Harlan Crow Library Dazzled CCB Circle Of Angels Guests With Its Amazing Collection Including A Stradivarius And Lincoln’s Senate Desk

Despite a record-breaking 94-degree temperature, the Crystal Charity Ball Circle of Angels dinner was as cool as the caviar that was served with the first course on Thursday, November 2.

Earlier organizers had worried. Was their concern, “What if you gave a party and no one came”?

Au contraire. Their problem was that Kathy and Harlan Crow’s Library could seat about 100 for dinner, and 124 RSVPs of Dallas most glamorous had checked the “accept” box on the reply cards. But thanks to the CCB space engineer and event chair Rachael Dedman, all fit. From tables of ten to the more intimate tables in the library’s alcoves, it was a one-night-only dining experience, all underwritten by Deloitte.

Tucker and Rich Enthoven and Julie Ford

Christina and Chris Durovich

Pam Perella and Caren Kline

But before Cassandra‘s first course of baby greens, Madeira port poached pear, goat cheese, celery and honey pearls was even presented, guests like Laura and Jason Downing, Christina and Christopher Durovich, Caren and Pete Kline, Liat and Amit Berger, Marilyn Augur with Margaret and Barry Hancock, Julie Ford with Tucker and Rich Enthoven, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, Courtney Wang and Lori Barber checked out the wonders of the library. One guest wondered why the Lee Park statue hadn’t found a home at the estate. Another pointed out in amazement the death mask of a past president. Still another guest discovered Abraham Lincoln’s desk when he was a senator. Others just eyeballed the thousands of books. This institution is one that never gets old and always impresses.

Barry and Margaret Hancock, Marilyn Augur and Pat and Charles McEvoy

Alas, the hosting Crows were not around to accept accolades. Kathy was still mending from a car accident and Harlan was elsewhere.

But not to worry. The talk among the crowd kept things interesting from soup to nuts. Cliff Fischer, who was making his first trip to the Crow Library, was just back from a business trip to India… CCB Chair Pam Perella , who was in a Zac Posen, told a friend, “I wish the days would stretch out a little more, so I could enjoy the moment”…Ben Lange told Annette Simmons how her late husband Harold Simmons had backed his company in the early days… Robin Robinson was still receiving kudos about the Celebrating Women Luncheon with Jamie Lee Curtis… Pianist Tommy deSalvo was in seventh heaven playing the magnificent Steinway concert piano with a legendary Stradivarius safely in a glass case on the wall over his shoulder…

Tommy deSalvo

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MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle Of Angels Dinner

Courtney Wang and Lori Barber and Rachael and Bob Dedman

It was a gathering of angels at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library on Thursday, November 2. In this case, the angels didn’t float in with wings. Rather they arrived via Mercedes, Bentleys and other luxury four-wheelers for the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels dinner.

Jason Downing

Pam Perella and Caren Kline

Filled to capacity, the main room of the library was a showcase for the CCB underwriters to be wined, dined and thanked for their support. But then, what else would one expect when Rachael Dedman was in charge of the evening?

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2016 Crystal Charity Ball Celebrates Its Circle Of Angels With A Cocktail Reception And Seated Supper At Forty Five Ten

Forty Five Ten fashions

It was the big hoop-di-doo for Crystal Charity Ball underwriters — the Circle of Angels dinner. Originally slated to be the opening event for Forty Five Ten, it took second place on Wednesday, November 16. Just the Thursday before, The Family Place’s 2016 ReuNight had been the sneak peek before the luxury store’s Saturday, November 12th opening. But not to worry. As it was, it worked out perfectly. It was almost as if ReuNight had been a dress rehearsal.

Instead of arriving at the Main Street curb entrance like ReuNight, most guests got the royal experience of the auto courtyard with Anthony Howe’s mesmerizing, wind-powered 25-foot tall sculpture, Lucea. Now, Tony Tasset’s 30-foot Eye next door won’t be the only “eyecatcher” on the block!

Chris and Christina Durovich and Barbara and Ralph Babb

But unlike the ReuNight guests who explored every nook and cranny of the four-story fashion palace, the Angels stayed primarily on the first and second levels.

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons, Christie Carter, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

John and Mary Martha Pickens

Alison and Mike Malone

While the ladies checked out the shoes, jewelry and clothes, more than two fellows asked, “Where the bar?” The answer was found over in the jewelry department.

Circle of Angels dinner table

Once again to accommodate the dinner, the see-thru tent adjacent was in place. However, there had been some adjustments to the dinner tent from the week before. While the tent’s black flooring still created a slight wobble for guests, the towering glass candleholders of ReuNight had been replaced by 30” tall straight-sided white candles. The mirrored-top tables that had added dazzle to the filled-to-capacity tent the previous week were gone. In their places were tables draped in pink clothes to accommodate a lesser number of guests, say 113. In the center of each table was a low vase filled to the max with white roses. Hmm, round tables with pink table clothes, centerpieces of white roses, simple white candles…well, after all, it was “circle of angels.”

Tanya Foster and Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell

As CCB Chair Christie Carter and Circle Chair Tanya Foster handed out table assignments, some naughty guests got to their tables early and swapped table assignments. And one or two of the guests arrived with someone not on the acceptance list. Emily Post must be rolling her hereafters.

But pretty soon dinner via The Joule was served up, so who cared about tablemates. The salad (escarole salad with herbs, parmesan and bread crumbs) was a hit. The entrée’s (duet of beef filet and main lobster, Thumbelina carrots, king trumpet mushrooms and truffle jus) meat portion was tender on the inside, but a bit challenging to cut into. The “Last” (aka dessert) was a chocolate lover’s idea of palate paradise. To heck with the calories, gobble up the chocolate crème caramel, devil’s food, Cajetan and pecan toffee!

Vicki Chapman and Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Jennifer Dix and Stacey Walker

Nickey and Debbie Oates

Tucker and Rick Enthoven and Julie Ford

Table-top topics of the night: Chef Kent Rathbun’s amazing recovery from his November 5th accident in West Texas that resulted in 22 broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and a punctured kidney. The good news is that he was home mending… Christine and Chris Durovich serving as honorary co-chairs for the 2016 Trains at NorthPark…Thanksgiving plans had Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse headed for AT&T Stadium for the Cowboys game; Nancy and Robbie Briggs watching the game with homeless people; Mary Martha and John Pickens staying home with loads of family and friends over for dinner… Claire Emanuelson was receiving congratulations on recently being named the 2018 CCB Chair.

Christie Carter and Brian Bolke

The evening program was brief with CCB Chair Christie thanking guests for their support in raising more than $5.6M for the beneficiaries. Forty Five Ten proprietor/host Brian Bolke graciously thanking the women for what they have done over the years to support the children of Dallas. And the evening sponsor Deloitte’s Bob Chapman proudly appreciating the partnership that DeLoitte and CCB have had for 17 years.

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MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Circle Of Angels Dinner

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons, Christie Carter, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

For a second time within a week, Dallas’ newest fashion showcase Forty Five Ten was the scene of a fundraiser. Unlike the ReuNight dinner benefiting The Family Place with the adjoining tent filled to the max, the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels seated supper was limited but just as splendiferous.

Forty Five Ten fashions

Tanya Foster and Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell

As fabulous and eye-catching as the dressed mannequins were, the guests held their own from hairline to heel.

Christie Carter and Brian Bolke

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Round Robin October 16: Hope For Humanity And Urban Revival Patron Parties And CCB’s Circle Of Angels Dinner

Things were just starting to ramp up Wednesday, October 16, all around town with events saluting the underwriters and patrons for upcoming events. It’s always nice to see major supporters receive a pat on the back in advance.

Janet and Jeff Beck

Janet and Jeff Beck

Hope For Humanity Patrons Party

Janet and Jeff Beck’s collection of art ranges from a handmade, coin-laden headdress from a remote village in Thailand to a Peter Max Statue of Liberty and everything in between. But they all share a common denominator — each has a story behind its acquisition.

Headdress from Thailand

Headdress from Thailand

The Becks opened their Addison showplace for the patrons of the October 30th Hope for Humanity Dinner benefiting the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Don and Carol Glendenning, Mary Pat Higgins and Hylton Jonas

Don and Carol Glendenning, Mary Pat Higgins and Hylton Jonas

Hylton Jonas, who’s chairing the museum’s board, and CEO Mary Pat Higgins revealed that they were undertaking some very big projects.

First they will be focusing on education, both about the Holocaust and working with students on how to respond to hatred and prejudice.

Second, they’re in the initial stages of planning and designing a new, larger facility. Presently their exhibition space is 2,500 square feet. Plans call for a 10,000-square-foot exhibition area inside a 50,000-square-foot building. Whereas the organization hosts 50,000 visitors annually now, their plan projects the new facility handle 450,000 each year.

Hylton and Mary Pat stressed that in addition to the Holocaust, the focus would be on human and civil rights and other forms of genocide.

Currently in the “pre-silent” phase, they’re analyzing fundraising capabilities. Have they selected a site for the new building? Not yet, but they’re working with California designer Michael Berenbaum, who is well-known for his work creating similar facilities.

Urban Revival Underwriters Party

Margaret Keliher and Mina Cunningham

Margaret Keliher and Mina Cunningham

Over in Preston Hollow it was a case of little houses in a big house to benefit many houses. Cameron and Clay Smith hosted the underwriters party for the November 7th Urban Revival benefiting the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

While Crayton Webb stood by the window talking with Lester Keliher and looking out the window for wife Nikki to arrive, Margaret Keliher joined Mina Cunningham on a couch, with a display of designer birdhouses on a nearby table. Each one had its own unique look and just hinted at the collection that will be auctioned off at the Trinity Groves fundraiser.

Birdhouses

Birdhouses

In the kitchen Darin Kunz revealed that DIFFA is changing directions slightly for the 2014 gala. Yes, Simona Beal will be the honorary chair, but the March 29th black tie fundraiser will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel. As for the November 7th Dallas Holiday Wreath Collection fundraiser, it will be held at Dallas Market Hall.

Circle of Angels Dinner

Caren Kline thanking guests in the Pecan Room

Caren Kline thanking guests in the Pecan Room

Closer to downtown Dallas, the annual Crystal Charity Ball Circle of Angels dinner was underway at Old Parkland’s Pecan Room in the Nurses Quarters. Before settling down to an out-of-this-world seated supper (First course — roasted beet salad with herb garlic goat cheese, marcom almonds with green apple vinaigrette; main course — 44 Farms Black Angus tenderloin with savory granola, lemon-basil risotto and squash with madeira sauce; Dessert — Espresso bittersweet chocolate pate with white chocolate ice cream) by Cassandra, the crowd filled the magnificent room. With its marvelous collection of paintings and collectibles, the two-story Pecan Room with its huge fireplace is simply fabulous.

But it’s not accessible to just anyone. Those whose offices are within the campus are able to access it. In this case, thanks to Crow Family Holdings’ Anne Raymond, the CCB was able to hold the dinner for the mega-buck supporters for the area children’s fundraisers.

Laura and Jason Downing

Laura and Jason Downing

Minnie Caruth

Minnie Caruth

CCB Chair Caren Kline was front and center thanking those assembled, especially Deloitte, which underwrote the evening. Graciously accepting her thanks, Deloitte’s Jason Downing reminded the guests that over the years CCB had raised more than $105M for area children’s nonprofits.

Marilyn Augur

Marilyn Augur

Christi Urschel

Christi Urschel

Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly

Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly

The evening’s guests included Neiman Marcus Downtown GM Jeff Byron, who talked about the prepping of the store for the upcoming holidays with the famed window displays. .  Carol and Don Glendenning, who had been at the Hope for Humanity patron party. . .Robin and Don Conlon, who was recovering nicely from shoulder surgery; Minnie Caruth sans husband Bill, who was in the final stages of reviewing grant requests for the next day’s Caruth Foundation meeting; Annette and Harold Simmons, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Christi and Hal Urschel, Marilyn Augur, Connie and Chris O’Neill, Nancy and Gene Carter, Aileen and Jack Pratt, Leslie and Bryan Diers, Nancy and Robbie Briggs, Katherine and Key Coker, Mary Claire Finney, Nancy Dedman and Brad Kelly,and Craig Kennington and his mother Dorothy Kennington.