2017 Junior Cattle Barons Ball Celebrants Created Pillow Artwork Before Attending Disney On Ice At American Airlines Center

As the princesses and princes lined up at American Airlines Center for the Disney on Ice performance on Sunday, March 19, there was a VIP gathering already underway at AAC’s Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club for the ultimate royals. They were the kids from Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center who had locked horns with the ultimate dragon — cancer.

But they weren’t just there to see the show and get on a sugar high with jelly beans, M&Ms and malt balls as part of the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball. They were put to work, but it was fun work.  Immediately upon arrival, they picked up the pillow cases provided by Luke’s Fastbreak and were directed to tables to decorate ‘em.

Finished pillow case

Hello? Pillow cases? Instead of past years, when the kiddos got their faces temporarily painted, they got to decorate the pillows for keeps. After all, who wants to sleep on a ho-hum pillow? It was a brilliant addition to the annual pre-show extravaganza at the center. The children and their siblings didn’t hesitate to start decorating. Why, shoot! Some of them were dreamy works with art/heart that couldn’t help but create sweet dreams.

Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir

Anne Stodghill and Dash Stodghill

Behind the tables were junior hostesses Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir. Despite her tan line, Rosemary reported that she had stayed home for spring break.

CBB Co-Chair Anne Stodghill accompanied by her tousle-hair son Dash Stodghill told how their stay in New Mexico had been spent counting out-of-town license plants for Dash’s third-grade project.

The Williams clan: (from the left) Whitney, Jamie and Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate

Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan

Just as the doors opened for the afternoon fun on ice, Moody Foundation Human Resources  Director Jamie Williams arrived with her Williams family (Whitney, Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate) in tow. It was thanks to The Moody Foundation that the event took place and also thanks to coordination by CBB-ers Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Fall Luncheon At New Del Frisco’s Was Rich With The Presentation Of $3,350,448.16 Check

The fall Cattle Baron’s luncheon is a handing over of the reins. It’s when the current chairs present a big-boy check for cancer research earned from their tenure and let the new co-chairs formally take over.

This year the transition took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the really new Del Frisco’s at the corner of Olive and McKinney in Uptown.

Whoa! Don’t make the mistake that some new guests made. It wasn’t the Del Frisco’s Grille further up McKinney. Nope, it was at the OMG newest hot spot in Uptown.

And while the valets seemed a bit overwhelmed at the bumper-to-bumper parade of luxury SUV’s with long legged, stiletto drivers and the hostess station held the guests downstairs until all was just right upstairs, who cared?

Vodi Cook, Lauren Snyder, Lee McDonald and Emily Billingsley

From former CBB chairs (Olivia Kearney, Tanya Foster, Cindy Stager, Brooke Shelby, Jennifer Dix, Tia Wynne, Mary Parker, Mary Martha Pickens, KJ Sanger) to new members (Vodi Cook, Lee McDonald, Heather Randall, Andrea Cheek, Daniella Giglio, Holle Hirzel, Kelley Schadt, Rachel Stienke and Kristina Wrenn) all types were celebrating the fundraiser of a couple of weeks earlier headed up by Cara French and Andrea Weber and looking forward to future plans under the leadership of 2017 CBB Co-Chair Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill.

Andrea Weber and Cara French*

But the highlight of the meal was the presentation of the check — $3,350,448.16 — for the American Cancer Society.

* Photo credit: Holt Haynsworth

JUST IN: New Cattle Baroness Frosh Class Announced

On the heels of a knock-out of the park Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15, orchestrated by Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber, the 2017 CBB Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill have started the march against cancer with news about the 2017 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Vodi Cook (File photo)

Vodi Cook (File photo)

Heather Randall (File photo)

Heather Randall (File photo)

The news? The new pledge class! The newbies include Andrea Cheek, Vodi Cook, Elise Danner, Daniella Giglio, Hollee Hirzel, Lee McDonald, Heather Randall, Kelley Schadt, Stephanie Seay, Rachel Stienke and Kristina Wrenn.

Lesson for the frosh class: Learn to ring those cowbells!

A Gentle Reminder: 2016 Komen Dallas Race For The Cure Starts Setting Up For Saturday’s Fundraiser At NorthPark

Komen Dallas Race for the Cure route map*

Komen Dallas Race for the Cure route map*

If you haven’t made it over to NorthPark for your turquoise jewelry, suede outfit and killer boots for Saturday’s Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s, you might want to hustle big time. Preparations are starting to get underway at NorthPark for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure that is taking place all around the NorthPark area Saturday morning.

Translation: If your Saturday morning is getting a cinnamon bagel and a cup of java at Panera’s or popping into Barnes and Noble to browse the shelves, you may want to sleep in. Or better yet, you just might want to be part of the thousands raising funds to battle breast cancer. The goal is to provide $1.3M and as of 9:30 a.m., they’re nearly halfway there.

BTW, if you just want to stay at home Saturday morning, why not check out the Cattle Baron’s  auction online? There are literally hundreds of trips, fashions, services and all types of goodies and you won’t even have to get out of your pj’s to bid.

* Graphic courtesy of Komen Dallas Race for the Cure

JUST IN: Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chair Andrea Weber Delivers A New Baron

Cara French and Andrea Weber on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cara French and Andrea Weber on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pioneer women were known for being a hardy type. It was said they would have their babies and then go plow the north forty. Well, Cattle Baron’s Co-Chair Andrea Weber is the 21st century version. In addition to working with her Co-Chair Cara French, raising 2-year-old Nicolette Weber with husband John Weber and looking fabulous, she has been pregnant for the past nine months.

John Weber Jr.*

John Weber Jr.*

Well, today  Andrea and John welcomed 7 lb., 14-oz. John Weber Jr. to their posse.

When asked over the weekend if she would be at the Saturday, October 15th Cattle Baron’s at Gilley’s with Dwight Yoakum on the Live Auction Stage and Toby Keith on the Main Stage, she responded with a smile and “Sure!”

* Photo provided by 2016 
Cattle Baron's Ball

2016 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Partied With Painted Faces And Hula Hoops Before Heading To The Circus

On Sunday, August 7, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Baronesses and their kids held the annual Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball honoring the munchkin cancer warriors from Children’s Health and Medical City Children’s Hospital at a party at American Airlines Center’s Old Number 7 before the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

There were kid-friendly swag bags and loads of food, but the real action was divided.

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

Thanks to presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation, Jr. CBB Co-Chairs Mary C. Corrigan and Lisa Ogle were able to arrange for a couple of activities that were ideal for the pre-show party.

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Kamila Cortes

Kamila Cortes

First was the face decorating. The lineup for face painting was never-ending with four facial artists creating masterpieces. In this situation having a lack of hair was doggone adorable. Fashionista Cassidy Barrett accessorized beautifully with a pink lace headband. Kamila Cortes opted for the pierced ear look and instead of having her face painted, she had a nifty purple cat created on her left arm. When one youngster was asked if he had always been that cute, his reply was: “Yes!”

Across the way, an old-time toy became a real pacesetter — hula hoops! Who would have thought in this day and age of 3D games that the 1950’s hoop would thrill. Needless to say, the adults looked on thinking, “Someone is going to sleep soundly tonight.”

Bella Anderson

Bella Anderson

Maidie Corrigan

Maidie Corrigan

Mary and Lisa provided an additional surprise. Thanks to Luke Lange, each of the young cancer patients received a Luke’s FastBreaks T-shirt. Because Luke has been where these kids have been, these T-shirts are designed to have the cool factor as well as snaps on the side that allow for cancer treatments.

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for tens of thousands of cute faces, both natural and painted!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

While many were in faraway places or sleeping in on Sunday, August 7, Cattle Baronesses Mary C. Corrigan and Lisa Ogle were hustling down at AT&T Arena for the annual Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

The event celebrates munchkins and their families, who are battling childhood cancer. And what were the two most popular items at the party? Well, you’ll just have to wait for the post. But until then, check out the incredibly, absolutely adorable kiddos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

From the left: Christopher Merrell III, LaTonia Merrell, Chasity Merrell, Christin Merrell and Christopher Merrell II

From the left: Christopher Merrell III, LaTonia Merrell, Chasity Merrell, Christin Merrell and Christopher Merrell II

If you need an incentive to support cancer research via the Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15, you’ll see it in the eyes of the wee warriors.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball

According to 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber,

Cara French and Andrea Weber (File photo)

Cara French and Andrea Weber (File photo)

“We are ‘Texas Proud’ at Cattle Baron’s!  This year’s ball promises to be the biggest ever with Toby Keith on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage and Dwight Yoakum on the VIP and Live Auction stage. From humble beginnings 42 years ago when Patti Hunt and Jacque Wynne planned a Texas-style barbeque to raise money for the Park Cities branch of the American Cancer Society to this year’s over-the-top extravaganza at Gilley’s, the Cattle Baron’s brand is legendary.

Toby Keith*

Toby Keith*

“More than $68 million has been raised for cancer research since the beginning making Dallas’ Cattle Baron’s Ball the world’s largest single-event fundraiser for American Cancer Society research. And, this is the year to join our posse to raise millions more to help eradicate cancer. Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the Saturday, October 15th event. In return for your support, you will enjoy cocktails, dinner, gaming, silent and live auctions and pre-concert entertainment.  The evening culminates with a heart-stopping concert by the legendary Toby Keith with seating for all guests.

“Our momentum is building, with the help of some very generous donors, including

  • Lone Star Barons — Andrews Distributing and Kendall
  • Ultimate Baron — Fauxcades
  • Legendary Baron — digital 3 printing, G Texas Catering, Gilley’s Dallas, Inwood National Bank and Park Place dealerships
  • Texas Baron’s — Brierley+Partners/Diane and Hal Brierley, Clay Cooley, Anne Davidson, Grey Goose, Jackson Family Wines, The Moody Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Sewell and Weber & Company and
  • Oil Baron’s — Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Favorite Brands LLC, Fischer and Co., Fluor, Brian Loncar, Mary Kay, Metro PCS, David B. Miller Family Foundation, Pender’s World of Chiles and Spices, Perkins Coie and South Walton Florida.

“We encourage you to dust off your boots and visit www.cattlebaronsball.com to read more about Cattle Baron’s and the ways in which you can become of part of this great event. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the American Cancer Society make great strides in cancer research and patient navigation.”

* Photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazers Partied, Bid And Chilled The Night Away At Gas Monkey Live

It’s a rare occasion when Cattle Baron’s Ball gals give someone a cold shoulder in fundraising for cancer research and treatments. But on Thursday, May 19, the shiver was very apparent at Gas Monkey Live.

Yup, it was the CBB’s Trailblazer get-together with high rollers rolling along. But it was also a night when the bare-shoulder, short skirted darlings were also sporting goosebumps due to the over-achieving A/C unit.

Megan Flanagan and Monti Konen

Megan Flanagan and Monti Konen

Thank heaven Evening Co-Chairs Megan Flanagan, Monti Konen and Jamie Singer hunkered down with Gas Monkey management as frost bite was settling in and gents were shedding their jackets for the shoulder to teeth-chattering baronesses.

Steve Stodghill and Holly and Stubbs Davis

Steve Stodghill and Holly and Stubbs Davis

Despite the cold, the night warmed up with conversations. Steve Stodghill was being congratulated for his introduction of Todd Wagner at Stodghill’s home the night before. The occasion was Todd’s presenting his newest undertaking Charity Buzz to an SRO crowd in the estate’s ballroom.

Of course, it didn’t hurt to have Rivers and Rust on stage doing the music and a lively auction with bids vying for a five-night stay at Snowmass, a seven-day safari in Namibia or a retreat to Taos.

Laura Reeder, Isabell Novakov and Amanda Shufeldt

Laura Reeder, Isabell Novakov and Amanda Shufeldt

As guests departed, they were rewarded with one of the best favors of the season… if they had an IOS or Android smartphone. PlainsCapital’s Isabell Novakov had arranged for a selfie wireless bluetooth remote key fob for each. Even those who had never done a selfie before, gave it a try with A+ success.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazer Party

With summer temps starting to become the norm, bare shoulders and short silk skirts were the fashion du jour at the Cattle Baron’s Ball’s Trailblazer Party for CBB high rollers on Thursday, May 19. However, thanks to an overzealous A/C system at Gas Monkey Live, goosebumps were popping up like bluebonnets on a spring day.

Joanna Clarke, Heather Randall and Nancy Gopez

Joanna Clarke, Heather Randall and Nancy Gopez

But no problem. Those CBB types cold shouldered on thanks to music, food and a live auction of getaways. While the post is underway on this holiday, check out the smiles at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Cattle Baronesses Gather At Bistro 31 To Kick Off Fundraising For Naming Of Hope Lodge Suite

As storms were cooking up down in Stephenville on Tuesday, May 10, the Cattle Baronesses were gathering at Bistro 31 to kick off their newest project — to raise $100,000 for Cattle Baron’s Ball’s naming of a Hope Lodge Suite.

Cara French and Andrea Weber

Cara French and Andrea Weber

Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber reported that if 200 present and/or past committee members would contribute at least $500, they’d meet their goal.

FYI: Hope Lodge is the American Cancer Society facility being built at the Baylor University Medical Center campus that will provide residence for those seeking treatment for cancer in the North Texas area and their families. It is a godsend for people who should not have to worry about where they can stay while trying to save their lives.

Amy Turner and Katherine Wynne

Amy Turner and Katherine Wynne

But all the talk on this evening was not limited to the need for Hope Lodge. Andrea surprised some of the guests with news that she was not just pregnant. Nope. She’s due to deliver a son just days before the Saturday, October 15, fundraiser at Gilley’s.

In the meantime, Cara was recalling the night before when she and more than a dozen gals attended the Beyonce concert at AT&T Stadium. Review: It was spectacular. One wished Queen B had done some of her old tunes.

2005 CBB Chair Amy Turner in shorts with Chanel purse chatted with 2009 CBB Chair Katherine Wynne, who was on her way to the Zoo To Do kick-off party at the Dallas Zoo.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Spring Luncheon Was An All-Heads-Up Event For The Baronesses At Hotel ZaZa

Despite the threat all over North Texas that rain, hail, thunder and lightning were moving into the area on Friday, April 29, didn’t matter. Don’t you know that charity backers aren’t distracted by such calamities? One of those was the Cattle Baron’s Ball. With maybe-it’ll-rain-maybe-it-won’t skies overhead, the committee members drove their SUV’s and environmentally proper transportation to the Hotel ZaZa for the annual spring luncheon.

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

Just to be smart…and they are, don’t you know… CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber put their split-endless heads together with photographer cutie pie Holt Haynsworth about the annual CBB group picture. The original idea of shooting the photo outdoors was scrapped due to the high humidity that would have challenged even the strongest hair-sprayed head of hair. Instead the group photo would be taken in the hotel’s lobby with Holt shooting down from the balcony.

No problem…except gathering the 100 membership. They were having way too much fun playing the “conversation catch-up” game in the dining room surrounding the display of Hublot jewelry.

Meredith Ferrell, Meg Florence, Adriane Crosland, Destin Shore, Megan Filgo and Katherine Harper

Meredith Ferrell, Meg Florence, Adriane Crosland, Destin Shore, Megan Filgo and Katherine Harper

It was easy to spot birthday girl Adriane Crosland. The party hats and balloons sorta gave her away, along with her pals (Meredith Ferrell, Meg Florence, Destin Shore, Megan Filgo and Katherine Harper) who’d came to celebrate not only her b-day but also the fact that she was leading the pack in underwriting for the American Cancer Society fundraiser that will take place at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15.

Cara French and Rachel Michell

Cara French and Rachel Michell

But eventually the crowd was herded around the black-leather banquette. Those with “easy-to-take-off” shoes were positioned on the round banquette.

Alas, Cara and Andrea, who were to be positioned in the center on the banquette, had non-slip-off stilettos.

That’s when CBB girl friendship came in handy. Highland Park Village’s Rachel Michell helped Cara out of her heels. As for Andrea, she unzipped her heels and hopped on the banquette.

With Holt high above telling all to look upward and the hotel staff still checking guests in and out, the CBB’ers were ready for their shot.

2016 Cattle Baron's Ball committee group photo

2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball committee group photo

On cue, Holt asked all to look up and 100 pairs of eyes rose skyward. After a snap or two or three, Holt decided to video the gals waving. Everyone including Holt thought it was hokey, but what the heck?

As the membership adjourned to the dining room, Cara and Andrea slipped on their heels.

As for the rest of the day, some of the ladies headed back to their offices, while others strolled over to Hotel ZaZa’s Art House and Social Gallery for post-lunch festivities.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Gals Eyed The Baubles While Sipping The Bubbles At David Yurman

Yurman flute of champagne

Yurman flute of champagne

It was a battle royale of sparkles, twinkles and bubbles at NorthPark on Wednesday, April 13. As other jewelry salons were closing down for the evening, David Yurman had Cattle Baron’s Ball members and friends like Nancy Gopez, Lisa and Bill Ogle and Kristi Bare lined up to have their names checked off the “Yup, you’re on the attend list.”

Nancy Gopez

Nancy Gopez

Lisa and Bill Ogle

Lisa and Bill Ogle

Once approved for admittance, they didn’t get tagged with a name badge. Instead they got a flute of champagne and a howdy from Yurman’s Chris Kimbrough.

JB Hayes

JB Hayes

Chris Kimbrough

Chris Kimbrough

CBB member JB Hayes recalled how she and Chris thought up the Yurman visit-and-shop fundraiser for the American Cancer Society less than a handful of years ago.

Wendy Messmann was obviously a frequent persona at NorthPark after her appearance at the warm-up party at The Theodore for the Lee Park Day at the Races which she is co-chairing with Kirsten Williams on Saturday, May 7… Speaking of chair fundraisers, Hadley Galt was fresh off of co-chairing the Ronald McDonald House’s “Under the Moonlight” just a couple of weeks before on Saturday, April 2.

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

Hadley Galt

Hadley Galt

Word has it that CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber are hitting all the bases with their team of baronesses. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Toby Keith on the main stage and Dwight Yoakam up-close-and-personal on the live stage inside Gilley’s.

Cattle Baron’s Ball’s Annual Research Symposium Included Progress In The Cancer War And Info On Upcoming Earth Day Texas

The crowd in the Pecan Room was there for more than the usual cocktails and dinner on Tuesday, March 1. With chairs lined up theater-style, the gathering was the annual Research Symposium for Cattle Baron’s Ball members to hear first-hand from researchers whose work was possible in part thanks to CBB grants.

Anne Stodghill, Kenneth Portier, Amanda Jones and Melissa Sherrill

Anne Stodghill, Kenneth Portier, Amanda Jones and Melissa Sherrill Martin

On hand to provide reports this year were National American Cancer Society Statistics and Evaluation Center Managing Director Kenneth M. Portier and cell biology postdoctoral research Amanda Jones.

Andrea Weber and Jerry Hess

Andrea Weber and Jerry Hess

For this year’s presentation, Co-Chairs Kris Johnson, Melissa Sherrill Martin and Anne Stodghill had an added attraction. Not only did Earth Day Texas underwrite the evening, Earth Day Texas CEO Jerry Hess briefly told about Earth Day Texas’ upcoming event that will take place at Fair Park.

This annual symposium is a strong reminder for the CBB-ers how the funds raised “are truly making a significant impact and changing lives through cancer prevention, early detection and innovative treatments.”

Carolina Herrera Fashions Delighted Cattle Baron’s Ball Ladies Against A Magnificent Floral Backdrop

After being hunkered down at Communities Foundation of Texas all day to hear presentations by the 2016 beneficiary finalists, many Crystal Charity Ball gals made a quick change of clothes for the Cattle Baron’s Ball reception at Carolina Herrera’s in Highland Park Village on February 4. And why not? After all, they had been/are members and in some cases past chairs of the American Cancer Society mega-fund raiser.

And any reason to be at Carolina Herrera is a good one!

Lynn McBee, Marybeth Conlon and Kristi Hoyl

Lynn McBee, Marybeth Conlon and Kristi Hoyl

The Crystals (Kristi Hoyl, Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt, Lynn McBee and Vicki Chapman) admitted that despite the day being a very long one, it was a great day of resulting in seven outstanding beneficiaries.

As one put it, “I only wish we could have done them all.”

Kristin Baker and Cara French

Kristin Baker and Cara French

Sunie Solomon and Andrea Weber

Sunie Solomon and Andrea Weber

But the evening was for CBB ladies like CBB Co-Chair Cara French, Sunie Solomon, Marybeth Conlon, Lauren Chapman  and Kristin Baker, partying and checking out the spring goodies on mannequins and living, breathing models. 2016 CBB Co-Chair Andrea Weber was in a black-lace cocktail dress. Was it Herrera? Andrea admitted that it was indeed and, yes, she had bought it the day before.

Herrera General Manager Melinda Rathke must have channeled the Dallas Arboretum with gargantuan white and pink faux flowers blooming all over the place. Why, the back wall simply disappeared behind the wash-of-floral blanket serving as a perfect backdrop for a trunk showing of Herrera fashions.

Alas, former CBB Chair Jennifer Dix had to bail before the show. Her son’s teacher was having a recital and Jennifer had her priorities in order.

With chairs lined up along the sides of the salon, the show commenced. No sooner had the final model exited than the staff removed the chairs, allowing the ladies more room to party and to peek at the fashions on the hangars.

Cattle Baron’s Reveal Of “Texas Proud” Theme And Toby Keith To Be On Stage Kicks Off 2016 Mega Fundraising Efforts

Well, holy cow! The Cattle Baron’s Ball reveal was a mini-version of the annual spectacular to squash cancer. It took place on Thursday, January 14, at eM the Venue with MarcEvents on Dragon Street in the Design District. Well, shoot! It still might be going on.

But just past 8, 2016 CBB Co-chairs brunette Cara French in spangles and blonde-in-black Andrea Weber called a pause in the party-healthy festivities.

Cara French and Andrea Weber

Cara French and Andrea Weber

After all, the gathering was to announce plans for the 43rd mega-fundraiser to shore up funding for research and development in conquering cancer.

Despite a video delay, it was worth the wait. The screen behind the Corvette revealed the theme would be Texas Proud and the talent would be Toby Keith.

Results? A whoop, a holler and a “let’s get ‘em” attitude to battle cancer.

eM the Venue entrance

eM the Venue entrance

That was the official news of the night, but as one person said, “It was a Clay Cooley night.” Yup! From the arrival at the party room on Dragon with Clay Cooley’s name blazing at the entrance, the trucks and cars parked inside to “Clay Cooley Auto Group” in lights on one entire wall, Cara and Andrea proudly announced that the Cooley operation was the first to step up to sponsor the event.

Lisa Cooley and Tracy Lange

Lisa Cooley and Tracy Lange

Ben Lange

Ben Lange

On hand were Lisa and Clay Cooley with Larry Hackett and John Moward, Tracy and Ben Lange, Evening Co-Chair Isabell Novakov, Shona Gilbert, Cary and Mark Deuber, Fasi Payervand, Kristi Bare, Vodi Cook, Tom Ellis, Laura Reeder and David McAdams…Late arrival Crayton Webb was eagle eyeing for wife Nikki WebbAnne Stodghill was just days away from a quick trip to St. Barths for a friend’s birthday. She’s undertaken a new project — assembling recipes from all generations of her family into a keepsake for the Stodghill clan…Kris Johnson reported that work on Nancy C. and Richard Rogers new digs were moving along perfectly.

Shona Gilbert, Cary Deuber and Fasi Payervand

Shona Gilbert, Cary Deuber and Fasi Payervand

David McAdams, Laura Reeder, Tom Ellis and Vodi Cook

David McAdams, Laura Reeder, Tom Ellis and Vodi Cook

Somebody mentioned that cancer touched everyone from newborn babies to legendary types like David Bowie and Alan Rickman, who had just died in recent days.

JUST IN: New Cattle Baronesses Announced

Just when it seemed like there couldn’t possibly any more news to announce, those adorable cowbell ringing Cattle Baronesses came through. So, what could they possibly be revealing after their stellar event on October 3? How about the newest crop of Cattle Baronesses. Since there can only be 100 Baronesses, the precious open spots are few and far between.

Cara French (File photo)

Cara French (File photo)

Andrea Weber (File photo)

Andrea Weber (File photo)

2016 CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber report the new Baronesses are Allison Lent, Catherine Jaynes, Debbie Munir, Emily Billingsley, Hadley Galt, Heather LeClair, Jennifer Tobin, Katherine Harper, Kristin Baker, Lauren Gass, Lauren Hill, Rachel Michell, Taryn McDonald, Theresa Stambaugh and Virginia Schaefer.

Each has a story and reason why they’re taking up the banner to defeat cancer.

Suggestion to the initiates: Start working your arm muscles for cow-bell ringing and remember cancer can only win if you give it time.

Who knows? One of these women just might raise the funding that might finally defeat cancer or one of its minions. The idea of a world without disease’s greatest terrorists would be such a breathtaking feat. Take a moment. Imagine the headline — “Cancer defeated.”

Go Cara, Andrea, new Baronesses on the block and tried-and-true CBB-ers.

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.

A Tale Of Two Girls

Allow me to tell you a story. Back in the 1960’s Susan Finney was a girl ahead of her time. Just barely a teenager, she was smart, outgoing, athletic and even ran for student council president in the eighth grade. This was 1964 before women’s lib and nobody had thought of a girl running for such a lofty office in junior high. Despite losing to a fella, she handled it with a winning attitude of smiling, a twinkle in the eye and laughing that it had been quite an experience. Bitterness and negativism were not part of Susan’s makeup.

It was about that time that she was playing softball and experienced a pain in her leg. Her folks took her to the doctor. That visit led to other visits with other doctors. It seems the pain was due to something called osteosarcoma in her right ilium. But as stated before, Susan was ahead of her time. She and her family tackled the cancer with the same attitude that she had shown in the classroom, the playing field and during the school election.

But over the weeks and months the battle started to show as her round face narrowed, her skin turned a sallow color, her right leg was amputated and crutches became her mainstay. Still the laugh, the smile and the twinkle were always present even when she could no longer go to school and classmates would visit her.

On March 30, 1965, the laugh, the smile and the twinkle were no more as she died at home.

It was that same year when Susan started her battle with cancer that another family gave birth to a little girl on April 22, 1964. Her name was Mary Martha Johnston and, like Susan, she had a zest for life. Just 12 years later, in 1976, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. And like Susan, Mary Martha and her family undertook the battle with cancer. And like Susan, Mary Martha lost her leg.

But this time there was a difference. Thanks to research and testing, new drugs and treatments had been developed saving Mary Martha’s life. She went on to the University of Texas, got hitched to Dr. John Pickens, became a banking executive and continued to inspire others with her spirit. Mary Martha will proudly show off her three prosthetic legs.

However, those developments didn’t come cheap. They were made possible thanks to friends, families and strangers throughout the world raising money to provide resources. One of those fundraising efforts took place in 1974, just a couple of years before Mary Martha was diagnosed. It was a little gathering of folks on the Star Brand Ranch outside of Dallas that June co-chaired by a couple of young gals — Patti Williams Hunt and Jacque Wynne. They called it the Cattle Baron’s Ball. A local band played and one of the guests even hopped up on stage and started singing. His name was Charley Pride. They were amazed at the results, having raised a whopping $56,000. So the gals and their pals decided to hold it again the next year.

Cattle Baron's Ball 2015*

Cattle Baron’s
Ball 2015*

Tonight, Mary Martha (Johnston) Pickens and Tia Wynne are co-chairing the 41st Cattle Baron’s Ball to fill war chests to support the ongoing battle against cancer. To date, Cattle Baron’s has provided almost $60M for cancer research, so the laughs, the twinkles and the smiles will never dim.

* Graphic courtesy of 2015 Cattle Baron's Ball

Cattle Baronesses Are Schlepping, Stuffing And Setting Up For Saturday’s Fundraiser To Take Cancer Down

The Big Tent

The Big Tent

Just back from checking out the preparations for Saturday night’s Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s. With not a cloud in the sky and beyond-perfection temperatures, the Baronesses were sans makeup with hair in ponytails as they schlepped carts, stuffed bags and set up for the goodies for the silent auction.

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

And, yes, the Ferris Wheel is right where it should be with a spectacular view of downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Co-Chair Tia Wynne had sent husband Shel out of town early in the week and had a helper keep an eye on the Wynne munchkins. But Bedford will be back in time for the American Cancer Society fundraiser. The Wynne family has been providing leadership at CBB since the first one back in 1974. The reason? They have a grudge against the disease that has hit their family too often over the years.

Tia Wynne

Tia Wynne

Mary Martha Pickens

Mary Martha Pickens

Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens regretted that her folks wouldn’t be able to attend the ball due to the lengthy trip. She recalled her childhood when every other week they would drive their 12-year-old daughter hundreds of miles for two days of chemo treatments and testing. At night they would stay in a motel, where they would single-handedly tend to the ailing child. That is why the live auction item of a naming opportunity for Hope Lodge is so important for her.

Thanks to this remarkable facility that will be built on Baylor Health Care System Dallas‘ campus, cancer patients and their caregivers can have a free place to stay when undergoing treatments. They will be able to have privacy and/or connect with others going through similar treatments. To ease their stay, there will be a communal kitchen and living area on the first floor, guest suites on the upper three floors, a 24-hour staff, on-site parking and a healing garden for guests.

And that is what all the schlepping, stuffing and setting up is about — battling cancer and supporting those on the frontline.

BTW, here are some of the ladies hard at work.

Kim Quinn and Cara French

Kim Quinn and Cara French

Andrea Weber and Kristi Bare

Andrea Weber and Kristi Bare

Ashley Allen, Nicole Hunt and Amy Green

Ashley Allen, Nicole Hunt and Amy Green

Katy Bock

Katy Bock

Natalie Siegel and Bina Patel

Natalie Siegel and Bina Patel

Callan Harrison and Lauren Chapman

Callan Harrison and Lauren Chapman

Melissa Sherrill

Melissa Sherrill

Wendy Messmann, Diana Hunt and Nikki Webb

Wendy Messmann, Diana Hunt and Nikki Webb

 

Rumor Squashing: Tim McGraw’s Appearance At Cattle Baron’s Ball

Tim McGraw*

Tim McGraw*

One of the most fun games in town is Rumor Squashing. It’s sorta like Whack-A-Mole. Only instead of a mallet smacking pop-up moles, a little legwork and contacting the people-in-the-know for the facts are the way to squash the goofy gabbing.

So, rumor of the day is about Tim McGraw’s appearing Saturday at the Cattle Baron’s Ball. Seems Tim had to cancel a couple of concerts due to allergies.

Now, the Internet trolls have been hard at work suggesting that he was still ailing, in bed feeling poorly and won’t be on stage.

Whoa! Sorry rumormongers, but you’re painfully wrong. According to CCB Co-Chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne, Tim is definitely gonna be on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage in the Texas-size tent adjacent to Gilley’s.

If you want to see how healthy he is, check this New York Times article that was published today. Talk about a man who is CrossFit!

Speaking of Tim, one live auction package is for two folks to have backstage seats to enjoy Tim’s performance on stage. They’ll even have cocktail service at their beck ‘n call.

* Photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Packages Part 3

With still more fabulous getaways packed inside this 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball live auction package, there are also some famous faces for the winning bidders to hang with. How about some namedropping like 2015 CBB headliner Tim McGraw, Dallas delicious chefs (Nick Barclay, Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Jim Severson and Sam Moore) and the Victoria Secret angels? Check out the deets for this third set of live auction packages.

2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Packages Part 3

Cattle Baron's Ball live auction packages Part 3*

Cattle Baron’s Ball live auction packages Part 3*

 

Oh, the choices that have to be made! And what wonderful choices they are.

* Graphic provided by 2015 Cattle Baron's Ball

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.

Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Cowboyed Up And Booted Cancer For A Three-Ring Party

On Sunday, August 2, the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball commenced in the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club in the American Airlines Center just before the very special guests took their seats for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Joining their CBB parents, youngsters like Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne helped hand out the gift bags and welcomed the honorees, who were cancer patients being treated at Children’s Medical Center and Medical City Children’s Hospital, and their families.

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

One onlooker, who had just become a first-time father three days before looked at the herd of youngsters and their families as they poured in past the metal detector. His daughter was not only healthy, she had a full head of hair. He paused and said, “You can never look at your own child the same way when you see what these parents have been through.”

What they had been through was supporting their munchkins in the battle against cancer. While other kids dreaded flu shots and cried honest tears over an occasional blood test, these Junior CBBs guests of honor had suffered through all types of hellfire in battling the evil disease.

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Junior Cattle Baron's sponsors

Junior Cattle Baron’s sponsors

There were those with hairless heads topped off with colorful bandannas and headbands, who were obvious frontliners having gone through chemotherapy and other treatments. There were others like tousle-haired Flick Blevins, who didn’t show the outward signs of the treatments.

But all of their moms and dads like Bryan and Kcee Blevins reflected signs of greater appreciation for their children’s courage and well being. These adults had also gone through so much having to balance normal parenting issues with the invasion of cancer within the family unit. And then there were the sisters and brothers like Jubilee Blevins and Banjo Blevins , who had had to grow up quickly to understand their sibling’s situation and their parents’ challenges.

But on this day, cancer may have been the common denominator but it was not allowed past the front door metal detectors. There were no needles, no pills, no discussion of treatments. Instead there were smiles, a bit of thumb sucking, giggles and relief that kids could be kids thanks to the annual event presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation and other sponsors. It was a day to laugh at silly clowns, stare in awe at aerialists and dream of being just kids thanks to the Cattle Baron’s Ball.