Northwood Woman’s Club’s “Dine By Design” Luncheon Whooped It Up With More Than 30 Tables All Duded Up Texas-Style

Gaylan Sapp and Shannon Burton

Unlike lady year’s Parisian ooh-la-la theme with a standard poodle greeting guests at the door, the North Woman’s Club’s Dine by Design was Texas-bound on Tuesday, February 28 at Bent Tree Country Club. Luncheon Co-Chairs Gaylan Sapp and Shannon Burton had decided to use “Waltz Across Texas” as the inspiration for more than 30 table designs. Well, why not? Texas Independence Day was just 48 hours away.

And to get things going, they had cowgirls Hailey Sandoz and Kristyn Harris strumming and singing in the entry.

Hailey Sandoz and Kristyn Harris

According to Gaylan, she came up with the Texas idea and her husband thought up the theme.

For the past year, Rebecca Dickinson and Sherry Draper had spearheaded the gathering of professional designers and creative types to fill the club. And the tables reflected just how different each creator’s interpretation was. Sure, there were Holiday Warehouse’s “Spring Waltz” and Donna Bailey‘s “Here Comes Easter To Texas” that cashed in on the upcoming spring and Easter.

Here Comes Easter To Texas

Spring Waltz

And Susan Loveless managed to blend her new line of Spa 1421 at her table with the approval of her mother Betty Stripling.

Poker and Gun Barrel City

Deep in the Heart

This Ain’t My First Rodeo

Trains Across Texas

Still others embraced the Lone Star feel with everything from Paula Austell‘s and Sarah Losinger‘s “Trains Across Texas,” Peggy Shuman‘s “Poker At Gun Barrel City,” Barbara Kutz‘s “This Ain’t My First Rodeo,” Barbara Barndt‘s, Michelle Hefner‘s and Molly Meyer‘s “Deep In The Heart,” Laura Williamson‘s and Lugay Wills‘ “All My Exes Live In Texas” to Carolyn Tayne‘s and Betty Verplan‘s “Daughters of the Republic of Texas…125 Years of Preserving Texas History.”

Mary Anne Preston’s copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence

And speaking of Texas history, new club member Mary Anne Preston, who was the great-great-granddaughter of Texas legend Jesse Grimes, shared family memorabilia including a copy of the original handwritten Texas Declaration of Independence.

After checking out all the tables and enjoying flutes of champagne, the guests headed to the ballroom for lunch and entertainment by Dan Tanner.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let the photos of the tables tell how the Northwood Woman’s Club raises funds for Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter And Support, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Our Friends Place, Promise House and Shared Housing Center Inc. Check the designs at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Northwood Woman’s Club’s Dine By Design

Those Northwood Woman’s Club gals once again filled Bent Tree Country Club with dozens and dozens of decked-out table settings for its annual Dine By Design on Tuesday, February 28. This year’s theme of “Waltz Across Texas” was true food for thought with tables ranging from spring whimsical to another just chugging along.

Spring Waltz

Trains Across Texas

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

Retired Attorney Suzan Fenner And Northwood Woman’s Club To Receive Our Friends Place’s 13th Annual Ebby Award At April Gala

Ebby Halliday Acers (File photo)

The late Ebby Halliday Acers would have been 106 years old this month. Despite the loss of the first lady of residential real estate a year-and-a-half ago, her memory and inspiration continue. Timed in sync with Ebby’s natal day is the announcement of the Annual Ebby Award that is presented by Our Friends Place for those contributing to the advancement of girls and/or women.

Our Friends Place Executive Director Sue Thiers Hesseltine revealed the 13th Annual Ebby Awardees will be retired partner of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Suzan E. Fenner and the Northwood Woman’s Club.

According to Sue, “Both award winners are truly passionate about serving our community and engage with a number of nonprofits, providing leadership and resources that contribute to the advancement of girls and women in North Texas. Suzan and the Northwood Woman’s Club have made Dallas a better place.”

Past recipients include Ebby, Sarah Losinger, Barbara S. Cambridge, the National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Dallas and Leigh Richter.

The presentation of the award to Suzan and the Northwood Woman’s Club will be made at the 14th Annual Our Friends Place Gala Auction And Casino Night on Saturday, April 29 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Joining Event Co-Chairs Tonnette Easter, Barbara Milo and Leslie Simmons will be Honorary Co-Chairs LuAnn and George Damiris and Debbie and Jack Gibson.

The full release of the announcement follows the jump.

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The Boots Were Scootin’ At Eddie Dean’s Ranch For Northwood Woman’s Club’s Annual Gala With Jan Langbein In The Spotlight

When it comes to feeling right comfortable for an evening out on the town, it’s a rare man who will complain about putting on cowboy boots and jeans. So, the Northwood Woman’s Club gals had some very happy fellows in tow for their annual “Boot Scootin’ Ball” at Eddie Dean’s Ranch on Saturday, October 29. But the evening was more than swirling around the dance floor, grazing on vittles and bidding on auction items. Co-Chairs Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson arranged to have a Genesis Women’s Shelter CEO Jan Langbein give a brief talk about one of the organizations that the Club supports. Here’s a report from the field:

Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson*

Sharon Pope and Laura Williamson*

Northwood Woman’s Club “filled the boot” for their beneficiaries at their “Boot Scootin’ Ball” held Saturday, October 29, at Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas. A  familiar face in the community, Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, took the stage to motivate and urge the crowd to step up and “fill the boot” for the support of so many people with so many needs.

Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers and Sharyl Weber*

Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers and Sharyl Weber*

Her presence represents the daily needs of abused women and children, the homeless and those seeking shelter and counseling. She urged the crowd that included Club President Sharyl Weber, Sharon and Pete Protzmann, Trish and Bryce Weigand, Cheryl Toman, Linda Myers, Suzanne Caruso, Judy and Rex Weigand, Eleanor Casey, Paul and Lynn Slaney Silguero, Kay and Ron Burgert, Phyllis Farragut, Alice Slaney Davis and Nancy Griffith to find it in their heart to share abundantly in giving for those less fortunate in our community. The funds raised will benefit Friends of Wednesday’s Child, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Our Friends Place, Promise House and Shared Housing Center.  

Our Western-themed gala was a record breaking success for our philanthropic grants and our volunteer programs. Live Auction items included luxury trips, popular sporting events, and Broadway show tickets, plus the use of a large Italian villa in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The Silent Auction featured estate jewelry, fashion and accessories, home and garden gifts, restaurant gift certificates, holiday decor and a wine pull Our Charitable Fund underwriting and our event  proceeds exceeded our goal which should allow us to meet our grant requests.

This western party with 325 in attendance was an overwhelming success for our beneficiaries, plus a fun filled evening with a historic western dinner. Dancing to the music of the Breckenridge Boys band was a true “Boot Scootin” evening in downtown Dallas.  

* Photos provided by the Northwood Woman's Club

Northwood Woman’s Club Hands Out Checks Totaling $255,250 To Seven Very Happy Area Nonprofits

It seems like there’s a lot of hoop-la when groups announce the amount of money raised from fundraising activities. But real news is how much of that fund raised actually, really, truly goes to the beneficiary.

Confused? Totally understand. Here’s an example: Let’s pretend The Mosquito Preservation Society announces their black-tie brunch “raised” a whopping $5.5M. But when the dust settles and expenses are accounted, no one fessed up that only $1.99 went to the society. Well, after all when you’re serving Cristal mimosas in Baccarat flutes, white truffle-laden omelets on Bernardaud china and have Adele on stage for 10 minutes, it does cost a pretty penny. And that’s not to mention thank-you gifts for the committee like Birkin bags for the ladies and Dallas National Golf Club memberships for the men.

Ah, but there are other groups that proudly show-and-tell the amounts presented to the beneficiaries. One such organization is the Northwood Woman’s Club. No, they don’t have the over-the-top grandiose galas, but they are so typical of the fundraising groups that dig their stilettos in the ground and keep their eyes on the outcome, not the partying. As proof, the Northwood gals just presented $255,250 to their 2016 beneficiaries.

Happy Northwood Woman's Club members*

Happy Northwood Woman’s Club members*

Here’s a breakdown of the checks that were distributed:

  • Austin Street Center — $50,000 to renovate the showers and improve the women’s dressing area within the Austin Street Center facility serving homeless women.
  • New Beginning Center — $54,000 to provide programs and services for families affected by domestic violence.   Services include emergency shelter, case management, legal advocacy, food, clothing, counseling, and economic literacy in a safe environment.
  • New Friends New Life — $47,000 to support programs designed to restore and empower formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children.
  • Nexus Recovery Center — $33,000 to support the services provided in the Pregnant or Parenting Women with Children Program.  Services include trauma-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment, counseling, food, shelter, education and access to after school care and childcare for their children.
  • Rainbow Days — $21,250 to provide supplies and trained staff to provide weekly support groups to homeless children. The children, ages 4-12, receive social, emotional, mental and behavioral health support and guidance using a research-based curriculum.
  • St. Simon’s After-School — $38,000 to support after-school programs for low-income children in DISD which provide care and academic assistance, remedial reading programs and enrichment activities.
  • University of Texas Dallas Scholarships — $12,000 to pay tuition for two high-achieving students who have demonstrated both a financial need and a strong desire to continue their education at UT Dallas.
* Photo provided by Northwood Woman's Club

Northwood Woman’s Club Served Up Tablescape Eyecatchers And Kimberly Schlegel Whitman As Food For Thought

Tuesday, February 23, was a blessing for some and a darn-it for others. For those suffering from allergies, the dipping temperatures spelled possible relief. As for the blooming Arboretum flowers, it was a chilly warning that winter wasn’t totally over.

Debor Cassen

Debor Cassen

But for the 250 ladies…and they were all gals at Bent Tree… who gathered for the Northwood Woman’s Club’s Dine by Design, the falling rain and matching temps were so much better than last year’s fundraiser. That one became a victim of the infamous freeze of 2015.

Still, Northwood Woman’s Club President Debor Cassen rallied the troops including Cathy Camalier and Sherry O’Hara to produce a marvelous event with tables decorated by both talented locals and professionals.

Recycling last year’s theme of “Ooh La La” to “Ooh La La Deaux,” the pieces of last year were incorporated. Even the two Standard Poodles that had been slated to have been on last year’s “catwalk” showed true fundraising spirit and showed up to greet the guests for the “Ooh La La Deux” fundraiser luncheon.

Benefiting New Friends New Life, Austin Street Center, New Beginning Center, St. Simon’s After-School, Rainbow Days, Nexus and UT Dallas, the place was filled with guests holding flutes filled with champagne and strawberries checking out the designer tables throughout the club. Just beyond the poodles was a standout display of Paris complete with doves in a cage thanks to Junior Villanueva.

Paris and Spring

Paris and Spring

One guest asked another, “Have you seen the leg in the other room?” No need to wonder. Everyone within hearing slipped over to the other room to check out the limb pointing to the ceiling from a champagne bucket in the middle of the Moulin Rouge-theme table created by ReDux Sherry Draper.

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

I haven't Got a Clue

I haven’t Got a Clue

Speaking of legs, there were a couple of ‘em lying out from under Gaylan Sapps and Mary Pinac’s table for the “I Haven’t Got a Clue” theme. Relax. It wasn’t a real body. Think mannequin.

But some were a little more serious. Like Sac la Faim by Judi Hamby and Barbara Kutz that was a mountain of canned foods and cereals promoting support of the Club’s Sack Hunger Drive. Just a table or two over was Susan Loveless’ table promoting wellness with Doterra Essential Oils. No champagne, bodies or fatty foods here. Instead it was glasses of water with lemon slices floating and platters of oranges, lemons and limes.

In the meantime, author Kimberly Schlegel Whitman was signing her books including the latest one, “Monograms,” just before addressing the seated luncheon. (Kim had a secret that she wasn’t sharing, but it was announced on Tuesday, March 1, that she was NorthPark’s new Fashion and Lifestyle Ambassador.)

Cathy Camalier, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Sherry O'Hara

Cathy Camalier, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Sherry O’Hara

Bettye Stripling filed the following report on Kimberly’s talk:

The talented and charming Kimberly Schlegel Whitman presented a fun and informative program to the 250 members present for the NWC annual Dine by Design event. After beginning her own party rental business in 1998, this very creative young woman went on to author six books on entertaining, appear on television, on radio, and co-host a local live daily television show entitled “Texas Living”. Her latest experiences as editor-at large of Southern Living Magazine and early “Mom exposure” has led to her latest publication, “Monograms for the Home: The Art of Making Your Mark,” published in September, 2015.

Her slide-rich presentation included the history of monogramming which got some of its early beginnings in the simple need to separate laundry in the village wash day confusion. This, of course, was adopted by the upper social gentry and became the elaborate form of monogramming that we have grown up with and still see in many forms today. The beautiful slides included lamps, chairs, linens, desk accessories, toys, and, of course the fabulous silver monogrammed pieces we all love.

One of Kimberly’s inspirations came from a statement made to her “if it is not breathing, monogram it.”

The art of monogramming is a beautiful and personal way to honor your family name, your history, and also have a fabulous home according to the lovely speaker, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dine By Design

Cathy Camalier, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Sherry O'Hara

Cathy Camalier, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Sherry O’Hara

With Easter approaching and all types of brunches and suppers being cooked up, those creative Northwood Woman’s Clubbers held their Dine by Design on Tuesday, February 23, at Bent Tree County Club. In addition to having authoress Kimberly Schlegel Whitman as the featured speaker, the ladies perused countless tables interpreting the day’s theme — Ooh La La Deux.

I haven't Got a Clue

I haven’t Got a Clue

While the post is being prepared, check out some of the settings ranging from the whimsical to the down-to-earth at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.