MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas Arboretum Food And Wine Festival

Sharon Van Meter

Chad Houser and LaDarian Neal

The threat of showers on Thursday, March 16, didn’t deter the Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival organizers. Good thing because the evening’s weather turned out to be on beyond imaginable for the 1,300 hungry guests. Thanks to Chef Sharon Van Meter and her 40 or so other professional culinary types like Chef Chad Houser, nobody went home hungry.

Cliff and Gail Fischer and Denny and Connie Carreker

The VIPs wined and dined on the DeGolyer terrace overlooking White Rock Lake. The rest of the crowds found happiness at food stations throughout the grounds that were Dallas blooming fabulous.

Dallas Arboretum Food And Wine Festival

While the post is being prepped, check out the chefs, the diners and the flowers at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: TACA’s 2017 Silver Cup Luncheon

The performing-art lovers gathered for TACA’s 39th Annual Silver Cup Luncheon honoring Nancy Nasher and Walter Elcock.

Nancy Nasher and Walter Elcock

As part of TACA’s own 50th anniversary celebration, the luncheon was ramped up with a bigger venue at the Hilton Anatole and some additions to the program. Some worked. Some struck out. Some were base hits. But the recipients pulled off home runs flawlessly.

Uptown Players

While the post is being prepared, check out the people at 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.

MySweetCharity Photo Alert: 2017 Go Red For Women Luncheon

Nancy Gopez and Alison Levine

For tackling the climb to conquering heart disease, the 2017 Go Red For Women gals donned the color of the month — red — and filled the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday, February 3, to hear best-selling author/sportswoman/explorer Alison Levine tell of her challenges in reaching the summit of Mt. Everest.

As big a draw as Alison was, there was a large number on hand to support Sandi Haddock Impact Awardee Mary Parker and Open Your Heart Chair Nancy Gopez.

Miller Gill, Rebecca Gill, Mary Parker, Suzanne Humphreys and Joe Parker

While the post is being prepped, the ladies in red and friends supporting the American Heart Association Dallas Division can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Reveal Party

2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill had a bit of challenge on their hands for the “Reveal Party” on Thursday, February 2. It seemed everyone not only RSVP-ed, they wanted to bring all types of friends along to learn who would be on stage and what the theme would be.

Chase Cooley, Bela Pjetrovic, Anne Stodghill, Sunie Solomon and Lisa Cooley

Despite the shindig being held at the Stodghill villa and the night being picture perfect, it was still gonna be a bit of jam for all the expected cars. How did Sunie and Anne handle the situation?

2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Reveal Party

Be patient. The answer will be in the write-up that is being prepared. In the meantime, check out the photos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2017 Soup’s On! Luncheon

This winter hasn’t exactly been a Sub-Zero experience, at least in North Texas. So the demand for soup may not have been the high priority of years past. But when it comes to The Stewpot Alliance’s Soup’s On! Luncheon, the liquid stuff is a draw thanks to Chief Chef Brian Luscher and his team of chefs and the topic du jour — the homeless situation in North Texas.

From the left: (standing) Andrew Swanson, Scott Girling, Andrew Chen, Andrew Dilda, Omar Flores and Dennis Kelley; (seated) Danyele McPherson, Abraham Salum, Brian Luscher, Janice Provost and Melody Bishop

In fact, this year’s sold-out fundraiser chaired by Heather Sauber on Tuesday, January 31, was so filled that there was hardly room for the servers at Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station to squeeze through.

Mike Rawlings and Robert Wilonsky

Florencia Velasco Fortner

Keven Ann Willey

Jeff Tooker

While the post is being prepped, check out the chefs, the panelists and guests over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.     

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Happy Hour

After taking a couple weeks to tidy up all the party decorations and making sure all the silent auction items were on their way to their new homes, the Crystal Charity Ball crew was hosted to a happy hour by the 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter in the Founders Room at the Dallas Country Club.

Steve Walthall, Cindy Ethel, Christie Carter and Eric Jez

From security types like Steve Walthall and Eric Jez, pianist Tommy DeSalvo and event producer Tom Addis to the past and future CCB Chairs office team like Cindy Ethel, Jennifer Hinze and Bevin Shaw, they all turned out on Thursday, December 15, to celebrate their meeting their goal of $5.6M+ for Community Partners of Dallas, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Hope Supply Co., Notre Dame School of Dallas, Parkland Foundation on behalf of Parkland Health and Hospital System, Teach for America, The Family Place and Crystal Charity Ball Educational Scholarship Project.

Vinnie Reuben and Tom Addis

Tommy DeSalvo

While the post is being prepped, some of the happy and relieved faces are at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Circle Of Angels Dinner

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons, Christie Carter, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

For a second time within a week, Dallas’ newest fashion showcase Forty Five Ten was the scene of a fundraiser. Unlike the ReuNight dinner benefiting The Family Place with the adjoining tent filled to the max, the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels seated supper was limited but just as splendiferous.

Forty Five Ten fashions

Tanya Foster and Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell

As fabulous and eye-catching as the dressed mannequins were, the guests held their own from hairline to heel.

Christie Carter and Brian Bolke

While the post is being prepared, check out the photos of the crowd on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 ReuNight

Forty Five Ten fashion

Nick Wooster, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Faisal Halum

It was just this side of glorious. The ultimate sneak preview of Forty Five Ten benefiting The Family Place on Thursday, November 10.

Brian Bolke and Shelle Sills

Diamond Mahone, Jeny Bania, Tim Headington, Anais Assoun and Sabrina Dee

As fabulouso as the peeps were  dressed to the nines, the collection of fashions for both men and women plus dazzling home-sweet-home accessories assembeler by retailing wizard Brian Bolke had even the most brilliant dressers becoming wide-eyed tourists.

And to add to the splendiferous factor were legendary designer Donna Karan and fashion scribe Tim Blanks.

Niven Morgan and Donna Karan

Tim Blanks

While the post is being prepared, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the looks and the lookies at the debut of Dallas’ newest chic showplace.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball

Toby Keith

Toby Keith

With a few adjustments to the usual POA, the 2016 Cattle Baron’s Ball was a blowout hit for the 3,000+ at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15. But then how could you miss with Dwight Yoakam kicking things off and Toby Keith keeping the momentum going? Even Mother Nature played nicely, so the view of downtown Dallas from the top of the Ferris wheel was spectacular.

Megan Flanagan, Jamie Jo Hayes, Karen James, Stacey Relton, Merrick Huckin, Annika Cail and Elizabeth Fischer

Megan Flanagan, Jamie Jo Hayes, Karen James, Stacey Relton, Merrick Huckin, Annika Cail and Elizabeth Fischer

No wonder the live auction rocked with those baronesses exercising those cowbells and revving up the lively auction

While the post is being prepared, check out the baronesses and buckaroos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Dinner

Tis the season when flip flops have been replaced by Louboutins. Freshly minted faces are being explained away as having a restful summer. And all the work of past months is facing the final showdown for the year, as the fall fundraising season was officially launched with the Crystal Charity Ball‘s Platinum Dinner celebrating the very heavy hitters for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon that’s being chair by Pam Perella.

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Barbara and Ralph Babb, and Pam Perella

Hosted by Comerica’s Ralph Babb, the dinner took place at the Dallas Country Club on Thursday, September 8, and featured dressed-to-the-nines guests, catch-up chatter and a killer chocolate salted caramel mousse tart (calories be damned for this dessert!).

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

Nancy Dedman and Shelle Sills

DeeDee Lee

DeeDee Lee

Lara and Bob Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

Tom Swiley and Patti Flowers

For a look at the fashionable types, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. And, yes, the post is being prepped.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund’s “An Evening In Oz”

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

The annual Children’s Cancer Fund’s super-duper fashion show with celebrities escorting cancer-surviving children on the runway in Dillard’s clothes took a turn on Friday, April 22. Co-Chairs Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley shifted the usual luncheon fundraiser to “An Evening In Oz” at the Hilton Anatole.

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Joining Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man were Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach and nearly 900 other pals.

While the post is being finalized, check out the scenes at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Art Ball Patron Party

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers being served up in toolboxes. Upside down warning cones serving as vases. Hunky construction workers serving as the welcome committee. Billionaires just hanging out. These were just a few of the elements that made the Dallas Museum of Art‘s 2016 Art Ball patron party at The Joule’s terrace a true memory maker.

Hunky construction workers

Hunky construction workers

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

And leave it to Forty Five Ten fashion wizard Brian Bolke to add that touch of couture with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott on the scene surrounded by gorgeous clients in his creations.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

While the post is being finalized, get a gander of the party at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: The 87th Linz Award

Dallas heavy hitters and lifters were all over the place at the Omni on Wednesday, April 6, for the 87th Linz Award. The big draw was attorney/former Parkland Board Chair Debbie Branson’s being presented the award that is “considered Dallas’ oldest and most prestigious civic honor.”

Debbie Branson and Clay Jenkins

Debbie Branson and Clay Jenkins

While the post is being finalized, check out the crowd at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Photo Gallery Alert: The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball

Crystal Charity Ball performer

Crystal Charity Ball performer

Stars above! The Crystal Charity Ball was out of this world with its “An Evening of Celestial Radiance” theme at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, December 5. And to match the starry, starry night, the guests’ adornments ranged from glittery starbursts of jewels to gowns that reflected the cosmos.

Michal Powell and Tucker Enthoven

Michal Powell and Tucker Enthoven

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Kenny and Lisa Troutt

Key and Katherine Coker

Key and Katherine Coker

 

 

 

 

 

And to add to the occasion, all types of acrobats on the ground and in the air were just part of the festivities, with the well-known types raising their eyes to the heavens. The original stars from the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, now performing as the Midtown Men had the dance floor filled.

Manhattan Men

Midtown Men

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons

While the post is being prepped, check out over 65 photos at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. And don’t forget to check the second page of pictures!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Awards For Excellence Luncheon

Just imagine an event that celebrates a teacher, a philanthropist, a jeweler and a Heisman Trophy winner. Those were just some of the locals, who were on stage at the Dallas Historical Society‘s annual Awards For Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, November 19, at the Fairmont.

Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

Marnie Wildenthal and Kit Sawers

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

Jerry and Kelli Ford and Kelli Ford

Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

Kevin Hurst and Richard Eiseman

Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

Kit Sawers and Tim Brown

While the post is being prepped, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for a gander at some of the faces who completed the lunch with the traditional A.C. Greene toast.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 Zoo To Do

The party animals were in fine fettle on Saturday, October 17, for the Dallas Zoo’s Zoo To Do. The weather could not have been more perfect for folks and critters to graze and gaze. And there were loads of chef stations set up throughout the park.

Randall and Kara Goss, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Peggy Marshall and Mike Andereck

Randall and Kara Goss, Chuck and Cindy Gummer and Peggy Marshall and Mike Andereck

Giraffe

Giraffe

Spock

Spock

Before setting off for Halloween parties and trick and treating, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery to take a gander at the Roaring 20’s costumes on the two-legged types and the four-legged residents showing off their tastebuds.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Platinum Circle Dinner

As the fall fashion season kicks off, the powerhouse sponsors of the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show dined with Comerica CEO Ralph Babb doing the hosting duties at the Dallas Country Club on Thursday, September 10. Naturally, the ladies who know how to dress, as well as the chaps, put on their finest bib and tucker for the Fashion Show Platinum Circle Dinner.

Nancy Carlson, Annette Simmons, Ruth Altshuler, Nancy Dedman and Rachael Dedman

Nancy Carlson, Annette Simmons, Ruth Altshuler, Nancy Dedman and Rachael Dedman

While the post is being prepared, check out the clothes at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game

If it’s August, it must be time for the Blondes to mix it up with Brunettes on the football field to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. And BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game sure enough happened on Saturday, August 8, at the Cotton Bowl with three-digit temperatures.

Brus arriving on

Brus arriving on

The Brus in blue were out for revenge. They were sick and tired of the Blondes in pink scoring wins every year but one. On the other hand, the Blondes waved a flag with a photo of Dolly Parton and had a Go-Pro mounted on a selfie as they entered the stadium.

Blondes arriving on field

Blondes arriving on field

Who won? Well, the post is being prepared. But in the meantime there are plenty of picture of players, coaches, fans, media, ManiAACS, sponsors and smiles and frowns over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Conquer TM

Hal Brierley, Don Winspear, Patricia Meadows and Diane Brierley

Hal Brierley, Don Winspear, Patricia Meadows and Diane Brierley

Once again The Kessler was filled on Wednesday, July 8, for Don Winspear’s Conquer TM: An Evening With Friends and Music. While singer Tiger Darrow and balladeer Hal Ketchum entertained from the stage, the guests were pretty darn interesting, too.

Andrew Orkin and Tiger Darrow

Andrew Orkin and Tiger Darrow

While the post complete with Hal’s jokes is being composed, check out the pictures of the evening at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 Parade Of Playhouses

If you haven’t made it by NorthPark to check out Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you’d better Uber on over because the clock is ticking. The wee mansions are raffled off Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. in the North Court.

Mini Luxury

Mini Luxury

The Lookout SpawGlass

The Lookout SpawGlass

What’s that? You’re on a cruise in the South Pacific and won’t be back in time? No problem. Check out the entire lineup of playhouses at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery, pick your fav and buy a raffle ticket or two or three or a dozen here.

Bunny Slope Lodge

Bunny Slope Lodge

Frozen Castle

Frozen Castle

You don’t have to be present to win, but you’ll miss all your friends boo-hooing knowing that their names weren’t called.

BTW, the raffle is not limited to those who have munchkins. Consider buying a raffle ticket and, if you win, donate it to one of the area’s incredible facilities that provide shelter for families in need. Years ago a playhouse winner donated their house to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Today the little playhouse continues to provide happiness for the kids today.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Announcement Reception

Audrey Dike

Audrey Dike

McKenzie Hicks

McKenzie Hicks

Caroline McDaniel

Caroline McDaniel

Neiman Marcus Downtown is usually “dark” on Friday nights, but on May 29 it was pretty darn lively with pretty young things, their parents, their grandparents, some handsome gents and champagne. The occasion was the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutante announcement reception.

Maddie Lee, Lily Guevel and Ciara Cooley

Maddie Lee, Lily Guevel and Ciara Cooley

While some were MIA due to graduations and starting summer vacations early, there were still dozens and dozens of gals, who will be presented at the Meyerson on Saturday, February 20.

The post is being prepared, but there are loads of photos of those future debs and “friends” over at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazers Party

Jill Tananbaum Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Jill Tananbaum Bill and Lisa Ogle, Chris LeBlanc, Kristi and Ron Hoyl

Contrary to rumors, North Texas fundraising was not slowing down one iota as the temperatures were starting to heat up. Example? The Cattle Baron’s Ball Trailblazers Party at Gas Monkey Live on Thursday, May 21. But it was only a lucky few, smart early bird patrons who got to party to the tunes of Austin’s Aaron Einhouse, bid on some stellar live auction items and discover the #1 favor of the season in their gift bags.

Aaron Einhouse and band

Aaron Einhouse and band

While the post is being prepared, some photos can be found over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Crystal Charity Ball Former Chairs’ Dinner

The children who benefited from the first Crystal Charity Ball are now in their 60’and 70’s with children and grandchildren of their own. Most probably never met one of those early CCB pioneers like founder Nancy Smith Chandler. Heck, they probably didn’t even realize that a coterie of women, who got together to create a fundraiser that would yearly benefit Dallas-area children’s nonprofits.

Former Crystal Charity Ball chairs

Former Crystal Charity Ball chairs

Since that 1952 event at the Crystal Ballroom in the Baker Hotel that benefited the Dallas Polio Chapter, more than $117,418,803 have been raised. It’s because the organization’s leadership has consistently kept the image of the children as the inspiring force to succeed. As one businessman said recently, “These women are smart, very smart. They run the organization with the efficiency of a Fortune 500, the compassion of a saint and the drive of a Triple Crown winner.”

Table settings

Table settings

Once a year the former Crystal Charity Ball chairs come together at a dinner honoring their contributions. This year’s supper took place on Thursday, May 7.

The post is being prepared, but thought you would like to get a look at the dinner. The photos are at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.