Treasure Street’s “Color Me Texan” Co-Chairs Niven Morgan And Shelby Wagner Were Bullish On Breaking Records

Before the longhorn steer set hoof on the grounds of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for the annual Treasure Street fundraiser, the numbers were already boding “record breaker”on Thursday, October 19, with way more than 1,000 in attendance. Think 1,300 coming together to “Color Me Texan.”

Shelby Wagner and Niven Morgan

The bovine was the photo opp of the night with all types lining up for a selfie. However, the snap of Co-Chairs Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner got stalled. Niven was searching the grounds for his presentations notes. In the meantime, Shelby looked picture perfect despite Niven’s claims that earlier in the day Shelby had been hauling hay for the event set up.

BTW, this wasn’t Niven and Shelby’s first involvement with Treasure Street. As Shelby put it, “Niven’s been supporting Texas Scottish Rite for years.”

Niven added, “We were just flattered that they asked us to chair Treasure Street.”

Greiner Arts Academy Middle School Mariachi band

The organizers were also smart. This year’s outdoor fundraiser took over the parking lot at the corner of Oak Lawn and Maple. Almost immediately upon leaving their cars, guests were greeted by the 18-piece Greiner Arts Academy Middle School Mariachi band.

Treasure Street hay bar

Following the path to the check-in, they discovered the steer and a micro-version of Cattle Baron’s Ball with food stations (Campisi’s, Haystack Burgers and Barley, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Parigi and Paul Martin’s American Grill), a stage for Emerald City, towering bars made of bales of hay and tall tables and chairs. And on this night, there was no need for a tent. The sky was perfect.

Janice Provost

Pretty-in-pink Janice Provost womaned her Parigi station and reported that the previous weekend’s Dining On The Prairie Dinner Series for Trinity Audubon had been a grand success despite the challenges of limited facilities.

At 7:30 America’s Got Talent electric violinist Svet surprised the audience by performing.

As for the live auction, it lived up to the record-breaking feel of the night with the tennis package with John Isner going  for $12,500 and the John Lannom terrain-hunting buggies going for $45,000. The results? Thanks to the silent and live auction, the total haul of the night was more than $1.2M.

Gerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons and Kathy and Rodney Woods

Others in the crowd were Honorary Co-Chairs Ginny and Randy Bailey, Annette Simmons and Gerry Fronterhouse, Mark Edgar, Ann Davidson with Mark Porter, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, Carol Seay, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, and Kathy and Rodney Woods.

Jewelry Designer/Attorney Kori Green (Aka Mrs. Pat Green) To Be The 8th Judge For Mad Hatter’s Tea Hat Competition

Under The Tuscan Sun*

Mad Hatter’s Tea 2017 Chair Linda Spina is going “green” with the announcement of the eighth judge for the “Under The Tuscan Sun” theme chapeau competition at the Dallas Arboretum on Thursday, April 27.

Hold on to your hats! It’s Kori Green. In addition to being a jewelry designer, an attorney and pretty darn cute, she’s also the wife of Grammy-nominated country singer/songwriter Pat Green and mom to their two kiddos Kellis Green and Rainey Green.

She got in the jewelry designing business while studying law at the University of Texas Law School. It provided her with a creative outlet. In addition to her professional activities and community involvement, she and Pat established the Pat Green Foundation.

Kori won’t be the only “greenie” in the judging line up for the eight categories. She’ll be joining Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green plus celebrity judge Rachel Zoe, restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun (a judge team), Kerrently website editor Courtney Kerr, Kidd’s Kids CEO/Chief Happiness Officer Caroline Kraddick, fragrance guru Niven Morgan and Dallas First Lady Micki Rawlings.

Tickets for the annual eye-popping fundraiser for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum are available here.

* Graphic provided by 2017 Mad Hatter's Tea

JUST IN: Hold On To Your Hats! The 2017 Mad Hatter’s Tea Judges Were Just Announced

Despite the stormy weather, Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Linda Spina had folks gather at Tootsies this afternoon for “Mimosas and Millinery,” plus the great reveal of the judges for the Thursday, April 27thUnder The Tuscan Sun” hat competition at the Dallas Arboretum.

Hat by Cassandra MacGregor

Surrounded by a collection of chapeaus including some by Cassandra MacGregor for the “Mimosas and Millinery” reception, Linda announced the following judges:

Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing (File photo)

Caroline Kraddick*

Niven Morgan (File photo)

Micki Rawlings (File photo)

Celebrity judge Rachel Zoe, restaurateurs Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun (a judge team), Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green, Kerrently website editor Courtney Kerr, Kidd’s Kids CEO/Chief Happiness Officer Caroline Kraddick, fragrance guru Niven Morgan and Dallas First Lady Micki Rawlings.

The judges will be eyeballing the guests’ finery for awards in the following categories:

  • Molto Italiano “Very Italian” — Most True-to-Theme.  Everything Tuscan from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the art treasures of Florence to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and everything in between.
  • Rachel’s Pick – Rachel Zoe’s favorite hat.  The best of the best, from her point of view.
  • Bella Donna “Beautiful Woman” — Most Elegant.
  • A Taste of Italy — The food and drink of Italy. Wine, cheese, pasta, pizza and more!
  • Bellissima Botanical — Best Botanical. What would Mad Hatter’s at the Arboretum be without hats adorned with beautiful flowers?
  • Fellini’s Follies — Famed Italian film director Federico Fellini always worked in a group. Best Group of Hats. Men may compete in this category.
  • Mamma Mia! — Most outlandish. Go wild!
  • Ciao Bella! “Hello Beautiful” — People’s Choice.  The best of the best, as voted on by the attendees.

Warning: Please do not try to bribe the judges, but do get your hats ready for the champagne reception on the Ginsburg Plaza and reserved your seats for the Tootsies fashion show in Rosine Hall and the seated luncheon in the tented Outdoor Plaza.

* Photo provided by 2017 Mad Hatter's Tea

MySweet2014Goals: Niven Morgan

Niven Morgan (File photo)

Niven Morgan (File photo)

When it comes to goals, fragrance designer Niven Morgan reports,

“My number one goal is to go back in time and do my 2013 goals.

“But, for 2014 here you go with just a few of my goals…

  • “Breathe more and relax.
  • “Learn to control the stress that comes from  work.
  • “Be better prepared for deadlines. No more adult ada…”

Going For The Goal(s): Niven Morgan

Niven Morgan (File photo)

In between a visit at Mustique and heading to Atlanta to launch his new men’s line of shaving products (“I am so excited I can’t stand it. It took two years for me to develop the product and finally decide to do it”), Niven Morgan reports for 2013:

“Host dinner parties for friends is my number one goal.”

-Niven Morgan

The Ladies Who Shop Raised Money For The Clayton Dabney Foundation’s “Kissed By An Angel”

When the call goes out for “Kissed by an Angel,” the gals scramble to get their RSVP’s in. Not only is it restricted to female guests, they all know what the program is — shop to raise funds for The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

Niven Morgan

Thursday with the ladies were in stellar form for spending event chair Tracey Shuey just knew she had her work cut out, but she also knew the right place to have the party. Held at Kelly and Mark Bunting‘s home, it was just a question of whether the home would be big enough to accommodate the expected 270. Ah, veterans of past Bunting parties know that there are multiple levels underground for dining, sipping fine wine and partying. And with the evening weather being just so perfect, the patio doors were opened allowing the breeze to carry the marvelous scents of honorary chair Niven Morgan‘s products through the air.

Jill Salinaro, Paige McDaniel, Francie Mancillas

With his products from Stanley Korshak (bath, body and scented home products) filling the dining room, guests like Communities Partners of Dallas’ Paige McDaniel had a hard time deciding on purchases.

BTW, Niven has been part of the annual event for nine years and sees no stopping. He recently orchestrated a seated dinner for 108 at Dee and Charles Wyly‘s home and raised more than $100,000 for the Dabney Foundation. Niven even managed to get sponsors like Belvedere Vodka, Dom Perignon, Central Market, Grane Hall and Pogo’s.

Another male at the party was former Dallas Mavericks/leukemia survivor Ray Johnston with his band. Ray, like many of the guests, had a busy schedule. The next day he was scheduled to model in the Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show.

Bunting kitchen

In the kitchen Cassandra’s staff was assisted by male-volunteer-servers (i.e. husbands and boyfriends of guests) in blue jeans and whiter-than-white shirts.

The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer was created in 1995 when Shelby and Scott Dabney lost their son, Clayton, to cancer. Realizing the emotional and financial stresses of other families going through similar ordeals, the established the “nonprofit with a desire to provide the financial and emotional support that many parents need when faced with the terminal cancer diagnosis of a child. These gifts allow families to spend precious time together and simply be there with their children at the end of life. The Foundation has helped more than 1,600 families throughout the country and has distributed more than $3 million gifts, wishes and financial assistance.”