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.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Circle Patrons Dinner

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon Platinum Circle Patron Dinner

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon Platinum Circle Patron Dinner

It’s official! The season was off and partying Tuesday night. And, of course, the Crystal Charity Ball gals were behind it. The occasion was the CCB Fashion Show & Luncheon Platinum Circle Patron Dinner hosted by CCB and Comerica Bank at Abacus.

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

All the 10 Best Dressed gals and Hall of Fame Honoree Lisa Troutt were there except for Nancy Carlson, who was in London. Not to worry. She’ll be back in time for the September 12 fashion show featuring Alexander McQueen at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

While the write-up is in the works, the photos are posted on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Change Is Afoot For 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

No, we haven’t forgotten about our post regarding changes for the September 12th Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon. No, there will still be 10 extremely fashionable ladies (Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Pam Perella, Aileen Pratt and Christi Urschel) walking the runway along with Hall of Fame honoree Lisa Troutt. And the show will be highlighted by the collection from the Alexander McQueen designers.

So, what’s the change? The location.

Now, wait. Before you start reprogramming your GPS for a new destination, don’t. The reception, fashion show and luncheon will still be at Neiman Marcus Downtown. . . uh, sorta. Yes, the reception will take place on the first floor of the NM flagship.

Claire Emanuelson and Caren Kline (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson and Caren Kline (File photo)

But the fashion show and luncheon won’t be in the building. Instead, organizers have decided to move it to the adjoining valet parking lot.

Oh, come on. You’re not thinking that CCB Chair Caren Kline and CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Claire Emanuelson, NM hierarchy and the McQueen braintrust would just plunk this stellar group down in an open parking lot. Please!

The whole area is going to be enclosed in a huge structure with tiers for tables and chairs, so the guests will be able to watch the show and lunch without having to traipse up and down the store’s floors.

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

The 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon's 10 Best Dressed and Hall of Fame Honoree

The 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon’s 10 Best Dressed and Hall of Fame Honoree

The first done deal of the upcoming season won’t surprise you at all. It’s the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon. How sold out is the September 12th Ten Best Dressed presentation of Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Pam Perella, Aileen Pratt and Christi Urschel and Hall of Fame Honoree Lisa Troutt at Neiman Marcus Downtown? Even the waiting list is bulging like a first-day fat-farm guest.

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

But then what can you expect when the featured design team is Alexander McQueen?

If you’ve got your reservations, prepare yourself. Luncheon Chair Claire Emanuelson has some surprises in your future.

Stay tuned. The reveal will be made in the days ahead right here. MySweetCharity knows how you love to be in the know, don’t you know? Hmm, that last sentence had way too many “knows.”

If you dawdled and didn’t get your spot reserved, not to worry. MSC will provide you with food fashion for thought after the Crystal Charity Ball fundraiser.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Contribution Ticket Prizes Revealed Thanks To Neiman’s, McQueen, Flores And Joule

If you’ve been too busy refreshing your spray tan or your social secretary has been vacationing, your mail may be sitting unopened. It’s summer time and why bother with postal hassles?

Oops! You really should have opened that envelope from the Crystal Charity Ball! It’s the one revealing the prizes for the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Contribution Tickets drawing. Janie Condon was preparing for the mailing last week in the CCB conference room with her earbuds keeping up the beat.

Janie Condon at work in conference room (File photo)

Janie Condon at work in conference room (File photo)

Since the annual Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon is taking place at Neiman’s Downtown, it seems only appropriate to have the goodies courtesy of NM.

Alexander McQueen Runway Presentation in Paris — Since the fashions of McQueen will be the main act at the CCB event, how simply wonderful to win two tickets to attend the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Presentation in Paris in late February or early March. That package includes roundtrip business class air transportation via American Airlines and a two-night stay for two at “a fabulous Paris hotel.”

Neiman Marcus Downtown and Michael Flores Salon — This one is a four-parter. Four different “gift cards” will be the prizes won by four people. The cards are for:

  • $3,500 Alexander McQueen Ready-to-Wear gift certificates
  • $800 Alexander McQueen gift certificate
  • $500 Alexander McQueen gift certificate
  • $2,500 Michael Flores Salon gift certificate

ESPA at the Joule and the Joule Hotel —Instead of the hassles of flying or driving long distance for a little peace and quiet and pampering, you can find it all at the Joule Hotel. This package includes

  • Deluxe loft suite for a two-night weekend stay
  • Champagne upon arrival and butler services for two
  • Breakfast for two with breakfast cocktails
  • Dinner and wine pairings for two at Charlie Palmer
  • ESPA time for two to enjoy three hours each
  • $450 worth of Joule Resort Credit to be used for a future visit or at Taschen Bookstore, Traffic Fashion, TenOverSix Gifts or the ESPA
  • Complimentary valet parking

If your letter did get lost in the mail and you want to purchase a ticket, it’s so do-able Just call 214.526.5868 and they’ll coordinate your purchase. But you need to get those tickets bought up by Friday, September 6. The drawing will take place at the Thursday, September 12th luncheon. And if you can’t make the luncheon, don’t worry. CCB will notify you of your win.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon Queens Will Have Designs By Alexander McQueen

If you were like a lot of fashion followers who bet Karl Lagerfeld was bringing his Chanel extravaganza to Dallas for the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon, you lost the bet.

CCBFS&L chair Claire Emanuelson revealed that the  Alexander McQueen Collection designed by Sarah Burton will be on the runway.

As for the 2013 class of the 10 Best Dressed, they will be announced at NM Downtown on Wednesday, April 3.

Neiman Marcus Downtown Was A Four-Floor Extravanganza For Sold-out Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon

While all 540 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon guests and Neiman Marcus Downtown staffers were checking their hems and making sure that not a split end was in sight, many of the CCB 10 Best Dressed were in flips-flops and very casual attire. Why one was actually doing the runway walk-through wearing a crown of curlers (sorry, can’t tell because she’d kill us.).

Snapshot of Best Dressed audience

This mother of all Dallas fashion shows/luncheons boasts not only the highest of couture designers on the catwalk, but had the most beautifully dressed crowd in the tiers of padded chairs on the second floor of Neiman Marcus Downtown.

The day started with four areas of activities, with Dallas Fashion Mother Superior Shelle Sills flawlessly at the helm with First Officer in Charge of Perfection Sandy Marple navigating the behind the scenes.

On the first floor, the reception for the vast majority was just downright homey. After all, this crowd knows the first floor from such things as Stiletto Strut and everyday drop-by shopping.  Of course, it’s always nice to have a lineup of adorable fellows with trays of adult libations at their beck and call.

On the second floor, what was formerly the Couture Salon was a showroom with levels of gold chairs with thick cushions along a wooden runway down the middle of the room. Shelle took her place at the podium and started the rehearsal. Every detail was reviewed and scrutinized. The 10 BD-ers and their male model escorts did their part. 10 BD newbie Lynn McBee wasn’t  worried because, “They (the escorts) won’t let us fall.” The only challenge was navigating the turnaround at the end of the runway. Do you turn left or right?

Barry and Lana Andrews

Cutest twosome was Hall of Fame honoree Lana Andrews, escorted by husband Barry. Afterwards, Barry kidded, “Those guys (the male models) have black ties and I have a red one. Besides that, do you see any difference between them and me?”

Fourth floor at Neiman Marcus Downtown

Word was making the rounds: “Have you seen the fourth floor?” That’s where the entire 540 guests and BD-ers would lunch. Someone said, “Instead of heaven, I want to go to the fourth floor.” CCB Chair Aileen Pratt giggled with delight that it was getting such reviews.

Scott Studenberg and Nancy Rogers

No sooner had the rehearsal been locked down, than the 10 BD-ers scampered up to the sixth floor and Michael Flores Salon with Ceron for flutes of Cristal thanks to hostess/10 BD grad Nancy Rogers, who had just flown in. Somehow Nancy not only is gorgeous, but she also makes everyone around her seem more over-the-top beautiful, too.

10BD husband Dwight Emanuelson was a real trooper directing some of the new 10 BD-ers to the appropriate makeup artists and hairdressers. Wife Claire will be chairing the luncheon in 2013.  . . 2011 CCB Chair Connie O’Neill was showing photos of her two Shih Tzu puppies to friends on her smartphone. . . 10 BD-er husband Jim Lee was escorting around daughter/former Fresh Facer

Casey Robinson, Sue Peege, Rebecca Booth and Jim Lee

Casey Robinson, mom-in-law Sue Peege and wife DeeDee‘s BFF Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Booth, who was in from Louisville for the debut of DeeDee on the 10 BD list and to promote VENeffect, Becca’s skin care line that NM sells exclusively. . .  In the meantime, future 10-BD-er, seven-

Emmie Casey and Kimberly Casey

year-old Emmie Casey, was upstaging everyone in her Lanvin Little. She was in town with her mom  Kimberly Casey for her aunt Lynn McBee’s runway walk. Even Lanvin envoy Scott Studenberg was amazed at how adorable Emmie was. . . Houston’s Diane Lokey Farb in black

Diane Lokey Farb and Ceron

and white Lanvin was joined by her bud Ceron in black-and-white tweed with a mega pin that he’d borrowed from “Todd.” Little did Diane know that she would be seeing her dress on the runway later. Oh, that Diane is always ahead of the fashion curve . . Fort Worth’s Olivia Kearney, picture perfect as usual, was worried about her hair. She claimed, “I tried to do my hair [tease it out] like Adele, but it turned out to be more like the women from East Texas — the women in Bernie!”

Before long, the gaggle of gals moseyed on down to the second floor for the big show. As the coifed and coutured set found their places, two youngsters (Kathryne Armada, 9, and Daniel Cantu, 10) from Our Lady of Perpetual Help sat quietly in their school uniforms.

Others taking their seats included

  • the 10 BD husbands and male friends clustered in chairs near the front of the stage entry,
  • Women’s Wear‘s Holly Haber sitting next to Yvonne Crum, who would be hosting a Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas fundraiser at the Galleria Bachendorf’s for the evening’s Fashion’s Night Out,
  • NM President of Specialty Retailing Jim Gold and NM Group CEO Karen Katz with Lanvin’s CEO Thierry Andretta in from Paris and Executive VP Cecile Andrau across the way from CCB Chair Aileen Pratt, CCB Fashion Show & Luncheon Chair Robyn Conlon, 2013 CCB Chair Caren Kline, Nancy Dedman, Lee Ann White, Ruth Altshuler and Betsy Sowell,
  • Mother/daughter teams of Doris Jacobs in Lanvin with chinchilla wrap and Teffy Jacobs, Peggy Sewell and Jacquelin Sewell Taylor, Sharon McCullough and Libby Hunt, Vicki Chapman and Lauren Chapman, Billie Leigh Rippey and Paige Locke, Cynthia Melnick and Leslie Dier, Marilyn Augur and Margaret Hancock, Caryl Keys and Pam Krueger, Lydia Novakov and Isabell Novakov, Barbara Stewart and Melissa Macatee and Sara Martineau and Maria Plankinton.

Shelle kicked things off by saying this event marked the true beginning of the fall season and reminded guests that for 38 years, NM has supported the luncheon. She then asked Jim to speak. He told guests, “We’ve set the thermostat at 59, so bring on the fall fashion!” Unfortunately, the seemingly atomic-powered spotlights throughout the room quickly raised the temperature, but the fashions still looked cool.

Gene Jones

Then Aileen took over, thanking all and introducing CCB Fashion Show & Luncheon Honorary Chair Gene Jones, saying, “Straight off the runway from New York and a Cowboys win!” Proving why she is a fashion legend, Gene looked flawless as usual. It was hard to tell that she had been in New York the night before for the Cowboys-Giants game and arrived via the Jones’s private jet in Dallas at 4 a.m. Don’t know whether it was the Cowboy win, Gene’s popularity or both, but the crowd was exuberant in their applause.

Kathryne Armada, Annette Simmons and Jonathan Daniel Cantu

Aileen then reported exciting news: Annette and Harold Simmons had donated $1M to the 2012 CCB! Immediate applause as the two Our Lady of Perpetual Help students presented Annette with a bouquet of roses. Aileen told guests that Annette and Harold have supported CCB since they were married in 1980.

Immediately after, Kathryne and Daniel were whisked away to return to school and NM Corporate PR VP Gabrielle de Papp put the roses away for safekeeping.

Just as they said the show was to start, there was a long dead silence before the music kicked in. Somewhere in the room a fellow was heard saying loudly over a walkie-talkie: “Has the show started yet, Edgar?” No one heard Edgar’s response, because the show did indeed start.

All the 10 BD-ers (Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Nancy Carter, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, DeeDee Lee, Lynn McBee, Pat McEvoy, Kim Miller, Pam Perella and Ellen Winspear) and HoF-er received overwhelming applause, but Ashley seemed to spark a little bit higher response. Husband Ward looked like the quarterback who had just given his letter sweater to the homecoming queen, saying, “She did look terrific, didn’t she?”

Allan McBee, on the other hand, was a regular guy reviewing the Lanvin show: “I liked it. Kind of weird.” He also added that little Emmie was going to “have to be deprogrammed!” after witnessing the fashion spectacular.

As for the models, they wore their outfits perfectly, only hinting that the shoes were proving to be a bit of a challenge.

Then as quickly as it all started, it was over, and the crowd of hundreds made their way up to the fourth floor for lunch. The entire floor was a showroom of beauty. No one was disappointed one iota.

As Gene Jones rode up the elevator to the fourth floor, a friend asked if husband Jerry was ecstatic about the previous night’s win. Gene immediately responded: “We all are!”

Perhaps such excitement and immediacy should have been passed along to the valet service. After such a marvelous morning of fashion and food, some guests faced an extended wait for their cars. One guest complained that she arrived outside and couldn’t even find anyone to take her valet ticket. Perhaps she should have just gone back in the store and shopped. It’s much more fun than waiting 45 minutes in the September sun for a car.

For additional photos of guests and fashions, please check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Shunning The Cowboys And Democrat Convention, The Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon Patrons Partied

Houston Hall

The Democrats were convening in Charlotte. The Cowboys were scoring in the Big Apple. And the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon patrons were partying at Michelle and Houston Hall‘s fabulous 11,102-square-foot palazzo Wednesday night thanks to underwriting by J.P. Morgan. The Hall’s mansion with its curved archways and endless rooms is built around a courtyard and fronting a marvelous backyard.

With a bar set up in the center courtyard and high-top tables in the backyard, the fear of West Nile-bearing mosquitoes kept the crowd largely inside with trays of drinks and food being passed.

Thank heaven the Hall’s multi-leveled mansion was ready for the hundreds to stay inside sipping champagne and readying for Thursday’s fashion show at downtown Neiman’s. At times it was so crowded with beautiful people that a cluster of them stood over an air vent to keep their cool.

But once word passed through the crowd of the delicious ice drinks being served up in the courtyard, caution was briefly thrown to the wind and guests braved the elements.

And what was the fashionable color of the night? Black, of course. That is, except for 10 Best Dressed Hall of Famer Lana Andrews, who looked like the poster girl for Fort Knox in a platinum-and-gold Prada cocktail press.

Barbara Daseke

Barbara Daseke‘s Lanvin proved a last-minute challenge. Seems a slip of a thread had caused the black wool cocktail dress to overlap with fabric. Interior designer Barbara dug up a fabulous broach from her collection and pinned the extra fabric at the waist.

Jack and Doris Jacobs

Doris Jacobs was in another stunning Lanvin black cocktail dress, but this one had one very bare shoulder.

With still another fashion emergency, Emilynn Wilson had just picked up her outfit for the Thursday show from the store and discovered the tailor has not quite got it right. Needless to say, the dress will be heading back to the shop and Emilynn will be wearing a backup outfit. BTW, she reports her Kidney Texas luncheon is within a hair’s breadth of being sold out.

Kim Miller and Tincy Miller

Upon seeing fellow 10 Best Dressed classmate Kim Miller in a marvy black Lanvin cocktail dress, first-time 10 Best dresser Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt told her, “I almost got that one. It’s so wonderful.”

That was earlier in the evening. Later Ashley emerged with husband Ward from the courtyard feeling like a mosquito buffet. Her concern was the itching and red marks on her legs and how they would look on Thursday’s runway. Ward’s concern was whether she had been bitten by one of the West Nile variety skeeters.

Other snapshots around the room included:

  • Allan and Lynn McBee

    10 Best Dressed freshman Lynn McBee admitted little concern, smiled and said, “The escorts won’t let us fall.” Immediately after the show, Lynn reported that she was catching a plane to attend the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. As Dallas Film Society board chair, she was checking out films for possible inclusion at the Dallas International Film Festival. Lynn was especially interesting in two films: “Looper” (an action thriller starring Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt) and “Argo” (which looks at the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and stars Ben Affleck).

  • Despite the Cowboys playing and CCB Chair/wife Aileen giving him the night off, Jack Pratt was on hand.
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala co-chair Jennifer Clark was excited and pleased about Saturday night’s gala. They’re expecting about 700. For the first time ever, she said, they’ll have to open up the “second [or upper] tier” of seating in the performance hall for the Yo-Yo Ma concert. Jennifer had been on Scott Murray’s radio show explaining  the evening and how men could wear black tie or tails, etc. Someone asked jokingly if all attendees would be issued berets in keeping with the Parisian theme. Uh, no!
  • Billie Leigh Rippey

    Billie Leigh Rippey in Lanvin, of course, and her daughter Paige Locke were talking about Billie Leigh’s left ear problem. Ever since January, she hasn’t been able to hear out of it. She discovered the problem when Caroline Rose Hunt called her one day in January and Billie Leigh couldn’t hear what Caroline was saying. She since has gone to UT Southwestern and other medical facilities, and it was determined that it is simply a “nerve” problem. Joked Billie Leigh: “Well, I’ve always had nerve.” One Houston doctor wanted her to do some sort of stem cell treatment—where they take “fat from your tummy” and use it on the problem area—but Dr. Phil Williams said, “She doesn’t have any fat!” Billie Leigh doesn’t want to do that anyway. For now she’s just living with it.

  • Vicki Chapman found a bottle of mosquito spray and carried it around to help others.
  • Annette and Harold Simmons were among the early arrivals. Annette spotted the open door in the big room and asked, “Why is this door open?” One guest said it’s because a waiter just came through the door with a tray of drinks. Annette promptly closed the door, to keep out the mosquitoes. The Simmons departed early so Harold could get home to watch the Cowboys game.
  • Janie Condon reported that her mother Patsy Donosky was home nursing a broken nose.
  • Ten BD-er Ellen and Don Winspear were introducing future daughter-in-law Erika Dubreuil, who will be marrying the Winspears’ son, Frank, an Army sergeant with the Special Forces. The wedding will be in May in Fayetteville, N.C., where Frank is stationed at Fort Bragg. The rehearsal dinner will be at the Pinehurst (golf) Resort. Erica is used to the military way of life, since her dad is a retired Army sergeant major.
  • Erin Mathews was wearing Fendi pants, a Gucci blouse and Tom Ford “spiked heels.” She joked about having to step very deliberately as she walked across the path leading to the Halls’ house. After making the rounds at the party, she and Russ Davis headed to Salum for a late dinner.
  • Michael Fowler and Amara Durham

    Amara Durham arrived looking for fella co-worker Michael Fowler, who reported that mom Lee Ann White hadn’t been able to attend the Cowboys/Giants fame due to dental surgery. Amara, like Emilynn, had to wear a second choice outfit when the one she had bought just didn’t look quite right.

But the evening didn’t go on too long for this group. The ladies had to hustle home to rest up for the next day of fashion.

One poor soul had to wait at the curb just a couple minutes longer than planned. Seems the valets brought the wrong Bentley. You just know they all look alike.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

According to Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Robyn Conlon:

“The Lanvin 2012 Fall Collection will be presented at the annual Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 6th  at Neiman Marcus Downtown. This is very exciting news as Lanvin’s lead designer, Alber Elbaz, is celebrating his tenth anniversary as Paris’ oldest (and currently the hottest!) couturier.

“This year, we are also especially pleased to honor Gene Jones, a former Hall of Fame Honoree and longtime Crystal Charity Ball benefactor, as our 2012 Honorary Fashion Show Chairman. There have only been three Honorary Chairmen in the history of the event — Margaret Hill, Nancy Dedman and Annette Simmons.

“For 38 years, Neiman Marcus Downtown has graciously underwritten all facets of our Luncheon that honors The Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas. This recognition applauds women with a sense of style who are also deeply committed to community service.

“Because of the generous support of Neiman Marcus, all proceeds of the event support children served by our 2012 Crystal Charity Ball Beneficiaries:  Jubilee Park & Community Center; Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center; North Texas Public Broadcasting – KERA; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; Retina Foundation of the Southwest; Voice of Hope Ministries and Wilkinson Center.

“Each purchaser of a Platinum Ticket, Platinum Circle Ticket, Patron Table, Platinum Table and Platinum Circle Table will be invited to the exclusive Platinum Circle Patron Party. Michelle and Houston Hall will host this special evening on Wednesday, September 5th at their beautiful Volk Estates home. We are fortunate that J.P. Morgan is sponsoring the party.

“Donors at the $2,000 ticket level, and above, will receive an invitation to the Platinum Circle Dinner. This elegant seated dinner party will be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 29th at Abacus Restaurant with Comerica generously sponsoring it. Abacus is closing their restaurant just for our patrons on that night!

“A handful of tickets are available by calling the Crystal Charity Ball office at 214.526.5868, ext. 25.

“We hope you will join us for a very special fashion day! Thank you for your generous support . . . we look forward to seeing you in September!”

Now’s Your Chance For Lanvin, Canyon Ranch Resort, Neiman Marcus Downtown and Michael Flores Salon With Cerón

Cerón

Perhaps you hadn’t heard that Neiman Marcus Downtown’s salon has had an adjustment to its lead hair gurus. No, Cerón is still part of the action, but the name of the vanity fair place next to the Zodiac Room is now called Michael Flores Salon with Cerón.

What the heck does this have to do with non-profits? Shouldn’t it be over at in-the-know Raya Ramsey‘s Shop Talk?

Usually it would, but this time there is a fundraising connection.

Seems that NMD’s Shelle Sills and her staff of great tasters, have arranged for three prizes to be up for grabs at the September 6th Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon.

The prizes are:

  • Lanvin Runway Presentation in Paris including two-night stay for two in Paris at the Mandarin Oriental, two tickets to attend the Lanvin Fall/Winter 2013 Runway Presentation in Park (March 2013) and round-trip, business-class air transportation for two provided by American Airlines (Travel to/from Europe excludes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Canyon Ranch Resort getaway trip including four-night stay for two at the famous destination resort and spa in Tucson, deluxe accommodations, nutritional gourmet cuisine and a $675 allowance per person toward Spa, Sports and Wellness Services and ground transportation and resort amenities; fee are included.
  • Neiman Marcus Downtown and Michael Flores Salon with Cerón package including $3,500 Lanvin ready-to-wear gift certificate, $800 Lanvin gift certificate, $500 Lanvin gift certificate and $2,500 Michael Flores Salon with Cerón gift certificate.

Why not buy a “contribution ticket” for each item? Oh, what are they going for? Just knew you would ask, so here is the breakdown:

  • Lanvin Runway Presentation in Paris — $150 each or a set of three tickets for $400
  • Canyon Ranch Resort — $125 each or a set of three tickets for $300
  • Neiman Marcus Downtown and Michael Flores Salon with Cerón — $100 or a set of three tickets for $250

Contact the Crystal Charity Ball office (214.526.5868) to order a passel of tickets. You do not have to be present to win, but you’ll miss everyone turning hunter green with envy if you are MIA.

BTW, if you do win the NM Downtown package, make sure you use part of your salon gift certificate on a facial with Joanna Czech. She’s just arrived thanks to Anna Wintour recommending her to Ken Downing. Raya has the lowdown on her.

Another Luncheon — Celebrity Waiter Luncheon — Is Heading To An Early Sell-out

The ladies-who-lunch will feast the first week of September. Yesterday it was announced that the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 6, was nearing an early sell-out.

Now, word has arrived via Emily Hargrove‘s Prime interview with Celebrity Waiter Luncheon Co-chairs Shay Geyer and Maggie Cooke Kipp that the Friday, September 7th is edging closer to the same sell-out status benefiting Family Gateway.

2011 Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon VIP's (File photo)

Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum! The venerable, 30-year-old-plus CCB on Thursday and the playful new kids on the lunch block CWL on Friday.  Never let it be said that Dallas fundraising isn’t diverse.

2011 Celebrity Waiter Luncheon cast of characters (File photo)

Dallas nonprofits truly profit from the gals who make lunch more than a meal.

Better Hustle — Less Than 100 Seats Left For September 6th Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show And Luncheon

Just wanted to give you a heads-up. This situation doesn’t usually take place until August. Seems there are less than 100 seats still available for the September 6th Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dress Fashion Show and Luncheon at Neiman Marcus Downtown with Lanvin fashions.

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

According to Event Chair Robyn Conlon,

“There are a handful of $500 tickets left with the remainder at $750 and above.”

For instance, there are the Platinum Circle Patron tickets going for $2,000. But don’t you know these pricey seats have a couple of yummy perks including:

  • Rachael Dedman (File photo)

    a seated dinner at Abacus presented by Comerica Bank on Wednesday, August 29, and chaired by Rachael Dedman and

  • a cocktail buffet on the eve of the fashion show/luncheon at Michelle and Houston Hall‘s Volk Estate residence being underwritten by longtime partner JPMorgan Chase.

Chances are that the next time you see a post on the show-travaganza, it will be “Sold Out!”

Crystal Charity Ball’s 10.5 Best Dressed, Hall Of Fame Honoree, Honorary Chair And Oops Announced This A.M.

There are folks who think the Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed announcement reception is a stuffy occasion where teacups are held with little pinkies at 90-degree angles and propriety rules as though the British royals were in attendance.

Au contraire! The announcement is a fun affair that takes on the personality of the luncheon chair and the 10 fashion plates. This year’s announcement made earlier today at Neiman Marcus Downtown proved that the Crystal Charity Ball gals work hard as well as have fun in raising mega-bucks for children’s charities. No, NM VP/GM Shelle Sills did not roll out a kegger, and tattoos and piercing were as scant as snow flakes in Death Valley. But there was a light-hearted spirit and a true sense of esprit de corp about the whole event, which was like sipping a perfect glass of Dom Perignon with just the right person.

Scott Studenberg

Today’s announcement started with a reception held at the Commerce Street end of the second-floor couture salon. Lanvin’s Scott Studenberg in his oh-so-casual chic Lanvin menswear was the first hint that the day was not going to be a rigid button-down affair. The cute New Yorker admitted to being mighty impressed with Dallas women and their take on fashion.

Connie O’Neill

The rest of the crowd in attendance consisted of veteran and newbie CCB-ers including last year’s CCB chair Connie O’Neill, who simply sparkled. Ask her about her two puppies that arrived in the O’Neill household over the holidays and she’ll ramp up the sparkle meter. Connie even admitted that she had replaced her kids’ photos on her phone’s screensaver with puppies “Milly” and “Dorothy.”

Speaking of photos shown on phones, fashion show/luncheon chair Robyn Conlon whipped out her phone to show photos of her 17-month old grandson, who has already bonded with husband Don.

Charm bracelet

Across the way, Tricia Besing was the newest one to be dazzled by DeeDee Lee‘s weighs-more-than-an-iPad charm bracelet. Tricia admitted that she and sister Paige had had charm bracelets as youngsters, but had not kept up. However, DeeDee’s jangly wrist wear was giving her second thoughts of adding to her own collection.

But time was rushing. Many of the ladies had to head their heels over to the Hilton Anatole for the Linz Award luncheon honoring Erle Nye, which would start at 11:30.

OMG, it was already 10:50!

With NM cool, Shelle and lieutenant-in-charge of extra-special events Sandy Marple herded the 60 gals to the other end of the salon, where staging and chairs were set up for the announcement. Looking around, it became apparent that certain faces from the earlier crowd were now MIA. Perhaps they were in the powder room, or backstage preparing to be announced?

Tick, tick, tick. What was the delay? Everyone was seated. Yup, but they had to wait for the “gold man”– NM President of Specialty Retail Jim Gold, that is.

Just on cue he appeared and headed straight to his place on the side of the stage.

Shelle Sills addressing the audience for 10 Best Dressed

In typical Shelle style, the retailing maven of the downtown store welcomed the ladies and introduced Jim. The ladies politely applauded. That’s when the oops happened.

With an All-American smile and polished look, Jim took his place at the podium. Looking down at his notes, he looked up with confidence as Shelle and NM Corporate VP of PR Gabrielle de Papp smiled on the sidelines and Dallas socialites sat with perfect posture like happy schoolgirls in front of him.

“Good morning, everybody.” The ladies reciprocated with “Good morning” back to Jim.

No problem so far. . . and then it happened.

Jim Gold

“Well, we know spring is in the air when we have our uh. . . er. . . Ten Breast . . . Ten Best Dressed . . .” and the room exploded with laughter. Even the fellows working the audio in the back of the room perked up and looked around the room as if to say, “We couldn’t have bleeped that one.”

But Jim is not a man who blushes and is mortified. He recovered as perfectly as a Louboutin stiletto heel. . . right on point.

“Auspicious start. . . okay, let’s try again” and he did and carried it off perfectly. Think Hugh Jackman immediately joking after accidently riding a zip line into a lighting rig on the Oprah Show. It was an accident that endeared him to one and all.

After Jim introduced CCB Chair Aileen Pratt to the stage, he immediately went to Shelle to check on damage control. None needed.

Aileen thanked the NM crew for all their work. Then she announced that the “oldest and hottest couture house in Paris,” Lanvin, would be bringing their collection to Dallas for the September 6th luncheon and fashion show.

She also told of the perks that came with the Platinum Patron level — a seated dinner on August 29 at the Dallas Country Club and a cocktail buffet on the night before the show on September 5.

Aileen then introduced Robyn, who announced that for only the fourth time in the luncheon’s history there would be an honorary chair, and it would be Gene Jones. Heads spun around looking for the tall, slender brunette, but no luck. She was with husband Jerry at the NFL owners meeting. Don’t worry. She’ll be at the luncheon.

Before asking Shelle and Gabrielle up to the stage to announce the 10 BD’s, Robyn said she hoped everyone would buy tickets at the most expensive level. Laughter.

As Shelle handled the announcement of the 10BD and their dossier, Gabrielle presented them with gifts and found herself assisting some of the ladies on and off the stage. You see, those very fashionable tight skirts and high heels may get you on the best dressed list, but they’re murder in trying to climb up and down the platform.

Ellen Winspear, Pam Perella, Kim Miller, Pat McEvoy, Lynn McBee, Robyn Conlon, Lana Andrews, Aileen Pratt, DeeDee Lee, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson and Nancy Carter

It was an amazing group of ten including previous 10 BD members Tricia Besing, Nancy Carter, Pat McEvoy, Kim Miller, Pam Perella and Ellen Winspear, and new-kids-on-the-list Nancy Carlson, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, DeeDee Lee and Lynn McBee.

Very few in the audience were surprised at the accomplishments of the ten until Ashley’s name was read off. She was described as the member who would make the group ten-and-a-half. Ashley and her husband Ward are expecting a baby. How far along will she be in September? Eight months. Shelle calmly told the group not to worry about what’s she’s going to wear in the fashion presentation, because, “We have it all figured out.”

Still more laughter.

For the grand finale, Shelle introduced the Hall of Fame honoree — Lana Andrews. As Lana took her place on stage, Shelle advised her to stay put because Lana’s list of accomplishments was going to take some time.

Then it was time for the 10.5 BD plus Lana to be photographed with Scott, Jim, Aileen and Robyn, as others shopped or took off for the Anatole.

JUST IN: Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed For 2012 Just Announced

The Crystal Charity Ball committee just announced its 2012 Ten Best Dressed who will be honored on September 6 at Neiman Marcus Downtown with a luncheon and fashion show of the Lanvin Collection.

The TBD are Tricia Besing, Nancy Carlson, Nancy Carter, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, Dee Dee Lee, Lynn McBee, Pat McEvoy, Kim Miller, Pam Perella and Ellen Winspear.

Also announced was the 2012 Hall of Fame honoree — Lana Andrews.

CCB Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Robyn Conlon also told the assembled group that for only the fourth time in CCB history, the luncheon will have an honorary chair — Gene Jones.

More to follow later on this morning’s announcement.

Have to dash to the Linz Award luncheon honoring Erle Nye.

Busy day for philanthropy and wonderful people in our community.