MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show

This year’s Salvation Army Women Auxiliary Fashion Show had loads of mothers and daughters and delicious designer clothes all ready to be snapped up on Monday, May 4, at Brook Hollow. There were also a couple or three surprises, like former first lady Laura Bush on one side of the runway and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on the other.

Betsy Price

Betsy Price

There was also a third surprise, but that will be in the post that’s being prepared. In the meantime, enjoy the gently experienced fashions and ever-generous guests at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Baseball Legend Joe Torre To Headline The Family Place’s Texas Trailblazer Luncheon On September 17

Gene Jones, Laura Bush and Charlotte Anderson

Gene Jones, Laura Bush and Charlotte Anderson

Ran into Carol Seay at the Salvation Army Fashion Show yesterday at Brook Hollow where former First Lady Laura Bush was honorary chair and the “experienced” clothes were disappearing from the racks.

But more about the show and luncheon later. What was pried out of Carol is that former All-Star baseball player, four-time World Series champion manger of the New York Yankee Joe Torre will be the headliner at The Family Place’s September 17th Texas Trailblazer Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.

This summer Joe will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Oh, what’s the connection between the baseball legend and domestic abuse? Margaret’s Place.

What’s Margaret’s Place? So many questions, but good ones!

Joe and his wife Ali created Safe At Home Foundation and established Margaret’s Places in New York, New Jersey and California, where middle and high school students are provided with a “’safe room’ to talk to each other and a professional counselor trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention about violence-related issues.”

The reason for creating such a program was because as Joe puts it, “When I was growing up, my father was a bully. My mother [Margaret] faced verbal and physical abuse from my father. If he didn’t like the food mom made, he would throw it against the wall. He used to make her get up in the middle of the night to cook for friends he brought home.

“Although I did not get phys­i­cally abused myself, I grew up in fear because my mom did. I was shy and dad would make fun of me. When­ever I saw his car in the dri­ve­way, I didn’t want to go home. One win­ter, when I was 12, my older brother Frank (20) said to my father, ‘We want you out of the house. We don’t want any­thing other than the house we live in. We don’t want any­thing from you. Just leave.’ And he left.

“Grow­ing up in a home where there was domes­tic vio­lence was very dif­fi­cult and left last­ing scars. Although I didn’t real­ize it then, I used to feel like the abuse was my fault. I felt help­less and alone. For many years, I felt ashamed and worthless.

“In those days, no one in my neigh­bor­hood knew what was hap­pen­ing in my home, or if they did, nobody talked about it. I did not talk about it because I was afraid. I didn’t know who to turn to for help.”

Carol along with daughter-in-law Stephanie Seay and Stephanie and Travis Hollman are co-chairing the event.

More news will be developing. Stay tuned.

Salvation Army Fashion Show & Luncheon Was A True Moving Feast In Fundraising

For Dallas shopaholics, the Salvation Army Fashion Show & Luncheon is a four-ringed circus. Everything from shopping to chomping takes place with thanks to the couture closets of some of Dallas’ stellar fashionistas (Pam Busbee, Virginia Dykes, Patti Flowers, Mary Gill, Vicki Howland, Ramona Jones, Sara Martineau, Sharon McCullough, Billie Leigh Rippey, Lillie Romano and Tucean Webb to name a few) and generous retailers like Elements, Stanley Korshak and Betty Reiter.

Therese Rourk

After last year’s tented event in a thunderstorm, the 2012 Co-chairs/mother/daughter team of Mary Lee Cox and Therese Rourk decided to head to the Fairmont for their Salvation Army fundraising effort. It was a big understanding to take up the Venetian Room, Regency Ballroom, International Ballroom and everything in between, but it worked. . . except for one itty-bitty oops. But more about that later.

Chic Boutique

In the first ring was the Chic Boutique in the Venetian Room, where it looked like Filene’s basement with loads of rolling rods brimming with all types of clothes. Across the back of the room was a mega-changing area where shoppers could try on their potential buys. As for the clothes, they were almost as amazing as the prices. Some customers had to put on their glasses to actually believe the prices on the clothes.

Adding to the “WOW!” factor were the 10 racks of clothes that were donated by the late Nancy Hamon estate. One friend of the late legendary philanthropist sounded a bit wistful as a woman walked by — “She’s got Nancy Hamon’s black boa.”

Upon hearing that the Hamon estate had made a major contribution, the petite Nancy Dedman‘s eyes and mouth formed perfect “O’s.” She and Pat McEvoy dove into the racks like true retailing vets.

Betty Reiter

Chic Boutique manager Betty Reiter had been setting up the temporary shop for two days. When one customer asked Betty’s advice about a nifty suit, Betty responded, “It was great 20 years ago when I wore it.”

But don’t go thinking it was richly done rags only. No, sireeee. To the immediate right of the entry on the upper level were shoes. Yvonne Crum birddogged an amazing gold field of Ferragamos. Seems that during her days of “skywalking,” Ferragamos were a godsend for her feet. Toward the back of the upper tier were hats and belts.

Handbags sign

Alas, the tables of purses were pretty much picked clean within the first half hour of the Chic’s opening. Don’t you know that Dallas lasses love their handbags. . . even if the sign may be missing a letter.

Linda Faulkner

While some proudly carried off their booty, others like a certain very, very, very wealthy wife asked not to be photographed shopping the racks.

B.J. Ward

One of the favorite traditions among some of the guests is to wear past purchases like B.J. Ward, who wore a Bill Blass that she bought at the luncheon 20 years ago.

As purchases were processed, the ladies started moving upstairs via the escalator for the fashion show in the Regency Ballroom on the next floor. No problem because the ladies didn’t hit the lone up escalator all at once

Event producer Jan Strimple admitted that some alterations had been made to some of the outfits. Alterations? removing a large puffed 80’s sleeve (like the Louis Feraud in scene #2), or shortening the dress to a current cocktail length (like the Mary McFadden in scene #1), or showing the Geoffrey Beene as a dress, when it came to us as an 80’s tunic and long skirt  (scene #1).

The seating took a little doing since there was no chart and guests tried to figure out where their place was, but these gals are pros and eventually found their places, so the show was underway.

Pat and Emmitt Smith

Emcee Pat Smith surprised the group with the appearance of her husband Emmitt, who told the group how the Salvation Army had played an important part in his childhood and for his family.

Jennifer Dix and Lori Jones

After recognizing many past chairs, Honorary Chairs/sisters-in-law Karen Jones and Lori Jones and others, the show was underway based on the theme, “Remembering the Past. . . Looking to the Future.”

Modern Miss fashion

It was a home run. Jan later admitted, “The scenes I’ve had so many comments on were scene 4 and 5. Scene 4, The Modern Ms. was all about the new mash-up.  The message was that as women, we put pieces together differently today than we did ten years ago. And certainly different than our mothers did in the 80’s. Our goal with that was to encourage women to be brave and have some fun when they dress. Had at least a dozen comments on how bold the combinations were and how much the audience enjoyed that styling!  We savor that kind of response to our work on this show.

Poetic Dressing

“Scene 5, Poetic Dressing was obviously purposefully dramatic and supported by emotionally rich music.  Obtaining so many pieces from Nancy Hamon’s estate inspired that scene, as Nancy had a flair for the dramatic and her closet reflected that preference.”

Jan was understating the close of the show with Poetic Dressing. It started with models walking the runway in an assortment of black Prada, Bonavitacola, Studio 6, Victor Costa, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass. When the last model had completed her walk, the group lined up on either side of the catwalk and a bride in an exquisite custom-made ivory wedding gown slowly made her way the full length of the runway.

Yes, Nancy would have loved it.  As the show closed, the ladies took on the challenge of moving from the second floor’s Regency Ballroom to the International Ballroom on the ground level via a escalator that required one-person-at-a-time, no doubling up. Some eyebrows were raised at the thought of moving that number of women in such a manner. Might it take all afternoon? Nope. These ladies with nary a muss or fuss got downstairs perfectly to settle down for lunch and to compare their purchases.

And that’s where the itty-bitty oops took place. The salad (farmers market baby lettuce, vine ripened tomatoes, goat cheese and candied walnuts with lemon-thyme vinaigrette) was followed by what one guest described as “kitty cat food.” Well, yes, it was filet of salmon with lemon beurre and wildflower honey-glazed chicken breast, but the lunch bunch has dined on that combination many times at various fundraising events. However, this time the grumbling resulted from the chicken be so challenging to cut that one woman threatened to ask for a steak knife.

On the other hand, another guest, who simply skipped the entree, smiled and said, “This is my idea of a great meal — just a salad and dessert.”