Music, Dinner And Art “Ramped Up” Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s “Art For Advocacy” Fundraiser To The Next Level

Amy Hofland Lewis and Tara Lewis*

Everyone agreed: Co-Chairs Amy Lewis Hofland and Tara Lewis really “ramped it up” for the 10th annual Art for Advocacy auction event Saturday, November 5, at the General Datatech Warehouse space on Ambassador Row. The event, as always, benefited the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the last decade the annual bash has raised about $3 million to provide therapy and other services to abused children in Dallas County.

This year, though, things were upped a notch. The handsome tech space was an expansive contrast to FIG, the venue in previous years. This time around, there was a delicious seated dinner that was catered by Bolsa. And, following a successful art auction by maestro Louis Murad, big-time entertainment by the popular indie singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe capped the evening.

Sofia Sugasti and Nancy Carlson*

Tom and Kathi Lind*

First, though, the nearly 700 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and a close-up gander at all the art on the walls. About 100 local and regional artists were participating in the display, under the direction of Art Selection honcho Joyce Goss. Among those strolling and checking everything out were Honorary Chair Nancy Carlson, Kara and Randall Goss, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Keith Nix, James Anbouba (“We always bid on a few items,” he said—“in fact, we have no more wall space!), Sofia Sugasti, Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Barry Whistler, Rachel and Hampton Richards, Kathi and Tom Lind, Nick Even and Clark Knippers and Kersten Rettig (still wearing a black boot, months after that mishap in Arkansas).

Holly Johnson, Nancy Cohen Israel and Solomon Israel*

Following a talk by DCAC president and CEO Lynn Davis—he said the nonprofit group helped more than 4,000 children in 2015—auctioneer Murad took the stage, and the artwork began flying into the high bidders’ hands. A photo called “Moth” by Maxine Helfman, for example, was valued at $8,000 but went for $12,000; Megan Adams Brooks’ “Blindspot” painting,” valued at $7,800, sold for $9,000; and Shane Pennington’s copper-wire sculpture called “I Look Up In Wonder” was valued at $14,500, but wound up trading hands for a whopping $25,000.

Sarah Jaffe*

So much excitement had been created, in fact, that one man popped up on stage and announced, “I’m going to match whatever anybody gives tonight, up to $100,000!” A little later, Sarah Jaffe and her band strummed their first notes. Ramped up, indeed.

For a look at some of the sponsors, who made this possible, follow the jump:

* Photo credit: Dane Davis

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Sold-Out Alert: Art For Advocacy

2016 Art for Advocacy*

2016 Art for Advocacy*

There ain’t no more tickets available for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art for Advocacy.

If you got your place reserved for the Saturday, November 5th fundraiser at General Datatech Warehouse, go shopping for something artsy to wear. If you procrastinated, plan on jammies, popcorn and Netflixing the night away.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Pamela Love’s “Muses And Manifestations” Plus Nick Fouquet Hats Filled Forty Five Ten For Art For Advocacy Kick-Off Party

The invite for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy kick-off party read that it was taking place at Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten on Thursday, September 22. The question was: Was it the original Forty Five Ten digs on McKinney Avenue, or the gee-whiz new multi-level jewel box across from The Joule?

Lucy Wrubel

Lucy Wrubel

Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray

Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray

Faisal Halum and Jason Hardwood

Faisal Halum and Jason Hardwood

Lindsay Jacaman

Lindsay Jacaman

Since the new one doesn’t officially open until November, it was indeed at the original specialty store where Art For Advocacy Honorary Chair Nancy Carlson, Shelle Sills, Judson Hardwood, Tara Lewis, Lindsay Jacaman, Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray had gathered. On this night it had DJ Lucy Wrubel at the music helm and Nick Fouquet chapeau designs. When asked why she hadn’t been spinning for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala the weekend before, Lucy admitted that it was a case of conflict of interest with her class reunion.

Brian Bolke and Pamela Love

Brian Bolke and Pamela Love

Muses And Manifestations

Muses And Manifestations

As fortune tellers like Laura West predicted future developments for guests, “love” was in the air thanks to petite jewelry designer/author Pamela Love, who was looking way too adorable and accepting congrats on her collection and her new book — “Muses and Manifestations.”

Across the room, the place looked like Javier’s cigar room without the smoke. Very cool chaps were donning Nick Fouquet’s Huckleberry Hats, and why not? Nick had his collection on display, being sold, and making the average cool folks look even cooler.

To make the evening even more special, 10% of the proceeds from sales of Pamela Love, Nick Fouquet and Huckleberry Ltd., benefited DCAC.

It will be a big year for Art For Advocacy. Not only is DCAC celebrating its 25-year anniversary, the Saturday, November 5th fundraiser at GDT Warehouse will be #10 for Art For Advocacy.

Round Robin September 24: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chairs Reception And Chic

After the day’s luncheon, everyone should have headed home, but fundraising required venturing out as the weekend approached. At ZaZa Art, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League celebrated Lisa and George Longinos’ being honorary co-chairs for the DSOL Debutante Presentation on Saturday, February 20, at the Meyerson.

North of LBJ, the Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon patrons were gathered at The Warehouse in preparation for their October 30th fundraiser with Eva Longoria as the keynote speaker.

Back in the Bubble, the John Wayne Film Festival was underway at Highland Park Village Theater for three days of movies and rubbing shoulders with the Duke’s kin to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Honoring 2016 Co-Chairs

Just a few doors down from the HPV theater, another cancer-busting event was taking place. It was the Cattle Baron’s gals shopping (a percentage of the sales went into the CBB coffers) and sipping at St. Laurent in honor of 2016 CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber.

2015 CBB Co-Chair Tia Wynne was having to handle the hostessing duties. Her Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens was in New York and finding the getting around town a doozy while Pope Francis was in the Big Apple hood.

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

JB Hayes

JB Hayes

Cara was looking forward to her cousin Blair Farris coming to town on Wednesday, October 14. Blair is the publisher/editor of Peachy The Magazine.

JB Hayes was back from a trip to Tuscany where Courtney and Neal Rider were celebrating the anniversary of their wedding there.

After Claire Emanuelson tried on a multi-colored, $15K fur cape, she and Piper Wyatt were on their way for a girls’ night out. Other guests included Joanna Clarke, Teffy Jacobs, Wendy Messmann, _

Chic

On the edge of the Bubble, Brian Bolke’s Forty-Five Ten was rocking with people watching better than the Grammy red carpet. It was “Chic” — the chic-est kick-off event for the November 7th Art for Advocacy being co-chaired by Paige and John Slates and benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Itty-bitty Shelle Sills fessed up that by staying thin, she was better able to move through such jamfests. This one included Nancy Rogers, Faisal Halum, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Alicia and Scott Wood, David Droese (“Lately we’ve been doing the family thing.”), Muffin Lemak, Brooke Hortenstine, Julie Hawes, Missy Peck, Christen and Derek Wilson, Pat McEvoy, Jennie Reeves, Sunie Solomon, Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman.

Shelby Wagner

Shelby Wagner

Scott and Alicia Wood

Scott and Alicia Wood

Missy Peck

Missy Peck

 

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

The evening’s draw was so typical of Brian. Author Donald Robertson was all smiles while signing his “Mitford at the Fashion Zoo.” Oh, goodness, how the ladies were lined up whom Donald had illustrated on the shopping bags. Talk about wanting to be a bag woman!

Donald Robertson

Donald Robertson

Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin

In another area, “looks” expert Linda Rodin needed no spotlight. It was her glasses, her white/silver hair, her Bottox-less beauty or her outstanding cheekbones. It was the whole package that set her aside from the rest. Her zest for life and people dominated the scene. “I’ll have what she’s having!

Claire and Piper, who had moved their girls’ night out to Forty Five Ten, were then headed back to Highland Park Village for din-din at Café Pacific.

Art For Advocacy Co-Chairs Host A Gallery Preview And Private Tour Of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Laura Rowe and Jessi Moore

Laura Rowe and Jessi Moore

With the bus cooling its wheels out front on Levee Street, a couple dozen Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center supporters and art lovers like Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch, Laura Rowe, Jessi Moore, David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal and Wanda Dye were checking out the art in the Holly Johnson Gallery and Cris Worley Fine Arts on Tuesday, July 21.

"This Is Obvious" (2015) by Sara Deal

“This Is Obvious” (2015) by Sara Deal

But this wasn’t any old art gallery show and stroll. At 6:25 p.m. the crowd was welcomed by the gallery owners Holly Johnson and Cris Worley, who are the art chairs for the 2015 Art for Advocacy in November.

John and Paige Slates, Holly Johnson and Cris Worley

John and Paige Slates, Holly Johnson and Cris Worley

Next up were Art for Advocacy Co-Chairs Paige and John Slates. As John thanked the artists in the crowd for their contributions, Dallas Children’s Charities’ Stephen Howard said loud enough for all to hear, “Did you see the article in the paper saying how the quality of the art this year has really ramped up?”

Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch,  David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal, Stephen Howard and Wanda Dye

Chris Blay, Liliana Bloch, David Medina, Monte Martin, Alan Simmons, Lindsey Carneal, Stephen Howard and Wanda Dye

This comment was greeted with applause and smiles.

But the words were brief because the crowd had to board the luxury bus just after 6:30 to head on over to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center for a personal tour by DCAC President Lynn Davis.

It was a perfect opportunity for artists, art lovers and children’s advocates to see how children could benefit from the beauty of the Saturday, November 7th Art for Advocacy at F.I.G.

Illustration by Donald Robertson*

Illustration by Donald Robertson*

BTW, don’t tell anybody, but retail kingpin Brian Bolke is planning “a private celebration” for the Art for Advocacy host committee members and sponsors at Forty Five Ten with so-very talented artist Donald Robertson and Rodin Olio Lusso’s Linda Rodin with a percentage of sales going to DCAC. Donald is going to “reveal his illustrations featuring some of Dallas’ most fashionable women on Forty Five Ten shopping bags that will be installed in the T Room restaurant.” Sorry, but the precious deets about the by-invite-only party when and where are limited to the hardworking committee members and generous sponsors.

Suggestion: Make a healthy donation to Art for Advocacy and you just might become an honorary host committee member or sponsor. But if your budget ain’t that healthy, you can meet the two international talents at FFT from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.

* Illustration provided by 
Forty Five Ten

MySweet2015Goals: Lynn M. Davis

According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s President and CEO, Lynn M. Davis,

Lynn M. Davis*

Lynn M. Davis*

“DCAC provides a child-friendly setting where a skilled team of professionals comes together to conduct forensic interviews, provide therapy and victim assistance services to child abuse victims, and to coordinate those investigating and prosecuting cases – always keeping the best interest of the child in mind. Last year, DCAC served more than 4,000 children and their non-offending family members who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime. Child abuse isn’t an easy subject to talk about, but it is one that cuts across all socioeconomic margins – and one that is happening every day right here in Dallas County.

“Our 2015 goal is for individuals in the Dallas community to become more involved in our cause – and there are so many ways to do this. You can purchase tickets to our upcoming Appetite for Advocacy luncheon on April 2 at the Sheraton Hotel or sign up to participate in April for Child Abuse Awareness Month activities. We also host a sporting clay tournament, Aim for Advocacy on August 27th as well as an art auction, Art for Advocacy, on November 7th.

“Our longer-term goal is to be known as a national leader in professional education for those who fight crimes against children. We recently produced a series of video-based child abuse education curriculum to educate parents, children and child-serving professionals. (You can visit www.trainingcenter.net for more information.) In 2014, we also launched our on-site Research Institute which will track the long-term effects early intervention has on our clients and their families.

“It only takes one word, one conversation, one moment to make a difference in the life of a child. It is through the support of people like you who volunteer, give, learn, and speak out about the issue of child abuse that makes the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center possible.”

* Photo provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Art And Beautiful Peeps Fill F.I.G. For Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy

Despite the chill provided by the seasons first cold front, it was nice and warm with cocktails, food, beautiful peeps and loads of art up for bid over at F.I.G. Here’s a field report:

Art for Advocacy, an auction benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), highlighted the unique role art therapy plays in healing the child abuse victims served at DCAC. The sold-out fundraiser, themed “Departure,” brought together more than 800 art enthusiasts, young professionals, and supporters. They were welcomed into a ‘desert chic’ space complete with top shelf margaritas and Texas tapas while the James Gabriano Trio played Spanish tunes.

Barry Whistler, Ricardo Paniagua and Jordan Roth*

Barry Whistler, Ricardo Paniagua and Jordan Roth*

“Sponsors at the $2500 level and up had the chance to purchase pieces at the buy-it-now price before doors officially opened to the rest of the crowd with more than a quarter of the work going for buy-it-now. The evening featured a silent art auction and live auction featuring the works of Ricardo Paniagua, Lekha Singh and Alexander Mijares. In total, the event netted more than $435,000 in support of the art therapy program and other crucial services for child abuse victims at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Stephanie and John Roberts*

Stephanie and John Roberts*

Judee and Chad Barrett*

Judee and Chad Barrett*

“Event Co-Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts, Honorary Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Underwriting Co-Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Art Chair Ashley Tatum and Friday Roundup Chair Nancy Cohen Israel each contributed to the success of the record-breaking event. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed a surprise performance by The Polyphonic Spree and gathered on the dance floor to the beats of DJ S.O.U.L.Jah.

Randall and Kara Goss*

Randall and Kara Goss*

Hunter Miller and Donnie Miller*

Hunter Miller and Donnie Miller*

“Since 2007, ART for ADVOCACY has raised more than $2.5 million to support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues. The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s therapy program uses art therapy to help children on their journey to hope and healing.

The Polyphonic Spree*

The Polyphonic Spree*

“Top Sponsors include:

  • “Presenting Sponsor – U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc. and Kara and Randall Goss;
  • “Director – Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.);
  • “Patron – Al G. Hill Jr., The Martha and Don Miller Family and TurningPoint Foundation;
  • “Collector – Ace Tree Service Inc., Allie Beth Allman and Associates, Dina and Jason Arnott, Judee and Chad Barrett, Beyond Pedaling, Colliers International, Christine and Mark Danuser, Catie and Aaron Enrico, Lara and Stephen Harrison, JW Homes, Selwyn Rayzor and Rich Moses, Y-C Nursery, Kerry and Don Peterson, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky,  Jenny and Adam Saphier, Tatum Art Advisory, T. C. Lupton Jr. Family Foundation, Helena and Doug Wall, Weedex Inc. and Westcott Foundation;

    Meghan Pawlowski, Jesse Lind and Kathi and Tom Lind*

    Meghan Pawlowski, Jesse Lind and Kathi and Tom Lind*

  • “Advocate – American Bank of Commerce, April Anthony, The Boundless Collection, Gail and Chris Bedford, Dr. Sami Arslanlar and John Clutts, Allyson and David Cooke, Digital Realty, Miller Egan LLP, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Floyd, Dawn and Bill Hennessey, Michelle and Austin Hopper, Christi and Warren Houser, Lauren Soulis and Robert W. Ivey III, Kathi and Tom Lind, Camille and Marlon McMakin, MassMutual Dallas – Fort Worth, NexBank, Perry, Schlegel Kloewer Real Estate Group, Rent-A-Center, Rachel and Dr. Hampton Richards, Ginny and Conner Searcy, Caroline and Chris Settle, Gail and Dan Settle, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Sarah and Russell Weinberg, Wick Phillips and Winstead PC.

“In-Kind Sponsors include:

  • “Auction Sponsor – Heritage Auctions;
  • “Catalogue Sponsor – Belanger Art Methods;
  • “Cocktail Sponsor – Republic National Distributing Company;
  • “Décor Sponsor – Suite 206;
  • “Fashion Sponsor – Forty Five Ten;
  • “Framing Sponsor – Debra Stevens Custom Framing;
  • “Host Sponsor – F.I.G. (Fashion Industry Gallery);
  • “Installation Sponsor – Martin&Martin Design;
  • “Media Sponsor – FD;
  • “Printing Sponsor – Millet the Printer;
  • “Valet Sponsor – Gold Crown.”
* Photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Sold Out Alert: Art For Advocacy

Art for Advocacy*

Art for Advocacy*

Word just arrived that another “Sold Out” sign went up. It’s tonight’s “Art For Advocacy” at F.I.G. benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

See, what happens when you think you can just show up at the door and whisk in. Shoot! Now, you’re going to have stay home eating all that leftover Halloween candy and trying which clock you didn’t change.

* Graphic courtesy of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.

Round Robin Sept. 18: Too Many To List

Every now and then, there are “go-figure moments” in fundraising scheduling. Thursday, September 18, was such a day. Here it was the tsunami of nonprofits emailing, calling and tapping sources to donate to the North Texas Giving Day. Last year most groups went dark to allow the big day to take place uninterrupted. This year the pendulum swung in the opposite direction with receptions, parties and announcements taking place all over the place. The AT&T Chairman’s dinner was being held at the Winspear and Dallas Opera’s First Sight was filling Roberto Cavalli with beautiful people including First Sight/First Night Co-Chairs Nick Even and Lynn McBee.

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Here are just a smattering of the multitude of things that were going on from field reports:

Art For Advocacy Kick-Off Party

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke*

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke**

“Art and fashion enthusiasts gathered at Forty Five Ten for a special event to kick off the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s upcoming fundraiser, Art for Advocacy. Special guest and fashion designer, Greg Lauren, showcased his newest collection while guests sipped on Austin Cocktails. DJ Lucy Wrubel kept the party going with beats that pulsed throughout the store. In support of the event, Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke offered 10% of the evening’s proceeds to benefit DCAC and will extend 10% of sales from the Greg Lauren collection to the agency through Nov. 1.

“Art for Advocacy celebrates the transformative power of art therapy in helping children process trauma and heal emotional scars as a result of abuse. Proceeds support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues. The event draws community and business leaders, young professionals, local arts organizations, artists and gallerists, art collectors, and art patrons.

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts*

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts**

“Guests included DCAC CEO Lynn Davis, Underwriting Co-Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Honorary Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Event Co-Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts, Helena and Doug Wall, Lee McGuire, Allyson Cooke, Leisa Street, Cile McCorlek, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Muffin Lemak, Shelby Wagner, Jamie and Jeremy Saylor, Christine and Mark Danuser, Susan and David Brown, Camille McMakin and Kelly Moser.

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown*

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown**

“This year’s Art for Advocacy event will feature 100 local and regional artists in a silent and live art auction. The 8th annual event makes a departure to a Saturday night featuring tequila, Texas tapas, and desert vacation packages guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. The Art for Advocacy auction party will take place at 7 p.m. on November 1, at F.I.G. to raise funds to aid the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) in its mission to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County. An Art Preview will be held at 6 p.m. for $2500+ sponsors offering the first opportunity to buy-it-now. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in the community and provides national leadership on child abuse issues. For more information email [email protected].”

Capital for Kids Anniversary Party

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Capital for Kids kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration last night in the Highland Park home of Ann and Lee Hobson. Celebrating 10 years of changing lives in North Texas, the invitation-only sponsor party featured a special presentation by children from the Trinity River Mission of West Dallas – a Capital for Kids grant recipient.

Scott and Amy Houdek***

Scott and Amy Houdek***

“Among the guests were Rob Hayes, Reid Walker, Amy and Capital for Kids 2014 Co-Chair Scott Houdek, Katy and Lawrence Bock (who donated an emerald-cut 10-carat aquamarine surrounded by 66 dimaonds to celebrate CFK’s 10th anniversary), Carroll Watson, Reed Carroll, Rachel and Brad Stephens, Allison Carlisle, Susan Nichol, Dawn Blankenship Hennessey, Michael Watson, Michael Massad, Jason Hill, Lucas Legera, David Smith and Gentry Beach.

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

“Capital for Kids is a network of individuals in the asset management community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Through the partnership of our sponsors and grant recipients over the last 10 years, Capital for Kids has supported organizations that educate, protect and encourage at-risk children. They provide financial support to organizations that help break the cycle of child abuse, poverty and neglect through education, advocacy and emergency resources.

“Since inception, Capital for Kids has donated $8.7 million to more than 50 different charitable organizations in North Texas. They have a goal to give $10 million in 10 years to North Texas children’s charities. 100% of sponsorship and donation dollars go directly to the charities they support. Capital for Kids will be hosting its main event on Thursday, November 20, at the FIG. Tickets can be purchased at www.capitalforkids.org.

KidneyTexas Patron Party

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

KidneyTexas, Inc. patrons of The Runway Report Luncheon and Style Show gathered at the Highland Park home of Ola and Randall Fojtasek and had much to celebrate!

“As the evening began, the verandah was bathed in soft lighting opening into the expansive courtyard. Guests enjoyed wines donated by Barbara and David Farmer as M3Trio serenaded them into the evening, under the stars. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres donated and catered by Angela Gordon of Angela’s Catering filled the formal dining table and were passed inside and out. Valet parking was generously donated by Gold Crown Parking.

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

“Guests included patron party chair Anna Bland Aston, her husband Scott and daughter, Annalee; Jolie Humphrey, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and her husband, Bart, and Lezlie and Bill Noble, who donated a strand of South Sea pearls valued at $32,000 to the live auction.

“The buzz was about the upcoming The Runway Report luncheon and fashion show at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, which presents Faye C. Briggs as honorary chair and honors Janelle Friedman with the Goodnight Service Award. The Goodnight award is named in honor of Sue Goodnight, a founding KidneyTexas, Inc. member and longtime volunteer and supporter of the organization, who attended with her sister, Faye Wheeler.

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

“Tooties fashions will rule the runway in a fashion show produced by Jan Strimple and also feature fashions from KidBiz and Pockets.

“The live auction also features a Santa Fe, New Mexico vacation package valued at $10,000 which includes a 5-bedroom house and other delights! It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.

“The luncheon, chaired by Karen Settle, benefits KidneyTexas, Inc. beneficiaries: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney Foundation – Camp Reynal, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

VNA Kick-Off Party

“The VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon Committee held a kick-off celebration Thursday that brought together sponsors, board members and VNA executives. Some 30 guests joined the event at Molto Formaggio in Highland Park Village to sample fine wines and cheeses. Michael Perlmeter and Christy Martinez, the owners of Molto Formaggio, hosted the event and are donating a portion of all proceeds to VNA.

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

“The 5th Annual VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon will be held on October 15 at VNA’s Haggerty Center in Dallas, benefiting VNA’s Meals on Wheels program. This year’s Celebrity Chef is Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole.

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

“Among those attending the kick-off celebration were: 2014 Celebrity Chef Luncheon Co-Chairs Katie Johnson and Francie Mancillas, VNA Board Development Chair Lori Whitlow, VNA President and CEO Katherine Krause, VNA Board Chair Sara Fraser Crismon, VNA Board Vice-Chair Janet Ryan Stegall, VNA Board Members Jay Oppenheimer, Catherine Sweet, John Sears and Cathy Vanden Eykel. Many of those attending are sponsors for the Celebrity Chef Luncheon, including Sara Fraser Crismon, Ike Vanden Eykel, Lynn Sears, Mike Sweet and Janet Ryan Stegall.

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon and how it will benefit VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.

Slipper Club Announcement

Over at Trinity Groves, the Slipper Club gals gathered for the announcement of the 2015 gala plans. According to Slipper Club President Susan Deasy and Gala Chair Erika Burton, the annual party will benefit Camp John Marc. It will take place at Belo Mansion on Friday, February 27.

Junior League Announcement

The Junior Leaguers and their fans assembled at the Galleria’s Belk to hear deets about the 53rd annual fundraising ball. Ball Chair Beverly Cahill revealed the theme will be “The Magnolia Ball.” Why, oh, why does one suspect that magnolias will be abundant that night?

Beverly explained the thinking behind the theme, “This year’s theme will embrace the elegant heritage of our great city of Dallas with a classic, yet stylish twist,” said Cahill. “The Magnolia Ball will be the Southern Chic dinner and dancing event of the season!”

Then she added another twist to the annual gala. Instead of an entertainer, she’s arranged to have two — jazz singer/songwriter Gabbie McGee to set the mood for the evening and Emerald City for post-dinner dancing and gyrating. Okay, so maybe one doesn’t necessarily gyrate in formal wear, but a whole lot shaking and dancing usually takes place when Emerald City is on stage.

The black-tie fundraiser will take place in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, February 21.

Lynn McBee will serve as honorary chair. At the rate Lynn is going, she’ll probably end up chairing the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

* Photo provided by First Sight/First Night 
** Photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
*** Photos provided by Capital for Kids
**** Photo credit: Daniel Driensky
***** Photos provided by VNA

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Art For Advocacy

According to Art for Advocacy Event Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts,

Stephanie and John Roberts*

Stephanie and John Roberts*

“Art for Advocacy, now in its 8th year, is an auction celebrating the transformative power of art therapy. The event has raised more than $2 million since its inception to support the art therapy program for abused children at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

“As 2014 event chairs, we are excited to announce that Art for Advocacy will be making a departure this year to a Saturday night affair on November 1 at F.I.G., presented by U.S. Risk. The event will feature 100 local and regional artists, tequila, Texas tapas, and desert vacation packages to jet-set destinations out West. A VIP Art Preview will kick off the evening from 6 to 7 p.m. for Advocate ($2500+) sponsors and above, providing the first buy-it-now opportunity for artwork. The Auction Party will follow from 7 p.m. to midnight with a silent and live auction full of surprises, live music, and messaging on the healing power of art therapy.

“Art for Advocacy celebrates the transformative power of art therapy and proceeds support the child abuse victims served at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. DCAC gives children a safe place to process trauma after enduring unspeakable circumstances and uses art therapy to help victims heal… When there are no words, art gives children a voice.

“In 2013, DCAC served almost 2,800 victims of child abuse, conducted more than 1,900 forensic interviews, provided nearly 12,000 therapy sessions to children and their families, and educated nearly 50,000 community members on child abuse issues, completely free of charge. Since opening its doors in 1991, DCAC has helped improve the lives of more than 32,000 children.

“The children that DCAC serves are survivors of extreme trauma and many don’t have the words to describe what has happened to them. Art therapy can be used with children of all ages and is particularly helpful in these situations, giving them the opportunity to process, heal, and move on as a survivor rather than be defined by the abuse. That’s why Art for Advocacy is so incredibly special, because the event has a direct tie back to DCAC’s core services and mission. The agency is using art to heal the clients it serves, and by attending and supporting Art for Advocacy, you can be a part of that transformative process.

Art for Advocacy*

Art for Advocacy*

“We have lined up an exciting night with some of Dallas’ most treasured artists and galleries. The auction will feature a wide selection of artwork for every taste and price point. Our team includes Honorary Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Underwriting Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Art Chair Ashley Tatum, and Friday Roundup Chair Nancy Cohen Israel.

“Tickets to the event are $150 and sponsorships start at $500. Both can be purchased online. For more information, visit www.dcac.org or email [email protected]. We hope you can join us for an incredible evening of art and healing!”

* Graphics provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Round Robin November 6: Art For Advocacy And Dream No Small Dreams Preview Parties

As hundreds gathered at the Perot Museum for “A Tribute to Sally and Forest Hoglund” and to raise money for St. Phillip’s School and Community Center, previews of wondrous things were taking place in other haunts of downtown Dallas:

Art For Advocacy Art Preview Reception

Kersten Rettig and Clark Knippers

Kersten Rettig and Clark Knippers

About 300 art lovers and advocates for children turned out for the preview of the Art for Advocacy at F.I.G. beneficiating the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. They were getting a head start on the 700 who were expected Thursday night for the big auction party when the artwork by area artists would be up for purchase. But this night it was champagne, browsing and, of course chatting.

Speaking of champagne, Co-Chair Kersten Rettig and her Co-Chair husband Clark Knippers were bubbling about their upcoming 10th wedding anniversary.

Ellen Tuchman

Ellen Tuchman

Across the way artist Ellen Tuchman was just back from New York City to show her “Sault” mixed media piece retailing for $5,600. As Ellen pointed out, the rectangular piece was flexible in addition to taking on different colors depending on your position. It could be displayed either horizontally or vertically.

Nearby Barry Whistler, whose gallery has shown Ellen’s work, was discussing some of the works with friends.

Photographer Claire Giroux’s “Oldsmobile” featured a 1953 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that she spotted in an old garage in Charlesvoix, Canada, while she was out “shopping” for fruit and vegetables.

The Gray Malin photo of the “Prada store” in Marfa was already purchased. Seems somebody just couldn’t wait for the auction and just had to have it. So they bought it for the full retail price of $1,800.

But the most amazing artists of the night weren’t even on hand. They were the DCAC children who created the artwork filling the light wall at the entrance of the gallery.

Children's art wall

Children’s art wall

“Dream No Small Dream: How Erik Jonsson Led Dallas From Tragedy To Triumph in the 1960’s” Preview

Just a few blocks away at the Old Red Museum, it was a historic gathering to preview the “Dream No Small Dream: How Erik Jonsson Led Dallas From Tragedy To Triumph in the 1960’s.”

Chris Jonsson

Chris Jonsson

Of the 250 in attendance, nearly a dozen were members of the late Mayor Erik Jonsson’s family including granddaughter Chris Jonsson, who nostalgically strolled through the galleries. Son Philllip Jonsson had already seen the display on Monday for the Media Day and panel discussion.

Tina Klintmalm

Tina Klintmalm

Also attending: Tina Klintmalm, who had been in charge of the consulate of Sweden in Dallas while working for the Swedish embassy in Washington D.C. When she and husband Dr. Goran B. Klintmalm relocated to Dallas, where Goran is the chairman of the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute at Baylor, they were “inaugurated” in the Dallas lodge of the VASA Order of America by Erik Jonsson. (VASA is a Swedish-American fraternal, cultural and education organization.) Recalling the mayor, who helped Dallas through its darkest days, Tina described him as “a very unique man. He had such a presence and charisma about him. He was just an incredible person. He was a visionary, a leader.”

Indeed! The exhibition not only shows collectibles from the day that the late President John F. Kennedy was to speak at the Trade Mart, but it also is a marvelous snapshot of the 1960’s, especially in Dallas. As Linda Custard so perfectly put it, the exhibition is “poignant.” It is not high tech and razzle dazzle. It’s a beautifully curated display of a historic time for this city.

Erik Jonsson - Dream No Small Dream

Erik Jonsson – Dream No Small Dream

The exhibition runs through Sunday, August 31. That means there’s a lot of time to see this remarkable collection. Don’t put it off. You just know you’ll get busy and wait till the last minute. But why miss out on this amazing chapter and man of Dallas. It’s very G-rated and might be a great place to spend an hour with your kids or grandest kids.

BTW, during November the Old Red Museum is holding Saturday panel discussions about those days. With the collection of panelist that they’ve assembled, each should be perfect for anyone interested in a historic period.

Tonight’s Pickups: Old Red Museum, Art For Advocacy Preview And Where Is Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld Going To Show And Swell In Dallas

Just so you’ll know, we’re breaking protocol. . . as if we ever had one. Instead of following the typical chronological order, we’re sorta breaking news, so you’ll be in the know Thursday.

Here are some tidbits that were discovered tonight in the wanderings of the MySweetCharity staffers:

  • Erik Jonsson - Dream No Small Dream

    Erik Jonsson – Dream No Small Dreams

    The Old Red Museum’s collection of Erik Jonsson’s life is a beautifully edited display of Dallas from the 1960’s to his death. What is truly remarkable is the vision the man had. If you haven’t been by the Red Museum, this is an opportunity that really shouldn’t be missed if you’re into history, heroes, vision or just Dallas.

  • Gray Malin photo

    Gray Malin photo

    If you were wanting to pick up that very ultra-cool photo of the Prada shop in Marfa by Gray Malin at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center‘s Art for Advocacy official event Thursday night, forget it. Somebody already paid full price ($1,800) and is gloating. Not to worry; a multitude of artworks will still be available at Thursday night’s bid-fest at the F.I.G..

  • Hottest topic: Where, oh, where, is Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld’s Metier d’Arts 2013 going to be held on Tuesday, December 10? That was on the tongues of the gals who love their “C’s.” For the non-fashion-oriented, it’s no biggie. But for fashion lovers. . . and there are a few in Dallas. . . it’s the Olympic extravaganza of the century. It will be the very first time Lagerfeld has brought this incredible presentation to the U.S.

Yup, and Dallas is where it’s happening. For weeks. . . no, make that months. . . fashionistas have been bribing, begging and bothering Chanel hierarchy for info. Forget it. It’s been more secretive than the D-Day invasion. Everybody but NorthPark’s Santa has been signing non-disclosure agreements. As one person put it, “I’ve never seen so many NDA’s.” Alas, the festivities won’t benefit a local nonprofit, so MSC is going to have to bow out from the activities. But if you really want to know where the Kaiser is going to show the world his new collection, think of a fair place to park your fashionable derriere­­­. Wink, wink.

Aurora’s Shane Pennington’s “Faith” To Be Up For Bid At Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art For Advocacy

Healing an abused or neglected child is a multi-layered process. Each step has to be undertaken with patience and compassion. One of those methods of healing is art therapy.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center*

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center*

According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Art Therapist Jennifer So, “Art therapy is a creative psychotherapy modality that enables clients to express, explore and heal through the creative process of art making and communicate through the resulting artwork. The clients that we serve at DCAC are survivors of extreme trauma. Often clients have difficulty expressing and exploring that trauma, which is an essential step to healing, as memories are either too threatening or cannot be described in words. Art therapy is especially useful in these cases, giving clients the opportunity to process, heal, and eventually own their experience rather than be a victim of it.”

Perhaps that’s why this Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Art for Advocacy at F.I.G. is a double-edge sword. It allows folks to support the DCAC by purchasing art by over 100 emerging and established artists.

One of those artists is someone who created Aurora, the “19-city block outdoor new media art exhibition” event that drew 35,000 people to the Dallas Arts District on a recent Friday night. Yes, it resulted in a major traffic jam, but it showed naysayers that downtown Dallas could be a huge party room.

The chap responsible was Dallas-based artist Shane Pennington, who has been part of Art for Advocacy since 2008. In addition to creating major events, Shane works in numerous media ranging from sculpture to digital video. He admits, “Art is like a roller coaster. We can all take the ride. Art gives us our highs and lows without moving our feet.”

His efforts have paid off with art awards and exhibitions throughout the world. Locally his “Transcendence” was commissioned by TEDxSMU and the Dallas Arts District in 2011. He was also “chosen to create a temporary video and sculpture installation at the Wyly Theatre. Most recently, Pennington was commissioned by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs to create a digital art installation for the Dallas City Performance Hall’s permanent collection, ‘Point of Life,’ a stage curtain made from a large grid of programmable LED lights.”

"Faith"

“Faith”*

Somehow, Shane has even managed to create “Faith, 2013,” a copper sculpture with a retail value of $14,000.

Even if you can’t afford it, just checking it out before it disappears into someone’s private collection is well worth the price of a ticket.

Want to know a trick about Art for Advocacy? Attend both the Wednesday night preview party and the full-fledged Auction. Hint: If you see something you really like and don’t want to waste time playing the bid game, you’ll have the “first opportunity to buy it now” at the preview party. Then you can return Thursday and watch all the sad faces who wish they’d snapped up your newly acquired purchase.

Saver’s tip: Buy the combo special that includes both nights and you’ll save $$. If you’re an Alliance member, then you’re really going to save some $$. Membership really does have its privileges.

* Graphics provided by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

September 12 Round Robin: Texas Trailblazer And Junior League Gala Announcement Parties, Art For Advocacy Reception And Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Party

As if Thursday, September 12, wasn’t a killer with the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon earlier in the day, the evening was the most jam-packed night in memory. Just a smidgen of the events promoting fundraising were:

2013 Texas Trailblazers Awards Announcement

At a well-attended gathering at the Goss-Michael Foundation in the Design District, the walls were adorned with colorful, for-sale artworks created by clients and supporters of The Family Place. Proceeds from sales of the original, one-of-a-kind pieces went to The Family Place, whose Paige Flink had convened the gathering to announce recipients of the nonprofit’s 2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards.

While guests like Carol Seay, Lynn McBee, Tanya Roberts, JB Hayes and Rachel and Chris Trowbridge looked on, it was announced that Gloria Campos would receive the Texas Trailblazer Award, which recognizes a local woman who has achieved success despite obstacles faced along the way. Darlene Blakey was announced as the recipient of the Real-Life Hero Award. The Family Place Advocacy Award will go to Kimberly-Clark, and Hannah Hinton and Karim Bryant will be recognized with the Youth Service Award and Scholarship.

Steve and Julie Rado and Steve and Barbara Durham*

Steve and Julie Rado and Steve and Barbara Durham*

The awardees will be honored at a Sept. 26 luncheon at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, where the guest speaker will be Cynthia Lowen. She is the writer and producer of “Bully,” the first feature documentary about bullied children. Honorary chairs for the luncheon are Sheila and Jody Grant; Barbara and Steve Durham and Julie and Steve Rado are serving as the event’s co-chairs.

Junior League of Dallas 2014 Sneak Preview

Laura Johnson, Holly Reed, Bob Schneider and Wendy Messman**

Laura Johnson, Holly Reed, Bob Schneider and Wendy Messman**

If you don’t believe that Thursday night was an incredibly busy one for North Texas nonprofits, just ask Carol Seay and Lynn McBee. Not long after being spotted at The Family Place party at Goss-Michael, Seay and McBee showed up at the Bar at Ser Steak & Spirits in the Hilton Anatole. There, they were among about 175 members, sponsors and donors who turned out to learn who the featured entertainer would be for the 52nd Annual Junior League of Dallas Ball presented by Sewell. The Sept. 12 event also recognized the 2013-2014 Junior League of Dallas Community Advisory Board and Leadership Council.

The ball, sponsored by Community Trust Bank, will take place on Feb. 22, 2014, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole. Honorary co-chairs for the evening are Katherine LaLonde and Margaret Crow. The event’s theme will be “Rio Carnival … A Night in La Cidade Maravilhosa …The Marvelous City.”

Suspense over the name of the featured entertainer didn’t last long Thursday night, as 2014 JLD Ball Chair Wendy Messman announced that it will be Austin-based singer/songwriter Bob Schneider. The crowd then got a pleasant extra surprise when Schneider himself took to the Ser stage and launched into a lively solo set of his funk/soul/folk/country songs. Among those enjoying the performance were Trisha Cunningham, Emily Eisenhauer and Nikki and Crayton Webb.

Art For Advocacy Preview Party

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke

No sooner was Forty-Five Ten’s Brian Bolke back from a Mediterranean holiday and a Fashion Week workout than he was hosting more than 250 of Dallas’ most stylish, art loving and kid supporting types at the McKinney Avenue store for Art for Advocacy.

According to Brian, “Last year when I attended the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s Art for Advocacy event, I was really taken by the great cause, the great people involved (like Lucy Wrubel) and what a grass-roots organization it was. When Co-Chair Kersten Rettig reached out, I knew our partnership with photographer Gray Malin this season was a perfect fit. Gray’s work is not only optimistic, and thought-provoking, I love that he was born and raised in Dallas.”

Lucy Wrubel

Lucy Wrubel

Unfortunately, at times it was a tad bit difficult to see the artwork because of the number of beautiful people. How crowded was it? Just five minutes into the event, drivers were being diverted to the back entrance. The front parking was a done deal.

Lucy was in charge of the music and self-dancing after lunching with mom Jennie Reeves at the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon. What really caught Lucy’s eye were those Alexander McQueen beaded leggings.

Lael Brodsky and Adam Shulman

Lael Brodsky and Adam Shulman

Among the beautiful people checking out the clothes and art was jewelry designer/actor Adam Shulman. In addition to partnering with Heidi Nahser Fink to create the James Banks jewelry line that was being shown at Forty-Five Ten, he’s also Dallas’ Peter Brodsky’s cousin. That explains why he was with Peter’s wife Lael. Too bad Adam’s wife of less than a year couldn’t make the party. Did we mention that Adam’s married to Anne Hathaway? Yup! He not only designed her engagement ring, he’s coming up on their first anniversary (September 29).

David Nichols and Erin Mathews

David Nichols and Erin Mathews

Brittany Mathews and Richard Graziano

Brittany Mathews and Richard Graziano

Just a foot away from Lael and Adam were David Nichols and his real estate partner Erin Mathews, who had also been at the CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon. David had to duck out early due to a birthday dinner for a friend at Brook Hollow. Not to worry about Erin being by herself. Wearing a black lamb shift, she was joined by daughter-in-law Brittany Mathews and Mathews-Nichols associates Richard Graziano and Faisal Halum.

Lisa Shardon , Laree Hulshoff and Anne Defilippo

Lisa Shardon , Laree Hulshoff and Anne Defilippo

Across the way, Laree Hulshoff was telling Lisa Shardon and daughter Anne Defilippo about her CCB Fashion Show and Lunch earlier with interior designer Barbara Daseke and Linda Ivy. Laree revealed that she and Ben Fischer are planning on being in residence at Museum Tower by November, just in time for the holidays!

Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Appreciation Party

Steve Green and Kenneth Craighead

Steve Green and Kenneth Craighead

It was an overflow crowd at Faye Briggs’ estate. Thank heaven the weather was nice enough for the crowd (Kenneth Craighead, Steve Green, Ken Morris, Stephen Strecansky, Stephen Tosha, Mitzi Lemons, Lee Nelson, Philip Wier, Margaret Duncan) to enjoy the entire house and grounds.  Dang! The petite widow’s never-ending hospitality might drive her neighbors batty with all the cars parked along the road in front of her home, except it’s all to benefit nonprofits.

Ken Morris, Stephen Strecansky, Stephen Tosha, and Mitzi Lemons

Ken Morris, Stephen Strecansky, Stephen Tosha, and Mitzi Lemons

This night it was for the Black Tie Dinner Sponsors. As one of the valets put it, “the cars just keep coming.”

After holding court on the terrace with boyfriend Ralph Gorman, Faye eventually moved into the living room for the announcements about the November 2nd black tie fundraiser that is both legendary and profitable.

This year’s dinner will benefit 20 North Texas groups including AIDS Arms Inc., AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services of Dallas, Celebration Community Church, Congregation Beth El Binah, East Texas Cares Resource Center, Equality Texas Foundation, Health Services of North Texas, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Legacy Counseling Center, Legal Hospice of Texas, Northaven United Methodist Church, Resource Center Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, White Rock Friends and Women’s Chorus of Dallas.

Park Place Raffle

Park Place Raffle

With an attendance of 3,000 that would stymie the bravest event producer, this year’s major cocktail party and dinner at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel will feature Academy Award-winning screenwriter/executive producer Dustin Lance Black as the featured speaker. Being recognized will be Zach Wahls for the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award and David Taffet for the Raymond Kuchling Humanitarian Award.

Faye Briggs and Margaret Duncan

Faye Briggs and Margaret Duncan

But on this night it was Faye who stole the show. When the time came for a raffle drawing, she could be heard from the back of the crowd that she has never won anything and drove a five-year-old car. With that a ticket was purchased and put into the bin. After a couple of healthy spins, the drum’s door was opened and the ticket drawn. Faye still hasn’t won anything, except the hearts of all there.

* Photo provided by The Family Place
** Photo provided by Junior League of Dallas