No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patrons Walked A Cheetah-Printed Carpet To Tricia Sims’ Mansion And A Bounty Of Wolfgang Puck Edibles

The No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patron Party on Saturday, March 18, proved to be a mini-version of the 12th annual AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser on Saturday, April 8, at Frontiers of Flight Museum. There was plenty of food, libations and eye-catching guests. Even the carpeted walk up to hostess Tricia Sims‘ mansion was not your every-day welcome mat. Here’s a report from the field:

David Nelson, Nicole Barrett, Tricia Sims and Amber Griffin*

This year, rather than a traditional red carpet, Chair David Nelson requested cheetah print. Such was the introduction and welcome to the patron event for the 2017 No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, themed “An Artful Life,” at the opulent home of Honorary Co-Chair Tricia Sims. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, a non-profit that is celebrating 30 years of helping to improve lives of economically disadvantaged individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.   

Dennis Kershner and John Moreno-Kershner*

Brilliantly witty and entertaining, No Tie Chair David Nelson, who has served in the chair position for the last seven years, greeted guests and showered appreciation to No Tie’s numerous supporters. Although Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Alan Berg was not in attendance, he was the man of the hour by sponsoring Wolfgang Puck Catering for the evening. Hedda Layne took center stage on the grand balcony outside, delivering an explosive performance as guest mingled by the pool and Greek goddess statues. The signature cocktail, The Warhol, made with Reyka Icelandic Vodka, club soda, and angostura bitters, proved to be the refreshing drink of choice for the warm evening. Ben E. Keith provided wine and beer to complete the festive occasion.  

Don Maison and Ellen Sweets*

The patron party was attended by approximately 150 guests including ASD President and CEO Don Maison, former ASD Chairman of the Board Dennis Kershner, former Honorary Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and Patricia Deason, Entertainment Co-Chairs Deanna and Rob Cahill, as well as Chad Collom, Nicole Barrett, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Donna Richardson, Ellen Sweets, Phyllis and CJ Comu, Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker, among others.

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

No Tie Dinner And Dessert Patron Party Set The Stage For The Aids Services Of Dallas Fundraiser At Frontiers Of Flight Museum

The No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party crowd just doesn’t do anything without beautiful people, great food, music and grown-up libations. To prepare for the AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser at Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, April 9, they gathered at Marie and Angel Reyes home on Saturday, March 12, with all types of plans being revealed. Here’s a report from the field:

The night was filled with music . . . a cabaret of song, piano, chatter, and praise. Toasts were made. Delectable food was devoured. The musical night was an appreciation to those who support the upcoming No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, presented by the Purple Foundation. The gala is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas which has improved the lives of economically disadvantaged individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS for over 25 years.

David Nelson, Angel and Marie Reyes and Don Neubauer*

David Nelson, Angel and Marie Reyes and Don Neubauer*

Honorary Chairs Angel and Marie Reyes (who will soon be appearing on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Dallas” on April 11) opened up their beautiful new Preston Hollow home to host the special event. No Tie Chair David Nelson, well-known in Dallas as a Renaissance man for his style, artistry, interior design, and witty jokes, and pianist/musician Leslie Frye took center stage in a deluxe entertainment room complete with lounge chairs, state-of-the-art audio and sound, and stage, in a duet of song and piano.

Nelson said, “I haven’t performed for 10 years but can’t think of a better reason to start than to thank our event’s wonderful dinner hosts and sponsors.”

John Moreno Kershner, Kristi Holman and Dennis Kershner*

John Moreno Kershner, Kristi Holman and Dennis Kershner*

Guests mingled, savoring the scrumptious meal of gourmet meats, sushi, and cheeses prepared by Texas de Brazil. The signature Reyka Double Bond cocktail, made with Reyka Vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale, proved popular. Ben E. Keith provided wine and beer to complete the festive occasion.

Event Director Kristi Holman shared exciting fundraising news. “This year, those who purchase a Month of Housing before the live auction gets to enter a drawing for a chance to win their choice of a live auction package (excluding the vacation in Maison Rouge, an  800-year-old, five-bedroom vacation home in the French countryside amid vineyards, ancient bastides and medieval villages). A Month of Housing per resident is $1,218, which provides shelter and care to help individuals regain and maintain their health and lead an independent life.”

Dylan Orrell, Sara Fangmeyer and Chris Huffstutler*

Dylan Orrell, Sara Fangmeyer and Chris Huffstutler*

A few of the live auction packages include a getaway for two to Los Angeles and visit to the Magic Castle, an exotic couple’s vacation in Belize, and a book autographed by Lady Gaga (contributed by former No Tie Honorary Chair and RHOD diva LeeAnne Locken) plus a suite at American Airlines Center.

Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker and Tricia Sims*

Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker and Tricia Sims*

The patron party, attended by approximately 150 guests, included Purple Foundation’s Dylan Orrell, Sara Fangmeyer, and Chris Huffstutler; AIDS Services of Dallas Chairman of the Board Don Neubauer; Dennis Kershner, who retired as ASD Chairman of the Board and No Tie Chair this year; former Honorary Chairs Patricia Deason and Jody O’Donnell; 192nd Civil District Court Judge Craig Smith; Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez; Rob and Deanna Cahill (who appeared as Jacqueline Kennedy on Hulu’s 11/22/63 mini-series); Tricia Sims, and Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker.

The 2016 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party will be held on Saturday, April 9, starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75209). VIP tickets are $150 (includes deluxe VIP lounge with bar and exclusive auction and raffle items), and general admission tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

How About Some Cheap Thrills That Even Your Maiden Aunt Maudie Would Approve

If your pocketbook is starting to look anorexic, here some bargain bonanzas that might pique your interest in the days ahead:

  • No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party (File photo)

    No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party (File photo)

    The 2016 No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party Kick-Off Party will be open to the public to reveal the deets for the annual AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser. It will take place at Scott + Cooner on Thursday, September 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    "The Birth Of A City" (File photo)

    “The Birth Of A City” (File photo)

  • Encore Park is the “outreach project of The Stewpot and the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. It is partnering up with Texas Theatre to launch a free three-part film screening series of a warm-up cartoon and classic films at 508 Amphitheater. The first presentation will be the 1938 cartoon “Cinderella Meets Fella” and the 1938 feature “The Adventures of Robin Hood” on Sunday, September 6. The second screenings will take place on Sunday, September 20 with “Wise Quacking Duck” and “Casablanca.” The final screenings will be “Bunny Hugged” and “Dallas” on Sunday, October 4. While the events are free, you still need to register. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentations kick off at 7 p.m. While you’re there, check out the amazing sculpture wall created by Brad Oldham.
  • Overview of Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (File photo)

    Overview of Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (File photo)

    The Dallas Arboretum’s $1 general admission fee continues through Monday, August 31. For $2 more you can get in to stroll the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Gardens. There are even special deals on food purchases. Remember to purchase your tickets at the gate to take advantage of the August Dollar Days special that is courtesy of Time Warner. Hustle! Time’s a wasting. But if your August datebook is filled to the max, then you can visit the entire Arboretum over the Labor Day weekend (Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7) including the Children’s garden for $5. And to get a discount on parking, go online. Bargain times!

  • Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Dallas Zoo elephant (File photo)

    Before the dinosaurs scamper out of the Dallas Zoo, you still have time to check out the Giants of Jurassic Park with the other residents for half the general admission. Adults get in for $7.50 and kiddos for $6. But as the dinos will become history on Monday, August 31, so the half-price deal will end, too. BTW, take DART. It’s cheap and there’s no battling traffic to get to the zoo. Just hop on board the Red Line tram and it will take you to the Dallas Zoo Station.