes Pool of Murad Auctions led an energetic game of Heads and Tails before the live auction began. Guests bid on a variety of packages including a trip for four to Washington D.C., a Sunday night wine and food tasting at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse, and a handmade quilt and signed KA-Bar.

Travis Wilson, James F. Amos and Vanessa Keane**

Travis Wilson, James F. Amos and Vanessa Keane**

On Monday, September 12, 2016, Gen. Amos joined golfers at Brookhaven Country Club for the second day of Helping Our Heroes fundraising efforts. More than 90 people grabbed breakfast tacos courtesy of Torchy’s Tacos before watching the presentation of the colors and singing the National Anthem. Following their morning on the course, the teams gathered for an awards ceremony and cookout lunch with hot dogs and chips provided by Frito Lay. Proceeds from both events benefited Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor.

* Photo credit: 
Tamytha Cameron 
** Photo credit: 
Rhi Lee

JUST IN: 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Scores $5.8M For Momentous Institute

It seems like ages ago that the players were on the course for the 48-year-old AT&T Byron Nelson in May. But in the months since the PGA tournament at the Four Seasons Resort, the calculators have been treated like abused punching bags and with good reason.

Today the Salesmanship Club Charitable Golf of Dallas reported the amount of money that would benefit its Momentous Institute. The amount is way too big to print even on a Big Tex-type check. Ready to be impressed? The net results of the tournament was $5.8M.

Of course, the boys in red pants are all smiles.

According to 2016 Tournament Chair Tim Marron, “We are incredibly grateful to our title sponsor, AT&T, and our partners who helped make this another successful year for our tournament and, ultimately, for Momentous Institute. It is humbling to see the results of everyone’s hard work come together to benefit our Club’s longstanding mission to change kids’ lives.”

BTW, don’t go confusing Momentous Institute with Café Momentum. While they’re both very amazing programs for youngsters, the Institute “serves more than 6,000 kids and family members” by providing emotional and education support.

Momentous Institute Board Chair Guy Kerr explained, “The proceeds from this tournament yield a lifetime of change for the kids and families we serve through Momentous Institute. Every person who has a hand in making this tournament a success is part of a larger effort to ensure that more kids and family members have access to the mental health and education services they need.”

In the meantime, start thinking what you’re gonna wear for the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson at the Four Seasons Resort. It will take place in 262 days from Monday, May 15 thru Sunday, May 21.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic

According to Dallas Can Academies Cares For Kids Golf Classic Host Committee Member Steve Dennis,

“The 2016 Dallas Can Academies Cares for Kids Golf Classic is on track to be our most attended and most successful golf tournament to date. This event comes at a time where the importance of education has been pushed to the forefront of our community’s agenda.

“The Dallas Can Golf Classic has been one of the premier golf tournaments in the Dallas area for many years. The tournament is being held Monday, September 19, at Prestonwood Country Club with a shotgun start at noon. Foursomes are available for $1,000, individual hole and other sponsorships are available.

“As a member of the tournament’s Host Committee, I am thrilled to be able to play a part in raising money for these kids and the schools. This year the schools graduated nearly 1,900 students across the state; 622 of them graduated here in Dallas. It’s crucial that there is a choice for kids who may have dropped out of school for awhile, or simply just fallen behind in their grade level because of life’s circumstances.  A lot of them simply need more individualized attention to learn.  Dallas Can gives our kids here in North Texas that opportunity. We can’t have young people who are ready to return to school or want to catch up with their grade falling out of the system and not being given a high school option that works for them.

“The proceeds from the tournament help students in and out of the classroom like recent June graduate, Nadia Rangel. Nadia graduated with honors and walked across the stage to receive her diploma after many struggles threatened to hold her back. She spent most of her young years in numerous foster homes and dropped out of school when she attended a traditional high school in order to earn money for the family. Nadia is now enrolled at El Centro Community College, where she will participate in their internship program, which allows students to work and gain valuable experience while they receive their education.

“Dallas Can Academies are free, open enrollment dropout recovery high schools that welcome all students ages 14-21 who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the student programs of six Dallas Can Academy campuses.

“Three Dallas Can campuses also have Wee Can Academies; early childhood development centers for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The centers care for some of the students’ children as well as the surrounding community.

“ESPN Radio will broadcast live from Prestonwood Country Club the day of the tournament. Come out and play golf, help some kids and stop by and see me while we broadcast The Dennis and Freido Show on KESN 103.3 live from the tournament.

“If you would like to participate in the golf tournament as a player or a sponsor, please contact Dallas Can Academies Development Director Stephanie Lucero at 214.944.1955.

“To register or purchase sponsorships, visit: www.texanscan.org/Golf/Dallas-Golf-Classic/. For more information about Dallas Can Academies, visit www.texanscan.org.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Helping Our Heroes

According to Helping Our Heroes Event Co-Chairs Michael Marasco and Travis Wilson,

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

Travis Wilson and Michael Marasco*

“Helping Our Heroes is a local organization with a vision to help those who serve so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms of living in the greatest country on Earth. We honor heroes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen and first responders.

“We invite you to join us for our Sixth Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we will gather on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dinner and a wonderful silent auction. General James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, will also be in attendance as the 2016 Guest of Honor. The following day, golfers will enjoy the day at Brookhaven Country Club where our annual golf tournament will take place, complete with lunch and an award celebration.

“Proceeds from the events will benefit Semper Fi Fund, which offers immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and Folds of Honor, which provides annual educational scholarships to the families of those killed or disabled while in active duty.

Helping Our Heroes**

Helping Our Heroes**

“In 2016, we aim to raise $200,000 for Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor. To view ticket packages or to purchase tickets, please visit the Helping Our Heroes website.

“We hope you will join us for dinner and a fun day of golf as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families!”

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee 
** Graphic provided by Helping Our Heroes

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic And Veteran Tribute Dinner

According to Maribeth Schultz, Ph. D., United States Air Force (Ret.) and Equest Hooves for Heroes participant about the Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic and Veteran Tribute Dinner,

“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I was an active duty Air Force psychologist and captain for seven years and came to Equest through their veterans program. I had reached the point where I couldn’t move. I couldn’t walk. Sometimes I would freeze up. I couldn’t get out of bed, and I couldn’t leave my house. And I came here [Equest], and I began to move and feel like I was a person again. It’s more than fun. It’s a lifeline. This has made a tremendous difference in my life. I had no life before Equest, and I say that sincerely. I appreciate the veterans program and everything it has brought to us.

“Adds Equest Director of Clinical and Veteran Services Jeff Hensley, ‘The Equest Hooves for Heroes program improves the lives of American warriors: our veterans. There are a host of challenges that veterans face when they leave active duty, and these can contribute to the heart-breaking reality that 22 veterans take their lives every day. At Equest, we are creating a safe environment for them to connect with one another, the community, and supporters, and overcome these challenges, and in doing so, we are quite literally saving lives. To date, Equest Hooves for Heroes has served approximately 370 individuals from Vietnam-era to present day conflicts at no cost.’

“Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic Co-Chair Kelly Bennett explains how you can help: ‘The Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic and Veterans Tribute Dinner, hosted by Honorary Chair Patrick M. Walsh, Admiral USN (Ret.) and my Co-Chair Andy Walsh, is one of Equest’s largest fundraisers and honors Equest’s veterans program. Not only is it raising necessary funds to provide complimentary services, but the dinner also pays tribute to those who have served America.

“‘It is a wonderful two-day event at Gleneagles Country Club located at 5401 West Park Boulevard Plano. The Veterans Tribute Dinner, including cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner, will be held on Sunday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker William D. French, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.) who serves as President and CEO of the Armed Services YMCA based in Springfield, VA and as member of the National Advisory Committee for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Tables are available for $1,000 (ten people) or individual tickets may be purchased for $100.

“‘The following day, the fun-filled Golf Classic will feature a helicopter drop, raffle items, gift bags, boxed lunch, long drive expert, and awards reception. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per individual or $600 for a group of four.’”

Author/Sportscaster David Feherty Steps In For Susan Hawk As Keynote Speaker At 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast In November

David Feherty*

David Feherty*

Anyone who has experienced a David Feherty talk knows the former professional golfer/NBC sportscaster/author is a master at storytelling. With a twinkle in his eye and the charm a leprechaun would envy, the bearded Irishman regales folks about people and issues. Whether it’s questioning the return of Tiger Woods to greatness or admitting to his own demons, he doesn’t hold back, but he does it with humor.

In discussing his own struggle with depression and drug/alcohol abuse, he told Golf Digest , “a typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an ‘e.’ There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I’m like, ‘Why am I alive?’”

It’s that self-revelation, plus tales of his shenanigans after winning the Scottish Open in 1986 and the all-too-well-known people who helped him in his recovery, that David will provide at the 32nd Annual CARE Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, at Belo Mansion.

BTW, David is stepping in for Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk, “who was originally scheduled for the event.” Due to Susan’s seeking help in fighting her own issues with depression, she had to bow out.

* Photo provided by CARE

Salesmanship Club Hopes AT&T Byron Nelson Tourney Will Raise $6.5M For Momentous Institute

Since its inception, what’s now called the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament has raised at least $143 million for charity—the most of any annual PGA tour event. This year the goal is to add to that total at least $6.5 million in net proceeds in support of Momentous Institute, a Dallas nonprofit serving needy children and their families with education and mental health programs.

Momentous is owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which has hosted the Byron Nelson tourney since 1968 and will do so again this year from May 16-22 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas.

Tim Costello, Patton Chapman and Tim Marron*

Tim Costello, Patton Chapman and Tim Marron*

At a “media preview” event for the Byron Nelson on Tuesday, March 1, at TopGolf Dallas, 2016 tournament chair Tim Marron said the Salesmanship Club’s goal is to raise $14 million in sales for this year’s tourney, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Marron and other club officials said this year will be AT&T’s second year as the Byron Nelson’s title sponsor, and that this year’s total purse will be $7.3 million. Of that, $1.31 million will go to the tournament champion.

Michelle Kinder*

Michelle Kinder*

Dallas phenom Jordan Spieth, 22, who was last year’s PGA Player of the Year, has committed to attending the Nelson, Marron announced. He also disclosed that Spieth may host the tournament’s free Youth Golf Clinic at the Four Seasons on May 17, and that Hudson Moore, the Limelight Band, and David Nail would provide entertainment in the Pavilion After Dark on May 20, 21, and 22, respectively. Other activities during the week-long extravaganza will include something called the KidZone (bounce houses and the like) Presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers, and the AT&T Digital Clubhouse, showcasing the telecom giant’s products and services, both from May 19-22.

Momentous Institute Executive Director Michelle Kinder said the organization is serving at least 6,000 children and family members annually. Last year, the Byron Nelson provided the institute with $5.6 million in net proceeds.

Also attending the media preview were other members of the Salesmanship Club’s fabled “Red Pants” brigade—longtime member Patton Chapman, for example, and the AT&T Byron Nelson chair-elect Tim Costello —as well as media members The Dallas Morning News’ Holly Haber and CBS Channel 11’s Robbie Owens.

* Photos provided by Momentous Institute

Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle Of Angels Dined Surrounded By Elegance Despite The Hostess Being MIA

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Clay Cooley pushed off his birthday celebration for 24 hours. That was because wife Lisa Cooley in a Lela Rose cocktail dress had scheduled them to attend the extra-social Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels seated supper at Mary Clare Finney’s estate on Tuesday, October 20.

Alas, the darling hostess Mary Clare, who is known for fashion trend-setting, was again once ahead of the herd. She was upstairs with signs of coming down with the flu.

Laura and Jason Downing

Laura and Jason Downing

While Mary Clare took to her bed, a record-breaking crowd of nearly 200 partied downstairs with Deloitte’s Laura and Jason Downing greeting one and all at the front door.

Cliff Fischer's BMW

Cliff Fischer’s BMW

Even before the doors opened at 7 p.m., the driveway was jammed like NorthPark valet parking on Black Friday. In the crowd of luxury vehicles was Cliff Fischer’s hotter-than-hot, brand new BMW with paper plates. One of the valets admitted that the car was so high tech, they weren’t quite sure how to move it.

Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Glen Ashworth and Christie Carter

Glen Ashworth and Christie Carter

In the crowd were Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse, who had given Annette a golf bag with two clubs. He reported that she’s quite a golfer… Tricia George reported that the Fund A Cure luncheon that she’s co-chairing with husband Kenn George is heading toward a sell-out…Judge Glen Ashworth was in from Kaufman with CCB 2016 Chair Christie Carter.

Just when the mansion’s public rooms seemed to be filled to the max, the guests were invited to fabulous tables set up in the backyard for a dinner. The dining started off with Maine lobster and sous vide hen egg ravioli with house-made ricotta cheese, tarragon cream and winter truffles, followed by red chermoula-crusted Mediterranean loup de mer, cardamom-roasted heirloom beets, sun-choke scallion puree and reserved lemon butter sauce. To top off the meal and in keeping with the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball “An Evening of Celestial Radiance” theme, dessert was celestial radiance white chocolate moon with mandarin, gianduja chocolate and brownie “dirt.”

As for Clay, don’t worry about his boo-hooing about the delayed birthday. Upon hearing that Lisa was giving him a new, big belt buckle, he smiled and said he didn’t need anything because he had Lisa.

Round Robin September 10: 2015 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction And SPCA Of Texas Fur Ball Patron Parties

Those filled-to-the-max Thursdays returned to the Dallas fundraising scene on September 10 throughout North Texas. Here are a couple of reports from the field:

Signature Chefs Dallas Sponsor Party

Tracy and Kent Rathbun hosted the 2015 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Dallas Sponsor Party at their home. Kent had to host solo the first part of the evening. Seems Tracy was delayed due to a meeting at the Rathbun kids’ school.

For almost 20 years Kent has supported the March of Dimes and its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner*

Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner*

Event chairs Sunie Solomon and Amy Turner had the opportunity to thank the participating chefs and top sponsors in attendance for their support of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction. Kent also revealed his live auction package, Master the Experience – Take Two. In 2014, Rathbun’s Masters Tournament package went for the highest bid in event history at $67,500. This year, multiple couples/twosomes will have the opportunity to join Kent and his brother and fellow celebrity chef Kevin Rathbun in Augusta.

  • Here are the details on the Master The Experience — Take Two ($20,000 per couple/twosome)
    Round-trip airport transfers from My Private Driver
  • Two (2) guests will travel to August National Golf Club for the 2016 Masters Tournament
  • Exclusive ‘Under the Stars’ dinner with Chefs Kent Rathbun and Kevin Rathbun, Buffalo Trace whiskey and many fine wine purveyors to kick off the Masters in style
  • Two (2) Masters passes for Thursday and Friday
  • Accommodations for two (2) at Jameson Suites Hotel for three (3) nights
  • Transfers for two (2) to and from the Jameson to the 1018 Club
  • Dine at the illustrious 1018 Club for all meals on Thursday and Friday, especially prepared by Chef Kent Rathbun and his team
Diane and Hal Brierley*

Diane and Hal Brierley*

Kent will kick off the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers/Mary Kay Inc. with another Surprise Raffle ($100 per ticket). Other live auction packages include: a South African Safari, NYE in the Big D, Sea Island Escape, FT33 Farm-to-Table Dinner, Aspen Adventure; Christopher Martin’s Kidz Creations painting, Mexican Tequila Tasting Tour and the Dallas Sports Extravaganza. Auction preview videos will be posted on signaturechefsdallas.com in late September.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers/Mary Kay Inc. is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Dwight Harvey, Jeramie Robison, Kent Rathbun, Gilbert Garza, Matt McCallister, Nilton "Junior" Borges, Joel Orsini and Richard Blankenship*

Dwight Harvey, Jeramie Robison, Kent Rathbun, Gilbert Garza, Matt McCallister, Nilton “Junior” Borges, Joel Orsini and Richard Blankenship*

The event will feature signature samplings from 19 of Dallas’ top chefs: Richard Blankenship of CBD Provisions, Nilton “Junior” Borges of Uchi, Donald Chalko of Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House/Fish Market Grill, Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Grill/Steakhouse and Coal Vines, Omar Flores of Casa Rubia, Gilbert Garza of Suze Restaurant, Dwight Harvey of Off the Bone Barbeque, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Matt McCallister of FT33/Filament, Kent Rathbun of Kent Rathbun Concepts, Jeramie Robison of Shinsei Restaurant, Stephen Rogers of Gemma, Abraham Salum of Komali /Salum, Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill, Nathan Tate of Boulevardier / Rapscallion, Anthony Van Camp of SĒR Steak + Spirits and Chris Vogeli of III Forks.

For more information on the event visit signaturechefsdallas.com.

Fur Ball 2015 Patron Party

Katy Murray, Jocelyn White and Stacey Kivowitz**

Katy Murray, Jocelyn White and Stacey Kivowitz**

The view was magnificent from Stacey and Don Kivowitz‘s penthouse in the heart of the Park Cities for the Fur Ball 2015 Patron Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A stunning sunset lit downtown Dallas with a gentle glow while patrons sipped lychee martinis, champagne, wine and cocktails and chatted with excitement about the upcoming gala while being serenaded by pianist Erik Barns.

A bounty of egg rolls, pot stickers, sushi, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons and chocolate truffles were served. The evening’s suburb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events.

Laura and Mark Flagg and Leslie Tipping**

Laura and Mark Flagg and Leslie Tipping**

As the evening wound down, words of appreciation filled the air. Don thanked the evening’s sponsor, Northern Trust, for their gracious support. Northern Trust President Mark Flagg waxed poetic in celebration of the special bond between people and their pets. SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias thanked the Kivowitz’s, Northern Trust and the Fur Ball’s three chairs: Stacey Kivowitz, Katy Murray and Jocelyn White.

James Bias and Jan Rees-Jones**

James Bias and Jan Rees-Jones**

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Karen Urie, Kelly Thompson, Don Short, Michelle and John Krick, Leslie Tipping, Marsha and Richard Gray, Cassie Evans Decker and Carol Nelson.

The Honorary Co-Chairs for Fur Ball 2015 are Janelle and Larry Friedman, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich and Lynn and Allan McBee. The Fur Ball 2015 committee includes Artists for Animals: Craighead Green Gallery, Athlete for Animals’ Dallas Stars Craig Ludwig, Underwriting Chair Claire Collins Schwarz, Underwriting Committee Members Joyce Fox and Stephanie Fox, Auction Chair Nicole Rosenblum, Auction Co-Chair Mary Elizabeth Kappes and Auction Committee Members Phyllis Comu, Lona Crabb, Sandra Fite, Lezlie Goad, Cindy Lindsley, Kelly Thompson, Denise Wallace and Lane Wells.

All money raised through Fur Ball will support the SPCA of Texas, as the organization rescues, heals and finds homes for more than 50,000 animals each year.

* Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee Photography 
** Photo credit: Quoc Cong/XO Photography

TACA Custom Auction Item #9: Banff Springs Spectacular

When it comes to travel, the 2015 TACA Custom Auction Gala packages are sweethearts. For this package, the winner and a guest will get to experience the world-famous natural beauty of western Canada while enjoying all the perks of staying at “The Castle In the Rockies.”

Banff Springs Spectacular* (Value: $10,000)

Banff Springs Spectacular

Banff Springs Spectacular***

Back in 1886, Canadian Pacific Railroad General Manager William Cornelius Van Horne was a man of magnificent taste and world-class vision. He insisted that “tourism was an intricate ingredient in getting people to ride CPR” into western Canada with its breathtaking mountains and landscape. But to attract visitors, he “envisioned a succession of lavish resort hotels along the railway line through the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains.”

The centerpiece of the collection was Banff Springs Hotel designed by Bruce Price and opened on June 1, 1888, in the heart of Banff National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. But a fire in 1926 destroyed the original structure. Rebuilt in 1928, it was continually updated to accommodate the celebrities and high society types like Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who sought natural beauty with “modern day” luxury.

It was during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s that the grand lady struggled to maintain her reputation. But the 1970’s saw her return to a place of greatest in the world of hospitality. In addition to being open year round much to the delight of winter sports enthusiasts, she underwent mammoth expansions and renovation. In 1980’s, she not only became the place to be for the 1988 Olympics, nine extra playing holes were added to its Stanley Thompson-designed golf course.

Still the 1990’s held even more wonderment for “The Castle in the Rockies” as a $75M restoration and expansion including a $12M spa and a $4.5M “overhauling” of the golf course took place. The result? She returned to her place as one of the world’s leading hotels. Another development was it became part of the Fairmont collection of luxury hotels in 1999 — Fairmont Banff Springs.

The winner of this package will enjoy with a guest a true Banff Spring experience including three nights with daily breakfasts, a wine tasting with the Fairmont sommelier, an Alpine aromatherapy massage at the hotel’s William Stream Spa and a six-course Chef’s tasting menu at the Western Canada’s only AAA/CAA “Five Diamond” Eden Banff. Oh, and there’s a $500 Fairmont Gift Card for golfing or skiing.

American Airlines is providing two round-trip, first-class tickets for the winner and a companion.

* Package courtesy of American Airlines and Murad Auctions 
** Travel must be completed within one year. 
*** Photo provided by TACA

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Dallas Can Academies Golf Classic

According to Dallas Can Academies Development Council Chair Dick Evans,

“Midwest Building Maintenance, Inc. will present the Dallas Can Academies Golf Classic on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Cowboys Golf Club. The funds raised during the tournament benefit at-risk high school students at five Dallas Can Academies campuses. The annual golf classic fundraiser offers businesses and community members a chance to enjoy their golf game and contribute to this non-profit organization that is supporting students who often fell through the cracks at traditional high schools.

Dick Evans, Carol Nichols and Reggie Dupard*

Dick Evans, Carol Nichols and Reggie Dupard*

“The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and concludes with an awards ceremony at the end of play. Foursomes are available for $1,500, individual hole and other sponsorships are available. There will be prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one, a putting contest and more.

“The proceeds from the annual fundraiser support the at-risk students of the five Dallas Can Academy campuses while they earn their high school diplomas. The nonprofit organization believes providing the tools needed outside the classroom also advances their academic performance and is critical to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy. The charter schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting and are part of Texans Can Academies, which has eleven high schools across the state. Since 1987, more than 130,000 students have been served by Texans Can Academies.

“’This year we graduated over 1,600 students across the state and 622 right here in the Dallas area,’ said Evans. ‘We are celebrating 30 years of providing the highest quality education for all students.’

“Two Dallas Can campuses also have Wee Can, an early childhood center for children ages six weeks to 12 years.  The centers care for some of the students’ children as well as the surrounding community.  A third one will open this fall at the Grant East campus.

“’We don’t want anyone who is ready to finish their high school education and move on to higher education or the work force not be able to be in school due to life’s circumstances,’ continued Evans. ‘Our classes are half days so that kids who need to work half a day to support themselves or contribute to their families are able to work and go to school.’

“For more information, visit http://www.texanscan.org or http://www.texanscan.org/Golf/Dallas-Golf-Classic.”

* Photo provided by Dallas Can Academies

Janet And Tony Dorsett To Chair Upcoming Hope’s Door Two-Day Fundraiser

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Not everybody is heading out of town Memorial Day. Matter of fact, some very cool people are staying put. For instance, Janet and Tony Dorsett are honorary co-chairing a two-day fundraiser for Hope’s DoorChampions for Hope.

First Event chair Cary Clayborn has arranged for the Champions for Hope Dinner at III Forks on Sunday, May 31. Yum! There will also be a silent auction and cocktails, of course.

Glenn Beck (File photo)

Glenn Beck (File photo)

But it won’t an all-nighter. No way. The reason? The next morning, as in Monday, June 1, there’s Champions for Hope Part II. It’s the golf tournament at Las Colinas Country Club with a 4-person scramble format, lunch, cart with green fees, player gifts and another dinner.

If Hope’s Door is familiar, there’s good reason. Last year Glenn Beck chaired “An Evening of Hope” to help support Hope’s Door “helping families affected by domestic violence.” They’ve been assisting women, children and men “being abused by someone” they love since 1986 and, unfortunately, the need for Hope’s Door has grown over the years.

 

Salvation Army DFW’s Doing Most Good Luncheon In Fort Worth Featured Golf Pro Lee Trevino And Texas Country Singer Pat Green

Sometimes folks on this side of Six Flags Over Texas don’t realize that the Salvation Army DFW provides support for Fort Worth as well. In addition to providing much-needed services, it also rallies financial support by holding events. On Tuesday, April 28, one such event took place with a PGA champ and a “green” American Texas Country artist. Here’s a report from the field:

Betsy Price and Lee Trevino*

Betsy Price and Lee Trevino*

Six-time PGA Champion Lee Trevino has proven he is still the most entertaining personality in the world of professional golf. Trevino spoke at the Salvation Army’s 2015 Doing The Most Good Luncheon held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. He aced the keynote speech with funny stories from his life and years on the PGA tour.

The event included a video of former professional football player John Corker, who told the story of how he lost his career to drugs but found his life again thanks to the Salvation Army’s Drug & Addiction Program. Corker is now a Salvation Army Fort Worth advisory council member.

Pat Green and Nancy Woodson*

Pat Green and Nancy Woodson*

Corker’s video included a golf challenge to Trevino who happily accepted it.  Trevino called Corker to the stage at the end of his keynote speech and presented the 6’6” former linebacker with a new club. Then, Trevino jokingly told Corker it wasn’t right for him and that they’d have to take it back to wherever they got it.

Country music hit maker, Pat Green, who has released a string of top 10 hits and sold more than two million albums, sang America the Beautiful and led the entire room in a second verse sung a cappella.

Lee Trevino and Bobby Patton*

Lee Trevino and Bobby Patton*

Bobby Patton, honorary co-chair of the event, is part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a driving force behind this year’s Crowne Plaza Invitation at the Colonial. Patton introduced Trevino as “a poor kid who taught himself how to play a rich man’s game and became a champion.” Patton also drew a chuckle when he told the crowd, “Though he (Trevino) does not believe in luck on the golf course, he has been struck by lightning. But says he’s learned to let God play through.”

Brian Estridge, WBAP morning news anchor and voice of the TCU Horned Frogs, emceed the event.

* Photos provided by the Salvation Army

Art Ball Auction Item #1: I’m Frank Sinatra!

The April 11 Art Ball’s 8 live auction items are living up to this year’s theme — Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait. Each is tailor made for the art lover. They range from far away locations associated with art to staying near-and-dear for one-of-a-kind opportunities.

In the days leading up to the black-tie gala fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art, various packages will be presented for your consideration. It will make things so much easier when Christie’s Hugh Edmeades conducts the live auction, don’t you know!

I’m Frank Sinatra — Modernism In Palm Springs* (Value: $15,000)

Back when Sinatra led the Rat Pack, Liz Taylor was still a blushing bride numerous times and Lucy and Desi were America’s ideal couple, Palm Springs was the hood for Hollywood’s elite. It was the showcase of mid-century architecture with homes boasting clean lines, loads of windows and flat roofs.

Think the beautiful people types sipping cocktails with flawless views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, following afternoons of sitting by pristine pools.

But that was a time when the Art Ball was just getting its start as a fundraiser. Over the years, both Palm Springs and the Art Ball have moved on with the times and flourished.

Emily and Steve Summer's Eldorado home**

Emily and Steve Summer’s Eldorado home**

For two nights the winner of this package will live the good life. No, make that “the very good life.” Instead of a hotel, they’ll stay at Emily and Steve Summer’s more-than-perfect modernistic home that can accommodate six guests and looks out on the golf course.

Emily and Steve Summer's Eldorado home**

Emily and Steve Summer’s Eldorado home**

As if that wasn’t enough, they can either dine in with a dinner catered by the Eldorado Country Club. Or, if they want to venture out and experience the club set, they can settle back on the club’s patio for dinner or head over to the Stone Eagle Country Club with its views of the Coachella Valley.

Emily and Steve Summer's Eldorado home**

Emily and Steve Summer’s Eldorado home**

During the day, they’ll be able to play golf at one of the courses at Eldorado, Stone Eagle, Vintage or Quarry. And, of course, there’s taking in the legendary architecture of the area’s homes and a tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

* Courtesy of Emily and Steve Summers 
** Photos provided by the 2015 Art Ball

Rescheduled: Katy Trail Ice House Invitational

Another rescheduled event was just announced! It’s the Katy Trail Ice House Invitational that was to have taken place on Monday, March 2.

Troy Aikman (File photo)

Troy Aikman (File photo)

Jason Garrett (File photo)

Jason Garrett (File photo)

This inaugural event benefiting the Friends of the Katy Trail is being chaired by Buddy Cramer with Dallas Cowboy types Troy Aikman and Jason Garrett as honorary co-chairs. In addition to the golfing at Gleneagles Country Club, including lunch presented by Andrews Distributing at noon on Monday, March 23, there’s a Sunday Night Pre-Party sponsored by Perot on March 22 at…. Oh, but you’ve got to sign up to play or sponsor to find out where and when.

And if you do sign up as a sponsor, you’ll be in a flock of favs: Veritex Bank is the Golf Ball, Photo Book and Signage Sponsor; Andrews Distributing is also the Schooner Sponsor; Ermenegildo Zegna is the Goodie Bag Sponsor; Highland Park Village is the Hat Sponsor; PegasusAblon is the Koozie Sponsor; Defeaseit.com is the Bag Tag Sponsor; Ralston Outdoor is the Towel Sponsor; Beam Suntory is the Driving Range Sponsor; and Outdoor Signs is the Printed Program Sponsor.

Eagle Sponsors are Patty and Andy Smith, Balfour Beatty Construction, Post Uptown Dallas Apartment Homes and Sysco Foods.

Of course, you’re wondering if Troy and Jason were able to reschedule their participation. Here’s the inside scoop:

The rescheduling of the event has created some challenges for our distinguished co-chairs. Troy Aikman is supposed to be at both the pre-party and play in the tournament. Jason has obviously Cowboy obligations … he might be at the party, but he definitely can’t be at the golf tourney.

Regardless if the boys show or no, the money is going to support one of the most popular spots throughout Dallas — the Katy Trail. If you’ve ever walked or run the 3.5-mile path that winds through the Uptown and Oak Lawn neighborhoods, then you know that its popularity is due to its being maintained constantly. Such maintenance takes money.

According to Buddy, “The Katy Trail is in partnership with the City of Dallas, which owns the property; however, it is the Friends of the Katy Trail that raises over $700,000 per year for maintenance and management to keep the trail in peak condition. If you care about the Katy Trail, we encourage you to tee up with us on March 23.”

MySweet2015Goals: DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee (File photo)

DeeDee Lee (File photo)

According to mother/daughter/wife/fundraiser DeeDee Lee,

“My goals for the new year are boring but true!

  1. “I am going to start working out, at least 3 days a week.
  2. “I really want to become a better golfer. Practice, practice, practice.
  3. “Become more like my mother!!”

MySweet2015Goals: Claire Emanuelson

Claire Emanuelson ( File photo)

Claire Emanuelson ( File photo)

According to mom/wife/fun(d)raiser Claire Emanuelson,

“SPIN more with the one and only John Terlingo at Terlingo Cycle!!!!

“Get over the major trauma of Tom Thumb closing in the Village (this is going to take some real effort).

“Learn what to do with these big sticks called golf clubs that my husband gave me for our anniversary.

“Spend more time with my precious friends.

“That’s all I can commit to!!!”

2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Awardee Bobby B. Lyle Was Honored With Tributes And Monkey Shine

WARNING: Be prepared. This one is a very long one, but you’ll want to “monkey” around with it just for fun.

Pity the poor first-timers at the 2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award dinner on Wednesday, November 19. Yes, they knew they were honoring Dr. Bobby B. Lyle. And, yes, they knew it would benefit the Methodist Health System Foundation. But such pillars of Dallas society as Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman soon learned they would be laughing so hard that they would almost be in tears. And Bobby was one of them laughing the hardest.

More about the source of the laughter later.

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

The dinner has the reputation of surprise like none other. During the past nine years such notables as Nancy Ann Hunt, Troy Aikman, Laura Bush, Norman Brinker, Pat and Emmitt Smith, Trevor Rees-Jones, Mike Boone and Mark Craig have been delightfully “honored” with surprise VIP speakers. For instance, when Mark was the 2013 honoree, former President George W. Bush appeared at the podium unannounced. When Pat and Emmitt were the honorees, a fellow from the back of the room in baseball cap, sunglasses and baseball jacket took to the podium. It was Mark Cuban.

All this chicanery is the result of the Methodist Health System Foundation’s mischievous team led by April Box Chamberlain and her sidekick Joy Duncan. For months leading up to the event, they sleuth around finding insider tidbits on the honoree.

This year Bobby was their target. He admitted that he was a little concerned about what was going to happen. He wasn’t the only one. There were some backstagers who were wondering if one of the guests of honor would truly make a monkey of all of ‘em.

Bobby Lyle and Lottye Brodsky

Bobby Lyle and Lottye Brodsky

But before all the shenanigans took place, last minute preparations were underway. No one seemed to notice a couple who strolled hand-in-hand through the dimly lit lobby of the Anatole to the Counter Offer. It was Bobby with Lottye Brodsky in a bright red suit. At the opposite end of the lobby, a jamboree of Boy Scouts seemed to be forming. Just before 6:30, the scouts moved upstairs. Part of their assignment was to line the hallway leading to the Imperial Ballroom and greet guests.

Nancy Ann Hunt and Chris and Ashlee Kleinert

Nancy Ann Hunt and Chris and Ashlee Kleinert

The reception for 800 was underway in the lobby outside the Carpenter and Stemmons ballrooms. It seemed like everyone lay claim to being an “old friend” of Bobby’s. It was interesting to see various people of the Bobby Lyle universes — college, business, philanthropy — interacting. No knuckle bumping with this group. It was either firm handshakes or big hugs, but always big smiles. In the crowd were Nancy Ann Hunt, Ashlee Kleinert and Ros Dawson, who had been at the hotel earlier in the day for the Women of Distinction Luncheon. Despite being the luncheon’s honoree, Nancy Ann was telling one and all about Alison Levine’s talk.

At 7:15 the dinner chimes could hardly be heard over the noise, but people figured out it was time to move upstairs to the Imperial Ballroom and what awaited them.

Imperial Ballroom

Imperial Ballroom

It took a bit of doing, but finally the guests took their places and settled down like ever so proper types. Bless the first-timers’ hearts. They just thought they knew the drill — the predictable video, a meal and a bunch of hifalutin speeches by local pals praising Bobby to the hilt.

William Mockabee

William Mockabee

Well, they were sorta right. But the Methodist team likes to put a spin on the usual dinner salutes and they did just that starting off with Salvation Army’s Lt. Col. William “Bill” Mockabee, who had worked with Bobby when Bill was the area commander for the Dallas/Fort Worth Salvation Army. He was a charming emcee. Bill said how he was supposed to be speaking at an international symposium in the Netherlands and had even told Bobby that the week before. Instead his wife Deborah was presenting for him there. He then turned the focus on the gathering for Bobby. It was to celebrate “his favorite food, his favorite people…all of us are his favorite people. I’m sure that’s true… his favorite work, his favorite business ventures…his favorite work, his favorite business ventures.”

Bill recalled how “Bobby used to drive me nuts. He’s the only person that I know that before he would offer criticism of me, he would couch it with, ‘Bill, would you allow me to make an observation?’ And, without thinking, I would say, ‘Yes.’ And what I had just done, I had given him permission to give absolutely all of his criticism of me to help me learn.”

And then Bill brought up the infamous Bobby Lyle red pen — “If you’ve never been mentored by Bobby Lyle, you won’t know what that means.” A rumble of laughter went through the audience proving that the room was filled with mentored ones.

Looking at Bobby, Bill summed it up saying, “Bobby, this could be a very long night for you.”

Following the invocation by the Perkins School of Theology Dean Dr. William Lawrence, Event Co-Chair David Miller welcomed the guests in proper fashion, recognizing his wife/Co-Chair Carolyn Miller, Co-Chairs Linda and Mitch Hart and Honorary Co-Chairs Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt and Renda and Rex Tillerson. He was lulling the group into a place of typical tribute dinner fare. He recalled being a graduate student 40 years ago, when Bobby was head of the SMU business school. David talked about the many organizations (SMU, the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, etc.) that had benefited from Bobby’s involvement. The clatter of silverware proved that folks were downing their dinner. That sound would soon be replaced with laughter, as guests discovered this wasn’t the same old, same old award dinner.

Then David subtly shifted direction. Not hugely, but it was the beginning of what was to come. He said that there was one aspect of “Bobby’s life that might surprise you.” Seated at the front row center table, Bobby with Lottye at his side knew something was up.

David continued, “In fact it surprised me when the co-chairs (Linda and Mitch) told me about it. There is a little Bobby.”

Mark Mutschink and Sharon Lyle, Bobby Lyle and Christopher Lyle

Mark Mutschink and Sharon Lyle, Bobby Lyle and Christopher Lyle

Eyebrows were raised. After all, Bobby’s two kids Sharon Lyle and Christopher Lyle were in the audience and, yes, Sharon was expecting “Bubba” in April, but there was no little Bobby among the group… or was there?

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

David then introduced Linda and Mitch to explain about “little Bobby”. The appropriate applause was quickly followed by laughter and eyes popping open. On to the stage walked the Harts. Whoa! The distinguished, silver-haired Mitch, who was an Annapolis graduate, an EDS founder and on the board of numerous impressive boards, had a capuchin monkey on his shoulder. The Harts then proved to be one of the great comedy teams of Dallas. As Linda valiantly read a speech about how little Bobby came into the Lyle legends, Mitch bravely suffered the agonies of a monkey-escort duties.

To say little Bobby was not a happy camper was to put it mildly. Nobody was going to make a “monkey” out of him. As the laughter rose throughout the room, with even Anatole staffers amazed at the situation, little Bobby appeared to want to renegotiate his contract. After all, he was upstaging everything and everybody.

Linda and Mitch Hart and little Bobby

Linda and Mitch Hart and little Bobby

The stately Mitch with unflinching smile tried to appease the unhappy little Bobby. Never looking aside at what her husband was doing, Linda performed her role as if she was delivering a state-of-the-union address. She told how 20 years ago, the Harts and Bobby were in the West Indies playing golf. “Bobby was regaling us with tales of monkeys on the island. Now, Mitch was very skeptical —‘I’ve been a bunch of times and never seen any monkeys on the island.’ Bobby was not deterred at all. Determined to prove that he was right and that Mitch was wrong, on the second hole, Bobby hit an amazing screamer of a fade into the woods. With accuracy that would have stunned Tiger Woods he had his eye on a monkey in a tree, which he managed to hit squarely on the head. The monkey jumped from the tree, ran across the fairway, rubbing his head and shooting dirty looks at Bobby all the way. Some people on the golf course get birdies; Bobby gets monkeys.

“Many years later, to celebrate Bobby’s 70th birthday, we presented him with a monkey. It was worth it just to watch Bobby’s sheer look of panic during dinner wondering ‘What in the devil am I going to do with this monkey?’ We finally told him that what his gift was was a donation we had made to the Dallas Zoo to name the next male monkey Bobby B, which they did. Being the animal lover that he is, Bobby has visited his monkey namesake at the Dallas Zoo. So, now SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering is not the only institution to boast Bobby Lyle’s name.”

Lottye Brodsky, Bobby B. Lyle and John Scovell

Lottye Brodsky, Bobby B. Lyle and John Scovell

The very proper philanthropists and CEO’s in the audience, like Ruth Altshuler, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Marla and Mike Boone, Sara and David Martineau, Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, Cindy Brinker, Mary McDermott Cook, Dan Patterson, Barbara and Ralph Babb, Ellen and John McStay and Folsom daughters Debbie Jarma and Diane Frank, were almost in tears, they were laughing so hard. It only got worse when little Bobby decided to rearrange Mitch’s silver locks. Still Mitch smiled on and gently held the monkey’s leash as if he was being watched by PETA.

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

It was at this point, when Linda listed all the animals that Bobby had on his ranch, that little Bobby finally stole the show. Having had enough of Mitch’s shoulder, the West Indies monkey tale and the waves of laughter coming from the audience, little Bobby decided to head for the floor, lie on his back and screech at the dignified Mitch to let him know who was the boss.

The laughter became so great that Linda briefly stopped and sneaked a peak at what was going on. Stifling a chuckle, she continued with her part of the program only imagining what her husband was having to do.

It was then revealed that the monkey on stage was actually named “Mikey, the great-great-grandson of the monkey you hit.”

As things were literally getting out of hand, Mikey’s “agent” (aka handler) joined the Harts and little Bobby on stage. As she took charge of the monkey, the little guy made one last face of displeasure at Mitch, who simply smiled back.

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

Mitch Hart and little Bobby

Lt. Col. Bill returned to the podium saying, “I wouldn’t have missed this for anything! I would have come without an invitation to see that. Bobby, that monkey’s ticked off. He hasn’t forgotten. I come to Dallas to see Bobby Lyle at the Anatole and I’m in the green room with a monkey. I’m convinced that monkey looked at me back there and he said, ‘You and your buddies.’ Wait til you meet his brother — Bubba B. He’s not happy about it either.”

Bill introduced Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain, who arrived on stage carrying a stuffed animal monkey and told Bobby Lyle that he could take this one home and he was “real low maintenance.”

April Box Chamberlain

April Box Chamberlain

She then thanked the Lupe Murchison Foundation and Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt for being the first presenting sponsors of the dinner. It was then announced that the more than $1.5M raised from the dinner would benefit medical education per Bobby’s request.

April then thanked and introduced Joy, who asked April, “How do you top that (the Folsom dinner)?” April answered with, “It’s no big deal” with a video recalling the past 10 years of dinners.

Following dinner, SMU Chairman of the Voice department Clif Forbis sang a rendition of “Let it Be”. Only the words were “Bobby B” and guests waved little flashlights in the ballroom.

Then Methodist Health System President/CEO Steve Mansfield told of the new partnership with Mayo Clinic Care Network and the system’s growth including the Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower.

Thanks then went to video Ken “One Minute Manager” Blanchard, who introduced a video about Bobby Lyle a la “the most interesting man in the world” — his smartphone has developed an inferiority complex; if he were to pat you on the back, you would add it to your resume; etc. The video was a perfect blending of giggles and gratitude by friends and family.

Then the Circle Ten Boy Scout Silver Eagle Band marched in playing the SMU fight song and Bobby was presented on stage to an extensive standing ovation.

Mike Boone

Mike Boone

Obviously surprised, Bobby started off saying, “Mike Boone told me this would be an out-of-body experience.” He lovingly referred to the friends and family involved in the antics as “conspirators.” Despite April’s and Joy’s telling him not to worry about the night, “I worried about it.”

He admitted that not only was Linda’s and Mitch’s story about hitting the monkey out of the tree true, but it was also “the most perfect slice you’ve ever seen.”

Then he asked the audience, “Didn’t you think Mitch looked a lot like Johnny Carson, when Carson was trying to keep a monkey out of his hair? I’ve got it at home on tape….Linda and Mitch, thank you for milking that monkey story after all those years.”

He then spent the rest of his acceptance speech thanking those in the room and in his life. In typical Bobby B fashion, he graciously said, “Although I truly think that there are many, many others who are more deserving of this than I, there will never ever be anybody who appreciates it more than I do.”

Bobby proceeded to praise former Mayor Bob Folsom, with whom he worked and was a friend. Directing his comments to the Folsom daughters, he asked them to convey to their father the importance of his leadership for all of Dallas and his friendship over the years.

He then directed his aim of praise to education, the Dallas health care community, Methodist Health System and appreciation for friends and family individually.

It was almost as if he had literally turned the tables on the evening of his being honored. But then what would else would you expect from the man whose presence has been an ongoing present for Dallas. Thanks to little Bobby and big Bobby, the evening was indeed “the most perfect slice you’ve ever seen.”

Kent Rathbun Is Making The 2015 Masters Tournament Available Tonight At Signature Chefs Auction

Leave it to Chef Kent Rathbun to come up with multi-course feasts to set taste buds swirling. But this time he’s taken the word “course” in a totally different direction for tonight’s Signature Chefs Auction at the Omni.

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

It’s called Master The Experience and includes the following:

“Six guests will be chauffeured to a DFW airport by My Private Driver for a first-class trip to the Peach State. You’ll spend a night in Atlanta, where Kent will arrange a private dinner for your party at one of his brother’s (Kevin Rathbun) fine restaurants.

“Then, the next day you’re headed to The Masters! Enjoy accommodations at the Jamison Suites Hotel, located just 3 miles from one of the greatest sports venues in the world. During your stay your party is invited to dine at the illustrious 1018 Club, including one private VIP dinner – all meals are prepared by guest chef Kent Rathbun.
“Tee off the weekend with a round of golf at the award-winning Jones Creek or taking in the Par 3 Contest.  You’ll even have the opportunity to follow the PGA’s elite competitors on the historic greens of Augusta National Golf Club during the championship round. It’s all up to you – this package is customizable.”

The value of this very sweet deal is $60,000 with a starting bid of $12,000.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the March of Dimes fundraiser, stop reading and get ‘em and loosen up that belt because you’re in for a feast!