JUST IN: 2017 ReuNight Honorary Chairs Include Such Dallas Icons As Andersons, Joneses, Kirks, Nasher-Haemiseggers And A Pickens

The 2017 ReuNight Co-Couple Chairs Jennifer and Richard Dix and Kristi and Ron Hoyl are taking full advantage of having The Family Place’s high-roller fundraiser at the legendary Statler on Wednesday, November 8. After all, the former hotel had been the site of some of Dallas’ most memorable galas way back when. Ah, memories! For instance, that October 20 night in 1973 when oil baron Ed Cox threw a little soiree for his daughter Chan Cox. The grand ballroom was turned into an undersea grotto with aquariums placed in the walls and Skitch Henderson and his orchestra performing in a pirate ship. Just around 10 p.m. the Jackson Five performed on stage to the delight of the thousand heavy hitters.

But over the years, the hotel was upstaged by newcomers like the Hilton Anatole, the Hyatt Regency, the Ritz Carlton and the Omni Dallas Hotel. The Statler fell upon hard times. But thanks to a recent gazillion-buckaroo renovation, she was rejuvenated into a multi-use, luxury high-rise complex with residences, hotel rooms, offices and restaurants.

Charlotte and Shy Anderson (File photo)

Gene and Jerry Jones (File photo)

While the Dixes and Hoyls had already scheduled “unofficial Statler mascot” Llinda Llee Llama … no, not the original, but one of her great, great grandllamas… to be available for photo opps with the 200 guests in the Statler Courtyard Garden, they weren’t satisfied. They wanted something to “pay homage to Dallas icons.” So, they set their sites on some local heavy-hitting headliners to serve as honorary chairs. Boy, did they land ’em — Charlotte and Shy Anderson, Gene and Jerry Jones, Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis Kirk, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger and T. Boone Pickens.

Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis Kirk (File photo)

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher (File photo)

T. Boone Pickens (File photo)

Goodness! Talk about having folks who represent everything from sports and politics to retailing and energy. Makes perfect sense, since these are the elements that have made Dallas the powerhouse of Texas kingdoms.

The three-course dinner with wine pairings in the Grand Ballroom will be followed by a “curated live auction of luxury goods and trip packages.” Then it will be dancing on the original Statler dance floor and/or having a nightcap or two at Waterproof, the pool-deck bar.

Want to join the llama and other mamas and papas to support The Family Place? Here‘s where you can get your place at the dinner table.

Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner Kicked Off The 2017 Fall/Winter Fundraising Season With Friends, Food And A Flourish Of Photos

Well, yahoo! The fall fundraising season of 2017 kicked off with a surprise refresh for an annual event! Once again the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Platinum Dinner took place at the Dallas Country Club. But it had all types of adjustments and they were rewarded with a manicured thumbs-up.

Sure, the evening of Tuesday, September 5, had a hint of a cool front. But it also was the day after Labor Day weekend, which is considered a tricky situation for most event planners since folks are just settling back into their post-summer routines.

Ralph and Barbara Babb and Shelly Slater and Clay Huffstutter

But as the crowd gathered in the reception lobby, it became apparent that the fears were unwarranted. While the 10 Best Dressed proved their stuff, the rest of the 270 guests held their own fashionably, too. One of the first on the scene was Dallas Cowboy head man Jerry Jones, who was immediately surrounded by Comerica’s first couple Barbara and Ralph Babb and emcee Shelley Slater and husband Clay Huffstutter. About 15 minutes later Gene Jones arrived, all in black, and asked someone if she was the first Jones on the scene. When she learned Jerry was already in the ballroom, she registered surprise: “I told him to be here at 7:15, and he listened to me.”

Gene And Jerry Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson

Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse

Daffan Nettle and Pam Perella

Lee Bailey told Mike Wyatt and Niven Morgan that after waiting months—or was it years?—she had a brand new steering wheel for her Rolls… Shelby Wagner was back from the family country place with Niven and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson. Claire claimed it was a great getaway, thanks to the property’s six dogs that kept things lively… Ola Fojtasek came with her mom Jacqueline Fojtasek and jeweler Ross Ameringer… Also returning back to north Texas were Annette Simmons and Jerry Fronterhouse. According to Jerry, “We were getting cabin fever in Carmel.” When asked if they were still in newlywed status, Jerry didn’t hesitate, “No longer. We’ve been married 16 months,”… Others who had just returned to North Texas were Ann and Matt Schooler, from Utah, and Lee Ann and Alan White, from Aspen. Said Alan of the Colorado town: “When I hang it up, we might go there to live.”

Gary and Cindy Turner and Ann and Matt Schooler

Jacqueline Fojtasek

Christi Urschel

From the left: (back row) Vicky Lattner, Michaela Dyer, Ann Dyer, Emilynn Wilson, Di Johnston and Susan Roberds; (front row) Beth Layton, Linda Secrest, Nancy Carter and Angie Kadesky

Chatting it up, this crowd would have been happy as ducks in Exall Lake with just the cocktail party, but the chimes called them to the ballroom, which had never looked better. CCB Chair Pam Perella, Event Chair Christi Urschel and event planner Tom Addis had set up the floor plan with the entire wall at the far end of the room draped in sheer white curtains, along with bigger-than-life individual photos of the 10 Best Dressed (Anita Arnold, Delilah Boyd, Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Lisa Cooley, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt) and Hall of Famer Charlotte JA.

One 10 Best Dressed husband, upon spying the photos, chuckled that the photos of the husbands should be on the opposite wall.

When it came to sitting down, that exercise went into slo-mo until Shelly went on the PA advising all to settle down. Originally, WFAA’s Ron Corning had been slated to emcee the dinner. But just weeks before he had fallen in Santa Fe, resulting in a broken knee cap, surgery, cast/brace, crutches and rehab for weeks to come.

But Shelly’s call to chairs worked, and the show got underway, with Pam welcoming all and Ralph showing his and Comerica’s appreciation for the work of CCB.

Then Shelly introduced the 10 Best Dressed. As each woman stood, she was presented with a token of appreciation.

Shelly Slater

When it came time for the announcement of the Hall of Famer, Shelly first introduced past HoFers (Annette Simmons, Lee Ann White and Gene Jones). First announced was Lee Ann, who looked a bit startled upon hearing her name. She thought she was being called out, due to her talking with Gene during the introduction.

In a break from the program, Shelly told how she’d first met Charlotte. Looking at the Jones’ table on the front row, she then revealed that Jerry would be introducing his daughter.

Taking the podium, the Jones patriarch recalled having watched Charlotte caring tenderly for her babies year before, adding that, in order to gain the same empathetic feeling, “Every husband should have to be a father first.” 

Jerry Jones

Next Jerry looked at Charlotte and said, “You’ve been a part of the Dallas Cowboys since I fired Tom Landry!” (Then he murmured, jokingly, “I still can’t get a joke out of that.”) With that, though, he turned serious, remembering Charlotte’s important role in persuading NBC to televise the halftime, “Red Kettle” Salvation Army show during the Cowboys’ traditional Thanksgiving Day game broadcast. “That was probably the most important thing we’ve done as the Cowboys,” he added, “and we wouldn’t have gotten it done if not for you, Charlotte.” (Ever the businessman, he said that the TV time was probably worth $2 billion over the years.) Tearing up, Jerry said, looking at Charlotte: “We’re here tonight to honor you.”

With that, Charlotte, with husband Shy Anderson next to her, smiled and hugged her dad and received a standing ovation.

After that, the crowd settled down to a dinner of baby greens, shoestring cucumber, baby tomatoes, red onion, shaved Romano cheese and lemon thyme vinaigrette; grilled filet and herbed sea bass, roasted fingerling potatoes, cauliflower puree and heirloom carrots and wild mushroom ragout; and a dessert of chocolate caramel hazelnut gateaux.

For more photos of the evening, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #3: VIP Front Row Experience

In North Texas, not all art is confined to the AT&T Performing Arts District. There is a large number of folks who swear that Dallasites consider sports to be an art form. So, naturally 2016 Art Ball Live Auction Chair Trisha Wilson whipped up a live auction package that is strictly top-drawer sports for this Saturday’s Dallas Museum of Art fundraiser.

VIP Front Row Experience (Value: Priceless)

_MG_5714 Gene and Jerry Jones File photoEven if you don’t like sports, you’ll love making your friends envious as they see you where they only dream of being. For the Dallas Cowboys, the winner of this package will be joined by three guests in Gene and Jerry Jones’ personal box. And you just know what that means. Loads of top-notch food and beverages, pre-games festivities and appears by the Cowboys cheerleaders. And, of course, there will be exclusive access to the field, so you can wave at all of you buds in the stands.

For a Texas Rangers game, there will be box seats for 12. And instead of just taking home a program and selfies, the winner will have a Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar autographed jersey and baseballs autographed by retired Rangers battling champ Michael Young, Rangers’ Manager Jeff Banister and retired Rangers catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.

As for the Dallas Mavs, no box seats here. No, siree. There will be four courtside seats and, of course, a lot of folks up in the stands wondering, “How come?”

The only problem with this package is that it will totally spoil you for future games. But why not spoil yourself or your favorite sports aficionado?

Compliments of Gene and Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys), Julie and Jim Turner (Dallas Mavericks) and Taunee Taylor (Texas Rangers)

* Graphics provided by the Dallas Museum of Art

Community Council Of Greater Dallas’ 75 Anniversary Luncheon Scored A Touchdown With Emmitt Smith Chat With Newy Scruggs

On the second floor of the Westin Galleria Hotel in a small reception room, the VIP-types for the Community Council of Greater Dallas’ 75th Anniversary luncheon gathered on Monday, November 2. It was mostly a suit group including presenting sponsor Oncor CEO Bob Shapard, NBC5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Levi Davis. But the gals were also there, including Katy Menges and Luncheon Chair Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl. While they were taking full advantage of the coffee bar, they were also waiting for “the man” to arrive. He was none other than former Dallas Cowboy/”Dancing With The Stars” champ/business man Emmitt Smith.

Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl and Bob Shapard

Kristi Sherrill-Hoyl and Bob Shapard

As soon as Emmitt appeared in the Westin driveway, it was as if a rock star had arrived. The flutter of chatter and eyeballing continued up the escalator, past the check-in table and as he made his way through the guests to the sponsor backdrop for photos. He didn’t disappoint, greeting everyone with a big smile, a solid handshake and non-blinking eye contact.

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Sydney Huffines

Sydney Huffines

Steve Mansfield

Steve Mansfield

Diana Dutton and Adlene Harrison

Diana Dutton and Adlene Harrison

Upstairs in the ballroom, the crowd of 450 was pretty darn impressive with the likes of Annette Simmons, Diana Dutton, Adlene Harrison, Lee Ann White, Sydney Huffines, Christie Carter, Lottye Brodsky, Clay Jenkins, Lois Finkelman, Veletta Lill, Steve Mansfield, Diana Strauss, Lisa Ogle, Lynn McBee, Royce West and Lupe Valdez.

At 12:20 CCGD Executive Director Martha Blaine recalled how the CCGD, originally called the Council of Social Agencies in 1940, had evolved over the past 75 years providing more and more support to human services organizations dealing with youth, health, seniors, information and referral, human relations, transportation, volunteerism, education and homelessness and housing. There is hardly a Dallas agency that has not benefited from its partnership with CCGD’s. Thanks to the luncheon, financial support will continue the efforts on which so many depend.

Following the meal, Oncor’s Bob Shapard was at the podium and introduced the main act of Emmitt chatting with Newy. While some thought it would be just a couple of guys talking sports, it went well beyond that.

Emmitt recalled that in his hometown, the best running back had been his father. There had been such expectations of his going on to college and playing professional football. But that dream ended when Emmitt’s grandmother got sick.

Emmitt himself would often take care of the ailing grandmother, when his father and grandfather would go to work.

Initially Emmitt started off playing quarterback because he wanted to be like Roger Staubach. When he turned 9, his Pop Warner coach suggested that he play another position. But Emmitt was insistent about being quarterback. After all, that’s the position that the girls love, gets the notoriety and handles the ball the most. When Emmitt asked if the coach had seen him play the season before, the coach said he had and that’s why he was encouraging him to change.

That new position ended up being running back and he never looked back.

In high school a new influence entered his life with the arrival of Coach Dwight Thomas, who changed the name of the team from the Rebels to the Gators. He also changed the pep rallies. In the past, white students had been seated on one side and minorities on the other. After Dwight got there, the students were seated according to homerooms.

The coach’s goal was to raise young boys to young men. He did that by instilling structure in his players. That was a life-changing development for Emmitt. It would be the basis for his life both on and off the football field.

One of the ways that Dwight created the structure was by having his players write down their goals. He said, “Until you write down your goals, they’re only dreams.” Once they wrote them down, he had them post the list in their lockers and review them each day.

Dwight’s efforts led the team to winning state both Emmitt’s sophomore and junior years and his holding the national high school record of 45 100-yard rushing games. During his high school career, he made 106 touchdowns.

Expanding on goals, Emmitt admonished the group, “If you’re gonna make a goal, make it big. Everyone should stride for greatness.”

Newy Scruggs and Emmitt Smith

Newy Scruggs and Emmitt Smith

While still in high school, he won a trip to the Rose Bowl for Super Bowl XXI in 1987 and took his quarterback Johnny Nichols. “I picked Johnny because I knew if I picked my mom, my dad would be upset. If I picked my dad, my mom would be upset. And if I’d taken my girlfriend, my whole family would have been upset. Johnny was probably the safest choice.” It was their first trip on a plane. In seeing the game, he was having the time of his life and told Johnny that one day he was “going to play right here in a Super Bowl.” When he did play the 1993 Super Bowl in Pasadena, Johnny was in the stands watching.

Emmitt said another important part of his life was vision. That was what made him realize that he needed to do more than football. He had to create another path and did, so that when he retired in 2005 he knew what to do.

Changing subjects, Newy recalled the University of Florida vs. University of Alabama game where a Gator freshman stole the show running for two touchdowns and 224 yards. He asked why Emmitt had gone to the University of Florida instead of the University of Alabama, where the legendary Coach Bear Bryant was working. A bit hesitant, Emmitt said he didn’t want to embarrass Alabama, but when he was being recruited by colleges, he went to the Penn State-Alabama game. When he, Johnny Nichols and their girlfriends were walking back to the car, a bunch of white frat brothers called him a bunch of names: “It was the first time I’d experienced racism.” The Alabama coach, who was recruiting Emmitt, stood up for him, but still the friends were shocked, saying, “Do you believe what we just saw?” When the coach called the following Monday to apologize, Emmitt said it was all right but he wouldn’t be coming to the University of Alabama.

Ironically, the first game that Florida freshman Emmitt played in was against Alabama, where Newy saw him make the two touchdowns and run the 224 yards.

But Emmitt’s college career was cut short when he decided to turn pro. After all, he thought he would be a top draft pick. While he had wanted to play for the Cowboys since he was 7, the Dallas team was not in the top tier. Emmitt thought he would probably be picked up by Tampa, so he had folks in to party for the big announcement. But no call came. In fact no call came during the first 10 picks. But then the phone rang. It was Emmitt’s brother Emory Smith saying, “You haven’t been drafted yet!”

Newy Scruggs and Emmitt Smith

Newy Scruggs and Emmitt Smith

That didn’t calm Emmitt’s concerns. After all, “Who was gonna pay for this party?”

Finally, his agent called and reported “There’s activity.” The Packers needed a running back. Emmitt thought, “Oh, no, it’s too cold.” Then magically the Cowboys made a trade and he was selected 17th.

That first year was rocky with Emmitt adjusting to Coach Jimmy Johnson. “He used his degree in psychology,” Emmitt said.

At one point, Jimmy unloaded on Emmitt at a Tuesday practice. Baffled and hurt, Emmitt didn’t speak to Jimmy until Saturday. When asked the reason for the treatment, Jimmy said,  “I got on you, but it wasn’t for you. It was for the others. If I get on my best players, the rest of them will stay in place.” Emmitt reflected, “Sometimes the leaders have to be the sacrificial lambs.”

But Jimmy’s leadership impressed the relatively young team as they rose despite the fact that “Nobody gave us a chance.” For the 1993 NFC Championship against the 49ers at Candlestick Park, the rains had “totally soaked” the field. Jimmy walked the entire field and told his players which side of the field was better to move the ball. The young team ended up winning the game (30-20) and going on to win the Super Bowl against the Buffalo Bills (52-17).

At 1:25 p.m. Emmitt recalled how he and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones handled his 1993 contract negotiation. According to Emmitt, Jerry didn’t want to pay, adding, “Does Jerry ever want to pay?”

Couldn’t tell whether Emmitt was directing that question to a lady seated at a table just a few feet away: Gene Jones.

Emmitt felt that he “did what I was supposed to, and thought I should be compensated.” Jerry balked and the Cowboys started the 1993 season without Emmitt.

In the meantime, there was a collective bargaining going on, and “I had 30 days to negotiate with the other teams and no one approached me. You ponder on that.”

Eventually, having lost the first two games of the season, the salary was worked out, making Emmitt the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The final subject for discussion was his appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” with Cheryl Burke. Emmitt found that Cheryl was as demanding as Jimmy. He said, “I humbled myself and told her I would do everything you ask. But you’ve gotta respect me and I’ll respect you.”

In addition to winning the mirrored ball and earning a whole new level of exposure, he said, “I learned not to take myself so seriously.”

Go Red For Women Celebrated With Heart-Rendering Stories And A Father-Daughter Jones Chat

Go Red for Women Co-Chairs Jane and Andy Geisse met on a blind date in high school. It had been set up by mutual friends, who were dating. Andy called Jane up and asked her out. She said, “Great. Only there’s one thing…” She was on crutches due to falling off a car. The setup worked and they dated for seven years.

 Jane and Andy Geisse

Jane and Andy Geisse

Then Jane was hired by Proctor & Gamble. Her boss asked if she knew a chap by the name of “Andy Geisse.” Wary she said, “Well, yes,” not knowing if he knew of their relationship. The boss said for her to thank Andy because he had turned down the job that she got.

They decided enough was enough and got married. That was 35 years ago.

On Friday, February 6, Jane watched Andy on stage rehearsing on stage in the Omni’s Dallas Ballroom and laughed when he started clowning around.

 Nina Vaca, Freddy Vaca, Robin Woith and Holly Reed

Nina Vaca, Freddy Vaca, Robin Woith and Holly Reed

Outside in the lobby, it was a sea of red with gals like last year’s Go Red for Women Co-Chair Capera Ryan and her mom, Lee Bailey, Jocelyn White, Rachel Michell, Linda Ivy, Holly Reed, Nina Vaca, Robin Woith, Holly Reed, and Brill Garrett perusing the silent auction items benefiting the American Heart Association and some taking advantage of the wellness booths.

Gene Jones and Brill Garrett

Gene Jones and Brill Garrett

At 11, one of the featured on-stage guests, Charlotte Jones Anderson, arrived. She was going to have a full day. Later that evening she was throwing a little gathering for more than 20,000 for United Way of Greater Dallas.

She was moved to the VIP reception in a small suite at the far end of the lobby. At 11:20, word was passed that the other on-stage guest “Jerry (Jones)” was 15 minutes away.

Kaley O'Kelley

Kaley O’Kelley

Just 20 minutes later the doors officially opened to the ballroom. KTVT-CBS 11’s new anchor Kaylee Kelley arrived and reviewed the agenda. Jerry arrived. Rev. Sheron Patterson wearing a fox stole that had belonged to her mother posed for photos with Jerry.

Things were really starting to happen with last year’s Co-Chair/Circle of Red Chair Barbara Smith inviting guests to join the Circle of Red. Then it was the Geisses’ turn at the podium. Andy breezed through it without a hitch. At one point, Jane hesitated. It seems she was “way ahead of the teleprompter.” Jane explained the stop-action was due to the teleprompter. Such spontaneity was greeted by laughter. She picked up the pace again, only to have the teleprompter trip her up again. As they left the stage, Andy gave her a tip: “Never rely on the teleprompter.”

Doug and Martha Hawthorne

Doug and Martha Hawthorne

______ then presented the Sandi Haddock Award to Martha Hawthorne, who was escorted to the stage by her husband Doug. Next up was a video that ended with darkness and just the sound of a heart beating. On stage was Tabitha Millsop, who was born with Atrial Septal Defect and Pulmonary Stenosis. She told of the years of having undergone numerous treatments and surgeries, and that she was winning the war against heart disease thanks to funded research. With that a shout-out was made for donations. As she left the stage, Kaylee quietly told Tabitha of her admiration for telling her story.

Tabitha Millsop

Tabitha Millsop

After contributions were collected, AT&T CEO/Chairman of the Board Randall Stephenson appeared on the two mega-screens to introduce Charlotte and Jerry and moderator Brad “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys” Sham.

With Gene Jones in the audience, the trio settled back in chairs on stage with Charlotte in between the gents. Brad started off by saying it was interesting that Jerry was there because in the early days of the Dallas Cowboys ownership, there were those who didn’t think he had a heart at all.

Highlights from the conversation with Charlotte and Jerry included:

  • Jerry announced that Dez did catch the ball.
  • Brad asked whether Jerry had adopted Gov. Chris Christie yet. Jerry’s response, “Well, we’re sending him checks.”
  • Jerry: “Everybody in this room knows I’ve had my share of negative issues…That keeps you talking. That keeps you interested.”
  • When asked what it was like working with her father, Charlotte said, “You can’t get a word in edgewise?”
  • Brad pointed out that when TV cameras show the Jones clan in their box, Charlotte is nowhere to be seen. She explained that she is “Working. I have a headset on.”
  • According to Jerry, “The NFL is a respite for the real heroes in this country. And the real heroes are the ones who make the jobs. The real heroes are the ones who man the hospitals. The real heroes are the teachers. The real heroes are the folks who protect us. The NFL and television is [sic] a respite away from that… It’s turned out to be more than any of us could have ever thought.”

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

  • Jerry recalled a time when Michael Irvin was being booked into jail wearing a fur coat. To turn the negative image around, Charlotte arranged for Jerry to meet with NBC-TV Chairman Dick Ebersol. NBC was going to telecast the upcoming Thanksgiving Day game. The morning the three were to meet with Ebersol, Jerry discovered Charlotte in her hotel room; “basically she’s sitting in there. She just has on a little, old workout deal on and she’s got her legs crossed in the middle of the floor.  And, boy, she’s putting together a presentation for Dick Ebersol, the head of all NBC. I looked at that and said, ‘Well, Charlotte, this is good, but here’s what we’re gonna do today. I want you to sit back. You take a cue from me. But I’m gonna do the talking because this thing really has possible serious ramifications.’ Course, she was dutiful and said, ‘Fine.’ We get in the meeting And all of a sudden Dick starts looking at Charlotte. Obviously, he’s not looking at me anymore. And he starts listening to Charlotte and I’m pulled in a little bit, but that’s not there anymore. And all of a sudden, [it] comes out from something I couldn’t have expected. It was the most articulate description of how would you take Thanksgiving Day game that has eyeballs of 100 million people at times between the show program and the game? How would you take that and could we use the halftime that the NFL has and basically tell a story of a lot of people in need?  He looked over at us and said we’ve never had anyone asked us for it. It’s a slow time for us because we only have at [that time] the two games on Thanksgiving. He said, ‘I’ll do it, but I want to tell you something:  if it’s not great stuff, if it’s not Super Bowl quality, we’re going to cut away. I don’t care what you’ve done, we’re gonna show something else.” The end result not only worked, it was blockbuster. And it was when Jerry realized that Charlotte was a powerhouse.
  • Jerry told that after he fired “iconic Tom Landry” and “I got my tail kicked,” a well-meaning person told him that when he showed up around town to have Gene or Charlotte standing by him to soften the blow.
  • Jerry admitted that he had fired Brad at one point and was told by folks that he “didn’t have the authority to do that.”
  • Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad Sham, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones

    Brad told Jerry and the audience that Charlotte should be made the Commissioner of the NFL.

Despite Sunday’s Heartbreaker, The Jones Family Will Be On Stage For The 2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon At The Omni Dallas Hotel

Now, don’t go boo-hooing about Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Instead, why not get the Jones’s lowdown on what they think about rules that make no sense and heart issues that do. Hello? Where are we going with this train of thinking?

Andy and Jane Geisse*

Andy and Jane Geisse*

2015 Go Red For Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Jane and Andy Geisse have arranged for Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones to be the keynote speakers at the February 6th luncheon at the Omni Hotel Dallas.

Charlotte Jones Anderson*

Charlotte Jones Anderson*

Jerry Jones*

Jerry Jones*

Benefiting the American Heart Association, the event will also include “an entire area dedicated to free health screenings and health related information.”

The issue of heart disease is very personal to the Geisse and the Jones clans. Both Jane’s and Andy’s mother “struggled with heart disease as well as their daughter, who was born without a pericardium, which holds the heart in the proper place.”

As for the Jones family, Jerry revealed in an interview with writer Tom Stephenson that he himself suffers from atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeat. After yesterday’s game, his cardiologist was probably on call.

BTW, tickets are not available for gals only! Heart disease is a killer of men, too. So, why not bring along your sweetheart because he just might like to hear Jerry’s spin on life.

Remember that February 6th is also National Wear Red Day. Even if you won’t a single stitch of red to wear, you’re bound to have some juicy red lipstick. So, smear it on to wipe out heart disease.

* Photo provided by 2015 Go Red for Women Luncheon

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Private Party At Victory Center, Hilary Swank in Preston Hollow, Maxim Party At Fair Park And Passby At Grey Goose

It’s the final day of the media search for VIP encounters before the Super Bowl. After the Prince concert debacle, the media is a bit on edge on who is in town and who isn’t. Rumors are flying that Brad and Angelina are holed up in a Beverly Drive mansion. The thought of trick or treating along Beverly passes quickly. Am hearing that the big blowout events with mega stars are proving to be busts. Stars are showing up late and only staying for a scant few minutes, if they show at all. Makes Friday night’s Audi Forum all the more precious. But tonight’s roster is stellar. The first one is a private party given by PlainsCapital first couple Lee Ann and Alan White where no cameras are allowed. Second one is at Lillie and Phil Romanos’ estate in Preston Hollow hosted by Hilary Swank for The Giving Fund. It was ranked as #1 last Super Bowl by ESPN. The last official event of the evening is Maxim‘s Party Powered by Motorola which is considered the hot party that some media outlet claimed last year as THE party. If there are two seconds to rub together, will hit the Grey Goose Lounge where Jeremy “Entourage” Pivens is holding court. Celebrity hunting season is closing tonight with guaranteed WOW opportunities.

Follow the jump to find out how swell searching ended with frost-bitten fingers. [Read more…]

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: LOOK With Richie Sambora, Giving Fund With Jocks And Audi Forum Part(y) II With Demi, Ashton, Justin and Jackman

FRIDAY

With private jets parading overhead into Dallas like homing pigeons, Friday presents three opportunities for encounter with elite visitors. Super Bowl insiders say the real crush of celebrities will start today. The hunt is on! But it is a hunt in a world covered with inches of snow. Schools and businesses are closed like liquor stores on a Sunday. “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep,” is the MySweetCharity mantra.

2:30 p.m. — LOOK at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village

First stop is Mi Cocina, where the Jerry Jones family is hosting LOOK to showcase Richie Sambora‘s White Trash Beautiful “couture line” of clothing. A couple of hours before the event, checked in with Dallas Cowboys pr champ Joe Trahan. He dutifully reports that despite the closing of most schools and the warning by media outlets to stay home, the party is on.

Great! Since it is still subfreezing, it is doubtful many of the beautiful people will chance getting their Christian Louboutins snow soaked. Perfect! Will be able to kick back and have some quality time with the Bon Jovi guitarist and compare fashion notes with Richie’s co-designer Nikki Lund. But surprise! The HP Village parking lot around Mi Cocina is packed. Only a half hour into the party and the place is also jam-packed with guests who look like they made the final cut at a Kim Dawson cattle call. No split ends, bad complexions or last season’s casual wear for this bunch. Heck, no. These are the folks who have makeup artists on retainer and house accounts at just the right shops. After checking in with the girl greeters/guest list auditors, a security type is asked how many people are there. He says, “They say 300.” Tell him that it seems like there are more than 300. He winks and smiles.

Nancy Rogers and Sonia Black

It is a little hard to tell that the main dining room has been converted into a Miami-themed South Beach party world. No, it isn’t due to the windows showcasing a snowy HP Village. It is just too darn hard to see anything with all the beautiful people gathered. Long-legged, blond Nancy Rogers huddles up with her gal pals like Leisa Street, Sonia Black and Kris Johnson on a white couch. Despite the snow-covered streets on the other side of the window behind them, the girls look as snug as a litter of bunnies.

When asked about her dreamy Dennis Basso beige and white coat, Nancy sheepishly says that the clerk had forgotten to remove something. Lifting the edge of the jacket, she shows an EAS security tag.

Lana Andrews

Over in a side room, Brill Garrett looks as welcome as a cup of hot chocolate. She knows no strangers. Someone tells her that next year she’ll be in Indianapolis with husband/Dallas Cowboys coach Jason for Super Bowl XLVI. She smiles and blushes. Stephen Jones is chatting it up with Barry Andrews. Lana Andrews looks itty bitty all in black and admits that despite the weather, they’re having a great time. Yes, it had taken a bit of time to get home the night before from the NFL owners’ party at Cowboys Stadium, but it was well worth it. Fergie was adorable and had brought her father. Jamie Foxx was great and Jennifer Hudson was wonderful. This evening she and Barry are headed to the Coors Lite big hoop-la at Billy Bob’s, but she is concerned about the drive home since the roads might be icier.

Just then Troy Aikman, whose second home is Mi Cocina, passes Lana on his way out. When asked if he’ll be at the Samuel Lynne Galleries party tonight, he says, “Maybe. Don’t know.” Interesting, since he’s hosting the event.

Richie Sambora with fellow in brown and white sweater in background

Then live music from the upstairs balcony grabs everyone’s attention. All eyes go to the top of the staircase as a Caribbean-styled drum band parades down, with Richie in the center. The tallest member of the marching band has no instrument and looks a bit out of place in his brown and white sweater. Is he a guest who’s gotten into the party mood? Nope, his one job in this whole world is to keep the path clear for Sambora — even if it means shoving people aside. Guess he didn’t major in gentility. The good thing is that there are so many people packed in, there is no room to fall down.

As the sunglassed Sambora passes Nancy’s couch, he high-fives her waist and she gives him one of those “Nancy smiles.” Somebody asks Nancy, “How do you know Richie?” She looks startled and replies, “I don’t know him at all.”  Evidently Richie knows how to pick out a face in the crowd.

Then more long-legged gals appear on elevated platforms modeling WTB designs that Richie and co-designer Nikki have created. iPhone salutes reward the designers as people photograph the clothes. . . and/or the models. Somebody passes the word that the models are Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Didn’t recognize them without their uniforms.

Jerry Jones

Outside, PaperCity editor-emeritus Brooke Hortenstine walks by Mi Cocina looking spectacular and admitting that she had just had her makeup done for the night’s lineup. Even her hair looks sun-kissed. “Are you going in to see LOOK?”

She laughs in a girlish fashion, raising an eyebrow at the windows filled with people and saunters on. She has miles to go before she sleeps, too.

Just as the sun is coming out, Jerry Jones arrives. After handling the problems of ice sliding off of Cowboys Stadium, he’s probably relieved to be in his home ZIP code among friends and family.

7:00 p.m. — The Giving Fund at Samuel Lynne Galleries

Troy Aikman

Driving up to the Samuel Lynne Galleries, a line of car parkers are joined by Cecil Martinez, who is shoveling snow from the street. On the way in, Troy is seen leaving the party. Guess he’s headed to another event. He smiles and waves. Troy’s become the moving target of celebrities this week.

Once inside, a bevy of pr gals in the uniformed black dress and black, painfully high heels are front and center to offer assistance. Over to the side is Dallas Morning NewsChristopher Wynn tweeting away while his photo sidekick Courtney Perry is lining up shots.

While the list of VIPs is impressive in length, it is predominantly football types. But heck! Troy is hosting the party, so that makes sense.

Ky Hebert

The problem is, who is who? A group of fellows grab one media person and asks, “Who’s that guy? He looks famous.” The media type responds ignorance, but adds, “Yes, he did look important.” “The guy” turns out to be former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Ky Hebert.

Samuel Lynne owner JD Miller admits that even he isn’t quite sure who is who.

Fellow gallery owner Phil Romano is talking about plans for the Saturday night party at his home  benefiting The Giving Fund, his Hunger Busters and other organizations. He is looking forward to Hilary Swank‘s hosting the dinner at his home on Strait Lane. Sunday he’s taking her in a touring van along with 20 others to his box at Cowboys Stadium. “I hope she has a sense of humor!” Phil says.

8:00 p.m. — Audi Forum party at the Rachofsky House

Arrive early to impress the handlers. Greeted by the pr munchkins who are checking names. They look cold from the wintry temperatures and the wind. But still they smile and try to make everyone feel right at home. . . even the people whose names aren’t on the list and must be turned away.

Run into host Howard Rachofsky, who says it is 50/50 whether he’d be attending the Super Bowl. “We’re going to have so many guests in, and they all want a tour, you know, of the house. When you have a (hopefully!) interesting collection, that’s what you (have to) do.” Then he adds, “I’ve never seen so much security!”  But, you’re having big names coming tonight. “That’s what I understand,” he replies. All the while Jeremy the Security Guard looks on.

Across the way, ever-upbeat Cindy Rachofsky is asking, “What did Dallas do in a previous life to deserve all the snow?” She’s also thrilled about her new Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise puppy, Sophie, who has found the snow to be just terrific.

To accommodate the elite members of the media in their dealings with the much-vaunted boldfaced guests, two options are on the table — be part of the party crowd with no cameras and chancy VIP access, or the media bullpen for a red carpet interaction. Some opted to float between the two worlds of media opportunities.

The bullpen is a small room on the second level. With cameras and media types, the room gets even smaller. Against one wall is the on-too familiar sponsors’ backdrop, where the interviewees will be lined up as if facing a firing squad. Whoever makes the backdrops is a very happy camper.

Chord Overstreet

First to arrive is Chord “Glee” Overstreet, who serves as a warm-up act for the media players including Extra!, People Magazine, AP, WFAA, the Morning News and the Audi home team. He’s cute and shy. Asked about the Super Bowl, the blond Packers’ fan says, “I’m pumped!” This is my first Super Bowl. . .  Awful, awful Super Bowl weather. I want some sun.”

Then there’s a bit of a lull that allows the media to check smart phones and compare notes on their pasts. The media gets sorta endearing when they go through this period of work. Like a first date, they ask each other get-to-know-you questions like “Where did you go to school?”, “Did you know. . .?” and “The worst assignment I ever had was . . .” They never get into anything too deep like religion, politics or sex. These relationships just fill time until they have to hop into action. There are some among them that are the “loners.” They stay to themselves because they’re just too darn shy or they regard themselves above the common hoi polloi.

Upon venturing outside the pen to test the waters, PaperCity associate publisher Margaret Stafford is in the hallway laughing at PC Editor Rob Brinkley (aka Everyone’s BFF). “Someone” has spilled champagne or water on his camel-colored jacket and the floor. They are now advising guests of the slip and slide condition leading to the bullpen. Good thing, because this is the hallway that the holy VIPs will take to get to the bullpen.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

The second-level living room looks scary jammed. It might be safer back with the rest of the media. Good decision. Upon returning to the bullpen, the head pr wrangler gives a warning signal that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are about to be served up. Conversations are dropped and places taken. The wrangler, who is losing her voice, explains the ground rules. Demi and Ashton will first have still photos taken. Once that is done, it will be time for the video. At that time no more still photos are to be taken. Something about the twosome not liking flashes. No one says what will happen if the rules are not obeyed.

The duo enters the room like children who have once again been called to the principal’s office. Walking in single file with eyes slightly downcast. they  promptly take their places in front of the Audi backdrop. Bundled up in knit cap, scarf and winter jacket, Ashton looks like a tall kid who’d been on his way to build a snowman. Demi, on the other hand, is itty bitty. A pr insider from across the room mouths, Yves St. Laurent, pointing to Demi’s black cocktail dress. She looks adoringly at Ashton, while he warily checks out the surroundings like a Secret Service agent for the Bushes. As he loosens up, he teases the media about their being so quiet. Little did he know the advanced coaching that the media has received.

Just then Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen opens the door and enters letting the music from the party in. Media, especially those with headsets on, shudder. PR team cringes, but they’re not going to “have a talk” with Johan.

Someone asks Ashton if he’s seen the new Audi Super Bowl commercial. He counters, “Is it funny?” Standing on the sideline, Johan says, “It is German. It cannot possibly be funny.” Big laughter emerges from celebs, handlers and media. Whew!

When asked why they’re in Dallas, the celebrities both agree, “Football, always football.”

But the hand-holding couple doesn’t agree on everything. She’s for the Packers because of Aaron Rogers, and Ashton is rooting for the Steelers.

Demi, Ashton and Johan exit.

Rumors start circulating that the Prince concert that had been cancelled earlier in the day and then rescheduled is once again canceled. Media perks up. Super Bowl concert crisis. Dallas Morning News writer Jason Sheeler is texting nonstop.  WFAA’s social media guru Jonathan Betz is monitoring situation. Says WFAA has a crew checking it out. But before further developments can be reported, the chief wrangler appears and announces that Justin Timberlake will be arriving in a second. Same ground rules. Gee, does he have a problem with lights, too?

A covey of young gals has arrived in the room and directed to the far walls. They have cell phone cameras all ready for action. Don’t see any notepads. Guess they have very good memories.

Justin Timberlake

Justin, looking a bit wan and in retro Salvation Army attire, enters the room, followed by four or five beefy bodyguards, who look like successful undertakers. Somebody mutters, “Bet the president of Egypt wishes he had type of security.” The head of the escorts is a woman who would scare Kathy Bates. She immediately starts complaining about the arrangements. Pointing fingers at members of the media, she is giving the head wrangler a piece of her mind and other things, too. Wrangler announces that personal cameras and cell phone cameras are prohibited. Yeah, sure. Insiders know that the beefy security guys are soup if they come between the covey and their ‘N Sync boy-man.

Justin tells the crew that he’s a Packers’ fan. When asked by Extra!’s AJ Calloway if Justin’s willing to make a $5 bet on the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Justin wonders why the bet is so low. AJ responds, “I don’t have Justin Timberlake money.” One of Justin’s beefy security guards snorts and laughs quietly, “None of us do.”

Justin exits followed by entourage. Covey also departs. They came; they shot; they left.

Hugh Jackman*

Before the media could return to checking their cell phones or get updated on the Prince situation, the wrangler barely has time to announce the arrival of Hugh Jackman or the restrictions. With almost no fanfare, Hugh saunters into the room like he was returning to his favorite pub. Standing in front of the backdrop, he amiably answers questions. Then he does the unforgivable. He leaves the zone of safety and ventures toward the media. Was this some test that the wrangler has devised to see if the media would overstep their places? Evidently not.

He nonchalantly makes friends with one and all and talks on any topic —

Super Bowl — “My heart says the Packers, but my head says Steelers by five points.”

Weather — “I don’t mind it. We’re inside now, in a beautiful place. As long as we don’t have to go swimming. ”

Living in the states — “We’re living in New York. I love Texas. I’ve never seen it with snow. It’s magnificent.”

Advice for Oscar emcees — He recalls the advice that he got from Steve Martin: “Focus on the first part and just get it going. Have fun. Keep it moving. I took out some cookies. These A-list actors just mobbed me for cookies.”

Bulking up for his next role — He’s eating 6,000 calories a day. “Ten ounces of steak, chicken, rice, beans, very boring.” He got the diet from Duane Johnson and is trying to put on 30 to 40 pounds. Is working out an hour a day.

One of the wranglers gave the signal that it was time to end the conversation. Hugh leaves. Media members exchange looks signaling “He’s the real deal.”

Finally decide to emerge from the pen and see how the party is going. The once-open living room is jammed with people. Complain to a friend that it’s impossible to see where the celebs are. Friend makes a painful face. Look over shoulder to discover Demi and Ashton giggling with locals. Turn around to see another media type asking Jackman if he ever gets tired of “all these women slobbering over you?” Hugh gives him a big grin and says, “No,” then introduces media member to the lady standing next to him — Hugh’s wife Deborra-Lee. Awkward!

Decide it’s time to leave before another casualty moment takes place. Pass event planner Todd Fiscus on the stairway. He’s happy, happy. Has handled 50 events during the week. Is especially happy not to be associated in any form with the Prince debacle. Evidently word inside the bullpen had been right. It’s a mess.

Outside, the pr munchkins are now taking turns doing cold-weather duty. The parking lot looks as crowded as the living room upstairs. The slush makes the whole scene feel even colder. Demi and Ashton walk across the driveway to their car. Looks surrealistic. In the freezing temperatures that have even the hardiest valet turning NFL blue, she’s without a coat or anything to keep her warm. . . not even Ashton’s arm.

Chat with Morning News bold-face expert Alan “Dimples” Peppard. He chuckles at the idea of being a part of the media herd. That’s so not cool. Waves good bye as he gets in his SUV and drives off to another swell event. Someone says, “Your car is here.” Head to vehicle, open the backdoor and ask friend, “When did we get a fur coat?”

Oops, wrong car. Drat! Wait another 15 minutes for the right vehicle to be found. Except for the chill, it isn’t a problem. Have fun talking with arriving guests like Laura Hunt, Brendan Higgins and Jenna Turner.  Feel very in the know. Tell them to look up Hugh and Deborra-Lee and Justin. Sorry they just missed Demi and Ashton. Don’t you know we’re all on a first-name basis.

* Hugh Jackman photo credit: Audi/WireImage.

Tomorrow: Private Party and Hilary Swank Dinner

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Media Partying With The Golden Oldies

Forget football. Name dropping has been the best sport in the area for weeks. Top-of-the-food-chain pr firms from NYC, LA and Chicago have been inundating Dallas with  heart-stopping names as part of the Super Bowl XLV festivities. Hey, wake up, big time pr types. We read the Enquirer and watch Extra!, too. Ain’t no Beverly Hillbillies living in this ZIP code. As the clock ticked away, it became obvious to oldtimers that some dropped names were pretty real and impressive and others were promoters’ pie-in-the-sky wish lists.

In covering celeb type events you came to the realization that —

  1. There are two ways to “encounter” the VIP’s: You can work the red carpet for brief one-on-ones with the celebs, or, if you’re lucky to be allowed in with the housebroken guests, you can chum around with them and pick up tidbits.
  2. There are as many breakfast encounters as there are homeless people in the Park Cities.
  3. Social media is the fax machine of 2011.
  4. The good local pr peeps can hold their own any minute of the day with the coasties types.
  5. A lot of locals took their “events” way too seriously, actually believing that this event would trump the second coming of Tom Landry.

With all of this in mind, here is the first installment of the Super Bowl Week roundup celebrity coverage. It shows how the media isn’t all that exciting when put together with no news to cover.

TUESDAY

8:00 p.m. — Media Party at House of Blues

With the first brush of frigid air hitting the Dallas area and with more on the horizon, the media gathered at Cowboys Stadium to interview the Packers and the Steelers. After a long day at the office, the media needed to unwind and the North Texas Super Bowl Committee was all ready to help them through the night. The spot to unwind was the House of Blues wedged between the West End and Victory. Say, isn’t that the 7/11 of entertainment venues? But we digress.

To accommodate the barely-on-an-expense-account media, organizers swore they had “given out valet passes for the House of Blues. Sometime we move so fast on these things.” Alas, those media that didn’t get the “valet passes” did get hit with a $30 parking charge.

North Texas Super Bowl spin meisters didn’t stop here. They said that despite the freezing weather and professionals’ “Big Chill” predictions, “We’ll be all right; it’ll be 60 degrees by game day.” Oops! (Actual Sunday temperatures hit a whopping 53 degrees.) Sounded a little like the folks who swore that the Titanic was unsinkable.

Charlotte Anderson and Gene Jones

Charlotte Anderson, there with Mama Gene Jones, said: “I can’t believe it’s here, after five years!” She hugged and chatted with JB Hayes, who just got back from Davos, Switzerland  and was looking forward to being at the big host committee party at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth later in the week.

Once inside it was a pack of media types, and there is nothing more interesting than watching members of the media partying. There was the younger generation with fingers and thumbs texting about who was there and what they were drinking. There was the older generation with spit in their jaws ready to spittoon the first younger generation that asked them about the good old days. While journalist Olympians Pat Summerall and other Blackie Sherrod award honorees were upstairs having a private dinner, the action in the main rooms included:

  • Writer Art Stricklin mentioned a “book” that’s being done on the Super Bowl by the local host committee. It will be the first such project for a Super Bowl. (Editor’s note: After reviewing the actual Super Bowl Week, they might want to rethink that one.)
  • Dallas Morning NewsMark Edgar raved about the Franklin Barbecue downstairs: “It’s the best!” Then he rushed back to the office.
  • Roger Staubach was interviewed by The Ticket. Rog said this year we have two really great teams playing, and two great quarterbacks who don’t quit. He felt like this was going to be one of the best Super Bowls ever to watch, and “that’s what you want.”
  • FOX 4’s Ron Jackson was sucking a beer after a long day; “We had to do a lot of cut-ins today,” he said. Goes out on a limb and predicted upper 40s for Saturday and low to mid 50s for Sunday. Then another wave of cold weather Monday.
  • Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert welcomed the crowd with a spinning quip about the weather. Maybe it’s cold outside, he says, but no warmer hospitality exists than you’ll find in Dallas.

Then a video about Blackie’s nearly 60-year career was played. For oldtimers, it’s poignant. For youngsters, it’s hopefully inspiring. The video called him the best sports columnist in the history of Texas newspapers. That may well be true, but Blackie would have shuddered and headed to the parking lot.

Remember, Blackie, Dan Jenkins and other “oldtimers” were covering sports when a manual typewriter was considered state-of-the-art technology, the bottom drawer usually had a bottle of Jack Daniels and cigarette smoke filled newsrooms. They were the pioneers of Texas sports reporting and as tough as the players on the field.

Blackie’s wife, Joyce, said he couldn’t be part of the evening’s festivities because he’s in his 92nd year and he’s recovering from all those years of fun he had sportswriting. Blackie’s friends gave each other the eye. They know that Blackie was never a hoot and holler, hurray kind of guy.

Dan Jenkins

Next on the program was Dan Jenkins’ daughter Sally (a writer for Washington Post) to introduce her dad. She said her dad taught her to open a pack of Winstons, to drink three martinis and to “never let a thing go until it’s absolutely as good as you can make it.”

Dan came out and said he was happy “to be presented an award for living too long.” He also welcomed all the media to Texas. Later when he was asked about the cold weather affecting the Super Bowl, Dan chuckled, “I live in Fort Worth. This is fun! I also lived in New York for 30 years. This is nothing!”

Honoree Frank Luksa was introduced by Fort Worth-Star Telegram sports columnist Randy Galloway, who said Luksa was “a hero of mine” and a gentleman. Frank then said the award meant a great deal to him. He spoke about Blackie as a great writer who always found the perfect words.

Daryl Johnston and Michael Johnson

The final honoree was introduced by Roger Staubach, who in turn had to be introduced by Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Moose introduced Rog as “God Junior.” Before tacking his official duties, Staubach said that Bill Lively had been the “hero of the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.” Then he went on to claim that the wintry weather had been ordered by the host committee to make Pittsburgh and Green Bay teams feel at home. Getting downright religious, Roger claimed to have talked to Tom Landry and (Roger’s) mother in heaven to make it happen. But on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he added, the committee will deliver the weather that the fans and the media would want. Then he introduced NFL vet Pat Summerall, whose six-decade career had included broadcasting 16 Super Bowls.

Pat recalled covering his first Super Bowl as a sideline reporter. When he was ordered to ask Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi if he would mind kicking off–again–to start the second half, Summerall refused and feared that would be his last Super Bowl.

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones

Then the hundreds of media settled back to music and “refreshments” on the ground floor, as Jerry Jones, Rich Dalrymple and Stephen Jones leaned over one rail against the wall, peering down at the action from the second level. Two Dallas cops and two women guarded the roped-off entrance to where they were. Occasionally Jerry would crook his finger to them, meaning to allow people–a middle-aged couple, two 20something girls–to enter the holy area and visit, or have their photo taken with Jerry.

Photos by Glenn Hunter

Tomorrow: Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Thursday including the Legends dinner and Audi Forum Part(y) I.

Gene And Jerry Jones Added Hearts Of Texas Reception To Their Super Busy Agenda

You would think Gene and Jerry Jones (pictured right with Gene Jones) had enough swirling around in their ho-hum lives last Wednesday. Not only do they have something called the Super Bowl coming up, they had just learned that President Obama might be dropping in for the football rumble at Cowboys Stadium.

So it was no surprise that they were just a little late in arriving home at their party for the Volunteer Center of North Texas reception honoring the Hearts of Texas Awards Luncheon recipients (Linda Custard, Interstate Batteries and the Episcopal School of Dallas). Why shoot! With their right-hand Gal Friday KJ coordinating the arrangements, they knew everything was under control.

After driving through friendly but official security at the gate, guests were greeted by co-host Elaine Agather (pictured left with Bill and Linda Custard) at the front door. She seemed to know everyone of the 85+ guests on sight without hesitation but with a hug. Charles Wyly was sans Dee and had to leave early to join Dee for a friend’s birthday celebration at Cafe Pacific.

Gene compared notes with Dr. Bobby Lyle, who had gone to Philadelphia with Jones daughter Charlotte, where she chaired her first meeting of the national Salvation Army. Gene told Bobby, “Charlotte is really counting on your help for the Salvation Army.” She got a big, old Bobby smile of assurance in return.

Over in one corner, Communities Foundation’s Brent Christopher introduced Phyllis and Richard Bernstein to a guest saying, “We’re very grateful that Richard and Phyllis are so generous.” To this comment, Richard, who is a big supporter of the Volunteer Center, chuckled, “It gets me into Jerry Jones’ house!”

And what a house it is. Not surprisingly, many guests found their way to the library. Why? That’s where they saw the three Cowboys’ Super Bowl trophies and rings on display. The rings themselves look more like mega tiaras for Barbie.

While the Super Bowl riches seemed to stand out among the many Jones treasures, they weren’t the only “WOWs!” in the room. For instance, the night’s sky was painted on the ceiling. An insider claimed that interior designer Sherry Hayslip had had it painted with the position of the stars the night the Joneses bought the Cowboys.

However, not everything in the library revolved around the Cowboys. Over in a corner on an easel was a document signed by Thomas Jefferson, who had absolutely no connection with the Cowboys. So don’t get the impression that the house is a glorified Cowboys Stadium suite. Ah, far from it.

Artwork was in abundance without being too much through every inch of the place, creating a perfect setting. Ross Perot was standing near the kitchen, waiting for a cup of decaf coffee and looking at some of the incredible artwork. . . .Caroline Rose Hunt (pictured) found a comfortable spot in the living room to visit with friends. She reported that she was going to the doctor the next day “for the last time” for her wrist. Recalling her dear friend Charles Simmons, who died earlier this month, Caroline said that when they first met he said, “I’m retired, but I’m not idle.” She then told a friend that she had received many notes and cards of support after his death, and thought at one point, “Charles, I wish you could see these.” The friend said, “I bet he could.”

With the help of KJ’s sounding the dinner chimes, Elaine took her place on the winding staircase and told the crowd about the upcoming Feb. 23 luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

To kick things off, Elaine announced that co-chair Jan Pickens’ (pictured right with Bob Pickens) was especially memorable since it was also her birthday.

Elaine then attributed her own involvement in “Hearts of Texas” to her other co-chair Ruth “Mrs. Dallas Philanthropy” Altshuler. She recalled how Ruth called her saying, “You might want to help us with the Volunteer Center.” As usual, Ruth and husband Ken shook their head as if they had minimal involvement.

With Volunteer Center CEO Julie Thomas (pictured) looking on with pride, Elaine moved on to reminding the group of the people and organizations that would be honored at the luncheon.

Then it was back to chatting with the Super Bowl on the tongues of many. Nancy Halbreich, who swore she would be watching it on TV, was weighing the situation if the Chicago Bears were involved. Husband Jeremy is the CEO/Chairman of Chicago-based Sun-Times Media (as the Chicago Sun-Times).

Gene admitted that the “Super Bowl is taking on a life of its own. Now with the president; I don’t know if they’ve ever had a president and former president. . .” and raised her eyes to heaven.

(Editor’s note: Thanks to research by Alan “Dimples” Peppard, whose birthday is Tuesday, it was discovered that the NFL claims that no sitting president has ever attended a Super Bowl. Happy birthday, Alan!)

Just in the nick of time, Jerry (pictured) arrived after entertaining the leaders of North Texas Super Bowl XLV committee at Cowboys Stadium. But no complaints. When Jerry arrives, the air crackles with energy.

JJ said, “We’re a five-star event with Homeland Security just for the Super Bowl. What are we if the president comes? Would be off the Richter scale.”

When pressed about rumors on a pre-Super Bowl announcement regarding the naming rights for Cowboys Stadium, he said, “No, nothing to announce.” But he didn’t discount the possibility.

But all the talk of a sitting president attending the North Texas Super Bowl turned out to wishful thinking when the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears Sunday. Oh, well, guess they’ll just have to settle on a former president to be in attendance.