The Rustic Is Gonna Be Rocking In September For Voices For A Cause And The 5th Annual Concert For A Cure, But Not At The Same Time

September may be known as the start of Friday night lights, the kickoff of the State Fair and the first hints of fall in the air. But this year it’s gonna be full of singing for nonprofits. Two concerts are being held to raise funds and they’re both gonna be at The Rustic, but not at the same time!

Voices For A Cause*

First will be Dallas CASA’s Voices for A Cause with Signed Out getting things started and followed by country artist Brandon Rhyder as the evening’s headliner starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 14. The benefit concert is being hosted by Dallas CASA Young Profession, whose “mission is to increase awareness for Dallas CASA while providing charitable and social opportunities for people ages 21 to 40.” Co-Chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke and Dana Swann have arranged for the $25 ticket to include the concert, two drinks and appetizers.

2017 Concert For A Cure**

Two weeks later Leukemia Texas is holding its 5th Annual Concert for A Cure with Honorary Chair/former Dallas Cowboy Marco Rivera and Event Co-Chairs Jenny “New Mom” Anchondo and reality personality/marrow donor Stephanie Hollman. On the performing stage will be Grammy-Award winning Reckless Kelly. Individual tickets start at $75 and include a private VIP reception starting at 7 p.m., hors d’ oeuvres, two drink tickets, open seating and valet parking. But as you know, underwriting brings perks like additional seats with better views, recognition in signage and collateral materials and boasting rights.  

Can’t decide which one? No problemo. Attend both! The attire will be comfortable casual. The throngs of folks will be your type — generous and fun to be with. The causes are both life-changing.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Concert For A Cure

According to Leukemia Texas CEO Mandy O’Neill,

Mandy O’Neill, Dr. Maro O’Hanian and Erin Krah*

Over the past several years, Leukemia Texas has been able to fund every, eligible patient aid applicant. That was close to 500 applicants last year battling this devastating disease in Texas, a large number of these from the Dallas area. Their success is because of perseverance, limited expenses and generous donors who believe in their unique motto as ‘the only organization of its kind where funds raised in Texas, stay in Texas!’

Over the past five years, Leukemia Texas has increased their annual revenue more than 250%. As the demand for patient support increases, the need to generate revenue is strong. I’ve continued to keep the tradition of this 47-year-old organization, founded by the Minyard Family (Gretchen Minyard Williams and Liz Minyard Lokey continue to be active board members) by keeping expenses low and strengthening their signature events. The Beatleukemia Ball, Golf Classic and Concert for a Cure all generated record numbers this past year. They have also partnered with the MJ Event bringing in at least $250,000 new net dollars every year.

Concert For A Cure*

With their tremendous growth, and an estimated 3,000+ new leukemia diagnoses across the state, the addition of a third full time staff member is crucial. Leukemia Texas is currently searching for a seasoned Director of Program Development who is well versed in program management and major gift fundraising. Those interested in applying may reach out to Mandy at [email protected].

Their next event is the 5th annual Concert for a Cure to be held at the Rustic on Thursday September 28. Previous honorees include Kelcy Warren, Alicia Landry and Lynn McBee. Join Fox 4’s Jenny Anchondo, Real Housewife of Dallas Stephanie Hollman and former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer Marco Rivera as they celebrate, eat delicious bites and raise critical funds to directly support leukemia patients in our own backyard.

* Graphic/photo provided by Leukemia Texas

October 9 Round Robin: Thrift Studio Preview, Flora Award Patron And Soup’s On! Announcement Parties

Dallas fundraising exploded Thursday, October 9, for its final hurrah before the city submitted to a tsunami of UT burnt orange and OU red. It was a real hit-and-run evening for those making the rounds. For country western lovers, they had their choices. Either in Arlington, where former First Couple Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter were at AT&T Stadium celebrating “Habit for Humanity” at Building Hope Celebration Dinner with Wynonna Judd on stage and loads of swells on the floor of the stadium. Or, there was the Leukemia Texas‘s sold-out Concert for Cure at The Rustic, where car- and people-watching started in the parking lot as the guests jammed the place to hear Jack Ingram on stage. With the weather perfect, it was optimum conditions for the inside/outside venue to showcase its ability to party hearty. Other activities taking place included:

Thrift Studio Preview Party

Thrift Studio preview

Thrift Studio preview

Over in the Design District, Dwell With Dignity’s semi-annual Thrift Studio’s preview party had another lineup of vehicles and guests waiting their turns to get in to see the staging of “available” furnishings donated by area interior decorators and vendors. Dwell With Dignity Co-Founder Lisa Robison was being congratulated once again on the success of the program that “creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.”

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Lenard Blackwell and Joe Demoruelle

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Tara Harper and Brad Harper

Event Chair Laura Chancellor arranged for sets designed by CDA Interior Design, Catherine Dolen and Stacy Coulter & Associates and Carlin & Company; Dan Nelson, Vision Desing Inc., Jan Barboglio and Peacock Alley; Denise McGaha Interiors and ID Collection; Eleven 11 Design, Brendan Bass Showroom and Robert Allen Design; Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeira for X+III and David Sutherland Showroom; Joseph Minton; Paul Duesing Partners; and Peter Sandel Design LLC, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. Tara Harper and her brother Brad were upstairs checking out the furniture, while others were checking out Joe Demoruelle’s colorful jacket. Also on hand were Honorary Chair/designer Tobi Fairley and Meredith Hite, who had joined Shay Geyer’s IBB Design Group. Remember, the Thrift Studio like Brigadoon is a temporary wonderland. The pop-up shop is open until Saturday, November 8th with ever-arriving new goodies.

Flora Award Patron Party

Adam and Stacey Beck

Adam and Stacey Beck

Less crowded was the invite-only patron party for the Flora Award that will take place at a black-tie dinner on Thursday, November 6, at the Texas Discovery Gardens. But this evening it was business attire at Joan and Steve Smith’s Park Cities home. It was a natural to have the party there. After all, the Smiths’ daughter Stacey Beck and her husband Adam were co-chairing the fundraiser for the Gardens.

Co-honoree Suzy Rhodes greeted guests, like past honoree Barbara Hunt Crow, Caroline Rose Hunt, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Celeste and Michael Bosco and past Flora Award chairs Marilyn Waisanen and Bettye Slaven, while husband Tom worked the back of the house near the Smith’s Grey African Parrot, Juma, that was entertaining guests with his moves and conversation. Suzy and Tom met in eighth grade at the former Highland Park Junior High School (now McCullough) and have been married 39 years. Tom kidded friends saying, “She would not leave me alone.”

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Suzy and Tom Rhodes

Texas Discovery Gardens Executive Director Dick Davis told the 70 guests that the gardens were in overdrive with butterflies. In addition to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, which had just celebrated its fifth anniversary in September, the newly renovated gift shop had a “spectacular selection of framed tropical butterflies” that has resulted in an increase in sales.

Dick also revealed other changes taking place at TDG, including The Welcome Garden featuring deep shade tolerant plants including the hardy windmill palm, which had won “Best in Show” at the State Fair. It had been “been made possible through donations” from Suzy and Tom, the TDG Board and Board Members Janet Smith and her husband Norman.

Other TDG news included a refreshening of the Minnie Marcus Garden and the building of the Nature Learning Center by hand and “featuring reclaimed materials and serving as an outdoor classroom space, native snake exhibit, greenhouse and green gardening demonstration site.”

Soup’s On! Kick-Off Party

One of winter’s favorite fundraisers, “Soup’s On!,” got kicked off Brad Oldham’s studio and for good reason. Here is a report from the field about The Stewpot Alliances’ big fundraiser as it enters its 40th year in operation:

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Anne Besser, Brian Luscher and Jackie Moore*

Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore announced that author, singer/songwriter and foster care advocate Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 luncheon and art sale to be held Tuesday, January 20, at the Omni Dallas. Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon will act as honorary chair of the popular event. The announcement was made at the brand new Brad Oldham Studio at 1200 Ross Ave. The retail studio will open to the public within a few weeks.

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Tonya Meier and Kristine Schwope*

Kristine Schwope chaired Thursday’s Fall Kick-off party and membership drive which also collected items for the annual Women’s Christmas Tea to be held Friday, December 4.

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin*

“It was a treat to be at the new Brad Oldham Studio for the Soup’s On! announcement. Oldham has created ‘Birth of the City’ — a lost-wax bronze sculpture wall that stories from the history of Dallas from its founding until the mid-1930’s. This site-specific installation will feature ten-6’ by4’ panels along Park Avenue and Young Street. There will be a public unveiling of the Sculpture Wall @ Encore Park on Friday, October 24, at 3:30 p.m.”

* Photos provided by The
Stewpot Alliance

Sold Out Alert: Concert For A Cure

If you haven’t got tickets for tonight’s Concert For A Cure with Jack Ingram at The Rustic, you should ask your mirror, “Why did I wait?”

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

The Leukemia Texas fundraiser tri-chaired by gal pals Alyson Feaster, Terri Fishman and Lori Seinera is so sold out. Great way to kick off the Red River Rivalry weekend.

Remember to dress light and drink light.

 

Grovel Alert: Concert For A Cure Is Nearing The Done Deal Stage

Better hustle if you were planning on partying Texas/OU Thursday with the Leukemia Texas crowd. Just got word from Leukemia Texas that tickets for the October 9th Concert For A Cure “are close to selling out with a limited number of VIP spots left.” VIP places are going for $75 donations.

Jack Ingram (File photo)

Jack Ingram (File photo)

Alicia Landry and the rest of the Landry clan are the honorary chairs.

It’s taking place at The Rustic with Jack Ingram on stage. Event Tri-Chairs/buddies Alyson Feaster, Terri Fishman and Lori Glasser have arranged for all types of fun including the giveaway for two game-day tickets. Don’t you dare ask what game!

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman (File photo)

So, why not give your tuxedo and gowns the night off. OK, so if you really have a need to gussy up, you can wear your formal gear, but you’ll stick out like an old maid at a bachelor party. If you want to play it safe, don’t wear red or orange. But then you’ve never played safe, so pick out your Red River Showdown colors and party to raise funds for Leukemia Texas Research and Patient Aid Programs.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Concert For A Cure

According to Concert For A Cure  Tri-Chair Lori Seinera,

“In 2002 my best friend Terri Fishman was vacationing and became ill during her travels. When she returned she received the devastating diagnosis that no one wants to hear – ‘You have leukemia.’ Terri fought and beat leukemia. Today, years later our friend Alyson Feaster, Terri and I jumped at the chance to chair an event that would kick off Texas/OU weekend in Dallas, but more importantly raise critical funds to support the mission of Leukemia Texas.

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman*

Lori Seinera, Alyson Feaster and Terri Fishman*

“The 2nd annual Concert for a Cure will be held at The Rustic on Thursday, October 9, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. to kick off the Red River Rivalry between our beloved schools — UT and OU. During this celebration with Jack Ingram on stage, we will offer a VIP experience like no other including valet, private entrance, bites, beverages, swag bags, and private seating for Jack’s performance. One lucky attendee will also win 2 game day tickets! The event is hosted by Title Sponsor McGladrey.

Concert For A Cure*

Concert For A Cure*

“We are also proud to recognize Alicia Landry and family of the late Tom Landry. Not only was Coach Landry a fighting Longhorn, but he fought leukemia. It is an honor and privilege to Chair the 2nd annual Concert for a Cure to benefit our favorite charity, Leukemia Texas and we can’t wait to see you there!

“Tickets are $75 each and sponsorship starts at $1,000. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.LeukemiaTexas.org or by calling 214.265.7393. Attire is country/collegiate chic! Follow us online for exciting updates.

“Leukemia Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of those with leukemia through the funding of research and patient aid. We are the only organization of its kind in Texas where 100% of our funds remain in Texas. Our current program awards up to $1,000 per patient, ten times more than any other similar organization in Texas.”

* Photo and graphic courtesy of Leukemia Texas

Texas Leukemia Kicks Off “Concert For A Cure” For October In Klyde Warren Park Announcing Papa Kelcy Warren As Honorary Chair

There’s no doubt that downtown Dallas is alive and thriving. Need an example? Well, Leukemia Texas is proving the point across the boards. The organization not only kicked off its big plans for its “Concert for a Cure” at NYLO just south of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center on August 15, it’s holding the October 19 event with the Good Question Band on stage at Klyde Warren Park on the northside of the CBD.

Mandy O'Neill

Mandy O’Neill

If the event sound new, that’s because it is. LT CEO Mandy O’Neil has big plans for the event. “We would love to raise $100K from the concert.”

To do this they tapped someone as honorary chair who is known but rarely seen — Kelcy Warren (aka the father of the Klyde Warren Park namesake). How did they land the gent? According to LT Program Director Madeleine Smith, “We just happened to talk. We said, ‘We’re gonna have the event in your park. Would you be honorary chair?’ He said, ‘Yes.’”

Doug Carson and Melissa Poe

Doug Carson and Melissa Poe

With a crowd of 95 gathered in the NYLO lobby, the beverages flowed and the food served up non-stop. Melissa Poe, who was at a high top with Doug Carson, is on the host committee because her buddy Tiffaney Dale Hunter is the concert chair.

Tiffaney Dale Hunter

Tiffaney Dale Hunter

Melissa was a smart girl to pick that table, because it was the perfect spot to hear the plans about the event and see the raffle prizes announced.

First up was Mandy, who announced the date of the outdoor concert, explaining that LT would be one of the first nonprofits to have an event like that in KWP. As for the unpredictable North Texas weather, Mandy tossed it off with, “We know that on that day we’ll have wonderful weather.”

Next up was Tiffaney, who revealed that the concert would be free. . . but there will be VIP tickets sold, giveaways, food provided by LARK on the Park, signature cocktails and other perks. (Editor’s note: Tickets would definitely be wise to get.) Then Tiffaney added that the “event wouldn’t be possible without McGladrey.”

Roger Hendren

Roger Hendren

On cue, McGladrey office Managing Partner Roger Hendren introduced some of the other McGladrey partners in the room, adding that presenting sponsor McGladrey’s “been involved with LT for eight years.”

Regarding the concert entertainment, Roger explained that he saw the band play at Watters Creek in Allen and joked that, “Mandy has promised me they’ll do at least two Billy Idol songs.”

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

After the brief remarks, it was time for the drawing. Drafted to pull the winning names out of the bowl were munchkin leukemia survivors Kaitlyn Johnson and Jude Cobler with his big brother Joshua.

Jude Cobler

Jude Cobler

The first prize was $100 in NorthPark gold. And the winner was — Roger! Without hesitation, he donated it back for a re-drawing.

Another prize was $200 worth of services/merchandise from Skin Specialist of Allen. And the winner was — ironically, model/event producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers, who didn’t hesitate to snap it up, joking, “Is it a face lift?”

The final prize was a NYLO package including $50 at the restaurant and a one-night stay at the NYLO. And the winner was — Jude’s dad, Keith Cobler. If anyone deserved to win, it was a parent who helped his family through conquering leukemia. Well done!