7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala Patrons Shop, Sip And Celebrate At Abi Ferrin And Kendra Scott

With the kickoff of fall fundraising, the 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala patrons partied at more than just one spot in West Village on Tuesday, September 20. Both Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott provided a shop-and-sip-around at their digs. Here’s a report from the field:

Mosaic Family Services honored sponsors, committee members and supporters of the 7th Annual Gala at a cocktail reception on Tuesday, September 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Abi Ferrin and Kendra Scott in West Village.

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

Steve Kemble, Abi Ferrin and Chad Collom*

More than 75 partygoers arrived at Abi Ferrin in West Village and sipped cool drinks while shopping Abi’s eponymous collection. DJ Lamont Carlis kept the vibe going, as guests enjoyed savory fare donated by Cru, including artisan cheese and charcuterie with house made fig jam and fresh Turkish honeycomb, mini meatballs with tomato sugo and shaved Manchego, smoked salmon rillettes and arancini with roasted pepper tomato sauce.

With the nearby Kendra Scott boutique sharing the hosting duties for the evening, patrons mingled in both stores, while they shopped knowing a percentage of proceeds would benefit Mosaic Family Services.

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Ashley Anderson and Jo Mattison*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Shannon Mukundan and Nusia Sookarow*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

Tam Tran, Tina Witkoff, Marta Knutson and Leanne Moye*

As the evening came to an end, posh patrons like Ashley Anderson, Jo Mattison, Mirjana Omeragic, McKenzie Hoopfer, Catherine Langlois, Tam Tran, Marta Knutson, Leanne Moye, Shannon Mukundan, Nusia Sookarow, Kristin Paul, Meagan McLauchlin and Tina Ingram were treated to homemade cake balls by Tina Witkoff and a gift bag of Mary Kay’s Satin Hands signature products.

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lana Byrne*

The upcoming 7th Annual Mosaic Family Services Gala will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 7 – 11 p.m. at The Empire Room in the Dallas Design District. Chaired by Melissa Green and Elizabeth Weathersby with honorary chair Lana Byrne, the gala will include cocktails, dinner by Stock & Barrel, master of ceremonies Steve Kemble, silent auction curated by Auction Chair Nusia Sookarow, raffle, casino, and music by DJ Lamont Carlis. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Champion of Human Rights Award to Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available; tickets are $150 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit classy.org/mosaicgala or contact Le Ta, 214.821.5393 x263 or [email protected]

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano

Hope’s Door And New Beginning Center To Officially Merge On Thursday, September 1

The news was just official, but word had been making the rounds that Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center were combining their efforts. The first obvious clue was the “Save The Date” postcard that arrived in the mail mid-July. It was for Friday, September 16 fashion show featuring Abi Ferrin clothes at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park.

Abi Ferrin (File photo)

Abi Ferrin (File photo)

Florence Shapiro (File photo)

Florence Shapiro (File photo)

As impressive as it was that Luncheon Chair Janet Dorsett had arranged for Florence Shapiro to be the honorary chair, it was curious that both Hope’s Door’s and New Beginning Center’s logo were on the card as beneficiaries.

Evidently the rumors proved to be true with the announcement of the pending merger of the two organizations that have been helping those in domestic abuse situations since the 1980s. It all becomes official on Thursday, September 1.

According to Hope’s Door CEO Jim Malatich, “This unification will allow us to gain financial efficiencies in our administration allowing us to shift those resources to serve our clients more effectively. Hope’s Door will be able to offer an increased capacity for emergency shelter, additional services including counseling programs and intervention and prevention classes at seven locations in both Dallas and Collin counties.”

Hope's Door and New Beginning Center*

Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center*

While combining the two staffs and boards, it is interesting to note that both organizations will keep their names.

For the official word, follow the jump for the press release. [Read more…]

Round Robin February 5: Mary Kay Announcement And Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Honor Guard Dinner

The bitter cold would normally slow things down, but not in North Texas. Thanks to causes and pretty-please-invitations, folks turned out on Thursday, February 5.

Mary Kay Announcement

Abi Ferrin

Abi Ferrin

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

The West Village is simply perfect for strolling and window peaking. On this night, Mi Cocina’s doors were opening non-stop as guests sought comfort thanks to Mole Enchiladas de Pollo and Mama’s Chicken con Hongos. Across the way, Abi Ferrin was hosting a crowd with the Mary Kay gang at her flagship boutique.

Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

As more than 50 guests like Paige Flink, Sham Hyder, Kirsten Gappelberg, Cristal Retana and the Mary Kay Asia regional team (Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim) checked out Abi’s so comfortable and flattering outfits, Nancy Rogers arrived on the scene with Michael Flores and Douglas Carney. She hardly hit the door before she hit the racks to see Abi’s newest goodies.

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

But the real purpose of the night was the announcement. As part of its “Domestic Violence Awareness” campaign, the Mary Kay organization had selected Abi as its spokesperson. The idea came to Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb when he met her a year and a half ago at a dinner party and heard her story about physical and emotional abuse.

It turned out that Nancy Rogers had been a fan of Abi’s designs.

As for Abi, she revealed that she’s been using Mary Kay products like Satin Hands and the eye makeup remover — “It’s the best eye makeup remover!” — for years. Plus, “Nancy gave me the lip gloss.”

To promote the campaign, Abi did a PSA video. The week of February 17, a national figure will be revealed who will “speak to the issue of dating violence and healthy relationships.”

DSOL Honor Guard Dinner

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

OK, so the upcoming weekend may have belonged to the 40 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs, but on this night it was “almost strictly” a guy get-together upstairs at the Dallas Country Club. DSOL President Venise Stuart and her cohorts Marena Gault, Sharon Popham, Barbara Averitt, Deborah Brown and The Assembly President Claire McCormick were allowed to be part of the festivities to make sure everything ran seamlessly.

Claire McCormick

Claire McCormick

John Cooper and Greg Moore

John Cooper and Greg Moore

Following the age-old tradition, Tincy Miller hosted a dinner for 120 of the deb and Honor Guard’s dads and granddads like Tom Stanzel, Bart Humphrey, Roger Gault and Greg Moore. In years past, it had been held at Prestonwood Country Club. The move to the Dallas Country Club was made since PCC was being refurbished.

Tincy became the target of the evening with every gent wanting to plant a kiss on her cheek.

Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong

Just as the front room seemed to hold no more, dinner was announced.

Again, following tradition, the following awards were presented:

  • Lois Watson Award — Tyler Armstrong
  • The Vance C. Miller Award — John Cooper

After the evening concluded, the spotlight would focus on the 40 debs and their formal presentation Saturday night at the Meyerson.

 

Al Biernat Spearheads Mosaic Family Services With Fashion For Freedom Luncheon, Abi Ferrin And Juliette Longuet

As mentioned before, Dallas has a heck of a lot of Mosaics in operation. If you were to ask restaurateur Al Biernat, he wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that the least known is Mosaic Family Services. But after learning the disturbing reality of MFS’s work in dealing with human rights abuses like human trafficking and domestic violence, he was going to change that spot on the MFS’s meter.

Abi Ferrin

Abi Ferrin

Whew! Boy, did Al call in some favors and friends to do that! Along with Mosaic’s sweetheart philanthropist Jan Rees-Jones, her designing buddy Abi Ferrin and NYC-based designer Juliette Longuet plus Mayor Mike Rawlings, Al had the big guns plus Nancy C. Rogers and sponsors like Tim Headington to spearhead the effort on Wednesday, May 7.

Jenny Bania and Al Biernat

Jeny Bania and Al Biernat

After all, Al had the perfect spot — his place-to-be, namesake restaurant. Despite a reputation for never, ever shutting down for fundraisers, he made an exception and his Al’s Pals (Brad Fuller and Audra Perdue) were there to make sure everything was “Al-right”!

The results?

A sold-out event with in seconds of Fashion for Freedom announcement.

Only problem? Women everywhere ordering lunch at the same time. Results? Al’s kitchen got slammed all at once with more than 170 orders for three courses including a first course (Al’s Salad, Summer Salad or Caesar Salad), second course (Beef Tenderloin or Bay of Fundy Salmon) and Dessert and Moet Nectar Rose.

But it wasn’t a big problem because the chatter level was higher than the dome in the restaurant.

Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson

Among those chit-chatting were Paige Lane, Johnson types (Kris and Kristen), Lisa Ogle, Cara French, Debra Nelson, Jill Tananbaum, Sunie Solmon, Leisa Street, Terra Perez, Headington headies (Matthew Simon and Jeny Bania) and MFS Executive Director Walter Nguyen.

Mike Rawlings and Jan Rees-Jones

Mike Rawlings and Jan Rees-Jones

Even Mayor Mike, who had been juggling the City Council Discussion over the Southwest vs. Virgin America debate arrived on the scene. Just getting him into the dining room was a major accomplishment, since everyone wanted their picture taken with him.

Needless to say, he couldn’t stay for the vittles, but he wanted to once again make it known where he stands when it comes to the abuse of women in any form.

Fashion For Freedom fashion show

Fashion For Freedom fashion show

Following lunch, a trunk show of Abi’s and Juliette’s collections took place in the center of the dining room. While the “mod” lighting was jazzy, some of the outfits appeared to have “Ferrin” emblazoned on them.

Juliette Longuet (second from the right)

Juliette Longuet (second from the right)

Espa gift bags

Espa gift bags

But no complaints thanks to a beautiful crowd, glasses of champagne and killer gift bags courtesy of the Joule’s Espa. One of the items was a 90-minute gift card for services at the luxurious spa.

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon To Take Over Al Biernat’s With Abi Ferrin And Juliette Longuet For Mosaic Family Services

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon*

Fashion For Freedom Luncheon*

You’re more likely to win the Powerball lottery than to have a fundraiser at Al Biernat’s. But the Mosaic Family Services has managed to achieve just that — Al Biernat’s! On Wednesday, May 7, the gathering place for celebrities and those-who-make-things-happen will be the scene of the First Annual Fashion for Freedom Luncheon.

But don’t go a-thinking that it’s going to be a ladies-with-white-gloves-type event. Oh, please! Those haven’t been around since the S&S Tearoom left Highland Park Village. This lunch is going to be fun with food and fashion.

In addition to a choice of three of one of three salads, key lime and coconut cream pies and champagne, the event will kick off with a Mosaic Martini reception.

Abi Ferrin*

Abi Ferrin*

Juliette Longuet*

Juliette Longuet*

Following lunch, there won’t be one fashion show. Nope! There will be two featuring Abi Ferrin and New York City-based Juliette Longuet plus a pop-up store, “where guests can purchase their favorite items from the runway.”

And to add a flair of gentlemanly charm, the Freedom luncheon will have both restaurateur Al and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on hand.

Just in case Mosaic Family Services is new on your radar, it ‘s been around for 20 years offering “free shelter, legal representations, counseling and support services to survivors of human rights abuses.”

Seating will be limited to 150, so hop to it and make your reservation. You probably were going to lunch at Al’s anyhow, so why not have it benefit Mosaic?

* Materials provided by Mosaic Family Services

Off The Field Awards Banquet and Fashion Show Is Still On

Yup, you woke up, looked outside and saw more snow. But you’re also suffering a bit of cabin fever. If you have tickets to the Off The Field Banquet and Fashion Show with Abi Ferrin (pictured left with event co-chair Sherice Brown) at the Fairmont, you’re in luck. It’s still on!

Ballroom doors open and silent auction commences at 10:30 a.m.to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

So put on your warmest coat (you won’t need it once you’re inside) and head over to the Fairmont.

NFL Players Wives Make A Sneak Play With Abi Ferrin At The Shak

The Super Bowl Week activities really got started last Thursday unofficially at The Shak. Leave it to the NFL Players Wives to get a step ahead of everybody else. The gals and select pals got together for a super-duper preview of Abi Ferrin‘s fashions at The Shak Thursday night. With Abi looking on with total approval, football pro spouses Sherice Brown (pictured right with Abi Ferrin), Janet Dorsett, Romonda Jordan and Becky Nguyen modeled some of Abi’s outfits.

The full-blown collection will hit the runway at the 10th Annual Off-The-Field Player’s Wives Awards Banquet and Fashion Show benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  at the Fairmont Friday.

Tried but couldn’t tell if fashion show Co-chair Sherice had her fingers crossed for husband Tim’s being up for the Hall of Fame. The vote takes place Saturday before the Super Bowl.

Despite the fact that players like Tony Dorsett, Randy Jordan and Dat Nguyen (pictured left with Becky Nguyen) were on hand to support the gals, the handful of smiling uniformed officers were evidently more impressed with the leggy ladies like Amy Hunniford and Chrissy Tebbe (pictured right with Amy Hunniford).

Ironically just across the aisle from The Shak, Wisby-Smith Fine Art Gallery opened at the Crescent this week with Peter Max-ified football helmets.