JUST IN: 34th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Theme And Awardees Announced

2018 Saint Valentine Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez gathered their gal pals and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas supporters together last night at Amy Turner’s. The occasion was to announce more details about the 34th annual fundraiser.

Roz Colombo, Amy Turner and Nancy Gopez*

Heather Randall and Kristen Sanger*

As previously reported, the whole kit-and-kaboodle is moving to NorthPark Center’s Center Park Garden in a mammoth, see-thru tent on Thursday, February 8, with Jan Strimple coordinating the show. Serving as honorary chair will be NorthPark’s First Lady Nancy Nasher. Roz and Nancy managed to get 2017 Saint V-Day Chair Heather Randall to serve as their advisor.

The news of the night was the reveal of the theme “Sculpting A Cure!” and the 2018 award recipients. Receiving the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award will be Mona Carlton Stogner and Grey Stogner “for their dedication towards finding cures.”

As for the Tom Landry Character Award, seven-year-old Caitlin Johnson will be presented with the award named after the late Dallas Cowboys coach. The back story on Caitlin is pretty darn amazing. But stay tuned. It will be revealed in the days to come.

* Photo provided by Nancy Gopez

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Is Heading Up Central Expressway For Leukemia And Lymphoma Society’s Fundrasier

Roz Colombo (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

While folks are having their couture Halloween outfits being finished, 2018 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon Co-Chairs Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez are thinking cupids and dreams of heart-shaped occasions.

Whoa! The gals really have their change-can-be-good thinking caps on. Bulgari gem Roz and Brinker International yummy Nancy have done a 180-degree turned for the 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraiser.

Nancy Nasher (File photo)

The first change is that the red-and-pink clad guests will be seen at NorthPark. What! Yup, that’s right. Instead of the Meyerson, the fashion show and luncheon will take place in NorthPark’s center courtyard with fashions provided by NorthPark neighbors.

Gee! This is world changing. Questions still being asked:

  • Will it be a tented affair?
  • Which merchants will be providing the fabrics and gems?

Nancy said that “Oh, and yes, clear tent in the center courtyard! :)”

Cannot wait to see which of the high-tone retailers will be on the runway!

In the meantime, am still digging for the merchants, the honorees and the answers to world peace.

If anyone was wondering, “Who’s gonna be the honorary chair?” Immediate response from thrilled Nancy: “Nancy Nasher!”

There will be a kick-off event, but to get an invite, you gotta have connections. Connections? Like hit Nancy G. and/or Roz or come through with a sponsorship. Suggestion: Sponsorship makes you a very BFF with Nancy and Roz.

Stay tuned for developments, but put this baby on the calendar. It will be Thursday, February 8, with fashion wizard Jan Strimple working her magic with the NorthPark merchants.

JUST IN: Brunettes Roz Colombo And Nancy Gopez To Co-Chair 2018 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon

Roz Colombo (File photo)

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

Summer fundraising ain’t taking a break. Word just arrived that brunettes Roz Colombo and Nancy Gopez will be co-chairing the 2018 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon.

When ask about details for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas fundraisers, Nancy and Roz just smiled and said, “Be patient.” Ah, gee.

Don’t worry. MSC will keep digging for developments.

In the meantime, news has been buzzing about a new breakthrough therapy for advanced leukemia that has been approved by the FDA. Don’t just keep your fingers crossed. Get out those checkbooks!

Go Red For Women Luncheon Speaker Alison Levine Inspired Guests To Conquer All Challenges Including Heart Disease By Being Relentless

As loads of folks especially ladies attended the health screenings, cooking demonstration and CPR demonstration starting at 10 a.m. at Omni Dallas for Go Red for Women on Friday, February 4, the car cha-cha at the front door grew to bumper-to-bumper around 11:30 for those attending just the luncheon.

Amy Simmons Crafton, Melissa Cameron and Anne Stodghill

In the meantime, the invitation-only VIP reception scheduled for 10:30 was aglow in red thanks to guests in their American Heart Association best like Amy Simmons Crafton and Anne Stodghill, who was in a full-length red coat complete with glitter.

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

Nancy Gopez and Alison Levine

Alas, speaker-of-honor Alison Levine was late in arriving, but once there she was non-stop howdy-doing. Waiting their turn with Alison, Sandi Haddock Community Impact Awardee Mary Parker and her family (son Miller Gill, daughter Rebecca Gill, mother Suzanne Humphreys and husband Joe Parker) posed for a quick cellphoto taken by Open Your Heart Chair and Survivor Nancy Gopez.

By noon the reception area in front of the Dallas Ballroom looked like a poppy field thanks to guests like Sandi Haddock, Kay Hammond, Kit Sawers, Roz Colombo, Gina Betts, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Mary Martha Pickens, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Tracy Lange, Becky Bowen, Vicki Howland, Ramona Jones and fellas like Ron Haddock and Stan Levenson.

Kit Sawers, Gina Betts and Roz Colombo

Mary Martha Pickens, Ciara Cooley and Lisa Cooley

Thank heaven the chimes rang, the ballroom doors opened and the crowd filled the place.

Stan Levenson

Pat Malambri

Luncheon Chair Michelle Vopni introduced Amy Simmons Crafton for the invocation and Macy’s Dallas Fort Worth District VP Pat Malambri, who told of the longtime association of the retailer with the battle against heart disease in women. He also added that he hoped that many of the guests’ red outfits had come from Macy’s.

Following a brief rest for lunch, American Heart Association Dallas/Fort Worth Executive Director Melissa Cameron presented the Sandi Haddock Community Impact Award to Mary Parker, who graciously accepted the award and scored points with Pat saying, “My dress came from Macy’s.”

Then Melissa presented Open Your Heart Chair/Survivor Nancy Gopez, who asked her pal Mary to return to the podium to share the occasion. It was Mary’s advocacy about heart disease that alerted Nancy to the sign of her heart attack last year.

Mary told the audience that Amy and her AmazingGrace.Life had provided a $25,000 match for any $1,000 contributors.

Beck Weathers

As the ladies left the stage, local mountain climber Dr. Beck Weathers, who barely survived the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, introduced Alison, who gave a polished talk. Somehow, she intertwined her twice quest to conquer Mt. Everest with every day challenges by taking one step at a time and the importance of being relentless. The first attempt in 2002 had been daunting with weeks of climbing back and forth between camps on the mountain to acclimate her body for the climb to the 29,002-foot peak. Toward the final phase, one has to take five to ten breaths for each step. To make it through this part of the climb, she focused on a nearby rock. Once there, she would focus on another rock. The message was to take one step at a time in order to achieve the final goal.

In the end, she and her team had come within 200 feet of the summit only to have to turn back because they were running low on oxygen and supplies.

Alison Levine

As a result of the miss, she learned that failure wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, she and her team survived. If they had made it to summit, they might not have survived the journey down. Still, she had no plans of attempting another run for the summit.

It was her good friend/collegiate All-American soccer player Meg Berté Owen who urged her to try again. It was Meg’s resilience that turned Alison’s decision. It seems that despite her lungs being damaged due to having Hodgkin’s disease, Meg had become an avid cyclist and raised funds to fight cancer. Her death in 2009 as a result of the flu provided the impetus for Alison to take on Everest again. This time she engraved Meg’s name on her ice-ax and took on the challenge one more time. This time as she neared the summit, a storm approached. But Alison just knew she could make it to the top and return safely. Yes, she made it to the top of the world long enough to hold up a T-shirt reading “Team Meg.”

It was a talk that lasted just long enough and yet was both inspirational and refreshing.

Then it was a scamper to the cars, but it ran right on time with a finish time of 1:10.

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.

JUST IN: Mary Parker To Receive The Sandi Haddock Impact Award At 2017 Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon

Here’s a great way to start the weekend! Great news! The American Heart Association has just revealed that Mary Parker will be the 2017 recipient of the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday, February 3, for the Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon.

Mary Parker (File photo)

Mary Parker (File photo)

Nancy Gopez

Nancy Gopez

After having a heart attack years ago, Mary has become a powerful advocate in helping people become aware of the signs of a heart attack and making them take action. A recent example of her efforts paying off was Mary’s best bud Nancy Gopez, who immediately headed to the hospital and sought treatment when she recognized the symptoms. It not only saved Nancy’s life, it put her on a new road to better overall health.

BTW, Nancy is also going to be part of the festivities. She’ll be serving as the Open Your Heart chair and will be providing “her personal testimonial.”

Tickets just went on sale this month, so why not give yourself a healthy holiday gift?

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Harvest

John and Mary Martha Pickens (File photo)

John and Mary Martha Pickens (File photo)

According to Harvest Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens,

“On Thursday, September 15, the North Texas Food Bank will host its third annual Harvest, a moveable feast that features some of Dallas’ best chefs dishing out delectable bites and craft cocktails in the open air Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. In addition to farm-to-table fare, this year’s event will feature great music, as well as one-of -a-kind auction items. Harvest truly is a wonderful event that benefits a worthy cause: helping fight food insecurity among children and seniors right here in North Texas.

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

“I have supported the NTFB for many years now, so when Jan Pruitt asked me if John and I would chair Harvest this year, alongside Honorary C0Chairs Michal and Loyd Powell,  I eagerly said yes, knowing that this effort would help put food on the table for people in need.

“My heart aches to think that somewhere here in North Texas, a child or a senior is going hungry.  Sadly that is the reality for one out of every four kids here in North Texas. These boys and girls don’t have access to the healthy foods they need to grow and thrive. Our seniors are also not immune to hunger, and often, a limited income makes it challenging to put healthy foods on the table. Many of the seniors served by the NTFB report having to choose between paying for foods or purchasing their medication.

“I know that MSC readers want to make a difference, especially when it involves celebrating a worthy cause among friends. To that end, I invite each of you to visit ntfb.org/Harvest to purchase tickets for this event. We are lucky to have a strong Host Committee for 2016, along with an auction committee, led by past Harvest chair and NTFB Board Member, Nancy Gopez.

“Harvest is shaping up to be THE event of the fall. On behalf of the North Texas Food Bank, we can’t wait to see you there!”

JUST IN: Yes, Everyone’s Best Friend Nancy Gopez Had A Heart Attack And She’d Love To Hear From You After Her Nap

So what do you do when your best friend has a heart attack? That question has been making the rounds on Facebook since Friday evening when Nancy Gopez, who was visiting her folks in Virginia, sensed symptoms that had her checking in at the local ER. The symptoms-awareness was courtesy of Mary Humphreys Gill Parker, who had been a firsthand vet of the disease, and shared it with friends and strangers. Luckily, Nancy had listened, heeded the words and acted appropriately.

Nancy Gopez

Nancy Gopez (File photo)

According to Mary, who has been in communication with Nancy, the result was surgery implanting three stints and lots of sleep.

So, who is this Nancy Gopez? If you ask a lot of folks in the volunteer area of North Texas (Cattle Baron’s Ball, Suits for Shelter, Dallas Historical Society and Turtle Creek Recovery Center to name a smidgen), the answer is a chorus of “She’s my best friend.”

Actually, that may well be true, because she’s earned her stripes from being a tireless volunteer who brings along a lot of energy and attitude with little need for acknowledgement. In fact, Nancy is the one with the camera, who is taking the best shots at most events.

Despite her itty-bitty stature, she defines North Texas charitable support and has been known to show up as the sun is rising to stuff bags for the cancer-surviving kids attending the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball at American Airlines Center.

There has been a flurry of messages on Facebook and other communications about Nancy and her situation. One missive claimed she was going to be back at work Wednesday!

Checking in with Mary, here is the straight poop. Nancy is really focused on mending with loads of sleep at her folks’ home after being released from the hospital. In other words, chill on the texting and the phone calls for the time being. This situation is a hard one for her BFFs to handle. All they know is a non-stop Nancy.

The plan right now calls for Nancy to return to North Texas next week… a time to be determined by her recovery. In the meantime, get-well cards can be sent to her folks’ address (13821 Brandy Oaks Place, Chesterfield, VA 23832). So, get those cards stamped and in the mail. How great it would be for Nancy to wake up from a snooze to notes from you.

And if you don’t know Nancy, you’ve missed out on a bright star. Luckily, because of Mary’s warnings and Nancy’s heedings, you still have a chance to get to know a nonprofit Energizer Bunny Rabbit with a “refurbished” heart of gold.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Gals Eyed The Baubles While Sipping The Bubbles At David Yurman

Yurman flute of champagne

Yurman flute of champagne

It was a battle royale of sparkles, twinkles and bubbles at NorthPark on Wednesday, April 13. As other jewelry salons were closing down for the evening, David Yurman had Cattle Baron’s Ball members and friends like Nancy Gopez, Lisa and Bill Ogle and Kristi Bare lined up to have their names checked off the “Yup, you’re on the attend list.”

Nancy Gopez

Nancy Gopez

Lisa and Bill Ogle

Lisa and Bill Ogle

Once approved for admittance, they didn’t get tagged with a name badge. Instead they got a flute of champagne and a howdy from Yurman’s Chris Kimbrough.

JB Hayes

JB Hayes

Chris Kimbrough

Chris Kimbrough

CBB member JB Hayes recalled how she and Chris thought up the Yurman visit-and-shop fundraiser for the American Cancer Society less than a handful of years ago.

Wendy Messmann was obviously a frequent persona at NorthPark after her appearance at the warm-up party at The Theodore for the Lee Park Day at the Races which she is co-chairing with Kirsten Williams on Saturday, May 7… Speaking of chair fundraisers, Hadley Galt was fresh off of co-chairing the Ronald McDonald House’s “Under the Moonlight” just a couple of weeks before on Saturday, April 2.

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

Hadley Galt

Hadley Galt

Word has it that CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber are hitting all the bases with their team of baronesses. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Toby Keith on the main stage and Dwight Yoakam up-close-and-personal on the live stage inside Gilley’s.