MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon

Crystal Charity Ball’s Fashion Show and Luncheon is the mother-of-all charity fashion extravaganzas in these parts. Thanks to being orchestrated by Neiman Marcus’ team, it’s a quick sellout each year with the cheap seats going for $1,000.

From the left: (standing) Katherine Coker, Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Pat Harloe, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven and Julies Hawes; (seated) Janie Condon, Christi Urschel, Pam Perella, Amy Hegi and Piper Wyatt

The 10 Best Dressed Class of 2017 (Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt) and Hall of Famer Charlotte Jones Anderson were heady enough, but this year’s featured designer 37-year-old Zac Posen created a youthful feel for the store that was celebrating its 110th anniversary. He scored major points by making BFFs forever by presenting guests with everything from his sunglasses to scarves. No chintzy perfume samples for Zaco.

Zac Posen

Too bad he was so busy preparing the models backstage that he didn’t get to check out the pre-program festivities on the store’s first and sixth floor. Ah, but more about all of that later. Just settle back and check out the two pages of more than 80 photos of the fashions and faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Crystal Charity Ball Cocktail Buffet Was A Feast Of Fashion With Designer Zac Posen And The 10 Best Dressed Plus Hall Of Famer

As the statue overlooking Turtle Creek was being removed on Thursday, September 14, JP Morgan/Chase was hosting the Crystal Charity Ball cocktail buffet at Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate in North Dallas.

Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s estate

In this case there was another creek, but it was much smaller and there was a bit of maneuvering. It seems that the turn into the McIntyre’s circular driveway required a sharp turn. One driver ended up slightly dipping into the landscaped terrain. And speaking of the vehicles, they ranged from posh Bentleys to decked-out pick-up trucks.

Muffin Lemak and Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Libby and Al Allred

After turning their cars over to the valets, the guests strolled over a narrow foot bridge to the fabulous mansion with its towering glass windows and stone walls. At one point the parade of pretties came to a traffic jam stop like Stemmons Freeway during rush hour. Sara Lee Gardner had just crossed the bridge with husband Stan Gardner and Shelle and Michael Sills, when she turned and walked halfway back on the bridge to talk with Muffin Lemak and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson. The result? The strolling flow of guests across the narrow bridge came to a standstill, with no HOV lane in sight.  Needless to say, a traffic cop was not required. Just a couple of throat clearings by a bystander literally got the guests on their way.

They were greeted by petite JPMorgan Chase banker Elaine Agather, who was getting her workout opening the heavy front door. The blonde in red revealed that she had been less visible on the fundraising scene due to an expansion of her territory that now ranged from the far north of the U.S. to practically the space station. By the way, while Elaine is a well-known gal who is just as comfortable in a boardroom as she is on a saddle, has managed to combine a firm handshake with soft hands. She must have been loyal to wearing gloves when reining her ponies.

Don and Carmen Godwin and Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell

Tucker and Rich Enthoven

Jim Lee and Vin Perella

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers and Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

As for entertainment, there was a pianist, but the real draw were the people. Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse had to duck out early due to a dinner date…Carmen and Don Godwin were with Australian jeweler Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell. Margot’s goodies highlighted by mega-pearl necklaces (thanks to Margot, Carmen was wearing literally the world’s largest strand of baroque pearls) would be the accessory du jour for the 10 Best Dressed the next day… Rich Enthoven told how he nearly parted ways with his vintage Corvette. No matter how he tried, it just wasn’t reliable. Then Daryl Johnston, upon spotting the car and hearing of Rich’s frustration, told him about the “Corvette Whisperer.” Rich took a chance and it worked.  Both Rich and his eye-catching Corvette now are happy campers… Tom Addis reported that Garry Cox, who had just recently undergone a liver transplant, was doing very well and already home…Pete Foster reported on the pros and cons of the just-announced Apple iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X… Solo appearances included Ralph Babb (wife Barbara Babb was recovering from a cold) and Joanna Clarke (her boss Paige McDaniel was under the weather)… On the other hand, designer Zac Posen arrived with his posse (Amelia Gibson, Jillian Sinel and Celine Mariton). Earlier in the day, Zac had been named Rosewood Hotels Ambassador for Dallas.

Alas, even at the best affairs, there is a guest or two who didn’t listen to their mama on good table manners. In this case, a couple of folks were seen pulling a George Costanza. The shocked catering maven, upon seeing the double dipping, promptly withdrew the bowl from the table.

Jillian Sinel, Elaine Agather, Zac Posen, Celine Mariton and Amelia Gibson

But it was an early night, because ccB Chair Pam Perella and 10 Best Dressed Chair Christi Urschel and the 10 Besties had an early call the next morning, and everyone needed their beauty sleep.  

DeeDee Lee, Pam Perella and Christi Urschel

Check out more faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Cocktail Buffet

Like serving up an appetizer before a fabulous feast, the Crystal Charity Ball committee held a cocktail buffet on Thursday, September 14, the eve of the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon. Thanks to Shirley and Bill McIntyre’s breathtaking estate nestled in the lush grounds, the setting was simply perfect to impress oldtimers and newcomers like featured designer Zac Posen.

Jillian Sinel, Elaine Agather, Zac Posen, Celine Mariton and Amelia Gibson

Welcoming guests as they crossed the footbridge over the property’s creek was JP Morgan/Chase Executive Elaine Agather, who got a real workout opening the heavier-than-an-18-wheeler door.

But once inside they discovered a blonde decked out in the most beautiful gems. She turned out to be fourth-generation Australian jewelry designer Margot McKinney and her husband Peter Kedwell.   

Don and Carmen Godwin and Margot McKinney and Peter Kedwell

Ah, but more about all of that in the post that’s being prepared. In the meantime, check out the folks in attendance at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball’s 2017 Ten Best Dressed, Hall Of Fame Honoree And A Change Of Fashion Show/Luncheon Location Revealed

This morning the Crystal Charity Ball’s 2017 Ten Best Dressed were announced at Neiman Marcus Downtown. Fashionable drum roll, please.

This year’s collection of clothes-loving and community-supporting ladies include: Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi and Piper Wyatt.

Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt, Julie Hawes, Pat Harloe, Janie Condon, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Tucker Enthoven, Katherine Coker, Delilah Boyd, Anita Arnold and Lisa Cooley

Also making the runway on Friday, September 15, for the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, will be Hall of Fame Honoree Charlotte Jones Anderson, daughter of 2012 Hall of Fame Honoree Gene Jones. It was the first time in the TBD history that a mother and daughter were in the TBD Hall of Fame.

Charlotte Jones Anderson and Gene Jones

And speaking of the catwalk, it won’t be in a tent. Nope! After three years of camping out in the adjacent parking lot, the Neiman Marcus crew is bringing it back inside the NM Downtown mother ship complete with designer Zac Posen and his collection.

CCB Chair Pam Perella and Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Christi Urschel reported that tickets to the fundraiser will go on sale later this month. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted on when they’ll be available.

But you’d better be swift turning those checks in, because this one usually sells out within minutes. And remember — the bigger the check, the bigger the perks. The Platinum Circle donors will be treated to a seated dinner sponsored by Comerica Bank on Tuesday, September 5, and Platinum Patrons will be invited to a cocktail buffet sponsored by J.P. Morgan the night before the fashion show and luncheon.

This year’s plan calls for $5.8M to be raised and provided for seven beneficiaries — Autism Treatment Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance, Hunger Busters, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, Rainbow Days and Santa Clare of Assisi Catholic Academy.

Like Featured Designer Carolina Herrera, 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Was Elegant Perfection At Neiman Marcus Downtown

Like a fabulous aria, this year’s Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon seemed to have elegance, class and just a whiff of history. But more about that later.

Unlike years past, this year’s fabulous fashion show opted out on the usual Thursday showing for Friday, September 16. Didn’t matter one iota. The tent-arama was locked down in parking lot adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown. And just in case rain was on the agenda, the NM folks had had an awning installed along the sidewalk leading from the store to the tent. But Mother Nature behaved herself and rain was not part of the day. Still the shading was still a blessing to curtail the glowering sunshine. Hmm, perhaps a permanent shade might be a perfect addition?

While the beautiful coifed and dazzling guests chatted and compared sideway looks on the NM ground floors, the upper levels of NM were bustling.

On the sixth floor, Nancy Rogers hosted her annual reception in the Michael Flores Salon. Instead of past Nancy pre-CCB Fashion Show receptions with backdrops of floral display, Nancy’s welcome entry was an archway of hundreds of Calla Lilies.

Entrance to Michael Flores Salon

Entrance to Michael Flores Salon

Time and time again guests exclaimed upon seeing the floral delight, “These are my favorite flowers!”

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

DeeDee Lee and Ginny Bailey

DeeDee Lee and Ginny Bailey

Pat McEvoy

Pat McEvoy

Shelby Wagner, Claire Emanuelson and Niven Morgan

Shelby Wagner, Claire Emanuelson and Niven Morgan

Pat McEvoy, DeeDee Lee, Ginny Bailey, Anne Reeder, Ann Dyer, Claire Emanuelson, Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Shelle Sills, Gloria Eulich Martindale, Alicia Wood, Tanya Foster and the Perella clan (Laurena Perella, Vin Perella and Carolyn Curl) came, saw, were photographed and entered the salon for flutes of champagne. Topic making the rounds was Nancy’s downsizing her nonprofit activities. Well, gee, who can blame a girl? After years of supporting and chairing major fundraisers, doesn’t she deserve some time off for great behavior?

Another supposedly deciding to take a fundraising break was attorney Gina Betts, who had co-chaired this past year’s St. Valentine’s Day and Genesis luncheons. She’s gonna focus on her family and work.

At 11 the 10 Best Dressed (Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Piper Wyatt) plus Hall of Famer Honoree Betsy Sowell, CCB Chair Christie Carter and Fashion Show Chair Pam Perella gathered in the Glass House on the second floor for the formal get together. And what do these fashionable types do while waiting for their presentation? They compare fashion notes. Winner of the day was Mary Clare’s heels.

Another was Piper’s preparations. The first timer 10 BD-er was a very smart cookie. It seems that the day before the outfit that she had picked out just didn’t work, so the NM staff and Piper put together a dramatic black Herrera ensemble with leather pencil pants and wool cape. However, Piper realized that it was also going to be a toasty look. So, she snuck an ice pack under the wool top at her waist to cool the situation, Just before going on stage, she removed the chilly accessory. When did the cool idea hit her? Was it online? Nope. Piper just woke up in the middle of the night with this idea and it worked!

Unlike years past where the designer du jour posed with the CCB chair, fashion show chair, 10 BD-er and HofF-er, the show’s featured designer Carolina Herrera begged off. She was backstage making final checks on preparations.

From the left: (front row) Katherine Coker, Anita Arnold, Christie Carter, Betsy Sowell, Pam Perella, Pat Harloe and Heather Esping; (back row) Julie Hawes, Janie Condon, Piper Wyatt, Margaret Hancock, Mary Clare Finney and Tucker Enthoven

From the left: (front row) Katherine Coker, Anita Arnold, Christie Carter, Betsy Sowell, Pam Perella, Pat Harloe and Heather Esping; (back row) Julie Hawes, Janie Condon, Piper Wyatt, Margaret Hancock, Mary Clare Finney and Tucker Enthoven

 

After the official photos were taken, the 10 BD-ers, Betsy, Christie and Pam were led through NM’s back halls taking the freight elevators to the first floor and strolling to the tent’s hustling and bustling backstage. Upon arrival, the male model escorts, who had been seated, sprung to their feet offering the ladies their seats, while the female models were going through the final stages of preparation under the skillful eyes of Carolina and NM Fashion Director Ken Downing.

Ken Downing and Carolina Herrera

Ken Downing and Carolina Herrera

Editor’s note: One can always spot the NM fashion show peeps-in-charge like Sandy Marple. In the old days, it was a clip board in hand. Nowadays, it’s headsets.

Meanwhile the front of the house was filling with guests, as they made their way from the reception in NM Downtown’s ground level to the magnificent tent that thanks to a mega structure looked more like a permanent store front. Inside the color of the day was white with white runway, white tablecloths, white plates, white roses in centerpieces and white walls highlighted by projections of Herrera models strutting in packs. The only non-white items were the black boxes of Herrera perfume on each tablesetting.

Nancy Rogers, Cami Goff, Gene Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Olivia Kearney and Melody Rogers

Nancy Rogers, Cami Goff, Gene Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Olivia Kearney and Melody Rogers

Julie Ford and Rich Enthoven

Julie Ford and Rich Enthoven

Joan Schnitzer Levy and Nancy Dedman

Joan Schnitzer Levy and Nancy Dedman

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber

Tiffany Divis, Amy Hegi and Robyn Conlon

Tiffany Divis, Amy Hegi and Robyn Conlon

Snapshots around the room included: world-renowned bearded photographer Bruce Weber wearing his signature bandana headscarf… Not present in person but present in spirit was Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who was headed to London for its Fashion Week… Loads of lunching mothers/daughters filled the room (Pam Perella with her mom Carolyn Curl and daughter Lauren Perella; Robyn Conlon with daughters-in-law Lizzie Conlon, Marybeth Conlon and Meagan Conlon; Piper’s sister Ginger Sanders Auer and their mom Dixey Thornton; Gene Jones with daughter Charlotte Jones Anderson; Lisa Cooley with daughter Ciara Cooley and daughter-in-law-to-be Bela Pietrovic; Vicki Chapman and daughter Lauren Chapman; Vicki Howland with daughter Elisa Summers; Gail Fischer with daughter Elizabeth Fischer; Lydia Novakov and daughter Isabell Novakov; Marilyn Augur with daughters Margaret Hancock and Anne Hardaway; Elaine Agather with daughter Bradley Means and Tucean Webb with Susanne Webb, Julie Webb and Erin Webb)…   Herrera’s daughter Carolina Herrera Baez and Patricia Herrera Lansing, who was celebrating her birthday… Erin Mathews with daughter-in-law Brittany Mathews looking forward to Sundays christening of Erin’s first granddaughter/Brittany Mathews’ first daughter Sutton Mathews.

Christie Carter

Christie Carter

Pam Perella

Pam Perella

Starting the show on the road were the speakers including, Ken, Christie, Pam and NM Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron.

Another editor’s note: Ken’s comments emphasizing that he and Carolina had created the show surprised some. Perhaps it would have been better for such acknowledgment to have been made by Karen.

Jeff then introduced each of the 10 BDs and Betsy.

Anita Arnold

Anita Arnold

Katherine Coker

Katherine Coker

Janie Condon

Janie Condon

Tucker Enthoven

Tucker Enthoven

Heather Esping

Heather Esping

Mary Clare Finney

Mary Clare Finney

Margaret Hancock

Margaret Hancock

Pat Harloe

Pat Harloe

Julie Hawes

Julie Hawes

Piper Wyatt

Piper Wyatt

Betsy Sowell

Betsy Sowell

Unlike years past when the ladies were escorted up and down the runway only to disappear backstage, this year the ladies and their escorts walked to the end of the runway and stepped down to the floor and stood in a line in front of the photographers and NM staffers standing against the back wall.

Following Betsy’s walk and as the ladies were escorted to their tables, NM President/CEO Karen Katz welcomed the guests and suggested they snap photos on their cellphones of items on the runway that could be shown to the NM staff for immediate consideration. She also encouraged guests to post their votes on their favorite outfits and that she would be checking for which ones got the top votes.

Karen reported that earlier in the week NM had turned 109 and despite with stores throughout the country and shipping to more than 100 countries, “our heritage, our home and our heart is [sic] right here at the corner of Main and Ervay. We’ve seen a lot come and go in downtown Dallas over the years, but we are here to stay.”

Carolina Herrera and Karen Katz

Carolina Herrera and Karen Katz

She then presented the NM Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion for 2016 to Carolina. The 500 guests presented the designer with a standing ovation. Her acceptance remarks were eloquent but brief recalling how the late Stanley Marcus “was a fabulous man” and “how he believed in me from the beginning.” She then tipped her hat to Karen, Ken and NM Chief Merchandising Officer Jim Gold for carrying on the NM tradition. Carolina also thanked CCB for including her in the event that does so much for children.

Ken Downing, Carolina Herrera and Karen Katz

Ken Downing, Carolina Herrera and Karen Katz

Taking the award, she disappeared with Ken and Karen backstage.

Carolina Herrera 2016 Resort Collection

Carolina Herrera 2016 Resort Collection

Carolina Herrera bridal gown

Carolina Herrera bridal gown

Quickly the podium was removed for the presentation of nearly 90 pieces from the Carolina Herrera Resort 2016 collection including faux butterflies floating from the ceiling over the stage and a bridal gown with a cut-out back bodice for the finale. And cellphones sprouted throughout the room snapping away.

There are a heck of a lot of other photos (more than 70) at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery, if you’re interested.

Crystal Charity Ball’s Platinum Dinner Officially Kicks Off The Fall Fundraising Season

The official shot launching the 2016 fall fundraising triathlon was fired on Thursday, September 8, at the Dallas Country Club. Instead of tank tops, running shorts and Nikes, the participants were in Zac Posens, Herreras and Hermes for the 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner hosted by Comerica.

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

And, following the rules of hospitality, Comerica’s Ralph Babb and his bride Barbara Babb were Johnny-on-the-spot to greet the more than 150 guests, who were heavy hitters for the upcoming Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday, September 16, in the glamorama tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown.

The only challenges facing the crowd were the DCC windows, which cast a blinding light just behind the check-in table with envelopes containing table assignments. Ah, but the CCV-ers had a back-up plan. They had gals immediately behind the table handing out the envelopes before the guests tried to overcome the shine to find their own envelopes.

Jacka nd Deborah Gunter and Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Jack and Deborah Gunter and Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

After getting their envelopes, guests like Deborah and Jack Gunter, Neva Hall, Shelle and Michael Sills, Nancy Dedman, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Mary and Bob Potter, Simona Beal, D’Andra Simmons, Lynn and Allan McBee, Susu and Jerry Meyer, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Lana and Barry Andrews, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley and Alison and Michael Malone played the catch-up game since most had been away for the summer. CCB Underwriting Chair Claire Emanuelson and 10 Best Dressed Piper Wyatt were back from Wyoming…Still glowing Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse were back from Montecito…10 BD-er Mary Clare Finney insisted that she had gained a couple of pounds over the summer, but she appeared to have already dropped that weight…Stephanie Fox was with adorable Nick Sowell, whose mum Betsy Sowell is the 2016 Hall of Famer…Robyn and Don Conlon were bubbling with news. Yes, they’re downsizing and growing. What’s that? They were moving to a “smaller house” on Beverly this winter, but they were also preparing for grandbaby #3. Seems son Keith Conlon and his bride Megan Conlon, who were married last December, were going to have a daughter just in time for Christmas… NM Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron was solo, due to one of his pooches suffering from a diabetic episode requiring attendance by Kevin Hurst. As for the construction of the fashion show tent, Jeff reported that the tent had been under construction since Friday. When asked if featured designer Carolina Herrera would be receiving the Neiman Marcus Award at the luncheon, he said definitely. And like so many others, Jeff used the word “elegant” in describing the petite Venezuelan couturier… Not all had fled the Dallas summer heat, though. Niven Morgan in his hairdo du jour admitted that his business had required him staying put all summer.

Alison and Michael Malone

Alison and Michael Malone

Pete and Tanya Foster

Pete and Tanya Foster

Ben and Tracy Lane and Lisa and Clay Cooley

Ben and Tracy Lane and Lisa and Clay Cooley

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Finally, after a couple or three requests for guests to go to their tables—and the bar being closed—the guests took their places. CCB Chair Christie Carter welcome the group and introduced Ralph, who thanked the group for supporting the CCB charities. Then Christie presented the 10 Best Dressed (Anita Arnold, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Tucker Enthoven, Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Margaret Hancock, Julie Hawes and Piper Wyatt) and Betsy.

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson

Christie Carter and Claire Emanuelson

Paige Slates

Paige Slates

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Vinnie and Malcolm Reuben

Dinner was then served, including baby greens with shoestring cucumber, baby tomatoes, red onion, shaved Romano cheese and lemon thyme vinaigrette; filet mignon and grilled jumbo shrimp with risotto and baby vegetables and heirloom carrots; and a very impressive chocolate salted caramel mousse tart. Equally impressive was the talk around the dinner tables. Tracy and Ben Lange had already attended a fundraiser that night at Kendra Scott’s for son Luke Lange’s Fast Break T-shirts…Lara and Bob Tafel were like a twosome on a first date. Lara explained that despite having nearby offices, they rarely get a chance to just talk. And what were they talking about? Their mutual concern for the growing demands on community services to help children suffering from abuse and how to support those needs. When asked about the growing numbers of child abuse cases, Lara suggested that the rise was due to the fact that more were actually being brought to light…The evening’s chair Paige Slates and husband John Slates were seated next to Vinnie and Malcolm ReubenTanya Foster was preparing for her trip with Alicia Wood to New York’s Fashion Week… Clay Cooley was all smiles over Robbie Knievel’s recent motorcycle leap at his newest dealership. Wife Lisa Cooley recalled that the newest acquisition was a dealership where Clay had worked as a young whippersnapper salesman and they were newlyweds. When he inspected the property upon purchasing it, he called Lisa and reported, “It still has the same carpet.” Needless to say, the carpet was one of the first changes made.

For more faces and fashions, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner

Tis the season when flip flops have been replaced by Louboutins. Freshly minted faces are being explained away as having a restful summer. And all the work of past months is facing the final showdown for the year, as the fall fundraising season was officially launched with the Crystal Charity Ball‘s Platinum Dinner celebrating the very heavy hitters for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon that’s being chair by Pam Perella.

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Hosted by Comerica’s Ralph Babb, the dinner took place at the Dallas Country Club on Thursday, September 8, and featured dressed-to-the-nines guests, catch-up chatter and a killer chocolate salted caramel mousse tart (calories be damned for this dessert!).

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

For a look at the fashionable types, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. And, yes, the post is being prepped.

Sold-Out Alert!: 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

It’s official. The Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon is sold out. Actually, it was practically a done deal a couple days after tickets went on sale. To make the cut, some gals hand-delivered their checks to the CCB offices.

2016 Crystal Charity Ball's Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Fame (File photo)

2016 Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Fame (File photo)

But CCB Chair Christie Carter and Luncheon Chair Pam Perella wanted to make sure that all the contracts were signed before making the announcement.

The Friday, September 16, fundraiser in the glamourama tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown is gonna be a lovefest for Carolina Hererra fans with the petite Venezuelan on hand. While in town, she’ll also be presented the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.

Round Robin September 17 Evening: KidneyTexas Runway Report And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Parties

As the money kept pushing the North Texas Giving Day leaderboard to new, staggering heights on Thursday, September 17, the area nonprofits saw no reason to stop their extracurricular activities. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert crowd kicked off their plans at Scott + Cooner for their 10th anniversary benefiting the ASD Services on April 9th at Frontier of Flight Museum. This year’s theme will have guests going James Bond…The high rollers of the art-loving world got a sneak peek at the Giuseppe Penone exhibition “Giuseppe Penone: Being The River, Repeating The Forest” at the Nasher Sculpture Center…Shakespeare Dallas celebrated North Texas Giving Day by partying at Samuell Grand Park with all types of goings-on like animal adoptions and fencing demonstration. Touche!…And speaking of East Dallas, Foodiepalooza at 7 for Parties was benefiting the East Dallas Boys And Girls Club.

Whew! But there was still more. Here are a couple for your review:

KidneyTexas  Runway Report Patron Party

Banker Norman Bagwell met car dealer Clay Cooley at Kathy and Larry Helm’s Highland Park home for the KidneyTexas Runway Report patron party. After the first howdy do’s Clay learned why Runway Report Honorary Co-Chair Norm was involved with KidneyTexas. Norm had survived kidney disease thanks to the funding of research and developments.

While some might have listened politely, Clay launched into a full conversation about such advancements with Norm, who had received a kidney. Norm then praised the amazing transplant programs taking place at Baylor and U.T. Southwestern. He explained that he had indeed been lucky not only to have time to make decisions on how to proceed, but both his wife Robin Bagwell and his sister had been viable donors.

Here were two men who had only just met and yet they both understood and were amazed at the life-changing developments taking place in North Texas.

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

But soon they found themselves in the study surrounded by KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk, Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox and Donna Arp Weitzman.

In the hallway was retail real estate whiz Herb Weitzman, who is helping wife Donna write her next book, “How Dallas Became a Retailing Mecca.” According to Donna, it’s not so much about Herb as it is the various Dallas retail real estate projects that he’s been involved in.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Just blocks away at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home, they had expected around 225 guests. Instead the number was hitting the 300 mark that included Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing talking with Cliff Fischer, April Box, Angela Nash, Annette Simmons with Gerald Fronterhouse, Michal and Loyd Powell, Vicki and Bob Chapman with Preston Evans, Piper Wyatt, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Anita and Truman Arnold, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Alicia and Scott Wood, Gene and Jerry Jones, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Jill and Bob Smith, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Amy Green, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Patsy Donosky with Harold Pruner, Tucean and David Webb and of course, the 10 Besties (Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Christi Urschel). The draw was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party underwritten by J.P. Morgan with Elaine Agather greeting one and all at the front door.

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Hal and Christi Urschel

Hal and Christi Urschel

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

Adding to the panache of the evening was Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping in attendance; Peter’s arrival in Dallas had been slightly delayed to an American Airlines computer glitch. Another person suffering from AA’s gremlins was Key Coker. His plane from South Carolina was also held up.

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Well, OMG, the gals were dressed to the uber nines with Lela Rose taking the lead worn by Pat Harloe and DeeDee Lee. Caren Kline drew second and three looks in Halston. She said that since the party was for a fashion show, “I had to step it up a little.”

As hot as the fashions were, the temps in the house thanks to the body count caused smart fellas like Allan McBee and Peter Foster to stake out spots over floor air vents. One of the coolest rooms was the dining room, where the air was breezing and the Cassandra-laden table was a never-ending feast for the eye and tastebuds.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

In a corner CCB Honorary Chair Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman discussed Na’s day-before as a new board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation…NM Exec Kevin Hurst was talking about his chairing The Obelisk Awards that will be presented on Friday, November 13, at The Fairmont…Phillip Huffines shared photos from his attending the CNN Republican debate the night before in the Reagan Library. His twin brother State Sen. Don Huffines was on camera for much of the night, since he was seated behind CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

But it was an early evening because the next morning’s 10 Best Dressed was on the schedule at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

For more photos of the party, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon Is Getting An “Oscar”

The weather outside is frightful, but those Crystal Charity Ball gals and the Neiman Marcus team are sporting very, very happy faces! The reason? The reveal of the featured collection for the Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas Fashion Show and Luncheon!

It’s gonna be 2016 Oscar de la Renta Resort Collection designed by Peter Copping, who was named the creative director of Oscar de la Renta last October just a week before Oscar’s death.

Michal Power (File photo)

Michal Power (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

According to Crystal Charity Ball chair Michal Powell and Luncheon/Fashion Show Chair Mary Clare Finney, Oscar designer/creative director Peter Copping plans to attend the September 18th event.

According to Mary Clare, “Everyone is thrilled to have the Oscar de la Renta collection featured at this year’s event. Peter Coppings designs are very highly anticipated.”

What’s that? Questions? Here are some answers:

  • Yes, the luncheon will return to the glamorama tent adjacent to Neiman Marcus Downtown. The reception will take place in the store.
  • No, tickets aren’t available yet, but we did want you to know who’s coming to lunch.
  • Yes, there are definite perks to being a patron, like a cocktail reception the night before at Lana and Barry Andrews estate.
  • As for the 2015 Ten Best Dressed, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday, April 15, when they’re announced.

Just In: Nina Ricci Collection To Be On The Runway At 2014 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show And Luncheon

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Pat McEvoy (File photo)

Pat McEvoy (File photo)

Crystal Charity Ball Chair Robyn Conlon and CCB Fashion Show Chair Pat McEvoy just made it official. The fashions that will be shown at the September 11 fundraiser will be from the Nina Ricci Collection designed by Peter Copping.

According to Pat, “Everyone is thrilled to have the Nina Ricci Collection at this year’s event. Nina Ricci designs are highly anticipated.”

They’re keeping the names of the 2014 Ten Best Dressed a secret until the April 2nd announcement. Stay tuned.

Things Were Heating Up At The Signature Chefs’ Sponsor Party And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Patron Party

Fall in Dallas is that awkward transition period between summer’s scorching heat and winter’s down-to-the-bone chills. So, how would one describe this period? Think of a scene from Tennessee Williams with the humidity as high as Reunion Tower comforted by thermometers flirting with the three-digit mark.

While most normal human beings perspire like a nervous cheerleader at her first football game, the fundraising folks seem to coat their bodies with antiperspirant. They’re just naturally cool and proved it Wednesday night at two gatherings.

Signature Chef­­s Auction Sponsor Party

Icy grown up drinks

Icy grown up drinks

In the past Tracy and Kent Rathbun have hosted the annual March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction Sponsor Party at their Heights at Park Lane palace in the sky across from NorthPark. It was fabulous with a wrap-around covered terrace, fireplace and spectacular view. But it was only temporary, while their dream home was being designed and built. As the Rathbuns are in the final stages of moving from sky-high digs to ground-level home-sweet-home, it was decided to hold the event around the corner at the Aqua Lounge in The Flats, where the kitchen sizzled and the icy drinks made the rounds.

Since Tracy had to work, Kent represented the family with 145 in attendance.

Luckily, the heavy lifting for the March of Dimes October 24th fundraiser at the Omni Dallas Hotel was finished this summer, the event having sold out in record time. In fact they even increased the attendance from last year’s 800 to this year’s 910.

Drs. David and Lisa Genecov and Tracy and Jay Bell

Drs. David and Lisa Genecov and Tracy and Jay Bell

But why not? After all, this is the 75th anniversary of March of Dimes and the co-chairs are Drs. Lisa and David Genecov and Tracy and Jay Bell. They’ve arranged to have Drs. Jennifer and Tom Herrernan as the 2013 Ambassador Family, who will “share their story during the Fund the Mission segment” about their daughter Genevieve, who was born about four months early weighing just 15.3 ounces. Today Genevieve is “a thriving 5-year old” thanks to the work of the March of Dimes.

Kent Rathbun and Drs. Jennifer and Tom Heffernan*

Kent Rathbun and Drs. Jennifer and Tom Heffernan*

When asked what their fundraising goal was this year, it was unanimous that they were out to beat last year’s total of $620,000.

With Kent, Tracy, the Genecovs, the Bells and the star-quality chefs (Eric Brandt, Bistro 31; Tim Byres, Smoke; Richard Chamberlain, Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House / Fish Market Grill; Samir Dhurandhar, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Kevin Garvin, Neiman Marcus Restaurants; Gilbert Garza, Suze Restaurant; Scott Gottlich, Bijoux; Jeff Harris, Bolsa; Dwight Harvey, Off the Bone Barbeque; David Holben, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; TJ Lengnick, Shinsei Restaurant; Matt McCallister, FT33; Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Concepts; Abraham Salum, Komali Restaurant/Salum Restaurant; Jim Severson, Sevy’s Grill; Daniel Tarasevich, The Second Floor Bistro & Bar; Nathan Tate, Boulevardier; Anthony Van Camp, SĒR Steak + Spirits; Chris Vogeli, III Forks;  and Jason Weaver, Texas Spice) planned, that number should be reached without much trouble.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon Patron Party

And the heat continued through the night at the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon Patron Party. Yes, the fashions at the party were indeed hot, but the guests maintained their cool in Elizabeth and Jeff Fronterhouse’s home. Blending Park Cities tradition with modern art, the place was a wee bit difficult to take in because of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.

Elizabeth Fronterhouse, Jim Gold and Caren Kline

Elizabeth Fronterhouse, Jim Gold and Caren Kline

With the event hosted by JP Morgan Chase, it was only natural that Chase queen bee Elaine Agather was at the front door to greet one and all. She seems to know simply everyone!

Pam Perella, Katherine Coker, Paige McDaniel, Kate Rose Marquez and Joanna Clarke

Pam Perella, Katherine Coker, Paige McDaniel, Kate Rose Marquez and Joanna Clarke

As a warm-up for the next day’s CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon at Neiman Marcus Downtown, the guests were dressed to the hilt. Erin Mathews was in a short black Chanel. . . Kate Rose Marquez was sporting a new short hairdo. Seems she went to the Johnny Rodriquez salon for a trim and ended up getting it “chopped off.” Before heading off, she revealed that the Community Partners of Dallas’ “Change is Good” is already way ahead of last year’s fundraiser. .  Best Dressed Pam Perella was in a raspberry Lanvin with Sergio Rossi heels that she described as “sparkly booties.”

Pam Perella's "sparkly booties"

Pam Perella’s “sparkly booties”

Speaking of the BD’s themselves, new gal on the list Mary Clare Finney was asked if she was nervous about the next day’s fashion show and runway action. Without missing a beat, she said, “I was until the rehearsal today. Now I’m not.”

Still another giggled about the elevated mirrored runway and the warning that all should wear appropriate undies. Oh, really, please! This isn’t the parochial school days when patent leather shoes were peepholes to the unknown!

Another newbie for the CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon was Neiman Marcus Downtown store GM Jeff Byron, who admitted that everything was moving along perfectly. No, Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton wouldn’t be on hand, he said. After all, her new responsibilities as a mommy of twins were keeping her close to London. However, “some key people from New York” from McQueen would be on hand, in addition to Vanity Fair’s Amy Collins Fine.

Bettye Whiteman, Dale Pinto, Caren and Pete Kline

Bettye Whiteman, Dale Pinto, Caren and Pete Kline

For CCB Chair Caren Kline, the evening and next day were a family affair. Mom Bettye Whiteman and sister Dale Pinto were in from New York City. Caren admitted that she relies on Dale for fashion advice. Her taxi shoes were the direct result of Dale’s input.

Harold and Annette Simmons

Harold and Annette Simmons

Annette and Harold Simmons tried to make a quick exit but failed miserably. Everyone wanted to talk with her and husband Harold. They spent most of the summer at their Santa Barbara home. And, to put to bed the rumor — no, her SB neighbor Oprah didn’t drop by for dinner during her Megafest stopover.

Emilynn Wilson was talking about the new addition to the Wilson household — four-month-old Baxter, a miniature Australian Shepherd with sky-blue eyes. She and husband Claude had had an Aussie and decided to downsize to the mini version. Emilynn admitted that of all the dogs she’s had, Baxter is the most stubborn. With a smile, she added that it may be due to the fact that the wee pooch is also the smartest dog they’ve owned.

And the cat crowd was also well represented. Katherine Coker told how her cat, Happy, adopted the household two years ago during the ice storm. Seems he just arrived on the Coker front porch and eventually moved in. According to Katherine, Happy is really a dog in a cat’s body.

Elizabeth and Jeff Fronterhouse residence

Elizabeth and Jeff Fronterhouse residence

As a slice of the moon floated above the Fronterhouse home, guests called it an evening early. After all, the next day was going to be jampacked.

* Photo credit: George Fiala

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon stage

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon stage

While the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon post is being prepared, the photos are already posted on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for your review.

CCB Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Circle Patrons Celebrate Hall Of Fame Honoree And Ten Best Dressed Sans One

Fresh out of the gate for the season’s fundraising was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Circle Patrons Tuesday night. This crop of beautiful people is the top tier of donors for the September 12th Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon. Not only did they make substantial financial contributions to the CCB, they got their checks in early. . . way early. According to CCB Chair Caren Kline, the show sold out within three weeks. What can you expect when the headlining collection for the Neiman Marcus-produced show will be Alexander McQueen?

And typical of NM, CCB and McQ, the show is going to be unique. But that’s a story for next week.

Abacus table setting

Abacus table setting

Tuesday night CCB and Comerica hosted a seated dinner at Abacus with a cocktail party filled to capacity. Vinnie Reuben and Emilynn Wilson had their hands full greeting guests and distributing table assignments.

Front row - Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Lisa Troutt, Tricia Besing, Lynn McBee and Pam Perella; Back row - Caren Kline, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Ralph Babb, Aileen Pratt, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Front row – Christi Urschel, Mary Clare Finney, Lisa Troutt, Tricia Besing, Lynn McBee and Pam Perella; Back row – Caren Kline, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Ralph Babb, Aileen Pratt, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Almost from the beginning, the lounge area was so crowded. How crowded? Well, nine of the 10 Best Dressed (Tricia Besing, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Pam Perella, Aileen Pratt and Christi Urschel) immediately assembled in the private dining room for a group photos with Hall of Fame Honoree Lisa Troutt, Caren, Luncheon Chair Claire Emanuelson and Comerica’s Ralph Babb.

After the photos were taken, the ladies found that, even with their slender figures, they had trouble getting to their husbands through the crowd including Connie and Denny Carreker, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Barbara and Don Daseke, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Jennie and Stuart Reeves, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Heather and Todd Furniss, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Tanya Roberts and Jacque Wynne.

Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fischer and Barbara Daseke

Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fischer and Barbara Daseke

Steve and Lucy Wrubel and Jennie and Stuart Reeves

Steve and Lucy Wrubel and Jennie and Stuart Reeves

Oh, in case you’re wondering where the 10th BD was, Nancy Carlson was on her way back from London.

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

Speaking of the other side of the pond, DeeDee and bow-tied husband Jim Lee went to Europe twice this summer, but DeeDee admitted that they fell in love with Vienna. Why? Because it reminded her of London, only not as expensive.

On the other hand, Ralph was just back from Detroit and reported that things were a lot better there than the media portrayed. It seems that the auto industry is recovering and people are starting to buy houses.

2014 CCB Chair Robyn Conlon was solo. Husband Don was still recovering from shoulder surgery. Thanks to stellar nursing duties, Robyn was rewarded with new earrings that she wore for the occasion.

Erin Mathews and Russ Davis

Erin Mathews and Russ Davis

Erin Mathews in a “summery Chanel” reported that son Travis Mathews, in addition to his duties with Allie Beth Allman, was in SMU’s Executive MBA program. Translation: She doesn’t expect to see him much. Erin’s fav date Russ Davis was wearing his Charvet blue tie with rust-colored pattern that he had worn to Travis’s wedding earlier this year to Brittany Jones, Erin’s former assistant. How did Russ pick that tie? The colors matched Erin’s mother-of-the-bridegroom dress.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

And speaking of fashion and Neiman’s, NM Downtown General Manager/VP Jeff Byron looked right at home despite only have arrived in Dallas six months ago. When asked about the CCB Fashion Show & Luncheon, he admitted that he was looking forward to it because it’s legendary.

In addition to Jeff and NM NorthPark’s GM/VP Macolm Reuben, NM’s newest hire was part of the festivities. He’s Kevin Hurst, who had just completed his first day on the job as director of corporate giving for NM. Originally from Houston, Kevin has most recently worked in Chicago, where he raised money for nonprofits after working for years for JPMorgan Chase.

As guests made their way to their tables, diminutive Caren tried to get them to settle down, but the chatter was overwhelming. Caren finally got their attention and told the group, “Someone told me, you are way too small to be telling me what to do. I may be small, but we got you seated.”

Ralph Babb

Ralph Babb

After recognizing many people scattered throughout the restaurant, Caren handed the mic over to Ralph, who made his remarks short and sweet. Then Caren presented the nine BD’s and Lisa and announced dinner was served.

Only mishap of the evening was when one of the guests seemed a bit under the weather in the restroom. Upon discovering the guest’s situation, the Abacus staff immediately hopped into place and had paramedics on the scene. Now, don’t go thinking it was something dramatic. All ended well with the paramedics leaving without the guest and hardly anyone taking notice of the situation. The Abacus staff is just very careful when it comes to their guests’ well-being.

As it was, everyone headed safely home by 10 p.m. It was a school night, after all.

More photos are available at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.