KidneyTexas Inc. Celebrated The Holidays With Check Presentations, Gifts Of Crystal And A Birthday Cake

What better place to have a party during the season of giving than a jewelry salon? And since Bachendorf’s had been the jewelry sponsor for the 2016 KidneyTexas luncheon, it was the natural choice for the organization’s presentation of checks and the announcement of plans for 2017 on Wednesday, December 14.

Introduced by KidneyTexas President AB Aston, beneficiary selection committee member Kendra Karlock along with the 2016 KidneyTexas Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner handed out the following checks:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation — $25,000 for “A Longitudinal Study of Living Kidney Donors”
  • Camp Reynal (National Kidney Foundation) — $30,225 for camper’s fees, counselors and medical personnel
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $10,000 for Pediatric Stone Center
  • Methodist Health System Foundation — $4,775 for warming cabinets
  • Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation — $98,500 for KidneyTexas Inc. Hemodialysis Unit
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation— $25,200 for two Hemodialysis machines

Joyce Lee, Dr. Cole Edmondson, Shannon Fisher, Angela Nash, Dr. Craig Peters, Anna Bland “AB” Aston, Dr. Goran Klintmalm, Kyra Barnett, McKamy Tiner, Marie Collins, Beth Dexter and Kendra Karlock*

When the last check was presented, it was time for the gift giving to continue. After AB turned over the presidential duties to 2016-2017 KidneyTexas President Andrea Alcorn, one of Andrea’s first acts was to give a “gorgeous crystal bowl” to AB. Then AB gat McKamy a “beautiful crystal angel — all to a resounding ovation.”

As her second act, Andrea revealed plans for the 2017. This year’s luncheon will have a trio chairing the fundraiser — Kendra, transplant survivor Christine Martin and Susan Russell.  

And the final surprise of the evening took place when McKamy “came forward with a huge cake and blazing candles as everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to AB, who was celebrating her birthday that evening.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Had Everything From Heartfelt Stories To Bewitching Close Encounter With A Chandelier

There are just some things that your mammy and pappy harrumphed about as dinner table talk. Such things included one’s inner plumbing. Love the folks, but they weren’t always on the spot. While the subject of kidney disease may not have been considered as appropriate in years past, its outing has allowed countless people to learn and help.

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland "AB" Aston

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland “AB” Aston

Since coming out of the topic closet, the battle against kidney disease has added young people to the ranks of warriors. This situation was apparent on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow. Sure, it was billed as The Runway Report Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting KidneyTexas, but the Tootsies fashions and luncheon were just lovely window dressing compared to the day’s message.

KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston had overseen the selection of The Price family (Carole Cleveland Price, Alicia and Scott Price, Stacey Price Wright and Larry Wright) as honorary chairs and McKamy Tiner to chair the luncheon.

The reason for McKamy’s chairing the lunching was not due to her being a sixth-generation Dallasite, an Idlewild deb and a 10-year associate of Dave Perry-Miller. It was a very personal reason — childhood bud Ian Arena.

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Their families had known each other through Ian’s childhood battling with cancer. Then, at the age of 13, he was diagnosed with kidney disease that had resulted from his chemotherapy. When McKamy’s folks discussed the situation at the dinner table, 15-year-old McKamy declared that she knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Ian’s transplant.

This announcement may have sounded like a very optimistic comment by someone who hadn’t even gotten her driver’s license yet. But to everyone’s surprise but McKamy, she proved to be the perfect match.

Martha Tiner

Martha Tiner

Michael Tiner

Michael Tiner

Robin Arena

Robin Arena

As McKamy’s and Ian’s folks (Martha and Michael Tiner and Luncheon Co-Chair Robin Arena) sat nearby admiring their kid hero/ine, Ian told the audience that almost immediately following the transplant, he felt great and color had returned to his face for the first time in years.

Emcee WFAA’s Ron Corning encouraged the filled-to-capacity ballroom including Nancy Carter, Marena Gault, former blond Holly Davis now more brunette-ish, Lisa Cooley with soon-to-be daughter-in-law Bela Pietrovic and some walking wounded types like Vodi Cook with arm in cast and Sharon Popham on a walker, to consider following McKamy’s lead. He told of one man who had donated his kidney to another with the understanding that if and when his grandchild needed a kidney, the child would be higher on the list of recipients.

Then Ron interviewed 16-year-old kidney patient Jira (aka cutest guy in the room), who told how in addition to spending three days a week in dialysis, there was an emotional toll. He felt out of the loop at school due to his kidney disease.

Jira and Ron Corning

Jira and Ron Corning

But thanks to efforts and fundraising by KidneyTexas, such transplant recipients like Ian, Christine Martin and Andy Meyercord were all on hand.

But it wasn’t all talk about kidney disease.

Andy Meyercord

Andy Meyercord

Emilynn Wilson

Emilynn Wilson

In the humor department, Ron once again provided the laughter. In announcing KidneyTexas co-founder Emilynn Wilson was being honored with the Sue Goodnight Award, he said that the plan had been to present her with a nice piece of Baccarat. But realizing that Emilynn had applied a frugal eye to the organization’s dealings, they decided to give her “a bag of M&M’s… the peanut ones. I mean, they’re not the brand name. They’re the ones from Costco, so you get more. They’re nicely wrapped. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.”

Runway recovery

Runway recovery

And as for the fashions, Jan Strimple‘s fashion show featuring Tootsies day- and night-time clothes went flawlessly until… well, there was that dramatic series of black gowns highlighted by towering black hats. It was like a bewitching grouping of Herve Leger, Cinq A Sept, David Koma and ML Monique Lhuillier. The almost-oops resulted when the first model in the series walked the elevated runway down the center of the room… right under the ballroom’s mammoth chandeliers.

Yup, you guessed it. It was a brief encounter of “towering black hat” with the room’s center “mammoth chandelier.” But you’ve got to hand it to the model. The hat stayed put and she didn’t lose a beat. Her reward was the guests smiling in amazement that she had handled it masterfully. Evidently word was passed among the lovely catwalkers and the rest of the lineup steered clear of the hanging glass and light fixture.

This year’s beneficiaries include Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Health/Children Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal — National Kidney Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

If you couldn’t make the lunch and missed the moving stories and the show’s tip of the hat, you can still donate to KidneyTexas or sign up to be considered as a transplant. There are more than 4,000 Texans in need of a healthy kidney that you could share.

For more photos of the fashions and folks in the audience, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 The Runway Report

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Hey, the fashion-show events are well into marching ahead for fundraising. The KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report was in the front line on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. But unlike others, this one had a very special personal story driving the efforts thanks to KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston, Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner and a grateful Ian Arena.

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

Ah, but that’s a story that is being written up. In the meantime, check out the peeps and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Especially check the bewitching model, who received smiles of approval following her interaction with the Brook Hollow chandelier.

On A Bustling Thursday, Marla And Tony Briggle Hosted The KidneyTexas Runway Report Patrons At Their Glen Lake Townhouse

Fess up. Don’t you secretly love it when the weather forecasters blow it? You know it’s when they claim bleak comeuppance is on its way and it’s a beautiful cloudless day.

On Thursday, September 15, that’s almost exactly what happened with a big, old moon shining without a rain cloud in sight. Guess those 15% chances of showers were showering somewhere else.

While Mary Martha and John Pickens were chairing “Harvest” for the North Texas Food Bank at The Shed and Lynn McBee was headlining High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser at the Bush Center with Margaret McDermott and Mary Templeton as honorary co-chairs, the North Texas ZIP codes were jamming neighborhoods.

Marla and Tony Briggle

Marla and Tony Briggle

Over in the gated Glen Lakes neighborhood, Marla and Tony Briggle opened their wonder townhouse overlooking the ponds with mallards and Muscovy ducks quacking around. Why, did they host the KidneyTexas’ “A Runway Report” patron Party for about 75 guests?

No, they personally had not experienced a loss to the deadly disease, but when their Realtor Jeannie Neathery asked for the favor of opening their home, there was no way they were going to say, “No.”

Looking around the public rooms, Tony recalled how his late brother Stockton Briggle had helped develop the look. For instance, for their collection of Oriental pieces of art including a magnificent gold antique kimono displayed on the red-lacquered wall with shelves surrounding a beautiful screen and an exquisite desk with everything from an antique French clock to their collection of crosses. The robe had been from Marla’s late husband Jay Jack‘s “collection of gowns for for his ‘Robes of the Orient” fashion show many years ago at the Adolphus.”

The Briggles' study

The Briggles’ study

Joining

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

Heather ____ and McKamy Tiner

Heather Kanny and McKamy Tiner

Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner were her mum Martha Caldwell Tiner and McKamy’s legal-eagle buddy Heather Kanny. Another more recently acquired pal was KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston. When asked how they were as partners for the fundraiser, McKamy didn’t lose a second: “There were no arguments or fusses. We just got along!”

A Passing: Karen Settle

In the fundraising world of meetings and social gatherings, where first impressions are the norm, it’s always gratifying to encounter a person who exudes beauty both inside and out. Such was Karen Settle. While Karen was not part of the non-stop fundraising herd, she made her mark when she took on a project. It was just two years ago that KidneyTexas Inc. President Jolie Humphrey arranged to have Karen chair the KidneyTexas Runway Report at Brook Hollow. Karen appreciated the cause because both she and her college sweetheart/husband Jay Settle had undergone kidney surgery.

Karen Settle (File photo)

Karen Settle (File photo)

In typical Karen style, she opened her University Park home for an appreciation party. As reported, the house was not the biggest one, the newest one nor the oldest one in the neighborhood, but, like Karen, it immediately made folks feel right at home. Sure, there was the “two-story, red barn in the backyard along with a pool and putting green,” but it was the type of place that made you want to return for a longer stay. It was the perfect reflection of Karen.

But Karen’s dazzling looks and genteel style belied her talents. Having earned her BBA from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree from SMU in psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from UNT, she worked at SMU. During her 25 years at SMU, she served as Director of the Counseling and Testing Center and as a Licensed Psychologist for the SMU Memorial Health Center until her retirement in 2013. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Dallas Psychological Association.

In addition to her various leadership roles in the world of psychology, she was a founding member and past president of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center League and a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League.

Despite the professional and community accomplishments, family and friends were still the priority in Karen’s life. From her meeting Jay on a collegiate tour of Europe and that first kiss on a bench in Rome, raising two sons (Blake Settle and Trey Settle), and becoming a grandmother to growing her collection of friends, Karen’s life was the type others envy.

Still Karen’s life was not without loss. She suffered the incredible grief of a parent whose child has died, when Trey was killed in a car wreck in 2011.

As Jolie put it, “I’ve only known her well for four years, but we became very close quickly. We spent every week together planning the KidneyTexas luncheon and spent more time after that. Karen was smart, had a quick sense of humor, loved playing jokes, loved photography and she was pretty good at it herself. She had a high appreciation for art and loved entertaining. Karen was also a fashionista. Karen and Jay loved to travel. In fact they went on a river cruise in Europe this past May.

“Karen battled with her health for many years and things became worse the past two years. She never dwelled on it. Karen loved life, laughed often, was filled with joy and loved the Lord. I truly loved Karen like a sister. We connected instantly. She has many friends from many circles. People instantly liked her when they met her. She was very special.”

According to KidneyTexas Inc. President Anna Bland Aston, “KidneyTexas Inc. has so many warm and wonderful members who enjoy each other and support each other. We lost a true treasure of a friend in Karen Settle’s death this Tuesday, August 30.”

A memorial service will be held at Park Cities Baptist Church on Friday, September, 2, at 1 p.m.

“One Of The Country’s Top 10 Party Houses In The World” Was The Setting For KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party

Within the uber fundraising season, Thursday take on a new face. But Thursday, May 5, was the super-duper fundraising special.

View from the poolhouse

View from the poolhouse

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Over in Highland Park behind a massive hedge and a glass wall was Dana Nearburg’s award-winning estate. This home-sweet-home has won the Dallas AIA Design Merit Award, Texas Society of Architects honor award, ASLA Landscape Design Award and International Lighting Award, to name a few.

Okay, so there were garages for eleven vehicles, a two-story pool house described as “one of the Top 10 party houses in the world by ‘Architzer Online Magazine,’” and a fabulous pool between the main digs with a glass-skybridge to the guest quarters over one of the garages. But then there were the little touches like the artist studio in the upper level of the pool house and the fountain in the entry of the main house that is also a Jacuzzi. Dana admitted that the idea of the waterworks seemed odd at first, but then it was perfect for those times when her race car driving ex- (Formula One driver Charlie Nearburg) would return from the track and could relax the moment he walked in the door.

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

The property was open for the KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party thanks to Runway Report Chair McKamy Tiner and her mom Martha Tiner, who was an old Highland Park High School chum of Dana’s.  And for once the weather could not have been more perfect for walking the grounds.

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Neighbors like Betsy and Guinn Crousen strolled over from their digs just a block away, while others like Emilynn and Claude Wilson, KidneyTexas President Anna Bland Aston, Nikki Nole with Remington Reece, Megan and Andy Meyercord, Lauryn Gayle White, Natalie Taylor, Terri Massad, Linda and Steve Ivy, Di Johnston, Ramona Jones, Vicki Hill and past KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk and her mom Mary Lee Cox used their wheels to arrive.

Anna Bland Aston

Anna Bland Aston

Among the live auction goodies that auctioneer Louis Murad was collecting bids for were

  • Mesero Margarita Party for Twenty at Mesero on Henderson — Your guests will taste some of their favorite margaritas, sample Herradura tequilas, and enjoy trays of passed bites like slow roasted brisket nachos, tiger shrimp ceviche and some of the best guacamole in the city.
  • Montana Sporting Club Getaway — Experience the best of a private hunting lodge, dude ranch, fly-fishing club and ski resort, in one location. Four nights, five days at The Montana Sporting Club in a luxury log cabin with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that accommodates 6-8 people.
  • Slip away to San Miguel de Allende – Stay four nights in Casa Chiripada del Parque, a sophisticated three bedroom, four bath oasis nestled among stately homes on Juarez Park. Enjoy fine restaurants, galleries, and shopping just steps from your door. Home accommodates up to 6 people.
  • The Masters Championship Package — Masters Championship Round with three nights, double occupancy stay (Friday, April 8, 2017 to Monday April 10, 2017) Master’s Tournament badges for Saturday and Sunday, and two round trip airline tickets to Atlanta.
  • Kentucky Derby Package for two – Enjoy the 2017 Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Oaks Clubhouse Seating on Friday and Saturday, round trip airfare, and hotel accommodations.
  • Argentina Dove Hunt – Head to Cordoba, Argentina to the Five Star Pica Zuro Lodge for four days, three nights. Includes six dove hunts for two hunters; highly trained chefs will provide all meals, wine, beer and spirits – full open bar.
  • Dish Preston Hollow — Four-course dinner with wine pairing for six. Chef and sommelier will tailor to your guests’ tastes and dietary needs.

In Addition To Chairing 2017 Callier Cares, Emilynn Wilson Will Receive KidneyTexas’ 2016 Sue Goodnight Award

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

McKamy Tiner (File photo)

Emilynn Wilson is going to be a busy gal in the months ahead. Not only is she chairing the 2017 Callier Cares fundraiser for Callier Center for Communications Disorders, she’s gonna be on the receiving end of accolades. On Tuesday, September 20, she’ll be presented the Sue Goodnight Award at KidneyTexas’ “The Runway Report” luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow that’s being chaired by McKamy Tiner.

The 2016 beneficiaries include Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal – National Kidney Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Dallas Methodist Hospitals Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

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

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

Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange

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

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

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

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

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

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

S'well bottles

S’well bottles

Shelves of gifts

Shelves of gifts

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

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

KidneyTexas Check Presentation

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

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

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

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

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

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

McKamy Tiner

McKamy Tiner

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

Round Robin September 17 Evening: KidneyTexas Runway Report And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Parties

As the money kept pushing the North Texas Giving Day leaderboard to new, staggering heights on Thursday, September 17, the area nonprofits saw no reason to stop their extracurricular activities. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert crowd kicked off their plans at Scott + Cooner for their 10th anniversary benefiting the ASD Services on April 9th at Frontier of Flight Museum. This year’s theme will have guests going James Bond…The high rollers of the art-loving world got a sneak peek at the Giuseppe Penone exhibition “Giuseppe Penone: Being The River, Repeating The Forest” at the Nasher Sculpture Center…Shakespeare Dallas celebrated North Texas Giving Day by partying at Samuell Grand Park with all types of goings-on like animal adoptions and fencing demonstration. Touche!…And speaking of East Dallas, Foodiepalooza at 7 for Parties was benefiting the East Dallas Boys And Girls Club.

Whew! But there was still more. Here are a couple for your review:

KidneyTexas  Runway Report Patron Party

Banker Norman Bagwell met car dealer Clay Cooley at Kathy and Larry Helm’s Highland Park home for the KidneyTexas Runway Report patron party. After the first howdy do’s Clay learned why Runway Report Honorary Co-Chair Norm was involved with KidneyTexas. Norm had survived kidney disease thanks to the funding of research and developments.

While some might have listened politely, Clay launched into a full conversation about such advancements with Norm, who had received a kidney. Norm then praised the amazing transplant programs taking place at Baylor and U.T. Southwestern. He explained that he had indeed been lucky not only to have time to make decisions on how to proceed, but both his wife Robin Bagwell and his sister had been viable donors.

Here were two men who had only just met and yet they both understood and were amazed at the life-changing developments taking place in North Texas.

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

But soon they found themselves in the study surrounded by KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk, Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox and Donna Arp Weitzman.

In the hallway was retail real estate whiz Herb Weitzman, who is helping wife Donna write her next book, “How Dallas Became a Retailing Mecca.” According to Donna, it’s not so much about Herb as it is the various Dallas retail real estate projects that he’s been involved in.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Just blocks away at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home, they had expected around 225 guests. Instead the number was hitting the 300 mark that included Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing talking with Cliff Fischer, April Box, Angela Nash, Annette Simmons with Gerald Fronterhouse, Michal and Loyd Powell, Vicki and Bob Chapman with Preston Evans, Piper Wyatt, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Anita and Truman Arnold, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Alicia and Scott Wood, Gene and Jerry Jones, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Jill and Bob Smith, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Amy Green, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Patsy Donosky with Harold Pruner, Tucean and David Webb and of course, the 10 Besties (Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Christi Urschel). The draw was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party underwritten by J.P. Morgan with Elaine Agather greeting one and all at the front door.

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Hal and Christi Urschel

Hal and Christi Urschel

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

Adding to the panache of the evening was Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping in attendance; Peter’s arrival in Dallas had been slightly delayed to an American Airlines computer glitch. Another person suffering from AA’s gremlins was Key Coker. His plane from South Carolina was also held up.

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Well, OMG, the gals were dressed to the uber nines with Lela Rose taking the lead worn by Pat Harloe and DeeDee Lee. Caren Kline drew second and three looks in Halston. She said that since the party was for a fashion show, “I had to step it up a little.”

As hot as the fashions were, the temps in the house thanks to the body count caused smart fellas like Allan McBee and Peter Foster to stake out spots over floor air vents. One of the coolest rooms was the dining room, where the air was breezing and the Cassandra-laden table was a never-ending feast for the eye and tastebuds.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

In a corner CCB Honorary Chair Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman discussed Na’s day-before as a new board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation…NM Exec Kevin Hurst was talking about his chairing The Obelisk Awards that will be presented on Friday, November 13, at The Fairmont…Phillip Huffines shared photos from his attending the CNN Republican debate the night before in the Reagan Library. His twin brother State Sen. Don Huffines was on camera for much of the night, since he was seated behind CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

But it was an early evening because the next morning’s 10 Best Dressed was on the schedule at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

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

SOLD OUT ALERT: KidneyTexas’ Runway Report

If you were thinking you’d like to see some fabulous fashions, bid on great items, lunch with generous folks and help fight kidney disease, you’re out of luck for attending the Tuesday, September 22nd Runway Report benefiting KidneyTexas.

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Yup, Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox and KidneyTexas President Theresa Rourk have just posted the “sold out” sign. Why they didn’t have to send out invitations!

Perhaps it’s because they’re honoring a stellar group of medical experts like:

  • 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

And, of course, it always helps to have Robin and Norm Bagwell as honorary co-chairs and WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee.

But don’t give up in despair. That’s why “Wait Lists” were created and donations are always accepted and truly appreciated.

KidneyTexas’ Guests Brought Auction Items To The Residence At The Stoneleigh For Upcoming Runway Report Bidding

North Texas was enjoying a cool front briefly on Thursday, August 13. Replacing the 100+ temps, some folks were actually considering rummaging through their closets for those sweet sweaters. After all, the temps were breezing in the 90’s.

Over at the Residences at the Stoneleigh, a KidneyTexas crowd of about 30 was happily checking out the digs.

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

The draw, in addition to the pricey but spectacular Stoneleigh condos—almost half of the roughly 75 units have already been sold—was the fact that guests were bringing in items that will be auctioned off at the Runway Report on Tuesday, September 22, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Among the goodies to be offered at the luncheon, which was a near sell-out: a $20,000 bracelet from Bachendorf’s; two dinners for 50 at the Stoneleigh restaurant; a vacation stay at a house in Deer Valley, Utah; and artist Lynn Dealey‘s signature KidneyTexas “bejeweled arm” prints.

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

The Stoneleigh event was hosted by The Stoneleigh’s Donna Jo Smith, KidTX President Theresa Rourk and Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox (duh, Theresa’s mom) and Donna Arp Weitzman.

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Natalie Taylor*

Natalie Taylor*

Guests included Juli Harrison, Ramona Jones, Natalie Taylor and Goodnight Service Awardee Patty Jo Turner and husband John Turner.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

As for Donna, it seems that she has been juggling all types of life experiences. Yes, she’s co-chairing the RR. But she also said her book, “Cinderella Has Cellulite,” is in its third printing, has been translated into six languages, and had reached No. 22 on an Amazon list. In addition, Donna said an appearance on TV’s Wendy Williams show was being planned this fall to flog “Cinderella”—and that she’s hard at work on a sequel (tentative title: “Prince Charming Has a Migraine”).

And then there’s that construction crew lineup at Chez Weitzman. According to Donna, husband/real estate retailing guru Herb Weitzman has embraced the home-office work style big-time and is having a free-standing office constructed on the couple’s University Park estate. Being a sharp cookie and a fashion plate, Donna has plans to transform Herb’s old office into … what else … a closet for all her clothes.

* Photo credit: Danny Campbell

KidneyTexas’s Gals Get Update On Runway Report And Check Out Fashion And The Bocks’ Bling At St. John

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

With May and its showers in the rearview mirror, June promised a quick start for sunshine and summer temps. Over at St. John on Monday, June 1, Assistant Manager Jamie Hermosillo found himself surrounded by the ladies of KidneyTexas celebrating The Runway Report. In addition to luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Lee Cox, honorary co-chair Vinette Montgomery, Carole Ann Brown and Di Johnston were on hand to hear the latest details of the event.

Di Johnston

Di Johnston

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

As for the fashions, fashion producer Jan Strimple is arranging for five scenes, each one representing the participating retailers (Carla Martinengo, Lublu, HPV’s St. John, Tootsies and Vintage Martini).

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

The day’s big topic was Katy and Lawrence Bock’s donation of an 18-karat gold bracelet highlighted by 101 diamonds that will be auctioned off at the September 22 fundraising fashion show/luncheon at Brook Hollow. With Ron Corning as emcee, the auction should be lively, to say the least. However, the bracelet can be bought right now for $20,000.

Another biggy conversation maker that really hit home was Honorary Co-chair Norm Bagwell’s recovering from successful kidney surgery on Thursday, May 21, and home on Wednesday, May 27. Thanks to the monies raised at The Runway Report, such procedures have made monumental difference in surviving and coping with kidney disease.

This year’s event will honor the professionals who are on the front lines in the battle against kidney disease, 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

Table tickets and sponsorships are available now to help support and develop greater advances to combat this deadly disease. Individual tickets and $2,500 tables are already sold out, but there is a waiting list.

*Photo courtesy of KidneyTexas

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Raised Awareness And Funds With Fashion, Heroes And Lunch

Well, goodness gracious! KidneyTexasThe Runway Report was bulging like Honey Boo Boo’s mama trying to slip into a size 2 Spanx. Guests were everywhere in the Brook Hollow ballroom on Tuesday, September 23. Despite requests by organizers, not one more chair could be added — “The fire marshals would have our heads!”

Event producer Jan Strimple had planned to start the fashion show promptly at 11:30. Unfortunately, the Dallas Street Repair Department wasn’t in the same groove as Jan. Seems they have channeled Mockingbird from Cedar Springs to nearly Harry Hines down to one lane. Luckily, the Southwest Airlines billboard amused guests as they patiently made their way to the club.

So, Jan gave late arrivals a break. At 11:34 she gave a one-minute warning.

Like Mr. Chips’ students, the guests took their seats. After all, they had been warned — once the show starts, no one would be seated. After all, the event was benefiting Baylor Scott & White Health, Children’s Medical Center, Camp Reynal/National Kidney Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey and Luncheon Chair Karen Settle told the audience how the event had brought them closer together. Then the twosome aimed the attention to Honorary Chair Faye Briggs on the front row. Telling how they had gotten to know her in working on the luncheon and how “everyone wants to be Faye.” With that they pulled out masks on a stick with Faye’s photo.

Janelle Friedman

Janelle Friedman

Emcee Jocelyn White introduced Sue Goodnight Service Award Recipient Janelle Friedman, who thanks Sue for her being “an inspiration for all of us.” Then Janelle teased her husband Larry, who was seated just a seat away. In the weeks prior to the event, he asked her, “What am I going to do when I’m up there?…Well, are you going to call me up there, so I can be honored, too?” Janelle simple answered, “No, Larry, this is my honor.” Then smiling at Larry, she added, “So I want to introduce my husband Larry Friedman.”

But the frivolity ended when the reason for the luncheon was addressed via stories of people who had received transplants from loved ones. While some may have wondered why Robin Bagwell gave the invocation, it was noted that she, like Marsha, had provided her husband with a kidney eight years ago. Robin might have found a new calling.

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Another kidney donor/recipient couple was Marsha Finney and Lewis Gibbons, who had suffered a disease that resulted in kidney failure. A future of dialysis was prevented that to Marsha’s providing the life-changing kidney for him.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

After Marsha and Lewis had finished their stroll on the runway and were seated, the “Family Scene” took place, leading off with Linda and Steve Ivy with their granddaughter Miles Olivia Ivy, Lindsey Bumgarner, Jack Ranger Walsh with his uncle Austin Walsh, John Ross, Haley Bush with her neighbor Maddie Folmnsbee, Zach Young, and Christina White with her daughter Caroline and Blake Settle in clothes from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and KidBiz.

Plein Sud fashion

Plein Sud fashion

Before the Runway Report by Tootsies commenced, Jocelyn conducted the live auction. After Mary Black won the Santa Fe Vacation Package for 10, Jocelyn pointed Mary out, “So, if you want to be her friend…”

Rene Ruiz fashion

Rene Ruiz fashion

Then the fashions were on parade. Jan had hinted that the show’s finale would feature gowns from Rene Ruiz, who had flown in from Miami for the event. While the designer’s name was not as familiar to locals as Armani, McQueen or Herrera, he quickly changed that status for the sold-out crowd of 427 with his breathtaking designs. They blended elegance with a sensuous feel.

Then it was off to lunch (spinach and mixed greens topped with blue cheese crumbles, avocado, bacon with chicken nuggets and honey mustard dressing and lavosh garnish plus a cup of golden gazpacho followed by chocolate chambord molten cake with Heath bar ice cream) and heading over to Tootsies to get to know Rene’s handiwork firsthand.

For more photos of the people and fashions, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report

Those KidneyTexas gals had tears for those who have donated a kidney to loved ones and cheers for those who were promoting awareness of this disease that is affecting 30,0000 Texans each year.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Thanks to their efforts, advancements are being made to reduce the need for dialysis and years of anguish. But they did this year with style, food and laughter at The Runway Report on Tuesday, September 23rd, at Brook Hollow with KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey, Luncheon Chair Karen Settle, Honorary Chair Faye Briggs and tons of fashions from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and Kid Biz.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

For a visual look at the day’s event, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery because tomorrow the post will come. At least, we hope so.

 

 

Round Robin Sept. 18: Too Many To List

Every now and then, there are “go-figure moments” in fundraising scheduling. Thursday, September 18, was such a day. Here it was the tsunami of nonprofits emailing, calling and tapping sources to donate to the North Texas Giving Day. Last year most groups went dark to allow the big day to take place uninterrupted. This year the pendulum swung in the opposite direction with receptions, parties and announcements taking place all over the place. The AT&T Chairman’s dinner was being held at the Winspear and Dallas Opera’s First Sight was filling Roberto Cavalli with beautiful people including First Sight/First Night Co-Chairs Nick Even and Lynn McBee.

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Here are just a smattering of the multitude of things that were going on from field reports:

Art For Advocacy Kick-Off Party

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke*

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke**

“Art and fashion enthusiasts gathered at Forty Five Ten for a special event to kick off the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s upcoming fundraiser, Art for Advocacy. Special guest and fashion designer, Greg Lauren, showcased his newest collection while guests sipped on Austin Cocktails. DJ Lucy Wrubel kept the party going with beats that pulsed throughout the store. In support of the event, Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke offered 10% of the evening’s proceeds to benefit DCAC and will extend 10% of sales from the Greg Lauren collection to the agency through Nov. 1.

“Art for Advocacy celebrates the transformative power of art therapy in helping children process trauma and heal emotional scars as a result of abuse. Proceeds support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues. The event draws community and business leaders, young professionals, local arts organizations, artists and gallerists, art collectors, and art patrons.

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts*

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts**

“Guests included DCAC CEO Lynn Davis, Underwriting Co-Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Honorary Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Event Co-Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts, Helena and Doug Wall, Lee McGuire, Allyson Cooke, Leisa Street, Cile McCorlek, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Muffin Lemak, Shelby Wagner, Jamie and Jeremy Saylor, Christine and Mark Danuser, Susan and David Brown, Camille McMakin and Kelly Moser.

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown*

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown**

“This year’s Art for Advocacy event will feature 100 local and regional artists in a silent and live art auction. The 8th annual event makes a departure to a Saturday night featuring tequila, Texas tapas, and desert vacation packages guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. The Art for Advocacy auction party will take place at 7 p.m. on November 1, at F.I.G. to raise funds to aid the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) in its mission to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County. An Art Preview will be held at 6 p.m. for $2500+ sponsors offering the first opportunity to buy-it-now. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in the community and provides national leadership on child abuse issues. For more information email [email protected].”

Capital for Kids Anniversary Party

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Capital for Kids kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration last night in the Highland Park home of Ann and Lee Hobson. Celebrating 10 years of changing lives in North Texas, the invitation-only sponsor party featured a special presentation by children from the Trinity River Mission of West Dallas – a Capital for Kids grant recipient.

Scott and Amy Houdek***

Scott and Amy Houdek***

“Among the guests were Rob Hayes, Reid Walker, Amy and Capital for Kids 2014 Co-Chair Scott Houdek, Katy and Lawrence Bock (who donated an emerald-cut 10-carat aquamarine surrounded by 66 dimaonds to celebrate CFK’s 10th anniversary), Carroll Watson, Reed Carroll, Rachel and Brad Stephens, Allison Carlisle, Susan Nichol, Dawn Blankenship Hennessey, Michael Watson, Michael Massad, Jason Hill, Lucas Legera, David Smith and Gentry Beach.

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

“Capital for Kids is a network of individuals in the asset management community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Through the partnership of our sponsors and grant recipients over the last 10 years, Capital for Kids has supported organizations that educate, protect and encourage at-risk children. They provide financial support to organizations that help break the cycle of child abuse, poverty and neglect through education, advocacy and emergency resources.

“Since inception, Capital for Kids has donated $8.7 million to more than 50 different charitable organizations in North Texas. They have a goal to give $10 million in 10 years to North Texas children’s charities. 100% of sponsorship and donation dollars go directly to the charities they support. Capital for Kids will be hosting its main event on Thursday, November 20, at the FIG. Tickets can be purchased at www.capitalforkids.org.

KidneyTexas Patron Party

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

KidneyTexas, Inc. patrons of The Runway Report Luncheon and Style Show gathered at the Highland Park home of Ola and Randall Fojtasek and had much to celebrate!

“As the evening began, the verandah was bathed in soft lighting opening into the expansive courtyard. Guests enjoyed wines donated by Barbara and David Farmer as M3Trio serenaded them into the evening, under the stars. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres donated and catered by Angela Gordon of Angela’s Catering filled the formal dining table and were passed inside and out. Valet parking was generously donated by Gold Crown Parking.

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

“Guests included patron party chair Anna Bland Aston, her husband Scott and daughter, Annalee; Jolie Humphrey, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and her husband, Bart, and Lezlie and Bill Noble, who donated a strand of South Sea pearls valued at $32,000 to the live auction.

“The buzz was about the upcoming The Runway Report luncheon and fashion show at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, which presents Faye C. Briggs as honorary chair and honors Janelle Friedman with the Goodnight Service Award. The Goodnight award is named in honor of Sue Goodnight, a founding KidneyTexas, Inc. member and longtime volunteer and supporter of the organization, who attended with her sister, Faye Wheeler.

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

“Tooties fashions will rule the runway in a fashion show produced by Jan Strimple and also feature fashions from KidBiz and Pockets.

“The live auction also features a Santa Fe, New Mexico vacation package valued at $10,000 which includes a 5-bedroom house and other delights! It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.

“The luncheon, chaired by Karen Settle, benefits KidneyTexas, Inc. beneficiaries: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney Foundation – Camp Reynal, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

VNA Kick-Off Party

“The VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon Committee held a kick-off celebration Thursday that brought together sponsors, board members and VNA executives. Some 30 guests joined the event at Molto Formaggio in Highland Park Village to sample fine wines and cheeses. Michael Perlmeter and Christy Martinez, the owners of Molto Formaggio, hosted the event and are donating a portion of all proceeds to VNA.

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

“The 5th Annual VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon will be held on October 15 at VNA’s Haggerty Center in Dallas, benefiting VNA’s Meals on Wheels program. This year’s Celebrity Chef is Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole.

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

“Among those attending the kick-off celebration were: 2014 Celebrity Chef Luncheon Co-Chairs Katie Johnson and Francie Mancillas, VNA Board Development Chair Lori Whitlow, VNA President and CEO Katherine Krause, VNA Board Chair Sara Fraser Crismon, VNA Board Vice-Chair Janet Ryan Stegall, VNA Board Members Jay Oppenheimer, Catherine Sweet, John Sears and Cathy Vanden Eykel. Many of those attending are sponsors for the Celebrity Chef Luncheon, including Sara Fraser Crismon, Ike Vanden Eykel, Lynn Sears, Mike Sweet and Janet Ryan Stegall.

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon and how it will benefit VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.

Slipper Club Announcement

Over at Trinity Groves, the Slipper Club gals gathered for the announcement of the 2015 gala plans. According to Slipper Club President Susan Deasy and Gala Chair Erika Burton, the annual party will benefit Camp John Marc. It will take place at Belo Mansion on Friday, February 27.

Junior League Announcement

The Junior Leaguers and their fans assembled at the Galleria’s Belk to hear deets about the 53rd annual fundraising ball. Ball Chair Beverly Cahill revealed the theme will be “The Magnolia Ball.” Why, oh, why does one suspect that magnolias will be abundant that night?

Beverly explained the thinking behind the theme, “This year’s theme will embrace the elegant heritage of our great city of Dallas with a classic, yet stylish twist,” said Cahill. “The Magnolia Ball will be the Southern Chic dinner and dancing event of the season!”

Then she added another twist to the annual gala. Instead of an entertainer, she’s arranged to have two — jazz singer/songwriter Gabbie McGee to set the mood for the evening and Emerald City for post-dinner dancing and gyrating. Okay, so maybe one doesn’t necessarily gyrate in formal wear, but a whole lot shaking and dancing usually takes place when Emerald City is on stage.

The black-tie fundraiser will take place in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, February 21.

Lynn McBee will serve as honorary chair. At the rate Lynn is going, she’ll probably end up chairing the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

* Photo provided by First Sight/First Night 
** Photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
*** Photos provided by Capital for Kids
**** Photo credit: Daniel Driensky
***** Photos provided by VNA

MySweetCharity Opportunity: KidneyTexas Runway Report

According to KidneyTexas Runway Report Co-Chair Karen Settle,

Karen Settle*

Karen Settle*

“What could be more fun that viewing, or better yet, being a guest model alongside of professional models in a fabulous Jan Strimple Productions style show? KidneyTexas offers the opportunity to walk the runway or to just enjoy the show.  The new fall looks will be unveiled by fashion sponsor Tootsies as well as fashion participants Pockets Menswear and Kidbiz. Our Kidney Kids from Children’s Medical Center will also make an appearance, and a story of strength and courage of a local couple will be shared. Then a delightful lunch will be served while we have time to chat with good friends and sip delicious wine.

“This amazing day also provides the opportunity to bid on 2 fantastic live auction packages:

  1. “Stunning South Sea pearls necklace with diamond clasp donated by William Noble Rare Jewels paired with a leopard patterned fur vest donated by Adrenne Landau on behalf of Tootsies valued at $33,000 and
  2. “Santa Fe, NM vacation package for 5 nights’ stay in a fantastic 5-bedroom sprawling adobe home with pool accompanied by a personal chef for an in-house meal, and airfare for two. Anonymous donor with airfare for 2 donated by Southwest Airlines, valued at $10,000.

“Guests can also purchase raffle tickets to packages which include restaurant gift certificates, beauty and fashion gift certificates, jewelry, crystal, photography gift certificates, and entertainment.

“Chairing this annual fundraiser and working with such talented and generous individuals has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Our committee has worked very hard and is excited to present this outstanding event! Beneficiaries this year include Baylor Health Care System Foundation for research to cure male fetuses of kidney damage, Children’s Medical Center for purchase of 5 blood pressure machines for at-home monitoring of children receiving dialysis, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal for camp and medical expenses of children with kidney disease, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for kidney stone research. Contributing to my dedication to this event is the fact about 20 million people in the U.S. are affected by kidney disease.  It can happen to anyone, and my husband and I have both had kidney surgery!

Faye Briggs (File photo)

Faye Briggs (File photo)

Janelle Friedman (File photo)

Janelle Friedman (File photo)

“I invite you to join us as we fight kidney disease which impacts children and adults.  Our Honorary Chair, Faye C. Briggs, will be recognized for her generosity and her love and support of KidneyTexas. Further, the 2014 Goodnight Award will be presented to Janelle Friedman in appreciation of her efforts to help children’s charities and her passion for KidneyTexas. For information on the event as well as ticket/table sales, please visit www.kidneytexas.org or call 214.891.0896.

“The KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon and Style Show will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Reception starts at 10:30, style show seating starts at 11:00 and luncheon begins at 12:00.”

* Photo provided by KidneyTexas Runway Report

June 11 Round Robin: Communities Foundation Of Texas NTGD, CCB Midpoint Luncheon, KidneyTexas And Carter Work Project Committee Receptions

Somebody started a rumor that things would really calm down after Memorial Day. Wednesday, June 11, proved that rumor to be as farfetched as a Victoria Secret catalogue in a convent.

Communities Foundation Of Texas

Started off at Communities Foundation of Texas’s library. The purpose was to discuss the fall tsunami day — North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day*

North Texas Giving Day*

Oh, goodness! The plans for this day are raising smiles and hopes to help more than 1,300 nonprofits in less than 24 hours on Thursday, September 18. Last year the total ended up being $25,257,204.31

And don’t go thinking that just because CFT is a Dallas-based operation, NTGD is limited to Big D’s area codes.

Nope. It’s call North Texas Giving Day. . . not Park Cities Giving Day, Garland Giving Day, Corinth Giving day, Southlake Giving Day. That’s right. . . North Texas. Why, it wouldn’t surprise some if Houston tried to lay claim to be part of North Texas because of the big bucks raised.

Stay tuned. MySweetCharity will keep you posted on what to expect on the headline day.

Crystal Charity Ball Midpoint Luncheon

Next stop was Salum. Chef/proprietor Abraham Salum was literally multi-tasking. In addition to hosting the Crystal Charity Ball committee’s “Midpoint Luncheon,” he was in the parking lot doing valet duties. Seems one of the car parkers had failed to show, but the Mercedes, Lexuses and other luxury vehicles arrived right at high noon and swamped the place.

Abraham Salum

Abraham Salum

Inside, the CCB ladies showed not one iota of being bothered by the traffic jam. This lunch was the “midpoint” in the year-long effort to raise funds for area children’s charities.

With an internal working theme of baseball this year, CCB Chair Robyn Conlon and her “dirt bag” team members of Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alica Wood, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson announced the outstanding players in the follow categories:

Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alicia Wood, Robyn Conlon, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Melissa Macatee, Angie Kadesky, Alicia Wood, Robyn Conlon, Patty Leyendecker and Claire Emanuelson

Coming in from Left Field Award (those who brought in the first new donor of the year): Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Tiffany Divis, Angela Nash, Piper Wyatt and Elizabeth Gambrell

Best ERA (those who brought in the most contracts): Michal Powell, Lynn McBee, Kristina Whitcomb, Susan Farris and Sarah Losinger

Kristina Whitcomb, Sarah Losinger and Susan Farris

Kristina Whitcomb, Sarah Losinger and Susan Farris

Rookie of the Year (new members who have brought in the most dollars): Gail Fischer, Leigh Anne Haugh and Tiffany Divis

Tiffany Divis, Leigh Anne Haugh and Gail Fischer

Tiffany Divis, Leigh Anne Haugh and Gail Fischer

Clean-Up Hitter (those who have brought in the most dollars): Libby Allred, Pam Perella, Michael Powell, Carole Lou Bruton, Kristina Whitcomb, Lynn McBee, Katherine Coker, Susan Farris, Janie Condon, Bette Mullins, Amy Prestidge and Elizabeth Gambrell.

Pam Perella and Libby Allred

Pam Perella and Libby Allred

Kristina Whitcomb and Carol Lou Bruton

Kristina Whitcomb and Carol Lou Bruton

Susan Farris, Katherine Coker and Janie Condon

Susan Farris, Katherine Coker and Janie Condon

Amy Prestidge, Elizabeth Gambrell and Bette Mullins

Amy Prestidge, Elizabeth Gambrell and Bette Mullins

Lead-Off Hitter (those who brought in the most new money): Leigh Anne Haugh, Susan Farris and Kristina Whitcomb

Kristina Whitcomb, Leigh Anne Haugh and Susan Farris

Kristina Whitcomb, Leigh Anne Haugh and Susan Farris

Relievers of the Year (those who have gone the extra mile): Suzy Gekiere, Leslie Diers, Fredye Factor, Amy Prestidge, Tracey Kozmetsky, Carole Lou Bruton, Ann Dyer, Lauryn Gayle White, Katherine Coker, Kim Miller, Tanya Foster, Vinnie Reuben and Paige Slates

Carole Lou Bruton, Amy Prestidge, Fredye Factor and Suzy Gekiere

Carole Lou Bruton, Amy Prestidge, Fredye Factor and Suzy Gekiere

Paige Slates, Katherine Coker, Lauryn Gayle White, Ann Dyer and Vinne Reuben

Paige Slates, Katherine Coker, Lauryn Gayle White, Ann Dyer and Vinne Reuben

All-Star of the Year (those who have been an overall go-getter): Beth Thoele, Suzy Gekiere, Janie Condon and Kimber Hartmann

Janie Condon, Suzy Gekiere and Beth Thoele

Janie Condon, Suzy Gekiere and Beth Thoele

Pinch Hitter of the Year (Those who the entire team sees helping across the board): Linda Secrest and Kristina Whitcomb

Kristina Whitcomb and Linda Secrest

Kristina Whitcomb and Linda Secrest

As a caveat that summer vacations may apply to others, Robyn warned the group that to achieve their goal, they needed to dig in for the summer and get those contracts headed for home base.

Kidney Texas Runway Report Appreciation Reception

Karen and Jay Settle’s University Park home is outstanding for a Park Cities residence.

The backyard red barn

The backyard red barn

It’s not the biggest one. It’s not the newest or the oldest. But it’s probably the only one in the hood and the surrounding area that has its own two-story, red barn in the backyard along with a pool and putting green.

KidneyTexas Luncheon Chair Karen opened her house for the KidneyTexas Runway Report Appreciation Reception.

Emily Anderson, Jolie Humphrey, Faye Briggs and Karen Settle

Emily Anderson, Jolie Humphrey, Faye Briggs and Karen Settle

Even diminutive Faye Briggs, who is legendary for hosting non-profit festivities at her estate, managed to leave her mansion to attend this one. After all, Faye is the honorary chair for the September 23 luncheon and fashion show with Tootsies fashions at Brook Hollow. Funds will benefit Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, National Kidney Foundation – Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Others attending the event were KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey, Emily Anderson, Barbara Bigham, Emilynn Wilson and Lynn Dealey.

Carter Work Project Committee Cocktail Reception

Mayor Mike Rawlings is legendary for coming and going. If there’s a way for him to support a cause, he’s there. He can hit three lunches in one day without so much as unfolding a napkin.

So, bets were on the table that he would stay put for the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project Committee Cocktail Reception. After all, it was being held at his home.

Micki and Mike Rawlings' home

Micki and Mike Rawlings’ home

But even Vegas bookies would have had their hearts broken and chips lost. Mike stayed long enough to smile and pat early arrivals on the back. Then he was out the door to an awaiting SUV with a couple of official types waiting for the mayor. He had to attend a gathering of the Republic Convention planners at the Hunt Oil building. The next night they were scheduled to visit Harlan Crow’s library.

Hello! Can Dallas pull out the stops to impress?

But back to Rawlings manor. Mike was heading the door. Son Gunnar was also on his way out in a different direction for another commitment. When stopped, the cute brunette acted surprise that anyone would think he was going to stay. After all, he thought he looked way too casual in his Polo shirt and slacks for this reception.

Micki Rawlings

Micki Rawlings

With the Rawlings men’s departure, it meant Rawlings matriarch/Dallas First Lady Micki was to handle the hosting duties. While some wives would steam under the collar for having to go it solo, Micki blossomed. Whether it was telling the history of their Max Levy-designed house or congratulating Stephen Jones on his upcoming 50th birthday, Micki was flawless. Somehow she managed to talk with each guest as if they were the only one in the room of 50.

When asked how her husband kept up the non-stop schedule, she admitted there were days when he was worn out. Those were the nights when he would come home, go upstairs to visit with her mother and then head to bed.

But the real reason for the gathering of folks like Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon, Keith Schumann, Jennifer Sampson, Gillian and Mark Breidenbach and Nikki and Crayton Webb wasn’t to see the mayor or even to chat with Micki. It was the Rawlings way of thanking the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project Committee. According to Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Executive VP Melissa Cameron, “Everyone here is a check writer.”

Jennifer Sampson, Mark Breidenbach, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon and Keith Schumann

Jennifer Sampson, Mark Breidenbach, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Matthew Simon and Keith Schumann

What has really brought the checkbooks out is the involvement of the Carters, who will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on July 7. Having built HfH homes for 31 years, each year the former first couple travels to a place in the world to work with HfH team members.

Why did the Carters pick Dallas? The answer was “Because we’re big” and due to the Dallas Habitat model ($100M Dream Dallas campaign). It also helped that Mayor Mike has been trying to revitalize neighborhoods in Southern Dallas.

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Micki started the evening’s talk off by saying “We’re so excited about the week” (with the Carters). Plans call for a week-long schedule of events including:

  • Sunday, October 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony at Annette Strauss Square.
  • Monday, October 6 – Saturday, October 11: Volunteers will construct/repair more than 100 homes for families in Dallas and Fort Worth with Mike and Micki Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy and Tom Price as honorary co-chairs.
  • Wednesday, October 8, at 7:30 a.m. — “Building on Faith” devotional by President Jimmy Carter
  • Thursday, October 9: Building Hope Celebration Dinner at AT&T Stadium presented by Pioneer Natural Resources. In charge of the evening’s event will be Co-Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee and Honorary Co-Chairs Karen and Stephen Jones with Project Co-Chairs Micki and Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy and Tom Price in attendance.
  • Saturday, October 11, at 8 a.m.: Closing Ceremony at Sundance Square
Allan and Lynn McBee

Allan and Lynn McBee

Lynn then thanked Underwriting Co-Chairs Gillian Breidenbach, Mark Shank and Crayton Webb and title sponsor Pioneer Natural Resources.

Gillian Breidenbach and Stephen Jones

Gillian Breidenbach and Stephen Jones

Final speaker was HfH CEO Bill Hall, who admitted, “The funny thing is, I’m more worried about President Carter showing me up on the build side than anything else.” He then recalled a story about how the former president “dissed” somebody who didn’t stay all day to pound nails.

BTW, President Carter turns 90 on October 1, so wish him a belated “Happy Birthday.”

Round Robin April 8 (Part II): KidneyTexas Runway Report Kick-Off Party And Salvation Army Fashion Show And Luncheon Reception

After a brief recovery from the Tuesday, April 8th luncheons, it was time to hit the road again for an evening of fashion show kick-offs and patron parties to raise funds for KidneyTexas and the Salvation Army.

KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon & Style Show Kick Off Party

Ramona Jones

Ramona Jones

Over at Tootsies, about 75 partygoers gathered to pump up enthusiasm for the September 23rd KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon & Style Show at Brook Hollow Golf Club. While a jazz trio played bouncy standards like “I Love Paris” and “When Sunny Gets Blue,” kickoff-party guests including Carol Seay, Renee Winter, Emilynn Wilson, Andrea Alcorn, Fran Cashen and Ramona Jones prepared to enjoy a mini-runway show featuring Tootsies frocks on KidneyTexas volunteers—plus one game young man, Blake Settle, who was wearing a shirt from Pockets Menswear.

Fran Cashen, Renee Winters and Andrea Alcorn

Fran Cashen, Renee Winters and Andrea Alcorn

He was the son of Karen Settle, the luncheon chair. Proud mama Karen was seen huddling with KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey while, not far away, Cara Stone was getting ready for the runway show under the watchful eye of Nerissa von Helpenstill, the Tootsies manager.

Emilynn Wilson, Rachel Cowlishaw and Patricia Cowlishaw

Emilynn Wilson, Rachel Cowlishaw and Patricia Cowlishaw

Also on hand was Patricia Cowlishaw. Her granddaughter Rachel Cowlishaw handles the “modern” department of the Dallas operation of the Houston-based retailing operation.

Funds from the Sept. 23 event will benefit the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, National Kidney Foundation-Camp Reynal, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon Reception

Kathie King

Kathie King

Carol Seay was a busy woman Tuesday. No sooner was she spotted at the KidneyTexas do than she turned up, Zelig-like, at the magnificent home of Kathie and Randy King. The occasion? A fete for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 2014 Fashion Show & Luncheon, scheduled for Monday, May 5 at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Carol was among 160 who showed up at the Kings’, who’d opened up their house for Salvation Army events twice before.

Guests had hardly departed their cars before hearing, “Wait til you see this house!” With its cobble tile roof, simply perfect floorplan, curved doorways, designer colors, fabulous textures, two outdoor fireplaces, pool and guest quarters, the property takes up two lots in Highland Park. Kathie, whose left foot had undergone surgery earlier in the year, reported that the house was the result of a marvelous working relationship with architect/builder Tony McClung. The way that Kathie talked, Tony should be negotiating peace in the Ukraine.

Kathie and Randy King's home and putting green

Kathie and Randy King’s home and putting green

When asked if the Kings had a dog, Kathie laughed, saying, “We have a putting green surrounded by AstroTurf.” Evidently, that was the one concession she made for Randy.

Holly Forsythe and Denise Wolford

Holly Forsythe and Denise Wolford

Speaking of dogs, award-winning animal advocate Holly Forsythe had just arrived from a Greg Abbott fundraiser at Gene and Jerry Jones’ estate. Holly revealed that she was thrilled to learn that Republican State Representative candidate Chart Westcott was “very pro-active in closing puppy mills.”

Gina Jones

Gina Jones

After enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres inside the dramatic manse, guests including Denise Wolford, Anne and David Caruth, Vicki Howland, Dee Wyly and Jill Rowlett moved outside to listen to brief remarks by the pool from Capt. Michele Matthews, who will soon be earning her major’s stripes. They also heard that Chair Gina Jones had arranged for former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to serve as honorary chairs for the event. Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show, which is in its 23rd year and has raised more than $7 million for the Salvation Army so far.

Michelle Matthews

Michele Matthews

Come rain or shine, this fashion show/sell-a-thon is a traditional home run. It’s an opportunity to add to your collection of killer outfits, while raising funds for the Salvation Army.

MySweetWishList: KidneyTexas

According to KidneyTexas President Natalie Taylor,

KidneyTexas*

KidneyTexas*

As President of KidneyTexas, Inc., my Christmas wish is for your readers to gift friends and family with our online holiday donations made in their honor. These gifts will help us save lives in our quest to cure kidney disease.

Lauryn Gayle White, Natalie Taylor and Terri Bumgarner*

Lauryn Gayle White, Natalie Taylor and Terri Bumgarner*

Our very successful luncheon, chaired by Terri Bumgarner and Lauryn Gayle White, raised funds for research at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the PKD Foundation, National Kidney Foundation’s Camp Reynal, and the purchase of two hemodialysis machines at Children’s Medical Center.

The story of Jun Choi inspired many donors at the luncheon. Jun suffered from nephrotic syndrome and had only a short time to live, despite being at the top of the wait list for a kidney. Divine providence intervened when an unknown donor and mother of five, Treisha Glowacki, donated a kidney to Jun, saving his life. Jun spent three summers at Camp Reynal, which restored his spirit and changed his life.  He returns every summer as a counselor.

There are so many worthy stories to share.  Millions of Americans suffer from kidney disease, and it is projected that a majority of us will develop kidney disease in our lifetime. Please help us stem the tide and save lives by making my Christmas wish come true!

-Natalie Taylor, KidneyTexas president

* Graphic and photo provided by KidneyTexas

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.

KidneyTexas Fashion Show And Luncheon Plans Revealed At Spring Membership Meeting

Lynn Dealey and KidneyTexas luncheon logo

Lynn Dealey and KidneyTexas luncheon logo

In between the showers, March 26 was a beautiful day and just perfect for the Kidney Texas gals to don their prettiest frocks, have tea for the spring membership party and learn about plans for the annual KidneyTexas fashion show and luncheon.

The gathering spot for news sharing and tea sipping was Anna Bland Aston’s marvelous home in the gated community near NorthPark.

So what plans were revealed? Lynn Dealey unveiled the 2013 artwork for the luncheon. It will be at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 24.

Results Are In: KidneyTexas Luncheon

Kidney Texas Luncheon chair Emilynn Wilson has been promising the results of September’s KidneyTexas luncheon at the Dallas Country Club for ages. But she wanted to make sure every penny was counted and even then she double-checked that total a couple of times.

Finally, she announced the results Tuesday at Highland Park Village’s Escada surrounded by friends, fans and beneficiaries —$190,558 to be “disbursed” among UT Southwestern, Children’s Medical Center and Camp Reynal.

Kyra Barnett, Stephen Pottoore, Emilynn Wilson, Dyann Skelton, Thanh Tran, Mark Edwards, Ellen Haynes, Amanda Billings, Kern Wildenthal

BTW, here’s a note about how photos are taken among the well-heeled sets: Name tags are verboten when being photographed. Everyone is assumed to know everyone, don’t you know. So, when the photogs line folks up to be “shot,” name tags are slapped on the back. Now you know, as if you hadn’t already been slapped on the backside. Wink, wink.

Another note of interest: When it comes to having a hands-on involvement, Emilynn is the real deal. Not only did she supervise the luncheon, she borrow the tableclothes from a “dear friend” and had them laundered meticulously before returning them. Emilynn wanted the occasion to be special even down to the linens.

Multi-talented Jeanette Korab Whimsically Filled Allie-Coosh With Heels, Feathers And Sparkle For KidneyTexas

Jeanette Korab, Harriett Kelly and Paulette Martsolf

Popped by Allie-Coosh in Snider Plaza Wednesday, November 14, to see what was benefiting Kidney Texas. It was artist Jeanette Korab. And what pray tell was an artist doing in a fashion boutique? Well, it seems that Jeanette, who also is well known for her fashion photography, decided to stretch her creative muscles combining art and fashion resulting in a collection of whimsical shoes featuring jewelry and natural finery.

Jeanette Korab shoe and artwork

So adorable! In addition to shoes that were higher than almost-too-high stilettos with feathers and glitter, the artist in Jeanette couldn’t resist creating framed artwork of her little darling footwear.

A-C owner Paulette Martsolf was wearing devilishly red hot stiletto boots with ankle bracelets highlighted by a cluster of feathers and sparkling stones.

Among the guests filling the boutique were Carol Seay, Harriet Kelly and Beth Wilbins, who reported that she and husband Rick were back in town after a brief stay in California. Everyone thought they had moved to the West Coast permanently. But after getting v-e-r-y homesick for the Lone Star state, they headed their buckboard back to Big D. Now, it seems that Beth is trying to convince Rick, former managing director, advertising, at American Airlines, to join her Forte Public Relations.

KidneyTexas’s Ladies Who Luxe And Dr. Phil Evans Fashionably Raised Bidding And Funds Monday

Laurie and Phil Evans, Mary Suhm and Emilynn Wilson

After the last two weeks of kicking off the fundraising season, a little down-to-earth happening was demanded by the doctor. And the ladies were demanding to be photographed with this doctor. It was Dr. Phil. No, not Oprah’s Dr. Phil. UT Southwestern’s Dr. Phil Evans, who has been the “breast” friend to many. Woman after woman smiled and told how he had helped them through their battle with breast cancer.

Perhaps his recognized compassion and skill has only been magnified since he battled cancer himself. No, not breast cancer but rather kidney cancer. Yes, even doctors get cancer. But luckily because of advances in technology and self awareness, Dr. Phil looked as healthy and spry as Justin Bieber at the KidneyTexas‘s “Ladies Who Luxe Fashion Show & Luncheon” Monday at the Dallas Country Club. Okay, so maybe not Justin, but maybe Richard Gere.

But let’s talk about the Kidney Texas fashion show/luncheon. As guests pulled up, some spotted the Trailer Vic’s RV parked in the DCC parking lot. It was to promote the Trailer Vic’s Tiki party for 50.

Pam Perella

Once inside, the crowd swelled with ladies who love lunch with fashion. Pam Perella reported that immediately after the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show & Luncheon, she headed to New York City and discovered bags under her eyes. Instead of going to the ER, she went to Bergdorf’s, where the sales associate immediately realized immediate attention was required. Must have worked because the only bag Pam had Monday was her purse. . . Ashlee

April Box Chamberlain and Ashlee Kleinert

Kleinert was thrilled about the recent announcement that Geena Davis was named one of “the five most powerful women changing the world in the media” by Forbes. Why? Because Geena will be the headliner at the 27th Annual Dallas Women’s Foundation luncheon on Wednesday, November 7, at the Hilton Anatole. . . Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm joining Laurie and Dr. Phil Evans for photos. . . Nancy Gopez receiving a red gift-wrapped belated birthday gift. . . . Kidney Texas President Dyann Skelton

receiving congratulations on the turnout.

Dyann Skelton

As the numbers grew, so did the thermostat. Just as the reception area got to the bursting point, the doors opened to the ballroom. Whew!

In the ballroom were large tables along the two far walls, but 90% of the room was filled with rows of chairs and the L-shaped runway. Were the guests in the rows of chairs going to be handed box lunches? Heck, no! Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson would not even chuckle at that idea. After the show, they would find their lunch tables in rooms throughout the club.

The show started when KTVT’s Karen Borta introduced various patients who had dealt with kidney disease, including children wearing T-shirts from Children’s Medical Center and who had attended Camp Reynal.

Patricia Cowlishaw

As some guests arrived a few minutes into the program, Patricia Cowlishaw was johnny-on-the-spot to direct them to their chairs. When asked how she got involved with the event, she smiled, admitting that she only did it because “When Emilynn calls, you answer.”

Speaking again of Emilynn, she didn’t have time to accept accolades. As she watched the show, the live auction and the luncheon, she was as graceful as a Texas Ballet prima ballerina. Not a step was missed. Though it’s doubtful that any ballerina smiled as much as Emily did. Why, just watching fashion mistress Jan Strimple step in for Karen in auctioning off the four goodies only doubled the smile on Emilynn’s face.

Auctioneer Jan Strimple

That Jan! Walking the runway she combined elegance with charm and managed to get bids up for the Escada Smaragd green nizza handbag in calf leather with python won by Betty Jean Wilbanks, the La Posada spa weekend won by Charlotte Kimberlin and Trailer Vic’s Tiki Party for 50 won by Ola Fojtasek.

Anita Sabinske

Why, the battle between Patty Jo Turner and Sue Lightner for a one-week stay in Anita Sabinske‘s Ketchum home had the entire audience craning their necks to see who would win. Jan tossed in the use of a jeep and two tanks of gas. Not only did it work, Anita agreed to letting it sell to both women for $5,000 each. What a way to end the auction! Then it was time for the ballroom doors to open and the ladies headed to the various DCC rooms for lunch of soup (Vichyssoise), entree (chilled marinated beef tenderloin tips, roast beets, watercress, argula, haricot vert and baby tomato with blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette) and dessert (chocolate mousse cake). While servers managed to get plates moving and wine replenished, one table seemed to have gotten an entree that had waited too long to be served. The beef seemed to have come from a cow that had died of old age, and the greens appeared more weary. But let’s face it. The ladies who fashionably lunch aren’t known for hunkering down to a  lumberjack special. A glass of white wine and a chocolate mousse are all that’s really required for a Monday at the country club and then a stop at Escada for more partying.