Round Robin February 5: Mary Kay Announcement And Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Honor Guard Dinner

The bitter cold would normally slow things down, but not in North Texas. Thanks to causes and pretty-please-invitations, folks turned out on Thursday, February 5.

Mary Kay Announcement

Abi Ferrin

Abi Ferrin

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers

The West Village is simply perfect for strolling and window peaking. On this night, Mi Cocina’s doors were opening non-stop as guests sought comfort thanks to Mole Enchiladas de Pollo and Mama’s Chicken con Hongos. Across the way, Abi Ferrin was hosting a crowd with the Mary Kay gang at her flagship boutique.

Shama Hyder

Shama Hyder

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Kirsten Gappelberg and Paige Flink

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim

As more than 50 guests like Paige Flink, Sham Hyder, Kirsten Gappelberg, Cristal Retana and the Mary Kay Asia regional team (Winney Bang, Sobee Duenas and Helen Kim) checked out Abi’s so comfortable and flattering outfits, Nancy Rogers arrived on the scene with Michael Flores and Douglas Carney. She hardly hit the door before she hit the racks to see Abi’s newest goodies.

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

Cristal Retana and Crayton Webb

But the real purpose of the night was the announcement. As part of its “Domestic Violence Awareness” campaign, the Mary Kay organization had selected Abi as its spokesperson. The idea came to Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb when he met her a year and a half ago at a dinner party and heard her story about physical and emotional abuse.

It turned out that Nancy Rogers had been a fan of Abi’s designs.

As for Abi, she revealed that she’s been using Mary Kay products like Satin Hands and the eye makeup remover — “It’s the best eye makeup remover!” — for years. Plus, “Nancy gave me the lip gloss.”

To promote the campaign, Abi did a PSA video. The week of February 17, a national figure will be revealed who will “speak to the issue of dating violence and healthy relationships.”

DSOL Honor Guard Dinner

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

Venise Stuart and Tincy Miller

OK, so the upcoming weekend may have belonged to the 40 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs, but on this night it was “almost strictly” a guy get-together upstairs at the Dallas Country Club. DSOL President Venise Stuart and her cohorts Marena Gault, Sharon Popham, Barbara Averitt, Deborah Brown and The Assembly President Claire McCormick were allowed to be part of the festivities to make sure everything ran seamlessly.

Claire McCormick

Claire McCormick

John Cooper and Greg Moore

John Cooper and Greg Moore

Following the age-old tradition, Tincy Miller hosted a dinner for 120 of the deb and Honor Guard’s dads and granddads like Tom Stanzel, Bart Humphrey, Roger Gault and Greg Moore. In years past, it had been held at Prestonwood Country Club. The move to the Dallas Country Club was made since PCC was being refurbished.

Tincy became the target of the evening with every gent wanting to plant a kiss on her cheek.

Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong

Just as the front room seemed to hold no more, dinner was announced.

Again, following tradition, the following awards were presented:

  • Lois Watson Award — Tyler Armstrong
  • The Vance C. Miller Award — John Cooper

After the evening concluded, the spotlight would focus on the 40 debs and their formal presentation Saturday night at the Meyerson.

 

Girl Scouts Of Northeast Texas Are Ramping Up To “Make Someone Feel Important” With Cookies

Like that nightmare of a blind date that your former best friend set you up on, diets can be a bore. Sure, both sounded great at first, but then reality set in.

We just knew that you needed a reason to be decadent and drop the New Year’s diet plan, so is your get-out-of-jail opportunity — Girl Scout Cookie Time!

On Friday, January 10, the cookies will be rolling in your direction. The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will “sell, deliver and collect money” with cookies.

Yes, it is “an integral part of the Girls Scouts’ Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls in grades K-12,” but let’s be honest. Like as honest as your scales are when you step on them — nobody needs to know but you why you bought a case of cookies. It’s the cookie factor of life. Yummy, hit-the right-taste bud, OMG delish factor that hits at killer times during the day.

Here’s the game plan:

  • Friday, January 10 — Door-to-door sales begin
  • Friday, January 17 — Booth sales begin
Mary Kay Entrepreneur patch*

Mary Kay Entrepreneur patch*

Ah, but there’s a new cookie player this year — Mary Kay! Adorable pink Mary Kay Entrepreneur patches will be earned by Girl Scout troops who have achieved “a goal of at least 50 packages during the 2014 Cookie Program.”

It seems only right since Mary Kay believed — “You should pretend everyone that you encounter has a sign around their neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ How do you think you customers want to be treated?’”

Ah, do you heard the sound of Samoas going and people feeling important? Then the Girl Scouts have just made another sale.

* Graphic provided by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Mary Kay’s “Suits For Shelters” Kicks Off With Fellows Accessorized In Pink And Shelter Staffers On Tootsies’ Runway

The clothes are coming and going at Tootsies. It all started on Thursday, July 18, when it was the site of the Mary Kay Foundation’s Suits for Shelter program kick-off. Naturally, pink was the color of the evening. Why even the men folks spiffed up their ensembles with MK-fav colored ties (Morgan Meyer, Ryan Rogers and Jose Reyes) and handkerchiefs (Crayton Webb).

Pink was the color of the night

Pink was the color of the night

The purpose was easy to guess. It was to start the collection of “experienced” clothes and accessories for women to provide to shelters. The drive runs through Monday, August 5.

Oops, that could have been a problem. Seems that the Tootsies folks also arranged to have a very similar clothing drive for the Austin Street Shelter to run from August 1 through August 31. Yipes! Would there be a showdown at the store’s front door on Preston Road for which organization got the goods during that August 1-5 overlap period?

Oh, please!

Everyone was assured that anyone bringing clothes during that period would be asked which group they were providing the goods for.

And regardless of which group benefited from the contribution, the donor will receive a $25 gift card to be used at Tootsies, which will be very good since the store’s having its mega sale going on.

But back to the party.

Morgan Meyer and Kristen Howell

Morgan Meyer and Kristen Howell

Just as event producer Jan Strimple arrived on the scene, model Keana Meyer joined her, while husband Morgan reported on his future plans. Yes, he was running for the Texas House seat currently occupied by Dan Branch because “it’s a chance to serve Texas. . .  With my family and background, it’s the perfect spot to continue Dan Branch’s legacy.”

Fashion show

Fashion show

Just when the ground level was getting tighter than a size too small Spanx, it was time to go upstairs for the fashion show of shelter staffers wearing outfits with various touches of pink.

Ryan Rogers and Crayton Webb

Ryan Rogers and Crayton Webb

But before the show got underway, Mary Kay’s ever-charming and eloquent Director of Corporate Communications Crayton Webb and Mary Kay grandson Ryan Rogers thanked all on behalf of Mary Kay corporate and the foundation. They also reported that this was going to be a big year for the cosmetics company, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Starting the following Sunday an estimated 50,000 women would be in Dallas for the annual Mary Kay gathering of the troops. As part of the Mary Kay Foundation’s mission, one of its programs is to assist women’s shelters. Last year they doubled the number of suits they collected and have raised more than $50,000 in all. Ryan finished the presentation by asking all to join him in toasting the program.

As the festivities were continuing with a full house watching the fashion show, a truck pulled up in the back of Tootsies with 150 items to add to the Suits for Shelters program.

Since 2000 the Mary Kay Foundation has provided $31M to shelters dealing with abuse against women and continued Mary Kay Ash’s original mission “to allow women to advance by helping others to succeed.” And to think — it all got started by a widow who invested her $5,000 savings in a dream. Thanks to her dream, women are escaping lives of nightmares.

Mary Kay Is No Powder Puff When It Comes To Domestic Abuse

In all the promotion of this Saturday’s “Dallas Men Against Abuse” rally, a certain sponsor was mentioned that caused the MySweetCharity elves to ponder over their jelly bean break. What kind of sponsorship and involvement would include Mary Kay, a company that is largely beauty-oriented. Would they be handing out samples of Satin Hands?

Ah, but that shows how little jelly-bean-eating elves know. MK Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (whew, what a title) Crayton Webb was Johnny-on-the-spot with an explanation: “Preventing domestic violence has been our core cause for Mary Kay in the U.S. for some time. There are a number of employees who are also part of the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter, so supporting the Mayor’s rally seemed like a natural fit.”

In addition to contributing $25,000 to the event, MK has “invited/asked our Dallas-based employees and local members of our independent sales force to attend the rally, too. The Mary Kay Foundation will have a booth at the rally as well — its two key causes are ending domestic violence and cancers affecting women.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Dallas City Hall Plaza. It may be a tad bit chilly, but this is a hot issue that needs to be confronted by real men. And if there is a man in your life, ask what they’ll be doing Saturday morning.