JUST IN: KidneyTexas Distributes $144,639 To Six Organizations

KidneyTexas President Andrea Alcorn looked relieved Tuesday night at Tootsies. She revealed that thanks to the KidneyTexas committee efforts especially the Runway Report Luncheon chaired by Christine Martin and Susan Russell, they had met their goal — $144,639.

Andrea Alcorn, Susan Russell, Dustin Holcomb and McKamy Tiner Looney

Then she played Santa doling out the following checks:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation: $30,000 for five year study of kidney transplants;
  • Camp Reynal: $19,500;
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation: $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines;
  • Parkland Foundation: $30,500 for kidney dialysis Unit;
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation: $14,214 for hemodialysis machine; and
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center: $29,925 for kidney related research.

2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox Reveals Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere To Co-Chair Runway Report

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere*

With the 2017 Runway Report in the rear view mirror, 2018 KidneyTexas Inc. President Mary Lee Cox has revealed that Annalee Aston and Joanna Tollenaere will be co-chairing the 2018 Runway Report.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report

While the Tootsies fashions took centerstage at the KidneyTexas Inc.Runway Report on Tuesday, September 26, at Brook Hollow, the scene stealers were stories of people like KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn‘s mother, McKamy Tiner, Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin and a young fella named Vinny Trezza and his mother Melissa Trezza, whose lives have changed thanks to research and treatments for the disease.

Andrea Alcorn

McKamy Tiner

However, it must be admitted that the closing fashion on the catwalk that reflected the event’s theme of “Transforming Lives” definitely got reactions from those in the audience.

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

While the post is being finished, check out the fashions and faces at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Runway Report Patrons Were Feted Where Penguins Once Partied

While Runway Report Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy were world traveling and Co-Host Don Daseke was elsewhere doing deals, Co-Host Barbara Daseke carried on for the KidneyTexas Inc.‘ Runway Report patrons in the Daseke home-in-the-woods. It all took place on Thursday, September 21, in celebration of the “Transforming Lives Fashion Show And Luncheon” on Thursday, September 21, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. In addition to checking out the teak-wood mansion, guests were able to start bidding on the live auction items and raffle goodies. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke, Christine Martin and Susan Russell*

Barbara and Don Daseke opened their fabulous home for the Patron Party honoring KidneyTexas Inc.’s The Runway Report Transforming Lives Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 21, a wonderful treat for all!

Someone said the last time they were there for an event, there was a cheetah in the backyard and penguins in a pool. All of that is true! It happened when the Dasekes hosted an event for the Zoo To Do benefiting the Dallas Zoo, caretakers from the zoo brought some of the zoo’s residents for a road trip to the Daseke’s to meet and mingle with the upscale crowd. As longtime supporters of the Dallas Zoo, Barb and Don are chairing that event this year on Saturday, November 4.

Dee Lincoln and Jan Strimple*

Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill*

KidneyTexas Luncheon Co-Chair Susan Russell and her husband, Don, joined Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin in welcoming friends, supporters and patrons in for the celebration. Enjoying the sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and artful scenery were Over the Top award honorees Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime, who sponsored the wines this evening, and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb from Tootsies that is also the fashion show sponsor. And the word is out, the ever-fashionable Jan Strimple, fashion show producer, has a special surprise up her sleeve to be showcased at the fashion show on Tuesday.

The Sue Goodnight Service Award recipient Natalie Taylor was there, along with the award’s namesake, Sue Goodnight, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Natalie Taylor and Di Johnston*

Renee and David Winter*

Former Luncheon Chair Renee Winter and dear friend Pam Brock brought in orchids which will be featured as the luncheon’s centerpieces. Dr. David Winter, Renee’s husband, caught up on news with friends Dr. Warren Katz and his wife. Special thanks to Gold Crown Valet for sponsoring valet services for this and all of KidneyTexas’ special meetings and events.

The 2017 KidneyTexas beneficiaries include:

  • Parkland Foundation: $30,500 for kidney dialysis unit;
  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation: $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants;
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center: $29,925 for kidney related research;
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation: $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines;
  • Camp Reynal: $19,500; and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation: $14,214for a hemodialysis machine
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Bidding Gets Underway Tonight For Tuesday’s KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Live Auction

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

KidneyTexas Inc. is trying something new this year for its Runway Report live auction. Instead of waiting until the luncheon for the bidding competition to get underway, Luncheon Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have arranged for the bidding to start tonight at the Patron Party. There will be bid sheets for the guests with the final rally for the goods taking place at the luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 26.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

So, what’s on the auction bloc? To start with, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy have dug into Linda’s fabulous collection of Judith Leiber handbags and donated one of the pristine purse that is valued at $4,000.  

Other items include the following:

  • “Dreamy Blue’s,” a 24” x 36” abstract landscape by Georgeana Ireland valued at $3,000. In addition Georgeana is donating 10% of any of her paintings including her custom commissioned orders purchased until Sunday, October 15, to KidneyTexas Inc. And there’s still more. Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery will also donate 10% of its sales to KidneyTexas Inc until October 15.
  • A party at Mr. Mesero on Henderson for 50 guests complete with margaritas and loads of food valued as priceless. After all, how can one put a price on a great time with 49 pals?

Jody Dean (File photo)

Ron Corning (File photo)

Running the auction Tuesday will be KLUV’s Jody Dean with WFAA’s Ron “Crutches” Corning as emcee.

But if you can’t make the patron party or the luncheon, there’s always the raffle that includes:

A Michele stainless steel case with diamond dial watch (value: $1,695), a Bachendorf’s gift card (value: $1,000), a 11” x 14” family portrait by Robin Jackson Photography (value: $500), a Charlie and Co. package including haircut and blowout with stylist and color consult and take-home product (value: priceless), a Sallio Bistro gift card (value: $200), a Sevy’s Grill gift card ($150), an Al Biernet’s gift card (value $100) and an Al Biernet’s North gift card (value: $250).  

Raffle tickets are going for $50 per and three for $100.

On A Bustling Thursday, Marla And Tony Briggle Hosted The KidneyTexas Runway Report Patrons At Their Glen Lake Townhouse

Fess up. Don’t you secretly love it when the weather forecasters blow it? You know it’s when they claim bleak comeuppance is on its way and it’s a beautiful cloudless day.

On Thursday, September 15, that’s almost exactly what happened with a big, old moon shining without a rain cloud in sight. Guess those 15% chances of showers were showering somewhere else.

While Mary Martha and John Pickens were chairing “Harvest” for the North Texas Food Bank at The Shed and Lynn McBee was headlining High-Tech High Heels Friendraiser at the Bush Center with Margaret McDermott and Mary Templeton as honorary co-chairs, the North Texas ZIP codes were jamming neighborhoods.

Marla and Tony Briggle

Marla and Tony Briggle

Over in the gated Glen Lakes neighborhood, Marla and Tony Briggle opened their wonder townhouse overlooking the ponds with mallards and Muscovy ducks quacking around. Why, did they host the KidneyTexas’ “A Runway Report” patron Party for about 75 guests?

No, they personally had not experienced a loss to the deadly disease, but when their Realtor Jeannie Neathery asked for the favor of opening their home, there was no way they were going to say, “No.”

Looking around the public rooms, Tony recalled how his late brother Stockton Briggle had helped develop the look. For instance, for their collection of Oriental pieces of art including a magnificent gold antique kimono displayed on the red-lacquered wall with shelves surrounding a beautiful screen and an exquisite desk with everything from an antique French clock to their collection of crosses. The robe had been from Marla’s late husband Jay Jack‘s “collection of gowns for for his ‘Robes of the Orient” fashion show many years ago at the Adolphus.”

The Briggles' study

The Briggles’ study


AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

AB Ashton and Emilynn Wilson

Heather ____ and McKamy Tiner

Heather Kanny and McKamy Tiner

Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner were her mum Martha Caldwell Tiner and McKamy’s legal-eagle buddy Heather Kanny. Another more recently acquired pal was KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston. When asked how they were as partners for the fundraiser, McKamy didn’t lose a second: “There were no arguments or fusses. We just got along!”

“One Of The Country’s Top 10 Party Houses In The World” Was The Setting For KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party

Within the uber fundraising season, Thursday take on a new face. But Thursday, May 5, was the super-duper fundraising special.

View from the poolhouse

View from the poolhouse

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Dana Nearburg and Martha Tiner

Over in Highland Park behind a massive hedge and a glass wall was Dana Nearburg’s award-winning estate. This home-sweet-home has won the Dallas AIA Design Merit Award, Texas Society of Architects honor award, ASLA Landscape Design Award and International Lighting Award, to name a few.

Okay, so there were garages for eleven vehicles, a two-story pool house described as “one of the Top 10 party houses in the world by ‘Architzer Online Magazine,’” and a fabulous pool between the main digs with a glass-skybridge to the guest quarters over one of the garages. But then there were the little touches like the artist studio in the upper level of the pool house and the fountain in the entry of the main house that is also a Jacuzzi. Dana admitted that the idea of the waterworks seemed odd at first, but then it was perfect for those times when her race car driving ex- (Formula One driver Charlie Nearburg) would return from the track and could relax the moment he walked in the door.

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

Nikki Nole, Remington Reece and McKamy Tiner

The property was open for the KidneyTexas Auction Cocktail Party thanks to Runway Report Chair McKamy Tiner and her mom Martha Tiner, who was an old Highland Park High School chum of Dana’s.  And for once the weather could not have been more perfect for walking the grounds.

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Guinn and Betsy Crousen

Neighbors like Betsy and Guinn Crousen strolled over from their digs just a block away, while others like Emilynn and Claude Wilson, KidneyTexas President Anna Bland Aston, Nikki Nole with Remington Reece, Megan and Andy Meyercord, Lauryn Gayle White, Natalie Taylor, Terri Massad, Linda and Steve Ivy, Di Johnston, Ramona Jones, Vicki Hill and past KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk and her mom Mary Lee Cox used their wheels to arrive.

Anna Bland Aston

Anna Bland Aston

Among the live auction goodies that auctioneer Louis Murad was collecting bids for were

  • Mesero Margarita Party for Twenty at Mesero on Henderson — Your guests will taste some of their favorite margaritas, sample Herradura tequilas, and enjoy trays of passed bites like slow roasted brisket nachos, tiger shrimp ceviche and some of the best guacamole in the city.
  • Montana Sporting Club Getaway — Experience the best of a private hunting lodge, dude ranch, fly-fishing club and ski resort, in one location. Four nights, five days at The Montana Sporting Club in a luxury log cabin with three bedrooms and two bathrooms that accommodates 6-8 people.
  • Slip away to San Miguel de Allende – Stay four nights in Casa Chiripada del Parque, a sophisticated three bedroom, four bath oasis nestled among stately homes on Juarez Park. Enjoy fine restaurants, galleries, and shopping just steps from your door. Home accommodates up to 6 people.
  • The Masters Championship Package — Masters Championship Round with three nights, double occupancy stay (Friday, April 8, 2017 to Monday April 10, 2017) Master’s Tournament badges for Saturday and Sunday, and two round trip airline tickets to Atlanta.
  • Kentucky Derby Package for two – Enjoy the 2017 Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Oaks Clubhouse Seating on Friday and Saturday, round trip airfare, and hotel accommodations.
  • Argentina Dove Hunt – Head to Cordoba, Argentina to the Five Star Pica Zuro Lodge for four days, three nights. Includes six dove hunts for two hunters; highly trained chefs will provide all meals, wine, beer and spirits – full open bar.
  • Dish Preston Hollow — Four-course dinner with wine pairing for six. Chef and sommelier will tailor to your guests’ tastes and dietary needs.

SOLD OUT ALERT: KidneyTexas’ Runway Report

If you were thinking you’d like to see some fabulous fashions, bid on great items, lunch with generous folks and help fight kidney disease, you’re out of luck for attending the Tuesday, September 22nd Runway Report benefiting KidneyTexas.

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Mary Lee Cox (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk (File photo)

Yup, Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox and KidneyTexas President Theresa Rourk have just posted the “sold out” sign. Why they didn’t have to send out invitations!

Perhaps it’s because they’re honoring a stellar group of medical experts like:

  • Dr. Michel Baum, Children’s Health,
  • Dr. Jim Brugarolas, UT Southwestern Medical Center,
  • Richard Dickerman, M.D., F.A.C.S., Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, General and Vascular Surgery The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas,
  • Rabbi William Gershon, Shearith Israel,
  • Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Chairman and Chief, Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute,
  • Dr. Mark Lerman, Medical City Dallas and
  • Dr. Henry Quinones, Parkland Health & Hospital System

And, of course, it always helps to have Robin and Norm Bagwell as honorary co-chairs and WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee.

But don’t give up in despair. That’s why “Wait Lists” were created and donations are always accepted and truly appreciated.

KidneyTexas’ Guests Brought Auction Items To The Residence At The Stoneleigh For Upcoming Runway Report Bidding

North Texas was enjoying a cool front briefly on Thursday, August 13. Replacing the 100+ temps, some folks were actually considering rummaging through their closets for those sweet sweaters. After all, the temps were breezing in the 90’s.

Over at the Residences at the Stoneleigh, a KidneyTexas crowd of about 30 was happily checking out the digs.

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

Lynn Dealey, Theresa Rourk and Mary Lee Cox*

The draw, in addition to the pricey but spectacular Stoneleigh condos—almost half of the roughly 75 units have already been sold—was the fact that guests were bringing in items that will be auctioned off at the Runway Report on Tuesday, September 22, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Among the goodies to be offered at the luncheon, which was a near sell-out: a $20,000 bracelet from Bachendorf’s; two dinners for 50 at the Stoneleigh restaurant; a vacation stay at a house in Deer Valley, Utah; and artist Lynn Dealey‘s signature KidneyTexas “bejeweled arm” prints.

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

Juli Harrison and Donna Jo Smith*

The Stoneleigh event was hosted by The Stoneleigh’s Donna Jo Smith, KidTX President Theresa Rourk and Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox (duh, Theresa’s mom) and Donna Arp Weitzman.

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Patty Jo and John Turner*

Natalie Taylor*

Natalie Taylor*

Guests included Juli Harrison, Ramona Jones, Natalie Taylor and Goodnight Service Awardee Patty Jo Turner and husband John Turner.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

Donna Arp Weitzman and Ramona Jones*

As for Donna, it seems that she has been juggling all types of life experiences. Yes, she’s co-chairing the RR. But she also said her book, “Cinderella Has Cellulite,” is in its third printing, has been translated into six languages, and had reached No. 22 on an Amazon list. In addition, Donna said an appearance on TV’s Wendy Williams show was being planned this fall to flog “Cinderella”—and that she’s hard at work on a sequel (tentative title: “Prince Charming Has a Migraine”).

And then there’s that construction crew lineup at Chez Weitzman. According to Donna, husband/real estate retailing guru Herb Weitzman has embraced the home-office work style big-time and is having a free-standing office constructed on the couple’s University Park estate. Being a sharp cookie and a fashion plate, Donna has plans to transform Herb’s old office into … what else … a closet for all her clothes.

* Photo credit: Danny Campbell