JUST IN: Crayton Webb Reveals His Last Day As Mary Kay Inc. VP, But Remains Tight-Lipped About Future Plans

Nikki and Crayton Webb (File photo)

In the North Texas nonprofit world, Mary Kay Inc. VP of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Crayton Webb has established quite a stellar reputation as a major champion in the war against domestic violence. Besides chairing HeROs, Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s men’s auxiliary, and co-chairing the recent Genesis Luncheon with wife Nikki Webb, he has served on the board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

An example of his blending his professional life with his personal advocacy has been his being front and center for the annual “Suits for Shelters” program, providing clothes for area domestic violence shelters.

What some folks don’t realize is that his involvement and leadership have not been limited to Mary Kay Inc. and domestic violence. Need proof? Since landing in North Texas in 1998, he has been part of a vast variety of organizations and programs, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Board, the Communications Council for the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Executive Forum of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Communications Studies at SMU, the Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association and Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau to name a few.

Prior to joining Mary Kay Inc., he was an award-winning reporter for KTVT-TV (CBS) from 1998 to 2001, as well as chief of staff for former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller from 2002 to 2005.

In the past 19 years, he has received the 2015 Leadership Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award, was named to the Dallas Business Journal‘s class of “40 under Forty,” was named one of the “Five Outstanding Young Dallasites” by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce and one of the “Five Outstanding Young Texans” by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce.

It was just learned that Crayton announced that he has given his notice to Mary Kay. Ironically, his final day with the Dallas-based mega-company will be on the 54th anniversary of the founding of Mary Kay Inc. — Wednesday, September 13.

What’s in his future? Crayton is tight-lipped on that question. However, the answer will be revealed in September. But never fear. He and Nikki are still staying true to North Texas and its nonprofit world.

Stay tuned.

Genesis Annual Luncheon VIP Sponsors Celebrated The Jane Doe And HeRO Awards At Amanda And Brint Ryan’s Home-Sweet-Home

Amanda and Brint Ryan

When Amanda and Brint Ryan waved goodbye to the last of the 75 guests at the Genesis Annual Luncheon VIP Sponsors Party on Thursday, May 11, hopefully they checked all the nooks and crannies of their palatial digs. The reason? The main house and grounds were so absolutely perfect, it was good money that someone would hide out just to spend the night.

Ryan main house

Ryan doghouse

Even the Ryan’s doghouse was a mini-version of the main house. The two Ryan pooches had to watch the festivities from their fenced-in mini-estate, while the party was going on.

But the night wasn’t just for critters and palace gazing. It was to thank the Genesis major donors and to present some awards in advance of the annual luncheon on May 15.

Gerald Turner

Chuck Thoele and David Miller

When a classical string group stopped playing and the pool’s fountains closed down, it signaled that the evening’s program was getting under way, with guests in attendance like Nancy Best, Gail and Gerald Turner, Carolyn and David Miller, Beth and Chuck Thoele, Bob Mong and Steve Langbein.

First to speak was Genesis Annual Luncheon Co-Chair Nikki Webb, who thanked the Ryans for their hospitality. “I find your house so incredibly warm, and I’m sure it’s a reflection of y’all,” she said. Then, Nikki revealed for the first time that a fella that she’d dated in college had proved to be a very wrong person for a relationship. She admitted that while she feared him, her friends claimed that he was really a great guy. Luckily, Nikki rose above and out of that situation and eventually married her husband/Genesis Annual Luncheon Co-Chair Crayton Webb.  

Crayton and Nikki Webb

Next Crayton took the mic and announced that this year’s HeRO Award, which honors men who take a public stand against domestic violence, would be going to former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. The ex-chief, Crayton said, “was involved in preventing domestic violence long before” the tragic police shootings on July 7, 2016. Brown would accept the award, it was explained, at the May 15 luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

With that, Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO Jan Langbein took over, explaining that the 2017 Jane Doe Award—which honors groups or individuals who stand strongly in support of domestic-abuse victims—would be going to the Junior League of Dallas. Jan, who was initially exposed to Genesis as a JLD volunteer and later won its highest honor, the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, explained that Genesis currently enjoys the services “of the most JLD volunteers of any nonprofit in Dallas.”

Nancy Best and Jan Langbein

Bonner Allen

Accepting the Jane Doe award was Bonner Allen, the league’s 2016-2017 president. While 2017-2018 President Jennifer Tobin looked on, Bonner proudly said, “I can’t tell you how much this award means to us. I couldn’t think of a better partner [for the league] than Genesis.”  

MySweet2017Goals: Nikki Webb

Crayton and Nikki Webb (File photo)

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon Co-Chair Nikki Webb,

“My goal for 2017 is for the community to join my husband Crayton Webb and myself at the 24th annual Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon on Monday, May 15. We are delighted to be co-chairs of one of the most anticipated luncheons of the spring, and would love to see our friends, colleagues and community partners in attendance.

“This year’s luncheon will feature founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and international best-selling author, Arianna Huffington, as keynote speaker. Celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, she is sure to inspire and engage as she discusses domestic abuse in our society, and the broader topic of women and media.

Arianna Huffington*

“Funds raised through the luncheon help Genesis provide safety, shelter and expert counseling services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. In 2016, Genesis served 1,300 women and children due to the generosity of the Dallas community.

“The 2017 Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon will be held on Monday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Dallas located at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207. Sponsorships begin at $1750.00. If available, individual tickets will go on sale in April 2017. For table and sponsorship information contact Genesis Senior Director of Development Bianca Jackson at 214.389.7703 or visit http://www.genesisshelter.org/events/luncheon/ to reserve your table.”

* Photo provided by Genesis Women's Shelter

Genesis HeROs’ Gentlemen’s Night Had Cigar Rollings, Whiskey Tastings And Membership Sign-Ups At The Crow Library

The rain gods, “Drip” and “Sprinkle,” decided to hedge their appearance in North Texas on Wednesday, November 2. Perhaps it was because of the seventh World Series game, or the CMAs. Whatever.

Nearly 200 gents and their fav gals held forth at Kathy and Harlan Crow’s library, complete with shoes shines and cigar rolling on the covered side terrace and whiskey tastings in Harlan’s better-than-real-life Oval Office.  

Harlan Crow's Oval Office

Harlan Crow’s Oval Office

In the main room, a huge drop screen was on the stage where there is usually a piano. Instead guests could see live play-by-play of the Fall Classic.

And what was the uproarious occasion demanding stogies, drops screens, shoe shines and all those guy-like activities? Why, it was the inaugural Gentlemen’s Night created by Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Genesis HeROs program. “We wanted to do something that was fun for the guys,” said Jan Langbein, the Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO.

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Chris and Nancy Mulder

Morgan Meyer

Morgan Meyer

And what a gathering of eagles it was, including Texas State Rep. Morgan Meyer, Judge Nancy and Chris Mulder, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Kristen Howell, Daniel Roby and Amber and Josh Ragsdale, the W.H. Adamson High School football coach who was the recipient of the 2015 HeRO Award for “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.”

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

Josh and Amber Ragsdale and Daniel Roby

For some, it was a return to one of country’s most outstanding private collections; for others, it was a first time at a wonderland of historic treasures. As one young woman pointed out Lincoln’s itty-bitty desk in Congress, Carolyn Miller in the adjacent alcove was focused on Lincoln’s death mask.

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Crayton Webb and Jan Langbein

Dang, but it almost got embarrassing as CEO Jan and HeROs President Crayton Webb exchanged platitudes on stage with each other. Said Jan, of Crayton’s heartfelt speaking style: “I don’t know whether to vote for him, or to pass the collection plate. Ladies and gentlemen, the Rev. Crayton Webb!”

Crayton said, “I’m here to say, the good guys have got to do their part” against domestic abuse. He encouraged the multitude of men to join up and take a pledge to “create safe homes and a safe community for domestic violence survivors” and to commit to zero tolerance for domestic abuse in the community. Already on board are Jason Adams, Travis Armayor, Chris Ayres, Elias Bahar, David Camp, Chief (Ret.) Lowell Cannaday, David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Randy Golden, Taly Hafffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Chris Kolczun, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Prentis Murphy, Scott Murray, David Novak, Bryon Sanders, Lt. (Ret.) Miguel Sarmiento, Jim Savage and Rev. R. Casey Shobe.

Memberships range from the active members ($100 annually) to lifetime members (one-time payment of $1,000). Concluded Crayton: “We need your help.”

Change Of Plans: The Lowest Greenville Derby Slated For October 29 Is A Victim Of Roadkill

If you were planning on being a part of the first-ever Lowest Greenville Derby on Saturday, October 29, rethink that idea. The Genesis Women’s Shelter fundraising event has been postponed.

According to the website, the change of plans is “due to concerns about construction completion.” By construction, it means the torn-up road and sidewalks that have made lowest Greenville Avenue look like a war zone for ages.

To play it safe, Emily Walsh reports that plans call for the event to be rescheduled for sometime in 2017.

Halloweeners (File photo)

Halloweeners (File photo)

But get over the disappointment. This development means you’ll have more time to pull your Halloween outfit together.

Mary Kay Foundation’s 2016 Suits For Shelters Fashion Celebration Was Definitely In The Pink At Tootsies

As so many have realized recently, domestic violence doesn’t take a second off. Whether it’s in the low-income community or the highfalutin neighborhoods, anger and physical abuse are not limited to one ZIP code.

But on Wednesday, July 20, the Suits for Shelters program celebrated the hope for many suffering from domestic violence. It was the annual fashion show at Tootsies benefiting the Mary Kay Foundation‘s effort to collect clothes for victims trying to find new lives of independence. And pink was definitely the color the day!

It was a great turnout of frontliners in the battle against abuse. The Family Place’s VP of Development Melissa Sherrill was standing in for The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink , who was MIA. It seems that after 25 years of working at The Family Place, Paige was on a sabbatical that had coincided with the Suits for Shelters get-together.

On the other hand, Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jan Langbein in her most adorable explosion of pink sundress said that she was already on the search for the Genesis Luncheon 2017 speaker. OK, so she admitted that to outdo 2016 speaker Tyler Perry was going take some doing, but Jan enjoys a good challenge, don’t you know.

Jan Langbein

Jan Langbein

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

Maleiah and Ryan Rogers

But the true-blue standouts of the evening were Maleiah and Ryan Rogers. Gee, were these two made by Mattel? They greeted one and all with graciousness and dang! They looked so fabulous. Ryan’s grandmother, the late Mary Kay Ash, would have been so proud to have seen her mission to help those overcoming domestic violence being carried on by Maleiah and Ryan.

Mary Kay Foundation that is the driving force of the event also had Mary Kay Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility VP Crayton Webb, who had missed last year’s event due to a trip to China. Now, the father of three sons and a brand new daughter was looking over the crowd for his wife Nikki Webb, who was on her way.

It’s hard to imagine a more dedicated advocate in the battle against domestic violence than HeROs President Crayton, but the March birth of a daughter has made his mission even more personal.

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Cynthia Izaguirre and Alexa Conomos

Cynthia Izaguirre and Alexa Conomos

Melissa Cameron

Melissa Cameron

Nancy Gopez and Kris Jonhson

Nancy Gopez and Kris Jonhson

All too soon the capacity crowd including Nancy Gopez, Kris Johnson, Melissa Cameron and Michaela Dyer, moved upstairs for the fashion show. After the welcomes by Emcee WFAA’s Cynthia “Izzy” Izaguirre, Ryan, Crayton and Tootsies Store Director Nerissa von Helpenstill, the fashions were on parade worn by WFAA’s Alexa Conomos and Charlotte Huffman, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’s Kellie Rasberry, Attitudes and Attire’s Evelyn Earl, Battered Women’s Foundation’s Roze Kluttz, Brighter Tomorrows’ Tina Strand, Denton County Friends of the Family’s Alicia Froidl, Dress for Success’ Karis Renee, Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Tamika Jackson, Hope’s Door’s Megan Rutherford, Mosaic Family Services’ McKenzie Hoopfer, New Beginning Center’s Rhonda Aicklen, Safe Haven of Tarrant County’s Dakota Hart, The Salvation Army’s Vicki Wheaton, The Family Place’s Ericka Johnson and Mary Kay’s Marci Burns, Morgan Calhoun and Lisa Petty.

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Suits for Shelter fashion show

Suits for Shelters fashion show

Then the raffle took place with the highlight being the announcement of the winner of the $5,000 donation in the name of the winner to a domestic violence group.  Provided by Maleiah and Ryan, this item is the most-sought-after of the raffle packages for the nonprofit representatives. The moment Esmerelda Rodriquez’s name was called was electric. Irving-based Brighter Tomorrows’ CEO Diana Franzetti was truly beside herself. It seemed pretty obvious which organization Brighter Tomorrows’ Board Member Esmerelda was going to pick.

On a sidenote: Tootsies’ Sales Manager Dustin Holcomb admitted that the entire Tootsies’ family was still adjusting to life without Tootsies’ founder Mickey Rosmarin. Still Dustin assured that the Dallas operation was not only carrying on, it was going to celebrate its 25th anniversary this fall.

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.

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

There’s A Good Reason For Being A Bit Worn Out And Ragged

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

Nerves on edge. Why? In addition to a slew of thunderstorms playing havoc with daily routines and allergies making even the burliest types look weepy, the past weeks of fundraising activities have taken a toll on locals. The good news is that the end of the gnarly weather, pollen blowouts and the non-profit round-the-clock events are winding down.

Happily, all that fundraising work has paid off. For some like Genesis Women’s Shelter and The Family Place, it tallied success in the million-dollar range. Still, there are loads of others who have worked tirelessly for lesser goals and are either celebrating them or nearly achieving them.

But don’t go a’thinking that summer means everything is going to dormant. No way! That’s the time when the roll-up-the-sleeves preparations take place to get ready for the final sweep of fundraising of 2016. So, if you have an event that gets a date and a location for the fall or 2017, don’t forget to submit it for the MySweetCharity Calendar.

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

JUST IN: Tyler Perry To Be Keynote Speaker At Genesis Shelter’s Annual Luncheon

Fess up. There are people you just know you know, but you really don’t know. Come again? Sure, you’re a loyal follower of TMZ, Entertainment Tonight and can recall each episode of Oprah like the alphabet. But come on. Do you really know those folks really? Well, for instance what about Tyler Perry. Sure, he’s known for being buds with Oprah, Will Smith and Janet Jackson. Why he even laid hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes! And then there are his incredible successes across the board like his books (New York Times’ best-selling “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life”), his movies (the Madea’s series, “The Single Moms Club,” ”Good Deeds,” “Temptation: Confesions of a Marriage Counselor,” “The Butler”, etc.), TV productions (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”, “The Haves and the Have Nots”) and his advocacies (abuse, homeless, civil rights, hunger).

Tyler Perry*

Tyler Perry*

But he didn’t always have it so sweet. Sure, he looks cool now, but there was a time.

Born in New Orleans, “his father’s answer to everything was to beat it out of you.” According to sources, the young Perry “attempted suicide to escape this father’s beatings.” It was years later that Tyler learned that the man whom he had known as the paternal figure in his life was actually not his “biological father.”

It was in the 1980’s when Tyler was watching Oprah and heard how the “sometimes therapeutic effort the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems.”

This epiphany led to his writing, producing, acting and becoming a role model for men and women.

So, what does Atlanta-based Tyler have to do with Dallas? Get your calendars out for this one. Gal pals Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers have arranged to have Tyler be the keynoter for the Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Annual Luncheon. Yup, you read that right. The powerhouse Betts/Rogers team is co-chairing the event on Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole.

Here’s a thought. Why not get three tickets? One for your best friend; one for your best fella and one, of course, for yourself. Imagine them as the ultimate Christmas gifts that even Santa couldn’t deliver!

* Photo provided by Genesis Women's Shelter

Father’s Day: It’s Time To #ManUp

With Father’s Day this Sunday, the question looming is what to get the man in your life. Face it. You can only give him so many Hermes ties. And then there’s taking him to brunch and he’s usually stuck with the tab.

How about something new, like a membership to an elite organization of fellows? No, not the Eagle Scouts or U.S. Army Special Forces. Rather, it’s HeROs (He Respects Others), the Genesis Men’s Auxiliary “dedicated to creating safe homes and safe communities with zero tolerance for domestic violence.” At the recent Genesis Annual Luncheon, a video was shown about how HeROs was redefining “manup.”

Already on board, literally, are HeROs Board of Directors President Crayton Webb and fellow board members like Travis Armayor, Christopher Ayers, Jeff Brady, David Camp, Judge Robert Canas, Chief Lowell Cannaday (Ret.), David Carlock, Kendall Castello, Pio del Castillo, Fred Edgar, Bill Gammill, Taly Haffar, Holt Haynsworth, Clint Hennen, Bill Howell, Heath Hyde, Christopher Kolczun, Michaele Lamanna, Douglas Lindsay, Andrew Marcus, Tony McGuire, Sam Merten, Scott Murray, Lt. Miguel Sarmiento and Jim Savage.

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Crayton Webb (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Jeff Brady (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

Scott Murray (File photo)

This gift doesn’t even require your going out in the rain or fiddle-faddling with gift wrap. Just click here to get his membership underway, or make a donation in his name. What a great way to tell him that he is indeed a “hero” in your eyes.

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.

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 
Women's Shelter

Skip Your Botox Treatment And Don Your Prettiest Masks For Genesis Young Leaders’ “Masquerade”

The Genesis Women’s Shelter has long been known for its annual Mother’s Day luncheon. But recently a new generation has entered the scene to raise funds and awareness of the safe place for women escaping abusive situations. This younger crowd is appropriately called Genesis Young Leaders. To join up, you just need to be “young, involved and cause-minded” and pay a membership fee.

One of the GYL projects is “Masquerade.” It’s a delicious evening of dining, dancing and doing what young-minded types do — having loads of fun and looking darn great.

Kevin and Marybeth Conlon (File photo)

Kevin and Marybeth Conlon (File photo)

What’s that? Is it taking place during Mardi Gras or on Halloween? Heck, no. Who said costumes and masks were limited to only to those times of the year? Co-Chairs Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and Heather and Mark LeClair have picked Saturday, February 28, for the fundraiser to take place.

Masquerade*

Masquerade*

And it’s so much more than pretty people in masks.

The Conlon/LeClair team has arranged for Food Network TV Chef Sharon Von Meter to whip up the dinner, Cuvee to provide the entertainment, a vodka bar by Deep Eddy Vodka, specialty cocktails by The Standard Pour and beer by Four Corners Brewing Co.

For the raffle, they’ve collected a Four Seasons weekend with golf and spa, Arteriors décor item, Yet Tundra 65 cooler, Total Wine and Four Corners Brewing Co. tasting for 20 and “many more.”

And since they’re that young, trend-setting crowd, they’re having the soiree presented by Texas Capital Bank and Stonelake Capital Partners at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

If you’re wondering what the attire is, think again. It’s called “Masquerade” and the crowd will probably be largely made up of those on the wrinkle-free side of 40. In other words, it means silks, leather, blazers, boots, stilettos and, of course, masks.

Ah, the blessings of a mask! That means you can skip your standing botox appointment.

So, get your reservations, scan your closet for a nifty new combination of tops and bottoms and shop for a hot mask.

BTW, the party is open to members and non-members, millennials and baby boomers and anyone who wants to support the Genesis efforts.

* Graphic provided by Genesis Young Leaders

21st Annual Genesis Lunch Showcases Champions And Victims In Dallas’ War Against Domestic Violence

On Thursday, May 8, weathercasters tossed aside their jackets for the roll-up-your-sleeves look. The day was prepping to be a real newsmaker and it didn’t disappoint. The Zoo-To-Do organizers had already decided the day before to postpone their kick-off party at the Dallas Zoo. After all, it was to be an indoor/outdoor affair.

Still the Genesis Women’s Shelter luncheoners weren’t be to dissuaded. The teasing of Mother Nature of what was-to-come later in the day was irritating. A sprinkle here. A sprinkle there. Alas, no commitment to a downpour confronted the 21st Genesis Luncheon guests. The option of self-park or valet had many hesitating as they made their way through the Anatole complex.

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

That slo-mo arrival may have explained why the VIP photo opp with keynote speaker Pat Conroy was not too overwhelming. Just fine for Pat. He’s the kind of fella who does more than “grip and grin”. After having a photo with him, guests were thrilled to spend time chatting with the acclaimed author. Why, shoot! He’s a southern-born gentleman and must have the longest Christmas card list since Santa.

But eventually the hundreds and hundreds made their way into the Chantilly Ballroom, despite the late arrivals still showing up. Before taking her seat at her table, Nancy Rogers told Jan that there were still people trying to arrive, like Dallas First Lady Micki Rawlings, who was seated at Honorary Chair Lydia Novakov’s table.

But schedules had to be kept and the luncheon program had a number of items to fulfill.

Following propriety, the Master of Ceremonies welcomed the group and the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson gave one of her powerful invocation. For lunch, Chair Bunny Cotten came up with a delicious idea — a menu inspired by “The Pat Conroy Cookbook” including an appetizer (crab Louis), main course (pan friend chicken with Charleston grits, green beans, tomatoes and pearl onions with sweet potato biscuits and jalapeño cornbread muffins) and dessert (black pepper and pear tartin) was served.

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Following lunch, Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb gave a rousing talk about domestic abuse and the HeRO (HE Respects Others) program. “We have to talk to our kids about healthy relationships. . . We know who they (the abusers) are. We have to look them in the eye and say this is not acceptable. . . . What is offensive is that we have to be here today. That domestic violence in our society in 2014 is still a predominant problem.”

There are only three qualifications to be in the HeRO program. You have to be male, pay $100 and have a background check. That last item got a laugh from the crowd.

In presenting the second annual HeRO Award to WFAA’s Dale Hansen, Crayton described Dale as a person “who isn’t afraid to offend anyone.”

The longtime sports anchor, who most recently made headlines about his stand on the NFL’s first openly gay player, accepted the award emotionally recalling his childhood memory of his father breaking his mother’s nose. In addition to the award, Dale receive a standing ovation.

Susan Wells Jenevein

Susan Wells Jenevein

Genesis Executive Director Susan Wells Jenevein then recognized “special guest” Dallas Police Officer Joshua Burns, who had been shot in February while responding to a domestic abuse report. She also praised the efforts of Corporate Heroes, organizations whose leadership “share our zero tolerance for domestic violence in the workplace.”

Susan then announced that the Jane Doe Award had been presented the night before to Jennifer Staubach Gates representing the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force.

Jan Langbein

Jan Langbein

Then former Genesis Executive Director/current Shelter Ministries of Dallas CEO Jan Langbein gave a personal, heartfelt introduction for Pat. Of all the past Genesis speakers, she admitted that Pat held a very special place in her memory and heart.

Dale Hansen and Pat Conroy

Dale Hansen and Pat Conroy

And rightly so. The New York Times best-selling author, who looked like he and Dale had been separated at birth, talked about his childhood of witnessing domestic abuse time and time again thanks to his father. Even as an adult, Pat’s and his siblings’ suffering didn’t end.

There was his sister who at her father’s dying bed still regretted never having heard her father say he loved her. When Pat told her that there hadn’t been a day when their father hadn’t told Pat the he loved her, she nearly blew a gasket. Realizing that he had truly hit a nerve, Pat told her that he was kidding.

And then there was his youngest brother Tom’s suicide in 1994. It only seemed to be a continuation of the childhood violence and fear that haunted the family of the Great Santini.

For some it was hard to see this likable fellow acknowledge a childhood of pain that had taken a toll, but as Pat reminded them, there had been no Genesis for his family to turn to for help. All the more reason for the day’s lunch and the Genesis’s advocacy.

Round Robin May 7: Can Do! Patron Reception, Genesis Luncheon Patron Dinner And Cattle Baron’s Trailblazer Party

Just before thunder, lighting and buckets of rain hit Dallas on Wednesday, May 7, the non-profit swell-egants were in high spirits.

Can Do! Luncheon Patron Party

The Wilkinson Center’s Anne Reeder was thrilled. Her Can Do! Luncheon had its inaugural year in 2013 and had been such a hit that the upcoming May 13th event was within two tables of being sold out. Last year’s luncheon really tested guests with tornado warnings in the area, but still they came, they saw and they had such a great time, they signed up for this year’s event.

Anne and Terry Conners

Anne and Terry Conner

The secret to this year’s near sell-out success? Perhaps it was due to the fact the “unsung heroes” like Anne and Terry Conner and the Women of St. Michael were this year’s honorees. Like last year’s awardees — Ellen and John McStay and Highland Park United Methodist Church — this year’s group are well-known for amazing deeds but especially known for flying under the radar. And doesn’t everyone love to celebrate hardworkers, who rarely get appreciated?

Bryan Diers, Susan Hardie and Missy Huber

Bryan Diers, Susan Hardie and Missy Huber

And since it was such a beautiful evening, Milagros and Horacio Moros opened the backyard terrace and yard of their Preston Hollow home for Leslie and Bryan Diers, Susan Hardie, Missy Huber, Luncheon Chair Christie Carter and Tiffany and Paul Divis to party with Hunter Sullivan crooning away with his musicians.

Genesis Luncheon Patron Party

Jan Hegi, Pat Conroy and Ellen McStay

Jan Hegi, Pat Conroy and Ellen McStay

Just blocks away on the other side of the Tollway, Nancy and Randy Best hosted a seated dinner for 73 patrons of the 21st Annual Genesis Luncheon. (BTW, Nancy is president of the Genesis Women’s Shelter Board of Trustees.)

Parties at the Best estate are the best, don’t you know! The cocktail reception took place in the entry hall spilling into the living and dining rooms. At one point, a blonde gent appeared at the front door. He was none-other than the guest of honor/luncheon speaker Pat Conroy. Looking more like your best buddy from high school, he quickly was surrounded by new BFF’s and eased into conversation.

Leslie McCabe, Jan Langbein and Barbara Walker

Leslie McCabe, Jan Langbein and Barbara Walker

Jennifer Staubach Gates and John Gates

Jennifer Staubach Gates and John Gates

But soon it was time for supper. But before settling back in the fabulous dining room with its stage and grand piano, a little exercise was in order. So, guests like Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Marianne and Roger Staubach, Jennifer Staubach Gates and John Gates, Jan and Fred Hegi, Ellen and John McStay, Jan Langbein, Susan Wells Jenevein, Barbara Walker, Leslie McCabe, Sidney Powell, Victor Sperandeo and Di Johnston took the stairs leading to the “best” collection of antiquities. And we’re not talking Marie Antoinette chairs. Each time one gets to visit the upstairs museum, it’s like discovering new OMG treasures that date back to prehistoric man.

Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Sidney Powell and Victor Sperandeo

Ruth and Ken Altshuler, Sidney Powell and Victor Sperandeo

Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazer Party

Max Stallings band

Max Stallings band

Before the sun even tried to set, The Rustic was maxed out with all types of Cattle Baron’s Ball sponsors for the Trailblazer to hearty party.

Isabell Novakov

Isabell Novakov

Sponsored by PlainsCapital, the venue could handle the overflow crowd of 400 thanks to the outdoor picnic tables and party grounds with a wall of lanterns and a stage for Max Stallings and his band.

CBB-er Lisa Ogle admitted their timing was perfect realizing that the next 24 hours of storming weather would have created an entirely different scenario.

Gibbs Henderson and Marjon Zabihi Henderson

Gibbs Henderson and Marjon Zabihi Henderson

As Max sang on stage and soft drinks cozied up to Miller Lites in a canoe filled to the brim with ice, the crowd included Isabell Novakov, Janie and David Condon, Nancy Gopez, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Katherine LaLonde, D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Marjon Zabihi Henderson and Gibbs Henderson, Elizabeth and Alex Laurenzi, Joanna Clarke, Lauren Chapman, Kristi Hoyl and Dee Simmons looking forward to picking up her new puppy, Maddie, on Saturday.

Round Robin April 16: Appetite For Advocacy Patron Party and Dallas Uncorked 10th Anniversary Party

Among the countless things taking place on April 16, Annette Leslie was having her Shady Ladies at Lisa Troutt’s benefiting The Carson Leslie FoundationLydia Novakov was over at the Genesis Luncheon Patron Party; and Legacy of Love was partying at Park Place in Plano for Children’s Medical Center.  Are you getting the impression that Wednesday is the new Thursday? Well, at least on this day, it was.

Appetite For Advocacy Patron Party

Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon patrons gathered at the Plains Capital headquarters waiting for Diana Nyad, keynote speaker for the next day’s mega-luncheon fundraising for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Adam and Holly Krug and Churck and Lindsay Jacaman

Adam and Holly Krug and Chuck and Lindsay Jacaman

So typical of a Dallas fundraiser! As they waited, the Luncheon Co-Chairs Lindsay Jacaman and Holly Krug, DCAC Chief Development Officer Chris Culak and guests ran into old friends and made new ones. PC’s Isabell Novakov reported that the Hockaday centennial celebration was indeed a hit. She pointed out that former Hockadaisy, the late Margaret Crow, whose memorial service had been held earlier that day, was born when “Miss Hockaday”’s school was just six years old. Sidenote: The Hockaday Upper School Concert Choir sang superbly at the service held in Highland Park United Methodist Church.

On the other aide of the lobby, KRLD biz guy David Johnson got a tour of the PC offices by Brian Heflin. David, who had emceed the Junior Achievement fundraiser Saturday, was raving about Randall Stephenson, John Tolleson and Ralph Babb. Even Herb Kelleher had attended the event.

At 6:30 word was passed that Diana was just moments away, and guests were herded into the large conference room overlooking Victory. Out of nowhere, the blonde keynote speaker appeared in the lobby.

With a dazzling smiles, the swimming legend in sky-blue pantsuit proved to be an all-around pal. There were no strangers. She, the newcomer, made one and all feel like they had been best friends for ages.

Lynn Davis, Diana Nyland and Ronnie Berg

Lynn Davis, Diana Nyad and Ronnie Berg

After having a few quick photos taken with DCAC President/CEO Lynn Davis and Ronnie Berg, she was hustled into the conference room, where she gave a very abbreviated version of her Thursday’s talk. Despite its brevity, it hit home with this group that daily champions the rights of children in neglectful situations.

Dallas Uncorked 10th Anniversary Party

Hayley Hamilton Cogill, Chris Kleinert and Connie Kleinert

Hayley Hamilton Cogill, Chris Kleinert and Connie Kleinert

On the other side of downtown Dallas, wine woman Hayley Hamilton Cogill was hosting the 10th anniversary of “Dallas Uncorked” to raise funds and awareness of The Birthday Party Project and Charity:Water.org at SALT Dallas (formerly Ku De Ta). Boy, if you haven’t been there, it’s no surprise. It’s smack dab down an open walkway between a couple of hospitality venues. But once you enter the outdoor patio with its multi-tiered terraces and pool with spouting fountains, you know this is the place to party.

Gina Willemin

Gina Willemin

Paige Chenault and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Paige Chenault and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

With more than 125 guests like The Birthday Party Project’s Paige ChenaultTiffany Divis, Gina Willemin, Jennifer Houser and Debra Nelson sipping wine from Aveniu Brands and bites prepared by Chef Andrew Ormsby, Hayley reported that she launched Dallas Uncorked “to be a unique way for people to come try something they wouldn’t normally do.” Evidently quite a few have given it a try, since its membership has grown to 2,500.

Susan Mooney and Don Winspear

Susan Mooney and Don Winspear

Don Winspear told about a benefit that he and wife Ellen are putting together for this July at Kessler Theater to support research for transverse myelitis, the condition that entered the Winspear world less than two years ago. In addition to raising funds, the Winspears hope to broaden awareness of this debilitating disease.

Melina McKinnon, who had lost all that extra weight from being a new mom, reported that the secret to the dramatic loss was eliminating sugar. Translation: No sugar on the lips means less weight on the hips. Of course, it also helps to run after a one-year-old. Husband Michael Cain, who was just recently named head of the Dallas Earth Day production, was on his way to Uncorked.

The Wings crowd (Ashlee and Chris Kleinert with daughter Connie Kleinert) was glowing from the success of the previous week’s luncheon for New Friends New Life. That group included Hayley’s husband, Gary Cogill, who interviewed Sally Field at the luncheon.

Gary was also admitting that last week was especially big for him. In addition to the Field interview, he had three films (Starck Club, Words and Pictures and Believe Me) in the Dallas International Film Festival. “I’ll never have three pictures in a festival again in my life,” he said.

 

JUST IN: WFAA’s Dale Hansen To Receive HeRO Award At The 21st Annual Genesis Luncheon On May 8

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen (File photo)

Jan Langbein and Dale Hansen (File photo)

The 2014 Genesis Annual Luncheon was already headed for showstopping with best-selling author Pat Conroy as the featured speaker.

But now word comes in from Event Chair Bunny Cotten that WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen will receive the 2014 HeRO (“He Respects Others”) Award presented by the Genesis men’s auxiliary.

Individual tickets for the May 8th luncheon at the Anatole are now available. So, as Bunny would say, “Hop to it.”

MySweetWishList: Genesis Women’s Shelter

Susan Wells Jenevein*

Susan Wells Jenevein*

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Susan Wells Jenevein,

“This holiday season, the women and children at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support are making new traditions of safety and comfort.

“Our wish as an agency is that you will help us provide a complete holiday experience for each individual under our care. With the help of generous donors, we are able to remind a mom and her children that Santa can still find their family no matter where they stay this season.

“As always, we’d love for you to adopt a family (or two!) and fulfill their wish lists. Simply let us know the size of family you’d like to adopt and we’ll provide you with all the details.

“There’s also another way you can help. Each year, families will walk into our Shelter on Christmas Eve or perhaps the day after Christmas…we don’t know their immediate needs, sizes, or what items will be on their wish list, but we can plan ahead with your participation. Please consider organizing a gift card drive so the staff of Genesis is able to provide necessary items and a few gifts to open as a family. For many, it’s the first time in a long time they will have the opportunity to experience the joy and wonder of the giving season in safe place—both emotionally and physically.

“Whether you adopt a family or organize a gift card drive, your gift is so much more than a present under a tree; it represents a caring community and helps victims of domestic violence know they are not alone.

“Please visit www.genesisshelter.org/holiday or contact Katie Myers at [email protected] for more information.”

-Susan Wells Jenevein, Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director

* Photo provided by Genesis Women’s Shelter

Just In: Genesis Annual Luncheon To Have Acclaimed Author Pat Conroy As Keynote Speaker

As Dallas starts hunkering down for an icy spell, news about 2014 is heating up. And leave it to the Genesis Women’s Shelter to have a passel of great news for its 2014 Genesis Annual Luncheon. They always have a fabulously interesting speaker, whom guests talk about for days after the luncheon. Well, they’re maintaining their streak of winners. But instead of politico types, they’re having a speaker who has experienced and written about his childhood in a dysfunctional and abusive family.

For the May 8th luncheon at the Hilton Anatole, Luncheon Chair Bunny Cotten has arranged to have “award-winning, best-selling author” Pat Conroy.

Bunny Cotten (File photo)

Bunny Cotten (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

Lydia Novakov (File photo)

So perfect, don’t you know. Yes, you know about his past books (“The Prince of Tides”, “My Losing Season” and “The Great Santini”), but his just-released book “The Death of Santini” is tailor-made for an event that benefits families struggling with domestic abuse. “The Death of Santini” is Pat’s memoir in which he “details how life on the battlefield of his parents’ relationship affected the seven Conroy children.”

And as if having Pat as the keynote speaker wasn’t enough, Bunny’s also arranged to have well-known fundraiser Lydia Novakov serve as honorary chair and for Dallas City Council Member/Domestic Violence Task Force Chair Jennifer Staubach Gates to receive the 2014 Jane Doe Award.

Congratulations to Genesis for another predictable sell-out. Hmm, perfect Christmas gift? Two tickets to the luncheon? Think about it.

JUST IN: George W. To Be The Keynote Speaker For The Genesis Luncheon

As mentioned yesterday, the opening of the Bush Center at SMU will take place some time this spring. But we can guarantee that it will not take place on Thursday, May 2.

The reason?

George W. Bush (File photo)

Genesis Luncheon Co-chairs Susan Wells and Angela Nash have arranged for former Texas Rangers owner and U.S. President George W. Bush to serve as the keynote speaker on that day at the Hilton Anatole.

As if that weren’t enough to support the lunch’s theme of “Texas Legends. American Heroes,” Susan and Angela have also slated present Texas Rangers owner Nolan Ryan to serve as honorary chair.

Heading up the host committee are Holly and Stubbs Davis, Dallas’ version of Ken and Barbie.

Strong suggestion: This one is always a quick sell-out, so you just know tickets are going to be moving faster than a roadrunner in West Texas. You might want to email Bianca Jackson at [email protected] or give her a call at 214.389.7703 about sponsorships opportunities.

As if you didn’t know, the luncheon raises funds for the Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Pitch Your Nonprofit: Genesis Women’s Shelter

Jan Langbein

According to Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s Executive Director Jan Langbein,

“For most, the holiday season is a time of joyous occasions filled with moments spent with family and special friends. But for countless women and children, the terror and trauma of domestic violence fills the holiday season with fear, sadness, and a feeling of isolation. Hundreds of women and children will make their way to Genesis Women’s Shelter and our Outreach Counseling Center to make new holiday traditions of safety and shelter. Simply knowing their family has a safe bed, a warm meal, and a place where they can be together brings peace to a life that has been uprooted and shaken to the core.

“Since 1985, Genesis has provided safety, shelter, and expert services for battered women and their children. All services are completely free, and programming includes individual and group counseling, child play therapy, on-site school and day care, legal services, jobs readiness, and case management.

Genesis Women’s Shelter

“Genesis Women’s Shelter receives no government or United Way funding, operating solely through private contributions and in-house events. None of Genesis’ services would be available without our community’s financial donations. Because of this, please know your donation is so much more than a present under a tree; it represents a caring community and helps these families know they are not alone.

“Together we can ensure the precious gift of peace on Earth…one family at a time. Please join us this holiday season, and stand with Genesis Women’s Shelter as we rebuild lives, renew spirits, and restore hope.

“For more information, please visit our website: www.genesisshelter.org/donate”

-Jan Langbein

Photo and graphic provided by Genesis Women's Shelter

Alpha Chi Couture’s Runway Will Take Off At Frontiers Of Flight Friday

Can there ever be a time when there are too many fashion shows? In Dallas? Heck, no! This Friday evening the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at SMU and its Alumnae group are hosting Alpha Chi Couture at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Proceeds will benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation with the goal to “raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence.”

According to Alpha Chi Couture Co-chair Megan Steinbach, “We have a dedicated board of Alpha Chi Omega collegiates and alumni that contribute countless hours to make this event a success. We’ve continued to receive significant support from our community, which allows us to increase our fundraising goals year over year and bring hope to victims of domestic violence.”

Under the direction of Jan Strimple, the fashions will be provided by Tootsies, Brooks Brothers and WAREhaus.

The silent auction will have loads of little and big goodies like an 18-inch strand of pearls from Bachendorf’s. Hmm, wonder if that’s because Katy Bock is on the host committee?

To help achieve the goal of $75,000, presenting sponsor Lifetime Strategies will be joined by other sponsors including JC Penney, Frost Bank, Model Finance Company, Double S Interests and Kim L. Hix Accountancy Corp.

BTW, even if October is domestic violence month, the problem is year round. . . as if you didn’t know.