St. V-Day Luncheon/Fashion Show Had Guests Lined Up For Leukemia And Lymphoma Society North Texas Chapter’s Annual Fundraiser

Despite the “100% guarantee” of the area getting drenched for St. Valentine’s Day, the showers held back for the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Meyerson on Tuesday, February 14, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s North Texas Chapter.

Registration lines

While the weather held fast, the registration line wasn’t so swift. One guest critiqued the check-in: “The ladies are complaining.” It seems that instead of guests being able to check in with their group, each person had to find the right line to get their table and seat assignment. One guest, after 10 minutes of trying to locate the right line, grumbled, “I need a drink.” But, alas, the poor thang discovered, like so many others, that the champagne was long gone and the herd of guests was hustling into the McDermott Concert Hall.

While it would have seemed that the table guests would have all been seated together in the Hall, it turned out not to be so. One five-figure sponsor discovered her guests were seated all over the place. Frustrated, the leader of the pack finally found an empty group of seats and declared them theirs.

Gina Betts, Roz Colombo and Anne Besser

To fill the time both in line and in the hall, the favorite indoor game of “catch-up” was played. Cindy Turner smiled that she was going to be a grandmother come July… Paige McDaniel reported that tickets to the Chick Lit Luncheon with Bethenny Frankel were going fast… Sunie Solmon decided that after wearing red to Go Red for Women, she would opt for pink…Bina Patel brought her too-young-to-wear-stilettos daughter along… MIA were Lisa Cooley and Tanya Foster, who were in NYC for Fashion Week … Another MIA was Advisory Co-Chair Michael Flores. But what could you expect? It was St. V-Day and he had heads to fashion… Luckily, Advisory Co-Chair Gina Betts was front and center with pal Roz Colombo. Gina and her legal buds are in the process of opening Dorsey and Whitney’s new Dallas office on Wednesday, March 1.

Lisa Singleton, Heather Randall and Jana Paul

Other faces seen in the crowd included Angie Kadesky, Lisa Singleton and Jana Paul with Event Chair Heather Randall, all-in-red Nancy Gopez, Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniels, Heather Furniss, Lunch Co-Founder Rusty DuvallSiiri Dougherty, Wanda Gierhart, Doris and Jack Jacobs, Vicki Howland and Elisa and Stephen Summers.

Angie Kadesky and Don and Robyn Conlon

Rusty Duvall

Siiri Dougherty and Wanda Gierhart

Jack and Doris Jacobs

Stephen and Elisa Summers

Inside the hall, the program was delayed a bit. Once the presentation started, a groups of chairs on the floor were empty, due to the back-up at the registration tables. As guests did arrive late, they found themselves walking the darkened aisle searching for their row ID.

Lillie Young and Clarice Tinsley

The program provided the presentation of the Memorial Hero Award presented by Robyn and Don Conlon honoring the late Charles Young, who died in September 2015 after battling multiple myeloma. As his wife of 45 years, Lillie Young, left the stage after accepting the award, she told emcee KDFW anchor Clarice Tinsley that the Youngs’ daughter, Erin Young Garrett, was due to deliver any minute. Married to Judd Garrett last March, the baby will be the first for the newlyweds.

The next presentation was the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award presented by Lillie Young and Family to Robyn and Don Conlon. The Conlons’ years of involvement in supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society resulted from the death of Robyn’s dear friend Linda Somerville, who died from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. It was a touching moment especially when insiders knew that the Conlons’ son, Keith Conlon, married Linda’s daughter Megan Somerville in 2015 and the twosome had a granddaughter this past December.

The final presentation was the showstopper, with last year’s Spirit of Tom Landry Awardee Luke Lange escorting this year’s recipient, Bennett William, to the stage following a video featuring Bennett’s family. Both boys looked so healthy, it was hard to imagine they had ever gone through the daunting journey of treatments and tests. However, the youngsters’ success stories were the result of years of funding research and family support.

Bennett Williams, Kirsa Williams and Luke Lange

Erin Ragsdale

A slight hiccup in the program followed Luncheon Chair Heather Randall’s and LLSNT Board Chair Erin Ragsdale’s personal reasons for supporting the fundraiser. Their stories were indeed sincere and touching on how the blood disease had hit them and their families. As they stepped aside and looked at the mega-screen on stage for the video, the lights dimmed and … nothing happened. After 10 seconds, giggles were heard in the back of the room. A few awkward seconds later, a video was shown. It would have been just as well if the ladies’ moving talks had stood alone.

Then Clarice returned to the podium to say that after the fashion show, guests could support the “Fund the Fight” by

  • buying a raffle ticket
  • making a donation
  • purchasing a centerpiece for $100 that would also get the buyer a better valet service.

Bruno fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Escada fashion

Etro fashion

Market fashion

St. John fashion

The fashions provided by Highland Park Village merchants ran the course from lighter-than-air sundresses to Herrera wedding gowns. It was interesting to note that, while great-granny Gertie might have approved the return of the below-the-knew hems, they aren’t exactly flattering to the most shapely leg.

Market fashions

Following the show, guests lunched in between being hit by raffle solicitors. One table got solicited four times. Finally, a guest told the raffle salesperson, “Everyone at this table has already bought a ticket.” The fella apologized. Too bad organizers didn’t provide stickers to designate raffle purchasers from potential buyers.

For more photos from the luncheon and fashion show, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

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

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

Lisa Singleton, Heather Randall and Jana Paul

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

St. John fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Etro fashion

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

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

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

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

Nancy and Richard Rogers (File photo)

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

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

Heather Randall (File photo)

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

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

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

 

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon Chair Heather Randall Revealed Plans For February Event, As Leukemia Survivor Bennett Williams Made Funny Faces

Having recovered from Halloween and heading toward the fall/winter final fundraising period, the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon crowd gathered some 75 strong at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s sweet estate. Thanks to a delayed start by the rain gods, the golf-cart shuttle moved seamlessly across the bridge and to the main house.

Lisa Cooley and Jill Rowlett

Lisa Cooley and Jill Rowlett

Dee Wyly

Dee Wyly

There, such folks as Jill Rowlett, Dee Wyly, Kris Sanger, Elizabeth Gambrell, and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson settled in the living room to hear the plans, except for Angela Nash, who hunkered down in the balcony overlooking the first floor.

Clay Cooley and Dwight Emanuelson

Clay Cooley and Dwight Emanuelson

Heather Randall

Heather Randall

St. V-Day Luncheon Chair Heather Randall reported that the presentation of Highland Park Village fashions would take place on Valentine’s Day itself (aka Tuesday, February 14) at the Meyerson Symphony Center. This year’s theme would be Affair Of The Heart with Tracy and Ben Lange serving as honorary co-chairs, Gina Betts and Michael Flores as advisory co-chairs and Daffan Nettle and Yvette Ostolaza as underwriting co-chairs.

Kirsa Willliams, Bennett Williams, Keith Williams, Ava Williams and Ellie Williams

Kirsa Willliams, Bennett Williams, Keith Williams, Ava Williams and Ellie Williams

She then reeled off some of the sponsors (the fundraising goal is $1M) and introduced Spirit of Tom Landry Character Awardee Bennett Williams. While his mom, Kirsa Williams, thanked guests for making funds available for leukemia and lymphoma research and development, Bennett sat on a couch with his dad, Keith Williams, and his sisters, Ava Williams and Ellie Williams. Kirsa’s sincerity was so moving as she described her son’s being diagnosed at 13 months (imagine: 1,207 days of chemotherapy). Still, she was a bit upstaged by Bennett’s making funny faces. Hey! He’s just a kiddo surrounded by a room full of adults, and the hour was getting late. And, like his predecessors, who have also managed to conquer the blood disorder, he’s still a youngster at heart.

Big surprise for some was the presenting sponsor news — Nancy C. and Richard Rogers. The surprise was due to Nancy’s claiming that she was officially retiring. However, if you read between the lines, she probably meant that she was just backing off of chairing events, but would still support certain fundraising with her attendance and support.

Tickets are already available starting at $300 and, of course, sponsorships run the gamut.

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

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

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

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

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

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

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Don and Robyn Conlon (File photo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Chair Heather Perttula Randall Reveals Details About 2017 Fundraiser

Leave it to an attorney to be in the know. At February’s St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas, Sidley Austin attorney Yvette Ostolaza broke the news that Trinity Industries VP of Legal Affairs Heather Perttula Randall would chair the 2017 fundraiser. After all, it was Heather who had been the 2016 St. V-Day event’s underwriting chair and had even gotten Yvette to co-sponsor the meal.

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza (File photo)

But what the twosome weren’t revealing were the details for the 2017 luncheon and fashion show. Now, before everyone starts taking off for summer, Heather has just revealed that the event is returning to the Meyerson with “An Affair of the Heart” as the theme.

And the really big news is that it will take place on Tuesday, February 14! Yup, after a couple of years of wandering around the calendar, the sweetheart event will have flowers, fashions and friends toasting and raising monies to battle the blood cancers.

According to Heather, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon chair as it allows me the opportunity to help this amazing organization and continue its fight against blood cancers. I cannot wait to take the luncheon to a new level by setting a new fundraising record.”

And as for Yvette, she’ll be co-chairing underwriting with Daffan Nettle. The rest of Heather’s team will include 2016 St. Valentine’s Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores as the advisory chairs; Maggie Cooke Kipp as the table sales chair; Bradley Hawkins as the artistic chair and Jennifer LeLash, Monti Konen and Jennifer Stalkup the raffle co-chairs.

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

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

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

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

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

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

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

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

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

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

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

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

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

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

Frank Risch

Frank Risch

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

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

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

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

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

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

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

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

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

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

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

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

    Brint Ryan

    Brint Ryan

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

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

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

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

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

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

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

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

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

The skies were blue on Tuesday, February 16, and the ladies at the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Meyerson were decked out in pinks, reds and whites. But surprise! Turquoise popped up as a popular shade as well.

Jan Langbein

Jan Langbein

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

And, of course, models in Herrera bridal white were showstoppers in the Meyerson lobby.

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Market fashion

Market fashion

Hadleigh fashion

Hadleigh fashion

Alice and Olive fashsion

Alice and Olivia fashion

St. John fashion

St. John fashion

Herrera fashion

Herrera fashion

Zegna fashion

Zegna fashion

For more about the fashions both on the runway and in the audience for the Leukemia and Lymphoma North Texas fundraiser, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Luke Lange Showcased His Mission And His Fast Breaks T-shirts At The St. Valentine’s Luncheon And Fashion Show Patron Party

The St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show patron party guests at the Tower Residences at the Stoneleigh on Tuesday, February 9, may have been prepared to hear about the fundraiser’s raffle and check out the model unit. But chances are, they weren’t prepared to meet Luke Lange.

They soon learned that he’s a pretty incredibly cute fella. Be very nice to this dude because he’ll probably be president of the U.S. or something better.

What makes him so special? After all, there are a lot of impressive pre-teens in North Texas. And there are a herd of parents and siblings surrounding these stand-out types.

Luke Lange and Ben Lange

Luke Lange and Ben Lange

But Luke at the age of nine was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Luckily, Luke, like other youngsters facing such a challenge, had a family — parents Tracy and Ben Lange and fashion diva kid sister Livia Lange — to help him through the diagnosis and the treatments.

Ben admitted that the diagnosis had created a life-changing experience for the young family. But they tackled it as a united front by seeking the best medical help and coming together as a family.

Livia Lange and Tracy Lange

Livia Lange and Tracy Lange

True, the diagnosis boded challenges. Tracy and Ben realized the ramifications. All things would have to take a rest while they took care of the family crisis. Luke would suffer the needles and the pain. His sister Livia Lange could become a “shadow sibling.” But as a team the Langes tackled it as a united front by seeking the best medical help and coming together as a family.

Evidently not only did the Lange clan’s efforts work, it benefited others facing leukemia and lymphoma. It seems that while Luke was going through his treatments, he really didn’t care for the hospital garb. His comfort level, like other patients, was a T-shirt. But then there were those needed tubes and ports for chemo and other treatments. So, industrious Luke worked with a tailor to create soft-cotton T-shirts with “fast-snap buttons on both the left and right side of the shirts. The fast-snap buttons run the entire inseam of the shirts from the bottom of the shirt to the end of the sleeve. This provides easy access for the medical staff to ports and other areas of the upper torso without having to remove or pull the shirt up.” It was such a hit that Luke started getting requests from other patients for one.

Next thing you know, a family friend by the name of Mark Cuban learned of the “snapped T-shirts” and joined on board, helping to have T-shirts with the Dallas Mavericks’ logo made.

Ken and Gina Betts

Ken and Gina Betts

DeeDee Lee and Janie Condon

DeeDee Lee and Janie Condon

As patron party guests like St. Valentine’s Day luncheon Co-Chair Gina Betts and her “betts half” Ken, Deedee Lee, Janie Condon and Claire Emanuelson arrived at the party, there was Luke with a table set up to sell his Luke Fast Breaks T-shirts.

Luke's Fast Breaks Tom Landry T-shirt*

Luke’s Fast Breaks Tom Landry T-shirt*

In honor of the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon, the Lange family had gotten Alicia Landry‘s approval to have special T-shirts made with the late Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry‘s likeness. For each one purchased for $25, the entire amount benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas. As for the shirt? It goes to a patient undergoing treatments.

In return, Luke was selected to receive the Tom Landry Spirit Award on Tuesday, February 16, at the luncheon.

Sure, the Dallas Cowboys’ legendary coach had succumbed to leukemia before Luke was born, but if one believes in reincarnation, perhaps Landry’s winning gene was part of Luke’s DNA.

BTW, Luke’s product, salesmanship and mission paid off at the patron party to the tune of $2,500. That means 100 patients will receive Luke’s snappy T-shirts.

* Photo courtesy of Luke's Fast Breaks T-shirts

JUST IN: Gina Betts And Michael Flores Reveal A Record-Breaking $725,000 Netted From St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores have been working their calculators non-stop since Tuesday’s Leukemia And Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser at the Meyerson.

Their hard work, dedication and great friends like Nancy Rogers have resulted in a record-breaking $725,000 being netted. Yup, that’s not the amount raised, it’s the amount of money that will support the research and treatment against leukemia and lymphoma.

Why, “the ask” that took place before the fashion show took place, had hands raised to a whopping $195,000.

What a simply lovely way to start the weekend! Gina and Michael, go have a manicure. Your fingers deserve a bit of pampering after summoning up that amount!

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Raffle Will Make Your Heart Go Pitty-Pat

The St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores have not only revealed the raffle items for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser, they’ve made the tickets available online for purchase!

The drawing will take place at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser at the Meyerson on Tuesday, February 16. The marvy trips, shopping sprees and sweetheart of indulgences are broken down into the following three groups —

  • Platinum Level Raffle — 75 tickets available at $300 per ticket
    • ASPEN GETAWAY (Value: $9,900) — Enjoy gorgeous Aspen, Colorado with a seven-night stay in a two bedroom residence at the St. Regis Aspen (SET DATE: May 14-21, 2016) with airline miles courtesy of American Airlines. Suit up for the slopes with a custom pair of ski or snowboard boots from St. Bernard Sports.
Aspen Getaway*

Aspen Getaway*

  • Red Level Raffle — 200 tickets available at $200 per ticket
    • SANTA FE SUN (Value: $2,420) — Includes a two night stay for two at the Rosewood Inn of Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico, airline miles courtesy of American Airlines, and dinner for two at the Rosewood Inn Anasazi Restaurant.
    • SHOP THE VILLAGE (Value: $2,550) — Includes a shopping experience curated for you by Liz Thrash, personal shopper for Highland Park Village. The shopping experience includes a $2,500 Highland Park Village credit and up to three hours with the personal shopper. Grab lunch afterwards with a $50 gift card to Mi Cocina.
    • BIENVENIDOS A MIAMI (Value: $2,600) — Includes a two night stay for two at the Loews Miami Beach and airline miles courtesy of American Airlines.
  • Pink Level Raffle — Unlimited number of tickets available at $100 per ticket
    • PAMPER YOURSELF (Value: $2,500) — Includes a two night weekend stay in luxury accommodations at The Fairmont Dallas, brunch for two at the Rosewood Mansion Restaurant on Turtle Creek, $1,200 Lela Rose gift card, a $150 Bandier gift card, a day of beauty certificate from Frederic Fekkai (blowout, makeup application and manicure), LAFCO gift set, and a bottle of 2010 Napa Syrah.
    • DALLAS STAYCATION (Value: $2,860) — Includes a one night stay for two in a deluxe king room with valet and breakfast at the Warwick Melrose Hotel Dallas, a $150 gift certificate to Bob’s Steak and Chop House, four tickets to Dallas Summer Musical’s The Little Mermaid, and a beautiful Manjani necklace and Tani Starr cuff from Ashley Pittman, and a red glitter fabric clutch bag with shoulder chain from Jimmy Choo.
    • WINE AND DINE (Value: $2,750) — Includes a wine dinner for ten at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and a wine tasting for ten at Times Ten Cellar.
    • DALLAS DATE NIGHT (Value: $2,350) — Includes a two night stay for two in an original concept suite at Hotel ZaZa, $100 gift card to Savor Gastropub, $50 gift card to Uchi and a bottle of 2010 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • FOR THE MEN (Value: $2,400) — Includes two tickets to the Dallas Stars game on March 19th vs the NY Islanders with a pre-game meet and greet with Stars Center, Vernon Fiddler. Package also includes a 24 hour drive of a Model S Tesla, Deep Ellum Brewery gift basket, $50 gift card to Five Creeks Tavern, and an Edo Popken of Switzerland blue and white limited edition button down shirt.
    • ACCESSORIZE ME (Value: $2,350) — Includes a gorgeous Anne Fontaine Tsarina tulle collar necklace, a printed scarf made from luxurious Italian fabric and a $20 gift card from Leggiadrio, a pair of pink suede high heels from Giuseppe Zanotti and a trendy handbag from Trina Turk.
    • YOU AND ME – THE VIPS (Value: $2,950) — Enjoy a private party with you and your best friends at Alice + Olivia. The winner will take home a complimentary outfit and each of their guests will receive 20% off their purchase. You’ll also receive a private champagne party at St. John with 10 friends. You will receive a $500 gift certificate for your next St. John outfit. Afterwards, head on over to Kiehl’s since 1851 for a Private Skincare Party. Once you pamper your skin, you’ll leave with a gift box filled with head to toe deluxe travel samples.

Here’s a thought. Buy a raffle ticket for that extra-special person in your life and give it to him/her for Valentine’s Day.

BTW, if you’ve been hitting the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon website checking for raffle and ticket information under the categories, stop it. They’re all posted under the “Donations” page. Here’s the one-stop-shopping link!

* Graphic provided by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

MySweet2016Goals: Michael Flores

According to The Michael Flores Salon at Neiman Marcus owner/2016 Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show Co-Chair Michael Flores,

Michael Flores (File photo)

Michael Flores (File photo)

“My goal, especially for the early part of this year, is to have the 32nd annual Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon to be the most successful fundraising event ever for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

“My co-chairman, Gina Betts, and I want the luncheon to bring more awareness and more money for the cause than has ever been raised. We feel that we are on way to reaching that goal and we know it would not be possible without the dozens of volunteers, the dedicated staff and the incredibly generous donors.”

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

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

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

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

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

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

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

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

Faerber bracelet

Faerber bracelet

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

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

Brian Bolke

Brian Bolke

Claire Emanuelson

Claire Emanuelson

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

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