Les Femmes Du Monde Party At Joyce And Larry Lacertes Even Got Co-Honoree Couple Of The Year Herbert Hunt Smiling

As the 70+ guests gathered at Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s Highland home for the Les Femmes du Monde Couple Of The Year Awards Dinner, Dinner Chair Mary Lee Cox said it was just a celebration. There would be no talking. Really?

Sharon Ballew and Venise Stuart

Sharon Ballew and Venise Stuart

Billie Leigh Rippey

Billie Leigh Rippey

Then she pointed to the 2016 Les Femmes honorees (aka first-ever Couple of the Year) — Nancy and Herbert Hunt. It was hard to spot them, though. They were engulfed by well-wishers like Sara and David Martineau, Billie Leigh Rippey, Venise Stuart, Sharon Ballew, beneficiaries World Affairs Council’s Jim Falk and Children’s Medical Center Foundation’s Brent Christopher, who admitted that shifting gears from Communities Foundation of Texas to Children’s Medical Center Foundation had been easier that he had expected. Why he had even had time to catch a movie — “Sully.”

Nancy and Herbert Hunt

Nancy and Herbert Hunt

For a photo opp, the responsibility was handed over to daughters Barbara Hunt Crow and Libby Hunt Allred. As the photos were snapped, one of the daughters encouraged, “Come on, Dad. Big smile.” Herbert laughed, “I am.”

When asked how long the Hunts had been married, Barbara popped up, “Well, I’m 62.” Nancy laughed, “I married young.”

Caroline Rose Hunt and Bob Brackbill

Caroline Rose Hunt and Bob Brackbill

In the Lacertes’ great room, while Papa Larry Lacerte chatted with guests, Caroline Rose Hunt (aka Herbert’s kid sister) smiled alongside Bob Brackbill. When someone described her having a cute smile, Bob said, “She’s always cute.”

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

Just minutes into the event, word was passed that Mary Lee had indeed had a change of mind. At 7:15, there would be a brief presentation recognizing Nancy and Herbert and thanking the Lacertes and various people who were making the dinner on Tuesday, October 25, at the Dallas Country Club possible. Ah, so that’s what the bouquet of flowers on the bench next to the fireplace was doing there.

Touch of trivia: In addition to being the 2013 honoree and serving as Les Femmes president in 1995, Mary Lee chaired the 1988 fundraiser when Barbara Bush was the keynote speaker and Caroline Rose Hunt was the honoree.

Tickets are still available here.

NorthPark’s Arhaus Had Munchkin Furniture On View For Cherish The Children Luncheon’s Patron Party

In preparation for the Tuesday, April 5, Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children Luncheon with speaker/author Laura McBride at the Omni, Event Chair Erin Pope arranged for a patron party at NorthPark’s Arhaus. Here is a report from the field:

Kathleen LaValle and Erin Pope*

Kathleen LaValle and Erin Pope*

Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children patron party was the evening of Sunday, April 3, at NorthPark Center’s Arhaus. The lovely evening featured food and drinks for more than 70 attendees including luncheon sponsors and designers of the children’s furnishings like Board Chair John Gibson and designers Casey and Phil Green, Emily Robinson and  Alex McCreight. The charity luncheon supports Dallas CASA’s mission to provide advocates for abused and neglected children.

Barbara Womble and Caroline Rose Hunt*

Barbara Womble and Caroline Rose Hunt*

This year’s luncheon honoree is Dallas’ own Caroline Rose Hunt, who told the patron party guests that Dallas CASA is her favorite charity. Arhaus donated a $500 gift certificate for the evening, and the lucky winner of the random drawing just happened to be Caroline Rose Hunt’s guest Barbara Womble.

Phil and Casey Green*

Phil and Casey Green*

Emily Robinson and Alex McCreight*

Emily Robinson and Alex McCreight*

As lovely as the evening and event were, the highlight was the 14 beautiful children’s chairs to be auctioned at the fundraising luncheon. Attendees got a preview of the chairs and furnishings which come in every creative shape and size, including painted chairs, upholstered chairs and detailed stools perfect for little ones. One item is shaped like a boat, with the seat opening to make a toy box. Another pair of chairs feature a beautiful, hand-laid geometric pattern of wooded blocks.

* Photos provided by Dallas CASA

Grovel Alert: Cherish The Children Luncheon

Everything is all arranged. Perfect dress, killer new stilettos, babysitter booked for Tuesday, April 5. Only problem? Forgot to make that reservation for Cherish the Children at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Yipes! Major problem! Word has it that there are hardly any tickets left.

Gaston Made chairs*

Gaston Made chairs*

Yup, there was something that you’d been meaning to do, but multi-tasking has been a bit overwhelming lately. And you so wanted one of those adorable chairs that are up for bid in the silent auction and you love any occasion that celebrates Caroline Rose Hunt, who is the honoree.

Why, Event Chair Erin Pope has even arranged for author Laura McBride to be the featured guest speaker for the Dallas CASA benefit.

Not to worry, if you hustle-bustle. Get that ticket now. Otherwise your babysitter is gonna wonder why you’re all dressed up and sitting at home.

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Dallas CASA Has Two Opportunities For Your Consideration

Dallas CASA is busy, busy, busy on two projects. First, there’s the free one. It’s a volunteer opportunity. Dallas CASA was selected as a pilot market to see if it is possible to “recruit a volunteer for every foster child who needs one in Dallas and throughout Texas.” The campaign is called “Every child has a chance — it’s you.”

Kathleen LaValle*

Kathleen LaValle*

According to Dallas CASA Executive Director Kathleen LaValle, “CASA volunteers serve as voices for children in court, and other settings, to give them a chance at finding permanent and stable homes. The effect CASA volunteers have on children’s lives during an uncertain time is significant. With more than 4,600 children in Dallas in need of volunteers to advocate for their safety and future, there is a great opportunity for ordinary citizens to have a positive impact on a children’s lives. We desperately need more volunteers to serve our most vulnerable children.”

Whoa! Does that mean they’re looking at attorneys and folks with legal smarts only? Nope. S/he can be “an everyday citizen who is screened and trained, and then appointed by a judge to represent a child’s best interest in court. When a child enters the system because his or her home is no longer safe, these committed volunteers guide foster children through the overburdened and complex child welfare system to ultimately reach a safe and permanent home.”

The next training class is Tuesday, March 29, but the deadline for applications is Monday, March 14. So, check out the schedule of information sessions to get on board.

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

For the second project, Dallas CASA is touting its annual Cherish the Children Luncheon that will take place on Tuesday, April 5, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Benefiting the Dallas CASA Children’s Council, the fundraiser will honored Caroline Rose Hunt.

Event chair Erin Pope has arranged to have the featured speaker be novelist Laura McBride, whose best-selling “We Are Called to Rise” is about “a family, community and the power of second chances. Of the book, Redbook magazine said ‘Your heart will break…then soar.’”

One of the event’s highlights is the auctioning of handmade children’s chairs and furniture. This year’s designers include Allison Curry of Allison Curry Interiors, Creative Room Arrangements, Kay Dalton, Casey Green of Fossil, Gaston Made, Jill Tate and Janine Townes of Go Light the World, Chelsea Green, Blake McElroy, Nancy Newbern of Rare Assets Inc., Cachet Petty, Amy Bailey of Phelan’s, Tori Pendergrass of Pigment School of the Arts, interior designer Teresa Rowe and Shannon Rae Interiors.

This year’s sponsors include:

  • CASA Angel — The Al G. Hill Jr. Family
  • CASA Protector — Kristy Hoglund Robinson/The Hoglund Foundation/Karen Carney
  • CASA Keeper — Caroline Rose Hunt, The Rosewood Corporation and Linda and Rob Swartz
  • CASA Patron — Emy Lou Baldridge
  • CASA Friend — Bank of Texas, Fran and Mark S. Berg, The Dallas Foundation – Jenny Reynolds, Suzanne and John Gibson, Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Hannah and Greg May, Suzanna and Jay Rubottom, Pam Stegenga, Lyn and Guy Thomas and Myrna Vance
* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Everything Was Coming Up (Caroline) Roses (Hunt) At Communities In School Dallas Region’s Dream Achievers Award Luncheon

Sara Martineau had hardly settled down at a high-top table in the portioned off area of Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum on Friday, February 12. She was told that “news” had just broken that Carolina Herrera would be the feature designer complete with a personal appearance at the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Sara Martineau and Mary Brinegar

Sara Martineau and Mary Brinegar

With that she gave out a whoop of delight and told Dallas Arboretum President/CEO Mary Brinegar, “I already have one!”

As babies in strollers were chauffeured around the grounds and flowers transitioning from buds to blossoms, Mary admitted that the day was incredible for early February. But she also knew that a late February/early March cold blast could change things dramatically.

However, on this day it was just perfect for the Communities in Schools Dallas Region’s Dream Achievers and Dream Maker awards.

Bob Brackbill and Caroline Rose Hunt

Bob Brackbill and Caroline Rose Hunt

As honoree Caroline Rose Hunt and buddy Bob Brackbill took their place at chairs in the hall for a receiving line, a guest accidently decided to sit a seat or two over. Oops! A CISDR rep suggested to the guest that the chairs were for Caroline and her family. With that the guest hopped up and moved her smartphone to another area of the room.

Kristy Morgan and Patrick Sands

Kristy Morgan and Patrick Sands

But it was an easy mistake to make, since other members of the family like Patrick Sands and his fiancee Kristy Morgan were making the rounds chatting with CISDR Financial Advisor Bob Scott.

At noon nearly 100 guests like Billie Leigh Rippey, past Dream Achievers Awardee Tincy Miller, Caryl Keys, Bobbie Sue and Phil Williams and Mary Frances Burleson, made their way to the other part of Rosine Hall for the luncheon program. As they entered a video was on a large screen, but it couldn’t be heard over the chatter.

Blake Lewis and Lisa Loy Laughlin

Blake Lewis and Lisa Loy Laughlin

With CISDR Philanthropy Officer Lisa Loy Laughlin serving as emcee, she had newly named CISDR Board Chair Blake Lewis started the program with the invocation and followed it up by reading a proclamation from Mayor Mike Rawlings extolling Caroline’s support and leadership in the community.

At 12:10 State Sen. Don Huffines led the group in the pledge of allegiance with a mammoth flag projected on the screen. Don then presented Caroline with a flag that had flown over the state capital.

Judith Allen-Bazemore

Judith Allen-Bazemore

While guests started eating their lunch, Lisa thanked the event sponsors and Blake returned to the podium introducing Dr. Judith Allen-Bazemore, who explained CISDR’s mission to focus on academics and attendance as well as social skills. For Judith and the CISDR team, the students “don’t just live in the city of Dallas. They are the city of Dallas.”

To provide the variety of students that CISDR works with, a video was shown with stories on three young people — a boy who overcame homelessness and is now going to college, a young mother and a youngster who had been bounced around the foster system with CISDR being the constant in his life.

Judith followed the video telling how CISDR works with kids who the state of Texas claims that they won’t do well and won’t graduate and the three in the video were proof that they could do well and could graduate. She backed that up with facts and figures. Of the 9,165 cases-managed students in the 2014-2015 school year:

  • 96% stayed in school
  • 89% improved academics, attendances and/or behavior
  • 95% promoted to the next grade level
  • 91% of eligible seniors graduated
Don Huffines

Don Huffines

Returning to the podium, Don told how his involvement with CISDR started when he was assigned to Madison High School back in the 1990s as a CIS mentor. Through this program and others, he has come to realize and support the fact that “Children are our future.”

At 12:37 Lisa was introduced a video interview that she had done with Caroline. It opened with “Sweet Caroline,” and revealed that Caroline’s earliest influences were teachers at Hockaday especially in the fields of ancient history, writing and Latin. When asked what value was most important to her, Caroline said, “Integrity.” She went on to say that if she had been born a man, she would have probably been a doctor. In concluding he was asked what advice she would give her children. Caroline smiled and said Corinthians 13. She added “Faith, hope and love… not just physical love but emotional love.”

As the video ended, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” plays.

Eduardo Pulido

Eduardo Pulido

In presenting the Dream Achiever Award, Judith and Blake gave the Ansel Adams photograph “Rose and Driftwood” to Caroline that the CISDR students had selected because it was a rose and wood. Each child signed the back of the frame.

In accepting the award, Caroline admitted, “I’m overwhelmed.”

After a break, CISDR Senior Program Coordinator Rey Maldonado presented the Dream Maker Award to a surprised CISDR Area Team Manager Eduardo Pulido. He had no idea that he had been selected until his name was announced.

Blake D. Lewis III Named Communities In Schools Dallas Region Chairman Of The Board

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

Caroline Rose Hunt (File photo)

Just in time for the Communities in Schools Dallas Region’s Dream Achievers luncheon Thursday honoring Caroline Rose Hunt, it has been announced that Blake D. Lewis III has been named Chairman of the Board. This is big news since this changing-of-the-guard is historic for CSDR. Former ExxonMobil assistant general tax counsel Karl Schmalz has held that position since 2001 and was named Board Member of the Year by the Communities in School Texas in 2007. But don’t go worrying about retiree Karl taking to the couch. He’ll still be an active CISDR board member.

Blake brings “more than 35 years of experience in strategic planning, creative development and media relations in corporate, agency and nonprofit settings.” His Lewis Public Relations has provided “high-level strategy and counsel to a range of organizations, including Alon USA Energy, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas Farm Bureau and Winzer.”

Blake Lewis III and CISDR student*

Blake Lewis III and CISDR student*

According to CISDR President/CEO Dr. Judith Allen-Bazemore, “Blake has been an integral member of our board. He has strong ties to the local educational community and truly understands the necessity of consistent, evidence-based student services.”

If you haven’t gotten your ticket for the luncheon at the Dallas Arboretum, now is the time to buy. Understand that State Sen. Don Huffines already has his spot at the festivities.

* Photo provided by Communities in Schools Dallas Region

JUST IN: Caroline Rose Hunt’s Grandkids Make A $5M Lead Gift To United Way Foundation Of Metropolitan Dallas In Her Honor

IMG_7716 Caroline Rose HuntCaroline Rose Hunt’s grandkids really know how to give a gift that keeps giving. It’s just been announced that they are “committing a lead gift of $5M to United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas.” Their choice was based on Caroline decades of “longstanding support and dedication to United Way and its Foundation.”

As proof of that Caroline recalled, “After the war, I walked my neighborhood for the Dallas Community Chest before it became United Way. I have served the United Way Foundation Dallas since its founding in 1999. I believe in United Way because it is unique, comprehensive and effective in making our community a better place to live.”

Over the past 50 years, she has done everything from door-to-door solicitation of donations to co-chairing the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Giving Society in both 1990 and 1994. Currently she is honorary vice-chair of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas and an honorary chair of the Unite Forever Campaign.

In recognition of her efforts, Caroline was presented the United Way’s most prestigious honor, the J. Erik Jonsson Award in 2003.

According to Rosewood Foundation trustee/Caroline’s granddaughter Haven Sands Heinrichs, “Our grandmother has been an extraordinary example of volunteerism and hard work. To show our family’s love and appreciation for all she has done for United Way and the community, we are making a legacy gift in her honor to the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas. We are delighted to carry the torch, and hope to inspire the next generation in our community to get involved.”

The gift is part of the Unite Forever Campaign to raise $100M for its Foundation “to transform the lives and preserve the futures of North Texans.”

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO/President Jennifer Sampson said, “As we look to United Way’s century mark and beyond, our past 90 years of service energizes our vision of the future. Each generation in our history has been led by change makers like Caroline Rose Hunt, who not only believed change was possible, but who made it happen. We are grateful to the Hunt family for this generous gift to honor Caroline, and unite this community in creating secure futures for generations to come.”

Scott Ginsburg, Dee Lincoln And Phil Romano Will Be “Expanding Worlds” For LaunchAbility Wednesday

Scott Ginsburg, Dee Lincoln and Phil Romano

The Expanding Worlds Luncheon has gained quite a reputation for bringing three high-profilers from different walks of life together for a conversation moderated by Scott Murray. This year’s event on Wednesday at the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom is going to keep the momentum rolling with the lineup of Scott Ginsburg, Dee Lincoln and Phil Romano. Talk about three totally different personalities with tales to tell.

Event Co-chairs Jay Hull and Maggie Cooke Kipp have also arranged for 101-year-old Honorary Chair Emeritus Ebby Halliday to be joined by nearly 90-year-old Caroline Rose Hunt as Honorary Chair.

Funds from the 6th Annual Expanding Worlds Luncheon will once again benefit LaunchAbility, which raises awareness about efforts to inspire hope, confidence and independence for adults and children with disabilities.

Graphics provided by LaunchAbility

A Sweetheart Of A Tea With Caroline Rose Hunt At the Arboretum

Tea cake

The sun decided to bless Dallas with heat and warmth on Tuesday. Perhaps it was to put a spotlight on the Valentine Tea at the Arboretum by the Women’s Council of the Arboretum. Whoa! You’re getting ready to sign off because who wants to read about a tea. Ladies sipping from little tea cups and munching on cucumber sandwiches. Usually you would be painfully right.

Laurie Sands Harrison, Bailey Harrison, Caroline Harrison, Francis Harrison, Hassie Harrison and Caroline Rose Hunt

But this time it was different. Besides delicious centerpieces, there was a talk beforehand in Rosine Hall. No, it was more of a family conversation that rows of guests got to eavesdrop on. The family was matriarch Caroline Rose Hunt with her daughter Laurie Sands Harrison and Caroline’s four granddaughters/Laurie’s four daughters (Bailey, Caroline, Hassie and Laurie).

The chat covered such subjects as Caroline’s childhood at Mount Vernon, her going into the hotel business, her establishing Primrose, her opinion on healthcare and many marvelous tales.

What made them marvelous was the 88-year old Caroline herself.  Not only has she witnessed and been part of history-making events in Dallas, she can hold her own nicely, thank you, with anyone of any age.

When asked what advice she would give a woman going into business, she countered with, “I’d give the same advice to a woman that I would give to a man. That is to do the best job you can.”

Then she added, “But if you’re going to speak just to a woman, I would say, ‘Don’t expect just because you’re a beautiful face or a beautiful woman or you’re sexy. . . to trade on that doesn’t work.”

She told the group that in pulling together materials (17 boxes) for her archives with her “wonderful helper” Charlene Howell, she ran across an old college album where she “saved all types of things. Here was a Valentine from Ed Cox. I never had a date with Ed. He was just my bestfriend and he sent it, you know, as a friendly gesture.”

If you don’t know who Ed Cox is, drive to the corner of Preston Road and Beverly and look at the house on the southeast corner. That’s Ed’s place. Or, head on over to SMU and ask to see the Ed Cox School of Business.

Laurie Sands Harrison and Caroline Rose Hunt

At the end of the talk, daughter Laurie presented her mother with an oil painting of a rose that Laurie had done to mark the occasion.

Like said earlier, Caroline is living treasure of Dallas history.

If you weren’t able to make the tea, try to find someone who attended like Ruth Buzzi, Kent Perkins, Yvonne Crum, Jill Rowlett, Carolyn Lupton, Dee Wyly or Caroline’s niece Lyda Hunt Hill. They were all there for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion with a Dallas sweetheart.