2018 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Debutante Parents Party Surrounded by Jewels Galore

There is no truth that Eiseman Jewels has become the most luxurious drinking hole in these parts. But with events being held there for area nonprofits with guests sipping wine and trying on bling, it just might be mistaken for an exclusive venue.

On Thursday, December 7, the crowd being feted by Betsy and Richard Eiseman among the showcases of gems were the parents of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s 2018 debs. Here’s a report from the field:

Robert and Cathy Allday and Catherine and Michael Merritt*

Kristin and Robert Cordiak*

Betsy and Richard Eiseman welcomed more than 75 attendees on Thursday, December 7, to the annual holiday party at Eiseman Jewels celebrating the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2018 Presentation Ball’s Debutante and Honor Guard parents and Ball patrons. Guests like Cathy and Robert Allday, Catherine and Michael Merritt, Kristin and Robert Cordiak and Nancy Labadie were treated to holiday cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing Eiseman’s stunning collection of jewelry and timepieces. 

Mid-way through the evening, Eiseman president and CEO Richard Eiseman gathered the crowd to welcome and to thank everyone for their longstanding support of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He then recognized 2018 Ball Chair Lori Routh and DSOL President Mari Epperson, who added her gratitude to all in attendance, including Betsy and Richard and Eiseman Jewels for own ongoing commitment to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League by gifting a pair of pearl stud earings to each Debutante each year, and for hosting the annual holiday fete. 

Lori South, Betsy and Richard Eiseman and Mari Epperstein*

As the evening came to a close, three lucky winners’ names were drawn for an opportunity to wear “Red Carpet Jewels” from Eiseman for the ball on Saturday, February 17, at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center. 

* Photo provided by Eiseman Jewels


JUST IN: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Fashion Show Deets Revealed Among Eiseman Jewels

With the Astros facing the Dodgers in California for the World Series on Wednesday, November 1, the fashion-loving types and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary supporters were surrounded by gems.  They were at Eiseman Jewels learning about plans for the 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Marvin and Lisa Singleton, Margot Perot and Betsy and Richard Eiseman


Event Chair Lisa Singleton announced the boldface team that would be holding forth at the Meyerson on Wednesday, May 9.

Jan Strimple

Candace Winslow and Nikki Webb

Flame-haired event producer Jan Strimple will be commandeering the presentation. As for underwriting, it will be Lisa’s gal pals Kim Quinn, Nikki Webb, Candace Winslow and Merry Wyatt. As previously revealed, the  presenting sponsor will be philanthropist Anne Davidson!

Anne Davidson

Adding the frosting to the event, Lisa revealed that Jan Pickens will receive the Margot Perot Service Award.

As for the honorary chair, Michal Powell will be double timing. Michal is also chairing the Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good Luncheon on Friday, November 16.

More deets about the gathering to follow, but did want the immediate news to be provided for you.

Cattle Baronesses Hold Raffle Reveal At Park Place Porsche With 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Reveal And Mo-On-The-Go

While private jets were scurrying off to Aspen, the Hamptons and Santa Barbara, the last vestiges of cool were checking in at Park Place Porsche. True, it was billed as the Cattle Baron’s Ball reveal raffle that included

Inspirato in Los Cabos*

Inspirato in Los Cabos*

  • Rolex Sea-Dweller (value: $10,400) donated by Eiseman Jewels and Rolex
  • $10,000 debit card (value: $10,000) donated by PlainsCapital Bank
  • Highland Park Shopping Spree (Value: $10,000) donated by Highland Park Village
  • Seven-night stay at the private residences at Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos (value: $6,000) donated by Inspirato
  • Susie Straubmueller taupe python tote and a hot pink python clutch (value: $5,000) donated by Susie Straubmueller

But in reality it was an overload of Porsche lovers who were waiting to see the black drop cloth pulled back and the reveal of the “all-new 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster (value: $65,000) that will be the sweetheart prize at the 2016 CBB on Saturday, October 15.

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster*

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster*

And for those who wanted to take the chance, Cattle Baronesses offered raffle tickets for those hoping to win the Boxster for a sweet deal ($100 a pop or six tickets for $500) or the other raffle packages for a mere $25 per chance or five for $100.

Richard Eiseman

Richard Eiseman

But, alas, CBB Co-Chair Cara French missed out. She was in London. And her Co-Chair Andrea Weber was perfectly tanned after a few days in the sun.

Richard Eiseman was sporting the season’s trendy footwear after going through chubby toe surgery on both feet. After 21 days, he had tried on real-live shoes and headed back to his flatwear sandals. Hopefully, his recovery at the family summer place in Maine will have him back in loafers or oxfords in time for the American Cancer Society fundraiser at Gilley’s.

Anne Stodghill with gal pal Kristina Wrenn checked out PlainsCapital’s burly mascot Mo, the buffalo, who was corralled just outside the Porsche showroom. Anne and Kristina were just back from touring Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. But Anne had little down time. The next morning she was off to Europe with family and prepping for co-chairing the 2017 CBB with Sunie Solomon.

PlainsCapital's Mo the Buffalo

PlainsCapital’s Mo the Buffalo

Kristina Wrenn and Anne Stodghill

Kristina Wrenn and Anne Stodghill

Nancy Gopez and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

Nancy Gopez and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

Others in the crowd included Isabell Novakov, Nancy Gopez, Marybeth and Kevin Conlon, Anne Davidson, John Relton and Dan Pritchett.

Raffle tickets are available here and tickets for the partying at Gilley’s are here!

Take A Chance To Score Big Time At Saturday’s Crystal Charity Ball

Michal Powell (File photo)

Michal Powell (File photo)

Surprise! The Crystal Charity Ball is Saturday. It’s the absolute standout when it comes to the glamorous gowns, gems, gals and gents. This year’s CCB Chair Michal Powell is charging ahead to break all-time records for the 63-year-old fundraiser for children. Her goal is not to raise, but to net a “celestial” $6.3M for a record-breaking number of beneficiaries (Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Catholic Charities of Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Life, Dallas Services, Family Compass, H.I.S. Bridgebuilders, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, North Texas Food Bank and Texas Health Resources Foundation).

To accomplish that goal, she and her team of women have arranged for a king’s/queen’s ransom of marvy-oodle silent auction items.

Ah, but the “contribution tickets” are the ones that always raise eyebrows. Not only for what they are, but who ends up with them. Generous boldfacers who buy a handful of tickets as well as “This-is-the-first-time-I-bought-a-ticket” types perk up when they find out their name is called.

Here’s a roundup of the grab-ables for your consideration. And, no, you don’t have to be present to win, but you do have to buy a raffle …oops, make that … a contribution ticket.

Lexus RC F*

Lexus RC F*

  • For a $300 chance ticket — A Lexus RC F, compliments of Sewell Lexus and Park Place Lexus. (Retail value: $75,000) Drawing is limited to 500 tickets.



  • For a $275 chance ticket — A prepaid $25,000 VISA card from Legacy Texas Bank.

    NorthPark Gold*

    NorthPark Gold*

  • For a $250 chance ticket — $20,000 in NorthPark Gold plus Two VIP Valet Parking Cards.

    Forty Five Ten*

    Forty Five Ten*

  • For a $225 chance ticket — A year of Forty Five Ten with four seasonal $5,000 gift cards (total of $20,000).

    Exclusive Resorts*

    Exclusive Resorts*

  • For a $200 chance ticket — An Exclusive Resorts 7-Night Gateway Escape to a destination of the winner’s choice. (Options include resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, Cayman Islands, California, Costa Rica, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and Arizona).
  • For a $175 chance ticket —A $10,000 Timepiece Gift Certificate to Eiseman Jewels NorthPark.
Grand Homes*

Grand Homes*

By the by, Grand Homes is the official sponsor of the 2015 Contribution Tickets.

If your dance card is already filled and you just can’t make Saturday night’s festivities, you can still take a chance and buy a contribution ticket by contacting the CCB office at 214.526.5868. Who knows? Not only will you help area kiddos, you just might help your sweet self.

* Graphics and photos provided by Crystal Charity Ball

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debs’ Parents Check Out Eiseman’s Jewel Box Filled With Gems And Timepieces

As the minutes were ticking down to the Crystal Charity Ball’s Jewels of the Garden, the Dallas gem guys were in high cotton. Sure, the Dallas Cowboys were on TV playing the Bears, but that didn’t stop diamond lovers from checking with their favorite jewelers. Along Preston Road DeBoulle, Bachendorf and Diamond Doctor looked like The Container Store the day after Christmas. People were practically lining up to get in for the glittery goodies.

Betsy Eiseman and Reed Eiseman

Betsy Eiseman and Reed Eiseman

Over at NorthPark Eiseman Jewels was moving on to focusing on the February 7th Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Presentation. The cocktail reception is a favorite annual holiday gathering because the debs are presented with a pair of pearl stud earrings. With 90 of the debs’ and honor guard members’ parents filling the jewelry store, Richard Eiseman was making the evening a family affair of his own with wife Betsy and daughter Reed.

Speaking of families, Event Co-Chair Marie Dean’s family had gone through a population explosion earlier in the day. In addition to attending the Crystal Charity Ball’s Tacky Christmas Sweater lunch at the Hilton Anatole, Marie became a grandmother.

Bart and Jolie Humphrey

Bart and Jolie Humphrey

For the gents, Richard had thought ahead. He had the television embedded in the window broadcasting the Cowboys game.

During commercial breaks, some of the guests moseyed over to the cases filled with Cartier, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Baume and Mercier and other sweet tickers. Who says dads can’t ask Santa for something nice?

Honorary Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey admitted that being a flame-haired type had its drawbacks. When it came to clothes, blue reds worked and so did deep purples. But forget those yellows, oranges and red oranges.

But as Jolie headed to the jewel-laden case, an eavesdropping passerby was heard to say, “But diamonds go with any color.”

Eiseman Jewels Celebrates Its Expansion With Memories And Champagne To Benefit Crystal Charity Ball

One guest glibly described the crowd at the right official unveiling of the expanded and refreshed Eiseman Jewels as, “It’s a St. Mark’s/Hockaday gathering.” Well, sorta, maybe, perhaps.

Eiseman Jewels

Eiseman Jewels

Actually the Wednesday, September 17th cocktail reception was benefiting the Crystal Charity Ball. To accommodate the 500 guests that included a full court press of CCB gals (Pat McEvoy, Patty Leyendecker, Vinnie Reuben and Tiffany Divis), the party spilled out as planned into the courtyard outside of Eiseman. To make it a private affair, the  area was black curtained off. Within the draping, Todd Events and Cassandra Fine Catering turned the center’s courtyard into an elegant feast of vision and food — a longer-than-long white bar, leather chairs, cocktail tables and never-ending trays of food. Course, the jewels on the models and in the display cases didn’t hurt the sparkle factor.

Model in Eiseman jewelry

Model in Eiseman jewelry

The whole occasion made a couple of older types laugh at the memories back in the 50’s when a grand opening resulted in orchid corsages or plastic drink glasses being handed out.

Louise Eiseman and Sistie Stollenwerck

Louise Eiseman and Sistie Stollenwerck

Eiseman matriarch Louise “Queen Mum” Eiseman initially welcomed guests within the entrance. But that ended when she spied Sistie Stollenwerck and the two decided to peruse the wall of Eiseman memories that lined towering display walls along the walkway leading to NorthPark. Among the clippings and photos on the boards were such familiar faces as Mimi Lay, the Browning ladies (Jane, Fallon, Katherine and Allison), Sistie, Juanita Miller, Sis Carr and Dick Eiseman.

Melanie and Eugene Jabbour

Melanie and Eugene Jabbour

Richard Eiseman, like his mother, was greeting each guests with a kiss on the cheek like an old friend and rightly so. He knew each and every one of the 500 including Margot and Ross Perot (he was giving a thumbs up to guests as he passed by), Carol and Don Glendening, new homeowners Melanie and Eugene Jabbour, Joe Haggar III and his mom Isabell Haggar, former CCB chairs (Cynthia Mitchell in elegant black slacks and Caren Kline in flawless white), Stanford grad Mary McDermott Cook on her way to Boston for Dan Patterson’s Harvard reunion.

Pat and Charles McEvoy and Richard Eiseman

Pat and Charles McEvoy and Richard Eiseman

CCB Chair Robyn Conlon in dazzling blue cocktail dress took dazzle up a notch or a hundred with a diamond necklace that husband Don had bought at Eiseman… Neiman’s NorthPark GM/VP Malcolm Reuben was teased about his store’s signage just above the black curtain…Jane Pierce reported that daughter/Communities Foundation of Texas’ Carol Goglia was preparing for the next day’s North Texas Giving Day…As models on platforms displayed jewels, the ducks in the court’s ponds didn’t seem the least bit impressed by the boldfacers or expensive accessories. Talk about blasé wildlife.

As Nancy Nasher and husband David Haemisegger were leaving the party, she recalled how her folks used to take her to the Eiseman counter, when it was located in Titche.

Now, Titche is part of NorthPark’s history and Eiseman is part of its future as they prepare to celebrate NP’s 50th anniversary.

Going For The Goal(s): Louise Eiseman

Louise Eiseman (File photo)

Louise Eiseman (File photo)

According to Eiseman Jewelry’s matriarch Louise Eiseman:

“I just hope to keep my personal “stride” (thank you Dr.s at U.T.S.W.M.S.), to continue participating in, and enjoying all our great Dallas has to offer and live thru a peaceful, non-violent, happy year.”

-Louise Eiseman 

Accessible Luxury Patron Party’s Raffle Turned Out To Be A Two For One Family At Eiseman Jewels

While other jewel boxes. . . uh, stores were locked up as tightly as a pair of Spanx Wednesday night at NorthPark, Eiseman Jewels was overflowing with people. . . and happy people at that.

The reason was the patron party for the 3rd annual Accessible Luxury benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Last year’s event raised more than $50,000. And as a DJ provided a musical background, the real entertainment came in the form of a raffle for the winners to have their pick of Eiseman jewelry for the April 21 event at Park Place Dealerships.

Robert and Heather Murphy

Event Co-chairs Heather and Robert Murphy revealed that the fundraiser would feature foods from Kent Rathbun, Park Place luxury vehicles, fashions from Pockets and Oscar de la Renta and, of course, jewelry from Eiseman. They also thanked sponsors like Dana and Mike Arnold, Mary and Allen Schaar, Andrews Kurth LLP and Community Trust Bank.

Betsy Eiseman

While Betsy Eiseman was chatting with guests, husband/Eiseman main man Richard Eiseman was handling emcee duties with Texas Scottish Rite’s PR cutie Peggy Meyer.

Richard Eiseman

The drawing was held. Then there was a meeting of the minds and a momentary timeout. What was the problem?

Turns out that both winners came from the same family. Seems the wife put her name down on one raffle ticket and her MIA husband’s name on the other.

Won’t know which pieces they’ll select for the night, but you can imagine they’ll dazzle.

Share-A-Date: 3rd Annual Accessible Luxury

Saturday, April 21: Everyone has a different idea of what luxury is. A flawless diamond in a perfect setting? An internationally renowned designer ball gown? A vehicle that the valets will fight over to park? The folks at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are assembling area retailers who exemplify luxury for the 3rd Annual Accessible Luxury. The list of luxury gurus includes Beretta, Eiseman Jewels, Oscar de la Renta, Park Place and Wisby-Smith Fine Art.

Event Chairs Heather and Robert Murphy and Honorary Chairs Lisa and Ken Schnitzer have arranged for excessively fabulous goodies to be oh-so-on-the-spot at Park Place Premier Collection Dealership. You know where that is. It’s where you’ve eyeballed those Rolls, Bentleys, McLarens and Maseratis.

Ticket prices range from $125 per person to $1,000 for VIP Couples with proceeds going to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb, Honor Guard Parents Were Fashionable And Feted At Eiseman Jewels Thursday

Marena Gault

To kick off December and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League deb warm up, Richard Eiseman hosted his annual holiday party at Eiseman Jewels honoring the parents of the DSOL debs and

Sandy Petruska

honor guard. Sure, the presentation isn’t until February 11th at the Meyerson, but it’s never too early to be celebrating and to do a little counter shopping. . .  boy, were they doing both. The place was filled to near overflowing with parents, patrons, DSOL President Marena Gault and evening chair Sandy Petruska.

Leg fashion

Along with the tasty gems and watch pieces in the display cases, fashion notes were being spotted, like stockings are definitely back in action on the best legs with the reddest soles.

Sara Lee Gardner

And on this chilly evening, Sara Lee Gardner‘s nifty vest looked quite comfy. Seems husband Stan picked it up in Cannes for her. The Gardners are old pros on the DSOL deb circuit. Daughter Helen was a DSOL deb this year, and son Madison will be a member of the honor guard for the 2012 presentation.

Honor Franklin, who was still celebrating her November 12th birthday, and husband Bob Mitchell reported that Honor’s

Honor Franklin, Bob Mitchell and Sylvia Chavez

mom, Jeannette, probably wouldn’t attend the bow of her granddaughter, Sullivan Franklin-Mitchell. After all, Jeannette has chalked up 93 years on her dance card and attending such soirées can be a bit wearing. But she won’t miss the bow altogether. Seems Honor and Bob have such occasions videotaped and shown to Jeannette with commentary provided by Honor, Bob and the rest of the clan.

Tagging along with the Franklin-Mitchell team was Sylvia Chavez, whose daughter Natalie will be one of the 51 debs making their bow on the Meyerson stage.

While some of the parents got their holiday shopping locked up at Eiseman’s, none left empty-handed. Why? Because it’s part of the Eiseman tradition to present each of the parents with a pair of pearl stud earrings for their daughters. What’s that? What if the deb doesn’t have pierced earrings? Never you mind, because Richard can easily provide clip-ons for the young lass who doesn’t have punctured lobes.

Remember, the DSOL presentation benefits the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, so the young ladies are bowing on behalf of the musicians and their future.