JUST IN: Jennifer And Richard Dix And Kristi And Ron Hoyl To Co-Chair The Family Place’s 2017 ReuNight

Just when you think no more news could develop in the rising summer temperatures, The Family Place team proved they were filled with news.

But they weren’t sharing all the developments for the annual ReuNight dinner and auction just yet.

What is known is who will be co-chairing the event. It will be a couple of gals who are old hands at bringing the dough — Jennifer Dix and Kristi Hoyl.

The two ladies single-handedly made the 2010 and 2011 Cattle Baron’s Ball at Southfork spectacular.

Richard and Jennifer Dix (File photo)

Ron and Kristi Hoyl (File photo)

To shore up their efforts, they’re bringing along two R’s — husbands Richard Dix and Ron Hoyl.

As for when and where, the foursome won’t cough up the info yet. But stay tuned. Pressure is being applied to get the details.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Circle Of Angels Dinner

Jerry Fronterhouse and Annette Simmons, Christie Carter, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

For a second time within a week, Dallas’ newest fashion showcase Forty Five Ten was the scene of a fundraiser. Unlike the ReuNight dinner benefiting The Family Place with the adjoining tent filled to the max, the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels seated supper was limited but just as splendiferous.

Forty Five Ten fashions

Tanya Foster and Eric and Elizabeth Gambrell

As fabulous and eye-catching as the dressed mannequins were, the guests held their own from hairline to heel.

Christie Carter and Brian Bolke

While the post is being prepared, check out the photos of the crowd on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Fabulous Faces, Fashions And Food Came Together At Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten To Net $400K For The Family Place’s 2016 ReuNight

After years of planning, praying and preparing, Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten in downtown Dallas was ready to greet the world of fashion. This four-story, 37,000-square-foot jewel box designed by Dallas architect David Droese was nearly five times the size of its 8,000-square-foot McKinney Avenue predecessor. No longer the quaint and cozy cottage nestled in the Knox/Henderson neighborhood, the new Forty Five Ten was a palace in heady company across Main Street from The Joule hotel and the Neiman Marcus flagship store.

Forty Five Ten men’s fashions

Forty Five Ten fashion

Forty Five Ten footwear

But before its official open-to-the-public debut on Saturday, November 12, Forty Five Ten proprietor Brian had arranged for a benefit supper for The Family Place’s 2016 ReuNight.

Originally, the event was to be a cocktail party at the store and a seated dinner across the street at The Joule. But that would have made for limited attendance. So, just a few weeks beforehand, the decision was made to have the dinner in an adjoining see-through enclosed tent fronting Main Street, with Tony Tasset’s Eye sculpture looking on from the opposite end. The view through the tent couldn’t have been more perfect with the surrounding downtown forest of skyscrapers sparkling.

Brian Bolke

Katherine and Eric Reeves

Candace and Jim Krause

Since the Elm Street auto courtyard was still a work-in-progress, the 160 or so guests (Karen and Stephen Jones, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Michal Powell, Candace and Jim Krause, Sue Gragg, Georgina Hartland, Kristi Hoyl, Linda and Steve Ivy, Connie and Denny Carreker, Meghan Looney and Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner) arrived via the Main Street entrance. There they were greeted by co-hosts Brian and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills.

Nick Wooster, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Faisal Halum

With staffers like Creative VP/Fashion Director Taylor Tomasi Hill and Men’s Fashion Director Nick Wooster on hand to guide the guests through the fashion extravaganza, it was like a glorious feast for the eyes.

Claire Emanuelson, Reed Robertson and Piper Wyatt

On the first level, Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney and Jan Miller were found checking out the goodies in the jewelry salon. Across the way Pat McEvoy, Piper Wyatt and Claire Emanuelson were in the shoe department. Upstairs were Nancy Dedman, Brad Kelly, Tucker Enthoven, Kathy Kincaid, Catherine Howell and Heather and Billy Esping checking out the third level, along with architect David Droese and wife Suzanne Droese, Tim Headington, Diamond Mahone, Jeny Bania, Anais Assoun and Sabrina Dee.

Suzanne and David Droese

Billy and Heather Esping

Kathy Kincaid and Catherine Howell, Brad Kelly, Nancy Dedman and Tucker Enthoven

Diamond Mahone, Jeny Bania, Tim Headington, Anais Assoun and Sabrina Dee

But even ultra-sophisticated fashion lovers were impressed by the price tags, like a nifty crop jacket going for $2,300. Still others, like bearded Allan McBee, chuckled that he had found a pair of socks that were pocketbook-friendly.

And speaking of the men, the larger accommodations had allowed Brian to broaden his collection of exquisite taste to include a larger array of men’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry and all types of luxurious goodies. 

But all too soon, the guests were directed from the brightly lit store to the walkway leading up to Todd Fiscus‘ equally dazzling tent with its black carpeting, candles, mirrored table tops and Lucite chairs.

ReuNight dining tent

Making the stroll a bit of a challenge was the black carpeting, with one poor chap tripping on a step but luckily catching himself at the last minute.

The tent’s flooring added an interesting element to the scene. As guests wandered through the glittering dining room, the towering stemmed candle-holders began wobbling. Despite the flames in motion, nary a one even came close to toppling.  

Sharon Young

Tim Blanks

Niven Morgan and Donna Karan

Todd Fiscus and Ceron

For the first time during the evening, it was an opportunity to see the entire assembled supporters of The Family Place and Forty Five Ten. It was if Brian had curated the best of fashion and fundraising. In front of the mini-stage, with its two leather easy chairs, there was a table with designer/special guest Donna Karan seated next to Tim Headington and across the table from Brian and fashion scribe Tim Blanks. At the other end of the table were Faisal with Nancy Rogers on one side and Shelle and Sharon Young on the other.  At another table to the right of the stage were Mary Clare with Chris Branscun and The Family Place CEO Paige Flink.

Mary Clare Finney and Chris Branscun

Josh Sutcliff

With all the beautiful people in such an elegant surrounding, it was perfectly understandable that dinner missed its start time of 7:45 p.m. After all, who wanted to stop chatting and taking selfies with the other guests? But it was a school night, and the dinner prepared by Joule Chef Josh Sutcliff was all ready to go. Following a first course of a scallop crudo, huckleberries, confit onion and ponzu, the entrée of wagyu beef short rib, crispy potato, spinach and green tomato was served. Finishing off the meal was a trio of hand-painted, rose gold truffles that would have been right at home in the Forty Five Ten jewelry counter.

In an unusual switch from the norm, the live auction did not take place immediately after dinner. Fundraisers tend to hold those bidding competitions when folks are still starry-eyed and receptive to upping the ante. However, this was not your typical affair.

Instead, just past 9 p.m., the conversation between emcee Kim Schlegel Whitman and designer Karan took place on the stage. Donna’s presence was a very special and personal one for both Paige and Brian.

Earlier in the evening, Brian had told guests that Donna had been one of his late mother’s favorite designers.

Paige told the crowd that before joining The Family Place 25 years ago, one of her first jobs was at the late Sanger Harris store as a buyer involved in carrying Donna’s clothing line.

She went on to tell of the 114 families that were being housed at The Family Place, the five men and three moms with kids who were being put up in hotels due to lack of space. She concluded by saying, “You’ll probably never get to meet them, but what we do tonight is going to save their lives. We have to think about that.”

Kim Schlegel Whitman and Donna Karan

As Kim and Donna took their places on stage to talk, a helicopter hovered over the tent with a spotlight. One almost suspected that Brian had arranged to have faux snowflakes flutter down from the chopper. But soon it buzzed off to another part of downtown.

However, it was soon noted that police cars with flashing lights and sirens were screaming down Main Street in the same direction as the helicopter. One guest, upon returning from the restroom, said that she and her husband were leaving because of protesters who were marching in downtown Dallas due to the recent election.

The couple was followed by another agitated twosome who admitted that they were concerned after the July police shootings downtown. However, the departures were unnecessary. Not only were the protestors orderly, they never came near the fundraiser.

Ironically, Donna talked about how she had expanded her focus from dressing to reducing stress for people. While looking good on the outside was well and it good, she felt it was all for naught if one was not well and good on the inside as well.

She also told of her early days working with the American designer Anne Klein as an associate designer. It was when she was in the hospital having her first baby that she learned that Klein was also in the hospital dying of breast cancer. With a new collection due to be completed, it fell upon Donna to produce. But the doctor told her that there was no way she was going to return to the office. So, they brought the entire company to Donna and her newborn daughter, Gabby, named after Donna’s father who had died when Donna was just 3 years old.

After taking over the Klein collection and Anne Klein II, Donna decided that she needed some clothes for herself and friends. The result: she was was unceremoniously fired but, in 1985, went on to launch her Seven Easy Pieces line with her now-legendary black tights, the bodysuit, a versatile skirt, a pair of loose trousers, a tailored jacket, a cashmere sweater and a white shirt.

Shifting directions, Kim asked Donna about her passion today. After having so many of her friends and family suffering from AIDs, cancer and other health issues, she realized that the focus had been on “disease care, not health care.”

Before dying, her late husband Stephen Weiss told her that she must “take care of the nurses” as well as the patients.

It seemed a bit ironic that a fundraiser to prevent violence nearly became the victim of feared violence. But, luckily, the vast majority of generous folks stayed put and helped net $400K to support The Family Place’s efforts to protect families.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 ReuNight

Forty Five Ten fashion

Nick Wooster, Taylor Tomasi Hill and Faisal Halum

It was just this side of glorious. The ultimate sneak preview of Forty Five Ten benefiting The Family Place on Thursday, November 10.

Brian Bolke and Shelle Sills

Diamond Mahone, Jeny Bania, Tim Headington, Anais Assoun and Sabrina Dee

As fabulouso as the peeps were  dressed to the nines, the collection of fashions for both men and women plus dazzling home-sweet-home accessories assembeler by retailing wizard Brian Bolke had even the most brilliant dressers becoming wide-eyed tourists.

And to add to the splendiferous factor were legendary designer Donna Karan and fashion scribe Tim Blanks.

Niven Morgan and Donna Karan

Tim Blanks

While the post is being prepared, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the looks and the lookies at the debut of Dallas’ newest chic showplace.

What A Night ReuNight Is Gonna Be

If you were one of the lucky few, who moved fast enough and had the extra bucks to be part of Thursday’s ReuNight benefiting The Family Place, you just might benefit from these tips from Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills and Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney.

First of all, there’s going to be just the slightest chill in the evening air, so it’s the perfect opportunity to debut your fall/winter evening wear.

As for arriving for the festivities, the valets will be set up at 1608 Elm Street (aka Forty Five Ten Courtyard). That’s where you’ll just hop out of your car and head straight into the brand, spanking new Fort Five Ten for cocktails at 6 p.m.

After an hour of eyeballing the fabulous, new fashion digs and the other well-dressed guests, you’ll stroll next door to the tent for dinner served up by The Joule. You can’t miss it. It’s right in front of The Eye.

On the agenda for the tent will be a Q&A between local Kim Schlegel Whitman and designer/extra-special guest Donna Karan.

And, of course, there will be the live auction. But in keeping with tradition, a ReuNight live auction is extremely limited and very unique. This year’s collection of four includes the following to-die-for items:

  • Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring*

    Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring*

    Art Deco Citrine Cameo Ring — This gem has got to be seen to be believed. Psyche is depicted crossing the river Styx within the citrine cameo cuvette. It is framed by a pierced and engraved white gold mounting, bead-set with old European and rose-cut diamonds, seed pearls and millegrain accents. Think of artwork for the hand.

  • One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas*

    One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas*

    One&Only Ocean Club Bahamas — So, what would a live auction be without a trip? But leave it to ReuNight to come up with a doozy. For simply ages, Paradise Island has been renowned for its pristine white beaches, luxurious accommodations, golf course and meals provided by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. No wonder it’s considered a getaway magnet for extreme boldfacers.  The package includes a three-night stay in a Hartford Wing Ocean View Room with daily breakfast in Dune Restaurant, a $200-spa credit and, of course, a chef’s dinner by Jean-Georges. Since it’s still cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew partied there, the trip is available from March 2017 to March 2018. 

  • Urban Zen Downtown Experience

    Urban Zen Downtown Experience*

    Urban Zen Downtown Experience — How simply perfect with Donna Karan just a table away. You and a companion will be able to channel Donna thanks to a $5,000 gift certificate to Urban Zen NYC, Donna’s Eastern-inspired luxury clothing and lifestyle boutique. But there’s still more. There will be “a relaxing and healing session for two with an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist in the Loft. While in NYC, you’ll call “a luxe downtown hotel” home for two nights and have dinner at Tutto Il Giorno in Tribeca.

  • Hermes Kelly Pochette*

    Hermes Kelly Pochette*

    Hermes Kelly Pochette — A cross between a bag and a clutch, this Hermes beaut will be an showstopper thanks to its gorgeous vert anis green lizard. And, naturally, the Hermes palladium hardware is front and center, don’t you know?  

Make sure you catch Heritage Auction’s Alissa Ford’s eye, so she doesn’t miss you hand when you bid.

Afterward, head back to the Forty Five Ten Courtyard for your ride home and a night of sweet dreams.   

* Photos provided by The Family Place

Area Fundraisers Rally To Provide More Shelter And Services For Domestic Abuse Victims

What if someone hollered, “Help!” and no one could respond? Or, if they did, they sadly admitted they couldn’t help? That’s what The Family Place and other shelters have had to admit. “No vacancy!” has been posted, separating those in abusive situations trying to escape.

As of Friday, The Family Place was filled to capacity with 127 clients in the shelter and hotels, of which 83 were children.

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

Jennifer Staubach Gates (File photo)

Jennifer Staubach Gates (File photo)

According to the report presented by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Councilperson Jennifer Staubach Gates Friday morning, the following ugly statistics were revealed:

  • 10,154 women, children and men were turned away in the past year from shelters due to lack of space
  • 29,905 calls were received by the Dallas Police Department that were determined to be related to domestic violence
  • 30 fatalities resulted in the past two years due to domestic violence. Sadly, none of the victims reported concerns about their well-being.

The good side of the report is that victims are rising above their abuse and reaching out for help. The very-not-good-side is that their cry for help cannot be satisfied due to lack of capabilities.

The hopeful news is that major entities like Dallas Women’s Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Mary Kay and Verizon have come together to defeat the physical violence living in households. But these organizations, as powerful and influential as they are, can’t shoulder the responsibility alone.

To help these people — both men and women — funding is needed from other resources. In addition to The Family Place’s Partners’ Card underway and the Texas Trailblazer Luncheon, there is the upcoming ReuNight.

This mega-must-attend affair was slated to start with cocktails in the shiny, new Forty Five Ten. Then the stellar guests including designer Donna Karan were to mosey over to The Joule’s Terrace for din-din and the lively auction.

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

That was the plan, but plans do change and this one did a 180-degree turn. Due to the cozy digs at The Terrace and the demands by those on the wait list, Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills plus Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney arranged to have the dinner/auction moved to the lawn in front of The Eyeball.

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Todd Fiscus (File photo)

Todd Fiscus (File photo)

Paige Flink (File photo)

Paige Flink (File photo)

So the POA is that cocktails will be served in the brand, spanking new Forty Five Ten. Then guests will stroll next door to The Eye Of Dallas to sup in a tented dining room arranged by event planner extraordinaire Todd Fiscus. In addition to dessert, there will be the live auction. And, baby, this auction is going to have an extremely limited number of to-die-for packages. Stay tuned.

Thanks to the move, folks who were on the waiting list are now on the guest list. So, hustle, hustle because there just may room for you and your fav person.

But let’s get back to where the funds are going. According to The Family Place’s CEO Paige Flink, “This is why we are building a new Central Dallas Counseling Center and additional Emergency Shelter space at Ann Moody Place. You can contribute to the Legacy Campaign and help us build for the future so we don’t have to turn anyone away.

“You can buy a Partners Card now through November 6. The $70 for each card purchase goes directly to The Family Place and provides one night of safety for a woman and her child.”

Hopefully, big funding will take place at ReuNight because there are men, women and children depending upon each penny.

JUST IN: Big Plans Revealed For Fourth Annual ReuNight Including Donna Karan And The New Forty Five Ten For The Family Place

Donna Karan*

Donna Karan*

Since stepping down as head of her very fashionable company last June, Donna Karan has not retired to her home in Turks and Caicos Islands and watched the waves. Just last month she was presented the prestigious Founder’s Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards dinner by her designing buddy Calvin Klein. Despite having been in the rag business more than 40 years, she still manages to get younger and be more vibrant over the years.

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

And she’ll be bringing that zest to Big Old D on Thursday, November 10, for The Family’s Place’s Fourth Annual ReuNight thanks to Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills and Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney.

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

And to do it up right, the evening will start with cocktails at the spanking new, can’t-wait-to-see-it Forty Five Ten in downtown Dallas. For dinner the guests will “be escorted” across the street for dinner at The Joule Terrace.

Topping off the evening will be a “small luxury live auction.” And the emphasis is on “small” as in limited and “luxury” like rarefied finds.

The fundraiser is the rebirth of the legendary Palm Night that raised millions of dollars from 1994 to 2008. After going into hibernation, it rose with a new name, ReuNight, and longtime supporters. In fact this host committee is made up of a lot of those vets including Moll and Charlie Anderson, Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Brenda and Clay Cockerell, Tina and David Craig, Leah and John Davis, Suzanne and David Droese, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Heather and Billy Esping, Todd Fiscus and Ceron, Meg and Doug Florence, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Sue and Jim Gragg, Karen and Stephen Jones, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Liz and Scott Kimple, Jenny and John Kirtland, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Muffin and John Lemak, Lynn and Allan McBee, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Allane O’Neil, Rajan Patel, Pam and Vin Perella, Michal and Loyd Powell, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Nancy and Richard Rogers, Kayla and Brian Roughton, Connie and Mark Sigel, Laurie-Jo ad Steve Straty, Leisa Street, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Debbie and John Tolleson, Ben and Max Trowbridge, Robert Weatherly, Kim and Justin Whitman, Kathy and Rodney Woods, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, Piper and Mike Wyatt and Sharon and Michael Young.

Sponsorships and tickets are available here! So, dig through your wardrobe and find that Karan bodysuit. Now’s the time to diet for a reunight with that classic Karan design.

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show Kick-Off Party And ReuNight Eve Reception Kept Fundraising Going Into The Night

After a day of honoring veterans on Wednesday, November 11, the fundraising efforts for North Texas continued into the night throughout the area.

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

Michael Flores and Gina Betts

Over at the Mockingbird Room in Highland Park Village, St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Michael Flores were rallying the troops with plans for the Leukemia and Lymphoma of North Texas sweetheart of a fundraiser.

The twosome have arranged for Amanda and Brint Ryan to serve as honorary co-chairs for the Tuesday, February 16th event with fashions from HP Village.

Yes, it’s a couple of days after the right-official St. V-Day, but love is always in the air, don’t you know?

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy Lange and Livia Lange

In the crowd hearing the deets were Platinum Presenting Sponsor Nancy Rogers, Joyce Fox, Holly Davis, Angela Nash, Nikki and Crayton Webb, 2015 St. V-day Chair Lisa Singleton, Pat Holder, 2016 Tom Landry Award recipient Luke Lange with his folks Tracy and Ben Lange and his sister Livia Lange.

Faerber bracelet

Faerber bracelet

Speaking of Nancy, it was tough keeping up with her. She had a full dance card! Seamlessly, she headed over to Forty Five Ten, where Brian Bolke was hosting a private little gathering.

The occasion was for folks to check out to the Faerber collection of marvelous antique necklaces, bracelets, broaches and baubles to benefit Thursday night’s Family Place fundraiser’s ReuNight that was being co-chaired by Lady Rogers and Robert Weatherly.

Brian Bolke

Brian Bolke

Claire Emanuelson

Claire Emanuelson

On hand were ReuNight Honorary Co-Chair Claire Emanuelson, Rainey Fogiel, Shelby Wagner, The Family Place’s Paige Flink.

One guest admitted that she wasn’t able to stretch the budget to qualify for the $1,500-a-head ReuNight dinner at Oak. Then with a twinkle in her eye, she smiled that just perhaps she could get herself an early Christmas gift since Brian was donating a percentage of the purchases to ReuNight.

Thursday Night’s ReuNight Auction Items Will Take Guests Away

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

UPDATE (7:22 a.m. on November 12, 2015): Just received the following email from ReuNight Co-Chair Robert Weatherly:

“Nice article on the event this evening, but for the record, Nancy and I both used our connections to secure the trips for the auction. I put together the Paris trip.

“Tonight will be fabulous!!!

“Thanks,

“Robert”

So very glad to learn of Robert’s involvement.  Hope this helps straighten things out in the below post.

The folks getting manicures and having their shoes shined for Thursday night’s ReuNight fundraising dinner at Oak for The Family Place better be ready for quite a night.

Co-Chair Nancy Rogers is having her Gro Floral & Event Design team “re-do” the restaurant. Word has it that owner John Tesar may not even recognize the place.

And to add frosting on this cake of a money raiser, Lady Rogers (UPDATE: and her Co-Chair Robert Weatherly has have) put together a trio of live auction items and they all include travel to some of (UPDATE: her their) favorite spots.

Wanna a clue? How about….

  • Parisian Bon Voyage — When you think of Paris, what comes to mind? Audrey Hepburn in “Charade” floating down the Seine? Diane Keaton celebrating her birthday at Le Grand Colbert with Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson? Tom Hanks trying to find the “Holy Grail”? Why not create your own special memories with a two-night stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. And because it’s a (UPDATE: Nancy Rogers Robert Weatherly)-curated visit, it will include “a very private tour of the Hermes Family Museum.” And speaking of Hermes, you’ll have a Highland Park Village gift card for $1,500 to get all gussied up for your trip. (Value: $6,500)
  • Aspen Weekend — OK, so most locals consider Aspen to be a suburb of Dallas. Don’t you know more have been to Aspen than to Cleburne? But despite the familiarity of the mountain resort, Nancy has put together a package that few have experienced including a three-night stay at the newly remodeled Jerome Hotel and spa treatments for two at the now-Auberge Resort. It just ain’t the same old hotel that it used to be! To update your winter look, Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock has arranged for a “Bogner fur-trimmed vest and Saint Bernard is providing a pair of custom-fitted ski boots. If you see “working girl” Melanie Griffith, see if she’ll give you a private tour of her cozy cottage. It’s on the market for a mere $8.9M. (Value: $5,400)
  • Los Cabos Getaway — So, the last thing you heard was that the Mexico resort area got slammed by a hurricane. Oh, that’s so old news…so very, very old news. In recovering from the storm damage, the luxury factor only increased tenfold. Cabo is one of Nancy’s very favorite spots to chill and you just know she could have her pick. For the winner of this package, they’ll have four nights at the talk-to-me-about-luxurious One & Only Palmilla resort. But they won’t just stay in their suite…well, unless they want to. Nancy’s arranged for a four-hour yachting experience, four rounds of golf and din-din for two at the Nick-San restaurant. Don’t forget your sunglasses, so you’ll fit in with all the celebs at Palmilla’s new outdoor lounging areas. (Value: $10,000)

Grovel Alert: ReuNight

Whoa! Just got an update on ReuNight and there are only 25 spots left for the Thursday, November 12th, dinner at Oak benefiting The Family Place. For anybody is just thinking about getting one of the last places, Oak Chef John Tesar has whipped up quite a menu using the season’s best ingredients.

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink (File photo)

How about a look at the menu?

Just before din-din starts, curry-scented Hamachi tartar in squid-ink cones, Bronx grape and Paula Lambert goat cheese crostini, southern fried chicken chipotle aioli and wild arugula and mini-grilled cheese sandwiches with Iberico bacon will be passed during the cocktail reception.

For the salad course, there will be choice of either seafood salad ceviche or farmers market salad.

The entrée will be 44 Farms filet accompanied roasted cream potatoes and line-caught swordfish with Picholine olives and heirloom tomato relish. However, if you’re a vegetarian, John has arranged for artichoke mezzaluna with house-made ricotta and saffron consume.

To complete the meal will be a lemongrass semi0freddo with a warm berry compote and white chocolate ice cream.

Following all this marvelous mealing, ReuNight Co-Chairs Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly and Honorary Chair Claire Emanuelson have arranged for a pretty incredible live auction. More about that later. So, hustle your bustle and get one of those last tickets.

Political Debating Didn’t Hamper The Family Place’s Partners Card South Soirée At NorthPark’s Mulberry

Event planners just thought they were safe scheduling events on Wednesday, September 16th. After all, North Texas Giving Day was the next day, so it appeared that Wednesday would be open to fundraising. Oops! The CNN Republican debate suddenly became the Super Bowl of Politics that night. Oh, dear! Debate-watching parties were popping up around town like pumpkins at Autumn at the Arboretum.

Would anyone show up for an event while the politicos were verbally sparring? Guess what? The philanthropic crowd knew how to schedule their time like a seamstress showing off the forbidden stitch.

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

Shivangi Pokharel, Cass Robinson and Sara Robinson

While The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sipped and shopped at the Luxury Garage Sale in Snider Plaza, The Family Place crowd shimmied their way into Mulberry for the Partners Card South Soiree in NorthPark.

Mulberry’s Matthew Minick looked right at home with the guests parading in. Family Place Development VP Melissa Sherrill was just a tad bit blown away by the turnout that included Nancy Gopez, Cass Robinson, Sara Robinson and Mulberry’s New Yawker Johanan Merino, who was just back from the Big Apple with a refreshed haircut and a review of New York’s Fashion Week.

Just as ReuNight Co-Chair Robert Weatherly arrived Family Place CEO Paige Flink reported that tickets were going lickety-split for the November 12th delicious dinner with Chef John Tesar in the kitchen.

Robert Weatherly

Robert Weatherly

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Paige Flink and Paula Davis

Then she spotted Paula Davis and announced that Paula had been the top card seller. Her secret? She has lots of shop-loving neighbors in Lake Highlands.

Another event on The Family Place’s schedule is the 20th Anniversary Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, October 1, at the Hilton Anatole.  In addition to Co-Chairs Michaela Dyer and Layne Pitzer arranging for awards being presented to Nancy Nasher, Bob Miller and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, they’re having actress Marisa Tomei as the keynote speaker.  BTW, be prepared. Paige is hoping to make an announcement to impress. She ain’t talking about it until then.

Chef John Tesar And Event Designer Nathan Johnson Hint At What Lies Ahead For The Family Place’s ReuNight At Oak

Summer was closing down, but The Family Place’s ReuNight crowd was gearing up. Originally slated for Sunday, August 23, at the Oak, the tasting was reorganized by Chef John Tesar to happen the next day, Monday, August 24.

There were a couple of reasons. He was in Alaska on a cruise cooking up a storm with Chef Matt McAllister, an event put on by D SideDish. And then there was the fact that Oak is closed Sundays.

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink

Claire Emanuelson, John Tesar, Robert Weatherly and Paige Flink

While ReuNight Co-Chair Nancy Rogers was in New York City with husband Richard Rogers, hre Co-Chair Robert Weatherly was front and center with Honorary Co-Chair Claire Emanuelson and The Family Place’s Paige Flink.

While the trio learned that John was orchestrating a menu based on the freshest ingredients of the fall season paired with the most yummy wines, Nathan Johnson of Gro Floral and Event Design was revealing that all the Oak furniture including the banquettes would be replaced for the Thursday, November 12th fundraiser by family-style tables and seating. If Nathan’s involved the place is gonna beyond belief.

If Nathan’s name is new on your radar, you’ll recall he created a dazzling entrance at Michael Flores Salon for Lady Rogers’ pre-Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Champagne toast last year.

This night’s gonna be fun and fundraising. Tickets start at $1,500.

Claire And Dwight Emanuelson To Be Honorary Co-Chairs For ReuNight

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Dwight and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Word just fluttered into the MySweetCharity coop thanks to a well-feathered carrier pigeon.

Last week the announcement letters hit snailmail boxes revealing initial plans for ReuNight. You know stuff like

  • when (Thursday, November 12),
  • where (Oak),
  • who’s (it’s top-drawer types on the committee and Chef John Tesar in the kitchen) and
  • why (fundraising for The Family Place).

Now, ReuNight Co-Chairs Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly have revealed more news. They’ve gotten longtime supporters Claire and Dwight Emanuelson to serve as the honorary co-chairs for the evening of wining and dining.

Hmm, all the ingredients — gorgeous people, great personalities, outstanding leadership, incredibly yummy food — are going to make this night of fundraising a frontrunner for memory making.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2015 ReuNight

According to 2015 ReuNight Co-Chair Robert Weatherly,

Robert Weatherly*

Robert Weatherly*

“In the spirit of its predecessor, the celebrated Palm Night, ReuNight has become the fresh modern face of The Family Place. With the combination of my remarkable Co-Chair Nancy C. Rogers, our prominent Host Committee and acclaimed chef John Tesar of Oak, there’s no doubt that November 12th will be an evening of fabulous food, fun and festivities. We look forward to Chef Tesar’s menu reveal in August for an amazing dinner with specially-selected wines to accompany his creations.

“But, this is more than just a fun-filled night. One in three women in Texas are victims of domestic violence, and that number is growing daily. This figure is even higher than the national average of one in four, making our work even more important here at home. Last year’s ReuNight raised in excess of $175,000 (net) that directly funded services provided by The Family Place. With your support, The Family Place will continue to provide these desperately needed programs and services to families in crisis.

“The Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading organization delivering proven programs that address emotional and physical abuse and incest. They empower victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Its free, comprehensive services fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety. In 2014, The Family Place provided services to a total of 11,523 clients with 164,672 hours of service in Spanish and in English.

“As both a member of the Board of Directors and 2015 co-chair, we ask that you please join us in our mission to end family violence by supporting ReuNight. Visit familyplace.org.”

* Photo provided by The Family Place

JUST IN: Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly To Co-Chair The Family Place’s ReuNight At Oak

Big news and changes have just been revealed about The Family Place’s fundraiser, ReuNight. Where to start?

First, let’s get the housekeeping info down. It will take place on Thursday, November 12.

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Robert Weatherly (File photo)

Now, hold your breath on the news. Nancy C. Rogers and Robert Weatherly are co-chairing the night of dining and fun. But this year they’re taking “the spirit of the popular Palm Night benefits in the 1990s and early 2000s” to Oak, where Chef John Tesar rules.

John Tesar (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

Paige Flink*

Paige Flink*

Yup, you heard it right — different co-chairs, different location, different chef.

And “100% of the funds raised will be used for Family Place services.” That’s right. The monies raised will be the amount on the check that is handed over to Family Place CEO Paige Flink.

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Jeff and Olivia Kearney (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

The host committee is made up local swells including Joyce and Tim Goss, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Shelle and Michael Sills and former ReuNight chairs Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton.

ReuNight Brings Together The Party-Hearty Set At The Place At Perry For The Family Place

If there was ever a party-hearty occasion, it was The Family Place’s ReuNight. This event attracts pals, who tend to enjoy each other’s company as much as collegiates at their 10-year reunion.

The Place at Perry had hosted the event last year, with a recommendation that the sound—which ranged from music blasting, to the live auction, to the lively table conservations—taken together made things hard to hear throughout the restaurant’s rooms.

Mary Clare Finney and Laura Sheppard

Mary Clare Finney and Laura Sheppard

Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton took the feedback into consideration and adjusted things. There had been discussion about having a big, old honking tent built in the building’s driveway. But on second thought it would have created sizable challenges for parking. So the tent was scrapped, as was the live auction. Instead, there would be a shout-out for folks to donate for specific programs at The Family Place.

Paige Flink and Nancy Rogers

Paige Flink and Nancy Rogers

The cocktail party was a jam with the beautiful people like Nancy Rogers, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Holly and Doug Deason, Neva Hall, Kris Johnson, Mary Clare’ sister Laura Sheppard, Gillian Breidenbach and Olivia Kearney in from Fort Worth with husband Jeff. Olivia, who grew up in Longview with Mary Clare, didn’t hesitate on why the Kearneys trekked to Big D — “I’d do anything for her (Mary Clare), and, of course The Family Place.”

Kristi Hoyl and Jeff and Olivia Kearney

Kristi Hoyl and Jeff and Olivia Kearney

Yes, it was so very crowded. But as emcee/KLUV morning drive guy Jody Dean put it, “This is the best smelling crowd ever.” So close were the surroundings, some guests arrived wearing one fragrance and left wearing another.

Jody Dean

Jody Dean

Dean was also wearing his “Christmas is for Children Radiothon” hat. The program that raised $1.6M last year is gearing up with a target of $2M this year.

On the screens over the bar, the World Series was playing with Giant fans being not-so-happy campers.

The big line of conversation stringing throughout the jam was the absence of Matthew Simon, who had sung a duet with Mary Clare last year. It seems that earlier in the day (like before 5 a.m.), he had received a call that his partner Keith Schumann had suffered a life-threatening heart attack in Atlanta. Matthew immediately left for Atlanta where Keith underwent very successful surgery.

Jill and Jeff Markham and Gillian Breidenbach

Jill and Jeff Markham and Gillian Breidenbach

But back to ReuNight. As SMU’s Southern Gentlemen sang, guests surrounded the dance floor where DJ Lucy Wrubel had just held court. Then Mary Clare introduced Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’s Jeff Markham, who knew how to make friends by keeping his remarks brief, followed by The Family Place’s Paige Flink. Unfortunately, some folks couldn’t hear the speakers because they were so busy chatting. It’s hard to stop talking when you’re catching up with friends.

Then at 7:45 p.m. guests were promptly told to get to their assigned places for din-din.

By 9:15 p.m., when Co-Chair Brian was to make the closing remarks, some folks were still waiting for their main course. Hey, the kitchen was having to serve up 146 filets, salmons and chickens at one time! Luckily, the first course of firecracker shrimp and bacon, spinach and artichoke dip followed by the house salad had kept guests busy. No wonder there was a delay! But emcee Dean was long gone to take care of an ailing pug. Lynn McBee didn’t even make it to the bread-and-butter stage. She had an early morning meeting the next day.

For more pixs, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: ReuNight

Mary Clare Finney and Laura Sheppard

Mary Clare Finney and Laura Sheppard

The people with the perfect smiles and ahead-of-the-season fashions gathered to party and raise funds for The Family Place at the dine and vine event, ReuNight. They raised the roof at the Place at Perry with loads of good food and vino.

The place was jammed with chatting to the max.

Also on hand were SMU’s Southern Gentleman as the surprise entertainment.

Check out the prettiest at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Any of ‘em could be a poster child for a dental clinic.

Jill and Jeff Markham and Gillian Breidenbach

Jill and Jeff Markham and Gillian Breidenbach

Instead Of An Auction, ReuNight Organizers Are Getting Down To Business For The Family Place

Leave it to ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton to come up with something different for this Wednesday’s fundraiser at the Place at Perry’s for The Family Place. They’ve already lined up Jody Dean as the emcee and Lucy Wrubel to supervise the sounds.

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Of course, the food and wines will be more than fabulous and the guests are guaranteed to be the gorgeous, generous set. Unlike the mega-fundraisers, where thousands crowd into a ballroom, this one is chic, intimate and not typical of the usual fundraisers with live auctions. Maybe it’s because their arms are worn out from raising those darn paddles.

ReuNight*

ReuNight*

Well, Mary Clare, Kayla and Brian realized that they had a treasure trove of “investments” within The Family Place itself — its programs and people!

Instead of an auction, they’re inviting guests to donate outright for the following “opportunities” to make a difference for good for The Family Place’s clients:

  • $500 — provides a child access to the accredited childcare services for one month at The Family Place Safe Campus
  • $1,000 — provides one month of medical supplies for all clients at The Safe Campus Clinic
  • $2,500 — provides one month of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $5,000 — provides two months of safe living in transitional housing for a family
  • $10,000 — provides six months of taxi services to bring women and children to safety
  • $15,000 — provides six weeks of Be Project anti-bullying education for 450 fifth-grade public school students
  • $30,000 — supports group facilitators for victims and their children

These services are absolute necessities for women and children escaping abusive situations to break the cycle of their past and start new lives in a positive direction.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets, better get to it and stop eating now because you’re really gonna want to stuff yourself Wednesday!

* Graphic courtesy of The Family Place

MySweetCharity Opportunity: ReuNight

According to 2014 ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare Finney and Kayla and Brian Roughton,

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

“ReuNight is a festive, yet intimate gathering of friends, old and new, to celebrate the 36th Anniversary of The Family Place. We promise fun, merriment and lively company! For many years, the annual dinner was a sold-out success at a nationally known steak and seafood restaurant.

“Last year, the concept was renewed with a gathering of loyal Family Place supporters at the Place at Perry’s. The evening was so successful that we are going to ‘ReuNight’ again this year on Wednesday, October 22nd. We are thrilled that Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Private Banking & Investment Group/Bank of America has returned as our Presenting Sponsor.

Lucy Wrubel (File photo)

Lucy Wrubel (File photo)

“The casual evening will include cocktails, delicious steak dinner, fine wines and music by celebrity DJ Lucy Wrubel. Of course, all of this fun and fare is for a very important cause. The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. More than 11,750 clients received services and support from The Family Place in 2013.

“For victims of family violence, The Family Place is the Dallas area’s largest leading organization, delivering proven programs that address emotional and physical abuse and incest. They provide free comprehensive victims’ services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety. Special events, such as ReuNight, are the core source for public awareness and funding for The Family Place. Each is critical to the continued success as they strive to meet the growing demand for services.

“ReuNight with us in the fight against domestic violence and enjoy an evening of great cheer, wonderful friends, and a few surprises. Visit www.familyplace.org for sponsorship or ticket information, but hurry because seats are limited!”

Mary Clare Finney Hosted 2014 ReuNight Letter Signing For The Family Place’s October Fundraising Supper

Letter-signing gatherings can verge on being ho-hum occasions. Guests are handed pens and a stack of hundreds and hundreds of letters to personalize about a worthy cause or event. But the one that took place on Thursday, June 17th, was well worth getting a major hand cramp for a couple of reasons.

Mary Clare Finney dining room*

Mary Clare Finney dining room*

First of all, it took place at Mary Clare Finney’s to-die-for estate. While it was a wee bit too warm to be outdoors, the Finney dining room was divine. Why, shoot, it’s perfect for a state dinner!

Second, the letters to be signed were announcing plans for the October 22nd ReuNight benefitting The Family Place. And speaking of places, it will return to the Place at Perry’s. Also returning will be Merrill Lynch Private Bank Investment Group as the presenting sponsor!

Matthew Simon*

Matthew Simon*

Snapshot recall of last year: Guests at last year’s fundraiser experienced fabulous cuisine, loads of wine, singing by Mary Clare and Matthew Simon and a collection to party-hearty types like Nancy Rogers, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Jody Dean, Suzanne McGee, Troy Schiermeyer, Keenan Delaney, Eric Reeves, Janet and Phil Cobb, Kim Daulton Wynne and Shannon Wynne, Linda Gray, Kris Johnson, Piper and Mike Wyatt, Robert Weatherly, Sue and Jim Gragg, Heather and Bill Esping, Muffin Lemak, Kathy Crow and Jennifer and Cody Clark.

Shelby Wagner*

Shelby Wagner*

In fact some of them like DeeDee and Jim Lee, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan and Gillian Breidenbach joined 2014 ReuNight Co-Chairs Mary Clare and Kayla and Brian Roughton at the letter signing.

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney*

Kayla and Brian Roughton and Mary Clare Finney*

But be prepared. This fun-raising fundraiser is not going to have thousands in attendance. No, siree. It’s going to be limited to just 150.

If the letter hasn’t arrived in your mailbox, give it a day or two. But don’t wait. Go ahead and get your reservations in.

* Photo credit: Scott Mitchell

ReuNight Reunited The Family Place Crowd Of Past Dinners

Years ago there was a group that held a dinner benefiting The Family Place. It was legendary for being frothy with fun. Alas, it disappeared like a wisp of smoke. But since The Family Place was celebrating its 35th anniversary, the original chairs of the past event decided to resurrect the dinner on Thursday, November 14, with a new name — ReuNight — and location — Place at Perry’s.

Bill and Heather Esping, Muffin Lemak and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

Bill and Heather Esping, Muffin Lemak and Claire and Dwight Emanuelson

The rallying cry led by Co-Chair Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Heather and Bill Esping and Muffin and John Lemak was to support the 35-year-old agency in its fight against domestic violence. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have Mayor Mike Rawlings as the honoree and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as the presenting sponsor leading the charge.

Linda Gray

Linda Gray

The sold-out crowd didn’t seem to mind the crammed, jammed reception. After all, you had some of Dallas’ best-looking folks including DallasLinda Gray, who never seems to age. She barely made it through the front door when she was hijacked by a coterie of people.

As for the chatter among the crowd (Niven Morgan, Shelby Wagner, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Robert Weatherly, Sue and Jim Gragg, Kathy Crow, Jennifer and Cody Clark and Kimm Daulton Wynne and Shannon Wynne), it included Suzanne McGee telling that her mom, Margot Perot, was celebrating her 80th birthday both Friday and Saturday. Friday at the Perot Museum Gala and Saturday at Brook Hollow for a private party. . .  Piper Wyatt explaining that since husband Mike was in Brazil on business, she had decided to bring along Brooke Hortenstine as her date. The twosome were later spotted in a booth crooning into someone’s tape recorder. . . Brooke’s reporting that she was just back from Ceron’s and Todd Fiscus’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. . . Phil Cobb and Steve Palma talking about neighbor Kenny Goss’s Harwood K. Smith-designed home being on the market. . . Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer and Keenan Delaney arriving from the green relighting of the Bank of America building in downtown Dallas.

Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer, Cristina Daglas, Keenan Delaney and Eric Reeves

Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer, Cristina Daglas, Keenan Delaney and Eric Reeves

Matthew Simon and Mary Clare Finney

Matthew Simon and Mary Clare Finney

As for the antics of the evening, Eric Reeves couldn’t resist adding his two fingers to a photo opp. That was unplanned, but Mary Clare Finney and Matthew Simons singing “Reunited” highlighted the non-professional entertainment, with Hunter Sullivan picking up the mic and carrying on for the rest of the evening. Later in the evening emcee Jody Dean conducted a game of heads or tails.

Before dinner was served, Jody introduced Mayor Rawlings, who once again made it clear that domestic abuse would not be tolerated in any form on his watch. With The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink looking on, Mike reported that in the high school sign-up pledging to take a stand against abuse, Bryan Adams came in first with the most signatures and Woodrow Wilson took second-place honors.

Mayor Mike Rawlings, Jody Dean and Paige Flink

Mayor Mike Rawlings, Jody Dean and Paige Flink

Unfortunately, due to the crowd and acoustics some folks had problems hearing the talk, but once the auction was underway the right persons’ ears were tuned it. Linda Gray arranged to have a walk-on for a scene in TNT’s “Dallas” for the highest bidder. In a side room Nancy Rogers conferred with organizers and snapped up the item for $20,000 with a slight adjustment. Instead of the gorgeous blond doing the walk-on, she arranged to have three Family Place residents do the job. Just minutes after winning the prize, Nancy and her assistant Kris Johnson slipped out.

Then it was time for dinner, and what a dinner it was! In addition to salad and entrées of either salmon or tenderloin, there were major portions of spinach, Brussels sprouts, mash potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: ReuNight

Say "Cheese!"

Say “Cheese!”

The Family Place certainly is celebrating its 35th year in operation. In addition to its mammoth Partners Card shopping spree, it resurrected its seated dinner fundraiser that had disappeared a few years ago. With new name — ReuNight — and location — Place at Perry’s — and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as the presenting sponsor, it proved to be a collection of fun and fabulous faces and fashions.

Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer, Cristina Daglas, Keenan Delaney and Eric Reeves

Gillian Breidenbach, Troy Schiermeyer, Cristina Daglas, Keenan Delaney and Eric Reeves

While the story is being written, some photos are posted on MySweetCharity’s Photo Gallery.

Sold-Out Alert: ReuNight

The Family’s Place’s Partners Card shopping is over. The accountants are adding up the total amount spend with area merchants.

Now, another Family Place fundraiser, ReuNight, just checked off the “Sold Out” box. The first-time dinner with seats going for four figures will be serving up the yummy vittles come Thursday, November 14, at the Place at Perry.

Grovel Alert: ReuNight 2013

Heather Esping, Muffin Lemak and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Heather Esping, Muffin Lemak and Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

A little more than a month away and ReuNight 2013 is now in the “we’re running out of room” status. Tri-Chairs Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Heather and Bill Esping and Muffin and John Lemak report, The Family Place dinner at the Place at Perry’s has just a few places left.

One reason may be the honoree — Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has championed the battle against domestic abuse.

The host committee is made up of Susie and Mike Barnett, Tricia and Gil Besing, Julie and Darren Blanton, Leah and John Davis, Suzanne and David Droese, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Joyce and Tim Goss, Brooke and Blake Hortenstine, Jenny and John Kirtland, Robin Ladik, Jennifer and Jim Lincoln, Kate Rose and TJ Marquez, Lynn and Allan McBee, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Natalie and Mike McGuire, Karla and Mike McKinley, Susan and Gene Palma, Christie and Frank Scardino, Matthew Simon and Keith Schumann, Laurie-Jo and Stephen Straty, Lisa and Sanders Thompson, Debbie and John Tolleson, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Kathy and Rodney Woods and Piper and Mike Wyatt.

In addition to presenting sponsor Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, other sponsors include

  • $20,000 and above — Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • $12,000 and above— Connie Sigel/elements and Cheryl and Sam Wyly
  • $10,000 and above — Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Muffin and John Lemak and JP Morgan
  • $5,000 and above — Leah and John Davis, the Esping Family, Mary Clare Finney and Debbie and John Tolleson

Shoot! With this cast, the event was destined to be sell-out, so get your tickets now by emailing Anne Lacey or calling her at 214.443.7770. A “Sell-out Alert” is in the future, don’t you know!