Presidents’ Day Cometh Monday And Bringeth A Three-Day Holiday Weekend

Presidents’ Day is one of those tricky Monday holidays. It didn’t start out that way. In 1885 it was held on February 22 in recognition of George Washington and officially called “Washington’s Birthday.”  In 1971 it was changed in name and date as part of Uniform Monday Holiday Act to Presidents’ Day and held on the third Monday in February. The idea was to allow for a guaranteed three-day weekend.

However, some states didn’t go with the plan. They celebrated Washington’s, Lincoln’s and other leaders’ on different days.

Texas went with the national program and will celebrate past and present presidents on Monday.

While it is a legal holiday, U.S., state and City of Dallas offices will be shuttered, as will most banks and area schools. But retailers, the zoo, the Arboretum and the Perot Museum will have their doors wide open.

Since the weather guessers are predicting rain Saturday thru Monday, why not do a crash course in movie-watching? After all, the Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, March 4, and you don’t want to think “The Shape of Water” is an environmental movie about the world’s oceans.

JUST IN: 2018-2019 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League President And Presentation Chair Revealed

Lisa Loy Laughlin and Carla Leffert*

With all the activities taking place on the eve of the 2018 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Presentation Ball at the Meyerson, DSOL President Mari Epperson whispered plans for the future are already in place.

Lisa Loy Laughlin is going to serve as 2018-2019 DSOL president with Carla Leffert taking on the role of the chair for the 2018-2019 Presentation Ball Chair.

Keep your eyes open for Carla and her husband Jonathan Leffert Saturday night. They’ll be glowing as daughter Catherine Leffert is bowing along with the 30+ plus women in white.

Funds from the ball will go to the “education and mission of the DSO.”

* Photo provided by 
Dallas Symphony 
Orchestra League

The Family Place’s 2017 Partners Card Team Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With Another $1M+ Banner Year

Having recovered from shopping overload with deep discounts, The Family Place‘s 2017 Partners Card Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, their sponsors and committee members had the Dallas skyline in the background as they celebrated their million-dollar plus haul on Thursday, January 25, at Dec on Dragon. Here’s a report from the field:

Over 150 guests overlooked the gorgeous Dallas skyline from the rooftop terrace of Dec on Dragon Thursday, January 25, where The Family Place held the Partners Card Announcement Party. Retailers, sponsors, past chairs and other supporters joined Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Partners Card presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place.

Paige Westhoff, Theron Bryant, Jennifer Burns and Samantha Wortley*

Taking place from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, more than $1 million was netted making it possible to provide over 14,000 nights of lifesaving shelter for men, women and children escaping domestic violence which represented an increase in funding from last year’s campaign.

Brett Dougall and Brynn Bagot Allday*

Eric and Adriana White*

Guests like The Family Place Board of Directors President Eric White and his wife Adriana White, Mike Meredith, Carolyn Kerins, Judy Rowan, Paige Westhoff, Jennifer Tobin, Tyler Sweatman, Michelle Davenport, Lora Farris, Brett Dougall, Tina Peterson, Carol Seay, Gloria Warren, Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek, Samantha Wortley, Susan Farris, Gay Donnell, Lynn McBee, Jennifer Tobin, Nancy Gopez and Kristin Sanger celebrated their accomplishments with music by DJ Niro, strolling bites provided by Food Glorious Food, an open bar, and the fabulous view of downtown Dallas. Brynn and Jennifer kicked off remarks by thanking retailers, sponsors, card sellers, volunteers and media who make the annual Partners Card fundraiser possible each year.

Mike Meredith, Paige Flink and Bob White*

Brynn introduced Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White, who spoke on behalf of the bank, which has been the presenting sponsor of Partners Card for 10 years and officially committed to sponsoring Partners Card again in 2018. “What The Family Place is doing is important, end of story. It’s important to the country, it’s important to Dallas and what happens here tonight matters,” he said.

Leigh Danley and Tierney Kaufman*

Family Place CEO Paige Flink concluded remarks by showing appreciation to everyone who was involved in making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and Paula Davis was recognized as the top community seller for selling 166 Partners Cards. The other top sellers were Sara and Cass Robinson and Jody and Mike Coffey. All top sellers received a special prize from Bachendorf’s.

In addition, Flink announced the 2018 Partners Card Co-Chairs would be Leigh Danley, Tierney Kaufman and the first-ever male chairman, Julian Leaver.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

Sold-Out And Grovel Alerts!: 8th Annual Celebrity Chef

Katherine Krause (File photo)

VNA President/CEO Katherine Krause will be spending her birthday celebrating all day on Wednesday, February 28. It seems that the staff once again scheduled VNA’s 8th Annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser at VNA Haggerty Center on her natal day.

The evening event is already sold out and the lunchtime is just seats away from the same status.

Ted and Bess Enloe (File photo)

There are so many reasons why it’s on the verge of being a done deal. In addition to having Mary Frances Bellman and CiCi Weinmann co-chairing the two-in-one day fundraisers, they’ve arranged to have Bess and Ted Enloe as honorary co-chairs.

Still another reason for the swift sell-out and almost sold-out is the featured chefs, who will be doing a cooking demonstration and orchestrating the meals. Yes, it will be a twosome — the husband/wife team of Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza.  

In addition to their recently released “State Bird Provisions” cookbook and industry recognition by the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit to mention a couple, they own two of San Francisco’s top restaurants — Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions and The Progress in San Francisco.

Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza*

While Stuart honed his cooking skills working for Chicago’s Chef John Hogan at Savarin, Nicole’s specialized in pastry and baking skills under Chicago Chef Nancy Carey at the Red Hen Bakery.

These meals are always fun and eye-opening for the professional chef and the Hello Fresh novice.

Funds raised from the lunching and dining will support VNA’s Meals on Wheels and Charitable Hospice Care programs.

* Photo credit: Ed Anderson

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Eileen Birch*

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