No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patrons Walked A Cheetah-Printed Carpet To Tricia Sims’ Mansion And A Bounty Of Wolfgang Puck Edibles

The No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patron Party on Saturday, March 18, proved to be a mini-version of the 12th annual AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser on Saturday, April 8, at Frontiers of Flight Museum. There was plenty of food, libations and eye-catching guests. Even the carpeted walk up to hostess Tricia Sims‘ mansion was not your every-day welcome mat. Here’s a report from the field:

David Nelson, Nicole Barrett, Tricia Sims and Amber Griffin*

This year, rather than a traditional red carpet, Chair David Nelson requested cheetah print. Such was the introduction and welcome to the patron event for the 2017 No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, themed “An Artful Life,” at the opulent home of Honorary Co-Chair Tricia Sims. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, a non-profit that is celebrating 30 years of helping to improve lives of economically disadvantaged individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.   

Dennis Kershner and John Moreno-Kershner*

Brilliantly witty and entertaining, No Tie Chair David Nelson, who has served in the chair position for the last seven years, greeted guests and showered appreciation to No Tie’s numerous supporters. Although Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Alan Berg was not in attendance, he was the man of the hour by sponsoring Wolfgang Puck Catering for the evening. Hedda Layne took center stage on the grand balcony outside, delivering an explosive performance as guest mingled by the pool and Greek goddess statues. The signature cocktail, The Warhol, made with Reyka Icelandic Vodka, club soda, and angostura bitters, proved to be the refreshing drink of choice for the warm evening. Ben E. Keith provided wine and beer to complete the festive occasion.  

Don Maison and Ellen Sweets*

The patron party was attended by approximately 150 guests including ASD President and CEO Don Maison, former ASD Chairman of the Board Dennis Kershner, former Honorary Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and Patricia Deason, Entertainment Co-Chairs Deanna and Rob Cahill, as well as Chad Collom, Nicole Barrett, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Donna Richardson, Ellen Sweets, Phyllis and CJ Comu, Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker, among others.

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

2016 No Tie Dinner And Dessert Boasted 007 Babes, Beverages And Bond-iful Partying For AIDS Services Of Dallas

When James Bond would loosen his tie, you just knew he was taking enjoyment to a new high. So, how fitting it was that the 2016 No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party would have a Bond theme at Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, April 9, complete with grown-up beverages, Bond babes and partying. Here’s a report from the field:

Michelle Bradwell, David Nelson, Angel Irvine, Bret Gallagher Jr.*

Michelle Bradwell, David Nelson, Angel Irvine, Bret Gallagher Jr.*

Only David Nelson and his creative team can make a casual-chic affaire go glam without a tie. Welcome to No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party! The eleventh annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, presented by Purple Foundation, went Bond-chic at The Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, April 9, with the theme “You Only Live Twice” to celebrate the non-profit’s long history of providing a second chance at life for its residents.

No Tie Chair David Nelson and Honorary Co-Chairs Marie Reyes (as seen on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas) and husband Angel Reyes greeted the 1,500 guests who indulged in lavish cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, chocolates and pies from some of the city’s finest eateries, such as Apples and Onions, Dallas Affaires Cake Co., Daisy Cakes, Uncle Willie’s Pies, and Frosted Art Bakery & Studio, among many others. The signature Reyka Double Bond cocktail made with Reyka vodka, cranberry juice and a splash of ginger ale proved popular at the bars generously sponsored by Ben E. Keith (Bud Light)  and William Grant & Sons (Reyka, Sailor Jerry, Tullamore D.E.W., and others).

Marie and Angel Reyes*

Marie and Angel Reyes*

Ron and Deanna Cahill*

Ron and Deanna Cahill*

Upon arrival, one might have caught a glimpse of the stunning Deanna Cahill poised on top of a cupcake platform dressed in her Bond-girl finest of all black leather. She and husband Rob Cahill and Alika Ray produced a surprise dance performance by the Dallas Cowboy R&B dance team set to Madonna’s “Die Another Day.” Another surprise was the announcement of Carol Hatton as the recipient of the “Sheila Dolezal Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and community support and the newly-retired Dennis Kershner as the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his long-term support as ASD Chairman of the Board for seven years and No Tie Chair for ten years.

Thanks to DJ Mark Ridlen, the dance floor bounced with energy to set the stage for the live auction which showcased everything from an $8,500 Louis Vuitton Chaise Lounge Chair donated by Scott + Cooner to a vacation package in a fully-restored 800-year-old, three-story chateau in the French countryside. Other vacation packages included trips to Belize, Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado and Hotel del Coronado Resort in San Diego. Guests could also bid on silent auction items and original artworks, curated by Christina D. Yielding, who also featured “live art” throughout the evening.

Christina D Yielding*

Christina D Yielding*

Christian Iles, Tricia Sims and Van Haden*

Christian Iles, Tricia Sims and Van Haden*

Other attendees included: ASD President/CEO Don Maison, ASD Chairman of the Board Don Neubauer, Purple Foundation’s Blake Baker, Chris Huffstutler, Sara Fangmeyer and Dylan Orrell, Sterling Deason O’Donnell, Patricia Deason, Tricia Sims, Merlene Phillips and Tony Fielding among others.

* Photo credit: Gregory Martin