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.

Hope’s Door And New Beginning Center To Officially Merge On Thursday, September 1

The news was just official, but word had been making the rounds that Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center were combining their efforts. The first obvious clue was the “Save The Date” postcard that arrived in the mail mid-July. It was for Friday, September 16 fashion show featuring Abi Ferrin clothes at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park.

Abi Ferrin (File photo)

Abi Ferrin (File photo)

Florence Shapiro (File photo)

Florence Shapiro (File photo)

As impressive as it was that Luncheon Chair Janet Dorsett had arranged for Florence Shapiro to be the honorary chair, it was curious that both Hope’s Door’s and New Beginning Center’s logo were on the card as beneficiaries.

Evidently the rumors proved to be true with the announcement of the pending merger of the two organizations that have been helping those in domestic abuse situations since the 1980s. It all becomes official on Thursday, September 1.

According to Hope’s Door CEO Jim Malatich, “This unification will allow us to gain financial efficiencies in our administration allowing us to shift those resources to serve our clients more effectively. Hope’s Door will be able to offer an increased capacity for emergency shelter, additional services including counseling programs and intervention and prevention classes at seven locations in both Dallas and Collin counties.”

Hope's Door and New Beginning Center*

Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center*

While combining the two staffs and boards, it is interesting to note that both organizations will keep their names.

For the official word, follow the jump for the press release. [Read more…]

Hope’s Door Supporters Were Treated To A Thank-You Dinner At Carso Mediterranean Grill For 30 Years Of Help

While the majority of Republican presidential candidates were debating on Thursday, January 28, Donald Trump was raising funds for vets. That’s all well and good, but locals were hard at work to support area fundraisers like Hope’s Door that had an intimate chef’s dinner to celebrate the organization’s 30 years of helping people in Collin County overcome domestic violence.

The dinner at Carso Mediterranean Grill was the result of partnering by Chef Anthony Bombaci and Dallas Uncorked’s Hayley Hamilton Cogill with Gary Cogill serving as emcee. The invitation-only supper was a “donation-free zone” and a simple thank-you for the folks who had supported the organization over the three past decades.

But, of course, there was talk about the upcoming events like the Anniversary Luncheon on Friday, May 20, and “An Evening of Hope Gala” on Saturday, November 5. Deets are in the finalization stage. Stay tuned.

MySweetWishList: Hope’s Door

According to Hope’s Door Marketing and Community Relations Manager Melanie O’Brien,

“Hope’s Door would love to have gift cards for groceries, gas and gifts this holiday season!

Hope's Door*

Hope’s Door*

“Our clients are in need of gas cards so that they can get to their jobs, take their kids to school, go to their medical appointments and go to the grocery store. Many times, they don’t have any gas to get to where they need to go and miss their counseling sessions, don’t have food to eat and are absent from both work and school. Many of our clients also don’t have enough healthy and nutritious food to eat and gift cards to grocery stores will ensure that they can make healthy choices and buy the most nutrient-rich items for their children so that they can grow up healthy and strong. As the holiday season approaches, our clients would greatly appreciate gift cards to purchase presents for their children. Our clients’ children also wish to purchase presents for their parents and gift cards are a wonderful way to help them fulfill these wishes.

“For more information about Hope’s Door, please visit our website at www.hopesdoorinc.org or contact me at [email protected].

“Thank you for thinking of us this holiday season!”

-By Melanie O’Brien, Hope’s Door marketing and community relations manager

* Graphic provided by Hope’s Door

An Evening Of Hope Gala’s A Night In Morocco Rocked The Night With Camel, Dancers And Costumed Lovelies

On Saturday, November 7, Collin County’s Hope’s Door had everything from local beauties to a cover-girl camel for An Evening of Hope at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park Hotel. Here’s a report from the field:

You can always tell you’re in for a treat at a gala when you are met at valet by a camel for a photo op and champagne is served the minute you walk in the door. No, guests didn’t ride Irenie the camel, but posing with her was enough fun. One photo caught her smiling for the camera.

Michelle Rivera and Amanda Ward*

Michelle Rivera and Amanda Ward*

Gala chairs Amanda Ward and Michelle Rivera were dressed to the nines in gold and burgundy with lace and sequins as they celebrated “A Night in Morocco” for An Evening of Hope gala benefiting Hope’s Door, an organization in Collin County specializing in comprehensive intervention and prevention services for all members of a family affected by domestic violence – from victim to abuser.

As Korbel’s Brut Rosé flowed along with cocktails provided by Grey Goose, guests joined in more photo ops by the fabulous taller-than-life peacock covered in fresh flowers by Flora & Eventi Design, bid in the silent auction, wine pull and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres as they paid as much attention to the dynamic fashions.

Flora and Event peacock*

Flora and Eventi peacock*

Patrons such as D’Andra Simmons Lock and Phyllis Comu– who had just co-chaired the Paws Cause event a couple months ago – joined Gina Ginsburg and After-Party Chair Linda Snorina with Cathy Vieth, Sheri Deterling and Carmen Surgent in the silent auction bidding.

Inside the VIP party, the room was filled with a tent swathed in luscious white and gold draping, tables full of culinary delights, champagne and custom cocktails Casablanca with Grey Goose and Cucumber Delights, a Bombay specialty.

Hope’s Door Chief Development Officer Suzanne Bock Grishman and her husband, Michael Grishman chatted with Fox4 News anchor Heather Hays, who was also emcee, Lloyd Ward and former board members Melissa Randle and Stephanie Funk.

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock*

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock*

Melissa and Tommy Randle*

Melissa and Tommy Randle*

Brilliantly lit and tented in rich jewel-toned sheathing and tablecloths, the ballroom was charged with an energy from the live performance of the Arya Dance Company dancing traditional Indian dances to drumbeats and native music. Enjoying the scene were Max Trowbridge, Pamela Martin Duarte, Prashe Shah – whose designs were worn by many ladies there – and Aneeta Goomar.

Chris and Mioshi Johnson*

Chris and Mioshi Johnson*

After introductions by Heather, Amanda and Michelle thanked Honorary Chairs Mioshi and Chris Johnson and After Party chairs Linda Snorina and Sara Dawn Wilkins and recognized Mercury One as Auction Sponsor, along with Sapphire Sponsors Republic National Distributing Company, Hollman, Rent-A-Center and Emerald Sponsors Denbury, Emerson Process Management, LegacyTexas, The Medical Center of Plano and Pier 1 Imports and more.

Linda Snorina*

Linda Snorina*

Jim Malatich and Heather Hays*

Jim Malatich and Heather Hays*

A very moving black-and-white film was shown, focusing on children’s relationships with parents who are involved in domestic violence and how they learn by example. Jim Malatich, CEO of Hope’s Door, emphasized the importance of education and solutions provided by the organization.

Suzanne talked about the Heroes of Hope Award, which honors an individual, company or organization for outstanding work on behalf of Hope’s Door, Inc., and its clients. This year’s recipients were Tania and Glenn Beck and their foundation, Mercury One, Inc. for their commitment to being a voice for families affected by domestic violence. Accepting the award were Glenn Beck and Beth Knott, Interim Executive Director of Mercury One, Inc.

Glenn was visibly moved by the presentation and shared his personal story of domestic violence while growing up and how he has managed those feelings. He stressed that he and Tania are dedicated to raising awareness about this issue that often goes unaddressed and how grateful they are for Hope’s Door and everything they accomplish.

Mathew Grynwald, chairman of the board, introduced honorary chairs Mioshi and Chris Johnson. Both have had personal experience with domestic violence and are advocates and speakers against domestic violence in churches, community groups and shelters. A Super Bowl XLVII champ when he was with the Baltimore Ravens and now a businessman and mentor, Chris shared the details of his sister’s tragic death due to domestic violence and how it has affected his life. The room was completely quiet as he ended saying, “People need to understand how serious domestic violence is, how it can turn the whole family upside down in seconds.” Many were moved to tears as everyone stood up and gave a stirring standing ovation.

An exciting live auction proved lucrative for the organization as items were sold and Hayley Hamilton Cogill and her husband, Gary Cogill rallied the crowd to bid on their private dinner package. Afterwards, everyone took to the dance floor to the tunes of Memphis Soul.

Gary Cogill, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hawkes*

Gary Cogill, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, Sheri Deterling and Geoff Hawkes*

The After Party experience and lounge brought the crowd outside with a live DJ, drinks and desserts. Even a hookah or two were spotted beneath the tents.

Hope’s Door is an organization in Collin County specializing in comprehensive intervention and prevention services for all members of a family affected by domestic violence – from victim to abuser. Hope’s Door was established in 1986 as a crisis hotline. Clients were housed in local hotels until the opening of a 21-bed emergency shelter in 1989. Since then, services have expanded to include transitional housing, counseling for adults and children, legal advocacy and services for abusers.

Annually, Hope’s Door responds to over 2,800 crisis hotline calls, shelters more than 400 women and children, houses over 50 families in transitional housing and provides counseling and legal advocacy to more than 1,300 survivors.

For more information about Hope’s Door, visit the website at http://www.hopesdoorinc.org or call 972.422.2911 for general information or the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 972.422.7233.

* Photo credit: Matthew Shelley

Jim Malatich Named Hope’s Door As CEO

Jim Malatich*

Jim Malatich*

Collin County and the surrounding areas have experienced incredible growth in recent years. Companies and families have found all the perks of North Texas right there. But some folks have experienced some tough times despite all the pluses. Even in Collin County, there are such issues as homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse. For this reason, organizations like The Samaritan Inn, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and Hope’s Door have emerged to aid in troubled times.

It was just announced that The Samaritan Inn’s COO Jim Malatich has been named CEO of Hope’s Door. While his work at The Samaritan Inn has been to help the homeless, the 16-year Plano resident feels the transition to Hope’s Door and its efforts to stem domestic violence will be seamless.

According to Jim, “Working with domestic violence has always been in my blood. One of the leading reasons for homelessness is domestic violence, so I have worked with this population throughout my career.”

* Photo provided by Hope's Door

Janet And Tony Dorsett To Chair Upcoming Hope’s Door Two-Day Fundraiser

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Tony and Janet Dorsett (File photo)

Not everybody is heading out of town Memorial Day. Matter of fact, some very cool people are staying put. For instance, Janet and Tony Dorsett are honorary co-chairing a two-day fundraiser for Hope’s DoorChampions for Hope.

First Event chair Cary Clayborn has arranged for the Champions for Hope Dinner at III Forks on Sunday, May 31. Yum! There will also be a silent auction and cocktails, of course.

Glenn Beck (File photo)

Glenn Beck (File photo)

But it won’t an all-nighter. No way. The reason? The next morning, as in Monday, June 1, there’s Champions for Hope Part II. It’s the golf tournament at Las Colinas Country Club with a 4-person scramble format, lunch, cart with green fees, player gifts and another dinner.

If Hope’s Door is familiar, there’s good reason. Last year Glenn Beck chaired “An Evening of Hope” to help support Hope’s Door “helping families affected by domestic violence.” They’ve been assisting women, children and men “being abused by someone” they love since 1986 and, unfortunately, the need for Hope’s Door has grown over the years.

 

Round Robin November 8: An Evening Of Hope Gala And Hollywood Domino Dallas

The Dallas North Tollway was pretty ugly, Saturday, November 8. In the rear view mirror the lights were a blanket of white lights. Ahead was a stagnant sea of red lights. Still fundraising covered the area north of the Bush and in the shadow of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Hope’s Door

The Stonebriar Westin was busy, busy, busy. There was a wedding in one area. The Toyota team was hosting California Toyotians to get them to move to North Texas.

Down a hallway with signs promoting the Toyota gathering, the VIP party for Hope’s Door‘s An Evening Of Hope with some in Gatsby attire found their way to a pre-fundraising reception.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Once in the reception…though the Toyota folks were so friendly that you wanted to at least buy a Toyota, if not sign up to work for ‘em… someone pointed out that commentator Glenn Beck was over in the corner.

But there was a bevy of blondes and others standing in line with cellphones prepared to capture a moment of their relationship. Gee, it was like kids eagerly waiting to sit in Santa’s lap.

In Dr. T. J. Eckleburg glasses, Glenn looked like a grown-up version of The Christmas Story’s Ralphie. When asked where his beautiful wife Tania was, he replied that she was out of town. And, yes, she was “beautiful both inside and out.”

He also hinted that during the past couple of years he had changed his nonprofit focus and would be revealing his plans for the future in the days ahead.

Holly Reed

Holly Reed

Chanel Vieth

Chanel Vieth

Others in the reception included Carter Malouf, Cathy Vieth with daughter Chanel Vieth and Holly Reed, who is still in a non-huggable state. Seems she had tripped over her new puppy, Kiwi, and broke her collarbone in two places. Bad puppy!

At dinner Hope’s Door Interim Executive Director Suzanne Bock Grishman told how the day after she took Glenn and Tania on a tour of the facilities, Glenn shared the experience with his radio listeners. The results? More than 550 raffle tickets @ $100 a pop for a 2014 CLA Class Mercedes-Benz were sold.

Event Chair Stephanie Mattison,in gold Gatsby-style sequined gown with fringe, was presented a pearl necklace by Board Member LaShon Ross. The strand was donated by jewelry/host committee member Carter.

One of the live auction highlights was actor Burton Gilliam‘s putting a “Blazing Saddles” movie script signed by director Mel Brooks up for bid plus a lunch with Burton.

Another of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the Heroes of Hope Award to Jessica Blair and The Mary Kay Foundation. Jessica “emphasized that Hope’s Door is crucial to the victims of domestic violence and helps them become survivors.”

In case Hope’s Door is new on your nonprofit radar, the organization offers “intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and to provide educational programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond.”

Hollywood Dominos

Going south on the Tollway proved to test the patience of a saint, let alone hundreds of PWPAP (People With Plans And Places), thanks to a collision between two white cars and construction at Lemmon Avenue causing all the traffic to be funneled down to one lane.

Still, dedicated fundraisers made their way to The Empire Room on Riverfront for Hollywood Dominos.

The event had had a rough launch. After a couple of false starts, Co-Chairs Ayaan Ahmed, Sally Evans, Priya Bhola Rathod, Reese Threadgill and Ashley Burghardt announced it was finally taking place. Ayaan was an old pro at fundraising. After event planning in New York City, she had fallen in love with Dallas and moved to the North Texas area. Then she arranged for the Diamond Rocks event with Russell Simmons in 2009 at Reunion Station.

Bu false starts? So, your memory is too boggled with plans for the holiday. Here is a Readers Digest version of its history. Back in August at Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute of Dallas, the word was revealed that Johnny Depp’s fiancé, Amber Heard, would be the celeb host and the event would take place at F.I.G. with hundreds in attendance and would benefit Amber’s The Art of Elysium and local fav Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. The crowd in for the announcement party was made up of folks whose tans were as dark as their outfits were ultra-white.

Whoa! Hopes were high that maybe Depp himself would pop by for the September 6th event.

After all, other Hollywood Dominos in Los Angeles, New York and Cannes had featured international media clamoring to get to such stars as Ashton Kutcher, Charlize Theron, Gerard Butler, Demi Moore, John Hamm, etc.

But in August just days before the event, word was quietly passed that Ambie had a scheduling conflict and the event would have to be postponed to a later date.

Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis

Then it was announced that Amber and accessory du jour Depp wouldn’t be coming at all. Instead 25-year-old singer Vanessa Hudgens, 49-year-old Kristin “Sex and The City” Davis and Jesse “Dallas” Metcalfe would provide the star va-va-voom. In turn the festivities would provide funding for Make-A-Wish of North Texas.

Previous vendors had had to bail due to “scheduling conflicts”. Some former associates did side eyes and then raised their irises to the ceiling saying, “Honey, good luck.”

The red carpet walk was shorter than the length of a king-size bed. Vanessa arrived on time. Kristin appeared just as the red walk was closing down. Media was advised that interview with the “celebs” would only be allowed during the carpet walk.

Instead of 300, it was less than half that size. TMZ and Entertainment Tonight weren’t on the other side of the velvet rope at the red carpet parade. But KTXD’s Paul Salfen showed up and asked Kristin for a photo with his gal pal. Kristin accommodated, but then said she had to get inside.

Jesse Metcalfe and Bill Hutchinson

Jesse Metcalfe and Bill Hutchinson

Barry and Lana Andrews

Barry and Lana Andrews

Mike and Natalie McGuire

Mike and Natalie McGuire

Cara Santana

Cara Santana

Kaitlyn Ballard and Sophie McGuire

Kaitlyn Ballard and Sophie McGuire

Inside Jesse had his pals like Bill Hutchison, Lana and Barry Andrews, Natalie and Mike McGuire and Jesse’s date Cara Santana at tables. Since it was Jesse and it was a family-friendly event, McGuire daughter Sophie had brought along gal-pal Kaitlyn Ballard.

Still another munchkin in attendance was pretty-in-pink Julia Brown, who in addition to being the Make-A-Wish lady of the hour was also an adorable leukemia survivor.