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

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

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

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

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 beneficiaries are scheduled to receive the following amounts:

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

Information about tickets and underwriting opportunities can be found here!

* Graphic provided by KidneyTexas Inc.

Art In Bloom Had Tables Topped To The Hilt And To Impress Dr. Todd Langstaffe-Gowan

Breaking from the past of having fashions at the Art in Bloom luncheon, this year’s Chair Barbara Daseke decided it might be more fun to have guests compete with table decorations following the presentation by British landscape historian Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan on Monday, March 21, at the Dallas Museum of Art. Wise move because the guests really got into it. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke and Linda Ivy*

Barbara Daseke and Linda Ivy*

Luncheon chairman Barbara Daseke, with honorary chairman Linda Ivy and honoree Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Senior Curator of European and American Art and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the DMA, were joined by over 260 guests at the seventeenth annual Art in Bloom, on Monday, March 21, 2016. Hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art League, proceeds from the event will benefit the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

The festivities began with a reception in the Hamon Atrium with an opportunity to bid on amazing items in the silent auction, such as a complimentary DMA League upgraded Art Patron membership; a private tour for six with the new Lillian and James H. Clark Associate Curator of European Art, Nicole R. Myers, with lunch at Lark on the Park; a special three-course dinner for two with the host of Emmy Award-winning Bravo series “Top Chef,” Padma Lakshmi, in the DMA Founders Room, inspired by her favorite recipes; includes a hardcover copy of Laksmi’s book, “Love, Loss and What We Ate” and a DMA Fast Track pass; VIP access to upcoming 2016 DMA Opening Exhibition Celebrations for “Irving Penn” in April, “Concentration 60 and 61” in September, “Devine Felines” in October and more.

At the appointed time, attendees were directed to the Horchow Auditorium for remarks from this year’s featured speaker, landscape architect and landscape historian Dr.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan*

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan*

, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom. Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan entertained the crowd as he shared images and experiences from some of his recent projects, including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace Gardens and The Crown Estate, as well as the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens, the eleven-acre pleasure ground around the palace, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Afterward, patrons returned to the Museum’s Atrium for a seated lunch featuring tables dressed with beautiful linens and tabletops courtesy of POSH Couture Rentals, this year’s luxury rental sponsor, with floral centerpieces from David Kimmel Design.

Faye C. Brigg's table*

Faye C. Brigg’s table*

Barbara Daseke's table*

Barbara Daseke’s table*

Art in Bloom tabletop*

Art in Bloom tabletop*

Mami Driscoll*

Mami Driscoll at Jewel Williams’ table*

Six tables featured original tablescapes as part of the inaugural table design competition, using the theme “International” as their inspiration. Table design competitors included Barbara Bigham, Faye Briggs, Barbara Daseke, Dr Delphinium, POSH Couture Rentals and Jewel Williams.  Judged by Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan, Jewel Williams’ tablescape, designed by floral designer Mami Driscoll with collaboration from Stephen Frels with Stella Fine Flowers, was selected as the winning design with a prize of a three-day spree for two in London, complete with exceptional accommodations, a lunch at Clarke’s Restaurant and a private tour with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan of Kensington Palace and other historic Palace Gardens.

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch of butter lettuce salad with sherry vinaigrette and thyme blossoms for their first course, followed by an entrée of crispy Cornish hen with truffle spring pea puree, pea tendrils and garnished with nasturtiums.  As dessert of white and dark chocolate mousse tart with hazelnut brittle was served, the live auction, with Heritage Auctions auctioneer Kristen Schultz, began featuring items such as a Judith Leiber jeweled egg-shaped minaudières, a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of the DMA’s Painting Conservation Studio with chief conservator Mark Leonard, dinner at Lark on the Park, reserved seating for two at the DMA Arts & Letters Live presentation of “Dutch Masters & Deceit” and more; and an extravagant night on the town for two including a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille and a box at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with transportation proved by United Limo.

Diann Contestabile and Margot Perot*

Diann Contestabile and Margot Perot*

Jennifer Houser and Suzanne Palmlund*

Jennifer Houser and Suzanne Palmlund*

As lunch came to an end, guests lined up to meet Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan as he signed his recent book, “The London Square.”

Art in Bloom International attendees included Honorary Chair Linda Ivy, Dallas Museum of Art League President Jewel Williams, Underwriting Chair Barbara Durham, Auction Chair Cecelia Otiniano-Moore, Barbara Bigham, Margaret McDermott, Margot Perot, Charlene Marsh, Holly Huffines, Robin Carreker, Sheila Durante, Jennifer Houser, Connie Carreker, Mary McDermott Cook, Beverly Freeman, Susan Fisk, Jill Goldberg, Faye Briggs, Libby Swindle, Betsy Waggoner and Ann Dyer.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

Mother Nature Blessed The Art In Bloom Patrons With Perfect Weather And The Perfect Place To Party

To say the weather on Wednesday, March 16, was spectacular is an understatement. It was so absolutely perfect that Art In Bloom Chair Barbara Daseke must have negotiated quite a deal with Mother Nature. She also arranged for the Art in Bloom Patron Party to take place at Suzanne and David Palmlund’s Swiss Avenue mansion. And that’s exactly what happened. Here’s a report from the field:

Linda and Steve Ivy and Barbara Daseke*

Linda and Steve Ivy and Barbara Daseke*

Art in Bloom Chair Barbara Daseke, with Honorary Chair Linda Ivy, welcomed sponsors to the Art in Bloom International Patron Party on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Held at the beautiful Swiss Avenue home of Suzanne and David Palmlund, partygoers mingled while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Conversation soon turned to the Dallas Museum of Art League’s Art in Bloom on Monday, March 21, which will feature landscape architect and landscape historian Dr. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces in the United Kingdom.

The event will begin with a reception and silent auction followed by Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan in the Horchow Auditorium as he shares his experiences as the gardens advisor to historic royal palaces including The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace Gardens and The Crown Estate, as well as recent projects such as the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens, the eleven-acre pleasure ground around the palace, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Cecilia Moore, Jewel Williams, Barbara Bigham and Katherine Phillips*

Cecilia Moore, Jewel Williams, Barbara Bigham and Katherine Phillips*

Following, guests will convene in the Hamon Atrium for a seated lunch followed by a live auction. Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan will also serve as the judge of the inaugural table design competition with entries from Barbara Bigham, Faye Briggs, Barbara Daseke, Dr. Delphinium, Posh Couture Rentals and Jewel Williams.  The lucky winner of the competition will receive a three-day spree for two in London, complete with exceptional accommodations, a lunch at Clarke’s Restaurant and a private tour with Dr. Longstaffe-Gowan of Kensington Palace and other historic Palace Gardens  (airfare is not included).

Proceeds from the 17th annual event support the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund. 2016 sponsors are:

Beverly and Don Freeman*

Beverly and Don Freeman*

Frank and Sheila Durante*

Frank and Sheila Durante*

  • $20,000 – $10,000Luxury Rental Sponsor: Posh Couture Rentals and Media Sponsor: PaperCity;
  • Globetrotter ($10,000) – Barbara Daseke, Linda Ivy and The Eugene McDermott Foundation/Margaret McDermott;
  • $9,999 – $5,000 – Auction Sponsor: Heritage Auction and Centerpiece Sponsor: David Kimmel Design;
  • Explorer ($5,000) – Faye C. Briggs, Beverly Freeman, Jill Goldberg, Margot Perot and Charlene Marsh;
  • ($4,999 – $1,000) – Announcement Party Sponsor: Avant Garden, Master Class Sponsor: Dr. Delphinium and Patron Party Sponsor: Suzanne Palmlund;
  • Explorer ($3,000) – Genie Bentley, Robin Francis Carreker, Sheila Durante and Laurel Brewster, Blake R. Lively, Angela D. Paulos, Linda Rayes, Catherine M. Rose, Livvy Swindle and Betsy Morton and Jewel Williams;
  • Director and Speaker Sponsor ($1,000) – Melissa Fetter and Peggy Sewell.

Art in Bloom Patron Party attendees included, hosts Suzanne and David Palmlund, chair Barbara Daseke, honorary chair Linda Ivy and Steve Ivy, Dallas Museum of Art League President Jewel Williams, Beverly and Don Freeman, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Ile Greene, Sheila and Frank Durante, Katherine Phillips, Cecilia Moore and Anita Lester.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron