JUST IN: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Co-Chairs Plan “Transforming Lives” With Tootsies Fashions, Awards And Much More

KidneyTexas Inc.’s 2017 Runway Report Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have announced plans for the Tuesday, September 26, fashion show at Brook Hollow Golf Club with Linda and Steve Ivy serving as honorary co-chairs.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

This year’s theme which will be “Transforming Lives” was revealed in the logo designed by Lynn Townsend Dealey.

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

The theme was especially poignant for KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn, whose mother is “one of the oldest kidney transplant recipients.”

Longtime supporter Sue Goodnight will receive the First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award and Natalie Taylor will be presented with the Sue Goodnight Award.

The Over the Top Awards will be presented to Tootsies’ Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dee Lincoln.

The Tootsies’ team will be providing the fashions with the show being produced by flaming-haired Jan Strimple.

In addition to a tea in October featuring Royal Chef Darren McGrady, there will be an event in November honoring Men of Kidney.

The 2017 beneficiaries are scheduled to receive the following amounts:

  • Parkland Foundation — $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit,
  • Baylor Health Care Foundation — $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants, 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center — $29,925 for kidney-related research,
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines,
  • Camp Reynal — $19,500 and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation —$14,214 for a hemodialysis machine.

Information about tickets and underwriting opportunities can be found here!

* Graphic provided by KidneyTexas Inc.

Just Say Yes’ “Building Bridges” Will Celebrate With Romos, Brown And Chances For Gragg Gems, Royal Dining, Grelle Artwork And More

Tony and Candice Romo*

David Brown*

As if having former Dallas Police Chief David Brown as the keynote speaker and Honorary Co-Chairs Candice and Tony Romo weren’t enough for the 7th Annual Just Say Yes (Youth Equipped to Succeed) Celebration’s Building Bridges,” organizers have put together quite a line up for the Wednesday, April 19th raffle and live auction fundraiser at Belo Pavilion.

Sue Gragg necklace*

For the raffle, it will be “a custom-made diamond necklace by jewelry designer extraordinaire” Sue Gragg. The winner will be able to select their choice of an 18-karat white, yellow or rose-gold necklace. And to add that personalized touch, they’ll have “their name, or a word of their choice, encrusted with diamonds.” If your chance ticket is picked, you’ve got your Mother’s Day gift locked down! The value of the necklace is $1,400 with raffle tickets going for $25 each or 5 for $100. The raffle winner does not need to be present to win, and there is no limit to ticket purchase. Raffle tickets are available here.

There’s an added incentive to buy those raffle tickets online. There will be a drawing prior to the event to have a VIP meet-and-greet photo opp with keynote speaker Brown.  The Photo-Opp winner must be present to win. Each raffle ticket purchase serves as one entry into the contest.

In addition to a silent auction, there will be a live auction including:

Darren McGrady (File photo)

  • A Royal Dinner Party by Eating Royally Owner/Chef Darren McGrady (Value: $5,000) — Chef Darren will prepared a three-course dinner for ten at your home, just like he did for Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana. After dinner, he’ll regale guests with stories about the good old days at the palace.
  • A Week in Kauai, Hawaii (Value $3,000) — With plenty of time to plan, four guests will enjoy the luxury lifestyle at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club’s oceanfront digs from April 14 thru 21, 2018. Whether it’s just taking it easy lounging on the beach or checking out the sites where major Hollywood films have been made, Kauai has everything.
  • Western Artist/Member of Cowboy Artists of America Martin Grelle Artwork — Two pieces of art by the renowned Western art master will be up for bid.
    • The first piece is a 13” by 10” original drawing in custom frame of a Native American on horseback. (Value $3,800)
    • The second is a 33” by 38” giclée of “Prayers of the Pipe Carrier,” which Grelle created a few years ago.  It is an artist personal proof, No. 4 of 5. BTW, the original won the Buyers Choice Award at the 46th Annual Cowboy Artists of America exhibit in 2011. (Value: $1,750)
  • Two-Night Hunting Trip at Giesecke Ranch (Value: $2,500) — For the hunter, the Giesecke Ranch outside of Llano is the perfect place to hunt deer, turkey and wild boar. In addition to having the use of a crew cab pickup, the winner will have ranch owner Dick Giesecke himself assist in finding the spots to explore.

(This offer expires December 31, 2018, and does not include Thanksgiving, Christmas or opening weekend of hunting season.)

Building Bridges*

Regarding this year’s theme — “Building Bridges —  Just Say Yes Development Director Marissa Leach explained, “Just Say Yes is ‘Building Bridges’ this year because we recognize the need for connection. Our youth can set the stage for a stronger connection with each other, their families and ultimately our community. With your support, we can further the Just Say Yes cause by building connection in our youth, ultimately creating long-lasting connectedness within our community.”

While individual tickets are $250, $1,000 will get two tickets plus the photo opp with David B.

* Photo provided by Just Say Yes

Royal Chef Darren McGrady Can Be Yours For A Feast If You’re Lucky

Darren's delicious tidbits

Darren’s delicious tidbits

IMG_4329Ran into Royal Chef Darren McGrady, who was holding court at Debbie and John Tolleson’s Wednesday night for the Center for BrainHealth gathering.

Lucky were those who ventured into the kitchen, where Darren was having a jolly good time with the staff laughing as he whipped out delicious items that got gobbled up the moment they were put before the guests. But more about the evening later.

For anyone who would like to have a Chef Darren experience, it can happen in a big way. He will provide a four-course royal feast for 10 and so much more, like wine pairings and butler service. That’s what the winner of the Fashion Stars for a Cause raffle benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas will get. But time is getting tighter than a size 6 Jimmy Choo on a size-9 foot. The drawing is Thursday, May 21, at Belk.

And speaking of Belk, the retailer has included a $5,000 gift card as part of the raffle package. After all, such a dinner demands a new outfit, shoes and “accessories.”

Chances are selling for $50 each or three for $100. They can be purchased online or by contacting Yvonne Crum.

Royal Chef Darren McGrady Is Cooking Up A Regal Deal For The Fashion Stars For A Cause Raffle

Like birds twittering in the spring, so raffles are abounding. Every fundraiser seems to have ‘em. The trick is to make the item(s) extra special to take a chance. The area’s FLOR (First Lady Of Raffles) is Yvonne Crum, who sells them in her sleep…when she does sleep.

Darren McGrady (File photo)

Darren McGrady (File photo)

This year for the Fashion Stars For A Cause, she’s managed to get Darren McGrady, the former chef for the late Princess Diana, to provide a “Royal Dinner Party for 10.” The package includes the following:

  • A four-course dinner based on dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairing
  • Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests
  • Autographed copy of “Eating Royally” by Darren for each of the guests
  • Chef McGrady will greet guests and join them at the table
  • Consult on the menu
  • Food purchases, collection and preparation
  • Set up and tear down of table

So you’ll look your utmost, Belk is providing a $5,000 gift card.

Darren McGrady's Thames Kew Gardens (File photo)

Darren McGrady’s Thames Kew Gardens (File photo)

After years of being a personal chef, Darren has undertaken a new concept — Eating Royally — where he can provide that regal dining for everyday meals or OMG entertaining. Each meal is tailor-made to the requirements and taste buds of the clients. For instance, when Dale Chihuly was in town for the Dallas Arboretum, Darren prepared a fabulous buffet for the patron party that was a Chihuly of foods.

But back to the raffle. The plan is to sell 2,500 tickets ($50 each or three for $100). They can be purchased from any of the 2015 Fashion Stars for a Cause (Jennifer Fleming, Jamie Fowler, Leah Frazier, Rebecca Harper Hallam, Caroline Harrison, Dr. Naila Malik, Charmaine Marshall, Dawn Mellon, Jessi Moreau, Dawn Neufeld, Melissa Rountree and Cathy Williamson) or by contacting Yvonne.

While the gala benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas will be held on Friday, March 20, at the Dallas Country Club, the drawing will be held at a fashion show on Wednesday, May 20, at Belk. The patron level will also score you an invite to a reception at the Diamond Doctor.

You can also contact Yvonne for info on the gala and fashion show.