Not Even Traffic Hassles Could Discourage Chick Lit Patrons From Meet And Greeting Luncheon Keynoter Bethenny Frankel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Twas a perfect storm that valet parkers dread on Thursday, April 20, at Preston Center East. Construction had limited parking, and rush hour at the juncture of Preston and Northwest Highway had cars playing dosey-doe. And to add to the mayhem, Bachendorf’s was the site of the Community Partners of Dallas Chick Lit Patron Party.

Chick Lit Presenting Sponsors Lara and Bob Tafel moseyed up the sidewalk. They had opted to bypass the valet, park a block away and stroll. Bob’s outfit was highlighted by a colorful pocket square. Lara claimed it was the result of last year’s speaker Tim Gunn.

Lawrence Bock, Bethenny Frankel and Katy Bock

Mary Martha Pickens, Bethenny Frankel and Tricia George

So, a patron party in itself is a full load, but in this case the keynote speaker Bethenny Frankel was on hand. Looking at times like a swarm around a queen bee, the party was a bee hive of cellphone snaps. Nonchalance was not the order of the day.

Dan Houchard, Bethenny Frankel and Maura Houchard

Wendy and Boyd Messmann

Guests on hand included Bachendorf’s Katy and Lawrence Bock, Wendy and Boyd Messmann, Maura and Dan Houchard, Anne Stodghill, Chick Lit Co-Chairs Tricia George and Mary Martha with husband John Pickens and CPD energizer bunnies Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke.

But it was an early evening, because the main act — the Chick Lit Luncheon — was the next day at  the Hilton Anatole.

2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Debuted At Bachendorf’s Joining The Gems On Display

It may have been meet-the-teacher night and the Cowboys were lining up against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Didn’t matter. The Cattle Baron’s crowd filled the parking lot surrounding Bachendorf’s in Preston Center East on Thursday, September 1.

The draw was the preview of the 2016 CBB’s 18 Live Auction package including

  • Tag Heuer Indy 500 VIP Experience*

    Tag Heuer Indy 500 VIP Experience*

    Tag Heuer Indy 500 VIP Experience (Donated by Bachendorf’s and Tag Heuer) — Two lucky people will enjoy a VIP experience with round-trip, business-class air transportation, two nights in a premium hotel, dinners, and, of course, VIP access to the Indy 500. Winner also receive a timepiece from Tag Heuer.

  • Toe In The Sand Of The Seychelles*

    Toe In The Sand Of The Seychelles*

    Toe In The Sand Of The Seychelles (Donated by Etihad Airways, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi) — Winner and guest will enjoy round-trip trip, business class tickets from DFW to Seychelles on Etihad Airways with complimentary chauffeur service. Enjoy four nights at Carana Beach Hotel and one night at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi before and after you stay in Seychelles.

  • Steak Your Claim On A Night With The Boys*

    Steak Your Claim On A Night With The Boys*

    (Donated by Troy Aikman, Charles Haley, Daryl Johnston, Ed “Too” Tall Jones, Darren Woodson, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Premier Transportation) — Get ready for the ultimate game night! Winner and 11 friends will enjoy a night of No Limit Texas Hold’ Em with Cowboy legends Troy Aikman, Charles Haley, Daryl Johnston, Ed “Too” Tall Jones and Darren Woodson plus a private tasting of Louis XIII cognac and dinner/drinks from Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.

  • Kentucky Derby from Grey Goose Vodka*

    Kentucky Derby from Grey Goose Vodka*

    Kentucky Derby from Grey Goose Vodka (Donated by Grey Goose Vodka, Horizon Air Group and Wynne Transportation) — Experience America’s legendary horse race! You and a guest will fly from DFW to Kentucky on a private jet, walk the red carpet and enjoy VIP Access to the Bacardi House Party. Includes two nights at the historic Galt House Hotel.

  • Australia’s Finest*

    Australia’s Finest*

    Australia’s Finest (Donated by Jackson Family Wines, Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Peter Fraser, Margot McKinney and American Airlines) — A wine experience down under! Winner and guest will arrive in Sydney and enjoy two nights at the Changri-La Hotel before embarking to Adelaide for a four-day and three –night stay at Yangarra Estate Vineyard! During your time there, sample some of the finest wines in the world with your host, Peter Fraser, recently named winemaker of the year. To remember your trip, winner will also receive a beautiful pair of earrings from local designer Margot McKinney.

  • Texas-Sized Party At Gilley’s*

    Texas-Sized Party At Gilley’s*

    Texas-Sized Party At Gilley’s (Donated by G Texas Catering, John Gilbert, Gilley’s Dallas, Rivers and Rust, Jack Boles Services and Matthews Southwest) — Enjoy a private party at Gilley’s Dallas with 200 of your closet friends! Includes a BBQ buffet, valet services and live music by Rivers and Rust.

In addition to checking the auctions items appropriately displayed on jewelry counters, it was a perfect time to play the summer-catch-up game.

Diane Hal Brierley and Cara French

Diane Hal Brierley and Cara French

Diane and Hal Brierley had been in and out of the area during the summer. While they had hit Europe, their summer highlight was just kicking back and driving around Utah… CBB Co-Chair Andrea Weber with husband John Weber was glowing with baby Weber due just before the CBB fundraiser. Bets are being taken if Andrea will make it to the Gilley’s funfest. Smart money is betting on Andrea being there… Nikki Webb arrived early so she could dash to attend her sons’ meet-the-teachers. Over the summer Nikki had been busy tending her three son, her newborn daughter and regaining her size 2 figure… Junior League of Dallas Gala Chair Isabell Novakov reported that despite having a daunting goal, she was pleased with her committee’s progress…Past CBB Chair Mary Martha and John Pickens and her cousin/Kerrville resident Debbie Flores stopped by on their way to True Foods for dinner. Debbie was subbing in for her CBB daughter Karen James, who was out of town with her husband Brad James. In addition to representing Karen, Debbie was also pooch sitting for the James’.

John and Andrea Weber

John and Andrea Weber

Lawrence and Katy Bock

Lawrence and Katy Bock

As for Mary Martha and John, they haven’t retired from fundraising by a longshot. They’re co-chair Harvest, the Thursday, September 15th North Texas Food Bank fundraiser at The Shed.

John and Mary Martha Pickens and Paige Westhoff

John and Mary Martha Pickens and Paige Westhoff

Other faces in the crowed included Co-Hosts Katy and Lawrence Bock, Anne Davidson, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Paige Westhoff, Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and Elizabeth Gambrell popping in from the Las Fiesta check presentation.

Round Robin August 26: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Reception And Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

As summer ends and schools kicks back into session, the queen bees were fundraising along Preston Road on Wednesday, August 26:

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Reception

From 4 to 6 p.m. the Equest Women’s Auxiliary was a farrier’s dream at Jimmy Choo’s. The stiletto salon on the corner facing the Highland Park Village had the gals kicking off their “experienced” shoes for some new recruits.

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

But if you think Jimmy C’s is footwear only, program your brain to the re-think-that-one mode.

As one gal checked out the newest JC sunglasses, Barbara Stuart recalled how she bought her killer “cheaters” when she chaired the Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon with daughter Melissa Macatee in 2011.

Speaking of Barbara, she was checking out vacation notes with Pam McCallum on their summer stays in different coasts of Canada. Then they launched into reminiscing about their annual lunch at Café Pacific on the Friday before TX-OU. Seems OU Pam and Longhorn Barbara shed their proper ways for mischievous gifts for each other with the alma maters in mind.

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

In another part of the salon, this year’s Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson and daughter Michele Dunn were catching up with Equest Women’s Auxiliary Chair Barbara Layton and her daughter, Katie Layton, who was on her way to Bachendorf’s for the Cattle Baron’s live auction reveal party just down the road.

Emilynn revealed that the funds were coming in and the fashion show tickets were flying like thoroughbreds from the gate. She told how this year’s presenting sponsor was philanthropist Al Hill Jr., who had provided a $50,000 check. The fashions will once again be provided by Highland Park Village merchants with Jan Strimple reining in the action on the runway.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

Bachendorf’s didn’t have a refreshening over the summer. It had a major face lift. Where once were shelves of crystal, now was an elegant showroom for Rolex timepieces. But don’t worry about the crystal. It was beautifully displayed in a nearby alcove.

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

As for the rest of the store, it was open with marvelous new carpeting, gleaming display cases and a whole feel of 21st century sparkle.

Katy Bock admitted that it had come together just in time for the Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal reception. A couple of days before, there had been no chandelier and the carpeting was just being laid.

And what had Katy been doing? Lolling by a pool or having a facial? Nope. She had been a perfect wife and had been in the store helping display merchandise.

Lawrence Bock looked relieved and dressed perfectly in blue shirt and tie to match the blue palette of the store.

Diane and Hal Brierley

Diane and Hal Brierley

While rings were bring tried on by many, blonde Sheryl Callewart was sporting a cast on her right little finger. Seems that a kitchen oop’s had resulted in a slice requiring an ER visit and 11 stitches. While the cast would come off in 10 days, Sheryl admitted that the metal finger cover was a hassle.

Diane and Hal Brierley were just back from a sea jaunt on the Queen Mary 2. Their trip had been delayed arriving on schedule due to a crew member falling overboard. Despite days of attempting to find the crewman, the search failed to locate the man.

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Other Cattle Baron’s Ball supporters included Lisa and Clay Cooley, birthday gal Nancy Gopez, Marybeth Conlon, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Jane Rozell, Cindy Stager, Kristi Bare and Wanda Gierhart, who was relieved that she was only responsible for two items for the upcoming TACA Custom Auction.

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

CBB Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens had to head out early. Seems she was having dinner with her new boss. In addition to partnering up with Tia Wynne to head up this year’s CBB, Mary Martha just got a very big promotion at Bank of America.

As for the live auction items, they once again were made up of the things that folks dream of including—everything from fabulous travel packages like the Tower of London, Canyon Ranch, Tequila Herradura, Abu Dhabi and the Taj Mahal; a poker game with Dallas Cowboys legends; to naming rights for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at Baylor Scott & White Health. And that’s just a few of the goodies that will be up for bid at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 3, with Tim McGraw providing the musical memories.

SOLD OUT ALERT: Callier Cares Luncheon

There’s nothing better than hearing the words “Sold Out!” And that’s what Callier Cares Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis was reporting this morning at Bachendorf’s in Preston Center East, when she picked up the 2015 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award from Lawrence Bock.

Tiffany Divis and Lawrence Bock

Tiffany Divis and Lawrence Bock

But don’t show the photo to awardee Mike McCullough. He doesn’t want to see the award until the lunch at Brook Hollow on Thursday, April 30.

If you want to get sentimental, you need to drop by Bachendorf’s within the next couple of weeks. Lawrence explained that the jewelry store is going to go through a major overhaul. Where the Baccarat and Waterford crystals now shimmer will be Rolexes galore. And, no, the crystals collectibles and gifts aren’t going away. They’re just moving a few feet away to their own neat nook. As for business, it will be as usual. The work will take place in phases, so Mother’s Day, wedding and graduation purchases will still be a snap.

As for the luncheon, there is a waiting list , so you can try and should because mom Rhoni Golden will talk about “her personal journey of navigating her [autistic] son’s treatment and acre towards the goal of a happy and fulfilling life” thank to Callier.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit patients in need through the Callier Care Fund.

Karaoke Lounge Sponsors Partied Among Bachendorf’s Rocks

Every now and then an event pops out that’s a surprise hit. Last year’s “A Night at the Karaoke Lounge” benefiting the Turtle Creek Recovery Center was a gold mine of talent, fun and fundraising. OK, so some of the singing was not “American Idol” status, but they certainly qualified for “in-the-shower” quality vocalizing.

The bar at Bachendorf's

This year, to tune up for the February 24 songfest at Edison’s, the sponsors gathered at Bachendorf’s, where the glittering counters with their finery became elegant and dazzling bars with guests leaning and lingering with their glasses of wine. Nothing says Dallas like a million-dollar bar. Every now and then someone would point out a sparkly within the case that might just be a perfect Valentine’s gift. This was usually followed up by, “Why don’t you just try it on to see how it fits?”

Mark and Cary Deuber and Danya and Mike Anderson

First on hand were co-chairs Cary Deuber and Danya Anderson with their sidekicks (aka husbands Dr. Mark Deuber and Mike Anderson) for meet and greet. When the question was raised to the two co-chairs, “Which one is the better singer?” all fingers pointed to Cary with Danya immediately adding, “I’m a great backup singer.”  

According to the gals, Todd Fiscus will be in charge of designing the actual event that will include a burger bar, a beer bar, chips and snacks.

While Mike recalled days of breaking horses at the family ranch as a youngster, plastic surgeon Mark reported how the recession has not had the effect on Dallas cosmetic surgery as it has in Southern California.

Leigh Bailey

With baby Sophia due in three days, Leigh Bailey and husband Vinnie Carrizales said that if the delivery doesn’t happen by February 14, they’re going to make it happen, resulting in the baby’s middle name being “Valentina.” Vinnie isn’t thrilled about the idea, but he’s a wise man and knows better than to challenge a nine-month pregnant wife.

As Honorary Co-chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill checked out some of the merchandise, it was learned that their friend Peri “Roz” Gilpin would be making a return to the stage the night of the lounge and would be bringing along 10 friends from L.A. for support. (Trivia factoid: When Peri was just a kid growing up in Dallas, she got her early start in the acting trade at the Dallas Theater Center.) . . . Before heading home to check on their baby, pr twosome Lisa and Marvin Singleton were talking about past accomplishments and future plans — his last week’s launch of Emirate out of DFW International, and her new job starting Monday with the Brunswick Group. 

Emily Eisenhauer

Others in the crowd who will be in the audience or on stage at Edison’s were Emily Eisenhauer,

Jennifer Lott

Holly Forsythe, Teffy Jacobs and her BF Steve Tate, Cindy and Andy Clendenen (he’s on both the Turtle Creek Recovery Center board and the Dallas Historical Society board), Jennifer Lott and, of course, Katy and Lawrence Bock.

Last year’s mother/daughter duo of Janine Turner and daughter Juliette won’t be able to make it this year.

Just as the crowd was swelling to capacity level, lounge emcee Steve Kemble, Maria and Hunter Sullivan and Robert Weatherly arrived, and the noise level and activity increased several decibels.   

Steve Kemble, Robert Weatherly and Maria Sullivan

This group is really gearing up for a great karaoke session, and video cameras will be allowed. Wink, wink!