2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox Reveals Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere To Co-Chair Runway Report

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere*

With the 2017 Runway Report in the rear view mirror, 2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox has revealed that Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere will be co-chairing the 2018 Runway Report.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Tootsies’ Fashions Were Front-And-Center On Stage For KidneyTexas Inc.’s Behind-The Scenes “Transforming Lives”

The KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report affair at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, September 26, may have appeared to be a typical fashion show and luncheon ready for a crowd of 350. The runway was laid out in the ballroom and the luncheon tables in the Promenade. The reception was already underway even before the 10:30 start as guests with flutes of champagne strolled in spotting friends across the room. Emcee Ron Corning with left leg firmly held in place thanks to a brace following a nasty fall in Santa Fe posed for photos with guests like Donna Arp Weitzman.

Soon the room was filled with the likes of Event Co-Chair Susan Russell, Jocelyn White, Angela Nash, Ramona Jones, Di Johnston, Susan McSherry, Angela Randall, Cheryl Hall, Vicki Howland, Lynn Dealey, Jolie Humphrey, Patty Jo Turner, Lauryn Gayle White, Lisa Cooley, Patti Flowers, Delilah Boyd, Tracy Lange, Marj Waters, Mr. Mesero’s Mico Rodriguez and Tracy Williams, who was watching her 15-year-old daughter walk the runway.

Andrea Alcorn

Ron Corning

KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn had lost more weight that she remembered. It wasn’t because she’d signed up for Weight Watchers. It was the “Stealth Juggler’s” diet that many baby boomers are unknowingly part of. She was juggling her day-job as a PR person, her responsibilities as KidneyTexas Inc. president and taking care of her mother Mae Alcorn (the longest kidney transplant survivor) who had fallen and broken a couple of major bones.

Altuzarra fashion

A.L.C jacket

Cinq A Sept gown with LaMarque jacket

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Highlighting the Tootsies fashions on the runway was a model in a Rob Bradford figure-hugging gown wrapped in vines ladened with faux butterflies that reflected the day’s theme “Transforming Lives.” 

But it was the behind-the-scenes story that was the real reason for the gathering.

Then there was McKamy Tiner, who just the year before had co-chaired the luncheon. She was also the nation’s youngest kidney donor. Today she was all smiles. Not just because of her kidney sharing, but she was getting married the following Saturday to Joel Looney. Because one donates a kidney doesn’t mean they lost their sense of humor, too. She told how when Joel met with her father months before, the bridegroom-to-be was nervous. Her dad offered him a Scotch to sooth his nerves. As an added calm down, papa Tiner told Joel, “I was always worried that Tiner would marry an a-s-o-e. You are the nicest guy around, so I’m not worried.”

McKamy Tiner

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

John Castorr

Co-Chair Christine Martin was as bright and sparkling as Tinkerbell. But that wouldn’t have been so, if it hadn’t been for two kidney transplants.

Christine’s brother John Castorr told how one of the beneficiaries Camp Reynal was a true getaway for for children with diabetes. In addition to having outdoors activities and being like any other summer camp, Camp Reynal had dialysis machines and healthcare specialist on site. 

But with all these knock ‘em out of the park stories, there was someone missing. His name was Vinny Trezza and he was a hunk. Not only did he play golf and was a Boy Scout, he “had been living with hydronephrosis, a condition from birth that caused his kidneys to swell and not function property.”

While folks sat near Vinny’s mom, Melissa Trezza, they initially didn’t realize the struggle that she and her family had gone through. But thanks to Melissa being a perfect match and Dr. Dev Desai at Children’s, Melissa “donated her kidney to her son, allowing him to avoid dialysis.”  

So, how does a kidney transplant take place?  For Vinny and Melissa it was Dr. Desai working for hours cutting away tissue around Melissa’s kidney with the help of long surgical tools and a TV screen that enhanced the picture of the kidney. Once Melissa’s kidney was removed, time was of the essence. It had to be flushed out and prepared for transplant. The kidney’s turning gray was a good sign as it was placed in an ice chest and transferred to the operating room where Vinny was prepped. Once Vinny’s “bad” kidney was removed, the clock kept ticking. Within minutes, Melissa’s kidney was transplanted into her son.

But this recent transplant and May’s transplant that took place years ago only resulted from research and development funded by fundraising by events like Runway Report.

Sue Goodnight

Steve and Linda Ivy

Natalie Taylor

Dee Lincoln

Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb

Jody Dean

As auctioneer Jody Dean worked the room to bring bids just a wee bit higher, Melissa sat knowing that her Boy Scout son had been the recipient of the power of fundraising with the fashions from Tootsies, the efforts of heroes like Lifetime Achievement Awardee Sue Goodnight, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy, Sue Goodnight Services Award recipient Natalie Taylor and Over-The-Top Awardees Dee Lincoln and Tootsies’ Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb.

As for Vinny, he was in class just being a normal buy thanks to his mom, Dr. D and the folks who had provided funding to let him get on with life.

And while Vinny let it be known that he wouldn’t be on the scene, there were nearly 50, who no-showed without notifying organizers. The results? Prepared and paid-for meals had to be thrown out. Had the MIA notified the leadership, the Runway Report could have prevented the meals from being prepared and saved some bucks. 

For more photos from the runway and the audience, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report

While the Tootsies fashions took centerstage at the KidneyTexas Inc.Runway Report on Tuesday, September 26, at Brook Hollow, the scene stealers were stories of people like KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn‘s mother, McKamy Tiner, Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin and a young fella named Vinny Trezza and his mother Melissa Trezza, whose lives have changed thanks to research and treatments for the disease.

Andrea Alcorn

McKamy Tiner

However, it must be admitted that the closing fashion on the catwalk that reflected the event’s theme of “Transforming Lives” definitely got reactions from those in the audience.

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

While the post is being finished, check out the fashions and faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Runway Report Patrons Were Feted Where Penguins Once Partied

While Runway Report Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy were world traveling and Co-Host Don Daseke was elsewhere doing deals, Co-Host Barbara Daseke carried on for the KidneyTexas Inc.‘ Runway Report patrons in the Daseke home-in-the-woods. It all took place on Thursday, September 21, in celebration of the “Transforming Lives Fashion Show And Luncheon” on Thursday, September 21, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. In addition to checking out the teak-wood mansion, guests were able to start bidding on the live auction items and raffle goodies. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke, Christine Martin and Susan Russell*

Barbara and Don Daseke opened their fabulous home for the Patron Party honoring KidneyTexas Inc.’s The Runway Report Transforming Lives Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 21, a wonderful treat for all!

Someone said the last time they were there for an event, there was a cheetah in the backyard and penguins in a pool. All of that is true! It happened when the Dasekes hosted an event for the Zoo To Do benefiting the Dallas Zoo, caretakers from the zoo brought some of the zoo’s residents for a road trip to the Daseke’s to meet and mingle with the upscale crowd. As longtime supporters of the Dallas Zoo, Barb and Don are chairing that event this year on Saturday, November 4.

Dee Lincoln and Jan Strimple*

Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill*

KidneyTexas Luncheon Co-Chair Susan Russell and her husband, Don, joined Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin in welcoming friends, supporters and patrons in for the celebration. Enjoying the sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and artful scenery were Over the Top award honorees Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime, who sponsored the wines this evening, and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb from Tootsies that is also the fashion show sponsor. And the word is out, the ever-fashionable Jan Strimple, fashion show producer, has a special surprise up her sleeve to be showcased at the fashion show on Tuesday.

The Sue Goodnight Service Award recipient Natalie Taylor was there, along with the award’s namesake, Sue Goodnight, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Natalie Taylor and Di Johnston*

Renee and David Winter*

Former Luncheon Chair Renee Winter and dear friend Pam Brock brought in orchids which will be featured as the luncheon’s centerpieces. Dr. David Winter, Renee’s husband, caught up on news with friends Dr. Warren Katz and his wife. Special thanks to Gold Crown Valet for sponsoring valet services for this and all of KidneyTexas’ special meetings and events.

The 2017 KidneyTexas beneficiaries include:

  • Parkland Foundation: $30,500 for kidney dialysis unit;
  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation: $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants;
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center: $29,925 for kidney related research;
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation: $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines;
  • Camp Reynal: $19,500; and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation: $14,214for a hemodialysis machine
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Bidding Gets Underway Tonight For Tuesday’s KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Live Auction

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

KidneyTexas Inc. is trying something new this year for its Runway Report live auction. Instead of waiting until the luncheon for the bidding competition to get underway, Luncheon Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have arranged for the bidding to start tonight at the Patron Party. There will be bid sheets for the guests with the final rally for the goods taking place at the luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 26.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

So, what’s on the auction bloc? To start with, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy have dug into Linda’s fabulous collection of Judith Leiber handbags and donated one of the pristine purse that is valued at $4,000.  

Other items include the following:

  • “Dreamy Blue’s,” a 24” x 36” abstract landscape by Georgeana Ireland valued at $3,000. In addition Georgeana is donating 10% of any of her paintings including her custom commissioned orders purchased until Sunday, October 15, to KidneyTexas Inc. And there’s still more. Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery will also donate 10% of its sales to KidneyTexas Inc until October 15.
  • A party at Mr. Mesero on Henderson for 50 guests complete with margaritas and loads of food valued as priceless. After all, how can one put a price on a great time with 49 pals?

Jody Dean (File photo)

Ron Corning (File photo)

Running the auction Tuesday will be KLUV’s Jody Dean with WFAA’s Ron “Crutches” Corning as emcee.

But if you can’t make the patron party or the luncheon, there’s always the raffle that includes:

A Michele stainless steel case with diamond dial watch (value: $1,695), a Bachendorf’s gift card (value: $1,000), a 11” x 14” family portrait by Robin Jackson Photography (value: $500), a Charlie and Co. package including haircut and blowout with stylist and color consult and take-home product (value: priceless), a Sallio Bistro gift card (value: $200), a Sevy’s Grill gift card ($150), an Al Biernet’s gift card (value $100) and an Al Biernet’s North gift card (value: $250).  

Raffle tickets are going for $50 per and three for $100.

JUST IN: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Co-Chairs Plan “Transforming Lives” With Tootsies Fashions, Awards And Much More

KidneyTexas Inc.’s 2017 Runway Report Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have announced plans for the Tuesday, September 26, fashion show at Brook Hollow Golf Club with Linda and Steve Ivy serving as honorary co-chairs.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

This year’s theme which will be “Transforming Lives” was revealed in the logo designed by Lynn Townsend Dealey.

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

The theme was especially poignant for KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn, whose mother is “one of the oldest kidney transplant recipients.”

Longtime supporter Sue Goodnight will receive the First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award and Natalie Taylor will be presented with the Sue Goodnight Award.

The Over the Top Awards will be presented to Tootsies’ Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dee Lincoln.

The Tootsies’ team will be providing the fashions with the show being produced by flaming-haired Jan Strimple.

In addition to a tea in October featuring Royal Chef Darren McGrady, there will be an event in November honoring Men of Kidney.

The 2017 beneficiaries are scheduled to receive the following amounts:

  • Parkland Foundation — $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit,
  • Baylor Health Care Foundation — $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants, 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center — $29,925 for kidney-related research,
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines,
  • Camp Reynal — $19,500 and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation —$14,214 for a hemodialysis machine.

Information about tickets and underwriting opportunities can be found here!

* Graphic provided by KidneyTexas Inc.

KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Raised Greater Awareness And Funds To Help Those With Kidney Disease

WFAA’s Ron Corning was having a busy lunch week. On Tuesday, September 22, he emceed KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report at Brook Hollow. With guests being greeted at the front door by event producer Jan Strimple starting at 10:30, they discovered the silent auction in the reception area.

When the guests took their places, Ron introduced Luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox, who introduced the honorary co-chairs (Robin and Norm Bagwell, Liz Minyard Lokey, Gretchen Minyard Williams and Vinette and Michael Montgomery), the honorees (Dr. Michel Baum, Dr. Jim Brugarolas, Dr. Richard Dicerman, Rabbi William Gershon, Dr. Goran Lintmalm, Mark Leman and Dr. Henry Quinones) and Sue Goodnight Service Awardees Isabell Haggar, Patty Jo Turner and Rosemary Haggar Vaughan.

Congregation Shearith Israel Rabbi William Gershon, who received a kidney in April 2014, told of the life-changing/saving experience that others in the audience could relate to.

Vintage Martini fashion*

Vintage Martini fashion*

It was then time for a fashion show of clothes from St. John, Tootsie’s, Carla Martinengo and Vintage Martini. One of the more revealing outfits raised the chatter level, whereupon Ron spontaneously commented that guest/car dealer Clay Cooley was so uncomfortable that he reached down to tie his shoes…only he was wearing cowboy boots.

On the other hand, he was unable to prevent KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk‘s daughter Courtney Rourk from falling backstage from the steps. Luckily she wasn’t hurt and bounced back up.

As the last of the parade of models left the stage, auctioneer Louis Murad conducted the live auction of six items, two of which Louis was able to sell twice. No wonder it made Donna and Mary Lee smile as trips to the Masters Golf Tournament, a dinner for 25 at Mesero Restaurant and a Bachendorf diamond-and-gold bracelet brought in the ca-ching.

Ron brought back Rabbi Gershon to the stage, at which time he told of the need for funding kidney programs. He backed his comments reeling out the numbers of people dying each day waiting on a kidney transplant and the lack of dialysis machines.

By 1 p.m., the guests like Jan Osborn, Yvonne Crum, Lisa Cooley, Doris Jacobs, Kay Hammond, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Marj Waters and Lynn Dealey were in need of food as they moved to their assigned seating.

For Ron, this luncheon was a snap. A greater challenge lay a couple of days ahead. More about that later.

* Photo credit: Jan Osborn

Round Robin April 7: The Billiard Ball Patron Party, KidneyTexas Luncheon And John Wayne Film Festival Reveals

While Warren Buffett was talking with folks in The Colony for a sneak peek of the new Nebraska Furniture Mart benefiting the Cancer Support Community North Texas, other fundraisers were taking place elsewhere on Tuesday, April 7, including:

KidneyTexas Reveal

It’s the dread of every hostess. That’s what KidneyTexas‘ “The Runway Report Luncheon” Co-Chair Donna Arp Weitzman feared. Earlier in the day, she told her caterer that 10 people had RSVP-ed. By afternoon the number had jumped up to 20, then by the time the valet parkers had appeared, the number had risen to past 30.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

While old-timers admitted that most folks don’t RSVP until the last minute, one scarred vet harrumphed, “If they RSVP at all.”

But sure enough they came. Adorable Isabell Haggar and sis-in-law Rosemary Haggar Vaughn arrived together. Hostess Donna told them of her first job as a teenager was as a seam buster.

Just halfway through the party plans for the Kidney Texas luncheon and fashion show were announced. It will be Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 23, under the direction of Jan Strimple with WFAA Ron Corning serving as emcee.

As for the clothes, they’ll be provided by Carla Martinengo, Lublu, St. John at Highland Park Village, Tootsies and Vintage Martini.

In addition to Robin and Norm Bagwell serving as the honorary co-chairs, there will a new twist this year for the honorees. According to Kidney Texas President Therese Rourk, the area hospitals and medical teams will be honored including Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health; Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas; Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel; Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute; Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas; and Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System.

The luncheon will benefit Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Billiard Ball Patron Party

Rachel Trowbridge is trying to hold off on delivering the Trowbridges’ newest kiddo until after the April 18thBilliard Ball” fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. But on this evening she appeared to have everything under control at Gail and Dan Cook’s ultra-contemporary home.

While B&GCGD clients (aka kids) and guests took full advantage of the perfect weather by dining poolside, others ventured downstairs into the museum and adjoining workroom. The museum is an amazing collection of 400 antique dolls in glass cases. Gail explained the reason for the dolls being in the windowless room is so that sunlight does not damage their delicate outfits. Over the years, Gail has collected the 100-year-old and older dolls in various stages of conditions. Meticulously, she has “dolled” them up using the finest fabrics in keeping with their eras and accessories.

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail smiled recalling that as a girl, she hadn’t been interested in dolls, since she had a slew of brothers. Then when her daughter said she wanted a doll more than 30 years ago, that request opened a whole world and vocation for Gail, who has gained the reputation as an outstanding expert and judge for the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Her collection has been the subject of the book, “In Perspective The Gail Cook Collection.”

Dan Cook

Dan Cook

On the other hand, Dan held court with Carole and Scott Murray, Carol Seay, Susan Stanzel, Don Glendenning and Ball Co-Chairs Barbara and Steve Durham.

Across the living room, Jeff Rich told how he and wife Jan Miller would be hosting a discussion with Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, the dean of the University of California at Davis veterinary school. They had developed the relationship when their beloved beagle “Schumacher’s” sister was in desperate need of dialysis, which UCD offered. Jan was so impressed with the school that she is on the board.

John Wayne Announcement Party

The big question at the gathering of John Wayne fans was “Where is the Mockingbird Room?” That’s where the kick-off plans were to take place in Highland Park Village. When they realized that it was the gathering room in the HP Village Management Office, it made perfect sense. After all, it overlooks Mockingbird Lane.

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

And it was just the right size for the posse that included Leslie Light, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, Holly Reed, Carter Malouf, Holly and Doug Deason, Linda and Steve Ivy, Patti and Blaine Nelson, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Leslie Ann Crozier, Piper Wyatt, Holly and Stubbs Davis, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Debra Nelson and Tiffany and Paul Divis.

Leslie Light

Leslie Light

Randall Goss

Randall Goss

The big draw was the announcement of plans for the 2015 John Wayne Film Festival that’s being co-chaired by Kara and Randall Goss. The twosome revealed that it will be held from Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27 at HP Village Theater and Look Cinemas benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Joining the local were the Wayne kin including the Duke’s sons Ethan Wayne and  Patrick Wayne, daughter Marisa Wayne and grandchildren Anita Swift and 7-year-old Duke Ditteaux.

Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

According to Anita, “Texas is the place for John Wayne, so it’s the perfect place to have a John Wayne film festival.”

She added that Pat Green may just play again this year and there also may be a free outdoor screening of movies at Klyde Warren Park.

KidneyTexas Inc. Reception Salutes Honorary Co-chairs Renee And Dr. David Winter And Honorary Service Award Recipient Ann Dyer

Reneè Winter

Reneè Winter

Jeannie Terilli opened the upstairs of her Lower Greenville Avenue restaurant Tuesday at 4 for the KidneyTexas, Inc. crowd to honor KidneyTexas, Inc. Luncheon and Style Show’s Honorary Co-chairs Reneè and Dr. David Winter, and Honorary Service Award Recipient Ann Dyer.

Who would have thought the parking was already in overload at that time of day? Ah, but this is the good old summertime and this area of Greenville is ideal for chatting over drinks.

Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

KidneyTexas, Inc. President Natalie Taylor handled the emcee duties explaining KidneyTexas Luncheon Co-chair Lauryn Gayle White was absent due to being under the weather. Not to worry. Co-chair Terri Bumgarner carried on in her stead reporting that everything was all-systems-go with fashions from Tootsies for the September 24th luncheon and Jan Strimple-produced style show at Brook Hollow.

Dr. David Winter

Dr. David Winter

Then Renee and David spoke to the crowd. David told of the incredible developments that had been made in the area of kidney disease treatments. Even those who barely know how to apply a Band Aid were amazed as David explained it.

Ann Dyer

Ann Dyer

Then Ann told how honored she was to receive the award and how the cause was so very special. In addition to her years as a Kidney Texas volunteer and board member, she spoke about her son’s being treated for the disease.

In the crowd were Pamela Graham, Carmaleta Whiteley, Di Johnston, Lynn Dealey, Ramona Jones, Carolyn Morris, Carol Plunk and Tiffany Divis.