JUST IN: 2018 La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Duchesses, Escorts And Details Revealed

The 2018 La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas details including the 40 duchesses, escorts and beneficiaries were revealed at announcement reception last night at Belo Mansion.

Anne Besser (File photo)

Elizabeth Gambrell (File photo)

La Fiesta Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Elizabeth Gambrell and their committee have selected the gala theme to be “Exploring Colores de Espana” to “highlight the art, architecture and breathtaking colors associated with the landspaces and seascapes of Spain.” The black-tie presentation at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, June 9, will be chaired by Mary Parker and Pam Stegenga.

Mary Parker (File photo)

Pam Stegenga (File photo)

Representing various duchies will be Elizabeth Lawson Armistead, Erin Elizabeth Arthur, Madeleine Ainsley Basso, Marguerite Grace Bellman, Virginia Grace Carlile, Carly Paige Cooper, Caroline Cox Cooper, Elizabeth Lynne Copeland, Natalie Ann Dargene, Alex Ann Echols, Kara Littlefield Fronterhouse, Kate Manon Gioldasis, Victoria Elizabeth Gregory, Sharon Rebecca Hayhurst, Neva Lynne Henderson, Amanda Paige Hodak, Jennifer Elizabeth Humann, Gracelyn Marie Hunt, Claire Demontigny Johnson, Caroline Sinclair Keith, Sydney Elise Kilpatrick, Mary Sullins Lancaster, Abigail Marie Lindwall, Katherine Schutt Lorio, Mira Caroline Martin, Avery Hardin Mercurio, Landry Kathryn Myers, Margaret Anne Petty, Elizabeth Grace Reid, Flora Kate Richards, Brooke Elizabeth Rothwell, Maryellen Rebecca Salter, Margaret Claire Sarfatis, Kyla Ann Sayre, Caroline Grace Sloan, Sarah Katherine Stone, Laura Elizabeth Tedford, Madeline Walker Thomas, Paige Christine Walters and Sophie Jane Ward.

Serving as escorts will be Blake Alexander Beckman, Ernest Tutt Beecherl, Bennett Tyler Brock, Ethan Atwood Cherry, Harlan Robert Crow, John Montgomery Doherty, John Hopps Fain III, Brennan Reece Fewin, Lowell Kuphal Giffin IV, Barrett Southcott Graham, Logan Asher Gwinn, Marshall Slaughter Hammack, Alexander Baron Holmes, Patrick Scott Kennedy, Jack Ware Kozmetsky, Bennett Hill Landen, Matthew Hays Lodwick, Cooper William Marchetto, Kyle Chester Massimilian, Cyrus Armer McCullough, Quillin Stephen McKenney, William Richard McPherson, Griffin Daniel McVeigh, Davis Brown Milton, Jon Phillip Page III, John Mansfield Parsons, Charles Parker Quinn, Carver Andrew Ramey, Nicholas Campbell Ruk, John Clay Sell, Michael Robert Stegenga, Jack Pepper Toohey, David Oakes Turner III, Jack Dunford Vandermeer, Christopher Michael Walker, Stanley Denton Walker IV, Elias Bradshaw Ware, Jonathan Max Welfelt, William James Whitlock and Hudson Smith Wood

This year’s fundraiser will benefit the following 16 organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, CARE, Connecting Point of Park Cities, Dallas Children’s Theater, The Elisa Project, Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the University Park Public Library, Habitat for Humanity/HPHS Campus Chapter, Highland Park Education Foundation, Highland Park Literary Festival, HP Arts, HPHS Community Service Council, HPHS Counseling Department and Student Council, HPHS Student Emergency Fund, Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities/HPHS Youth and Government Team and Park Cities Heritage House at Dallas Heritage Village.

Since being founded in 1986, the fundraiser has provided more than $8.4M to selected beneficiaries that help meet the educational, cultural, and civic needs throughout the Park Cities area.

The Weather Played Nice For La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas’ “Under The Stars” To Be Out In The Open At Gwen And Doug Parker’s Casa

Rebecca Gregory, Gwen Parker and Nancy Monning

When La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas organizers woke up to raindrops on their roofs, lightning in the air and thunder overhead, it didn’t bode well for their “Under The Stars” event on Friday, June 9. Sure, Gwen and Doug Parker’s 12,000-square-foot Park Cities home could handle the expected 300 Duchesses, escorts, parents, and underwriters. But they had so hoped for a true night under the stars.

Megan Saustad and Pam Stegenga

Evidently, the evening’s Co-Chairs Megan Saustad and Pam Stegenga had pull. By early afternoon, not only had the stormy weather gone elsewhere, but the temperatures became so downright friendly that one gal with bare shoulders thought out loud, “It might get chilly.”

As event photographer James French snapped photos out front, the highlights inside the home and in the backyard were:

  • The Parkers’ turf ground-covering validated Gwen’s decision to have it installed, instead of the need-be-mowed green stuff. Despite the rains earlier in the day, the big backyard with tables and chairs was dry and stiletto-friendly.
  • A string trio—two violins and a cello—were playing softly in the entryway.

    Ben Smith, Elizabeth Cooper, Clare Obenchain and Grayson Borrego

  • Elizabeth Cooper and Clare Obenchain admitted that their so-perfect tans were the real thing and not the spray-on variety.
  • Harrison Buford, Anna Buford, Claire Green and Robert Farrow

    In taking an accounting of high school roots, Robert Farrow was from Cambridge School, Anna Buford was a Hockadaisie and Harrison Buford and Claire Green were Highland Park Scots.

    Sonoma chicken salad croissants

  • The food on the dining-room table reflected the French theme, thanks to Sonoma chicken salad croissants, macaronis au fromage, steak au poivre crostini and spinach and mushroom quiche.
  • Doug Parker, who’s chairman and CEO of American Airlines Group, didn’t make it. He was out of town on business. Boo-hooed one attendee: “I’m sad Doug’s not gonna be here!” Parker’s presence was still felt, though: on the fireplace mantel in one cozy, white-plaster-walled room, there was a black-and-white plaque that read, “Behind Every Good Kid Is A Great Dad.”
  • Gwen Parker, looking around the house, said they were almost empty-nesters. Despite son Luke Parker in from New York University to be a La Fiesta escort and son Jackson Parker in from Nashville to watch his brother, the Parker household was down to daughter, Eliza Parker, still living in the nest while attending Hockaday.
  • Also in keeping with La Fiesta’s French theme, the servers wore red neckerchiefs and berets.

It was an early evening, though, because the big gala at The Fairmont was the next night, and a crowd of 900—believed to be the biggest ever—was expected to show up. Funds from the summer extravaganza will benefit C.A.R.E., Connecting Points of Park Cities, The Elisa Project, The Family Place, Friends of University Park Library, Highland Park Education Foundation, Highland Park Literary Festival, HP Arts, HPHS Community Service Council, HPHS Counseling Department and Student Council, HPHS Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, HPHS Science Festival, HPHS Student Emergency Fund, HPHS Youth and Government/Moody Family YMCA and Park Cities Heritage House at Dallas Heritage Village.