2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Chairmen Dinner Was Held In Area’s Most Elegant Storm-Worthy Shelter

By Tuesday, May 10, tornado warnings seemed to have become routine. Still, with clouds looking like street gangs ready to rumble, locals were still heeding the words of weather guessers that North Texas should be prepared for another round of flooding, hail, wind and locusts. Okay, so maybe not the locusts, but everything else.

John and Mary Martha Pickens, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

John and Mary Martha Pickens, Christie Carter and Hudson Weischel

Luckily for the annual Crystal Charity Ball Former Chairmen dinner, 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter and her team had picked the perfect spot for the seated supper underwritten by Bank of America, U. S. Trust Private Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch: Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s estate.IMG_5859 Joyce Lacerte, Tucker Enthoven, Angie Kadesky and Caren Kline

When one guest inquired about possible tornadoes, hostess Joyce promptly replied, “We have a full basement and can just move the party downstairs.”

Karen Shuford

Karen Shuford

Randi Halsell

Randi Halsell

Jill Smith, Gloria Martindale and Vicki Chapman

Jill Smith, Gloria Martindale and Vicki Chapman

In addition to having the most palatial “storm shelter” in these surroundings, if guests like Barbara Varel (1970), Joyce Mitchell (1988), Sally Berry (1990), Sara Martineau (1993), Barbara Stuart (1994), Randi Halsell (1996), Tincy Miller (1997), Becky Bright (1999), Karen Shuford (2000), Nancy Chapman (2001), Lydia Novakov (2002), Margo Goodwin (2004), Jill Smith (2005), Debbie Snell (2006), Vicki Chapman (2007), Gloria Martindale (2008), Debbie Oates (2009), Cynthia Mitchell (2010), Aileen Pratt (2012),   Robyn Conlon (2014), Caren Kline (2013) and Michal Powell (2015) and and their husbands/dates were forced to hunker downstairs, Cassandra Fine Catering team plus Lacerte house manager Roxann Vyazmensky could easily have moved the feast from the elegant tables set up in the Lacerte’s great room on the ground level downstairs. Talk about glorious MREs — baby greens salad, pan seared beef tenderloin with lobster risotto and orange custard for dessert.

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Christie Carter, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

From the left: (front row) Barbara Varel, Gloria Martindale, Aileen Pratt, Nancy Chapman, Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Karen Shuford and Tincy Miller; (back row) Margo Goodwin, Robyn Conlon, Debbie Oates, Randi Halsell, Joyce Mitchell, Lydia Novakov, Michal Powell, Debbie Snell, Jill Smith, Sally Berry, Becky Bright, Caren Kline, Vicki Chapman and Sara Martineau

2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Dinner table setting

2016 Former Crystal Charity Ball Dinner table setting

Kathy and Richard Holt

Kathy and Richard Holt

But luckily the need to “seek shelter” didn’t take place and all went according to plan with Bank of America Dallas Market President Richard Holt and his blonde wife Kathy Holt greeting the 22 former chairs, who have helped lead the 64-year-old organization to provide more than $123M for Dallas area children’s charities.

For more photos from the dinner, please check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction: #4: Private Dinner With Parson Dance Company

Don’t have any dancing shoes? Can’t figure out how to do the box step? Not worry. This TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction package is made for just sitting back and enjoying the real pros on Saturday, April 25.

Private Dinner Party With The Parsons Dance Company* (Value: Priceless)

In 2015 the world renowned Parsons Dance Company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. During that time, David Parsons and his troupe of dancers have become “one of the world’s most renowned American dance companies.” The New York Times described David’s “Round My World” as “ingenious. . . remarkable. . . striking. . . pretty shapes, prettily drawn by attractive dancers. . . Round My Word has curves in the right places. . . everyone is thrilled.”

The Parsons Dance Company**

The Parsons Dance Company**

Just this May Parsons Dance “gave a world premiere in collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Allen Toussaint Orchestra in New Orleans. The NOLA Defender described the premiere as a ‘world where reality and fantasy are no longer at odds’ but rather ‘in a beautiful dance together.’”

For the troupe’s Saturday, April 25th, performance at the Winspear Opera House, the winning bidder and 15 friend will have premier seats to enjoy the dancing onstage. Afterwards, the 16 lucky guests will be treated to a dinner at Sharon and Michael Young’s marvelous Preston Hollow estate. In the kitchen will be Cassandra and her Cassandra Fine Catering crew. Oh, and don’t be surprise if some additional folks join the dinner festivities. It seems a select group of the performers will be at the table, too!

* Courtesy of TITAS Present in association with AT&T Performing Arts Center, 
Sharon and Michel Young and Cassandra Fine Catering
** Photo provided by TACA