MySweetWishList: 2017 Art In Bloom

According to Art in Bloom 2017 Chair Sarah Jo Hardin,

Sarah Jo Hardin*

Sarah Jo Hardin*

“My wish is that everyone will make plans to join the Dallas Museum of Art League for Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love, an annual floral symposium and luncheon, on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Museum at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds support the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

“Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg and I, along with the DMA League, are delighted to have world-renowned floral designer René van Rems as our featured symposium speaker. As a highly regarded ambassador of the floral industry, René has led design shows, workshops, and seminars throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on the styling of fresh-cut flowers.

“Following the symposium attendees will enjoy a seated lunch, a style show by Luxury Fashion Show sponsor, St. John, a silent auction and a raffle, and the inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Level 2 European galleries featuring a unique display of floral arrangements, created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom patrons will be the first to preview the show, with the exhibition remaining on view for DMA visitors through Wednesday, March 29.

“Sponsorships begin at $2,500 and individual tickets are $250.  For more information, please contact the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214-922-1249, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage. I hope to see you on March 27 in the new year!”

-By Sarah Jo Hardin, 2017 Art In Bloom chair

* Photo provided by Dallas Museum of Art League

2017 Art In Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin Reveals Plans For Dallas Museum Of Art March Fundraiser

Plans for the 2017 Art in Bloom fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art were unveiled at Highland Park Village’s St. John back on Wednesday, October 19, completed with champagne. Here’s a report from the field:

The Dallas Museum of Art League unveiled details for “Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love,’ at a recent cocktail reception held at St. John in Highland Park Village on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mark and Sarah Jo Hardin

Mark and Sarah Jo Hardin*

Art in Bloom Chair Sarah Jo Hardin and Honorary Chair Jill Goldberg welcomed 35 host committee members in celebration of the upcoming annual floral symposium and luncheon set for Monday, March 27. Proceeds from the event support the DMA’s exhibition and education programs and the DMA League’s Floral Endowment Fund.

Jill Goldberg and Linda Ivy*

Jill Goldberg and Linda Ivy*

Attendees enjoyed champagne and canapés as they shopped St. John’s fall collection.  Mrs. Hardin gathered the crowd mid-way through the evening to share exciting details about Art in Bloom 2017, which will feature world-renowned Dutch-born floral designer and educator René van Rems as the symposium speaker. The venue for the announcement party was no coincidence as she also unveiled that St. John will be the 2017 Luxury Fashion sponsor. 

Additionally, the 2017 event will include an inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Level 2 European galleries featuring a unique display of floral arrangements, created by local floral designers and inspired by works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Art in Bloom patrons will be the first to preview the show, with the exhibition remaining on view for DMA visitors through Wednesday, March 29.

Ms. Hardin extended her gratitude for the host of the evening, St. John, as well as all sponsors to date, host committee members in attendance and volunteers. Honorary chairman Jill Goldberg followed to add her thanks, especially to Ms. Hardin for her time and commitment as event chairman.

As the evening came to an end, the winner of a $250 St. John gift card was announced…. Emily Maduro!

Kay Weeks and Dyann Skelton*

Kay Weeks and Dyann Skelton*

In attendance at the Art in Bloom 2017 kickoff party were Mark Hardin, Jamie Hermosillo, Linda Ivy, Stacey McCord, Diane Byrd, Emily Maduro, Nancy Cates, Kay Weeks, Venise Stuart, Dyann Skelton, Dixie Marshall, Ilene Greene, Shannon Callewart, Jeanette Huff and Valerie Jarvie.

Sue Ringle, Therese Rourk  and Dixie Marshall*

Sue Ringle, Therese Rourk and Dixie Marshall*

“Art in Bloom 2017:  Seasons of Love” will include a reception and symposium with René van Rems followed by a seated lunch, style show by St. John, silent auction, the inaugural Live Blooming Art Exhibit and book signing by Mr. van Rems. Sponsorships begin at $2,500, individual tickets are $250, and are on sale now. For more information, contact Edwina Gonzalez at the DMA’s Office of Special Events at 214.922.1800, or visit the Art In Bloom webpage at www. dma.org/support-fundraising-events/art-bloom.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron Smith

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Shopped And Partied Among The Luscious Lips And Fashions Of Alice And Olivia

Alice and Olivia lips

Alice and Olivia lips

With season in high throttle, a cluster of guests were filling Alice and Olivia on Tuesday, September 13. The draw and beneficiary was the Equest Women’s Auxiliary, which is holding its annual Equest Fashion Show chaired by Kara Axley. While no equine ambassadors were present, the mannequins were dressed to the max and the displays were filled with luscious lips. Fashion-loving and newly-engaged Fleming Longino was an early arrival to check out the goodies.

Kara Axley and

Kara Axley and Fleming Longino

Di Johnston and Kathy Fielder

Di Johnston and Kathy Fielder

Equest Board Member Kathy Fielder dropped by to check out a try-on in the dressing room, handed over her charge card and was off. Not bad. A percentage of the evening’s sales went to Equest.

When asked how the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow was going, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston reported that it was moving along smoothly. Once again the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show will feature highlights from Akris, Alice+Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John.

Unlike the cross-town Texas Trailblazer Luncheon being held smack-dab on the same day at the same time, Di suggested that it was an apple and oranges situation. One is an elegant and intimate fashion show and the other is a 1,000 plus award presentation with speaker. The fact is both groups are benefiting area families and that’s what matters.

Grovel Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Sure, it’s damp, but the temperatures are so user friendly. That’s especially true for retailers, who are stocking fall and winter goodies like cashmere sweaters, snugly coats and high-strutting boots.

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Evidently that feeling of cooler times are just around the corner has inspired the horse-loving, fashionistas to get their places at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Fashion producer Jan Strimple has been working with presenting sponsor Highland Park Village and its merchants like Akris, Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John for what will be on the runway benefiting the Equest program.

Just heard that perhaps it’s because of the drop in temps that tickets are starting to get scarce, so contact Event Chair Kara Axley for your ticket. Then head to your closet and clear out your old winter duds. Because after this fundraiser you’re gonna need more room for the new looks.

St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show And Luncheon Kept The Champagne And Fashions Flowing To Battle Leukemia And Lymphoma

The weather on Tuesday, February 16, was major payback for the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon’s years of Mother Nature’s dumping ice storms and freezing temperatures on the Leukemia and Lymphoma North Texas fundraiser.

Some still recall how the pashmina favors the year that Rainey Fogiel and Natalie Fogiel co-chaired the event became necessities instead of perks thanks to frigid conditions.

But still the weather on this day was ideal. Sure, it was a couple of days after St. V-day, but who was gonna have the event on Sunday? And then there was the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 15. So, the Tuesday pick made perfect sense.

But not to worry. The flourish of reds and pinks was sparkling in the Meyerson lobby at the pre-show reception. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have flutes of champagne adding sparkle to the crowd.

Gina Betts

Gina Betts

Going against the typical Valentine colors was Co-Chair Gina Betts in a St. John turquoise dress and coat bottomed off with splashy Jimmy Choo stilettos and matching purse.

Despite the smile and the day’s glow, Gina had had a rough few days. Seems the attorney had had plans to celebrate her anniversary with husband Ken Betts in Los Cabos. But just hours before taking off, she was hospitalized, with her doc saying “No way” to the trip. The Betts family trips seem to be jinxed. They had scheduled Christmas in Paris, but the November 13th  terrorist attack squashed that and now this one.

Speaking of clothes, Lisa Cooley and Cara French had stories about the fine art of mother-daughter sharing. While Cooley daughter Ciara Cooley considers Lisa’s closet a type of fashion lending library, Cara admitted that she was wearing her mother Prissy Gravely’s coat.

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lisa Cooley and Cara French

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Lee Bailey and Leigh Bailey Carrizales

Speaking of mother-daughters on the scene, Lee Bailey and daughter Leigh Bailey Carrizales reported that mama Lee’s Turtle Creek palazzo was on the market. Talk about fabulous on steroids with a wondrous spot on Turtle Creek. Wonder if Lee’s black swan, Ziggy, goes with the estate?

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Luke Lange, Tracy and Ben Lange and Livia Lange

Another sale item but not tagged with four figures were Spirit of Tom Landry Awardee Luke Lange’s so very uber-friendly Luke’s Fast Breaks T-shirts. At the patron party the week before, Luke had sold $2,500 worth of the shirts. What’s so special about the T-shirts? Not only are they designed to accommodate leukemia/lymphoma patients going through treatments, but when purchased for $25 they are given to the patients free with the moola going in toto to the leukemia and lymphoma research.

But not all of the day’s awardees were on hand to celebrate the sunshine. The late Ed Robinson, who was the recipient of the 2016 Memorial Hero Award, was honored with the presence of his family and friends like Frank Risch. As Frank put it, Ed had been his associate at Exxon, but he had also been a great friend.

Frank Risch

Frank Risch

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Heather Randall and Yvette Ostolaza

Sidley Austin Attorney Yvette Ostolaza revealed that her buddy/Underwriting Chair Heather Randall had not only gotten her on board for the law firm to co-sponsor the meal with Trinity Industries, but Heather would be chairing the 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon. Had they selected a date? Not yet, but stay tuned.

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

Kent and Tracy Rathbun and Ray Washburne

A much slimmer Kent Rathbun arrived and reported that after losing 100 pounds, he still wanted to shed 30 more. When asked how the dramatic weight loss hadn’t resulted in a sagging skin, Kent claimed that it had been a result of his working out over the year. As he put it, the healthy guy had always been there, just under extra layers.

Ray Washburne was on the phone but also on the scene for the HP Village fashion show. Unfortunately, he had to duck out before the show got underway.

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores

Arriving to the delight of photographers was Nancy Rogers with Event Co-Chair Michael Flores. Before heading to the lobby, Nancy was found chatting with Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jan Langbein. Made sense. Nancy and her bud Gina Betts are chairing the Genesis Luncheon featuring Tyler Perry. Wasn’t it interesting that just a few days after the St. V-Day event, it was announced that Nancy and husband Richard Rogers were offering a million-dollar match for any donations/sponsorships given to the Genesis Luncheon?

But back to the St. V-day festivities. As a trio of Carolina Herrera-gowned models were on display in the reception area, the Meyerson chimes called all to the McDermott Hall for the Jan Strimple-produced program. It was running just a tad bit behind schedule due to a traffic kerfuffle resulting from a nearby funeral procession.

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Models in Carolina Herrera bridal white

Eventually all were seated and the show was underway with KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley doing the emcee duties. After good words from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Chief Relationship Officer Mark Roithmayr, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Executive Director Dr. Patricia Thomson, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas Board Chair Erin Ragsdale, Gina and Michael, the awards were presented to:

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

Mark Roithmayr and Patricia Thomson

  • Accepting the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award presented by Park Place Motor Cards for his father George Alden Ryan, St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon Honorary Co-Chair Brint Ryan admitted that his dad had indeed had his ups-and-down but he was rising to the challenge. Adding to George’s own battle with chronic myeloid leukemia was the loss this past winter of his good friend Brint’s father-in-law to cancer.

    Brint Ryan

    Brint Ryan

  • Surrounded by her family, Ruth Robinson graciously accepted the Memorial Hero Award presented by Robyn and Don Conlon for her late husband Edgar Robinson. The former community leader and ExxonMobil executive succumbed to leukemia and lymphoma on April 19, 2015.

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

    Ruth Robinson at podium with family

  • And then there was Luke, who stole the show with his smile and his story of raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer. The youngster admitted that he was truly honored by being awarded the Spirit of Tom Landry Award presented by Baker Botts. He revealed that when Gina had called his folks about his being chosen for the award named after the late Dallas Cowboys coach, he heard that Gina was so pleased that she cried and according to his folks “that was evidently not typical of Gina.”

After a call-to-action for members of the audience to join “the team against leukemia/lymphoma” resulting in $195,000,” the fashion show of Highland Park Village fashions from Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hadleigh’s, Hadleigh’s Kids, Market and St. John was underway.

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

Hadleigh Kids

As usual, the munchkins in the show held their own alongside the willowy professional models. These kids knew how to work the runway with hands on hips and flirty smiles.

But before the models did their finale, Luke’s dad Ben Lange hustled out the door to man the sale of Luke’s T-shirts in the lobby. After all, every cent counts when it comes to shutting down leukemia and lymphoma.

For lots more photos from the St. Valentine’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon fundraiser, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

KidneyTexas’s Gals Get Update On Runway Report And Check Out Fashion And The Bocks’ Bling At St. John

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

Donna Arp Weitzman and Carole Anne Brown

With May and its showers in the rearview mirror, June promised a quick start for sunshine and summer temps. Over at St. John on Monday, June 1, Assistant Manager Jamie Hermosillo found himself surrounded by the ladies of KidneyTexas celebrating The Runway Report. In addition to luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Lee Cox, honorary co-chair Vinette Montgomery, Carole Ann Brown and Di Johnston were on hand to hear the latest details of the event.

Di Johnston

Di Johnston

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

As for the fashions, fashion producer Jan Strimple is arranging for five scenes, each one representing the participating retailers (Carla Martinengo, Lublu, HPV’s St. John, Tootsies and Vintage Martini).

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

Diamond and gold bracelet donated by Katy and Lawrence Bock*

The day’s big topic was Katy and Lawrence Bock’s donation of an 18-karat gold bracelet highlighted by 101 diamonds that will be auctioned off at the September 22 fundraising fashion show/luncheon at Brook Hollow. With Ron Corning as emcee, the auction should be lively, to say the least. However, the bracelet can be bought right now for $20,000.

Another biggy conversation maker that really hit home was Honorary Co-chair Norm Bagwell’s recovering from successful kidney surgery on Thursday, May 21, and home on Wednesday, May 27. Thanks to the monies raised at The Runway Report, such procedures have made monumental difference in surviving and coping with kidney disease.

This year’s event will honor the professionals who are on the front lines in the battle against kidney disease, including

  • 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

Table tickets and sponsorships are available now to help support and develop greater advances to combat this deadly disease. Individual tickets and $2,500 tables are already sold out, but there is a waiting list.

*Photo courtesy of KidneyTexas

St. John Celebrates Its 50th Year With A New Look At Highland Park Village And Cattle Baron’s Gals

Highland Park Village St. John fashions

Years and years ago St. John was the go-to-place for gals who traveled and were allergic to wrinkles in their faces and clothes. But just as times changed, so did St. John. . . sorta. They still had knits and clientele with maxed-out passports, but they weren’t limiting themselves to business- and first-class vagabond types. There’s a certain private jet feeling to their turning 50 this year.

So, how to celebrate? Well, not only did they redazzle  their digs in Highland Park Village, they popped bottles of champagne and partied with the Cattle Baron’s Ball ladies on May 23. And, of course, a portion of the sales were donated to CBB.

Lucky were those early arrivals because they got first dibs on the yummies “just hanging around” the mannequins and the

Petrushka Dickson

rods. General Manager Petrushka Dickson in a midnight blue sequined cocktail dress with a very low-cut-back pointed out items in the back of the store that made great first impressions on the hangars and on the price tags. But, alas, the crowd grew and a lot of the “yummies” got snapped up.

With bare shoulders and in a tomato red sundress, Mary Gill brought her buddy “the Baroness,” who wanted to keep her likeness nil. Soon Simona Beal joined Mary and the shy Baroness in sauntering to the back of the newly renovated St. John boutique. You can expect to be seeing Mary in red again at the Go Red for Women luncheon Friday at the Hilton Anatole. She’s social chair.

Kersten Rettig

HP Village Chief Marketing Maven Kersten Rettig dropped by for a glass of champagne and pre-birthday “congrats.” She was also looking forward to her assignment the following week in NYC for a photo shoot at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House.

Katy Bock and Allan and Lynn McBee

Lynn McBee claimed her blue eyes were in high sparkle mode due the fact she was “caked in makeup” from her photo shoot for the Crystal Charity’s 10 Best Dressed earlier. Tiffany and Paul Divis stopped by on their way to Fresh Faces and managed to convince Allan McBee to tag along.

One multi-tasking guest popped in complete with baby, nanny and puppy. Talk about an entourage! One guest sniffed, “Is it appropriate to bring a baby, a nanny and a dog?” Another slyly responded, “When she starts breast-feeding the baby and the dog, we’ll know it’s time to call it a day.”