Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 2018 Fashion Show And Luncheon Plans Revealed By Chair Lisa Singleton At Eiseman Jewels

Nobody at Eiseman Jewels seemed to notice that ¾ moon hovering over NorthPark, Zeke Elliott’s legal woes or even the World Series on Wednesday, November 1. They were there to celebrate plans for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary‘s 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Marvin and Lisa Singleton, Margot Perot and Betsy and Richard Eiseman

As Eiseman proprietor Richard Eiseman took a knee upon seeing the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary founder Margot Perot, he quickly offered the knee recognition to his wife Betsy Eiseman.

Candace Winslow and Nikki Webb

Joyce Fox

In another part of the showroom were Joanna Clarke, Nikki Webb and Candace Winslow. It would later be discovered to the wine-flute sipping crowd including SAWA President Betsy Willis, Ramona Jones, Barbara Sypult, Joyce Fox and Kim and Greg Hext, that Nikki and Candace would be joined by Kim Quinn and Merry Wyatt for underwriting efforts for the annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 2018  Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Meyerson on Wednesday, May 9.

Barbara Sypult, Marvin Singleton, Margot Perot and Ramona Jones

As an incentive to rally the troops, Major Barbara Rich reported that last May’s fashion extravaganza had just barely missed its goal of $1M.  

Needless to say, SAWA Fashion Show Chair Lisa Singleton didn’t drop a note and warned the group that she and fashion show producer Jan Strimple would be checking closets for gently used clothes for the fundraiser.

Jan Strimple

Anne Davidson

Immediately Presenting Sponsor Anne Davidson announced that Lisa and Jan were editing her closet the upcoming weekend.

JUST IN: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Fashion Show Deets Revealed Among Eiseman Jewels

With the Astros facing the Dodgers in California for the World Series on Wednesday, November 1, the fashion-loving types and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary supporters were surrounded by gems.  They were at Eiseman Jewels learning about plans for the 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Marvin and Lisa Singleton, Margot Perot and Betsy and Richard Eiseman

 

Event Chair Lisa Singleton announced the boldface team that would be holding forth at the Meyerson on Wednesday, May 9.

Jan Strimple

Candace Winslow and Nikki Webb

Flame-haired event producer Jan Strimple will be commandeering the presentation. As for underwriting, it will be Lisa’s gal pals Kim Quinn, Nikki Webb, Candace Winslow and Merry Wyatt. As previously revealed, the  presenting sponsor will be philanthropist Anne Davidson!

Anne Davidson

Adding the frosting to the event, Lisa revealed that Jan Pickens will receive the Margot Perot Service Award.

As for the honorary chair, Michal Powell will be double timing. Michal is also chairing the Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good Luncheon on Friday, November 16.

More deets about the gathering to follow, but did want the immediate news to be provided for you.

More Than Designer Fashions Highlighted The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Whoopsie! That was the word going through the minds in the blacker-than-black tent at Brook Hollow for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, May 4.

For once it wasn’t a case of Ma Nature pulling one of her thunderous blasts, nor was it a terrorist attack.

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

Checking out the couture designs in the card room

As dedicated shoppers elbowed each other to shop the treasure trove of gently experienced fashions in the ballroom and “card room,” all was going perfectly.

OK, so maybe a couple of gals weren’t thrilled that they both wanted a one-and-only item in the card room where couture outfits were displayed, but there were no cat fights. Oh, please! This was Brook Hollow and the event was benefiting the Salvation Army of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Laura Bush and Valerie Bell

Finally the guests found their way from the clubhouse down the steps through the tunnel leading to the darker-than-dark tent for the show. Course, it took some time to take their seats, but eventually all were in place including the no-funny-business Secret Service types who escort former first lady Laura Bush. While she took her place on the front row near her friend Ruth Altshuler, posed for photos with Gene Jones and chatted with Kappa Alpha Theta sister Valerie Bell, the Secret Service took their places along the back of the tent with no smiles. In the meantime, some guests snuck out their cellphones for a quickie, fuzzy shot of Laura in her green suit.

Betsy Chambers

Betsy Chambers

Janet

Janet

Following a video about “Janet,” who had overcome an abusive relationship thanks to Salvation Army resources, SAWA President Betsy Chambers introduced Janet to the audience and presented her with flowers.

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn

Luncheon Co-Chair Ginger Sager recognized the 2015 honorary mother/daughter co-chairs of Marilyn Augur and her daughters (Margaret Hancock, Anne Hardaway and “Elizabeth Taylor, who is unable to be with us today”) and Sharon McCullough and her girls (Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Terry McCullough and Lissie McCullough). They also pointed out “special guests” Sharon’s sister, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Laura Bush.

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Suzanne Webb, Tucean Webb and Tucean Franks

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

Lisa Ogle and Nina Thornburgh

It was becoming apparent that this event was a mom-daughter coming together with Tucean Webb with daughters Suzanne Webb and Tucean Franks, Nina Thornburgh and daughter Lisa Ogle, Faye Briggs still in a wheelchair and daughter Pebble MeGehee.

Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Then just as the luncheon committee chairs were to stand for recognition, the lights went out. Why, shoot! All the electricity including the A/C shut down. Had Brook Hollow not paid its electricity bill? Heck, no! It was some complicated snafu that was basically showstopping….literally.

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

Margot Perot and Linda Custard

But as darkness provided some laughter about holding a fashion show in the dark, it also caused the Bush team to look a tad bit antsy. As the darkness continued beyond the 30-second mark, the Secret Service wasn’t laughing. After two minutes of darkness, Ginger and her Co-Chair Dixey Arterburn persevered and tried to carry on in the dark thanking committee members and telling how the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme was selected because the day was the late Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. In the meantime, the Secret Service started easing toward the aisle leading to Laura just as the lights came back on at the two-and-a-half-minute mark. Whew! What guests didn’t realize was the electrical stoppage had also caused the massive A/C units to stop. Now, they were having to reboot from scratch to cool the tent.

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dixey Arterburn, Ginger Sager and Gene Jones

Unruffled Dixey and Ginger continued on script. They introduced Margot Perot on stage and told how the Margot Perot Award had been named after her for playing “a vital part in organizing the Women’s Auxiliary of Dallas over 23 years ago.” It was then that Gene Jones and her daughter Charlotte Anderson Jones joined Margot, Dixey and Ginger on stage as the recipients of the Margot Perot Award for their “work tirelessly to promote good in all they come in contact.”

As the five ladies exited the stage, Shelly returned saying “Where else but the Salvation Army can we talk about Audrey Hepburn, the Dallas Cowboys, Margot Perot and domestic violence in the same conversation?” She then introduced the show, leaving guests to figure out which one of the outfits on the runway had originally retailed for $19,000. (FYI: It was the black gown that was the show’s closer.)

Fashion show finale

Fashion show finale

Once the show finished, Major Michele Matthews was on stage. With her voice breaking, she thanked the SAWA, extolled the greatness of the recycled fashion show project and more or less made a farewell speech. While some might have felt Michele was a bit dramatic, they didn’t realize that this would be Michele’s last SAWA’s fashion show. She and her husband Ward Matthews were being reassigned to Atlanta.

For more photos and loads of clothes, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Lunchtime Bag Stuffing Spree To Take Place Thursday At The Wearhouse Sale

If you don’t have plans for lunch tomorrow (Thursday), then take $25 over to The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Wearhouse Sale for a last chance to pick up some extra-special sweet deals. No, lunch won’t be served, but who needs lunch when you’re served up a buffet of shopping.

The WearHouse Sale shoes (File photo)

The Wearhouse Sale shoes (File photo)

Sure, you thought the Wearhouse was closed for business last week, but the organizers decided to open it one last time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. All types of goodies will be available including clothes for all ages, shoes and handbags.

But it’s better than you imagine. For that $25 you can take home as much as you can stuff in the bag.  Yup, you read that right.

This is a “OOO” (aka One-day Only Opportunity).

If you do have plans, why not change the locale and take your buds over to 9216 Harry Hines Boulevard. There’s nothing more fun than bargain hunting with pals. Afterwards, you can always pop by the original Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for a barbecue plate.

BTW, the online auction for those “special items” from the silent auction and runway collection closes down Friday at 2 p.m., so hop to it.

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.

Round Robin April 8 (Part II): KidneyTexas Runway Report Kick-Off Party And Salvation Army Fashion Show And Luncheon Reception

After a brief recovery from the Tuesday, April 8th luncheons, it was time to hit the road again for an evening of fashion show kick-offs and patron parties to raise funds for KidneyTexas and the Salvation Army.

KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon & Style Show Kick Off Party

Ramona Jones

Ramona Jones

Over at Tootsies, about 75 partygoers gathered to pump up enthusiasm for the September 23rd KidneyTexas Runway Report Luncheon & Style Show at Brook Hollow Golf Club. While a jazz trio played bouncy standards like “I Love Paris” and “When Sunny Gets Blue,” kickoff-party guests including Carol Seay, Renee Winter, Emilynn Wilson, Andrea Alcorn, Fran Cashen and Ramona Jones prepared to enjoy a mini-runway show featuring Tootsies frocks on KidneyTexas volunteers—plus one game young man, Blake Settle, who was wearing a shirt from Pockets Menswear.

Fran Cashen, Renee Winters and Andrea Alcorn

Fran Cashen, Renee Winters and Andrea Alcorn

He was the son of Karen Settle, the luncheon chair. Proud mama Karen was seen huddling with KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey while, not far away, Cara Stone was getting ready for the runway show under the watchful eye of Nerissa von Helpenstill, the Tootsies manager.

Emilynn Wilson, Rachel Cowlishaw and Patricia Cowlishaw

Emilynn Wilson, Rachel Cowlishaw and Patricia Cowlishaw

Also on hand was Patricia Cowlishaw. Her granddaughter Rachel Cowlishaw handles the “modern” department of the Dallas operation of the Houston-based retailing operation.

Funds from the Sept. 23 event will benefit the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, National Kidney Foundation-Camp Reynal, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon Reception

Kathie King

Kathie King

Carol Seay was a busy woman Tuesday. No sooner was she spotted at the KidneyTexas do than she turned up, Zelig-like, at the magnificent home of Kathie and Randy King. The occasion? A fete for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 2014 Fashion Show & Luncheon, scheduled for Monday, May 5 at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Carol was among 160 who showed up at the Kings’, who’d opened up their house for Salvation Army events twice before.

Guests had hardly departed their cars before hearing, “Wait til you see this house!” With its cobble tile roof, simply perfect floorplan, curved doorways, designer colors, fabulous textures, two outdoor fireplaces, pool and guest quarters, the property takes up two lots in Highland Park. Kathie, whose left foot had undergone surgery earlier in the year, reported that the house was the result of a marvelous working relationship with architect/builder Tony McClung. The way that Kathie talked, Tony should be negotiating peace in the Ukraine.

Kathie and Randy King's home and putting green

Kathie and Randy King’s home and putting green

When asked if the Kings had a dog, Kathie laughed, saying, “We have a putting green surrounded by AstroTurf.” Evidently, that was the one concession she made for Randy.

Holly Forsythe and Denise Wolford

Holly Forsythe and Denise Wolford

Speaking of dogs, award-winning animal advocate Holly Forsythe had just arrived from a Greg Abbott fundraiser at Gene and Jerry Jones’ estate. Holly revealed that she was thrilled to learn that Republican State Representative candidate Chart Westcott was “very pro-active in closing puppy mills.”

Gina Jones

Gina Jones

After enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres inside the dramatic manse, guests including Denise Wolford, Anne and David Caruth, Vicki Howland, Dee Wyly and Jill Rowlett moved outside to listen to brief remarks by the pool from Capt. Michele Matthews, who will soon be earning her major’s stripes. They also heard that Chair Gina Jones had arranged for former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to serve as honorary chairs for the event. Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show, which is in its 23rd year and has raised more than $7 million for the Salvation Army so far.

Michelle Matthews

Michele Matthews

Come rain or shine, this fashion show/sell-a-thon is a traditional home run. It’s an opportunity to add to your collection of killer outfits, while raising funds for the Salvation Army.

Nancy Bierman And Karen Dealy Reveal Changes For 2013 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

Nancy Bierman and Karen Dealy

Like coutured generals, the 2013 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-chairs Nancy Bierman and Karen Dealy gathered the troops to announce a change of direction for the annual shop-til-you-drop fundraiser. And, of course, to reveal the plans, one would never expect these gals to do it in a pup tent or a plain Jane office. Nope, the ladies gathered Tuesday at Janis Coffee‘s marvelous manor in University Park.

So, let’s not stall and get right to the announcements.

First, the date is set for Monday, May 6. Put that down right now.

Second, the show and luncheon will return to Brook Hollow Golf Club after the 2012’s event being held at the Fairmont this past year. Sure, the hotel offered plenty of protection and room (Venetian Room for the Chic Boutique, the Regency Ballroom for the show and the International Ballroom for the luncheon), but the parking challenges were a real downer. Let’s face it. The Fairmont was originally built as condo towers and more parking was not part of the original equation.

And, yes, a tent will be incorporated once again at Brook Hollow, but Nancy and Karen are in negotiations with Mother Nature to play nicely.

Third, the honorary chairs will be the Perot ladies — Nancy Perot, Suzanne McGee, Carolyn Rathjen, Katherine Reeves and Sarah Perot.

Fourth, Tootsies will be coordinating the thousands of clothes and accessories bound for sale at the event.

If you’ve never ever been to this luncheon-fashion show, you have not only missed some major bargains but also some marvelous people-watching. The most fashionable mavens including the 10 Best Dressed scour the racks looking for finds that sister fashionistas have donated. If you’re a veteran, you know that purchases do double duty representing both pride and good taste.

Ladies, Start Your Engines For Monday’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show & Luncheon At The Fairmont

Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary

If you’re a veteran of past Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Shows, then remember — don’t go to Brook Hollow Monday. Co-chairs Mary Lee Cox and Theresa Rourk have moved the Jan Strimple-produced-fashion-show, luncheon and  shop-a-thon of gently experienced clothes to the Fairmont.

If this is your first experience, then prepare yourself. The bargains are only out shadowed by the out-of-this-world fashions donated by some of Dallas’ top shoppers, like Honorary Chairs Karen Jones and Lori Jones.

It starts at 10 with the Chic Boutique in the Venetian Room.

For emcee duties, it’s requiring a team effort by Pat and Emmitt Smith, who are pretty darn fashionable, don’t you know!

Also, look around at the other guests. One of the favs is to wear past purchases.

Don’t forget your wallet. The goodies go quickly. What isn’t snapped up is moved to The Wearhouse Sale at 9216 Harry Hines Boulevard on Wednesday and Thursday