With A Decades Old Santa Greeting At The Window, Crystal Charity Ball Chair Pam Perella Celebrated Her Committee At A Holiday Tea

While 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson was settling into her office, 2017 CCB Chair Pam Perella was putting on the finishing touches of the year with a reception for her committee on Friday, December 15, at her Beverly Drive home.

Originally scheduled for Thursday, December 14, the occasion was postponed to Friday due to the funeral service for Ruth Sharp Altshuler just blocks away at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Claire Emanuelson and Pam Perella

Pat McEvoy and Shelle Sills

While the talk at the team was highlighted by the impressive event honoring Ruth, Shelle Sills summed it up by saying that the service had been an inspiration to do more for the community.


Meslissa Macatee, Bevin Shaw and Cindy Ethel

Beth Thoele, Patti Flowers and Leslie Diers

Elizabeth Gambrell, Sara Lee Gardner and Susan McSherry

Still there were other topics filling the Perella home site. Nine-year-old Yorkie Charley was the perfect host wagging his tail as he wandered throughout the guests, who reciprocated with pats and strokes. In the library a life-size Santa stood in the window. With a flip of the switch, he waved to drivers buy. Not back for a gent, who had been part of 2017 CCB First Husband Vin Perella’s childhood…Melissa Macatee reported that the first printing of her book, “Steeples of Texas,” was such a success, a second printing was on the horizon. In the meantime, she has two weddings in her future — daughter McBride Macatee will be waltzing down the aisle to wed Madison Oden in April and son George P. Macatee V will marry Kailee Wilson in June… Robyn Conlon was receiving congrats on her birthday… Pam Busbee arrived late into the festivities due to a retirement party for a 17-year staffer at her mid-rise… Caren Kline was all smiles with her mom, Bettye Whiteman, who had arrived from New York for the holidays… 2019 CCB Chair Pat McEvoy looked great despite having surgery the day before. She maintains that husband Charles McEvoy doesn’t realize what he’s gotten into as 2019 CCB First Husband…  And then there was Vinnie Reuben, who after years of scrambling to match guests with tables and juggling all types of names behind the scenes was bidding a fond farewell at an active CCB member. She and husband/Neiman Marcus NorthPark Czar Malcolm Reuben were moving to California on Christmas day. Still, Vinnie the loyal CCB-er said the Reubens would still pop up for CCB in the years to come. Despite Vinnie’s protest for a going-away luncheon, her pal former CCB Chair Cynthia Mitchell had a book commemorating the Reuben’s years of friendship.

Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

Bettye Whiteman and Caren Kline

Kim Miller and Robyn Conlon

Vinnie Reuben and Cynthia Mitchell

As the ladies left to prepare for the holiday, Pam admitted that she hadn’t even begun to start planning for the holidays. A former CCB chair upon hearing Pam’s lament smiled and said, “Don’t worry. You have a great excuse.”

The next item on their agenda will be the selection of the 2018 beneficiaries. Stay tuned. That announcement will soon be announced.

JUST IN: Pat McEvoy And Michal Powell To Co-Chair 2018 Celebrating Women Luncheon With Shelle Sills As Underwriting Chair

Last week it was announced that Pat McEvoy would chair the 2019 Crystal Charity Ball. While some might want to rest up before taking on the responsibility to raise millions of dollars for Dallas children’s nonprofits, Pat is not your typical gal.

Pat McEvoy (File photo)

Michal Powell (File photo)

Shelle Sills (File photo)

It was just announced that Pat and Michal Powell will co-chair Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s 2018 Celebrating Women Luncheon. Joining the team will be Shelle Sills, who will be in charge of underwriting duties.

Just last Thursday Michal chaired the Doing The Most Good Luncheon for The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command at the Anatole with Shelle as her arrangements chair.

As for plans about the breast cancer research and treatment fundraiser, the details are being finalized. Stay tuned.

JUST IN: Pat McEvoy To Chair 2019 Crystal Charity Ball

Pat McEvoy (File photo)

With the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball less than a month away, plans are already underway for the 2019 Dallas children’s fundraiser. 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson just revealed that Pat McEvoy has been selected to serve at 2018 CCB Chair-Elect and 2019 Chair.

Since being a member of CCB since 2004, she had chaired a variety of positions including the Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show. In addition to her involvement with CCB, Pat’s chaired the New Friends New Life Luncheon and the DMA’s Beaux Arts Ball, as well as serving on the Goodwill Industries of Dallas board, MD Anderson Advisory Committee, the Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board and the Dallas Woman’s Club Board of Governors. She’s also been involved with the Dallas Zoo, Center for BrainHealth, CMC Food Allergy Center, Ask Me About Art, Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Garden Club and other community organizations.

According to Claire, “Pat’s extensive experience in the Dallas community, her proven fundraising skills, intellect, generous and kind spirit and commitment to this organization will ensure the continued success of Crystal Charity Ball.”