Ronald McDonald’s “Under The Moonlight” Had A Tail Wagging And A Tale To Hear With A Surprise Ending

At this year’s Ronald McDonald of Dallas‘ Under The Moonlight gala on Saturday, April 2, at sixty five hundred had a backstory that raised funds and spirits. Here is a report from the field:

Pat Hyland, Blake Hyland and Cindy Hyland*

Pat Hyland, Blake Hyland and Cindy Hyland*

Two years ago, the Hyland family from Waco, Texas, had plans to go to Hawaii. It was a place they had always dreamed about going, but in one night this trip and their lives were put on hold.  At his weekly gymnastics practice, fourteen year-old Blake Hyland, suffered a traumatic head injury that had him fighting for his life. The doctors didn’t know if he would survive, let alone walk again. He was moved to Cooks Children’s Hospital to undergo surgery, and after two months, he and his family moved into the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. They needed a place to stay whilst he underwent extensive rehabilitation in Dallas. For over a year, Blake and his mother Cindy [Hyland] stayed at the Ronald McDonald House Dallas with visits from his father Pat [Hyland] every weekend.  The impossible turned possible and with support from family, friends, staff, volunteers and an entire community, Blake turned his fight into inspiration.

Drew and Natalie Dossett and Nancy and Mike Kerr*

Drew and Natalie Dossett and Nancy and Mike Kerr*

It was this story that was shared at the Ronald McDonald House Dallas annual gala, Under the Moonlight, on Saturday, April 2. Held at sixty five hundred, chairs Lindy Berkley and Hadley Galt and Honorary Chairs Natalie and Drew Dossett and Nancy and Mike Kerr drew a young, vibrant crowd to shine a light on the trials and triumphs of the “house that love built.”

Hadley Galt and Lindy Berkeley*

Hadley Galt and Lindy Berkley*

Blake Hyland and Shiloh*

Blake Hyland and Shiloh*

Board Chair Doug Smellage, Pat and Cindy Hyland and long-time volunteer Mark Adelstein all spoke passionately about the impact of the Ronald McDonald House Dallas on families from across the world. But, it was 16-year old Blake Hyland who stole the show. Decked out in a sharp suit and bow tie, he had a peaceful moment with Chief Cheer Officer, Shiloh, he had the crowd laughing with his mic checks, and he strutted his moves on the dance floor to DJ Chicken George.

Mack and Stacy Hicks and Melissa and Travis Hodges*

Mack and Stacy Hicks and Melissa and Travis Hodges*

As he kicked off the live auction, all the guests, including Mack and Stacey Hicks, Melissa and Travis Hodges, Bert and Hayley Crouch, James Carroll, Holland Burian, Cate Biggs, Kathleen and Keith Cargill, Cate and Jeremy Ford, Lauren and Stephen Swann, Katie and Nathan Walters, Amy and Chase Laws, Dr. Nathan and Katie Walters, Cecilie and Ronnie Holman, Melinda and David Emmons, Dr. John and Radha Michels, Bunny and Harold Ginsburg and Anne and Kathy Musgrave gave him a standing ovation.

Noelle Petty, Christina Gray, Courtney Barrow and Kelly Slaw*

Noelle Petty, Christina Gray, Courtney Barrow and Kelly Slaw*

Not only did the evening raise crucial funds for deserving families to have comfort, shelter and support in their time of need, it also created one more gift. As the dancing was in full swing, CEO Jill Cumnock pulled the Hylands to one side, and gave them some surprise news. The donor who had purchased the trip to Hawaii in the evening’s live auction had gifted it back to the Hylands.

The family will get their trip to Hawaii after all.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

MySweetWishList: The Trains At NorthPark

According to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock,

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

“The holidays are enchanting, so if I could wave a wand and have one wish, I would want everyone to visit The Trains at NorthPark miniature trains exhibit. Our location is on Level Two next to Nordstrom, so while you’re already at NorthPark, come visit with your children, grandchildren or by yourself!

“All proceeds from this festive winter wonderland benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, a home-away-from-home for families of sick and injured children. In fact, this event contributes more than 30% of our annual operating budget to keep the lights on and the place open, which is why we depend on people to visit the Trains each year.

“For those who have been, it’s magical to watch children watch the trains zip up and down tracks. The Trains is the most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas and takes you on a whimsical journey through Dallas and across America. We travel through Dallas stopping at the State Fair of Texas, SMU, downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

“Then we travel to Albuquerque to see the hot air balloons, New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and more. This season, I hear that Thomas the Train and his friends are making a cameo appearance. It is such fun to see the joyful, happy faces of the young children who visit every year.

“The display opened Saturday, November 21, and will roll through Saturday, January 3, giving you plenty of time to come multiple times while supporting families who need our help during a time of crisis.

“For more information on The Trains at NorthPark and other ways you can support us, visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/. For information on the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, visit http://rmhdallas.org/.”

-Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO

Barbershop Quartet Welcomes The Trains At NorthPark Patrons At Kacy And Carter Tolleson’s Home

Just a few blocks away from Melissa and Trevor Fetter‘s party for the Silver Supper Announcement party on Tuesday, November 3, Kacy and Carter Tolleson opened their home for The Trains At NorthPark patron party benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Here’s a report from the field:

Kacy and Carter Tolleson

Kacy and Carter Tolleson

Before The Trains at NorthPark opens on Saturday, November 21, the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas feted the supporters of this holiday tradition at Kacy and Carter Tolleson’s home. As guests arrived, Smooth Brew, a barbershop quartet, surprised and delighted the 100 guests.

The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes locomotives rolling across multiple tracks on a journey across America marked by memorable landmarks. New this year will be Mount Rushmore that features Thomas the Train and his friends. Also new is the location, which will be on Level Two next to Nordstrom.

Smooth Brew

Smooth Brew

Thousands of visitors enjoy The Trains at NorthPark each season, which is one of Dallas’ most cherished family holiday traditions. Since 1987, the event has raised nearly a third of the operating budget for the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Carolyn and Karl Rathjen

Carolyn and Karl Rathjen

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock welcomed guests. “Thank you, Kacy and Carter, for hosting us in your beautiful home. We also want to thank Carolyn and Dr. Karl Rathjen as our honorary co-chairs. Dr. Rathjen is assistant chief of staff, director of pediatric orthopedic services, Children’s Health℠, and president of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Foundation. He’s treated many children who have stayed at the House.”

Cumnock introduced April Cook and Jennifer Tobin. April has been involved with the House for 15 years as a Young Friend and as Trains railcar chair. She’s taken her young sons to the exhibit and has amassed a collection of railcars for them. Tobin has been involved with the nonprofit through the Junior League of Dallas and has taken her young daughter to the exhibit while starting a family collection of railcars.

April said, “Thank you for all the committee members and Co-Chairs-Elect Annika Cail and Sarah Friedman. Thank you to Sponsor Party Co-Chairs Lindy Berkley and Kacy Tolleson for planning tonight’s beautiful event.”

Jennifer added, “We’re thankful for NorthPark hosting The Trains for the past 17 years. Thank you Bank of Texas, for all you do for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. There are several people here tonight with Bank of Texas including Pat Brockette, who is senior vice president, manager Commercial Banking. We also have Jacquie Donovan, Rex Lofland, Nathan Jacks and Margaret Thomann. We truly could not put on this event without Bank of Texas’ help, and we hope that you’ll continue your support next year.”

Pat spoke next. “Bank of Texas has been the presenting sponsor of The Trains at NorthPark, for the past seven years, and we’re involved because we believe in the important work that the House does caring for families during a difficult time in their lives. Our bank’s holiday party at The Trains for our employees and families is by far the largest with nearly 500 people.”

Karl added his thoughts about the House. “There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t see someone who’s staying at the House. The House does a good job of providing a place to stay, three meals, but most importantly, the healing that happens. It’s transformational what the House does, and we’re thankful to be a part of it.”

After these remarks, people continued sipping adult beverages and sampling the hors d’oeuvres created by Eating Royally/Darren McGrady, including: chicken fried quail with chili buttermilk dressing; lobster Mac and cheese balls; blue corn pancakes with smoked, pulled pork, jalapeño cream cheese and peach jelly; Stilton and walnut shortbread with goat cheese and grilled pears; and Chimichuri flank steak tostados with black beans and sour cream.

Ways to support The Trains at NorthPark:

  • Sponsorship: — The Trains at NorthPark offers sponsorship opportunities to individuals, businesses, community organizations and schools. For those interested, contact Chief Development Officer Diane Fullingim.

Hand-painted railcars are available to purchase, and they can be personalized. A standard railcar is $175, a caboose is $225, a limited edition RMHD rail car is $275 and an engine is $325. Visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/ to place an online order.

Sponsors are able to attend The Trains at NorthPark Sneak Peek party on Saturday, November 21, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Held before the exhibit opens to the public, this event is a favorite for sponsors and their children who get to be the first to see the trains roll into Dallas.

  • Volunteer — More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to run the trains. For those interested in volunteering as individuals or as a group to work three-hour shifts, visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old without a parent, or 12-14 years old and accompanied by a parent.

Pirch Set Quite A Fare For Ronald McDonald Of Dallas’ Trains Of NorthPark Patrons

Team Connor was partying among the butter-soft Bottega fashions at NorthPark on Wednesday, September 23. Just down the NorthPark way at Pirch’s glamorama kitchen, the goodies were being served up on trays and an array of glasses were filled with vino.

Pirch yummies

Pirch yummies

The occasion? Not a foodie convention! Rather it was the patrons of the upcoming Trains at NorthPark presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, Pat Brockette and Jill Cumnock

Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, Pat Brockette and Jill Cumnock

Among the first to arrive were Trains Co-Chairs April Cook and Jennifer Tobin and Bank of Texas’s Senior VP Pat Brockette and Ronald McD’s CEO Jill Cumnock.

While adorable personalized mini-trains were stationed next to favors (conductor’s whistles, of course), Pirch’s Kasie Jacobs, NorthPark’s Lona Crabb and Ronald McDonald’s Diane Fullingim talked about the 2015 location for the mammoth choo-choo exhibition.

Lona Crabb, Kasie Jacobs and Diane Fullingim

Lona Crabb, Kasie Jacobs and Diane Fullingim

Annika Cail

Annika Cail

It’s a huge space adjacent to Nordstroms on the upper level. With NorthPark filling up to capacity and its 50th anniversary, it’s amazing that there was one square foot of space available.

The trains start chugging on Saturday, November 21, and will continue to run until Sunday, January 3. That’s when 2016 Co-Chair Annika Cail and Sara Friedman take over for the Ronald McDonald fundraiser.

BTW, don’t bother worrying about getting tickets now. They don’t go on sale until November online. However, sponsorships, as well as ordering a custom railcar, are always available!

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Trains At NorthPark

According to The Trains at NorthPark Co-chairs Jennifer Tobin and April Cook,

Jennifer Tobin and April Cook*

Jennifer Tobin and April Cook*

The Trains at NorthPark, which is the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ largest fundraiser, rolls through Dallas’ premier shopping venue from November 21st through January 3rd. Be sure to put it on your calendar, order a hand-painted railcar or become a sponsor because the funds raised help families stay together.

“All proceeds from this joyful winter wonderland benefit the House, giving families with sick and injured children a place to stay. As the largest fundraiser for the House, this exhibit provides more than a third of the operating budget to keep the lights on and the doors open to families during this difficult time.

“Both of us feel a personal calling in helping the House because we’ve seen what it’s done for many families and for some of our close friends.

“We are pleased to have incredible community and corporate support for The Trains at NorthPark. For example, Norm Bagwell has supported The Trains throughout his career, and as chairman and CEO of Bank of Texas, we are pleased that this institution will again be the presenting sponsor for the seventh year.

Norm Bagwell (File photo)

Norm Bagwell (File photo)

Karl and Carolyn Rathjen (File photo)

Karl and Carolyn Rathjen (File photo)

“Serving as Honorary Chairmen for 2015 are Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D. A Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Advisory Board Member, Dr. Rathjen has treated many children whose families stay at the House.

Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

“Details: The Trains exhibit will be located on Level 2 just outside the entrance of Nordstrom. Children of all ages love to watch the trains zip around the track as they journey across America’s favorite landmarks including Times Square, the New Mexico desert, the Texas State Fair, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Tickets cost $3 for children and $7 for adults, so go many times!

Site of 2015-2016 Trains at NorthPark

Site of 2015-2016 Trains at NorthPark

“Railcars: Hand-painted by local artists, the railcars can be personalized, and the proceeds benefit the House. A bonus: If you purchase your railcar early enough, it will run on the tracks at the exhibit! This year’s Special Edition RMHD railcar is the second in a series of brightly colored express passenger cars and will go quickly.

Sponsored train (File photo)

Sponsored train (File photo)

“Volunteers: Volunteers are an important part of this annual event and a fun opportunity for corporate, civic and church groups. The Trains at NorthPark volunteer website will be up and running in late August.

“For more information on the Trains at NorthPark, visit http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/ or contact Diane Fullingim, Chief Development Officer at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, at 214.624.5365 or [email protected].”

The Trains At NorthPark Co-Chairs April Cook And Jennifer Tobin Reveal Plans For Ronald McDonald Of Dallas Fundraiser

It’s hard to imagine chilly, sweater weather, but on Wednesday, May 13, the holidays were on the minds of the folks at Lublu in Preston Center.

Servers and Maynon Ballow

Servers and Maynon Ballow

The occasion was the Trains at NorthPark announcement party with Maynon Ballow showing Paolo Costagli jewelry and Lublu neighbor, R+D Kitchen, providing all types of appetizers.

Surrounded by designer outfits, Co-Chairs April Cook and Jennifer Tobin revealed that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas fundraiser would be held from Saturday, November 21, to Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Instead of being on the lower level at NorthPark, this year the trains will be displayed on the upper level near Nordstroms.

Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, Pat Brockette and Jill Cumnock

Jennifer Tobin, April Cook, Pat Brockette and Jill Cumnock

In addition to Andrea Cheek, Ashley Sims, Carrie Arnot, Charlotte Savage, Heather Smith, Stephanie Hardeman and Sheryl Wylie, Bank of Texas’ Senior VP, Manager of Commercial Banking Pat Brockette and Dallas Market President Ryan Suchala were on hand reporting that BofT would once again be the presenting sponsor. This year will mark BofT’s seventh year in that role.

According to Pat, “Bank of Texas is pleased to once again be presenting sponsor of The Trains at NorthPark. The important work that the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does in the community helps these children heal and helps keep the families intact during a difficult time in their lives.”

Eneida Hatch

Eneida Hatch

Here’s an idea. If you’re hard up for a Father’s Day Gift or an upcoming birthday gift, why not have one of the mini-train cars sponsored in that special person’s name. Just think — it won’t require any gift wrapping.

In the meantime, Lublu Manager Eneida Hatch reports that the fall collection is in house.

BTW, it wasn’t announced at the party, but word has it that Carolyn and Dr. Karl Rathjen will serve as honorary co-chairs.

The Trains at NorthPark website hasn’t gone up yet. It’s choo-chooing along. Until it does, information is available by calling 214.624.5365.

We’ll let you know when the Trains go online.

Round Robin April 15: Côtes Du Coeur Reception, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Derby Day And Moonlight Ball Patron Parties

Accountants were hunkered down trying to meet the midnight tax deadline. But the evening of Wednesday, April 15, was one of those rare nights when the weather was ideal and partying indoors and out was incredible. Some of the events taking place included:

Côtes Du Coeur Reception

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Heart disease survivor and fundraiser Mary Gill was being celebrated at Jimmy Choo in connection with the April 25th Côtes du Coeur benefiting the American Heart Association.

Jimmy Choo's Cinderella slipper

Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella slipper

It was a bittersweet occasion. Being toasted and surrounded by about 60 friends like Simona Beal, Elizabeth Washburn, Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez, Kim Bannister, Mary Martha Pickens, Wendy Messmann, Kris Johnson, Cara French and Nancy Gopez cheered her a bit despite the recent loss of her brother Richie Humphreys, who succumbed to his years of battling cancer.

Helping add a touch of sparkle to the occasion was the presentation of Jimmy Choo’s made-to-order Cinderella shoe. Gals like Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak tried it on. Even if the crystal-embellished shoe fit the lady’s foot, the glass slipper—a tie-in with the new “Cinderella” live-action movie, which was playing at the nearby Village Theatre—might have required a Prince Charming to help handle the near-$5,000 price tag.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Derby Day Patron Party

Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

In Marion and Jim Moore‘s glorious house, Aakash Patel was playing his violin in the entry hall. About 35 guests were gathering for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Wells Fargo Derby Day patron party, which helps support programs including the DSO Young Strings, of which Aakash is a graduate. Co-Chairs Courtney Nall and Susan Walker had arranged for the event at the Moores’ just days before the Wells Fargo-sponsored derby at Lone Star Park.

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

In the den, Marilyn and H.M. Hailey were settled down in a comfy couch. The former Neiman Marcus house model recalled her days of working the couture salon and Zodiac Room with models Virginia Muncy and Desi. It was during this period that Marilyn met legendary hat designer Frank Olive. She was so caught up with the milliner that she started collecting his hats. Today she has 40 Frank Olive creations.

Who knows? Maybe Marilyn wore one of her prized chapeaus at the Sunday, April 19, Derby Day.

Under The Moonlight Ball Patron Party

Bob Penn was at the door of his 87-year-old mansion for the rescheduled Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight Ball patron party.

Mother Nature hadn’t been a very nice party guest for the previous Moonlight events. First the patron party had to be rescheduled due to snow, and then she dumped rain on the main event itself. Still, Moonlighters took it in stride. Despite the rain, they partied indoors at Trinity Groves and thank heaven they picked a perfect night for the patron party.

With the grounds looking just a kiss away from spectacular, the Penns threw open the terrace doors and the 45 guests took full advantage of the Penns’ hospitality and glorious home that sits on more than an acre in Highland Park.

Catherine Penn and Cate Ford

Katherine Penn and Cate Ford

Moonlight Co-Chair Cate Ford pointed out the faces carved into the staircase leading to the living quarters. There was a rumor that it was of Bob and his brothers as children. Then Cate checked out the charming panels featuring the Penn daughters in the living room.

Carved faces in stairway

Carved faces in stairway

Panel of Penn daughters

Panel of Penn daughters

Katherine Penn admitted that 30 years ago, when they moved into the house which was built in 1928, she thought it was way too big, but they eventually filled it up with kids and furnishings. Luckily, Katherine and Bob kept the Santa Barbara style home built by Bob’s folks intact with some slight adjustments. Katherine said that such things as air conditioning and electrical adjustments were a bit challenging. But they met the challenge.

One of the original homes built in the immediate neighborhood, the estate’s magnificent trees suffered no damage in last year’s straight-line winds. The secret? Katherine is vigilant about keeping the trees trimmed.

If ever the Penns invite you over, accept. This house is beautiful, inviting and historic.

Despite Some Puddles And Valet Challenges, Ronald McDonald’s “Under The Moonlight” Overcame The Evening’s Drips

Some things usually don’t mix well. For instance, trophy wives and first wives. Love handles and speedos. You get the drift. One of those situation took place the evening of Saturday, March 21. What was the non-mix? Fragile silk frocks, delicate stilettos—and rain. No, it wasn’t the downpour type. Think drip-drop drizzle. But even that wasn’t the problem, or it shouldn’t have been. It was the coordination of getting guests from cars to the front door.

But let’s not get too far ahead of the story.

The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ “Under the Moonlight” Co-Chairs Cate Ford and Lauren Swann decided to shift directions. Instead of doing the black-tie fundraiser at Brook Hollow as usual, they opted to head across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to 3015 Trinity Groves and a more relaxed attire. Seemed to make perfect sense, and many of the fellas like Norm Bagwell really liked the idea. Along with the change of venue, so an adjustment was made to the theme — “Under the Moonlight at Trinity Groves.”

Then word came that they were locked into using the Trinity valet. Still no problem. But then the rains fell and the usual Saturday-night traffic for the Groves’ restaurants arrived about the same time as the “Moonlighters.” The valets found themselves lacking in numbers. To make matters worse, the valet check-in tent was more than three SUV’s lengths away from the 3015 entry.

A lone chap with a lone umbrella provided coverage for any guests bailing near the entrance, as the cars waited their turn to edge slowly to the valet tent. Otherwise, it was a wait until the vehicle was taken over by the car parker at the tent. Then it was a hustle to the entry through puddles and rain on your own.

Traffic jam in the rain

Traffic jam in the rain

Guests rushed past the fella with the umbrella into the exterior tented entry where Honorary Co-Chairs Vera and Tony Bang were greeting guests. Luckily, a couple of accommodating folks warned guests to “watch your step, please,” as they stepped down from the tent into the building.

Vera and Tony Bangs

Vera and Tony Bangs

Unlike the slow moving parking situation, the energy level inside was immediately set by The Phonophreaks playing Latin jazz techno music with Co-Chair Cate and Jeremy Ford chatting with Katie and Nathan Walters nearby.

Nathan and Katie Walters and Cate and Jeremy Ford

Nathan and Katie Walters and Cate and Jeremy Ford

Before the seated dinner for about 320 prepared by Chef Sharon Van Meter was served, Co-Chair Lauren Swann and husband Stephen Swann and longtime Ronald McDonald supporters Honorary Co-Chairs Cecilie and Ronnie Holman, Pam and Vin Perella and  Jean and Dr. Dale Fuller found themselves surrounded by friends.

Lauren Swann

Lauren Swann

Jean and Dale Fuller

Jean and Dale Fuller

Evidently the soggy start didn’t dampen the live auction that included trips, sports outings, dining packages and tickets to the Kenny Chesney concert at AT&T Stadium.

POSTPONEMENT: Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas’ Under The Moonlight Sponsor Party

With wet, icy weather comes postponements. One of the first to hit the email-box is the sponsor party for Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight fundraiser. The new date is Wednesday, April 15.

That’s good news. Because that gives you have more time to sign up to be a sponsor for the Saturday, March 21st Under the Moonlight seated dinner by Chef Sharon Van Meter at Trinity Groves. There will be dancing to Latin jazz techno music by The Phonophreaks and a live auction.

Cate Ford (File photo)

Cate Ford (File photo)

Lauren Swann*

Lauren Swann*

Whoa! The postponement of the sponsors party is now gonna be held after the major fundraiser co-chaired by Cate Ford and Lauren Swann. Why not? Consider it to be private after-party to celebrate the big event by the big supporters.

* Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

MySweet2015Goal: Jill Cumnock

According to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock,

Jill Cumnock*

Jill Cumnock*

“I would say that most people understand Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ mission of providing a home away from home to families with seriously ill or injured children, but they don’t always know how inclusive that care can be. For instance, we provide transportation to and from area hospitals to our families living at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. We do this for a variety of reasons. For one thing, parking fees at the hospitals can really add up when you drive to and from the hospital over a period of days, weeks or months. Hmmm, let’s see, parking at Children’s Health is $4 per day. If your child is in the hospital for 6 months, that adds up to $720 for a family that is already facing the high cost of having an ill child.

“Additionally, many of our families who come from a small town (and most do) find driving in Dallas really intimidating and stressful. Our international families don’t even have vehicles. So providing this cost saving service is just part of our mission to provide a nurturing home away from home and reduce stress. Our wonderful front desk volunteers provide 6 roundtrips per day which adds up to about 48 passengers per day or 17,250 passengers annually. And a locally owned gas station lets us fill up for free.

“Our soon to be 15-year-old passenger van is still reliable, but it is getting old and needs to be replaced soon. So, one of our 2015 goals is to find a generous individual, company or foundation that can provide us with funding for a new passenger van. We’ll even decorate it with an eye catching vinyl so that everyone who sees it will know who donated it. Philanthropy and advertising all wrapped into one, anyone out there want to help us achieve our goal and get recognition all over town?”

* Photo provided by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

The Trains At NorthPark With Kid Conductor Ruth Daniel Kicked Off The Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas Fundraiser

Change can be good. And The Trains at NorthPark breakfast kick-off on Saturday, November 22, proved just that.

Tia Wynne and Jamie Singer

Tia Wynne and Jamie Singer

Face painting

Face painting

Connie Yates and Tom Thumb

Connie Yates and Tom Thumb

The biggy change for the annual roll of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas fundraiser was the relocation. Instead of many past Trains at NorthPark being on the upper level between Neiman’s and Nordstroms, the 2014 ever-popular train depot was located downstairs in the old Coldwater Creek space. Event Co-Chairs Jamie Singer and Tia Wynne were thrilled about the relocation and the setting. The rustic boards on the walls made it perfect for trains to roll by.

Ribbon-cutting participants

Ribbon-cutting participants

Another advantage of the lower space was a lot more square footage in the common area to do face painting, balloon-creature making and food.

Still another change was the emcee. In the past couple of years WFAA has been the media sponsor and provided the emcee like Colleen Coyle and Janet St. James. This year the emcee was KXAS news anchor Meredith Land.

Meredith Lamb and Jill Cumnock

Meredith Land and Jill Cumnock

Luckily, there was no change in the presenting sponsor. Once again Bank of Texas was on board.

As for the kid guests, they were darn adorable. One just might suspect they were hired from Central Casting.

While kids and parents partied big time waiting for the doors to open, Honorary Co-Chairs Regen and Dr. Jeffrey Fearon and six-year-old Honorary Conductor Ruth Daniel and her family were touring the collection of trains inside. Surrounded by miniature trains and amazing backdrops, the Daniel family was the real attention getter.

Regen and Jeffrey Fearon, John Daniel, Jeremiah Daniel and Robin Daniel

Regen and Jeffrey Fearon, John Daniel, Jeremiah Daniel and Robin Daniel

In many ways, they looked like the rest of the families on the other side of the doors. But they were truly unique. From Tyler, Robin and John Daniel have seven kids — John David (14), Joshua (11), Rachel (10), Rebekah (8), Josiah (7), Ruth (6) and Jeremiah (16 months). Of that count, five were adopted. Which ones? Who knew and who cared? They were all Daniels.

The Robin and John Daniel's family

The Robin and John Daniel’s family

But it was little Ruth who was the reason for the family’s involvement with Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. This past October 27, Ruth and Jeffrey spent some very serious time together. It was on this day that Jeffrey “performed craniofacial surgery to help Ruth with her severe sleep apnea (by having a Le Forte 1 with a halo distraction performed). He also pinned her ears to better fit her hearing aid and glasses.”

John Daniel and Ruth Daniel

John Daniel and Ruth Daniel

But there were more issues facing the Daniels family. They needed a place to stay during the days leading up to Ruth’s surgery and recovery. It had to be a nurturing place where the staff understood and could assist the family and the little girl, who has Down Syndrome.

According to Jeffrey, “The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is a unique and very special place. It provides a warm supportive environment where families who have a sick child needing specialized treatment that takes them far from home can rest and decompress from all the associated stresses. My patients uniformly have nothing but wonderful things to say about the House.”

Robin recalled, “I was so glad that she had a place to be able to play and have fun and decrease her stress and anxiety about the upcoming surgery. She loved the outside playground, playroom and the library of children’s books.  When we came back from the hospital to check out of the Ronald McDonald House, all Ruth could talk about was wanting to go play.”

Once again the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas was there to help a family who has sought medical care in Dallas for their child. And once again, the little trains are hitting the rails to provide funding for such a home-away-from-home for these families.

Round Robin November 5: Too Many To Mention But Dang It If NorthPark Isn’t Part Of All Of ‘Em

According to six degrees of separation, everyone/everything is just six or fewer steps away from another person in the world. On Wednesday, November 5, NorthPark was less than two steps away from all the fundraising activities in the area.

Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign Kick-Off Party

Billie Leigh Rippey*

Billie Leigh Rippey*

The Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign Kick-Off Party was taking place at CH Carolina Herrera at NorthPark. According to plans, “The annual appeal kick-off event, chaired by Faye Briggs, will be hosted at CH Carolina Herrera in NorthPark Center. Guests of the chic occasion including society fixtures, fashion savvy personalities, media and Nexus patrons and leaders— will savor champagne, wine and heavy hors d’ oeuvres. In addition, partygoers will have the chance to win a donated CH Carolina Herrera tote. Mid event Nexus Executive Director, Becca Crowell, will express her gratitude to Faye Briggs and CH Carolina Herrera for their support. She will also highlight the annual appeal campaign which begins on November 7th with a mail drop of 9,000 appeal letters to supporters, associates, friends and family of Nexus and of Faye Briggs. Furthermore Carolina Herrera CH will announce that 15% of purchases made at the event will be donated to Nexus Recovery Center as well as any purchases made through November 9th, 2014 with a mention of Nexus Recovery Center.”

Everything went according to plan except Faye wasn’t there. A Nexus representative reported, Faye “had two events booked and wasn’t able to be in two places at once unfortunately. She was trying as far as my understanding to make both.

“The event however, despite her absence was a success.”

So, where was Faye? Check the next item.

TACA’s Founders Circle Dinner

Faye Briggs

Faye Briggs

Alas, poor Faye Briggs was in a quandary. She had just recently been named the honorary chair for Nexus Annual Appeal Campaign and they were having their kick-off party at CH Carolina Hererra in NorthPark. But she was also slated to be at Barbara and Don Daseke’s place for a seated dinner honoring the TACA Founders Circle. (The Founders Circle included people who’ve made multi-year commitments of at least $5K per year.) Since cloning was not available, Faye could only attend one and it was the Daseke dinner catered by The Joule Hotel with Chef Jaco Smith orchestrating in the kitchen.

Barbara Daseke and Nelda Cain Pickens

Barbara Daseke and Nelda Cain Pickens

Sure, it may have been dark, rainy and chilly outside, but inside the Daseke’s teak mansion, it was glowing with TACA art lovers. Despite the fact it was less than 24 hours after the area elections, the world “politics” never was heard. For this crowd of 20+ (Linda and Steve Ivy, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Nelda Cain Pickens, Karol Omlor, Addison Mayor Pro Tem Blake Clemens, Caroline Kohl and Holly and Tom Mayer) had art on the brain.

Caroline Kohl

Caroline Kohl

Karol Omlor

Karol Omlor

Linda Ivy

Linda Ivy

As guests gathered in the two-story living room overlooking the wooded grounds, Diane Brierley welcomed the group and TACA President Becky Young reported how TACA had grown over the past 30 years. She added that the Founders Circle’s commitments represented $2.5M to TACA through 2018.

Then it was time for a little art talk. That’s when Dallas composer Margaret Barrett, who is one of the TACA grant recipients, took over. She told about the “Universal Language” performed by The Obscure Dignitaries and inspired by the DMA exhibit “Concentrations 57: Slav and Tartars” taking place on Saturday, November 22. Free to the public, it will be performed in the DMA Horchow Auditorium.

Diane Brierley and Tom and Holly Mayer

Diane Brierley and Tom and Holly Mayer

While Barbara, Becky and Diane were single wives for the night, others enjoyed a fabulous dinner of scallops, lamb chops and killer lemon tart. And the talk of the performing arts continued to be the table topic.

Fall Into Fashion

Over at Neiman Marcus, the United Way was literally “falling into fashion. Here’s a report:

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas hosted a sold-out crowd for its fabulous ‘Fall into Fashion’ runway show and fundraiser on the third level of Neiman Marcus NorthPark.  More than 300 guests (Robin Bray, Debra SoRelle, Allison Shelton, Emily Hatcher, Brenna Pontarelli, Meryl Olsen, Laura Downing, Donna Epps, Lori Mc Williams, Susan Hutcheson, Debbie Stewart, Jessica Lee, Scarlett Landry, Pamela Osborne, Kristy Faus, Jan Strimple, Lauren Hendershot, Caroline Vu, Deborah Arango, Debra von Storch, Donna Sweatman, Ashley Wathen, Stacy Gibson, Margie Elkins, Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Jamie Sowa and Katie Anderson) sipped on champagne and cranberry cocktails as they enjoyed watching models display the latest fall must-haves.

Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Susan Hutcheson, Jamie Sowa, Katie Anderson and Debbie Stewart**

Cecelia Hodges, Arden Ellis, Susan Hutcheson, Jamie Sowa, Katie Anderson and Debbie Stewart**

Ginger Allen and Jan Strimple**

Ginger Allen and Jan Strimple**

“United Way supporters, many of them Women of Tocqueville members, mixed and mingled, nibbling on heavy hors d’oeuvres and listening to beats, courtesy of DJ Blake Ward.  Attendees were entered into a drawing to win a Gucci handbag, and all left with swag bags featuring the best in fall beauty.

“CBS 11/KTVT senior reporter Ginger Allen graciously served as the evening’s emcee.  Guests were generous in bringing their gently used career clothes, accessories, and shoes to donate to United Way programs supporting victims of domestic violence.  For more information about United Way programs, please visit www.unitedwaydallas.org.”

Trains At NorthPark Sponsor Party

And while the Ronald McDonald House’s Trains at NorthPark Sponsor Party didn’t take place at the shopping center, it was certainly center of conversation. Here’s a report from the field:

Tia Wynne, Len Critcher and Jamie Singer***

Tia Wynne, Len Critcher and Jamie Singer***

“Before The Trains at NorthPark, Dallas’ favorite holiday miniature trains exhibit, rolls through Dallas for its 27th year, there’s plenty of fundraising, building in the new trains space, and thanking the sponsors for their incredible support. At the November 5th Trains sponsor party, hosted in the home of Len Critcher, there was plenty to celebrate, but apparently the House is nearing capacity.

“The House referenced isn’t Critcher’s that could be in the pages of Traditional Home, but the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the organizer of The Trains at NorthPark—its largest fundraiser.

Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, welcomed about 100 supporters. ‘Thank you for your support. The House is at 93% capacity tonight, and The Trains raises nearly a third of our operating budget. Our Trains co-chairs, Jamie Singer and Tia Wynne, have done a tremendous job of fundraising, and we can’t wait to see all of you at the opening on November 22.’

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio***

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio***

“Jamie Singer, who has volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House since she was in high school, thanked Claire Raggio and Courtney Westerburg, last year’s Trains co-chairs who organized the sponsor party. ‘I’m also pleased to announce next year’s Trains co-chairs Jennifer Tobin and April Cook to fill our shoes.’

“Tia Wynne, who has taken her children to the attraction for seven years, added, ‘Thank you for Bank of Texas for helping make the Trains roll as our presenting sponsor for the sixth year.’

“Bank of Texas’ Bob White added, ‘What Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does is important work, and it’s a pleasure for us to be a part of this community.’

“Dr. Jeffrey Fearon and his wife, Regen Fearon, serve as this year’s Honorary Co-chairs. (Regen was just named the Junior League of Dallas’ Sustainer of the Year on November 6 at a luncheon where Laura Bush spoke.)

Bob White, Diane Fullingim, Regen and Jeffrey Fearon and Jill Cumnock***

Bob White, Diane Fullingim, Regen and Jeffrey Fearon and Jill Cumnock***

“He told a personal story from his childhood about how his mother had taken his sister to Boston Children’s when she was very ill, and there wasn’t a Ronald McDonald House for his mother. She stayed in a hotel by herself and apart from the family. Fast forward years later, and he worked at the same hospital.

“Through his practice as a craniofacial surgeon, he sees plenty of patients, many of whom stay at the House. He finally decided as a family that he and Regen needed to take their twins and visit this place. ‘I was taken by the humanity of the people feeding families at the House.’ He was referring to the fact that volunteers serve families three homemade meals a day, the caring staff that supports the families, and the comfortable accommodations each family receives. ‘The amount of stress that the House reduces is enormous.’”

* Photo provided by Nexus Recovery Center 
** Photo provided by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 
*** Photo credit: Rhi Lee

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas

Catherine in red*

Catherine in red*

“’My name is Catherine and I am 17 years old. I stayed at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) last year for almost two weeks after my spinal surgery. I am from southeastern Pennsylvania and felt at home at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas! Today marks one year post-op for me and I truly wanted to thank everyone who played a part in my recovery. I was able to meet so many incredible and inspiring families that made the stay so comforting. It was amazing to hear all of the families’ stories and experiences… it truly feels like one big family there.

“I am so grateful for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and for all they do for the community and families! I cannot even begin to express how amazing it was to have a loving and caring environment to recover after my surgery. During my stay at the hospital, I felt so happy knowing my parents could go ‘home’ at night and rest easy in a comforting and caring environment. I was absolutely amazed with all of the volunteers that came in and made so many wonderful meals for the families. I loved the activities provided each day for the children. It really makes recovery so much more fun! It truly means so much to have so many people with warm smiles and caring hearts surround you!’

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas entrance*

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas entrance*

“Catherine’s story is one of many like it that take place at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas each day. When a family faces a medical crisis, healing should always be the first priority—a family with a sick child should not worry about finding shelter or their next meal. Because of generous supporters like you, we can continue providing these services to our families. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages on North Texas Giving Day (September 18) to see the families that are being helped with each donation.

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas*

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas*

“With your support we can provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families with sick or injured children receiving medical treatment in Dallas hospitals. Though we ask families to contribute $15 a night, no family is ever turned down for an inability to pay. The actual cost of providing meals, comfortable housing, and programs for families is closer to $125 a day. Our local community helps us bridge this gap, and keeps our home open with little to no cost for families. Your support on Giving Day, where donations of $25 or more will be amplified by bonus funds, can help continue to bridge this gap and help us help more families. We appreciate each and every donation that supports our mission. Thank you for helping Ronald McDonald House of Dallas on North Texas Giving Day!”

-By Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Chief Executive Officer

* Graphic and photos provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas Unveils Its Own Butterfly Garden Honoring Jean And Dale Fuller With Love From The Fuller Kids

Back in the late 1950’s, Jean and Dale Fuller were students at the University of Iowa. She earned her BSN in 1958 and he completed his residency in radiology in 1968. They moved to Dallas, where he set up practice and together they raised a family.

In his work and through associations, Dale recognized the plight of families who traveled great distances so that their children could be treated for “serious illness or injury at a Dallas area hospital.”

Of course, Dale did nothing solo. If he was involved, so was Jean. Together they not only made the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas a lifelong project, they inspired others to pitch in. With their wisdom and gentle smiles of compassion, they made a difference for so many — the families receiving assistance and those who provided the support. On the front row of watching the Fullers’ involvement were the Fuller kiddos — Sue, Cathy and David.

Sue Hutchinson, Cathy Walker, Jean and Dale Fuller and David Fuller

Sue Hutchinson, Cathy Walker, Jean and Dale Fuller and David Fuller

Now grown and with kids of their own, the Fuller trio wanted to do something special for their parents. Brainstorming with RMHD CEO Jill Cumnock and Chief Development Officer Diane Fullingim, they came up with a gift that would reflect Jean and Dale. It was to be something positive, full of life and with just a touch of magic that would charm a child — a butterfly garden in the RMHD courtyard.

Jill Cumnock and Georgia Rayna

Jill Cumnock and Georgia Rayna

Sounds easy. Just get a bunch of butterflies and let them loose. Wrong! Jill, with the help of the RMHD staff and Master Gardener Georgia Rayna, created a garden that looked like a butterfly smorgasbord with plants like Black-eyed Susans, Frog Fruits, Butterfly Blue Pincushions and Hummingbird Bushes.

The Jean and Dale Fuller family

The Jean and Dale Fuller family

On Friday, May 16, as part of the RMHD’s “Share the Love” barbecue celebration, the official unveiling of the Jean and Dale Fuller Butterfly Garden took place under beautiful skies. Surrounded by their children, grandchildren and the RMHD family, Dale showed his knowledge about the Lepidoptera, telling the group that how amazing the Monarch Butterflies are. Yes, each year the black-and-orange butterflies migrated from North America to Mexico and back. But what surprised even Dale was that this journey took three generations to accomplish and it confounded Dale how the second and third generations knew just the route to use.

Butterfly Garden plaque

Butterfly Garden plaque

As the plaque was unveiled and Jean and Dale surveyed the garden, Jill said that there were plans to add a hummingbird feeder in the days ahead.

As for the butterflies, they’re on their way. What’s that old saying? “If you build it, he will come.

Jamie Singer And Tia Wynne To Co-Chair Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas’ 2014 Trains Of NorthPark

Tia Wynne is going to be a very busy lady. In addition to her recently being named the 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball co-chair, she’s also going to co-chair the 2014 Trains at NorthPark with Jamie Singer.

Tia Wynne, Jamie Singer and Kira Plastinina*

Tia Wynne, Jamie Singer and Kira Plastinina*

The news was announced with champagne on Wednesday, May 14, at Kira Plastinina’s Lublu boutique at the Plaza at Preston Center.

Jill Cumnock and Diane Fullingim*

Jill Cumnock and Diane Fullingim*

Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the annual mini-train-travaganza will once again return to NorthPark.

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock announced that Regen and Dr. Jeffrey Fearon will serve as honorary train co-chairs.

According to Jamie, Bank of Texas will return for its sixth year as the presenting sponsor.

Pat Brockette*

Pat Brockette*

Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking for Bank of Texas Pat Brockette said, “Bank of Texas believes in the important work that Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does in the community, and we are once again proud to be the presenting sponsor.”

Tia reported that the trains will be chug-chugging along from Saturday, November 22, 2014, through Sunday, January 4, 2015.*

* Photos provided by Ronald 
McDonald House of Dallas

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ Young Friends Found Casablanca At Union Station

This report from the field came in about the younger set of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas partying and raising funds for RMHD:

Medley Turner, Meghan Looney and Bradley Means*

Medley Turner, Meghan Looney and Bradley Means*

 

The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Young Friends  group held its  annual Young Friends Party at Union Station  on Friday, March 28.  Co-chairmen Bradley Agather Means, Meghan Looney and Medley Turner planned the spectacular “An Evening in Casablanca” enjoyed by a crowd of 400 revelers. Guests had fun bidding for outstanding items in the Silent Auction chaired by Sarah Kate Jones and Bailey Lloyd. The competition was fierce and items such as an autumn trophy hunt at historic Newell Ranch, a trip to Napa, a Marfa gallery weekend, 50 yard line front row seats to a Cowboys game and exclusive home décor and jewelry caused many guests to stay in the auction room until it closed at 10:45 am. By the way, every item sold.

Bailey Lloyd and Sarah Kate Jones*

Bailey Lloyd and Sarah Kate Jones*

Everyone else was in the ballroom enjoying scrumptious food by Wolfgang Puck which included truffle mac n’ cheese, gourmet pizza, mini sliders, pigs in a blanket, black bean quesadillas and other culinary delights. Decorations Chairs Katie Crow and Lizzie Duplantis outdid themselves with the help of Jackson Durham and Perch, the décor could not have been more transformative of Union Station to old Morocco and included potted palms, Casablanca lilies, hundreds of votives and the film “Casablanca” running in silence above the main stage where DJ Lucy Wrubel spun her dance tracks for the crowd dancing the night away on a “fortiesesque” black and white tile dance floor.

Caroline Barron, Lizzie Duplantis and Katie Crow*

Caroline Barron, Lizzie Duplantis and Katie Crow*

Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, said, “We appreciate and thank Bradley, Meghan and Medley for their extraordinary work as well as their talented committee and generous sponsors.

Sponsors included:

  • Diamond: Peregrine Group, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas, Sewell Automotive Group, Anonymous
  • Platinum: James Carroll, Freeman Auto Group, Jackie and Jon Means, Petro-Hunt LLC, Anonymous
  • Gold: Benchmark Bank and Benchmark Title, Carroll Mansions, Lauren Chapman, Denise and Jeffrey Cutler, Elizabeth Toon Charities, Spring Creek Barbeque, Anonymous
Photo credit: Jeremy Brown

 

February 22 Round Robin: The Marvelous City, Moonlight Ball And Cowboys And Cowboys

Dallas exploded with fundraising Saturday, February 22. The United Negro College Fund Masked Ball at the Sheraton Dallas, the Resource Center’s Toast to Life at F.I.G. and Bridge Breast Network’s Mardi Gras Party at Million Air Dallas were in high gear. Sure, the temperatures were just brisk enough to require a wrap, but not so miserable as. . . well, what the first of March produced. Here’s just a smattering of what was underway on February 22.

A Night In La Cidade Maravilhosa

The Anatole was filled to near capacity with fundraisers. In addition to the Rotary Club and Greenhill School having their fundraisers, the Junior Leaguers had taken over the Chantilly Ballroom for a two-parter for “Rio Carnival. . . A Night in La Cidade Maravilhosa. . . The Marvelous City,” their 52nd annual ball. Behind the check-in area was a mask that would have fit the Jolly Green Giant perfectly. The poor life-size elephant sculptures on either side looked a little puny compared to the mask.

Mega-mask

Mega-mask

In the lobby was a towering two-story purple and gold glimmering tent with lights and topped off with white ostrich feathers, where the musicians had played during the reception.

One guests commented, “It’s so obvious Tom Addis has been here.”

Amanda Richards and David Pinsel

Amanda Richards and David Pinsel

When the doors opened for dinner, only half of the Chantilly was put into use. The walls were draped in silver lame and in each corner were stages with gold lame backdrops where costumed characters struck poses to the delight of the crowd. Even after the whimsical models had departed, the stages were still put into use by guests like Amanda Richards and David Pinsel striking poses for their friends’ cellphones.

Tables topped with feathers and masks

Tables topped with feathers and masks

The tables surrounding the main stage were gorgeous with silver and gold tablecloths, highlighted by narrow pedestals topped with mammoth bouquets of more ostrich and peacock feathers and masks. Pity the poor naked birds that were shivering somewhere.

Wendy Messmann

Wendy Messmann

At 8 JLD President Laura Johnson and Event Chair Wendy Messmann stepped up on stage and greeted the group. Whether it was the lighting, the surrounding glitz or just the glow of success, the gals dazzled one and all receiving cell-phone salutes. But leave it the ladies to graciously acknowledge the evening’s success to Honorary Co-Chairs Margaret Crow and Katherine LaLonde and the 600 guests. As Wendy put it, “In our estimation, no city soul is as large as Dallas’.”

Chris and Katherine LaLonde

Chris and Katherine LaLonde

Running right on schedule, dinner was served at 8:30 including

  • Main Course — Confit duck leg pozole, grilled filet of beef chimichurri, roasted cucurbita (Brazilian winter squash), creamed chayote with chives and green beans sautéed with tomatoes
  • Dessert — Cinnamon ice cream chocolate sundae with cinnamon-sugar tortilla crisp

Following Bob Schneider’s entertaining the guests, part two of the evening took place in the other half of the Chantilly Ballroom, where Professor D had guests partying past the wee hours of the evening.

But not everybody stayed way late. Just as dinner was being served, Katy Bock was seen hightailing it to a Range Rover driven by husband Lawrence. Seems she had jeans stashed in the car and was headed for a casual date night with her husband.

The only itty-bitty flaw of the evening was found not in the staging, dining, dancing or fundraising. It was on page 12 of the program, where one of the honorary co-chair’s names was misspelled. Told you it was itty-bitty.

Moonlight Ball

Entry hall

Entry hall

The Ronald McDonald House of DallasMoonlight Ball always seems to be cast in moonbeams at Brook Hollow Golf Club. This year, the lighting cast a purple haze around the dining room; the shimmering blue tablecloths topped off with flowers from Junior Villanueva were a perfect setting for the fundraiser. It’s always special when a crowd buys into a black tie occasion with long gowns and dazzling jewelry.

Jan Daulton and Melinda Emmons

Jan Daulton and Melinda Emmons

For this evening of dining and dancing, Co-Chairs Jan Daulton and Melinda Emmons arranged to have Signed, Sealed and Delivered play and MoonPies to be snacked on.

Ah, but before that happened the crowd gathered on the patio overlooking the golf course. Melinda was in Oscar topped off by a deBoulle necklace. Jan was in a black gown, but for the life of her couldn’t recall which designer deserved the credit. However, she was wearing a “vintage, sterling-silver necklace” that was mistaken for diamonds at first glance.

Jill Cumnock and Mike and Sally McWilliams

Jill Cumnock and Mike and Sally McWilliams

Honorary Co-Chairs/longtime Ronald McDonald supporters Sally and Mike McWilliams kidded about their decades of marriage. Mike: We’re just dating. Sally: “It’s a test run.” However, there was no kidding about Sally’s killer gown. Didn’t matter who the designer was. The news was the cost was $99. With a figure like Sally’s you can make a bargain look spectacular, don’t you know?

Dr. Dale and Jean Fuller

Dr. Dale and Jean Fuller

And speaking of long-time newlyweds, Jean and her Dr. Dale Fuller proved that humor is indeed the secret to longevity in marital bliss. Dale described Jean as his “current wife.”

Eventually, all the 150 guests made their way to the ballroom for a seated dinner that included

  • First Course — Brook Hollow Golf Club signature salad (Mesclun greens, caramelized pecans, stilton cheese, dried cherries, granny smith apples, grape tomatoes and balsamic dressing)
  • Duet Entrée — Petite filet of beef with a red wine sauce, crispy seared sea bass served with a lemon herb meuniére sauce, wild mushroom risotto, haricots verts and whole baby Carrots with Caramelized pearl onions
  • Dessert — Bailey’s molten cake with caramel ice cream served with coffee

Cowboys And Cowboys

All types of cowboys — both football (Tony Dorsett, Walt Garrison, Bob Lilly, Tony Lisco, Dan Mcihenny, Nate Newton and Charles Haley) and rodeo types (Dave Appleton, Bob Logue, Scott Mendes, Matt Austin and Pat Yancey) — were partying over at the Omni Hotel for the Cowboys and Cowboys Sky Ranch Gala. Naturally the attire was western. You were expecting kilts?

Michael Irvin, Andrew Alvarado,  Charles Haley, Tony Dorsett and Darren Woodson*

Michael Irvin, Andrew Alvarado, Charles Haley, Tony Dorsett and Darren Woodson*

To add some legs to the event that benefited Sky Ranch, the always adorable Kilgore Rangerettes “marched in with the Color Guard” and former Sky Ranch camper Christian Barham sang the national anthem.

Christian Barham and the Kilgore College Rangerettes*

Christian Barham and the Kilgore College Rangerettes*

Joining Co-Chairs Walt Garrison and Rope Myers was Honorary Celebrity Chair/former Dallas Cowboy/Hall of Famer/ever-natty Michael Irvin, who  “spoke passionately about how Sky Ranch makes such a positive impact on a young person’s life. He urged attendees to really show their support to help send deserving kids to camp. He was also a lively participant in getting folks to bid on the golf outing with him along with a golf pro and travel on a private plane to a course in Colorado. Irvin also got bids going for guests to come to NY for the NFL Experience Show.”

Unfortunately, part of the fundraising included the live auction of a lab puppy. Oops! It’s been illegal for five years to auction off an animal for fundraising purposes in the city of Dallas. While no arrests were made, you want to bet no pooches nor ponies will be up for bid again?

* Photos provided by Cowboys and Cowboys

MySweet2014Goals: Jill Cumnock

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

Jill Cumnock (File photo)

According to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’s CEO Jill Cumnock,

“Hear ye, hear ye, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has declared 2014 ‘The Year of Whimsy.’ Beginning in January, we will unveil an amazingly delightful mosaic designed by local artist Connie Chantilis. The mosaic will be dedicated to a very important woman in the life of the House that Love Built. Who could that be? Stay tuned!

“April showers, May flowers and flights of fancy will see the opening of our Butterfly Garden. Whose children are behind this wonderful new addition? Again, you’ll have to stay tuned.

“Last but not least, we are adding a new summer camp to our summertime plans (aptly named Camp Minihaha by Chief of Whimsy, Amy Hatfield) for all of our adorable guest children to enjoy. Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is already a place to have fun and be distracted from painful pokes and prods; but it is my hope that these exciting goals will bring added happiness and moments of joy to some sweet families who really need it. And, since we rarely know when to stop, I’m sure there will be even more whimsy to come during 2014. Like I said, stay tuned!”

Chilly Weather, Kids And Fun Greet The Trains At NorthPark For Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas

The Trains At NorthPark*

The Trains At NorthPark*

For a first time in ages, Queenie was unable to attend the first choo-choo of the Trains at NorthPark benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. It was an early-stage cold and she wasn’t about to share it with anyone, especially adorable munchkins. So, she had one of her favorite elves do the following report from the field. . . or, in this case, shall we say the tracks:

“The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas, opened early on Saturday, November 23, in a bright new space on Level Two in the Nordstrom Wing between Sephora and Free People. For those who remember last year’s space, it’s right across the way.

Colleen Coyle*

Colleen Coyle**

“WFAA’s Colleen Coyle welcomed 300 supporters. ‘I am a meteorologist with WFAA, but I promise you that I didn’t bring this cool weather, but with the Trains opening up, we want it to feel like Christmas.’

Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, thanked NorthPark and the trains co-chairs. ‘I would like to thank Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, the wonderful staff at NorthPark, and so many others who have been our partners for the past 15 years at NorthPark. I would also like to thank our wonderful and hard-working Event Co-Chairs Claire Raggio and Courtney Westerburg.’

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio*

Courtney Westerburg and Claire Raggio**

“Raggio and Westerburg tag-teamed and recruited many volunteers to sell railcars, to secure sponsorships, and to sell raffle tickets.

“By the way, the raffle tickets, which will be sold until Jan. 5, are a bargain, one ticket for $5, and 5 tickets for $20. The prizes include a Thomas the Train Set (donated by Trainworks, TW Design and valued at $4,200), $1,000 in NorthPark gold, a hotel stay/spa treatments at The Ritz-Carlton/Dallas along with dinner at Del Frisco’s. Raffle tickets are sold at the exhibit.

“Claire thanked Honorary Chairs, Lauren and Pat Arthur. ‘Through his company MHBT, Pat has supported The Trains at NorthPark and has also served on its board of directors. Lauren has been on the trains committee and served in various volunteer roles.’

“Courtney added, ‘We want to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of Texas, as this is the 5th year for their generous support.’

Brenda White, Shelton White and Bob White*

Brenda White, Shelton White and Bob White**

Bob White, Bank of Texas executive vice president, liked that the bank supports such a great event. ‘Bank of Texas believes in the important work that Ronald McDonald House of Dallas does caring for families whose children are getting treatment for their illnesses and injuries. The House serves as a calm place for them during this difficult time, and the trains helps raise funds to make it happen.’

Fady Megally, Adel Megally, Heba Megally, Bishoy Megally and Stephen Megally*

Fady Megally, Adel Megally, Heba Megally, Bishoy Megally and Stephen Megally**

“Coyle called up Kid Conductor Bishoy Megally whose father, Adel Megally, said a few words. ‘Thank you for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. We stayed for one year and three months, and Bishoy has had multiple surgeries.’ From Egypt, Bishoy was born with severe Kyphoscoliosis, abnormal front-to-back and side-to-side curvature of the spine. Since this surgery could not be performed in Egypt, the family searched the globe for a place to have the surgery, and they came to Dallas. The family has now relocated to the North Texas area, so they can be near the fine medical facilities.

“Bishoy and his brother, Fady, held up their whistles and blew them to open up The Trains at NorthPark.

Trains at NorthPark*

Trains at NorthPark**

“People poured into the bright new space to look for their personalized railcars. Shouts of ‘I’ve found it’ and ‘I think I see our railcar!’ were heard everywhere. If you want one of the personalized railcars, you can still order one online.

Landry Nelon, Charlotte McMillian and Claire McMillian*

Landry Nelon, Charlotte McMillian and Claire McMillian**

“Other children stayed in line to get their faces painted and have clowns make balloon swords before heading into the exhibit. NorthPark’s Lona Crabb showed her grandsons, Trevor and Cole Parrish, the exhibit.

“Colleen bought an early Christmas present for herself, a Nespresso coffee machine (the store opens at NorthPark this season).

Brett Cumnock, Jill and Kris Cumnock and Abby Cumnock*

Brett Cumnock, Jill and Kris Cumnock and Abby Cumnock**

“Jill and her family all had matching blue for Hanukah, and she talked about how her sister was handling Hanukah, while she was preparing the Thanksgiving meal.

“A special thank you to all the sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Bank of Texas, and the Platinum Baron Sponsors: NorthPark Center, MHBT Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas, Tom Thumb and Moroch.

“Be sure to roll on down to the exhibit many times between now and January 5. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 to 12) and senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 2 are free. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1 off regular admission). More details on hours, early closings and railcars can be found at http://www.rmhdallas.org/trains/.”

* Graphic provided by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
** Photo credit: Steve Foxall

MySweetWishList: Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas*

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas*

According to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO Jill Cumnock,

“Children eagerly peak through the glass as a bright electric train engine zips down the track. The cars rattle and dance as they pass through Times Square, the New Mexico desert, and the Texas State Fair. An annual Dallas tradition, The Trains at NorthPark brings joy to young faces at the exhibit, as well as to children at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.  All proceeds from this festive winter wonderland go directly to the House, giving families with sick and injured children a place to stay.  The exhibit provides more than 30% of the annual operating budget for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The Trains at NorthPark is the largest fund-raising event for the only organization that gives a temporary home to families of children receiving treatment in Dallas. Helping families stay together and helping children heal, the funds from the Trains show go a long way!  This event delights families and children across North Texas, but to some it brings hope and shelter in a time of emergency.  The display is open and abuzz with activity from 10a.m. to 9p.m. through January 5th, 2014. Come visit the Trains exhibit in NorthPark Center this holiday season as we celebrate another year of family fun, exciting displays, and the spirit of caring for those in need.

The Trains At NorthPark*

The Trains At NorthPark*

“Attending the Trains at NorthPark exhibit helps Ronald McDonald House of Dallas raise funds for our families, but volunteers and supplies are always needed.  Volunteer teams serve our guest families three meals a day and offer special service projects around the House and at special events. A listing of our current volunteer needs can be found at http://www.rmhdallas.org/volunteer/  and our wish list for supplies needed around the House is available at http://www.rmhdallas.org/wish-list.

For more information on the Trains at NorthPark or the mission of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, visit www.rmhdallas.org.  Personalized Railcar sponsorships are still available and can be ordered at www.rmhdallas.org/railcar.”

-Jill Cumnock, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas CEO

* Graphics provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2013 The Trains At NorthPark

According to 2013 The Trains At NorthPark Co-Chairs Claire Raggio and Courtney Westerburg,

2012 Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

2012 Trains at NorthPark (File photo)

“This summer we’ve learned that at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas the train never stops when it comes to its signature event The Trains at NorthPark presented by Bank of Texas. We’ve been working hard all summer putting together our committee and making plans so that this year’s event will be another successful fundraiser for the House and well supported by our community.

“And don’t be fooled into thinking that the 26th year is going to be the same old, same old. With new digs graciously provided by NorthPark Center, this year’s miniature trains exhibit will be better than ever (designed by TW Design /Trainworx) and will feature a winter wonderland with train cars racing through Christmas trees. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, January 5.

“We both have young children who love going to see The Trains at NorthPark, and we’re excited to help raise critical funds for families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Claire Raggio, Lauren Arthur; Courtney Westerburg and Pat Arthur*

Claire Raggio, Lauren Arthur; Courtney Westerburg and Pat Arthur*

“This year’s Honorary Chairs are Lauren and Pat Arthur. Lauren served on the trains committee for many years and insurance executive Pat, an RMHD board member, has been the guiding force behind the MHBT golf tournament which has supported The Trains at NorthPark annually since 2002.

“New this year is a limited edition, commemorative rail car that features the RMHD logo, is customizable and is sure to sell out quickly. So hop on-board and order one soon! What a meaningful way to mark the passing of each holiday season all while helping to provide a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill or injured children.

“We want to thank our fabulous committee members: Kara Axley, Lizzie Bailey, Stacey Beck, Amelia Boisseau, Kelly Branum, Leigh Toney Brown, Victoria Brown, Laura Chavoya, Brandi Chilian, April Cook, Taryn Cooper, Ashley Crump, Elizabeth Dacus, Anne Davies, Jeannie Denton, Amy Diehl, Chad Dorsey, Alyson Engstrom, Carlton Ferguson, Alissa Ferguson, Meredith Ferrell, Megan Filgo, Meg Florence, Cate Ford, Alissa Gearing, Linda Golden, Corie Green, Amy Grissen, Sallie Groves, Emily Haddock, Courtney Halpin, Jill Harvey, Amy Hatfield, Katie Head, Dawn Hennessey, Jenny Holacka, Marisa Huckin, Ailsa Hurley, Nancy Klein, Libby Lenz, Stephanie Lindley, Sean Lofgren, Stephanie Logan, Heather McGowan, Mellissa Webster McMillan, Susan McSherry, Meredith Moore, Lauren Musselman, Layne Pitzer, Lynsey Provost, Heather Roberts, Jennifer Rodriguez, Danielle Sealy, Nicole Seanor, Helene Spurgin, Kelsie Sumner, Lauren Swann, Amy Theirot, Kacy Tolleson, Emily Touchstone, Barrett Van Zandt, Kristi Vanderwoude, Mary Beth Wagner, Brandon Wall, Tracy Walls, Evan Westerburg, Elizabeth Wheeler and Lindsay Wheeler

“Attracting more than 80,000 people annually, The Trains at NorthPark is the most elaborate toy holiday train exhibit in all of Texas. Visitors take a sentimental journey across America with 24 Lionel miniature train sets running on tracks simultaneously as they travel past Dallas’ skyline—including the newly opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge—New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C.

“How can you help right now?

Waiting for the 2012 Trains at NorthPark to open (File photo)

Waiting for the 2012 Trains at NorthPark to open (File photo)

Be a sponsor: Underwriters receive great benefits including recognition in the media and at the exhibit, a personalized commemorative rail car, invitations to a fabulous sponsor cocktail party, admittance to the family friendly Sneak Peek on opening morning, event tickets as well as VALET parking passes at NorthPark during the holiday season.

Buy a hand-painted railcar: Oh what fun it is to see all of those personalized, painted railcars going ‘round the track. Whether it is for yourself, your child or grandchild or to promote your business, there is no better way to celebrate the season and help families at the same time. Railcars must be ordered by November 1st to be guaranteed to be in the exhibit, but you can still buy them past that date.”

“If you wish to be a sponsor or purchase a personalized painted railcar you can place orders today by going online to www.rmhdallas.org. For more information on the 2013 Trains at NorthPark please contact Carrie Arnot, [email protected], visit www.rmhdallas.org, or call 214.631.7354.”

* Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Don’t Just Show Your Love. . . “Share The Love” This Friday For Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas

Black seems to go with everything and it’s so slimming. Add a splash of red and it’s perfect for any occasion. That’s exactly what the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas team thought, too. So, they came up with T-shirts that have both black and red and a lot of love for this year’s “Share the Love” on Friday, May 17.

Danna Flemons, Diane Fullingim and Carrie Arnot

Danna Flemons, Diane Fullingim and Carrie Arnot

Just think how fashionable you’ll be on Friday. For once, a T-shirt that will be appropriate anywhere to show your support of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. . . at least for that Friday.

For $15 you not only get a shirt, you also help pay for a night’s stay by a family with a child being treated in Dallas/Fort Worth. And if you order more, you only have to pay $10 for each additional shirt. Hmm, causes a mind to wonder: What if you bought shirts for your whole office, book club or your own kids?

But you’d better hustle, because time and T-shirts are going fast.

Photo provided by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas’s Moonlight Ball Glowed At Brook Hollow Amid Junior’s Flowers and BulletProof Brass’s Music

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas's Moonlight Ball

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’s Moonlight Ball

While a waning crescent moon floated in the sky above, the black-tied guests at Brook Hollow Golf Club enjoyed the glow of the Moonlight Ball on Saturday, April 6. Fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Event Co-chairs Melissa and Steve Utley arranged for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the Oak Room.

Steve and Melissa Utley

Steve and Melissa Utley

 According to Melissa, “What an honor Steve and I have had helping the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas with the Moonlight Ball. We appreciate our supporters for their tremendous gifts that help families who stay at the House during a trying time in their lives with an ill or injured child.”

Lauri and Mike Hainsfurther

Lauri and Mike Hainsfurther

Ah, but the real treats of the evening still awaited guests including Honorary Chairs Lauri and Mike Hainsfurther, Glenn Callison and Diane Fullingim and Bob Wood. Combining magnificent lighting and even more magnificent floral arrangements of orange and fuchsia colored roses, hydrangeas and lilies by master floral designer Junior Villanueva of Garden Gate, the ballroom was breathtaking.

Brook Hollow Golf Club ballroom

Brook Hollow Golf Club ballroom

It was the perfect setting for a three-course dinner (Brook Hollow Golf Club signature salad; a duet entrée of a petite filet of beef with a red wine sauce and crispy seared sea bass served with a roasted yellow tomato beurre blanc accompanied with boursin mac-n-cheese, haricots verts, whole baby carrots with caramelized onions; and a Bailey’s molten cake served with caramel ice cream), and topped off with dancing to music provided by BulletProof Brass.

All of this and funding for RMHD was thanks to such sponsors as:

Platinum Patron: Lisa and Kenny Troutt.

Gold Patron: Lauri and Mike Hainsfurther, Select Product Group, L.P.

Silver Patron: Vera and Tony Bangs, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Amy and Pete Lerma, Mr. and Mrs. Mike C. McWilliams, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, Katherine and Bob Penn, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation/St. Paul Medical Foundation, Mersina and Phin Stubbs, Melissa and Steve Utley and Mr. and Mrs. John T. Walter.

Platinum Couple:Anonymous, JoAnne and Eddy Moore and E.L. Smith III.

Gold Couple: Betty & Michael Bullington, Tracy and David Chisum, Tucker and Rich Enthoven, Sue and Joe Graham, Tania and Kevin Hardage, Marie Park and Joe Hardt, Cecilie and Ronnie Holman, Joyce and Larry Lacerte, Lidji Dorey and Hooper, Pam and Matt Mattingly, Carol and Daniel Podolsky, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, Randa and Doug Roach, Barbara and Dr. Randall Rosenblatt, Harold Simmons Foundation, Mona and Grey Stogner, Thompson and Knight Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Claude R. Wilson, Jr.

Patron Tickets: Katie and Bill Collins, Eiseman Jewels, Pam and Jeff Ellerman, Felcor Lodging Trust Inc., Cate and Jeremy Ford, Caroline Gehan, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Goodwin, Betsy and Houston Hunt, Nancy and Mike Kerr, LiquidAgents Healthcare, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Pam and Vin Perella, Sandy and Jeff Phillips, Ann and Douglas Smellage and Mr. and Mrs. Jere Thompson, Jr.

Ronald McDonald House Of Dallas’ Young Friends Partied “Beneath The Big Top” With Chihuly Sculptures Adding To The Color

Thanks to an about-the-town observer, this report came in about the 2013 Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Young Friends spring party on March 22.

Allie Stensrud and Claire Liedtke

Allie Stensrud and Claire Liedtke

More than 500 circus chic revelers attended the Young Friends spring party at the Dallas Museum of Art, but it wasn’t your typical circus. Co-chairs Claire Liedtke and Allie Stensrud planned quite the evening of fun at this year’s circus-themed “Beneath the Big Top.” With the stunning visual drama of red and white stripe circus décor, the theatrical allure of the three-ring circus with the Dale Chihuly glass wall served as a perfect backdrop.

Meghan Looney, Medley Crank and Ashley Hightower

Meghan Looney, Medley Crank and Ashley Hightower

Silent auction co-chairs Meghan Looney and Medley Crank had plenty for people to bid on including trips to Aspen, Napa, lake houses and locally to Hotel ZaZa and The Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Sports fans placed high bids on an all-inclusive suite for four to a Mavericks game and four front row seats in the Commissioners Box at a Texas Rangers game. Additional items included a multi-colored mink jacket, a couture necklace from Proenza Schouler, and amazing one-of-a-kind home items from William-Christopher Design, Jan Showers, Charles Howard, John Robshaw and more.

Carl Sewell III and Josie McGray

Carl Sewell III and Josie McGray

Young Friends like Leigh and Russ Johnson, Abby Peck, Ashley Hightower, Anne Stroube, James Carroll, Ward Eastman, Jenny Masten, Page Stafford, Krystal Schlegel and Chad Lavender, Josie McGray and Carl Sewell III, Merrick Egan, Medley Crank and Paige Chenault enjoyed mini state fair corn dogs, crab cakes, sliders, a French fry bar, mini Caesar salads and a long candy bar full of sweets for dessert.

Sweets

Sweets

DJ Lucy Wrubel spun rocking tunes beneath the Chihuly glass, while dancers did the Wobble, teaching their friends how to bust a move on the dance floor.

Lucy Wrubel and Ronald McDonald

Lucy Wrubel and Ronald McDonald

According to Claire, “The Young Friends party is a great time to celebrate with friends, while raising much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas to serve families. Allie and I are honored to do our part.”

A special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor is Jackson Durham Events.
  • Diamond Sponsors are Gatsby Event Branding, The Little Bean, PaperCity Magazine, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas and Sewell Automotive Companies.
  • Platinum Sponsors are Anonymous, Benchmark Bank and Benchmark Title, Freeman Auto Group, WSC Oil & Gas Corporation, Alicia and Chris Winn and Western Extrusions Corp.
  • Gold Sponsors are Tricia and Gil Besing, DFW Paving, LLC, Elizabeth Toon Charities, Marion and Cadell S. Liedtke Family Charitable Foundation, Spring Creek Barbeque, Stonelake Capital Partners, LLC and Uber.
Photo credit: Steve Foxall