Flora Award Black-Tie Guests Celebrated The “Terrific Trio” At Texas Discovery Gardens With A Seated Dinner, Music And Clear Skies

The sky couldn’t have better on Thursday, October 26, for the black-tie guests to enjoy the Texas Discovery Gardens grounds before going indoors for the dinner celebrating the “terrific trio’s (Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen) receiving the Flora Award . Here’s a report from the field:

Texas Discovery Gardens presented its prestigious annual Flora Award on Thursday, October 26, to Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen, otherwise known as the ‘terrific trio’.

Marilyn Waisanen, Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith, Kathryn Febbroriello, Amelia Valz and Angela Shank*

Graced by $200,000 worth of deBoulle jewels, who designed the actual Flora Award, Kathryn Febbroriello, Angela Shank and Amelia Valz co-chaired the elegant evening for their second consecutive year. The enchanting garden grounds served as the opening act for the black-tie occasion; accented with glimmering lights and surrounded with whimsical music by the Steve Bayless Orchestra.

Steve Bayless Orchestra*

A seated dinner by Food Company was served in the Grand Hall. Tables laden with elegant linens housed Garden Gage arranged terrariums with live Monarch butterflies, all placed upon repurposed native Texas Tree ‘cookies’ from the ranch of TDG Executive Director Dick Davis.

Dick and Libba Davis*

Tom and Suzy Rhodes*

David and Waverly Smith*

Kristy and Patrick Sands and Erin Shields*

More than 240 guests celebrated the 2017 honorees and helped raise more than $190,000. The crowd consisting of Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Kristy and Patrick Sands, Ann and Bob Dyer, Myriam and Randall Graham, Lyda Hill, Erin Shields, Suzy and Tom Rhodes and David and Waverly Smith. 2017 Honorary Co-Chairs Bob and Myrna Schlegel, who were presented the Flora Award in 2016, and the ‘terrific trio’ are members of the prestigious honorees including Peggy and Carl Sewell, Laura and President George W. Bush and the late Ebby Halliday Acers, who are all recognized for their commitment to community service.

Lyda Hill, Caroline Rose Hunt, Barbara Hunt Crow and Bobbie Sue Williams*

The generosity of those who support the Flora Award fundraiser support the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center.  Children and adults discover and learn to sustain the natural world at the Fair Park grounds which will debut a new hummingbird garden and children’s playscape in the near future. To learn more, visit or support Texas Discovery Gardens and Butterfly House see www.TexasDiscoveryGardens.org or call 214.428.7476.

* Photo credit: James Edward

Flora Award Patrons Celebrated The “Terrific Trio” On A Perfect Night At Barbara Crow’s Home-Sweet-Home

The evening of Thursday, September 28, couldn’t have been more perfect. The temperatures were topping the 70s after a few hours of friendly rain (translation: no thunder, no lighting, no end-of-world weather). To match the perfection was Barbara Crow’s way too comfy home for the 34th Annual Flora Award patron party. From antique chairs for young ones to fabric-covered chairs that just invite a long settling in, Barbara will be the first to admit that the home was designed family gatherings at the holidays and raising a family.

Angela Shank, Amelia Valz and Kathryn Febbroriello

In a hallway facing the backyard, Barbara’s aunt Caroline Rose Hunt and Del Frnka settled on a sette. Second-year Tri-Chairs Kathryn Febbroriello, Angela Shank and Amelia Valz reported that the black-tie event at the Texas Discovery Garden on Thursday, October 26, was well on its way. Their secret? Having the “terrific trio” Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen as the honorees.

Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen

But while the dining room overflowed with guests like Ann and Bob Dyer, Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis, past Flora Awardees Suzy and Tom Rhodes, last year’s Honorary Co-Chairs Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Billie Leigh Rippey and Margie and Ray Francis sampling the yummies on the table and Eva Brandys playing the piano in the sitting room, the keeping room was a feast of fundraisers in itself with Barbara Crow, Mary Anne Cree and Lyda Hill.

Mary Anne Cree, Barbara Crow and Lyda Hill

The orange-loving Lyda was told that she was so smart, she should head to Washington to straighten things out, Lyda immediately responded was a smile, “Why would I do that? I thought you said I was smart.”

Tickets starting at $300 and sponsorships for the dinner, dancing and “discoveries” are available here!

Texas Discovery Garden’s 2017 Flora Award Will Be Presented To Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith And Marilyn Waisanen At Annual Black-Tie Dinner

Since 1982 Texas Discovery GardensFlora Award has showcased individuals, “who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, natural resource education, protection of the environment and quality of life.”

Co-Chairs Kathryn Febbroriello, Angela Shank and Amelia Valz have just revealed that this year’s Award will be presented to a trio  — Bettye Slaven, Janet Smith and Marilyn Waisanen.

Marilyn Waisanen, Bettye Slaven and Janet Smith*

According to TDG Executive Director Dick Davis, “It is our honor to celebrate Bettye, Janet, and Marilyn, and to thank them for their time spent as Board members and volunteers at Texas Discovery Gardens. Between them, they have spearheaded the renovation of our Native Butterfly Habitat, inception of our Seasonal Garden Adoption program, creation of our Demonstration Gardens, beautification of our Grand Hall, and tradition of our Commemorative Bench over the past decade.”

Other contributions to the community have included their work with Swiss Avenue Historic District Association, Children’s Medical Center Auxiliary, Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The Stewpot, Interfaith Housing Coalition, The Salvation Army, Junior League of Dallas and Dallas Women’s Foundation.

Serving as honorary co-chairs for the Thursday, October 26, presentation at TDG are past Flora Awardees Myrna and Bob Schlegel.

Proceeds from the black-tie dinner support the “educational mission to help children and adults discover and learn to sustain their natural world.” Tickets and sponsorships are available here.

* Photo provided by Texas Discovery Gardens

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On! Announcement Parties

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were at AT&T Stadium celebrating “Habit for Humanity” at Building Hope Celebration Dinner with Wynonna Judd on stage and loads of swells on the floor of the stadium. Or, there was the Leukemia Texas‘s sold-out Concert for Cure at The Rustic, where car- and people-watching started in the parking lot as the guests jammed the place to hear Jack Ingram on stage. With the weather perfect, it was optimum conditions for the inside/outside venue to showcase its ability to party hearty. Other activities taking place included:

Thrift Studio Preview Party

Thrift Studio preview

Thrift Studio preview

Over in the Design District, Dwell With Dignity’s semi-annual Thrift Studio’s preview party had another lineup of vehicles and guests waiting their turns to get in to see the staging of “available” furnishings donated by area interior decorators and vendors. Dwell With Dignity Co-Founder Lisa Robison was being congratulated once again on the success of the program that “creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.”

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Event Chair Laura Chancellor arranged for sets designed by CDA Interior Design, Catherine Dolen and Stacy Coulter & Associates and Carlin & Company; Dan Nelson, Vision Desing Inc., Jan Barboglio and Peacock Alley; Denise McGaha Interiors and ID Collection; Eleven 11 Design, Brendan Bass Showroom and Robert Allen Design; Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira for X+III and David Sutherland Showroom; Joseph Minton; Paul Duesing Partners; and Peter Sandel Design LLC, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Tara Harper and her brother Brad were upstairs checking out the furniture, while others were checking out Joe Demoruelle’s colorful jacket. Also on hand were Honorary Chair/designer Tobi Fairley and Meredith Hite, who had joined Shay Geyer’s IBB Design Group. Remember, the Thrift Studio like Brigadoon is a temporary wonderland. The pop-up shop is open until Saturday, November 8th with ever-arriving new goodies.

Flora Award Patron Party

Adam and Stacey Beck

Adam and Stacey Beck

Less crowded was the invite-only patron party for the Flora Award that will take place at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 6, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. But this evening it was business attire at Joan and Steve Smith’s Park Cities home. It was a natural to have the party there. After all, the Smiths’ daughter Stacey Beck and her husband Adam were co-chairing the fundraiser for the Gardens.

Co-honoree Suzy Rhodes greeted guests, like past honoree Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Celeste and Michael Bosco and past Flora Award chairs Marilyn Waisanen and Bettye Slaven, while husband Tom worked the back of the house near the Smith’s Grey African Parrot, Juma, that was entertaining guests with his moves and conversation. Suzy and Tom met in eighth grade at the former Highland Park Junior High School (now McCullough) and have been married 39 years. Tom kidded friends saying, “She would not leave me alone.”

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis told the 70 guests that the gardens were in overdrive with butterflies. In addition to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, which had just celebrated its fifth anniversary in September, the newly renovated gift shop had a “spectacular selection of framed tropical butterflies” that has resulted in an increase in sales.

Dick also revealed other changes taking place at TDG, including The Welcome Garden featuring deep shade tolerant plants including the hardy windmill palm, which had won “Best in Show” at the State Fair. It had been “been made possible through donations” from Suzy and Tom, the TDG Board and Board Members Janet Smith and her husband Norman.

Other TDG news included a refreshening of the Minnie Marcus Garden and the building of the Nature Learning Center by hand and “featuring reclaimed materials and serving as an outdoor classroom space, native snake exhibit, greenhouse and green gardening demonstration site.”

Soup’s On! Kick-Off Party

One of winter’s favorite fundraisers, “Soup’s On!,” got kicked off Brad Oldham’s studio and for good reason. Here is a report from the field about The Stewpot Alliances’ big fundraiser as it enters its 40th year in operation:

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore announced that author, singer/songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 luncheon and art sale to be held Tuesday, January 20, at the Omni Dallas. Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon will act as honorary chair of the popular event. The announcement was made at the brand new Brad Oldham Studio at 1200 Ross Ave. The retail studio will open to the public within a few weeks.

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Kristine Schwope chaired Thursday’s Fall Kick-off party and membership drive which also collected items for the annual Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Friday, December 4.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

“It was a treat to be at the new Brad Oldham Studio for the Soup’s On! announcement. Oldham has created ‘Birth of the City’ — a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall that stories from the history of Dallas from its founding until the mid-1930’s. This site-specific installation will feature ten-6’ by4’ panels along Park Avenue and Young Street. There will be a public unveiling of the Sculpture Wall @ Encore Park on Friday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m.”

* Photos provided by The
Stewpot Alliance

Round Robin April 23: Flora Award Announcement Party, John Wayne Film Festival Patron Dinner And Thrive Dinner

The evening of Wednesday, April 23, had traffic moving in overdrive to get to the various events taking place throughout the entire area. While hundreds and hundreds were at the Meyerson to enjoy Diana Ross doing a knock-out performance for the Vogel Alcove, others were at . . .

Flora Awards Announcement Party

Susie Adams and Adam and Stacey Beck

Susie Adams and Adam and Stacey Beck

The walkway leading to Susie and John Adams’s Highland Park home was bordered by beds of colorful spring flowers. How appropriate for the announcement part for the 2014 Flora Award benefiting Texas Discovery Gardens. Even the flowers on the tables surrounded by food donated by Chef Trina Nelson of Pat-T-Trayz Catering was just perfect.

Suzy Rhodes and Bill Denton

Suzy Rhodes and Bill Denton

Always the perfect hostess, Suzy welcomed each guest at the door like an old friend. As for the honorees, Suzy Rhodes was dressed for the occasion in a pink and red floral dress. As each guest approached, she checked to see if it was husband Tom.

Stacey Beck is chairing the black tie event on Thursday, November 6, at Texas Discovery Gardens with tickets starting at $300.

Jennifer and Coley Clark

Jennifer and Coley Clark

Among the group to hear the announcement were Jennifer and Coley Clark, who had two more stops including Make-A-Wish and the Vogel Alcove events.

John Wayne Film Festival Patron Dinner

It was a true gathering of eagles at Nick and Sam’s in Addison. The eagles were the patrons of the John Wayne Film Festival on the eve of the four-day Duke-athon.

On the way over to the dinner, KRLD had broadcast an interview with Co-Chair Steve Stodghill about the event. When later asked at the reception if Stodgie had arranged for TCM to host a week of John Wayne movies to coincide with the festival, he gave a lawyerly smile saying he refused to confirm or deny the arrangement.

Don Winspear reported that he was heading to Coopers Aerobic Center to start working out again following some recent surgery. While complimented about his work in recovering from transverse myelitis, he smiled and pointed to a blond across the way. “She’s the one who deserves the compliment.” He was talking about his wife, Ellen.

Gary Cogill and Pat Stodghill

Gary Cogill and Pat Stodghill

Across the room some else wondered if the pelifera of red-haired babes (Anne Stodghill, Pat Stodghill, Tiffany Divis, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Linda Ivy) was a nod to Ann-Margret, who was to be the guest of honor on Saturday night.

Lee Bailey's boots

Lee Bailey’s boots

At the other end of the spectrum was the footwear that featured all types of boots — dazzlers, ropers, surgical. Hello, surgical? Yup, Lee Bailey was wearing two totally different types of boots. Yes, on her right foot was a splashy gold one that went perfectly with her gold cowgirl outfit. The other one was a surgical boot to help her recover from foot surgery six weeks ago. When asked how she was getting between the floors of her palazzo, she laughed, “Slowly.”

In the dining room, Micki and Mike Rawlings were just regular folks hanging out with friends. After all, Addison has its own mayor. So, the twosome looked like it was date night without a care in the world.

Ethan Wayne, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Micki and Mike Rawlings

Ethan Wayne, Anne and Steve Stodghill and Micki and Mike Rawlings

Among the Wayne kids present were Marisa Wayne and Ethan Wayne and granddaughter Anita Swift. They’re getting to be such regular types that some folks might think the Wayne brood has moved here permanently.

Marisa Wayne and Anita Swift

Marisa Wayne and Anita Swift

Thrive

Here’s a report from the field:

Cissy Beasley, Martha and Doug Hawthorne*

Cissy Beasley, Martha and Doug Hawthorne*

“Cancer Support Community North Texas, a free comprehensive cancer support center, hosted its inaugural Thrive event to honor recently retired** Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne with the first ever Community in Action award. Thrive took place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel Khmer Pavilion.

“The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner and an award presentation. Doug Hawthorne was chosen as the recipient of the Community in Action award for his dedication to creating healthier communities.

“Kent Rathbun Dine Around and Limo for Eight with Wine Pairings, Round of Golf for Four at Vaquero Club and $500 Kendra Scott Jewelry Color Bar Party were the raffle items that helped to raise nearly $300,000, with all proceeds benefiting the organization’s free comprehensive cancer support programs throughout North Texas.”

* Photo credit: James Edward
** Evidently this report was a bit premature. According to Texas Health Resources
PR Director Wendall Watson, "Mr [sic] Hawthorne recently ANNOUNCED that he will 
step down as CEO by the end of 2014. He definitely has NOT retired yet." So, 
Doug, you've still got to show up for work as CEO.

September 18 Round Robin: Metrocare Luncheon And Distinguished Women And Flora Award Reveals

This time of year lunches and cocktail parties are keeping the valet parkers and kitchens moving at high speed. Here are just three that took place on September 18.

Meals For The Minds

Auction cake

Auction cake

Auction cake

Auction cake

Some things just aren’t fair. Take for instance the annual Meal for the Minds luncheon benefiting Metrocare at Belo Mansion. Along the walls of the dining room are tables and tables with the most delicious looking cakes this side of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Bakers throughout the area had put their ingredients, ovens and pastry talents in overdrive to provide a scrumptious edible auction.

Who wanted to eat their salad and entrée when such desserts were just a foot or so away? But this crowd is as responsible as adults could be, whether it comes to eating a healthy meal or championing the cause for mental illness and developmental disability within Dallas

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins had just arrived from a meeting with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas City Council to discuss the very issue of mental illness in Dallas. In addition to being a major health problem, it’s also a financial burden that is straining budgets.

Pete Earley

Pete Earley

But for many within the filled-to-capacity room, this topic was a personal one. They had first-hand knowledge of the emotional, physical and financial damage and long-term effects. One of those people was the featured speaker/author Pete Earley.

If you haven’t heard of Pete, he’s a former Washington Post reporter who evolved into a “full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.” One of those books was “Crazy,” for which he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. While he had written about other non-fiction topics including the criminal justice system, he and his son Mike took on a tortuous and complex journey in dealing with Mike’s own mental health. “Crazy” dealt with two stories. The first belongs to Mike and the second is Pete’s discovery of how mental health is handled. While Pete was familiar with the red tape of bureaucracy, he was so taken back by the situation for “countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of cure, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the ‘revolving doors’ between hospitals and jail.” Unfortunately, due to misunderstanding and/or lack of diagnosis, the mentally ill end up in jail instead of treatment centers.

Tamkea Cass and Charlene Howell

Tamkea Cass and Charlene Howell

As Charlene Howell summarized Pete’s talk, it was

“a chilling story of his efforts to get help for his 19-year-old son who became manic depressive. Authorities told him that until his son threatened someone or actually hurt someone or himself, then they could not do anything. With all his knowledge and connections as a former Washington Post reporter, he was helpless in the crisis until his son actually did commit a crime by breaking into an empty house in their neighborhood and taking a bubble bath.”

Unfortunately, Pete and Mike are not unique. Despite advancements in treating mental health issues, the number of those suffering due to lack of treatment and/or ignorance seems to be growing in overwhelming numbers. That is why for 45 years Metrocare’s services dealing with “developmental delays, depression, bipolar, autism, Asperger’s and many other conditions” have been a vital part of the solution.

Distinguished Women Announcement Party

It made sense that Wednesday’s announcement of Northwood University’s 2013 class of Distinguished Women took place at Dee Lincoln’s Dining Room & Bubble Bar. Dee, after all, was named a Distinguished Woman herself in 2008. But not only did Lincoln host the party; she also announced the name of one of this year’s eight new DWs: Mayor Mary Roche, of Indian Wells, Calif.

Mary AnnThompson-Frenk, Dr. Kevin Fegan, Patricia Chambers and Harriet Miers*

Mary AnnThompson-Frenk, Dr. Kevin Fegan, Patricia Chambers and Harriet Miers*

While Roche was among five 2013 DWs unable to attend the Sept. 18 gathering in person, three from North Texas did show up. They were: artist/philanthropist Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, who was announced by former DW Yvonne Crum (class of 2001); businesswoman Patricia Chambers, announced by Leslie Crozier (DW class of ’06 and 2013 DW Committee Chair); and attorney and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who was also announced, and nominated, by Crozier.

Rounding out the DW class of 2013: U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth (announced by Donna Arp Weitzman, DW class of ’03); foundation executive Margaret Peale Everett of Sherman, Conn. (announced by Lee Bailey, DW ’05); businesswoman Linda Orlans of Troy, Mich. (announced by D’Andra Simmons, DW ’11); and nonprofit executive Lorraine Schultz of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (announced by Barbara Daseke, DW ’06).

Other highlights of the event were brief remarks by Dr. Kevin Fegan, president of Northwood University Texas (Northwood CEO Dr. Keith Pretty was away in China), and a “surprise announcement” by Donna Arp Weitzman. She told the crowd that Northwood’s Mary Frazier had phoned her to ask whether she and husband Herb Weitzman would give more money to the school for an endowed scholarship. “I caught Herb in an unsuspecting moment, and he said yes,” Donna joked. Then she added: “You can all do that. Just talk to Mary and Kevin. It makes you feel so darned good.”

All eight new DWs are expected to attend the 2013 black-tie Gala, which is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.

Flora Award Patron Party

Dee Wyly

Dee Wyly

The word on the boulevard is that “hors d’oeuvres” at Dee Wyly’s estate translates into a mega meal, so don’t make plans for dinner. That’s because Dee is the hostess perfectionist and wants everyone to feast. Luckily, she has Chef Darren McGrady in-house for such occasions.

Darren McGrady

Darren McGrady

Jan Pickens

Jan Pickens

Want an example? How about the Flora Award patron party honoring Jan Pickens? There was a sumptuous buffet (smoked trout bruschetta, smoked salmon with creme cheese, asparagus with prosciutto and mozzarella, Scotch eggs, shrimp cocktail, espresso chili crusted pork, etc.) in the dining room. It was just perfect complete with magnificent floral arrangement.

Buffet table

Buffet table

On the other hand, when Dee checked the dessert table in the living room, she spotted something that didn’t seem quite right. A couple of the desserts were contained in small glass cylinders. . . think tall shot glasses. Looking around, she asked, “How are we supposed to eat this?” Quickly, a young staffer was dispatched to the kitchen and returned with teaspoons. Dee raised an all-knowing eyebrow and pointed out that the spoon was too big for the opening of the glass. Immediately, Darren and maître d Frank were on the scene with coffee spoons that fit just right!

Desserts

Desserts

But nary a guest would have guessed, as some settled in the atrium for dinner and others joined Dee in the study, where someone noted a charming leather wastebasket. Turns out its previous owner was King Edward III. Dee had purchased at an auction of the Duke’s property — “It was the only thing I could afford.”

* Photo provided by Northwood 
University

JUST IN: Jan Pickens To Receive 2013 Flora Award

Love this time of year. Like appetizers offering great promise for the main course, news is brimming about nonprofit activities and developments for the future.

Just in this morning is news from Texas Discovery Gardens’ pick for the 2013 Flora Award. According to 2013 Flora Award Co-Chair Jennifer Huff, “In the Flora Award’s 31 years, we have enjoyed an exceptional list of honorees, and this year continues that incredible tradition.”

Jan Pickens*

Jan Pickens*

Talk about a blooming pick of the Dallas philanthropic garden — Jan Pickens!

Co-Chair Courtney Love explained, “Jan Pickens is tireless in her quest to raise money and awareness for the causes she holds dear. Her work with the Salvation Army is revered, and for Texas Discovery Gardens, it was Jan who took the Flora Award from a simple tea and turned it into the elegant event it is today. She has grace, elegance and a deep faith — there is no one more deserving of this award than she.”

The Flora Award will be in good company in Jan’s list of accolades that include her being “recognized by their National Board with the ‘Others’ Award, the Junior League of Dallas, the Crystal Charity Ball Committee, Women’s Guild of the Dallas Society for Crippled Children, United Way, the Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Historical Society, M.D. Anderson, United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas for which she received the 2003 ‘Distinguished Service Award,’ Meals on Wheels and many more. Most recently, the Dallas Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi honored her with the 2012 Founder’s Day Award for Community Service.”

Past recipients include Ellen and John McStay, Ebby Halliday Acers, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Dee and Charles Wyly, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Barbara Hunt Crow.

Jan will be honored at the black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 7, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. Tickets start at $300 and tables for $3,000 with proceeds benefiting Texas Discovery Gardens. To get your place, call Sarah Gardener at 214.428.7476, Ext. 230. And, yes, that is Sarah’s last name.

Photo provided by Texas Discovery Gardens

Grovel Alert: Flora Award Dinner

Barbara Hunt Crow

The Flora Award’s black-tie dinner at Texas Discovery Gardens on Thursday, November 1,  honoring Barbara Hunt Crow is in a “grovel status” for tickets.

The Gardens themselves are such a treat and treasure, but the idea of dining there and honoring Barbara has created the almost-sold-out situation this soon.

In addition to being heavily involved with Texas Discovery Gardens (volunteer, donor, board member and chair), she has been hands-on with the Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Dallas Woman’s Club, SMU-in-Taos, the Godbey Lecture Series, the Dedman College at SMU and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

According to Flora Award Chair Marilyn Waisanen, “Barbara demonstrates through her deeds what it means to give back to your community. The staff and board at Texas Discovery Gardens are especially appreciative of Barbara’s commitment to our mission of environmental education.”

Benefiting the Texas Discovery Gardens, Flora Awards have been presented in the past to Ellen and John McStay, Ebby Halliday Acers, Peggy and Carl Sewell, Dee and Charles Wyly, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

One of the fav spots at Texas Discovery Gardens is the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, where they daily release butterflies at noon.

For information on the few tickets left, call Sarah Gardner at 214.428.7476, Ext. 230, or email [email protected].

Photo provided by Texas Discovery Gardens