Slipper Club To Benefit Rays Of Light With Funds And Volunteering

Leave it to the Slipper Club ladies to multi-task in supporting nonprofits. For ages they were largely a social club, but they added a new twist. Instead of just having social occasions, they decided to turn them into fundraising opportunities. Thus, their annual gala benefits a different nonprofit each year.

But then in this age when hands-on involvement is as valuable as funds, the Slipper membership has added volunteerism to their agenda of giving back.

This year they picked Rays of Light as their 2016-2017 beneficiary for the gala at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Saturday, February 4.

In addition to raising the funds, Slipper members “will also partake in volunteer opportunities” for the “local foundation dedicated to being the light at the end of the tunnel for both children with special need and their families in the Dallas metropolitan area.”

If Rays of Light is new on your radar, Slipperette Lily Kramlich-Taylor explains that, “Together with dedicated volunteers, Rays of Light creates a unique evening for special need children and their siblings on the first three Friday of every month at the Lovers Lane United Methodist church and Christ Foundry United Methodist Mission for Spanish-speaking families. This give the parents the opportunity to have four free hours, while the children get socialization and interaction with peers and volunteers through educational and fun activities.”

While tickets aren’t online, those wonderful sponsorship opportunities are, by contacting Amy Stone!

Round Robin February 28: Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade And 19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Well, Mother Nature just couldn’t hold back any longer and she let the winter weather blow up a lot of plans for the weekend. But some groups rallied the troops, like the Dallas Festival of Ideas in the Performing Arts District and the Resource Center’s Toast to Life Voodoo on the Trinity at The Empire Room on Saturday, February 28. Here are a couple of field reports about other goings on:

Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade

Despite the frigid temps and Uber surge rates, the Dallas YP set headed across the bridge to 3015 at Trinity Groves for the second annual Genesis Young Leaders Masquerade, presented by Stonelake Capital Partners and Texas Capital Bank. Event co-chairs Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and 

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

beautifully transformed the space by using unique touches from Garden Gate Floral and Fauxcades to create an art deco feel of golds, blacks, and whites.

With a “Masquerade Mule” or other festive drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka in hand, partygoers —draped in masks, party beads, and cocktail chic—chatted and captured memories at the photo booth or Slo-Mo video station. The silent auction and raffle grabbed attendees’ attention by offering items like Arteriors lamps, a Yeti cooler filled with Four Corners Brewing Co. beer, and a staycation at Hotel ZaZa. After table games and bidding, guests kept warm on the dance floor with help from entertainment Cuvee.

Cuvee*

Cuvee*

Thanks to the generosity of guests and underwriters, the party surpassed goals and raised more than $135,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support to provide services free of charge for battered women and their children.

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Spotted on the YP scene: Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie, Ashley and Matt KelloggWhitney and Preston Zapffe, Allison VanderwoudeBlake and Eve Wiley, Abby and Drew EvansJessica KilloughBlake Rogers and Holly Heft, Ashley and Marcus Allen, Andrea and Eric Earnhart and Matt and Jamie Miller.

Genesis Young Leaders was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting domestic violence awareness and to supporting Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and its clients.

19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club, a not-for-profit organization and the first women’s social club of Dallas that fosters charitable giving programs to support charities serving women and children, hosted its 19th annual fundraising gala, a “Bubbly Affair” at Belo Mansion. An evening of cocktails, live music by Time Machine Band, Vegas-style casino games, an extensive silent auction, raffles, photo booth by DTX Media, champagne tower and gourmet chicken and waffles, brought together more than 500 members and supporters to benefit Slipper Club’s 2015 beneficiary, Camp John Marc (CJM).

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Before the expected guests arrived on one of Dallas’ coldest nights in 2015, Slipper Club President, Susan Deasy Conway, hosted the annual President’s Dinner that included Belo Mansion Caesar Salad, fork-tender beef short rib with a Cabernet demi-glaze served with garlic mashed potatoes and winter root vegetables and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.

Vance Gilmore**

Vance Gilmore**

Highlighting Slipper Club’s 2015 achievements, Susan presented CJM Executive Director Vance Gilmore to enlighten guests on the impact the Slipper Club’s donation will have toward the campers and organization in months to come.

In addition to the extravagant evening, the silent auction was complete with more than 200 items in categories including great escapes, sporting events, entertainment and more. The total amount raised on Saturday night will be announced in late March with a check presentation to Vance. This year’s gala would not have been such an amazing success without Gala Chair Erika Burton, Auction Co-Chairs Haley Donald and Blair Nelson, the gala team, Slipper Club board members and Slipper Club’s wonderful sponsors.

Camp John Marc, a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, inspires confidence for life through high-quality camping programs for children, teens and families. Year-round programming and specialized camp facilities are uniquely designed in partnership with Dallas-Fort Worth pediatric hospitals, community volunteers and health organizations dedicated to serving campers living with chronic, medical and physical challenges. Almost 25 years later, CJM currently hosts eleven week-long summer camps and more than 25 weekend camps. On average, more than 3,000 children, teens and family members attend a CJM camp every year.

* Photo credit: Amy E. Frost 
** Photo credit: Jessie Wallace, DTX Media

Round Robin Sept. 18: Too Many To List

Every now and then, there are “go-figure moments” in fundraising scheduling. Thursday, September 18, was such a day. Here it was the tsunami of nonprofits emailing, calling and tapping sources to donate to the North Texas Giving Day. Last year most groups went dark to allow the big day to take place uninterrupted. This year the pendulum swung in the opposite direction with receptions, parties and announcements taking place all over the place. The AT&T Chairman’s dinner was being held at the Winspear and Dallas Opera’s First Sight was filling Roberto Cavalli with beautiful people including First Sight/First Night Co-Chairs Nick Even and Lynn McBee.

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Nick Even, Cristiano Mancini and Lynn McBee*

Here are just a smattering of the multitude of things that were going on from field reports:

Art For Advocacy Kick-Off Party

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke*

Greg Lauren and Brian Bolke**

“Art and fashion enthusiasts gathered at Forty Five Ten for a special event to kick off the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s upcoming fundraiser, Art for Advocacy. Special guest and fashion designer, Greg Lauren, showcased his newest collection while guests sipped on Austin Cocktails. DJ Lucy Wrubel kept the party going with beats that pulsed throughout the store. In support of the event, Forty Five Ten’s Brian Bolke offered 10% of the evening’s proceeds to benefit DCAC and will extend 10% of sales from the Greg Lauren collection to the agency through Nov. 1.

“Art for Advocacy celebrates the transformative power of art therapy in helping children process trauma and heal emotional scars as a result of abuse. Proceeds support DCAC’s work in improving the lives of abused children in Dallas County and providing national leadership on child abuse issues. The event draws community and business leaders, young professionals, local arts organizations, artists and gallerists, art collectors, and art patrons.

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts*

Lynn M. Davis, Chad and Judee Barrett, Randall and Kara Goss, Stephanie and John Roberts**

“Guests included DCAC CEO Lynn Davis, Underwriting Co-Chairs Judee and Chad Barrett, Honorary Co-Chairs Kara and Randall Goss, Event Co-Chairs Stephanie and John Roberts, Helena and Doug Wall, Lee McGuire, Allyson Cooke, Leisa Street, Cile McCorlek, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Muffin Lemak, Shelby Wagner, Jamie and Jeremy Saylor, Christine and Mark Danuser, Susan and David Brown, Camille McMakin and Kelly Moser.

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown*

Mark and Christine Danuser and Susan and David Brown**

“This year’s Art for Advocacy event will feature 100 local and regional artists in a silent and live art auction. The 8th annual event makes a departure to a Saturday night featuring tequila, Texas tapas, and desert vacation packages guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. The Art for Advocacy auction party will take place at 7 p.m. on November 1, at F.I.G. to raise funds to aid the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) in its mission to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County. An Art Preview will be held at 6 p.m. for $2500+ sponsors offering the first opportunity to buy-it-now. DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of the most severe cases of child abuse in the community and provides national leadership on child abuse issues. For more information email [email protected].”

Capital for Kids Anniversary Party

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Ann and Lee Hobson***

Capital for Kids kicked off its 10th anniversary celebration last night in the Highland Park home of Ann and Lee Hobson. Celebrating 10 years of changing lives in North Texas, the invitation-only sponsor party featured a special presentation by children from the Trinity River Mission of West Dallas – a Capital for Kids grant recipient.

Scott and Amy Houdek***

Scott and Amy Houdek***

“Among the guests were Rob Hayes, Reid Walker, Amy and Capital for Kids 2014 Co-Chair Scott Houdek, Katy and Lawrence Bock (who donated an emerald-cut 10-carat aquamarine surrounded by 66 dimaonds to celebrate CFK’s 10th anniversary), Carroll Watson, Reed Carroll, Rachel and Brad Stephens, Allison Carlisle, Susan Nichol, Dawn Blankenship Hennessey, Michael Watson, Michael Massad, Jason Hill, Lucas Legera, David Smith and Gentry Beach.

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

Lawrence and Katy Bock***

“Capital for Kids is a network of individuals in the asset management community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Through the partnership of our sponsors and grant recipients over the last 10 years, Capital for Kids has supported organizations that educate, protect and encourage at-risk children. They provide financial support to organizations that help break the cycle of child abuse, poverty and neglect through education, advocacy and emergency resources.

“Since inception, Capital for Kids has donated $8.7 million to more than 50 different charitable organizations in North Texas. They have a goal to give $10 million in 10 years to North Texas children’s charities. 100% of sponsorship and donation dollars go directly to the charities they support. Capital for Kids will be hosting its main event on Thursday, November 20, at the FIG. Tickets can be purchased at www.capitalforkids.org.

KidneyTexas Patron Party

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

Linda Dodd, Ola Fojtasek and Lissie Donosky****

KidneyTexas, Inc. patrons of The Runway Report Luncheon and Style Show gathered at the Highland Park home of Ola and Randall Fojtasek and had much to celebrate!

“As the evening began, the verandah was bathed in soft lighting opening into the expansive courtyard. Guests enjoyed wines donated by Barbara and David Farmer as M3Trio serenaded them into the evening, under the stars. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres donated and catered by Angela Gordon of Angela’s Catering filled the formal dining table and were passed inside and out. Valet parking was generously donated by Gold Crown Parking.

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

Anna Bland Aston and Scott Aston****

“Guests included patron party chair Anna Bland Aston, her husband Scott and daughter, Annalee; Jolie Humphrey, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and her husband, Bart, and Lezlie and Bill Noble, who donated a strand of South Sea pearls valued at $32,000 to the live auction.

“The buzz was about the upcoming The Runway Report luncheon and fashion show at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, which presents Faye C. Briggs as honorary chair and honors Janelle Friedman with the Goodnight Service Award. The Goodnight award is named in honor of Sue Goodnight, a founding KidneyTexas, Inc. member and longtime volunteer and supporter of the organization, who attended with her sister, Faye Wheeler.

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

Janelle Friedman and Sue Goodnight****

“Tooties fashions will rule the runway in a fashion show produced by Jan Strimple and also feature fashions from KidBiz and Pockets.

“The live auction also features a Santa Fe, New Mexico vacation package valued at $10,000 which includes a 5-bedroom house and other delights! It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.

“The luncheon, chaired by Karen Settle, benefits KidneyTexas, Inc. beneficiaries: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney Foundation – Camp Reynal, UT Southwestern Medical Center.

VNA Kick-Off Party

“The VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon Committee held a kick-off celebration Thursday that brought together sponsors, board members and VNA executives. Some 30 guests joined the event at Molto Formaggio in Highland Park Village to sample fine wines and cheeses. Michael Perlmeter and Christy Martinez, the owners of Molto Formaggio, hosted the event and are donating a portion of all proceeds to VNA.

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

Katherine Krause, Lori Whitlow and Ryan Stegall*****

“The 5th Annual VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon will be held on October 15 at VNA’s Haggerty Center in Dallas, benefiting VNA’s Meals on Wheels program. This year’s Celebrity Chef is Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole.

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

Francie Mancillas and Katie Johnson*****

“Among those attending the kick-off celebration were: 2014 Celebrity Chef Luncheon Co-Chairs Katie Johnson and Francie Mancillas, VNA Board Development Chair Lori Whitlow, VNA President and CEO Katherine Krause, VNA Board Chair Sara Fraser Crismon, VNA Board Vice-Chair Janet Ryan Stegall, VNA Board Members Jay Oppenheimer, Catherine Sweet, John Sears and Cathy Vanden Eykel. Many of those attending are sponsors for the Celebrity Chef Luncheon, including Sara Fraser Crismon, Ike Vanden Eykel, Lynn Sears, Mike Sweet and Janet Ryan Stegall.

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

Ike and Cathy Vanden Eykel*****

For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon and how it will benefit VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.

Slipper Club Announcement

Over at Trinity Groves, the Slipper Club gals gathered for the announcement of the 2015 gala plans. According to Slipper Club President Susan Deasy and Gala Chair Erika Burton, the annual party will benefit Camp John Marc. It will take place at Belo Mansion on Friday, February 27.

Junior League Announcement

The Junior Leaguers and their fans assembled at the Galleria’s Belk to hear deets about the 53rd annual fundraising ball. Ball Chair Beverly Cahill revealed the theme will be “The Magnolia Ball.” Why, oh, why does one suspect that magnolias will be abundant that night?

Beverly explained the thinking behind the theme, “This year’s theme will embrace the elegant heritage of our great city of Dallas with a classic, yet stylish twist,” said Cahill. “The Magnolia Ball will be the Southern Chic dinner and dancing event of the season!”

Then she added another twist to the annual gala. Instead of an entertainer, she’s arranged to have two — jazz singer/songwriter Gabbie McGee to set the mood for the evening and Emerald City for post-dinner dancing and gyrating. Okay, so maybe one doesn’t necessarily gyrate in formal wear, but a whole lot shaking and dancing usually takes place when Emerald City is on stage.

The black-tie fundraiser will take place in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, February 21.

Lynn McBee will serve as honorary chair. At the rate Lynn is going, she’ll probably end up chairing the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

* Photo provided by First Sight/First Night 
** Photos provided by Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
*** Photos provided by Capital for Kids
**** Photo credit: Daniel Driensky
***** Photos provided by VNA

Slipper Club Gals Celebrate Mardi Gras To Raise Funds For Communities In Schools, While Moms Sit On The Sidelines

It’s tough being a mom. Whether it’s seeing your munchkin off to the first day of school or on that first date, there’s a bonding stretch that no one but a mother can understand . . . especially a daughter.

Jacque Kennedy and Lauren Chapman

Jacque Kennedy and Lauren Chapman

Such were the cases for Lauren Chapman and Callan Harrison Saturday night at the Slipper Club Gala at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Here Lauren was chairing the fundraiser for the Communities In Schools Dallas Region; Callan had orchestrated the silent auction along with Co-chair Claire Amberson and Jacque Kennedy was presiding over the Slipper Club. But their mums were still available on premises just in case.

Callan Harrison

Callan Harrison

But the call-for-mom-arms was never made.

The Slipper trio pulled the annual black-tie gala off without a stress wrinkle or frown. Why, they even had time for a quick pre-ball visit with the makeup gurus and blow-dry pros.

But that’s expected when you know what you’re doing. Lauren, Callan and Jacque had both fellow Slipper members and area experts working with them for the past year to take advantage of the Mardi Gras feel of the season. Florist Junior Villanueva added to the flourish with mega-ostrich feathers in vases topping the cushy circular banquettes and extras.

Slipper Club President's Dinner

Slipper Club President’s Dinner

Jackie’s seated dinner set the mood for the evening with tables covered in gold tablecloths and highlighted by large vases filled with peacock feathers.

And the guests really got into the New Orleans festive feeling. It’s amazing how well the Mardi Gras staple of glittery beads goes beautifully with real gems and designer duds.

Shelby Krause

Shelby Krause

Gala Decoration Chair Shelby Krause, upon spying a gent wearing embroidered, velvet opera slippers, immediately announced she was going to get a pair, too. But her pair would be totally unique to her. On one slipper would be embroidered a shell and on the other a bee — Shell-bee.

But don’t go thinking that all of this partying was a la Gatsby frivolity. Heck no! The girls’ purpose was to raise funds for Communities In Schools Dallas Region, according to CISDR Director of Philanthropy Lisa Loy Laughlin.

Yeti package item

Yeti package item

To do this, there were gaming tables throughout the ballroom and side rooms. The patio was filled with all types of fun including a table with dozens of fancy masks for guests to wear for the photo stand. At the other end of the patio were tables filled to the brim with such treasures as Prada purses, a New Air dual-zone wine cooler filled with bottles of wine and a trio of Yeti coolers with Coors Light and Miller Lite. Callan and Claire had put together a nifty collection of biddables.

Fashionable back

Fashionable back

Still the fashion was incredible. After all when you’re young, have perfect complexions and not an inch of cellulite in sight, what else would you expect? Only thing missing were the backs of many gowns. But who was complaining?

So, as the hundreds of young guests raised the roof and funds in the ballroom and patio, the moms survived the evening on the sidelines thanks to their very capable and talented daughters.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Slipper Club Gala 2013

IMG_5403 MasksForget New Orleans when it comes to Mardi Gras. The Slipper Club gals took the annual party time to new heights thanks to a gorgeous black tie crowd.

Want proof? Photos just went up on the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Story to follow.

Going For The Goal(s): Lauren Chapman

Lauren Chapman (File photo)

Slipper Club Gala Chair Lauren Chapman‘s goal for 2013 are:

“One goal for 2013 is to wear at least 5 different costumes during the year.”

Slipper Club Goes To School For Ketchup Saturday

Ketchup Saturday students and Jacqueline Kennedy in red hat

Well, when those Slipper Club gals take on projects, they add a special glitter and oomph to the festivities. On Saturday, December 8, Slipper Club President Jacque Kennedy led her merry maids in a Christmas party for children “participating in the Ketchup Saturday Program at Communities in Schools Dallas Region (CISDR).”

What was especially extra-special about this one was the fact that very few folks know about the Ketchup Saturday Program or even CISDR for that fact. Despite having been around for 27 years, CISDR “surrounds students with a community of support and empowers them to stay in school and succeed in life. . .  CISDR has directly worked with 146,148 students, with more than 90% staying in school. Currently CISDR operates on 64 school campuses in 14 school districts in Dallas, Colin, Ellis, Hunt and Rockwall counties.”

As for the Ketchup Saturday Program, it’s a “CISDR project where students are brought into the administration offices on Saturdays for extra tutorials, socialization, lunch and homework assistance (helping them ‘catch up’ on their week’s classwork).”

But on this Slipper Saturday, the munchkins “decorated Christmas cookies, made reindeer sandwiches and crafted wonderful ornaments and Christmas cards for the holiday season.”

The Slipper Club is also raising funds for the program at its February 9th gala that is open to members, non-members and anyone who likes a great black-tie party at Brook Hollow.

Photo provided by the Slipper Club

Slipper Club’s New Member Reception Partied With Cupcakes, Officers And Plans For 2013 Fundraising Gala

As mentioned before, the Slipper Club has come a long way since its founding in 1934 when it was a ladies social club. Back then young women didn’t have Uptown or anything like Chesterfield’s to socialize. Why shoot! The country was just emerging from Prohibition and women had just gotten the right to vote 21 years earlier.

2012-2013 Slipper Club leadership

Since having shifted its gears back in 1995 from a social club to a fundraising organization, the Slipper Club has still managed to keep the socializing a healthy part of their program. For instance, May 17 Slipper Club Gala Chair Lauren Chapman and the officers literally held an “open house” for the new member reception.

Slipper Club's new member reception

By open house that’s not to say it was anyone could drop by. Heck, no. Lauren’s folks Vicki and Bob Chapman lent her the use of their home for the new members and officers to chit-chat, sip and nibble. Only problem was how to accommodate that number of guests. Seems that Party Chair Whitney Toeller had so successfully arranged for the occasion, more than 100 were expected to literally fill the Chapmans’ abode. Simple solution. Arrange for perfect weather and open the doors for the ladies to extend the partying outside.

Trailercakes

Don’t know who had the connections, but it all worked out beautifully with delicious food including cupcakes that Lauren and Vicki discovered at Trailercakes and Slipper Club President Jacque Kennedy at the door greeting all the newbies.

Jacque Kennedy

Revealed at the party was the date of the next fundraising gala. The black-tie event will be Saturday, February 9, at Brook Hollow benefiting Communities in Schools  with 450 guests expected. Working with Lauren on the soiree will be Decorations Chair Shelby Krause and Auction Co-chairs Callan Harrison and Elizabeth Sanders.

Shelby Krause, Callan Harrison, Lauren Chapman and Elizabeth Sanders

But don’t go thinking the new members reception continued until the wee hours of the morning. Nope. It shut down promptly at 8:30, but not because they ran out of food or talk. The reason? Many of the guests had to change from their sundresses into cowgirl gear for the Cattle Baron’s Trailblazer party at Eddie Deen’s where Pat Green was on stage.

Slipper Club’s “An Arabian Night” Was Dreamy From Invitation To Henna And Hookah Booths For Heroes For Children

Back in 1934 the Idlewild Club was just 50 years old, the Junior League was 12 years old, Neimans was 27 years old and the young people around town were “the Margaret’s” (as in Hunt Hill and Milam McDermott) and the Marcus boys. But there were four former Idlewild debs (Mary Blakeney, Bonnie Compton, Lucy Jo Davis  and Sally Dunlap), who felt young Dallas women needed their own social club. After all, the men had Idlewild, Calyx, Dervish and Terpsichorean. The gals should have a social club, too.

So, they created the Slipper Club. Over the years, the club changed with the times. It maintained its reputation for elegance, but in 1995 the membership realized that it could be both social and socially responsible by becoming a non-profit organization and raising funds for different charities each year.

Sara Huggins, Fritz Konker, Laura Koch and Genevieve Collins

Saturday the Slipper Club’s 16th annual charity gala, “An Arabian Night,” at Brook Hollow Golf Club proved once again that it has gorgeous members who know how to raise money for Heroes for Children and how to be ultra fashionable.

Perhaps the first indication that the night was going to be a step-above-gorgeous was the invitation. One of the prettiest to hit a mailbox in ages. Everything from the quality of paper, the design and the elements were right on target to set the mood for a black tie event. It was created by the Wilkinson Rhodes Events & Invitations that has just opened up shop here in Dallas. Seems Billinda Wilkinson has been ruling super-duper social events down in San Antonio and decided to expand to Dallas with her daughter at the helm.

Silent Auction in the terrace

Before the 400 expected guests arrived, Slipper Club President Christina Conway hosted a president’s dinner in the Oak Room. For some of the diners, it was a little hard to get to the Oak Room. After all you had to walk through the main ballroom and terrace. Like the invitation, it was beautifully done and kept the Arabian Nights theme going without being hokey. Despite a mammoth four-sided bar in the center of the room, loads of silent auction items and games throughout, there was still plenty of room for guests to dance to Motion. And dance they did.  

Olivia Liland and Matt Nunley

The guests looked like they had been the pick-of-the-litter for a Vanity Fair cover. Gala chair Olivia Liland greeted guests with Matt Nunley at her side. She was in a fabulous navy-blue sequined David Meister that she was hesitant about buying. It didn’t have the pizazz on the hangar, but once on and with that slit on the right side of the skirt, she fell in love with it because “it was so comfortable.”

The underwriting for the event was a huge success thanks to Lauren Chapman. According to one committee member, this was “one of our strongest years for underwriting historically!” She must get it from her mother, Vicki Chapman. To emphasize the fact that this was a fundraising event, representatives from Heroes for Children did a great job of explaining where the money was going.

Among the members and dates was Slipper Club advisor Barbara Paschall Averitt, who looked like she had just returned from the Auriga Spa, instead of supervising the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s mega-successful presentation ball weekend. But this is nothing new to Barbara. She’s seen all sides of the deb scene from making her debut in 1982, being president of the Slipper Club and serving as coordinator extraordinaire for all things débutante in Dallas.

President's dinner

In addition to hosting the dinner of “the best-looking and most lively crowd” ever seen at a president’s dinner, Christina and Olivia carried the success to the main event itself. In addition to the games, auctions, grown-up beverages and the setting that indeed looked like something out of Scheherazade’s dream of a palace, the gals arranged to have henna and hookah booths open up at 10. Only thing missing was Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Too bad. They missed a tale to behold.