TACA Custom Auction Gala Item #6 — An Unforgettable Evening With The Dallas Cowboys And Dean Fearing

TACA Custom Auction Gala Co-Chair Wanda Gierhart has connections and great taste, don’t you know. She’s managed to get one of country’s best known culinary kings to come on board as part of this auction item. And adding some muscle to it, she’s scored some additional heavyweights for this delicious package that will be auctioned off by auctioneer Louis Murad on Friday, September 8, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

An Unforgettable Evening With The Dallas Cowboys And Dean Fearing* (Value: Priceless)

Dean Fearing and Wanda Gierhart (File photo)

Troy Aikman (File photo)

Daryl Johnston (File photo)

Emmitt Smith (File photo)

He’s known for many things. Dean Fearing has been cowboy boot-wearing chef at both the Mansion and now The Ritz Carlton. He’s part of “The Lost Coyote Band. He’s given loads of time and talent to countless area nonprofits. He’s TACA Custom Auction Gala co-chair. And he just happens to be engaged to his Co-Chair Wanda. Told you that Wanda had “connections and great taste.”

The winner of the sweet deal will have Dean having the time of his life creating a three-course Southwestern dinner in the winner’s home-sweet-home for a dozen folks.

As for those serving up the courses, Wanda and Dean tapped a trio of cowboys… well, former cowboys like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston. But don’t get your hopes up for a speedy meal. After all, selfies do slow things down when “the help” is this crew. Just imagine Troy throwing a platter to Daryl to hands off to Emmitt. Oops! Better keep the good china locked up in the pantry.

BTW, since the meal is based on the foursome’s availability, football season is likely to be out of the question.

*Courtesy of Dean Fearing, Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith

Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council’s 2016 Mad Hatter’s Tea Ranged From Bounty Of Beauty To Beyond Belief

Not since the war between the States have two groups come face-to-face with such different views. That moment took place at the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum’s 2016 Mad Hatter’s Tea and Luncheon on Thursday, April 21.

Lisa Ogle, Kunthear Mam Douglas and Cathy Vieth

Lisa Ogle, Kunthear Mam Douglas and Cathy Vieth

Robin Carreker

Robin Carreker

On one hand, many guests looked as if they were attending the opening day at the Royal Ascot with dazzling hats. Robin Carreker, Connie Carreker, Hedy Sawyers, Lauren Palmer, Linda Spina, Lisa Ogle and Kunthear Mam Douglas interrupted the “Steel Magnolias” theme with ever-proper sunhats that would have thrilled any Southern belle. Delicate fascinators also had their day in the sun thanks to Women’s Council President Renee Querbes Farren, Betsy Crousen, SuSu Meyers and Britta Harless.

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

SuSu Meyer and Ann Dyer

SuSu Meyer and Ann Dyer

On the other hand were those who appeared to have channeled Johnny Depp wearing outlandish headdresses that would have made Lady Gaga go gaga.

For some, the over-the-top toppers were a wee bit daunting. One wide-eyed guest, who hadn’t attended the event since her mother took her ages ago, looking around the Plaza whispered, “I’m scared.” Another one upon entering the scene with lips zipped managed a request — “Please don’t mention I was here.”

Marena Gault, Marielle Gault, Steve Kemble and Sherwood Wagner

Marena Gault, Marielle Gault, Steve Kemble and Sherwood Wagner

As the two brimming groups gathered in the Ginsburg Plaza for a champagne reception with a Cajun band playing, it became apparent that glue guns had been drained leading up to the event. Instead of hiring a professional designer to create her hat, Sherwood Wagner pulled out all the stops and created three showstoppers for herself and her buddies Marena Gault and daughter Marielle Gault.

Appearing to be a walking promotion for Truvy’s beauty parlor, Carmen Surgent was top heavy with rollers, Aqua Net, a hair dryer and mirror, all in Shelby’s signature color of pink.

Carmen Surgent

Carmen Surgent

Barbara Bigham

Barbara Bigham

Barbara Bigham decided to opt out on the day’s theme and went for the bigger-than-life with a story look. With a headdress of fanned peacock feathers atop her head and a matching hand fan, she told how she got the “hat” from a woman in the Amazon.

Patty Jo Turner and her gal squad of faux blondes (Terri Bumgarner, Kim Dale, Suzette Derrick, Nancy McLochlin and Susan Russell) took Dolly Parton’s wisdom to heart — “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

Terri Bumgarner, Kim Dale, Patty Jo Turner, Suzette Derrick, Nancy McLochlin and Susan Russell

Terri Bumgarner, Kim Dale, Patty Jo Turner, Suzette Derrick, Nancy McLochlin and Susan Russell

 

But it wasn’t a gals-only gathering. No, siree. There were gents dressed to the nines, tens and whatever. Coley Clark, Steve Ivy and Michael Jenkins were on the side of the Plaza watching the ladies champagne-ing their way around and walking the red carpet for judges Gary Riggs, Jane McGarry, Kathy Fielder, Karen Carroll, Robert LeLeux, Matthew Campbell Laurenza, Diane and Daryl Johnston and Andrea Alcorn, who was subbing for Janelle Friedman. The trio was a part of Connie Carreker’s “Southern Gentlemen” lineup of husbands in matching dark suits, white shirts, pocket squares, fedoras and ties who were there to support/escort their wives.

Steve Ivy, Michael Jenkins and Coley Clark

Steve Ivy, Michael Jenkins and Coley Clark

As usual Steve Kemble was a walking garden delight wearing a jacket of magnolia leaves with big, old magnolia epaulets and a towering hat of magnolias and leaves.

And speaking of hats, floral engineer Shane Walker managed to combine Aunt Fern’s creation featuring a giant armadillo appearing to be atop a red-velvet cake; the purse with a baby armadillo peeking out completed the ensemble.

Shane Walker

Shane Walker

Severt Philleo

Severt Philleo

Another head turner was a smiling Severt Philleo opting for the Shirley MacLaine look, complete in heels, blush pink skirt, print blouse, deep pink jacket, white gloves, black chapeau highlighted by a black tulle and deep pink flower and, of course, pearl necklace. And as any proper lady at an outdoor function would, she had additional accessories — a hand fan and sunglasses. Clairee would have been so proud! After all, “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”

But time demanded that the hats and their underlings leave the sunshine for Rosine Hall and the Tootsies fashion show. With guests shifting in their chairs to see around the hats, the fedora-ed guys were seated on the front row and prepared to help anyone on stage managing the steps up and down from the floor. Emcee/KISS-FM 106.1’s Kellie Rasberry welcomed the group and introduced Renee, who thanked everyone for participating.

Then Mad Hatter’s Chair Jocelyn White welcomed all and told how this fundraiser was the one that had been on her bucket list and thanked individually her “dream team.” She also announced that specially made trays would be presented to the winners of the hat contest and key participants. When Joce tried to present a tray to buddy Linda Gray, the “Dallas” actress couldn’t be found. When someone said she was in the back of the room, the tray was handed to front-row guy Denny Carreker, who took it to the back of the room. Alas, he returned with tray in hand.

Janine Turner

Janine Turner

Jocelyn White

Jocelyn White

As for her friend/actress Janine Turner, Jocelyn provided her with a tray and a tiara.  (“Steel Magnolia” trivia: Janine was in the movie and played Nancy Beth Marmillion, whose character was Miss Merry Christmas.)

With her specs in place, Jocelyn finished with a few words about her life as a true steel magnolia with grandparents who were called Big Mama and Big Daddy.

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Tootsies fashion

Next it was fashion showtime, produced by Jan Strimple with the finale complete with dialogue from the movie. It was followed by KLUV 98.7’s Jody Dean conducting the live auction. First up was a gold and lamb clutch in an open package valued at $3,100. As Jody held the gold purse over his head for all to see, it fell from the box to the floor of the stage. Following the laughter, Jody concluded the bidding and handed the errant bag to the top bidder, Sherwood, for a steal — $1,500.

The rest of the live auction went off without a hitch and was followed by the announcement of the hat contest winners.

Barbara Daseke and Barbara Durham

Barbara Daseke and Barbara Durham

Kathy Cothrum's hat

Kathy Cothrum’s hat

  • Most True-To-Theme – Barbara Daseke
  • The Southern Belle —  Carmen Surgent
  • Simply Elegant — Patty Dedman Nail
  • Mother Nature Winks — Kathy Cothrum
  • The Social Sorority —  Sherwood Wagner, Marena Gault and Marielle Gault
  • Miss Merry Christmas — Jordi Bostock
  • What Was She Thinking? — Barbara Bigham
  • Best of Show/People’s Choice — Kunthear Mam Douglas

Then all adjourned to the pink-and-white clothed tables overlooking the Arboretum’s gardens to lunch and compare notes on who wore what and why.

For loads more pictures of flowers and flower people, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Mad Hatter’s Tea’s Chair Jocelyn White’s Arranged For A Passel Of Celebs To Be On Hand For “Steel Magnolias”

Jody Dean and Jocelyn White (File photo)

Jody Dean and Jocelyn White (File photo)

When Jocelyn White becomes the trail boss of a fundraiser, she brings her posse of celeb pals in on the fun and the raising of money. So, it’s only natural that her chairing the Mad Hatter’s Tea’ “Steel Magnolias” on Thursday, April 21, at the Arboretum would be her cup of tea, literally.

Where to start? Well, it’s already been revealed that fashions will be from Tootsies and blonde Connie Carreker will be the honorary chair, but the newest well-knowns to join up are Celebrity Co-Chairs Linda Gray and Janine Turner. BTW, Linda will be doing double duty while in Big D. In addition to her helping Joce at the Arboretum, she’ll be the headliner the next day at “Authors at The Adolphus” luncheon in the hotel’s French Room chatting with Joce about her memoir, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction.”

Linda Gray (File photo)

Linda Gray (File photo)

But back to the Mad Hatter’s. Serving as emcee Jocelyn has tapped KISS FM 106.1 Kellie  Rasberry with KLUV 98.7’s Jody Dean handling the auctioneering.

But there’s still more. The announcement of the hat judges has just been announced. Now, before the names are listed, remember that bribes are tacky. Well, they are if you’re caught. Here is the rundown of the judges:

  • Karen Carroll, contributor, Flower Magazine;
  • Kathy Fielder, lifestyle designer, creator and manufacturer;
  • Janelle Friedman, author of “You Are Invited: How to Plan Everything from Intimate Gatherings to Texas-Sized Parties” and executive with Friedman & Feiger, Attorneys At Law;

    Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

    Diane and Daryl Johnston (File photo)

  • Diane and Daryl Johnston, professional model and former National Football League fullback with the Dallas Cowboys/current NFL analyst, respectively;
  • Matthew Campbell Laurenza, jewelry designer. His jewelry will be in the Fashion Show and the Live Auction;
  • Robert Leleux, editorial director, Domino Magazine;
  • Jane McGarry, host, “Good Morning Texas” on WFAA Channel 8;
  • Gary Riggs, interior designer and owner, Gary Riggs Home.

As for the categories that are in keeping with the “Steel Magnolias” theme, here’s the list:

  • Most True-To-Theme:  Magnolias in ev’ry incarnation. Faux or real.
  • The Southern Belle:  Shelby’s girly-girl look. Can you say pink?
  • Simply Elegant:  Beautifully chic!  If Audrey Hepburn had been Southern …
  • Mother Nature Winks:  Makin’ Mama Nature proud with the best use of her bounty.
  • The Social Sorority:  Best Sisterhood (Brotherhood?) award.  We come in groups.
  • Miss Merry Christmas:  Crowns, Tiaras, Headdresses. Oh, my Stars!
  • What Was She Thinking?: The Ouiser Boudreaux Award. It’s what YOU think!
  • Best of Show/People’s Choice: Self-explanatory. The Steel Magnolia.   Best of the Best!

Don’t you just know somebody’s gonna should up with a red-velvet armadillo!

A Woman's Garden (File photo)

A Woman’s Garden (File photo)

Tickets and sponsorships are available here with proceeds going to the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden.

Center For BrainHealth Dinner Honors Daryl Johnston And Lee Roy Jordan For Their Efforts Dealing With Concussion Research

Lee Roy and Biddie Jordan, Julie Hawes, Diane and Daryl Johnston and Lana and Barry Andrews

Last Tuesday the Dallas Country Club’s ballroom was filled to capacity for the Center for BrainHealth‘s Legacy Award Dinner chaired by Barry Andrews and Alan White and Event Chair Julie Hawes. Breaking with the tradition of honoring an individual yearly, the 2012 award was presented to two people — Daryl Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan. Despite being a generation apart, these two former Dallas Cowboys have teamed up for far more than being honorees.

Dianne Cash and Ward Hunt

As all past recipients (Dianne Cash, Debbie Francis, T. Boone Pickens, James Huffines and Dee Wyly) looked on, Dr. John Hart Jr. introduced the 2012 honorees as his idea of what a hero is — “A hero is somebody to me who gives of themselves for others and doesn’t ask for anything in return.”

Jill Rowlett, Debbie Francis and Yvonne Crum

For those who might not know, Daryl and Lee Roy have spearheaded involvement by NFL players in a study on how concussions affect the brain.

Daryl told the crowd that as former football players, their greatest fear is of the unknown. “We already know that we’re 19% more likely to have early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s than the general public.

“Whether it’s injury, whether it’s accident or whether it’s the impact lifestyle that you live, The Center for BrainHealth is the first place that I’ve heard of where you can go in and be evaluated. And if the news is not positive, at that point there’s still hope. And that was the biggest thing for me. [That], and when Dr. Hart talks about us going and convincing the other members of our community to come to the Center for BrainHealth to be evaluated and get the help that they need.

“I continued to push NFL Commissioner [Roger] Goodell about this. I continue to talk to all the people that I played football not only with, but against. There are several guys I played against whom I respected as players and loved the way that they played. And I know that they are not in good health right now. I want them to come here. I want them to know that if they get a bad prognosis, that there is a way for them to get back the cognitive abilities that they have lost at that point. This is the first time this opportunity has been present. . .. This is critical. As we moved forward, whether it’s a child, a friend of yours or someone who is very, very close, this institute will help somebody along the way.

“Whether you’re a soldier, a football players, whether your child has had a concussion early on in life. . . whatever the reasons are, this is the one place in the country that you need to be at.”

Dr. Sandra Chapman and Dee Wyly

According to Lee Roy, years ago he met with BrainHealth’s Dr. Sandra Chapman and Dr. Hart about the effect of football on the brain (aka impact injury). He and Daryl then rounded up about 40 players together in a matter of weeks to “participate in a study” that will be published in weeks.

Regarding a program that he and some of his teammates will start in January, Lee Roy said, “My memory is sometimes okay; sometimes not okay. So I want to admit that and I will work on it freely.”

He reported that six of the players who had participated in the study had been diagnosed with depression that they didn’t know they had.

Continuing on, he added, “We’re gonna bring recognition to the concussion question. We want people to know that and parents that instead of pushing their 8-year-old, 9-year-old and 7-year-old so hard, we need to inform them what the results can be.”

He also thanked his fellow former Dallas Cowboys (Chuck Howley, Cliff Harris, John Fitzgerald, D.D. Lewis, Bob Breunig and Tony Castillo).

Lee Roy Jordan, Dr. John Hart Jr. and Daryl Johnston

Before accepting their awards, Daryl advised the crowd that the Center for BrainHealth “is not a rehab center. It’s a performance enhancement center.”  

Share-A-Date: Big Thought’s 25th Anniversary

Diane and Daryl Johnston(File photo)

Saturday, February 11, 2012: It was the flavor of the month for last year’s Super Bowl. Now, Big Thought is settling into a normal life of fundraising with the added advantage of having Daryl “Moose”Johnston and a heck of a lot of high rollers in the BT ‘hood.

For its 25th anniversary, the group that provides “children with equal access to the arts and creative learning opportunities” will be honoring BT founders Mitch Jericho and Edith O’Donnell along with IBM and the Corrigan family at a dinner in the Adolphus.

If you haven’t gotten an invitation, don’t worry. Organizers are sending them out after the holiday mailing crush is a done deal. Beat up your postal carrier if you don’t receive an invite by the end of January.

Kids And Adults Make News at SLANT 45 Movie Premiere

The official debut of Mark Birnbaum‘s movie on SLANT 45 occurred  Friday at the Angelika in Plano. It was attended by lots of munchkin veterans of the SLANT 45 project for the North Texas Super Bowl Committee. From planting trees to art projects, 45,000 children took part in efforts to improve their communities.

Many hardcore reporters diss the red carpet opportunity to interview celebs. Evidently one enterprising reporter took advantage of the moment and chatted with ESPN broadcaster Craig James (pictured) and got a quote that has lit up the Internet.

Another VIP making the red carpet strut was the North Texas Super Bowl’s #1 man Bill Lively. When ask if the NFL was going to take the SLANT 45 concept to other cities, Bill said, “They’re talking about it very seriously  — whether to do this instead of something else. We’ll know very soon.”

Chef Kent Rathbun dropped in long enough to make sure that the catering was going smoothly. Duh! Yes, his team was handling the catering. Then Kent was off to see Cirque du Soleil: OVO at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.

Just before the movie started SLANT 45 Chair Daryl “The Moose” Johnston (pictured) thank Shannon and Ted Skokos and Bank of America for helping to underwrite the program and media types like Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 and the Dallas Morning News.

Then the lights dimmed and a year’s effort by the thousands of children and adult who came together for their communities was told thanks to Mark.

If you didn’t make Friday’s show, here are the scheduled dates and theaters.

Photos provided by Glenn Hunter