JUST IN: Junior League To Receive Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award And Former Police Chief David Brown Tapped For HeROs Award

As part of the 24th Annual Genesis Women’s Luncheon celebration, the announcement has just been made of the 2017 Jane Doe Award and the 2017 HeROs Award recipients.

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter And Support CEO Jan Langbein, the Jane Doe Award that “recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that display an extraordinary commitment to standing alongside women seeking freedom from domestic abuse” will be presented to the Junior League of Dallas’ President Bonner Allen, who will represent the JLD.

Junior Leaguers of Dallas*

Receiving the 2017 HeRO Award, which was established in 2013 to “honor men who use their voice and influence to take a public stand against domestic violence,” will be former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Past recipients include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in 2013, Dale Hansen in 2014, Joshua Ragsdale in 2015 and Roger Staubach in 2016.

David has been a busy fella since trading in his uniform for civilian garb. In addition to having a new job with ABC News, he’s been collecting accolades like being the grand marshal for the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11, and receiving the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award at Belo Mansion tomorrow.

David Brown (File photo)

Jan explained, ““The Junior League of Dallas has walked hand in hand with Genesis since the very beginning.  Our Junior League volunteers bring passion and professionalism to their placements that in many ways serve as an extension of the Genesis staff.

“Long before Chief Brown was thrust into the national spotlight for his heroic efforts during the tragedy that struck our city last July, he was a hero in Dallas and a hero to Genesis. The Dallas Police Department walks in lockstep with Genesis to help create a safe community, and Chief Brown understood all along that we cannot have a safe community if we do not have safe homes.”

Nikki and Crayton Webb (File photo)

Arianna Huffington**

Luncheon Co-Chairs Nikki and Crayton Webb have arranged for the awards to be presented at the luncheon’s patron party on Thursday, May 11.

A limited number of individual tickets for the Monday, May 15th luncheon at the Hilton Anatole featuring Arianna Huffington are available. For a few dollars more, patron level is also available plus the perks of attending the patron party.

* Photo provided by the Junior League of Dallas 
** Photo provided by Genesis Women's Shelter And Support

A Mother’s Day Tribute To Maxine By Her Son

Twas the Friday before Mother’s Day and more than 1,500 gathered in the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom to learn about Maxine Perry at the Genesis Annual Luncheon.

Her 46-year-old son towered on stage recalling how at the age of 17, she had married a man who had built their relationship on lies. The Cadillac he had when visiting her family on the weekends “from his ranch” was a loaner. And there was no ranch. She didn’t discover the truth until the newlyweds were in New Orleans.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

The man-boy told of years of love for his mother, his witnessing her being the recipient of abuse and her children’s suffering emotional and physical cruelty.

There were the beatings by this “husband” upon his wife, the sexual abuse of the boy’s pre-teen girlfriend and his own abuse by the “man of the family.” Maxine had tried to escape, but was helpless and returned to a lifetime of domestic violence.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

As much as he reflected on the love for his mother, the young man never mentioned the name of the abuser. In fact, at the age of 16, the young man, whose birth name was the abuser’s with “Junior” tacked on, had legally changed his name to Tyler Perry.

But Tyler did not follow either of his parents’ footsteps. He was not to be a victim nor a tormentor. The billionaire entrepreneur told how he had emerged from the years of degradation thanks to his own will and a discussion on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in which it was suggested that the act of writing was cathartic. He did just that with the result being a musical that had a less-than-great reception. However, he persisted and developed a following that turned into an entertainment empire.

Guests comforting each other

Guests comforting each other

Men and women in the audience were truly moved hearing of the childhood that Tyler had suffered, as they wiped away tears, comforted each other by holding hands and were amazed at the delivery and story. Maxine would have loved this ode. But Maxine died on December 8, 2009, at the age of 64.

Following Tyler’s testimonial and a standing ovation, he was joined on stage by WFAA’s Ron Corning for a conversation.

Ron had the tricky job of transitioning from Tyler’s very moving talk to an informal chat. He did that by asking, “Let’s lighten the mood for a moment. Can we talk about how much money you have?” That brought a smile to Tyler and laughter from the group.

The two then talked about how Tyler’s original goal of taking care of Maxine had been expanded to motivating and inspiring others. He told how his first theatrical production with only 30 people in attendance had cost him his life savings ($12,000). Still, there were people who told him that they understood and related to the performance. In considering the two-decade journey from that first effort to his present situation, he described it as “staggering, staggering.”

Tyler Perry and Ron Corning

Tyler Perry and Ron Corning

Ron asked about Tyler’s 18-month-old son, Aman Tyler Perry, whom Tyler described as his “hero.” He told how when he looked at Aman, he saw himself as a child and “an opportunity to give all the love that I ever had to myself.” Instead of beatings, he shares butterfly kisses with his less-than-two-year-old son.

Ron then raised the question of how Tyler would raise Aman to appreciate having a life with little wants, unlike Tyler’s. Tyler’s response: “Well, he [Aman] was born broke.” That brought laughter from the ballroom of guests. After the laughter died down, Tyler went on to say, “I will not give him everything… I will be there to support him to win his goals, but he has to earn.”

Then Tyler told how Aman’s mother, model/activist Gelila Bekele, is the coach of the family. He gave an example: At Christmas he gave her a yellow diamond earrings. Upon receiving the jewelry, she said they were beautiful, but Tyler sensed something was up and asked if there was a problem. She said while they were beautiful, could they be returned and the money used to help others? A bit dumbstruck, Tyler said, “It doesn’t have to be a choice. We can do both.”

Ron shifted gears and asked about Tyler’s relationship with Oprah on their project “The Haves and The Have Nots” on her OWN network. When she first received his script, she said, “This is too much.” Then she went on to say, “I brought you here to do what you do, so I wanted you to know what I feel.” He stayed the course and the ratings went through the roof.

Returning to the subject of inspiring others, Ron brought up John Schneider, who had starred in the 1980s’ TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Both Tyler and Ron had talked backstage about watching “The Dukes” on Friday nights as young men. Fast-forward to the present day. Tyler not only had cast John in “The Haves and The Have Nots,” but the Louisiana native’s Atlanta-based film production company had inspired former Atlanta-resident John to build his own studio in Louisiana.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Touching on a recent death, Ron asked Tyler about his relationship with Prince, who attended one of Tyler’s performances in 2004 at the Kodak Theater. On his way to the theater, Tyler got a call from Prince, who said, “I hear you’re doing a bit of ‘Purple Rain’ in your show. Do it again and I’m going to sue you… and I need 10 tickets and I’ll be there tonight.” Looking out in the audience that night, Tyler spotted Prince, who was enjoying the show. Struck by a brainstorm, Tyler had a mic taken to Prince, who started singing “Purple Rain.” As Tyler put it, “Worst mistake I ever made. He started singing ‘Purple Rain’ in the middle of MY show. I couldn’t get the audience back. He taught me a royal lesson — never give your microphone to a superstar.”

In closing, Ron asked about Tyler’s future plans. His response was embracing his fears or stepping out of his comfort zone. His next frontier is a recently purchased former Army base [Fort McPherson] in Atlanta. The 33 acres will be the site of the new Tyler Perry Studios with more people being employed. Ron wondered whether the responsibility for so many people was worrisome. Tyler told how “on a prayer table outside one of my rooms are photos of all the children whose parents work for me. Some are newborns, some are in college. So every day when I walk past that table I am reminded that you can’t be selfish at this moment… It is important to me that all those people and all those faces are supported in their dreams … Given this responsibility and given this level of success, there comes this tremendous sense of responsibility that I didn’t necessarily ask for, but that for some reason I’ve been chosen to carry, and what I won’t do is [carry it] selfishly.”

With that, Tyler was whisked out the room. But his inspiration of supporting abused women in search of their dreams remained. Maxine would have been proud.

For photos of the meet-and-greet and luncheon, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Genesis Annual Luncheon

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

With all the hype about Tyler Perry being the keynote speaker at the Genesis Annual Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, May 6, it was daunting to think anyone could rise to the occasion. Sure, he was buds with the likes of Oprah and Will Smith and had risen from a dismal childhood to an entertainment powerhouse. But could he be bigger-than-life throughout the meet-and-greet, a luncheon and then a conversation about domestic abuse?

Perhaps the answer will be found in the post that is being prepared. In the meantime, checkout the numerous photos from the grip-and-grin and the luncheon on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award Dinner Dazzled With Roger, Serita And LeAnn Thanks To Doug, Gina, Molly And Nancy

In the past the featured speaker of the Genesis Annual Luncheon has attended The Jane Doe Award Dinner the night before for a small gathering of major supporters. This year’s speaker, Tyler Perry, was upfront and regretted that he wasn’t gonna make it for the event scheduled for Thursday, May 5. Now, such a development might send some fundraising chairs into a tizzy. Ah, but Genesis Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers are far from your everyday co-chairs.

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

They rolled up their silk sleeves and made a couple of calls to folks who make big things bigger. The result was a no-sit-down, napkin-in-your-lap and ever-so-proper affair. No, siree. The reception took place in the entertainment center at Molly and Doug Barnes’ estate. Just making it past the security chap with the clipboard at the front gate gave a whole new layer to the expression, “You have arrived.”

Once inside the doors, there was the reception room that’s bigger than some condos. Just behind the check-in table was a marvelous view of the outdoor patio that looked so inviting with pool and umbrella-shaded tables. Still, most everybody stayed indoors with Cassandra and her staff passing all types of yummies and libations in addition to a side buffet of goodies. And then there was talk about a surprise that had been making the rounds. Nobody was supposed to know that Betts-Rogers had arranged for “special entertainment” to follow the presentation of the awards, but it seemed that everyone knew. Only they weren’t admitting it.

Nancy and Richard Rogers

Nancy and Richard Rogers

T.D Jakes

T.D Jakes

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

S.M. Wright II

S.M. Wright II

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Genesis Executive Director Jan Langbein greeted all at the front door…At times it appeared to be a Mary Kay Ash family reunion as Richard Rogers walked in and directly headed to Nancy for a hug…Mary Kay great granddaughter Jessica Blair was on the scene, as well as MK’s granddaughter Gena Tadewald, who came into town from her place in Lucas, where she has horses, cows, dogs, sheep and all types of critters…Driving in from Fort Worth were Olivia and Jeff Kearney. Olivia recalled how Doug had told her, “It took me longer to build this house than it took Jerry Jones to build ‘The Star’ in Frisco.”…Genesis Raffle Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Tanya Foster were on hand with their fellas Lawrence Bock and Pete Foster, respectively…Others filling the room and spilling into the adjoining theater’s lobby were Ken Betts, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Kathleen Hutchinson, Michael Flores, Dallas Snadon, Doug Carney, Tracy and Ben Lange, Mary Crosland, Cara French, Lisa Ogle, Beth and Charles Thoele, S.M. Wright II, Genesis Annual Luncheon Emcee/WFAA anchor Ron Corning, Shane Allen, Jane Doe Awardee Serita Jakes with her husband T.D. Jakes, HeRO Award recipient Roger Staubach and wife Marianne Staubach. Roger, who has four daughters, admitted to Jan that “When I was growing up, I would have said it was one [case of domestic violence] in 10 million.” Jan said, “No, it’s one in three.” BTW, it was just a couple of years ago that Staubach daughter Jennifer Staubach Gates received the Jane Doe Award.

Kathleen Hutchinson

Kathleen Hutchinson

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ken Betts

Ken Betts

Running a little behind schedule, the group finally moved into the cabaret-style theater with tables and chairs. Due to the SRO crowd, more chairs were assembled, but even then the SRO status remained.

On stage, Jan told about the Rogers’ $1M challenge and if it was met, Genesis Women’s Shelter would receive $2M. She introduced Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb, who heads up Genesis’ HeROs Men’s Auxiliary. Admitting to a definite case of “hero worship,” he did a great job introducing and presenting the award to Roger. Crayton recalled that when he asked Roger about former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy, who had made headlines regarding “an incident” of domestic violence with his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder, Roger responded, “We don’t root for him. I’ll root for the Cowboys, but I won’t root for him.”

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Upon receiving the award, Roger added, “If I ever run into Greg, I hope Randy White is with me… Don’t we believe in second chances? Yes, but I’d rather give a second chance to a bank robber than a domestic violence person.” He then thanked Jan for bringing the issue to his attention.

Then Jan presented Serita with the Jane Doe Award for her “Starting Over Ministry,” an 8-week course which offers a curriculum with hands-on practical applications” for women “who are transitioning through some of life’s greatest challenges.” The award is presented to “individuals or groups who display extraordinary commitment to standing alongside those seeking safety, shelter and support.”

Serita Jakes

Serita Jakes

LeAnn Rimes*

LeAnn Rimes*

Following the presentation of the awards, Jan sprung the surprise entertainment — LeAnn Rimes, who sang much longer than her arranged schedule. It was hard to imagine that it’s been 20 years since a 13-year-old Rimes made history with the release of “Blue.” The voice and delivery still amaze.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Jane Doe Award Party

Serita Jakes

Serita Jakes

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

The high-rolling types passed muster for access to the 2016 Jane Doe Award Party at Molly and Doug Barnes’ estate on Thursday, May 5. On the eve of the annual Genesis Luncheon featuring Tyler Perry, the nighttime fest provided the perfect opportunity for the presentation of the HeRO Award to Roger Staubach and the Jane Doe Award to Serita Jakes.

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

And while Tyler couldn’t make the night-before event, Genesis Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers arranged to have a sweet songbird by the name of LeAnn Rimes perform. While the post is being prepared, there are some pix of the night over at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Serita Jakes And Roger Staubach To Receive Genesis’ Jane Doe And HeRO Awards, Respectively

Less than a month from now the Genesis Annual Luncheon with Tyler Perry as the keynote speaker will be underway at the Hilton Anatole on the Friday before Mother’s Day. But Tyler isn’t the only big name that will be on stage. Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers just sent word about this year’s awardees of the 2016 Jane Doe Award and the 2016 HeRO Award.

Gina Betts (File photo)

Gina Betts (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

The Jane Doe Award “celebrates individuals who display extraordinary commitment to standing alongside those seeking safety, shelter and support.” This year’s recipient is Serita Jakes “for her leadership of the ‘Starting Over Ministry’ and her recognition of the important role of the faith community in ending domestic violence.”

Serita Jakes (File photo)

Serita Jakes (File photo)

Roger Staubach (File photo)

Roger Staubach (File photo)

The HeRO (He Respects Others) Award “recognizes men who use their voice and influence to take a public stand against domestic violence.” The word “hero” has long been associated with this year’s recipient in the world of sports, business and community involvement — Roger Staubach.

If you have a mom in your life, why not treat her to an early Mother’s Day treat that will be a real memory maker? Individual tickets are now available!

JUST IN: Nancy And Richard Rogers Just Upped The Ante For The Genesis Annual Luncheon Bigtime

Nancy Rogers and Jan Langbein (File photo)

Nancy Rogers and Jan Langbein (File photo)

At last week’s St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon, blonde philanthropist Nancy Rogers was seen in a one-on-one conversation with Genesis Women’s Shelter’s platinum Jan Langbein. Were they talking about what they did over the St. Valentine’s weekend? Were they comparing notes about politics? Were they discussing the Academy Awards?

No way. It was much bigger than any of that stuff and was just revealed.

Tyler Perry*

Tyler Perry*

Nancy, who is co-chairing the annual Genesis Annual Luncheon on Friday, May 6, with her legal-eagle buddy Gina Betts, has presented Jan with a major buck-a-roo of an offer. It seems Lady Rogers and her sweetheart husband Richard Rogers will match any and all donations and underwriting up to… now, hold on to your breath… $1M. As if the Rogers do any that isn’t bigger than big!

This luncheon is gonna be a knock-out-of-the-park with Tyler Perry as the speaker and Ron Corning serving as emcee.

It’s gonna be at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom, but at the rate it’s going they may have guests doubling up at the tables, so get your reservations in now. And remember, big donations and underwriting do have perks.

* Photo provided by Genesis 
Women's Shelter

Genesis Annual Luncheon’s Maria Shriver Encouraged Guests To Drop Negative Influences And Strive To Be Themselves

The Genesis Annual Luncheon kicked off the Mother’s Day week festivities a tad bit early. But then it’s never too early to celebrate moms. So, it was no surprise that more than 1,600 high-heeled types included moms and their kiddos (Micki Rawlings and son Gunnar, Lisa Ogle and mom Nina Thornburgh, Marianne Staubach and her daughters, Nancy Ann Hunt and daughter Ashlee Kleinert and her daughter Connie Kleinert, made their way to the gargantuan Trinity Ballroom on Tuesday, May 5.

Ashlee Kleinert, Nancy Ann Hunt, Connie Kleinert and Mackenzie Meyer

Ashlee Kleinert, Nancy Ann Hunt, Connie Kleinert and Mackenzie Meyer

Micki Rawlings and Gunnar Rawlings

Micki Rawlings and Gunnar Rawlings

As they strutted on their way, they passed by the Wedgwood Room where featured speaker Maria Shriver posed for photos with VIP guests. Each one she greeted with a handshake and “Hello, I’m Maria.” She handled each meeting like the seasoned trooper she is, including the woman who bear-hugged her.

Pio del Castillo, Jan Langbein, Maria Shriver and Crayton Webb

Pio del Castillo, Jan Langbein, Maria Shriver and Crayton Webb

Eventually the action moved to the Trinity, where it was hard to find a single empty chair. Maria was joined tableside by Luncheon Chair Kathy Helm. At nearby tables were Nancy Rogers, Michael Flores, Olivia Kearney, Holly Deason, Shelly Slater, Ros Dawson Thompson, April Box Chamberlain, Katie Pedigo, Joyce Lacerte, Pio del Castillo, Amy Turner, Julie Hawes, Rev. Sheron Patterson and Claire Emanuelson. Congratulations were being distributed to the various fellows in the crowd like newlyweds Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner and WFAA’s John McCaa, who had just earned his doctorate in philosophy.

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Josh Ragsdale, Sheron Patterson, Kathy Helms, John McCaa and Ashlee Kleinert

Josh Ragsdale, Sheron Patterson, Kathy Helms, John McCaa and Ashlee Kleinert

Before Maria was introduced, The Dallas Morning News and its series “Deadly Affection” were recognized with the Jane Doe Award and Genesis Women’s Shelter Jan Langbein emphasized that the work against domestic violence was more necessary than ever.

Josh Ragsdale and Kathy Helms

Josh Ragsdale and Kathy Helm

Then HeRO Board President Crayton Webb gave a stirring talk on how men…real men are more than “gentlemen…they are “gentle men.” He then introduced W.H. Adamson High School football coach and athletic coordinator Josh Ragsdale, who was presented the HeRO Award. In his brief acceptance speech, it was obvious how this man who works with young men on the football field was chosen. Through his efforts, he has inspired more than just the Adamson athletes to take a pledge to be against domestic violence. His message has spread throughout the country. In addition to having twin daughters, he and his wife Amber are expecting a son, who will have an excellent role model.

Maria Shriver and Jeff Brady

Maria Shriver and Jeff Brady

Before settling into the comfy chairs on stage, Maria addressed the group, telling about her visit the night before at Genesis. Through talking with the clients of the shelter and hearing their stories, she told guests “these women deserved respect and not shame.”

Highlights of her chat with Jeff Brady included:

  • At the age of 8, she hated Dallas. And due to what had happened in Dallas (the Kennedy assassination), she was not changing her mind. At the age of 40 — 32 years later — she realized that she didn’t want to drag negative influences along her journey of life. One of those items was that hatred that had resulted from family feelings. So she visited the Sixth Floor, the grassy knoll and returned to the Sixth Floor for a prayer. Her hatred was transformed to understanding and liking Dallas. In fact, one of her closest friends, Jan Miller, lives in Dallas.
  •  Jan Miller and Maria Shriver
    Jan Miller and Maria Shriver
  • When asked if she would have gone into journalism today, she said she had been asked that before and had to think about it. Her answer? She would probably go into sports because so many things were initiating from it.
  • Maria told how the previous weekend she had turned down the sound on the broadcast of the Floyd MayweatherManny Pacqiao fight much to the chagrin of her sons. She explained that they needed to know about Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. Maria went on to say she was not ruining their evening, she was instructing them.
  • Jeff Brady and Maria Shriver
    Jeff Brady and Maria Shriver
  • Upon hearing about Dale Hansen’s outgoing personality and his taking a vocal stand against domestic violence, she said she wanted to meet him.
  • Maria admitted to a personal problem when she has been hit by mistaken identifications like “Are you Caroline Kennedy?” Other times she was asked if she was indeed Maria Shriver. At one point she just denied being Maria Shriver. One person said they didn’t think she was Shriver because “Maria Shriver is fatter.”

In conclusion she shared a lesson that she had learned over the years of being associated with well-known parents and other family members — do not compare yourself to others but to strive to be yourself. And Maria has indeed mastered that lesson.

More photos are available at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Genesis Luncheon Keynote Speaker Maria Shriver Had A Very Good Excuse For Being Late To The Patron Dinner

Genesis Annual Luncheon keynote speaker Maria Shriver’s priorities were right in place on Monday, May 4. Having arrived late Monday afternoon, she headed to Genesis Women’s Shelter loaded with questions about the residents, their stories, etc.

Lacerte library

Lacerte library

Because of that tour, she was delayed from the cocktail reception and the Jane Doe Dinner at Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s home, where the Dallas Morning News was being honored for its year-long “Deadly Affection” series.

Josh and Amber Ragsdale, Jan Langbein and Crayton Webb

Josh and Amber Ragsdale, Jan Langbein and Crayton Webb

Another highlight of the seated dinner in the Lacerte library was the acknowledgment of W.H. Adamson High School football coach Josh Ragsdale, who was the recipient of the 2015 HeRO Award. In addition to “taking a public stand against domestic violence by serving as a role model, mentor and change agent for W.H. Adamson High School football players and the greater Dallas community.”

Joining Josh was his wife Amber, who is expecting a baby in August to join their household that includes twin daughters. Josh admitted that he had been worried that he was to be the last of the male Ragsdales until Amber sprung the news that the next baby would be a boy.

Pam Perella, Beth Thoele and Robin Bagwell

Pam Perella, Beth Thoele and Robin Bagwell

Ashlee Kleinert and Nancy Ann Hunt

Ashlee Kleinert and Nancy Ann Hunt

Among the folks enjoying the three-course dinner (Romaine and Bibb lettuce with bright spring vegetables, feta crumbles, shaved scallions and honey balsamic vinaigrette; herb seared filet with jumbo shrimp, wild mushroom demi and garlic aioli, garlic new potatoes and grilled asparagus spears; and chocolate tulip cup with crème brulee for dessert) were Genesis Advisory Council member Beth Thoele with Pam Perella, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Robin and Norm Bagwell, Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO Jan Langbein and Nikki Webb with husband/HeRO Chair Crayton Webb.

Luckily, Maria made it in time for coffee and dessert.

But it was an early evening, since the annual Genesis Luncheon was the next day with more than 1,500 expected at the Hilton Anatole.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Genesis Annual Luncheon

Josh Ragsdale, Sheron Patterson, Kathy Helms, John McCaa and Ashlee Kleinert

Josh Ragsdale, Sheron Patterson, Kathy Helms, John McCaa and Ashlee Kleinert

Jeff Brady and Maria Shriver

Jeff Brady and Maria Shriver

With Mother’s Day just days away, the Genesis Annual Luncheon was spilling over with more than 1,600 guests in the Hilton Anatole’s Trinity Ballroom. Of that crowd, there were loads of moms and their adult kids on hand to hear a conversation between former California first lady Maria Shriver and Jeff Brady.

Another draw was the Dallas Morning News being honored with the Jane Doe Award for its “Deadly Affection” series and W.H. Adamson coach Josh Ragsdale being presented the 2015 HeRO Award.

While the posts on both the patron dinner at Joyce and Larry Lacerte’s home and the next day’s luncheon are being prepared, check out the luncheon pictures at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Round Robin April 23: Thrift Studio Preview, Anna-Sophia Van Zweden Reception And Chick Lit And Genesis Annual Luncheon Patron Parties

People were literally bumping into each other trying to hit all the fundraisers on Thursday, April 23. As one vet put it, “I just keep telling myself that June is up ahead.” But until then, here’s just a smidgen of the fundraising hit-and-runs that were taking place on April 23. While patrons of the Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy’s Day at the Races prepped for the Kentucky Derby, others headed to:

Thrift Studio Preview

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

Before the sneak preview of the Dwell With Dignity pop-up Thrift Studio even officially opened the doors in the Design District, a lineup of people were spilling into the parking lot waiting to get in. Luckily, the mobile photo trailer was a fun distraction.

The reason for the plethora of folks was the goodies provided by area interior designer types. Surrounded by his “faithful gals” Valerie Cain and Lauren Thomasson and looking as pleased as a peacock, Thrift Studio Honorary Chair John Phifer Marrs proclaimed that the vignettes and furnishings were “Great!”

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

Lauren Thomasson, John Phifer Marrs and Valerie Cain

When asked why the Dwell With Dignity team had decided to reduce the Thrift Studio from two-a-year to once-a-year, John looked a bit amazed at the question. His answer was a question, “Do you know how much work goes into this event?”

He then admitted that the good resulting from the funds raised was amazing. As the crowds poured into, John recalled a boy who didn’t have friends to his home because he was ashamed. That changed once Dwell With Dignity stepped in and created a home that he was proud to show off to his friends.

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

2015 Thrift Studio vignette

As for this Thrift Studio, it will continue through Saturday, May 23. As items are purchased, new merchandise will be brought in. In other words, it’s an ever-changing cornucopia of marvels.

Chick Lit Patron Party

Carol Seay

Carol Seay

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

Over at Highland Park Village it was beautiful clothes and loads of gals including Chick Lit Luncheon Chair Wendy Messmann and Honorary Chair Carol Seay.

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

Paige McDaniel and Stacey Ballis

Over on the couch at the back of the salon was author Stacey Ballis, who was observing the crowd including Lynn McBee and Jolie Humphrey.

Before long she was meeting and greeting folks like a veteran politician the night before an election with Community Partners of Dallas Paige McDaniel making the intros.

Genesis Annual Luncheon Patron Party

Kathy Helm

Kathy Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

Emilynn Wilson and Larry Helm

Just south of Highland Park Village, Kathy and Larry Helm created a traffic jam with valets running non-stop. The draw besides the Helms’ home, with their lanai, terrace and pergola with fire pit, was the Genesis Annual Luncheon patron party.

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

Suzy and Tom Rhodes and Jan Langbein

As Larry and Genesis CEO Jan Langbein greeted guests like Gail Turner, Underwriting Chair Robin Bagwell, Angela Nash, Donna ChereckEmilynn and Claude Wilson, Eve Wiley, Brenda and Bob White, Michal Powell and Suzy and Tom Rhodes.

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

Bianca Jackson, Robin Bagwell and Angela Nash

According to reports, tickets were flying for the May 5 luncheon featuring Maria Shriver.

This year it’s taking place in the Anatole’s Trinity Ballroom. Leave it to the Genesis crowd. They’re planning on dressing up the huge room for the fundraiser.

Departure

Up north at NorthPark, Dallas Symphony Orchetra First Daughter Anna-Sophia van Zweden was being toasted at Mont Blanc for her masterminding the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Soluna International Music and Arts Festival, Dallas’ three-week festival of music and art.

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

Laree Hulshoff, Anna-Sophia van Zweden and Barbara Daseke

This mega three-week visual art and music festival runs from May 4 through May 24, capping off with a free concert on Sunday, May 24, conducted by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro Jaap van Zweden at Klyde Warren Park honoring members of the armed forces and “showcasing” work by Monte Laster.

The project includes artists from around the world, as well as local talent, to provide a feast of visual and orchestral delights.

Anatole Trinity Ballroom Is Getting Dressed Up For Tuesday’s Genesis Annual Luncheon With Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver*

Maria Shriver*

Well, holy moly. Tuesday’s Genesis Annual Luncheon is really big, but then what can you expect when Maria Shriver is the featured speaker?

It’s so big that it’s being held in the mega-big Trinity Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole. According to Genesis CEO Jan Langbein, they’re dressing the oversized space to make it more ladies-who-lunch friendly.

The Jane Doe Award will be presented to the Dallas Morning News and the HeRO Award will go to Joshua Ragsdale, athletic director of W.H. Adamson High School.

So, get there early and settle back for lunch and getting to know Maria. If you haven’t got your spot, sorry to report that ticket sales are closed. However, you know the drill. If you have a big enough check, who knows?

* Photo provided by Genesis 
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