The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Had Guests Shopping And Re-Invented Fashions On The Runway

Even before the official open got underway, the cars were lined up for The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Meyerson on Tuesday, May 2. Perhaps the reason was the sneak peek of the Chic Boutique of “experienced” clothes and accessories.

Joyann King

Surprisingly, most guests headed to the Opus Restaurant, where the silent auction was taking place. It didn’t take long for the smart shoppers to bird-dog the goodies on the upper level where folks like Tracy Lange, Dee Simmons and others checked out the racks curated by Tootsies. Among the shoppers was HarpersBazaar.com Executive Editor Joyann King. When asked if she had missed attending the Met’s red carpet the night before, she smiled and didn’t hesitate —“No.”

Despite a scheduled VIP group photo scheduled for 10, it didn’t happen. Event Chair D’Andra Simmons-Lock was behind the scenes taking care of last-minute details; Majors Barbara and Jonathan Rich were at the front managing things along with Women’s Auxiliary President Kathie King and daughter Joyann.

Suzanne Palmlund, Dee Simmons and Marian Barnes

Billie Leigh Rippey

Ramona Jones and Julie Patrick

Barbara Daseke

Louise Griffeth and Carol Seay

As the crowd including Bobbie Sue Williams, Linda Custard, Chris Hite, Mary Clare Finney, Christie Carter, Ruth Altshuler, Annette Simmons, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke, Lynne Sheldon, Angie Kadesky, Pat McEvoy, Suzanne Palmlund,  Marian Barnes, BJ Ward and Louise Griffeth grew, some decided to move into the McDermott Concert Hall. Love the Meyerson, but time and time again guests struggled to find the rows. Perhaps the grand old lady hall needs a little refreshing to make seat finding less challenging.

Dee Collins Torbert

Another problem was the seating of Dee Collins Torbert, who relies on a wheelchair. Her assignment was on the front row of the Orchestra Terrace. While the location provide an ideal place to observe the stage, it also required her to leave her wheelchair and for two gentlemen to help her carefully navigate the three steps down to the front row.

Finally, the chimes rang and Event Producer Jan Strimple’s voice called all to their seats. The lights dimmed. Serving as a backdrop for the “Fashion Is Art…You Are The Canvas!” theme was a wonderful, mammoth curved screen.

D’Andra Simmons Lock

Kicking things off was D’Andra, who told how this event was her dream come true. It has been rewarding and humbling. Recognizing Honorary Co-Chairs Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne, D’Andra told how she and Elisa’s and Heather’s mother Vicki Howland had “prayed together many times” on whether the girls should be part of the fundraiser. It must have worked, because the Al G. Hill Jr. family (BTW, their dad is Al G. Hill Jr.) and the family business — Highland Park Village — served as presenting sponsor. It was a first for the event to have a presenting sponsor.

Kathie then introduced SAWA Founder Margot Perot to present the Margot Perot Award to Ramona Jones. From serving as president of the Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army in 2003 to making and taking food to the Carr P. Collins Center every Thursday for the past 15 years, Ramona has exemplified the purpose of the Margot Perot Award.  

Margot Perot, Ramona Jones and Kathie King

D’Andra then returned to the podium to introduce a video testimony revealing that she had been a victim of domestic abuse with her husband, Jeremy Lock, at her side. While obviously heartrending and sincere, some in the audience wondered who the perpetrator of D’Andra’s suffering was. But the reason for her admission was to support the Salvation Army’s work with such victims.

Following the video, Major Barbara alluded to the fact that the Salvation Army would soon be announcing more news about its domestic violence efforts and how the Army continues its efforts to help those in need.

Simone Garman

With that, cellist Simone Garman performed “Pray,” while a beautiful photomontage by Jeremy of Army clients was displayed on the curved screen behind her. Barbara returned to the podium to thank D’Andra, Jeremy, Kathie and her husband Randy King, Joyann and all involved.

It was a nice transition from Jeremy’s and Simon’s presentation to Joyann’s sharing tidbits about the upcoming fashion season.

  • Think pink
  • Bright, modern floral designs
  • Blue jeans combined with other non-traditional pieces
  • Light, frothy white dress
  • A brand new bag
  • Stripes
  • Blushes on eyes and cheeks and striking blue eye shadow

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show

The Salvation Army Fashion Show finale

It was then time for the fashion show of gently used clothes that had been adapted for today’s hottest looks courtesy of Strimple’s direction, followed by lunch in the lobby giving organizers enough time to bid on ‘em before the silent auction ended at 2 p.m.

Check out the countless fashions that were on the runway and on their way to new owners at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show

On Tuesday, February 14, the Meyerson was filled with guests in reds and pink for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on Tuesday, February 14, for the Leukemia And Lymphoma Society of North Texas.

Lisa Singleton, Heather Randall and Jana Paul

Even on stage for the fashion presentation of Highland Park Village merchants, the color of red seemed to pop up.

St. John fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Etro fashion

While the posts is being prepared, check out the photos on two pages of the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: 33rd St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Designers, Patron Party And Raffle Item Plans Revealed

2017 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show*

With the Christmas holidays in the rear view mirror, retailers are filling shelves with all types of sweetheart deals getting folks in the mood for St. Valentine’s Day. And this year the stars are truly in alignment for the 33rd Annual St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. Unlike many years past, this year’s “Affair of the Heart” will indeed take place on Tuesday, February 14!

Nancy and Richard Rogers (File photo)

Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, the extravaganza will take place once again at the Meyerson with the fashion show under the direction of event producer Jan Strimple.

And, boy, has red-haired Jan been busy. She’s been scurrying around Highland Park Village cherry-picking the very best from Brunello Cucinelli, St. John, Market, Escada, Etro and Carolina Herrera.

Heather Randall (File photo)

While on the subject of Highland Park Village, in addition to being the fashion show and luncheon sponsor, HPV’s Jimmy Choo will be the site of the patron party on Tuesday, February 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. In addition to a percentage of Jimmy Choo sales benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser that night, the luncheon/fashion show raffle items will be revealed and chances will be available for purchase. Word has it that trips are gonna be included in the items with American Airlines serving as the “official travel sponsor.” Just imagine what a hit it would be to win a trip to give your special Valentine that evening over a cozy dinner!

Event Chair Heather Perttula Randall has arranged to use “two floors for the luncheon. Priority placement for the Main Floor for the luncheon will be based on giving level and time of receipt of your contract.”

The champagne reception will start bubbling at 10 a.m., so lock down your ticket. Then splurge and buy yourself a red, hot outfit to the St. V-Day lunch.

 

JUST IN: More News Revealed About Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Revealed Including Presenting Sponsor

Heather Washburne, Al G. Hill Jr and Elisa Summers (File photo)

Heather Washburne, Al G. Hill Jr and Elisa Summers (File photo)

As much as a drag Mondays may be, they also tend to be the day of the week when great news bubbles up. And today is a perfect example.

Just announced is that the annual Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon will have a presenting sponsor! According to Event Chair D’Andra Simmons, the Tuesday, May 2nd fundraiser at the Meyerson for The DFW Metroplex Salvation Army will have the “Al G. Hill Jr. Family (and) Highland Park Village” holding that title.

Makes absolutely perfect sense. After all, Hill daughters/HPV first ladies Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne are the honorary co-chairs.

Another tidbit of news is that Harper’s Bazaar Digital Editor/Event Emcee Joyann King will be bringing “a select group of her colleagues to the show and to the patron party the night before.” Joyann, whose mom Kathie King is The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary president, is also going to provide “some truly remarkable fashions for us to bid on, straight off the New York runway!”

These signs indicate that this year’s fashion show and luncheon are going to be a dramatic change from the past, over the top and make loads of ca-ching!

The Gingerbread Stroll Nears The End Of The Road, But There’s Still Time To Bid And Vote On A Confectionary Cottage

Thursday may be the first day of December, but, alas, it’s the last day of the 5th Annual Gingerbread Stroll in Highland Park Village. If you haven’t made it yet, stop pussyfooting around and check out the marvelously decorated cookie cottages at Betta Gallery, Bistro 31, Kiehl’s, Leggiadro, Market Highland Park, Robert Talbott, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Royal Blue Grocery, Stella McCartney, Trina Turk and Village Barber Shop.

The Gingerbread Stroll*

The Gingerbread Stroll*

The cuisine builders include A Sweet Life, Architecture Demarest, artist Evelyn J. Fallgren, Charlies, Chef Winter Lockwood-Frank, Chocolate Secrets, Hilton Anatole, Hotel Crescent Court, Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Omni Dallas Hotel and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

And since it is the last day of the stroll, put your bid in for one of the houses… except for one. 

Just heard from Gingerbread founding sweetie Christine McKenny that Evelyn’s  confectionary delight at Leggiadro is off the market. Seems someone snatched it up for the buy-it-now bid of $1,000. Perhaps the Dave Perry Miller folks should post a “Sold” sign out front!

Evelyn J. Fallgren's sold gingerbread house*

Evelyn J. Fallgren’s sold gingerbread house*

But Evelyn has another masterpiece over at Robert Talbott that is still up for bid. It’s quite a looker, too!

And Christine also revealed there has been a late arrival from Chef Julie Price to the gingerbread development. It’s at Nasiba Adilova’s and Miroslava Duma‘s The Tot pop-up shop. Since it is the holiday season, Christine has decided to let this adorable home stay on the auction bloc after Thursday night. But don’t wait too long to check it out and put a bid in.

Remember, all bids and votes for your favs (except the one at The Tot) end Thursday night when the stores go dark.

Since its inception in 2011, the Stroll has provided more than $40,000 for area children in need through organizations like this year’s recipient Community Partners of Dallas.

* Graphic and photo courtesy of The Gingerbread Stroll

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon Celebrated Equest’s 35th Anniversary With Guests Ponying Up For A Match Offer

Amigo, Rico and Teddy found Brook Hollow Golf Club to their liking on Tuesday, October 4. After all, the weather was perfect, the grass was green and they were the center of attention as guests arrived for the 2016 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon’s “Riding High.” For their being part of the greeting lineup, Equest‘s Amigo, Rico and Teddy had come all the way from Equest’s Wylie facility and they definitely didn’t use Uber. The three equines opted for trailer accommodations with their handlers (Alyssa Cigainero, Shelby Nicoletti, Lizzie Ball and Tia Turkeulainen) and riders (James Taylor in English attire and Ryan Wolf in chaps) in tow.

Teddy and Alyssa Cigainero

Teddy and Alyssa Cigainero

Rico and Tiia Turkulainen

Rico and Tiia Turkulainen

Ryan Wolf, Amigo and Shelby Nicoletti

Ryan Wolf, Amigo and Shelby Nicoletti

Program Director Joan Cutler, who started out as an Equest volunteer back in the ’90s, couldn’t have been happier with her crew of horses, volunteers and staffers on the country club’s grounds.

Inside the clubhouse, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston was also all smiles about the day. Thanks to fashion producer Jan Strimple and Highland Park Village’s Lela Rose, Alice and Olivia, St. John, Market, Etro, Akris, Carolina Herrera and William Noble Jewels, there would be more than 70 outfits on the runway.

But before the fashions would be presented to guests like last year’s Honorary Chair Carolyn Lupton, Jean Lattimore, Lisa Cooley, Elisa Summers, Heather Washburne, Nancy Carter, Jill Rowlett and Bela Piertrovic, the program got underway with Di revealing that one of the best days during her presidency was the one in which Kara Axley agreed to chair the luncheon.

Carolyn Lupton and Jean Lattimore

Carolyn Lupton and Jean Lattimore

Kara recognized the partnership that Equest has had over the years with Highland Park Village and its being this year’s presenting sponsor. She then introduced Park Cities Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Dr. Pete Deison, who reminded guests that “the heart of Equest is compassion. It is a value that is slowly and sadly waning in our society because we have become a society that is more interested in what we see on our computers and on our phones that we do reaching out and touching other people. We are also interested in the things that go fast rather than the time it takes to saddle a horse and touch an individual that needs our help.”

Following the invocation, Kara introduced 2016 Honorary Co-Chair Bill Noble, who described the love that he and wife/2016 Honorary Co-Chair Lezlie Noble have for Equest as a star with the five points — the staff, the volunteers, the horses, the clientele (handicapped children and military veterans) and the donors. “Equest cannot do what they do without you guys.”

Equest CEO Lil Kellogg then described how children who spend most of their days in wheelchairs are taller than all others when they ride their therapy horses.

Following Lili, a video was shown with Equest Founder Susan Schwartz and others recalling Equest’s 35 years of providing equine power for those with physical and emotional challenges.

Louise Griffeth, Kara Axley, Lindalyn Adams and Di Johnston

Louise Griffeth, Kara Axley, Lindalyn Adams and Di Johnston

As the lights went up, Equest Women’s Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth was at the podium introducing the 2016 Equest Award for Community Service honoree Lindalyn Adams. Louise described Lyndalyn as a “Superwoman” who has been the driving force for countless nonprofits and community organization, as well as being a great grandmother of four.

Following Lindalyn’s being presented with an award from Tiffany, Louise said that she had more news. An anonymous donor had agreed to match any monies raised at the day’s luncheon in honor of the 35th anniversary of Equest.

Annie Griffeth

Annie Griffeth

She then added that the poster at the entrance of the clubhouse would report the tally of the day, and that the illustration had been created by her new daughter-in-law Annie Griffeth.

Kara provided one more bit of news. Fashion producer Jan Strimple and Akris would be hosting an event benefiting Equest in the Akris store on Thursday, October 6, featuring their new Aidentity handbag from 1 to 6 p.m.

She also announced that Beth Thoele would be chairing the 2017 luncheon.

With the removal of the podium, the fashions started parading down the runway.

The only oops of the day occurred when a couple of guests managed to sit down in front-row seats that had been assigned to others, driving the real seat-holders away to the north 40. Then the same twosome arrived at one of the big-buck tables, forcing one of the assigned guests to hit McDonalds for a bite—and the venue’s staff to squeeze in an extra chair and place-setting at the table for the other displaced guest. Confused by the situation, the table host thought the event organizers had reassigned her/his original guests with the permission and approval of the castaways. Oh, well, mix-ups do happen. But even a McDonald’s Southwest salad can’t hold a candle to Brook Hollow’s pecan crusted chicken.

St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Heather Perttula Randall Reveals Deets For Leukemia And Lymphoma Fundraiser

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Gee, whiz. Could those with news slow down? Heck, no! Another missive arrived for sharing. 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Heather Perttula Randall just sent word that those vets of leukemia, Tracy and Ben Lange, will be the honorary co-chairs for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser.

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange (File photo)

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange (File photo)

If you just hopped off the bus at the Greyhound station, then you just might not know how Tracy and Ben not only journeyed through their son’s Luke Lange’s battle with lymphoma, but they also made lemonade out of the leukemia lemon. Not only did adorable Luke create Luke’s Fast Break T-shirts, but just as importantly they kept their family together. Too often the family unit can become a casualty of battling leukemia, cancer and other deadly diseases.

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

But Heather had even more news about the 2017 awards. The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award will be presented to Robyn and Don Conlon, who know the devastation of leukemia and lymphoma. Their new daughter-in-law’s mother, who happened to be a dear family friend, died of the disease.

Sponsored by Baker and Botts, The Spirit of Tom Landry Award will be presented to six-year-old Bennett Williams, who is an acute Lymphoma leukemia survivor.

The Memorial Hero Award, sponsored by Robyn and Don Conlon, will honor Lillie Young’s late Charles Young, “who fought a valiant battle again myeloma.”

BTW, this year’s luncheon will take place at the Meyerson on….believe it or not, on Tuesday, February 14. Yup, you read that right. It will actually be on St. Valentine’s Day. And the fashions will be provided by Highland Park Village merchants, so you just know it’s gonna be clothes tailor made for ladies who set trends.

Joining Heather in putting the festivities and fundraising together are Underwriting Co-Chairs Daffan Nettle and Yvette Ostolaza and Advisory Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores.

Tickets and sponsorships are available via phone, mail, online or carrier pigeon. No, that last one isn’t true, but we just we’d see if you were really paying attention.

Grovel Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Sure, it’s damp, but the temperatures are so user friendly. That’s especially true for retailers, who are stocking fall and winter goodies like cashmere sweaters, snugly coats and high-strutting boots.

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Evidently that feeling of cooler times are just around the corner has inspired the horse-loving, fashionistas to get their places at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Fashion producer Jan Strimple has been working with presenting sponsor Highland Park Village and its merchants like Akris, Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John for what will be on the runway benefiting the Equest program.

Just heard that perhaps it’s because of the drop in temps that tickets are starting to get scarce, so contact Event Chair Kara Axley for your ticket. Then head to your closet and clear out your old winter duds. Because after this fundraiser you’re gonna need more room for the new looks.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley and Auxiliary President Di Johnston,

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

“Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty five years. The annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, Riding High, will be Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club and will continue the 35th anniversary celebration by raising much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our ‘Horses for Heroes’ program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization thirty years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Riding High will be a fun-filled day of fashion, great food and a glimpse into the workings of Equest programming. Fashion icon Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show with some of Highland Park Village’s most noted international retailers showing their collections.  Highland Park Village is the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and we are most grateful to the Al Hill Jr. family for their generosity.

“In addition to the fashion show, we will honor beloved community leader Lindalyn Adams with the 2016 Equest Community Service Award for many contributions and advocacy for Equest over three decades. We are also pleased to have longtime Equest supporters Lezlie and Bill Noble serve as Honorary Luncheon Chairs.

“We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause. Please visit www.equest.org for more information.”

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

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

Inspirato in Los Cabos*

Inspirato in Los Cabos*

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

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

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster*

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster*

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

Richard Eiseman

Richard Eiseman

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

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

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

PlainsCapital's Mo the Buffalo

PlainsCapital’s Mo the Buffalo

Kristina Wrenn and Anne Stodghill

Kristina Wrenn and Anne Stodghill

Nancy Gopez and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

Nancy Gopez and Kevin and Marybeth Conlon

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

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

St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon Kept The Champagne And Fashions Flowing To Battle Leukemia And Lymphoma

The weather on Tuesday, February 16, was major payback for the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon’s years of Mother Nature’s dumping ice storms and freezing temperatures on the Leukemia and Lymphoma North Texas fundraiser.

Some still recall how the pashmina favors the year that Rainey Fogiel and Natalie Fogiel co-chaired the event became necessities instead of perks thanks to frigid conditions.

But still the weather on this day was ideal. Sure, it was a couple of days after St. V-day, but who was gonna have the event on Sunday? And then there was the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 15. So, the Tuesday pick made perfect sense.

But not to worry. The flourish of reds and pinks was sparkling in the Meyerson lobby at the pre-show reception. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have flutes of champagne adding sparkle to the crowd.

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

Going against the typical Valentine colors was Co-Chair Gina Betts in a St. John turquoise dress and coat bottomed off with splashy Jimmy Choo stilettos and matching purse.

Despite the smile and the day’s glow, Gina had had a rough few days. Seems the attorney had had plans to celebrate her anniversary with husband Ken Betts in Los Cabos. But just hours before taking off, she was hospitalized, with her doc saying “No way” to the trip. The Betts family trips seem to be jinxed. They had scheduled Christmas in Paris, but the November 13th  terrorist attack squashed that and now this one.

Speaking of clothes, Lisa Cooley and Cara French had stories about the fine art of mother-daughter sharing. While Cooley daughter Ciara Cooley considers Lisa’s closet a type of fashion lending library, Cara admitted that she was wearing her mother Prissy Gravely’s coat.

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Speaking of mother-daughters on the scene, Lee Bailey and daughter Leigh Bailey Carrizales reported that mama Lee’s Turtle Creek palazzo was on the market. Talk about fabulous on steroids with a wondrous spot on Turtle Creek. Wonder if Lee’s black swan, Ziggy, goes with the estate?

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Another sale item but not tagged with four figures were Spirit of Tom Landry Awardee Luke Lange’s so very uber-friendly Luke’s Fast Breaks T-shirts. At the patron party the week before, Luke had sold $2,500 worth of the shirts. What’s so special about the T-shirts? Not only are they designed to accommodate leukemia/lymphoma patients going through treatments, but when purchased for $25 they are given to the patients free with the moola going in toto to the leukemia and lymphoma research.

But not all of the day’s awardees were on hand to celebrate the sunshine. The late Ed Robinson, who was the recipient of the 2016 Memorial Hero Award, was honored with the presence of his family and friends like Frank Risch. As Frank put it, Ed had been his associate at Exxon, but he had also been a great friend.

Frank Risch

Frank Risch

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Sidley Austin Attorney Yvette Ostolaza revealed that her buddy/Underwriting Chair Heather Randall had not only gotten her on board for the law firm to co-sponsor the meal with Trinity Industries, but Heather would be chairing the 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon. Had they selected a date? Not yet, but stay tuned.

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

A much slimmer Kent Rathbun arrived and reported that after losing 100 pounds, he still wanted to shed 30 more. When asked how the dramatic weight loss hadn’t resulted in a sagging skin, Kent claimed that it had been a result of his working out over the year. As he put it, the healthy guy had always been there, just under extra layers.

Ray Washburne was on the phone but also on the scene for the HP Village fashion show. Unfortunately, he had to duck out before the show got underway.

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Arriving to the delight of photographers was Nancy Rogers with Event Co-Chair Michael Flores. Before heading to the lobby, Nancy was found chatting with Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jan Langbein. Made sense. Nancy and her bud Gina Betts are chairing the Genesis Luncheon featuring Tyler Perry. Wasn’t it interesting that just a few days after the St. V-Day event, it was announced that Nancy and husband Richard Rogers were offering a million-dollar match for any donations/sponsorships given to the Genesis Luncheon?

But back to the St. V-day festivities. As a trio of Carolina Herrera-gowned models were on display in the reception area, the Meyerson chimes called all to the McDermott Hall for the Jan Strimple-produced program. It was running just a tad bit behind schedule due to a traffic kerfuffle resulting from a nearby funeral procession.

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Eventually all were seated and the show was underway with KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley doing the emcee duties. After good words from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Chief Relationship Officer Mark Roithmayr, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Executive Director Dr. Patricia Thomson, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Board Chair Erin Ragsdale, Gina and Michael, the awards were presented to:

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

  • Accepting the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award presented by Park Place Motor Cards for his father George Alden Ryan, St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Honorary Co-Chair Brint Ryan admitted that his dad had indeed had his ups-and-down but he was rising to the challenge. Adding to George’s own battle with chronic myeloid leukemia was the loss this past winter of his good friend Brint’s father-in-law to cancer.

    Brint Ryan

    Brint Ryan

  • Surrounded by her family, Ruth Robinson graciously accepted the Memorial Hero Award presented by Robyn and Don Conlon for her late husband Edgar Robinson. The former community leader and ExxonMobil executive succumbed to leukemia and lymphoma on April 19, 2015.

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

  • And then there was Luke, who stole the show with his smile and his story of raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer. The youngster admitted that he was truly honored by being awarded the Spirit of Tom Landry Award presented by Baker Botts. He revealed that when Gina had called his folks about his being chosen for the award named after the late Dallas Cowboys coach, he heard that Gina was so pleased that she cried and according to his folks “that was evidently not typical of Gina.”

After a call-to-action for members of the audience to join “the team against leukemia/lymphoma” resulting in $195,000,” the fashion show of Highland Park Village fashions from Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hadleigh’s, Hadleigh’s Kids, Market and St. John was underway.

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

As usual, the munchkins in the show held their own alongside the willowy professional models. These kids knew how to work the runway with hands on hips and flirty smiles.

But before the models did their finale, Luke’s dad Ben Lange hustled out the door to man the sale of Luke’s T-shirts in the lobby. After all, every cent counts when it comes to shutting down leukemia and lymphoma.

For lots more photos from the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon fundraiser, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Round Robin December 3: Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange Party And KidneyTexas Check Presentation

Despite the tradition of fundraising powering down in December, that theory was hard to prove on Thursday, December 5.

Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch

With pony tails, jeans and boots, the Crystal Charity Ball leaders were prepping the Anatole for the annual mega-fundraiser for kids’ charities just two days away. Whether it was organizing the goodies for the silent auction, putting the finishing touches on the favors or just schlepping carts of “stuff” around, the 100 gals were hard at work to create an event that would provide more than $6.3 M for 11 nonprofits.

However, even the hardest working had to take a break along with the professionals like event producer Tom Addis, photographer James French and the Lamberts’ crew for a Mexican lunch courtesy of Misero in the Anatole’s Wedgwood Room thanks to CCB member Ann Dyer‘s son, Trey Dyer.

As an added surprised, Trey arranged for a mariachi trio to play until CCB Chair Michal Powell took charge of the program.

First she played a Texas trivia quiz with questions like, “What is the largest city in Texas?” and “What are the six flags that have flown over Texas” and “What is the one word that had changed in the state song (‘Texas My Texas’)?”

Then Michal read a poem to her committee a la “The Night before Christmas.” Without taking count, it seemed that most of the 100 committee members were mentioned.

After a standing ovation, the commitee got back to work.

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange

After months of being elsewhere, the legendary St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange was back in its original spot in Highland Park Village and just in time for the holidays!

To celebrate the return with far more than a new coat of paint, it had an official re-opening party with Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart greeting folks at the door.

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

And while the unique boutique has really had a total new look with bright color and lighting, the St. Michael’s magic was still found on the shelves and in the faces of the volunteers and friends like Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder, who handle everything from buying the merchandise to “manning” the cash registers.

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Sure, there were the silver goodies that are perfect wedding gifts, to adorable kids’ stuff and Michael Aram tableware. But the hottest item was the S’well bottles that were flying off the shelves.

S'well bottles

S’well bottles

Shelves of gifts

Shelves of gifts

While the zebra pattern ones were quite crowd pleasing, the insiders whispered that the silver and gold ones in the front of the shop were the season sweethearts.

Proceeds from the store go to the outreach programs of St. Michael and All Angel’s like Alley’s House, Attitudes and Attire, ChildCareGroup, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dwell With Dignity, Family compass, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, Jonathan’s Place, New Friends New Life, North Texas Food Bank, Rainbow Days, The Family Place, The Senior Source, The Stewpot, Turtle Creek Recovery Center, VMLC and Wilkinson Center to name just a few.

KidneyTexas Check Presentation

And speaking of sweethearts, Drs. Susan Watts and Greg Kozielec hosted the check presentation by KidneyTexas to the four beneficiaries: Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

The foursome was reportedly dividing up $254,000 that had been raised from the KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report that had been co-chaired by Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox in September at Brook Hollow.

While Donna was unable to make the presentation, Mary Lee and daughter/KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk were on hand to dole out the envelopes in the living room.

Following the check presentation, incoming KidneyTexas President AB Aston presented Therese with a silver box from Neiman’s that contained an engraved crystal vase.

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

McKamy Tiner

McKamy Tiner

As for the 2016 KidneyTexas Runway Report, adorable McKamy Tiner, who is the youngest living donor of a kidney, will be co-chairing the 2016 Runway Report.

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Kick-Off Party And ReuNight Eve Reception Kept Fundraising Going Into The Night

After a day of honoring veterans on Wednesday, November 11, the fundraising efforts for North Texas continued into the night throughout the area.

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

Over at the Mockingbird Room in Highland Park Village, St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores were rallying the troops with plans for the Leukemia and Lymphoma of North Texas sweetheart of a fundraiser.

The twosome have arranged for Amanda and Brint Ryan to serve as honorary co-chairs for the Tuesday, February 16th event with fashions from HP Village.

Yes, it’s a couple of days after the right-official St. V-Day, but love is always in the air, don’t you know?

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

In the crowd hearing the deets were Platinum Presenting Sponsor Nancy Rogers, Joyce Fox, Holly Davis, Angela Nash, Nikki and Crayton Webb, 2015 St. V-day Chair Lisa Singleton, Pat Holder, 2016 Tom Landry Award recipient Luke Lange with his folks Tracy and Ben Lange and his sister Livia Lange.

Faerber bracelet

Faerber bracelet

Speaking of Nancy, it was tough keeping up with her. She had a full dance card! Seamlessly, she headed over to Forty Five Ten, where Brian Bolke was hosting a private little gathering.

The occasion was for folks to check out to the Faerber collection of marvelous antique necklaces, bracelets, broaches and baubles to benefit Thursday night’s Family Place fundraiser’s ReuNight that was being co-chaired by Lady Rogers and Robert Weatherly.

Brian Bolke

Brian Bolke

Claire Emanuelson

Claire Emanuelson

On hand were ReuNight Honorary Co-Chair Claire Emanuelson, Rainey Fogiel, Shelby Wagner, The Family Place’s Paige Flink.

One guest admitted that she wasn’t able to stretch the budget to qualify for the $1,500-a-head ReuNight dinner at Oak. Then with a twinkle in her eye, she smiled that just perhaps she could get herself an early Christmas gift since Brian was donating a percentage of the purchases to ReuNight.

Cattle Baron’s Raffle Kicks Off Surrounded By Christian Dior Stilettos And A Mercedes Parked Out Front

There are raffles and then there are Cattle Baron’s raffles. What’s the difference? Well, the normal, pleasant everyday raffle kick-off usually takes off at someone’s home or in a very cool restaurant.

CBB raffle kick off at Christian Dior

CBB raffle kick off at Christian Dior

But leave it to the CBB-ers to have their KO at Christian Dior in Highland Village on Tuesday, April 30.

Tomato red Mercedes

Tomato red Mercedes

OK, so the tomato-red Mercedes displayed in front of the salon had the HP Village security not-so-happy. After all, it took up two or three parking spaces. But it was well worth the extra space, since one of its cousins was among the raffle offerings.

While some CBB-ers like Katy Bock toted in their Birkin purses to collect their raffle packets, others like Andrea Weber chauffeured in strollers with future Dior and CBB types.

As Raffle Co-Chairs Kristi Bare, Carolyn Goelzer and Anne Stodghill handed out the packets, the CBB-ers checked out the glittering and bowed heels of Dior shoes. These gals may wear fancy boots to the October 18 fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but they love their stilettos that smack with personality. Alas, the only thing missing among the heeled pretties were price tags. What’s that old saying about, “If you have to ask the price, you’re way out of your league”?

Christian Dior stilettos

Christian Dior stilettos

Christian Dior stilettos

Christian Dior stilettos

But back to the raffle. There are two varieties. First is the $25 each or $100 for five chances. In this category, the offerings range from trips, shopping, debit cards to jewelry like:

  • $10,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Highland Park Village — The winner will receive a $10,000 gift card redeemable at any HP Village retailer along with the services of a personal shopper to help him/her find the perfect fashionable choices.
  • Sue Gragg Precious Jewels Triple Flower Ring — The winner will receive an 18k white gold, diamond and amethyst triple flower ring that features three amethysts totaling 17.5 carats, surrounded by 571 diamonds totaling 7.6 carats.
  • PlainsCapital Bank $10,000 Debit Card — Need we say more?
  • Eiseman Jewels and Rolex — The winner will receive a $10,000 gift certificate from Eiseman Jewels that can be redeemed toward a new Rolex watch.
  • Crested Butte Five-Night Ski Trip — The winner will receive five nights’ accommodations for two guests at The Lodge at Mountaineer Square, $500 airfare credit, airport transfers and four days of skiing or snowboarding.

The second raffle group goes for $100 per chance or $500 for six tickets and the prize is . . .

  • 2015 Mercedes Benz CLS550 — The new CLS550 couple has a retail value of $81,000+. The 2015 model specifics will be revealed at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Just in case you don’t know one of the CBB-ers and want to “take a chance,” contact the CBB office by calling 214.443.9222.

Couch Companions Will Be Available For Relationship Opportunities At “Found A Dog” Saturday In Highland Park Village

There’s nothing better than watching a big, old special event on TV with an expert insider. Example: taking in the Super Bowl with WFAA’s Dale Hansen; the Academy Awards with Dallas Film Society’s James Faust; the final Four with the Mav’s Dirk Nowitzki.

So, it makes sense that you’d want one of these know-it-alls by your side to watch one of the country’s longest continuously held sport events — the Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show in Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11.

What’s that? You don’t have a canine companion? Have we got a deal for you! How about a dog from Highland Park Village? No, the retailing gem has not opened a designer pet shop! Oh, please.

This Saturday, HPV is holding its 2nd Found Dog Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pooches all ready for adoption from Angie’s Friends and White Rock Dog Rescue.

Last year’s event resulted in more than “30 stray/abandoned dogs” finding homes.

Speaking of last year’s results, here’s a letter from a veteran of last year’s event, who adopted “Ozzie” (formerly known as “Henry”):

“Thanks for contacting me regarding Henry. His name has been changed to Ozzie! We have always had Bulldogs; when our Bucky passed away suddenly we were devastated. We went without a dog for 6 years. We finally healed & decided we would like to rescue a dog. We wanted a smaller dog we could travel with between our homes in Phoenix & Lake Tahoe, Ca.

Ozzie*

Ozzie*

“Ozzie is an amazing, fun, sometimes naughty dog!! We love him to bits! He has matured so we experience much less naughty ness I was visiting my sister in law in Frisco, Tx. She drove me to my favorite mall (Highland Park Village). I was thinking about rescuing a dog. Had looked in Phoenix but only found pitbulls, large mixed breeds & Chihuahuas. Then there he was! Soo cute & perfect!! I rescued him the end of January 2013 at the Mall in Big D!!

“This last year has been challenging & fun. He has made our world! He is such a character & so funny! He is starting agility classes next week and has been chosen to appear in a commercial.

“He spends his winters in Phoenix & his summers in Lake Tahoe! He has the life of Riley!! Here are some pictures of him.”

Even if you have a canine housemate, think about adding another one. What’s the saying? The more’s the merrier. And you know how merry you like to be.

* Photo provided by Highland Park Village

Town & Country And Highland Park Village Benefit TACA With Fabulous Fashions And Dancing Shoes And Handbags

In the spirit of arts, fashion and giving, Town & Country and Highland Park Village partnered up to benefit TACA the first two days of the month.

Vicki Howland and Heather Washburne

Vicki Howland and Heather Washburne

The two-day fundraiser started with a “Style Spy” breakfast on Tuesday, October 1, in HP Village’s Mockingbird Room. Initially it appeared to be more of a mother-daughter fest with Event Co-Chair Heather Washburne with her mom Vicki Howland and Billie Leigh Rippey and daughter Paige Baten-Locke. And, like most gatherings where the gals are gabbing, the program was delayed for a while.

BillieLeigh Rippey and Paige Baten-Locke

BillieLeigh Rippey and Paige Baten-Locke

Jennifer Levene Bruno

Jennifer Levene Bruno

But once T&C publisher Jennifer Levene Bruno welcomed the group, the ladies got down to finding out the T&C predictions of the season’s trends from Beauty Director Jamie Rosen and Style Director Stellene Volanes. Sorry. Cannot share the secrets, but you can find them in T&C. OK, so we’ll share one, but don’t tell anyone. One of the new trends is brow extensions. Yup, you heard it. They’ve come up with a product that adds itty-bitty hair-like materials to your brows in case you’re follicle-ly challenged in that area.

Jamie Rosen

Jamie Rosen

Afterwards, the guests had a jolly good time touring the various HP Village boutiques to apply some of their newly-learned education to use.

The next night, Montage: A Celebration of Art and Fashion started off in the HP Village Theater. Co-Chair Heather was joined by her sister/Co-Chair Elisa Summers and their husbands, Ray Washburne and Steve Summers.

To “kick off” the production, Jan Strimple had Dallas Youth Repertory Project dancers perform a song about TACA and the Dallas arts. So, that may not sound like a big deal, until you realize that while the youngsters were singing, they were also keeping tempo with clapping and stomping Jimmy Choos on the floor as they sang.

Dallas Youth Repertory Project with dancing shoes

Dallas Youth Repertory Project with dancing shoes

After the Summers and Washburnes welcomed the guests, TACA Board Member/VP of Grants Tara Lewis thanked all for filling the theater and adding to the coffers of TACA.

As lively music played in the background, fashions were presented from Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose, Scoop NYC, Ralph Lauren and Carolina Herrera New York. One or two of them caught Nancy Rogers’ eye and she snapped it with her smartphone.

Fashions on stage

Fashions on stage

Dallas Youth Repertory Project students

Dallas Youth Repertory Project students

Breaking up the fashion presentation was another group from Dallas Youth Repertory who sang and danced with Proenza Schouler handbags from Five and Ten.

Jennifer and Coley Clark and Becky Young

Jennifer and Coley Clark and Becky Young

Guests headed to the Mockingbird Room for a post-performance reception. Coley Clark in his Hadleigh suit said Hadleigh co-owner Ed Sheikh was “the best.” Asked for a capsule review of the show, Coley said, “There was a lot of wearable stuff; not too much crazy stuff.”

Ray Washburne, Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne

Ray Washburne, Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne

Ray Washburne, who in addition to his HPV duties is the finance chair for the Republican National Committee, was just back from D.C., where he had put together a private dinner for about 50 big donors at the Willard Hotel. At the last minute he got senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson to show up and talk.

Ellie McFarland and Michelle Gibson

Ellie McFarland and Michelle Gibson

Across the way were Dallas Youth Repertory Project students Taylor Hennings, Kaitlyn Hennings and Addy McFarland. Over on a couch, DYRP student Ellie McFarland joined DYRP choreographer, Michelle Gibson, calling her  “the best teacher in the world!” She must be, because the dance routines, like the fashions, were simply fabulous.

Tickets For Town & Country/Highland Park Village Fashion Benefit For TACA Are Now On Sale

Vanity Fair was here last week for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon at Neiman Marcus Downtown. As promised earlier another stellar publication will be making its presence known for Dallas fashion lovers future — Town & Country at Highland Park Village.

Highland Park Village (Photo credit: Laura Wilson)*

Highland Park Village (Photo credit: Laura Wilson)*

Yup, the two-day fashion trendsetting benefit for TACA will take place Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2, with T&C’s Style Director Stellene Volandes and Beauty Director Jamie Rosen.

Tickets just went on sale. Individual tickets to Montage A Celebration of Art and Fashion are $100 each. But the real bargain is the $250 patron ticket that gets you into One Style Spy: Dallas and Montage!

Space is limited, so best bet is to get your tickets ASAP.

* Photo provided by Highland Park Village

Town & Country And Highland Park Village To Host Two Days Showcasing The Best Of Fashion And Art Benefiting TACA

Town & Country simply oozes class, elegance and exquisite taste. Its pages are filled with the most incredible places and faces. It seems like no one ever has a split end, wrinkle or thread out of place.

So, it’s no surprise the world-class experts in the publishing world would team up with Highland Park Village, TACA and Tolleson Wealth Management for two days of fashion including T&C‘s “first-ever” Style Spy: Dallas.

With T&C serving as the “premier” media sponsor, you just know what that means. Their touch will set the mood, pace and style of each step. HPV will be the playpen in which all the fashion perfection will originate and take place. And guess who will benefit from the fundraising? Yup, TACA. As for Tolleson, they’re the presenting sponsor.

Highland Park Village (Photo credit: Laura Wilson)*

Highland Park Village (Photo credit: Laura Wilson)*

Here’s the plan:

Jan Strimple*

Jan Strimple*

On Tuesday, October 1, T&C Style Director Stellene Volandes and Beauty Director Jamie Rosen will host “Style Spy: Dallas,” an exclusive fall fashion trends presentation “curated specially for the needs of Dallas women.” Afterwards the crowd “will progress to select designer boutiques” in the Village. Sorry to report, but this is an invite-only event.

But the good news is that next day, Wednesday, October 2, the T&C team will be on hand for “Montage: A Celebration of Art and Fashion” that will take place at the Village Theater. It will be a presentation of fashion and the arts under the skillful direction of Jan Strimple. According to sources, the fashion show will feature “looks from top designers juxtaposed by thrilling performances by some of Dallas’s finest artists.” Afterwards, the guests will party in The Mockingbird Room. Only problem is that the audience is limited to 160, so tickets will be few and gobbled up fast. They’ll be online for purchase on Monday, September 9. As soon as the link is available, we’ll post it.

And, of course, such a fashion celebration requires equally celebrated fashion types as honorary chairs. No problem! HPV First Ladies Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne will fill that role nicely.

* Photos provided by Highland Park 
Village

Highland Park Village Merchants Make This Sunday A Killer Shopping Opportunity For The Salvation Army Echelon’s Fundraising

Highland Park Village

Highland Park Village

Saw a gal rushing around who usually doesn’t do more than a stroll in her stilettos. What was the cause of her high-tailing it? Seems she had a couple of “occasions” coming up and realized that her closet’s spring wardrobe was as fresh as three-day-old guacamole. El yucko!

So, she was hurrying all over town to find something to wear that wouldn’t melt down the plastic in her purse.

Evidently she didn’t get the memo. This Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., The Salvation Army Echelon is going to get 10% of the sales made at Anne Fontaine, Billy Reid, Carolina Herrera, DVF, Escada, Five & Ten, Hadleigh’s, Jimmy Choo, Judith Ripka, LAFCO, Leggiadro, Lela Rose, Number One, ScoopNYC, Tory Burch and Trina Turk.

Say, aren’t those stores all in Highland Park Village? Whoa, that means one-stop parking, shopping til you drop and then din-din afterwards at Marquee Grill. What’s that? Marquee Grill is also going to donate 10% of sales to The Salvation Army, too? Well, let’s order dessert, then.

Spring closet doldrums seem to be past tense starting Sunday thanks to The Salvation Army Echelon’s fundraiser.

MySweetCharity Calendar Is Alive

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

The MySweetCharity Calendar just went live with more than a hundred events in upcoming months. But we need more nonprofits events and you can really help. Just click the “Calendar” tab above. That’ll take you to the February calendar. When you hit the “Submit Event” in the right hand corner, you’ll discover a form just made for filling out. If you have a 501(c)(3) activity that directly benefits the Dallas area and is not controversial, send it on in.

And even if you don’t have an event to submit, cruise the calendar. When you place your cursor over an event, click it and see what happens. A few that are fun to check out are

  • St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show & Luncheon on February 12
  • TACA Silver Cup Luncheon on February 22
  • Fresh Faces of Fashion on March 22
  • Chick Lit Luncheon April 5
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea on April 11
  • Nexus Auxiliary Luncheon on April 22

Thanks to the good folks at Highland Park Village, the calendar is available for one all to use “for the good of Dallas.”

[Editor’s note: The elves may be giggling and taking credit for “their project,” but they couldn’t have done it without master web designer Shauna Callaghan. Double clinks of mugs of hot cocoa for Shauna.]

Now, let’s get busy, fill the calendar and raise money and awareness of the area nonprofits!

Going For The Goal(s): Kersten Rettig

Kersten Rettig (File photo)

Highland Park Village Chief Marketing Officer and Dallas Children Advocacy Center‘s Art+Advocacy Chair Kersten Rettig reports: 

“In no particular order, my goals for 2013 are:

  • “Teach my West Highland Terrier, Dixie, that mommy’s sparkly Jimmy Choos are not playthings. 
  • “Get my son, Connor, out of high school in May and get him settled into college in August. And not become a complete basket case while doing so.
  • “Help my daughter McKenna get her driver’s license and first set of wheels in August. And not become a complete basket case while doing so. 
  • “Raise awareness for After School All Stars and help them expand into two or three new schools this year.
  • “Chair the most successful Art+Advocacy event to date for Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. (Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman are a tough act to follow!)
  • “Give Glory to God EVERY DAY for the gifts He has given me. Sometimes I forget to do that. 

Former First Lady Laura Bush Has Left The White House Days For Strolling Among HP Village’s Gingerbread Houses

Four Seasons Chef Randy Gehman, former First Lady Laura Bush and Four Seasons Executive Chef Christof Syre

You’d be surprised who has been making the Gingerbread Stroll in Highland Park Village for the good of Community Partners of Dallas.

Yup, former First Lady Laura Bush! But you don’t have to be a first lady to check out the little houses or even to vote on your fav at Celebrity Café & Bakery and/or buy a gingerbread man with the proceeds from the cookie sales going to the Community Partners of Dallas.

BTW, that vote will qualify you to win a $100 HPV gift certificate.

Gingerbread houses can be seen at Beretta Gallery, Billy Reid, Calame Jewelers, Carolina Herrera, Cole Haan, Deno’s of Highland Park, ESCADA, Haynsworth Frames, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Robert Talbott, SCOOP NYC, Trina Turk, Tom Thumb and Village Barber Shop.

Bad news: You’ve only got until Friday to see the delicious mansions. But if you win one via the silent auction, you’ll have the perfect centerpiece for the holidays.

Sorry, we have to dash to Celebrity to get a little gentleman for din-din and then head over to Tom Thumb for a quart of milk to enjoy with the little fellow.

Photo provided by Community Partners of Dallas

Gingerbread Invades Highland Park Village Friday Benefitting Community Partners Of Dallas

Is there ever anything that spells holidays like the aroma of gingerbread? Just imagine a hunk of warm gingerbread topped off with a dollop of real whipped cream or a sweep of sugary glaze. Or, perhaps you prefer your gingerbread to be a decorated little fellow, who goes oh-so well with an icy cold glass of milk?

The 2nd Annual Gingerbread Stroll

With tastebuds salivating for the brown holiday favorite pastry, head on over to Highland Park Village for the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Stroll starting Friday, November 16 until Friday, November 30. That’s where 14 HP Village merchants (Beretta Gallery, Billy Reid, Calame Jewelers, Carolina Herrera, Cole Haan, Deno’s of Highland Park, ESCADA, Haynsworth Frames, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Robert Talbott Carmel, SCOOP NYC, Trina Turk, Tom Thumb and Village Barber Shop) will display little works of arts — gingerbread houses.

Kate Weiser preparing Chocolate Secrets’ entry

These elegant foodie mansions  will be the handiwork of pastry chefs and bakeries including  Celebrity Café & Bakery, Chocolate Secrets, Fine Arts Confections by Joy Lynn, Four Seasons Resort and Club — Cafe on the Green, Hilton Anatole, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Northwood Club, Remington College Pastry Arts Program, Rosewood Crescent Hotel, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Royal Oaks Country Club, The Hospitality Sweet, The Ritz-Carlton (Dallas) and Tom Thumb.

Oh, and while checking out the houses, if one really catches your eye, you can bid on it.

After visiting the various HP shops, toddle on over to Celebrity Café & Bakery to vote for your fav display. By voting*, you are entered into a drawing for a $100 HP Village gift card. Pray tell? Who couldn’t use that around this time of year?

And since you’re at Celebrity Café & Bakery, why not buy a gingerbread man cookie or two or three?

Proceeds from the silent auction and sale of cookies will go to the Community Partners of Dallas.

Sponsors for the Event Advisor Lynn McBee, Event Founder Christine McKenny of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, Digital 3 Printing, HUB International Personal Insurance, Republic Title, Southern Botanical, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, Highland Park Village and Tom Thumb.

* One vote per person.

Artwork and photo provided by The Gingerbread Stroll

St. John Celebrates Its 50th Year With A New Look At Highland Park Village And Cattle Baron’s Gals

Highland Park Village St. John fashions

Years and years ago St. John was the go-to-place for gals who traveled and were allergic to wrinkles in their faces and clothes. But just as times changed, so did St. John. . . sorta. They still had knits and clientele with maxed-out passports, but they weren’t limiting themselves to business- and first-class vagabond types. There’s a certain private jet feeling to their turning 50 this year.

So, how to celebrate? Well, not only did they redazzle  their digs in Highland Park Village, they popped bottles of champagne and partied with the Cattle Baron’s Ball ladies on May 23. And, of course, a portion of the sales were donated to CBB.

Lucky were those early arrivals because they got first dibs on the yummies “just hanging around” the mannequins and the

Petrushka Dickson

rods. General Manager Petrushka Dickson in a midnight blue sequined cocktail dress with a very low-cut-back pointed out items in the back of the store that made great first impressions on the hangars and on the price tags. But, alas, the crowd grew and a lot of the “yummies” got snapped up.

With bare shoulders and in a tomato red sundress, Mary Gill brought her buddy “the Baroness,” who wanted to keep her likeness nil. Soon Simona Beal joined Mary and the shy Baroness in sauntering to the back of the newly renovated St. John boutique. You can expect to be seeing Mary in red again at the Go Red for Women luncheon Friday at the Hilton Anatole. She’s social chair.

Kersten Rettig

HP Village Chief Marketing Maven Kersten Rettig dropped by for a glass of champagne and pre-birthday “congrats.” She was also looking forward to her assignment the following week in NYC for a photo shoot at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House.

Katy Bock and Allan and Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee claimed her blue eyes were in high sparkle mode due the fact she was “caked in makeup” from her photo shoot for the Crystal Charity’s 10 Best Dressed earlier. Tiffany and Paul Divis stopped by on their way to Fresh Faces and managed to convince Allan McBee to tag along.

One multi-tasking guest popped in complete with baby, nanny and puppy. Talk about an entourage! One guest sniffed, “Is it appropriate to bring a baby, a nanny and a dog?” Another slyly responded, “When she starts breast-feeding the baby and the dog, we’ll know it’s time to call it a day.”