MySweetWishList: Go Red For Women Luncheon

According to 2018 Go Red For Women Luncheon Co-Chair Lisa Cooley,

Lisa Cooley (File photo)

“Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to celebrate the energy, passion and power of women to stand together to wipe out the #1 killer of women and men. The Go Red for Women Luncheon is the cornerstone event of the Go Red for Women movement.

“This empowering event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness through the support of the Dallas community to fund education and research of heart related science in women.

“My wish along with my Co-Chair Janelle Walker is to get more women and men involved in the event on Friday, February 23, at the Omni Dallas. Supporting the Go Red for Women Luncheon allows corporations and individuals to come together to raise awareness and fund research, especially in women.

“The luncheon is an opportunity to share this educational message with women’s leadership groups, executives, neighbors or friends and anyone who can impact the life of a woman by lending a voice for heart health.

“For every $1 raised, 90 cents directly funds research and education for heart health.  I believe that is money well spent.”

-By Lisa Cooley, Go Red For Women Luncheon co-chair

JUST IN: Emmy Award Winner/Former WFAA “PM Magazine’s” Leeza Gibbons Returns To Dallas As Go Red For Women Keynote Speaker

And the news keeps rocking and rolling in today. Go Red For Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Lisa Cooley and Janelle Walker have just announced Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons will be returning to familiar surroundings for the American Heart Association – Dallas fundraiser.  

Leeza Gibbons*

It was back in the late 1970s and early 1980s that Leeza appeared with Bill Ratliff on WFAA’s “PM Magazine,” before heading on to other programs like “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra” and “Leeza.”

In addition to her television career, Leeza has made quite a reputation for herself regarding children’s causes and health issues. One of them being heart disease. She knows all too well that one can survive a heart attack. Her father Carlos “Pops” Gibbons was diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Not one to sit around and do nothing, Leeza insisted that her dad get a media alert system, Philips Lifeline. Three years later Carlos fell to the floor having a heart attack. Thanks to the device, an ambulance arrived in time.  

Leeza was so impressed with the lifesaving device, she became a spokesperson for it and an advocate for heart healthiness.

According to Leeza, “While heart disease doesn’t discriminate, we do know there is a need to make more women aware of their risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all the cancers combined. Go Red For Women is a movement I am happy to stand behind to help drive change through advocacy, research and education.”

On Friday, February 23, Leeza will be at the Omni to join 1,300 women and men to raise funds to battle heart disease.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Liz Robinson at 214.441.4258.

* Photo provided by American Heart Association of Dallas

There’s No Messing Around When Dealing With Strokes

Say the word, “stroke.” Some will immediately fall back on their days at Camp Longhorn when they paddled their way across Inks Lake. Some will think about their cat’s favorite relationship with its human owner. But for way-far-too many, the word is like a lightning flash to the spine changing the world that they’ve known and throwing their family and friends into a universe of helplessness.

T. Boone Pickens (File photo)

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffered strokes in 2016, including Dallas philanthropist T. Boone Pickens. Thanks to swift actions, Boone’s “mini-stroke” did minimal damage that thanks to rehabilitation has been all but eliminated

While this medical condition has been scoffed off as a baby boomer problem, it has devastated way too many young people and their families. According to the National Stroke Association, there was “a spike of 44% in the number of young Americans hospitalized due to stroke in the past decade, and over 73% are not familiar with stroke symptoms and the need for urgent care.”

Munchkins are also victims of stroke due to “head trauma, sickle cell or unknown origins.”

Also known as a “brain attack, a stroke occurs when a clot blocks the supply of blood to the brain or a blood vessel in the brain bursts.”

That is why the American Heart Association has partnered with the American Stroke Association to spread the word that both heart disease and strokes are life-changers and killers that can be conquered.

Since May is Stroke Awareness Month, our good friends at Parkland Health And Hospital have provided the acronym “BE FASTT” for common stroke symptoms:

  • Balance: Do they have a sudden loss of balance?
  • Eyes: Do they have a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes?
  • Facial droop: When they smile, does one side of their face droop?
  • Arm drift: When they raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?
  • Slurred speech: When they repeat a sentence, are any of the words slurred?
  • Terrible headache: Do they have a sudden, severe headache with other neurological deficits?
  • Time is key: If a person shows any of the above symptoms, call 911.

If these signals arise, don’t hesitate because you need to put on your makeup or worry about “What will the neighbors say?” Call 911. The sooner a stroke victim can get medical treatment, the less devastation will take place. 

According to Parkland Stroke Program Medical Director/assistant professor of Neurology And Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dr. Alejandro Magadan, “In most cases of stroke, we only have 3 to 4 hours to safely deliver clot-busting drugs and 6 to 8 hours after symptoms begin to perform surgery to extract the clot.”

To reduce the chances of encountering this very swift and deadly disease, here are some suggestions:

MySweetCharity Photo Alert: 2017 Go Red For Women Luncheon

Nancy Gopez and Alison Levine

For tackling the climb to conquering heart disease, the 2017 Go Red For Women gals donned the color of the month — red — and filled the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday, February 3, to hear best-selling author/sportswoman/explorer Alison Levine tell of her challenges in reaching the summit of Mt. Everest.

As big a draw as Alison was, there was a large number on hand to support Sandi Haddock Impact Awardee Mary Parker and Open Your Heart Chair Nancy Gopez.

Miller Gill, Rebecca Gill, Mary Parker, Suzanne Humphreys and Joe Parker

While the post is being prepped, the ladies in red and friends supporting the American Heart Association Dallas Division can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Mary Parker To Receive The Sandi Haddock Impact Award At 2017 Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon

Here’s a great way to start the weekend! Great news! The American Heart Association has just revealed that Mary Parker will be the 2017 recipient of the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday, February 3, for the Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon.

Mary Parker (File photo)

Mary Parker (File photo)

Nancy Gopez

Nancy Gopez

After having a heart attack years ago, Mary has become a powerful advocate in helping people become aware of the signs of a heart attack and making them take action. A recent example of her efforts paying off was Mary’s best bud Nancy Gopez, who immediately headed to the hospital and sought treatment when she recognized the symptoms. It not only saved Nancy’s life, it put her on a new road to better overall health.

BTW, Nancy is also going to be part of the festivities. She’ll be serving as the Open Your Heart chair and will be providing “her personal testimonial.”

Tickets just went on sale this month, so why not give yourself a healthy holiday gift?

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2015 Côtes Du Coeur Gala

Kristen Johnston Sanger, Kathy Holt and Kate Rose Marquez

Kristen Johnston Sanger, Kathy Holt and Kate Rose Marquez

The spirits were high for the 2015 Côtes du Coeur Gala on Saturday, April 25, at the Hilton Anatole. No wonder! It was a mega-fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Needless to say, there were a lot of ladies in wine-colored gowns, hundreds of bottles of wine in the silent auction, loads of chefs cooking up a storm and a splashy red Escalade that was being raffled off.

Silent auction

Silent auction

Saddiq Mir

Saddiq Mir

The write up is on its way, but in the meantime there are some photos over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Round Robin April 15: Côtes Du Coeur Reception, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Derby Day And Moonlight Ball Patron Parties

Accountants were hunkered down trying to meet the midnight tax deadline. But the evening of Wednesday, April 15, was one of those rare nights when the weather was ideal and partying indoors and out was incredible. Some of the events taking place included:

Côtes Du Coeur Reception

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Heart disease survivor and fundraiser Mary Gill was being celebrated at Jimmy Choo in connection with the April 25th Côtes du Coeur benefiting the American Heart Association.

Jimmy Choo's Cinderella slipper

Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella slipper

It was a bittersweet occasion. Being toasted and surrounded by about 60 friends like Simona Beal, Elizabeth Washburn, Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez, Kim Bannister, Mary Martha Pickens, Wendy Messmann, Kris Johnson, Cara French and Nancy Gopez cheered her a bit despite the recent loss of her brother Richie Humphreys, who succumbed to his years of battling cancer.

Helping add a touch of sparkle to the occasion was the presentation of Jimmy Choo’s made-to-order Cinderella shoe. Gals like Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak tried it on. Even if the crystal-embellished shoe fit the lady’s foot, the glass slipper—a tie-in with the new “Cinderella” live-action movie, which was playing at the nearby Village Theatre—might have required a Prince Charming to help handle the near-$5,000 price tag.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Derby Day Patron Party

Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

In Marion and Jim Moore‘s glorious house, Aakash Patel was playing his violin in the entry hall. About 35 guests were gathering for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Wells Fargo Derby Day patron party, which helps support programs including the DSO Young Strings, of which Aakash is a graduate. Co-Chairs Courtney Nall and Susan Walker had arranged for the event at the Moores’ just days before the Wells Fargo-sponsored derby at Lone Star Park.

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

In the den, Marilyn and H.M. Hailey were settled down in a comfy couch. The former Neiman Marcus house model recalled her days of working the couture salon and Zodiac Room with models Virginia Muncy and Desi. It was during this period that Marilyn met legendary hat designer Frank Olive. She was so caught up with the milliner that she started collecting his hats. Today she has 40 Frank Olive creations.

Who knows? Maybe Marilyn wore one of her prized chapeaus at the Sunday, April 19, Derby Day.

Under The Moonlight Ball Patron Party

Bob Penn was at the door of his 87-year-old mansion for the rescheduled Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight Ball patron party.

Mother Nature hadn’t been a very nice party guest for the previous Moonlight events. First the patron party had to be rescheduled due to snow, and then she dumped rain on the main event itself. Still, Moonlighters took it in stride. Despite the rain, they partied indoors at Trinity Groves and thank heaven they picked a perfect night for the patron party.

With the grounds looking just a kiss away from spectacular, the Penns threw open the terrace doors and the 45 guests took full advantage of the Penns’ hospitality and glorious home that sits on more than an acre in Highland Park.

Catherine Penn and Cate Ford

Katherine Penn and Cate Ford

Moonlight Co-Chair Cate Ford pointed out the faces carved into the staircase leading to the living quarters. There was a rumor that it was of Bob and his brothers as children. Then Cate checked out the charming panels featuring the Penn daughters in the living room.

Carved faces in stairway

Carved faces in stairway

Panel of Penn daughters

Panel of Penn daughters

Katherine Penn admitted that 30 years ago, when they moved into the house which was built in 1928, she thought it was way too big, but they eventually filled it up with kids and furnishings. Luckily, Katherine and Bob kept the Santa Barbara style home built by Bob’s folks intact with some slight adjustments. Katherine said that such things as air conditioning and electrical adjustments were a bit challenging. But they met the challenge.

One of the original homes built in the immediate neighborhood, the estate’s magnificent trees suffered no damage in last year’s straight-line winds. The secret? Katherine is vigilant about keeping the trees trimmed.

If ever the Penns invite you over, accept. This house is beautiful, inviting and historic.

Chef Richard Chamberlain Reveals Côtes du Coeur Lineup At Sub-Zero And Wolf Showroom

Everyone thought North Texas had ducked the winter bullet. Oh. The Northeaster had taken the brunt of the cold stuff. But then word started filtering through that something was on the horizon. Yipes! Just as folks clamored at Central Market like Armageddon was approaching, the memories of past icy problems arose.

Still, despite the ice warnings and the Oscars’ red carpet fashion “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” approaching, wine lovers and heart disease haters gathered for the Côtes du Coeur Chef Reveal at Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom.

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Well, if ever there was a kitchen appliance Fort Knox, this was the place. Walls of Sub-Zeros, glorious stoves/rangers and ovens filled the two levels that once were the homestead of Peaches and a long ago Safeway.

Personalized wine bottle

Personalized wine bottle

In one of the suites was wine calligrapher Ken Brown, who was dazzling all with his handiwork. With a fireplace glowing, he recalled one project. It was for CapRock Winery and he had to inscribe more than 700 bottles. According to sources, he did each magnificently.

Cotes du Coeur's chef reveal wines being served up

Cotes du Coeur’s chef reveal wines being served up

While some gathered to watch Ken do his handiwork, all picked up a glass of wine that seemed to be never ending. But then what else would you expect for an event that celebrates wine and raises money for the American Heart Association? And to go with the wines, Richard arranged for delicious foods including Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef.

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef

 

 

On this evening Chief Chef Richard Chamberlain rolled out the chefs who would be cooking up a storm for the American Heart Association fundraiser on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole. One of those was hardly noticed, since he was in his civvies — Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek’s Bruno Davaillon, who admitted that the past weekend had been non-stop. It’s been five years since the French chef moved to Dallas and he has developed a Texas grin and just a smidge of an accent. Not really, but one can imagine.

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

As for the rest of the chef stable, Richard reviewed each and what they have planned for their menus benefiting the American Heart Association fundraiser. Here’s a rundown of who will be cooking what at the Anatole on April 25:

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

  • Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill — Pecan wood smoke beef tenderloin, foie gras mousse, bacon-fig jam and caramelized shallot potatoes paired with 2010 Martinelli Giusppe and Luisa Zinfandel and 2011 Herb Lamb Vineyards cabernet Sauvignon
  • Garth Blackburn of Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom — All-Texas tostada tasting with Sterling Lambobucco, minted Santos pecan pesto, uncured lamb bacon, Praseks venison sausage crumble, kitchen pride cremini bacon, South Texas wild board shoulder, Mill King white cheddar and 1015 fondue paired with 2012 Gemstone Estate Red and 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Eric Brandt of VH Casual Dining and Bar — Lamb and porcini ravioli with pomegranate and sweet onion compote paired with 2011 Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Vino Chequen RESERVE Syrah Curico-Chile
  • Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek — Smoked foie gras and short-rib torchon, picked ramps and a fresco jam paired with 2010 Domaine Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling

  • Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton — Bison dish paired with 2012 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Bookwalter Protagonist
  • Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus Restaurants — Sautéed sweet Nantucket Bay scallops, gnocchi, brown butter, shaved Brussels sprouts, pecorino Romano and candied pecans paired with 2012 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and 2012 Donelan Sonoma County Nancie Chardonnay
  • Scott Gottlich of The Second Floor — Mushroom risotto with lemon and thyme dry cured filetto and Pepato cheese paired with 2012 Modus Operandi “Vicarious” California Red Blend
  • David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House — Tamari caramelized pork loin and tangerine Asian salad with miso-red curry dressing paired Schweiger Vineyards and 2010 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly — Citrus striped bass ceviche with English pea hummus, pea tendrils, popcorn shoot and radish salad finished with sesame rice stick gravel paired with 2013 Gamble Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Hanzell Vineyards Cardonnay
  • David McMillan of Meddlesome Moth —Cured, braised lamb breasts, filled with lacinato kale, garlic and torn bread on white beans and buttered leeks paired with 2011 St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and PEJU Province Winery
  • Carl Murray of NOBU — Tuna Tataki, red peppe miso glaze with pickled lotus root and shishito peppers paired with 103 Talbot Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir and 2011 Torii Mor ‘DeauxVerres’ Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Kitchen at 6130 — Pepper crusted duck breast, toasted Israeli couscous and dried peach demi paired with Merry Edwards Winery and 2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill — Strube Ranch Kobe short rib, creamed poblano corn, cabernet ancho sauce and caramelized spring onions paired with 2012 Hall Napa Valley Merlot and 2012 Sequoia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • John Tesar of Knife and Oak — Korean BBQ’d flat iron steak kimchi Korean vegetable pancake and kimchi butter paired with Egelhoff Wines and 2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge —Smoked pheasant, sea island red peas, Carolina gold rice, sweet corn, morel mushrooms, strawberry rhubarb mint relish paired with 2012 Hill Family Barrel Blend and Siduri Wines

BTW, that red Escalade that is being raffled off looked downright purty parked out front.

Go Red For Women Celebrated With Heart-Rendering Stories And A Father-Daughter Jones Chat

Go Red for Women Co-Chairs Jane and Andy Geisse met on a blind date in high school. It had been set up by mutual friends, who were dating. Andy called Jane up and asked her out. She said, “Great. Only there’s one thing…” She was on crutches due to falling off a car. The setup worked and they dated for seven years.

 Jane and Andy Geisse

Jane and Andy Geisse

Then Jane was hired by Proctor & Gamble. Her boss asked if she knew a chap by the name of “Andy Geisse.” Wary she said, “Well, yes,” not knowing if he knew of their relationship. The boss said for her to thank Andy because he had turned down the job that she got.

They decided enough was enough and got married. That was 35 years ago.

On Friday, February 6, Jane watched Andy on stage rehearsing on stage in the Omni’s Dallas Ballroom and laughed when he started clowning around.

 Nina Vaca, Freddy Vaca, Robin Woith and Holly Reed

Nina Vaca, Freddy Vaca, Robin Woith and Holly Reed

Outside in the lobby, it was a sea of red with gals like last year’s Go Red for Women Co-Chair Capera Ryan and her mom, Lee Bailey, Jocelyn White, Rachel Michell, Linda Ivy, Holly Reed, Nina Vaca, Robin Woith, Holly Reed, and Brill Garrett perusing the silent auction items benefiting the American Heart Association and some taking advantage of the wellness booths.

Gene Jones and Brill Garrett

Gene Jones and Brill Garrett

At 11, one of the featured on-stage guests, Charlotte Jones Anderson, arrived. She was going to have a full day. Later that evening she was throwing a little gathering for more than 20,000 for United Way of Greater Dallas.

She was moved to the VIP reception in a small suite at the far end of the lobby. At 11:20, word was passed that the other on-stage guest “Jerry (Jones)” was 15 minutes away.

Kaley O'Kelley

Kaley O’Kelley

Just 20 minutes later the doors officially opened to the ballroom. KTVT-CBS 11’s new anchor Kaylee Kelley arrived and reviewed the agenda. Jerry arrived. Rev. Sheron Patterson wearing a fox stole that had belonged to her mother posed for photos with Jerry.

Things were really starting to happen with last year’s Co-Chair/Circle of Red Chair Barbara Smith inviting guests to join the Circle of Red. Then it was the Geisses’ turn at the podium. Andy breezed through it without a hitch. At one point, Jane hesitated. It seems she was “way ahead of the teleprompter.” Jane explained the stop-action was due to the teleprompter. Such spontaneity was greeted by laughter. She picked up the pace again, only to have the teleprompter trip her up again. As they left the stage, Andy gave her a tip: “Never rely on the teleprompter.”

Doug and Martha Hawthorne

Doug and Martha Hawthorne

______ then presented the Sandi Haddock Award to Martha Hawthorne, who was escorted to the stage by her husband Doug. Next up was a video that ended with darkness and just the sound of a heart beating. On stage was Tabitha Millsop, who was born with Atrial Septal Defect and Pulmonary Stenosis. She told of the years of having undergone numerous treatments and surgeries, and that she was winning the war against heart disease thanks to funded research. With that a shout-out was made for donations. As she left the stage, Kaylee quietly told Tabitha of her admiration for telling her story.

Tabitha Millsop

Tabitha Millsop

After contributions were collected, AT&T CEO/Chairman of the Board Randall Stephenson appeared on the two mega-screens to introduce Charlotte and Jerry and moderator Brad “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys” Sham.

With Gene Jones in the audience, the trio settled back in chairs on stage with Charlotte in between the gents. Brad started off by saying it was interesting that Jerry was there because in the early days of the Dallas Cowboys ownership, there were those who didn’t think he had a heart at all.

Highlights from the conversation with Charlotte and Jerry included:

  • Jerry announced that Dez did catch the ball.
  • Brad asked whether Jerry had adopted Gov. Chris Christie yet. Jerry’s response, “Well, we’re sending him checks.”
  • Jerry: “Everybody in this room knows I’ve had my share of negative issues…That keeps you talking. That keeps you interested.”
  • When asked what it was like working with her father, Charlotte said, “You can’t get a word in edgewise?”
  • Brad pointed out that when TV cameras show the Jones clan in their box, Charlotte is nowhere to be seen. She explained that she is “Working. I have a headset on.”
  • According to Jerry, “The NFL is a respite for the real heroes in this country. And the real heroes are the ones who make the jobs. The real heroes are the ones who man the hospitals. The real heroes are the teachers. The real heroes are the folks who protect us. The NFL and television is [sic] a respite away from that… It’s turned out to be more than any of us could have ever thought.”

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

  • Jerry recalled a time when Michael Irvin was being booked into jail wearing a fur coat. To turn the negative image around, Charlotte arranged for Jerry to meet with NBC-TV Chairman Dick Ebersol. NBC was going to telecast the upcoming Thanksgiving Day game. The morning the three were to meet with Ebersol, Jerry discovered Charlotte in her hotel room; “basically she’s sitting in there. She just has on a little, old workout deal on and she’s got her legs crossed in the middle of the floor.  And, boy, she’s putting together a presentation for Dick Ebersol, the head of all NBC. I looked at that and said, ‘Well, Charlotte, this is good, but here’s what we’re gonna do today. I want you to sit back. You take a cue from me. But I’m gonna do the talking because this thing really has possible serious ramifications.’ Course, she was dutiful and said, ‘Fine.’ We get in the meeting And all of a sudden Dick starts looking at Charlotte. Obviously, he’s not looking at me anymore. And he starts listening to Charlotte and I’m pulled in a little bit, but that’s not there anymore. And all of a sudden, [it] comes out from something I couldn’t have expected. It was the most articulate description of how would you take Thanksgiving Day game that has eyeballs of 100 million people at times between the show program and the game? How would you take that and could we use the halftime that the NFL has and basically tell a story of a lot of people in need?  He looked over at us and said we’ve never had anyone asked us for it. It’s a slow time for us because we only have at [that time] the two games on Thanksgiving. He said, ‘I’ll do it, but I want to tell you something:  if it’s not great stuff, if it’s not Super Bowl quality, we’re going to cut away. I don’t care what you’ve done, we’re gonna show something else.” The end result not only worked, it was blockbuster. And it was when Jerry realized that Charlotte was a powerhouse.
  • Jerry told that after he fired “iconic Tom Landry” and “I got my tail kicked,” a well-meaning person told him that when he showed up around town to have Gene or Charlotte standing by him to soften the blow.
  • Jerry admitted that he had fired Brad at one point and was told by folks that he “didn’t have the authority to do that.”
  • Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad told Jerry and the audience that Charlotte should be made the Commissioner of the NFL.

The Côtes Du Coeur Big Boy Bottles Were Front And Center At Jana And Mike Brosin’s With A Red Escalade Outfront

The 2015 season was starting to perk up on Thursday, January 29. Despite itchy eyes and drippy noses thanks to 60-degree weather allergies, folks were taking full advantages of the spring-like weather. Hey, you gotta grab it when it’s at your doorstep.

Lisa Rachor and Mike and Jana Brosin

Lisa Rachor and Mike and Jana Brosin

Speaking of doorsteps, Jana and Mike Brosin’s walkway was covered with a red carpet with a view of a hot, red Cadillac Escalade shining away thanks to spotlights. Why all that red? The American Heart Association’s Côtes du Coeur‘s Big Bottle party. And when they say, “Big Bottle,” they mean bottles that could individually fill bathtubs. Everywhere one looked were lineups of bottles up for perusal. But in the middle of the dining room was a table with the really, absolutely “Big Boy Bottles.”

Carol Holmes

Carol Holmes

BTW, the Brosins’ home was simply ideal for entertaining. It was just a year ago that the Crest go-to guy and his bride bought the digs in Bent Tree. It had been built back in the 70’s. But leave it to the Brosins. They hunkered down and updated the 5,000-square-foot residence to 21st century glory including the near two-acre grounds. Still they kept such marvelous touches as the original stone light fixtures that hung overhead. And, no, they don’t usually have a hunky red Escalade parked in the front yard. It’s the raffle item for the fundraiser!

Chris and Jeffie Jones and Trisha and Rick Allen

Chris and Jeffie Jones and Trisha and Rick Allen

Luck was truly on Big Bottle Chair Carol Holmes’ side. The weather was so user friendly, that the doors could be wide open for guests like Côtes du Coeur Chief Chef Richard Chamberlain and wife Lisa, Britton Eaves in a natty hat, Jennifer and Mike Buchanan, Linda and Mark Piepenbrok, Jeffie and Chris Jones, Lisa Rachor, Trisha and Richard Allen and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger, who had just flown in from Oklahoma, to take full advantage of the backyard’s terrace with its killer pool, patio heaters and nearby firepit surrounded by comfy chairs and couches. Jennifer handed over something in a wine gift bag to Mike. His comment: “If it’s from Jennifer, it’s got to be something special.”

Jennifer Buchanan

Jennifer Buchanan

While servers wandered through the crowd offering wine for sampling, the Tre Wilcox crew kept the kitchen producing tidbits. One guest cut short a conversation, saying, “I just gotta get me one of those sliders.” Alas, poor Tre was not to be seen. Seems he was home with his back giving him a fit.

Jim and Teri Striegel

Jim and Teri Striegel

As Jim Striegel waited for his wife Teri, he told how he was juggling his real estate deals in Dallas with his Red Mare winery in Napa.

Wine doyenne Hayley Hamilton Cogill was checking the Big Boy Bottles. She liked what she saw. Nearby husband Gary Cogill was being buttonholed about his Academy Award picks.

Kate Rose Marquez

Kate Rose Marquez

Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez was just back from San Francisco, where she surprised a dear friend who was passing the 50-year mark. In her red-hot, lace dress, Kate Rose was wired. No, not that kind of “wired.” It seems that the heart-disease survivor’s life has been filled with a lot of activity of late. So much so that her medical team was monitoring her heart with wiring. On her trip to San Francisco, she told passengers in adjacent seats that her equipment might go off and wouldn’t turn off until she could hook up to a land-line phone. Their reward for potential problems? Kate Rose bought them drinks.

MySweetCharity Reminder: Ready Your Reds For Friday

Friday is National Wear Red Day. No, it’s not a warm up for Valentine’s Day. It’s a united effort to remind people that heart disease is as deadly as any terrorist. And while in years past, the emphasis among the ladies has been on breast cancer, heart disease has risen to the top of the “Most Unwanted” health issues. One in three women die each year as a result of heart disease and strokes.

So, if you haven’t got a Reagan red outfit and can’t afford to go out and splurge on one, head to the drugstore and buy the flashiest red lipstick you can find. Then pucker up and let heart disease know it can “kiss off!”

BTW, you do have your tickets to Go Red For Women at the Omni Dallas, don’t you?

JUST IN: Martha Hawthorne To Receive Sandi Haddock Impact Award

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Luncheon is just a week away and word comes that this year’s recipient of the Sandi Haddock Impact Award will be Martha Hawthorne.

Martha Hawthorne*

Martha Hawthorne*

The award is annually given “to a key female leader in the Dallas Community. The honoree is someone who has made a significant impact in the community with a particular focus on the betterment of women’s health issues.”

The event at the Omni Dallas will also feature a on-stage conversation with Charlotte Jones Anderson and her father Jerry Jones.

My, but the Joneses are going to be busy. That night they’ll be at AT&T Stadium for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unite Forever Gala.

Congratulations to Martha.

* Photo credit: James Edward

Despite Sunday’s Heartbreaker, The Jones Family Will Be On Stage For The 2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon At The Omni Dallas Hotel

Now, don’t go boo-hooing about Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Instead, why not get the Jones’s lowdown on what they think about rules that make no sense and heart issues that do. Hello? Where are we going with this train of thinking?

Andy and Jane Geisse*

Andy and Jane Geisse*

2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Jane and Andy Geisse have arranged for Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones to be the keynote speakers at the February 6th luncheon at the Omni Hotel Dallas.

Charlotte Jones Anderson*

Charlotte Jones Anderson*

Jerry Jones*

Jerry Jones*

Benefiting the American Heart Association, the event will also include “an entire area dedicated to free health screenings and health related information.”

The issue of heart disease is very personal to the Geisse and the Jones clans. Both Jane’s and Andy’s mother “struggled with heart disease as well as their daughter, who was born without a pericardium, which holds the heart in the proper place.”

As for the Jones family, Jerry revealed in an interview with writer Tom Stephenson that he himself suffers from atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat. After yesterday’s game, his cardiologist was probably on call.

BTW, tickets are not available for gals only! Heart disease is a killer of men, too. So, why not bring along your sweetheart because he just might like to hear Jerry’s spin on life.

Remember that February 6th is also National Wear Red Day. Even if you won’t a single stitch of red to wear, you’re bound to have some juicy red lipstick. So, smear it on to wipe out heart disease.

* Photo provided by 2015 Go Red for Women Luncheon

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Côtes du Coeur

According To Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Côtes du Coeur is a series of events leading up to a magical night of wine and food- a black-tie fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner held on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). The spring gala is the largest of its kind and is the number one gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Proceeds from Côtes du Coeur go directly to the AHA for cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs. Côtes du Coeur 2014 raised $3.2 million, net proceeds. That’s with an event cost of just 10%! During its 22-year history, Côtes du Coeur has raised more than $21 million.

“Côtes du Coeur is a sell out every year – it hosts approximately 1,200 business and community leaders, wine industry leaders, and wine collectors from throughout the Southwest. At the gala, renowned Dallas chef Richard Chamberlain leads 16 acclaimed chefs in the creation of a tasting menu and wine pairing from 30 elite wineries from America and abroad. Attendees experience multi-course fine dining created around a specific wine varietal for each dish. The quality of the food and wine is a key differentiator for “Côtes du Coeur. The gala features a live auction of one-of-a-kind experience-packages and a silent auction of more than 2,000 wines-the largest fine wine auction in the Southwest.

Rick Allen, Paragon Healthcare’s CEO, and Chris Jones, Paragon’s CSO, are underwriting co-chairs. Kristen Sanger is my right hand gal as gala/arrangements chair, working on a fantastic theme to be revealed. soon. Kim Bannister has signed on for auction chair, so you know that will be fabulous.

“This year’s team has already secured two-$125,000 sponsors.”

Lynne And Dick Cheney Discussed The Lifelong Battle With Heart Disease At Go Red For Women

Heart disease doesn’t discriminate. It’s quite democratic. Regardless of your sex, age, race or political affiliation, it literally strikes fear in your heart.

Perhaps that’s why both male and female, young and old, and Democrat and Republican attended the 2014 Go Red For Women Luncheon Friday, February 7, at the Hilton Anatole.

Park Place Porsche

Park Place Porsche

Before the tsunami of guests flooded the lobby in red, the place was hopping with activity. Sessions were being held on heart-healthy lifestyles. Test were being conducted to determine guests’ heart status. Liz Tankersley was on hand to talk about the Porsche, with a bright red one just inches away.

Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney

Among the early crowd of women in red was a slight blonde strolling the entire Anatole lobby to the Counter Offer. There she purchased a couple of wake-up beverages and then disappeared into the distance. One person did a double-take and asked, “Isn’t that Lynne Cheney?” Indeed it was. But no one else seemed to notice.

Barbara Smith, Dick Cheney and Capera Ryan

Barbara Smith, Dick Cheney and Capera Ryan

As the lobby continued to fill in red looking like Papyrus’ Valentine selection, a few very special folks like Dan Novakov, Doug Hawthorne and Bobbie Sue and Phil Williams, ventured toward the Media Bar and Grill, where they were admitted only if their name was on a list. In the back of the room, an American Heart Association sponsorship backdrop was in place. Eventually sponsor types and AHA “friends” filed into the room to have their photo opp with keynote speaker/former Vice President Dick Cheney.

After completing a TV interview in a sideroom, Cheney headed to the next part of his day’s assignment — meet and greet.

Dick Cheney and Kate Rose Marquez

Dick Cheney and Kate Rose Marquez

Appearing like a frosh candidate on the chicken lunch circuit, Cheney greeted each old friend and new friend with a handshake and a smile. This was a man who had just celebrated his 73rd birthday, which was amazing with his heart’s track record of attacks, emergency room runs, near-death-experiences and heart transplant. One of the people in the lineup was last year’s Co-Chair Kate Rose Marquez, who had had open-heart surgery at the age of 42. What did she and Cheney talk about? A barbecue joint they both liked in Wyoming. BTW, Kate Rose is heading up the Circle of Red for people — both men and women — who have given at least $5,000. So far, there are 40 in the city of Dallas. Barbara Raven had issued a $100,000 challenge. For each $5,000 pledge, Barbara and her husband George will match it. The group was founded by Sandi Haddock. But more about Sandi later.

Barbara Levenson, Lynne Cheney and Sandi Haddock

Barbara Levenson, Lynne Cheney and Sandi Haddock

To the side, Lynne watched as a veteran of past photo opps. But unlike her drink run earlier in the day, she was spotted by old Dallas friends like Pierce Allman, Sandi Haddock and Barbara Levenson, so she was busy catching up.

Sandi and Ron Haddock, Dick Cheney and Sam Johnson

Sandi and Ron Haddock, Dick Cheney and Sam Johnson

Just as photographer Steve Wrubel was taking some of the last photos, someone realized that a photo of Sandi and husband Ron Haddock and U.S. State Rep. Sam Johnson hadn’t been taken. Not realizing protocol of others, who had been waiting their turn, the trio found themselves moved to the next spot on the list. But unlike the previous photo moments, this one took a little longer to chat about the good old days when the Cheneys had lived in Dallas, Cheney had headed up Halliburton and no one had ever heard of 9/11. But soon the handlers had their way and the conversation ended and the final photos were snapped.

Swiftly the handlers did their magic act and the Cheneys disappeared through a doorway.

Seconds later Jennifer Staubach Gates and her dad Roger Staubach arrived on the scene. Roger realized his tie wasn’t the appropriate day’s color. Somehow a red one was made available. As Rog quickly put it on, father and daughter headed for their photo with the now MIA Cheney. Not to worry. Guests were eager to have their photos taken with the Cowboy legend and his Dallas City Council daughter.

Someone asked where the Staubach matriarch, Marianne, was. Jennifer reported that a niece was having a birthday party and Marianne had committed to it before the Go Red event was on the books.

Lynne Cheney, Capera Ryan and Dick Cheney

Lynne Cheney, Capera Ryan and Dick Cheney

Inside the grand ballroom, the tables were as jammed as toes in a shoe one size too small. In front of the stage, the head tables were positioned in a heart shape decked out in red, of course. Seated between the two Cheneys, Luncheon Co-Chair Capera Ryan looked like she had been named homecoming queen.

Before getting to the main event, Capera and her Co-Chair Barbara Smith spoke passionately about their very personal reason for taking on the task of raising over $1M for AHA. Neither had personally suffered heart disease, but they had suffered the loss of family members and VIPs in their lives due to the disease.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown recognized Sandi Haddock’s importance to the AHA by announcing that they had created an award in her name honoring individuals who have been outstanding leaders in the fight against heart disease. And the first recipient was Sandi!

Florence Shapiro, Ron and Sandi Haddock and Tim Wallace

Florence Shapiro, Ron and Sandi Haddock and Tim Wallace

After Trinity Industries’ Tim Wallace presented the award to Sandi, husband Ron Haddock in his red shirt and black bowtie took over the mic and introduced the folks at their table including Florence Shapiro, Sam Johnson, Barbara Levenson and former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce and “his bride” Amy. If the Haddocks seemed a bit overly enthusiastic about the cause, it’s because they have firsthand knowledge due to Ron’s learning 20 years ago that three of his coronary arteries were 90% blocked. Thanks to research and advancements, Ron is healthy, which explains the Haddocks being on the frontline in the battle of against heart disease.

Lynne and Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner

Lynne and Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner

It was then time for the Cheneys to have an on-stage discussion with Cheney’s cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner. In addition to guiding the Cheneys through their years of heart recovery, Reiner had co-authored “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey” with the former VP.

The conversation touched on the personal battle with heart disease from the patient’s, the family’s and the doctor’s perspective. Since Cheney suffered his first heart attack at the age of 37, he and his wife had 36 years of experience. Highlights from the talk included:

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney

The 1970’s:
  • While working in the Nixon and Ford administrations, Cheney said staffers were almost encouraged to smoke thanks to cigarette companies providing free cigarettes to the White House. He recalled how it was a way to impress people when you would pull out your pack of cigs that were marked “White House,” or matches marked “Air Force One.” It was during this time that he was smoking two to three packs a day. That statement brought an audible shudder from the audience.
  • Following his first heart attack in 1978, he gave up smoking and started exercising.
  • Lynne chided the VP by saying “You had bad genes on both maternal and paternal sides.”
  • Lynne recalled how when they first learned of Dick’s condition, there was nothing to do for heart attack victims except bed rest.
The 1980’s:
  • He suffered three attacks and bypass surgery. After which he started taking Lipitor that reduced the attack dramatically.
Lynne and Dick Cheney

Lynne and Dick Cheney

The 2000’s:
  • It was while he was vice president that he discovered that there was no procedure in place for an incapacitated vice president to be replaced. So, he wrote a letter of resignation and gave it to his attorney. It seems that the lawyer kept it at home, which caught on fire. After getting his family out of the house, the attorney raced back in and retrieved the letter.
  • During the 17 months after he left the vice presidency, he really went downhill.
2012:
  • Dick waited 20 months for a heart to become available for his transplant. This surgery was the easiest he had ever had.
  • Dick: “I wake up every day with a smile on my face to see a day I never expected to see.”
Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney

In addition to these recollections of their years surviving the disease, Lynne directed her comments to the audience advocating the importance of defibrillators in workplaces and the need for people to donate hearts. She advised people — both patients and family members — facing heart disease that “being positive is good. . . being upbeat about the progress that’s being made.”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Go Red For Women

Sandi and Ron Haddock, Dick Cheney and Sam Johnson

Sandi and Ron Haddock, Dick Cheney and Sam Johnson

Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Anatole on Friday, February 7, was a sea of red. While the hundreds gathered in the lobby to learn and be tested for heart disease, a very limited few headed for the Media Bar for a meet-and-greet with keynote speaker/former VP/grateful heart patient Dick Cheney.

Check out some of the photos from the luncheon at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery, while the story is being prepared for posting.

Former VP Dick Cheney’s “American Medical Odyssey” Will Come To Go Red For Women Luncheon For American Heart Association

Dick Cheney (File photo)

Dick Cheney (File photo)

If anyone has experience with heart conditions, it’s former Vice President Dick Cheney. Having suffered his first heart attack at the age of 37 in 1978, his life has been plagued by heart disease. But thanks to advancements in the treatment of cardiac conditions, he’s survived five heart attacks and eventually had a heart transplant.

In his recently released book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,” he tells how his doctors had to adjust his defibrillator when he was vice president. They were worried that terrorists might hack it.

With all that background, it should come as no surprise that Cheney will be the keynote speaker at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, February 7, at the Hilton Anatole.

But don’t go thinking that this is a ladies-only luncheon. No, siree. Co-Chairs Capera Ryan and Barbara Smith are encouraging gents to join the American Heart Association fundraiser.

Don’t let your political leanings hold you back from attending this luncheon. Heart disease cuts across all political lines.

Go Red Day Luncheon Plans And Leadership Announced

If you were in the neck of the woods around NorthPark’s La Duni Tuesday morning, you might have seen a bunch of gals putting their heads together. No, they weren’t plotting their wardrobes for the fall season. Instead they were finalizing plans for the Go Red Luncheon to coincide with 2014 National Wear Red Day for the Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association.

It will take place on Friday, February 7, at the Hilton Anatole.

Capera Ryan (File photo)

Capera Ryan (File photo)

Barbara Smith*

Barbara Smith*

After this past year’s event raising more than $1M thanks to keynote speaker Laura Bush, they needed to have a “powerhouse duo” to beat that total. So, they managed to get a couple of executive types to co-chair this year’s fundraising luncheon — Christies Auction House Southwest Region Capera Ryan and Commercial Metals CFO/Senior VP Barbara Smith.

* Photo provided by Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association

Share-A-Date: Go Red For Women Luncheon

Go Red for Women

Friday, June 8: It’s only come to light in recent years that heart disease among women is indeed insidious. While much has been promoted about the typical signs of a heart attack in men, it was just assumed that women suffered the same symptoms. But thanks to research that assumption was proved to be wrong. Women are totally different once again.

The unfortunate fact is one in three women die from heart disease each year. Surely, that number can be improved with a little education and effort.

That’s what so great about the Go Red for Women luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. Luncheon Chair Lora Villarreal, Honorary Chair Nancy Leiberman and Social Chair Mary Gill have put together a great lineup. Not only will world record-setting champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee be the keynote speaker and heart-disease survivor Renee Tichnor relate her experience, there will be “breakout sessions” in which health and fitness experts will discuss how to avoid becoming a victim of this #1 killer of women.

BTW, if you’re a gent, you might want to make a reservation for your favorite gal. . . a gift from the heart for a heart.

Graphic provided by Go Red for Women

Côtes du Coeur Wine Society‘s International Fine Wine Auction Will Tantlize Tastebuds To Create Heart-Healthy Funding

Cotes du Coeur

Like fine wine, the Côtes du Coeur Wine Society‘s International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner gets better and better with time. It’s raised more than $14 million since its founding in 1991, and this year’s event at the Hilton Anatole raises the bar once again. But don’t think it’s a one-night-only program. Heck, no! When it comes to the folks who love the vino, they take their time and sample, sample, sample. Over the course of months, there have been all types of pre-gala events — Big Bottle Party, Chef Announcement Party, Catalog Preview Party. You just know that sooner or later they’re going to have a “Proper Cork Pull Party.”

But the really biggie is just around the corner on Saturday, April 14, when Chef Richard Chamberlain and leading chefs  (David McMillan of Screen Door, Marc Morton of Oceanaire Seafood Room, Otto Borsich of Central Market, Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Anthony C. Bombaci of Nana Restaurant, Dean Fearing of the Ritz-Carlton, Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus Restaurants, Scott  Gottlich of Bijoux, Joel Harrington of Charlie Palmer at the Joule, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Kent Rathbun of Abacus/Jasper’s/Rathbun’s Blue Plate, Matt Raso of Nobu, Marcus Strietzel of the French Room at the Adolphus Hotel, Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort and Jim  Severson of Sevy’s Grill) will present a fabulous assortment of tastings paired with wines from 32 “elite wineries from America and abroad.”

Co-chairs Sandy and David Alexander have also arranged for some pretty interesting auction items that include

  • a day for four to shadow the Mansion’s Bruno in the kitchen,
  • a wine adventure with John and Gretchen Bookwalter in Washington complete with round-trip tickets,
  • a day of golfing and spa-ing finished off with a presentation of Good Chef/Bad Chef by Jim Severson and David Holben and dinner, of course,
  • dinner at Sandi and Ron Haddock‘s penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton and
  • so much more!

But don’t go thinking that Côte du Coeur is only about wine. It not only offers an opportunity for  “patrons to cultivate deep and meaningful business and personal relationships with senior level executives from the Dallas area,” it also raises awareness and funds for the Dallas division of the American Heart Association.

Calling All Volunteers: Taste Of Dallas

The American Heart Association is putting a call out for volunteers to help with the Taste of Dallas at Fair Park from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10. With more than 60 restaurants, chef demonstrations, wine/beer tastings, Kids Taste Town, live music and entertainment, sports zone, culinary marketplace, CPR training and health screening, they need help to make the event a huge success. No, you probably won’t to draw blood or clean latrines, but you can be quite adorable as you help guests find their way around the event.

If you’re thinking, “Well, yeah, but it’s gonna be darn hot.” Not to worry. The event “footprint” includes 150,000-square feet of air-conditioned, indoor space.

In return you’ll get a free ticket and a big, old pat on the back. If you’re smart, you’ll also take advantage of the screenings and learn about CPR. Oh, you already thought about that. Should have guessed.

If you and your posse want to sign up, email [email protected]

Ron And Sandi Haddock Have A Million-$$$ Heart For American Heart Association And Research

Ron and Sandi Haddock*

To many Rod Haddock is a golden child. His resume is stunningly remarkable — Purdue graduate, interim CEO of AEI, numerous executive positions within Exxon, executive VP and COO of Fina, board member of Alon U.S.A. Energy Inc., Trinity Industries Inc., Safety-Kleen, Adea International, Rubicon Offshore International and Petron Corp., Southwest Securities Inc. and Enron Corp. to name just a minuscule few. To top that off, he’s traveled in the best social circles and has a gorgeous and vivacious wife, Sandi, to boot. Back 20 years ago, he just knew his health matched his perfect lifestyle. After all, he was a longtime athlete and runner.

But Ron’s perfect life took an unexpected nearly deadly turn. He learned that three of his coronary arteries were 90% blocked. An immediate bypass surgery was performed. After a little digging, he discovered his family had a history of heart disease, so a valve replacement procedure was undertaken.

Today at 69 Ron is the picture of health, both in photos and tests. He and Sandi are happier than ever. They also appreciate the advancements in heart disease research that have taken place over the years. They’re so appreciative that Tuesday night at the 2011 Golden Heart Banquet at the Omni in Las Colinas it was announced that Sandi and Ron have given a $1 million unrestricted gift to the Dallas Division and the SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

According to officials, “The gift will be used to encourage others to give additional unrestricted gifts through Haddock Challenge Grants at AHA events in Dallas, including Cotes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner gala, the Dallas Heart Walk and the Dallas Go Red For Women luncheon. A portion of the funds will establish the Ron W. Haddock International Award to recognize outstanding contributions to the Association’s global efforts. Remaining funds will be used to spur leadership giving across the SouthWest Affiliate, which serves a six state region including Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming.”

* File photo

American Heart Association and W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Team Up To Save Lives

The American Heart Association and the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas are joining forces on a two-year project that will allow the AHA “to enhance the heart attached emergency response system in Dallas County.” This $3.5 million grant “has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Dallas and to serve as a model for the rest of the state and country.”

Thank you notes should be in the mail today!

Stiletto Strut Struts on Regardless of the Weather

Just checked in with Stiletto Strut’s Co-chair Lynn McBee about Thursday night’s SS at downtown Neiman’s. After all the weather wizards are suggesting an outside chance of storms.

Lynn’s response:

“We’ll strut fast — it is only one block! Actually, I do not really know, but it is not going to rain.”

Our money is on Lynn, but just in case the Strutters could just as easily stroll around NM.