October 25 Round Robin: St. Jude’s Evening Under The Stars And Arthritis Foundation’s Bone Bash

According to Omni Hotel parking czars Michael and Jason, the construction along Lamar is destined to finish one of these days. Actually, the future promises much relief for the mega-hotel. In addition to more restaurants above ground, there will be underground parking for hundreds. In the meantime, it’s Uber headed toward the door next to The Owners Box, self-parking to the back of the hotel and the rest directed to the four-lane porte-cochere.

Saturday, October 25, both Michael and Jason had more than the usual hoop-la and overnighting guests. They had some very strange looking guests on the driveway ranging from western wear to totally ghoulish types.

St. Jude’s Under The Star

Lydia and Dan Novakov

Lydia and Dan Novakov

Boots, leather and turquoise was the look for those 950 guests herded in the lobby in front of the Dallas Ballroom for St. Jude Evening Under The Stars. As longtime St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital supporters like the Haggar clan (Lydia and Dan Novakov, Isabell Novakov, Isabell Haggar, Helen Werby and Joanne Smith), others like Honorary Co-Chair Diane Gruber and Kathy and Bobby Stout checked out the never-ending silent auction.

Bobby and Kathy Stout

Bobby and Kathy Stout

Former Brinker International Chairman/CEO Doug Brooks, who officially retired a year ago, reported that he was still consulting Brinker and was officing there. In addition to his consulting the restaurant conglomerate, he was on the board of Southwest Airlines, Club Corp and St. Jude.

Just a few feet away Gala Chairs Cindy and Charles Feld were chatting with Honorary Co-Chair Mike Gruber. Ellen and Don Winspear were clad in boots, turquoise and suede, a far cry from their black tie look the night before at the Dallas Opera’s First Night.

Charles and Cindy Feld

Charles and Cindy Feld

At 7 p.m., the crowd moved into the ballroom for dinner (watercress and endive salad with local feta cheese, blueberry and butternut squash and port cinnamon vinaigrette; braised short rib and grilled gulf coast shrimp, sweet corn spoonbread and braised root vegetables, natural jus; and pumpkin, ginger and caramel mousses layered in a martini glass with Chantilly crème) and a special presentation by St. Jude President/CEO Richard Shadyac Jr. and Craig Dismuke and his son Ingram, who had sought help at St. Jude for Ingram’s a rare form of brain cancer. The entire Dismuke’s family got involved in Ingram’s battle. Craig and his wife Ashley had run in the 2011 St. Jude Memphis Marathon to help others seeking healthcare for their children at St. Jude. Just months later, they would get the news of Ingram’s tumor. Ingram’s big sisters Madison and Lindsey decided they could help their brother and the St. Jude team by raising money. By creating videos and making presentation, the two raised more than $220,000 for the 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

Following the live auction, Duck Soup took over for the western types to party into the night.

Bone Bash

Just down the Omni’s third-floor hallway leading to the Trinity Ballroom, a motley crew of 500 walked the black carpet for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Bone Bash thanks to Co-Chairs Chelsea Hunt and Allison Richie.

Tom Stutz and Peggy Presson

Tom Stutz and Peggy Presson

The people really love to dress up and take their Halloween costumes very seriously. Who would ever guess these a highly regarded healthcare providers and vendors!

Since Halloween was still six days away, these folks were all ready to trick ‘n treat.

Pirates seemed to abound with Angie and Jeff Woverton and Cara and James Berman. Jennifer and Zach Miller and Eloise and Ryan Miller made the mummy look seem downright hot. Even trying to strike a threatening pose, the foursome looked more like models boasting the new look for the runway.

On the other hand, “tacky tourists” Peggy Presson and Tom Stutz went the other extreme with their artificially enhanced waistlines, coconut receptacles, seaside suits, straw hats and shirts reading, “Which way to the buffet?” Jimmy Buffet would eaten it up.

When revolutionary soldiers Dr. Craig Troop was asked if he was indeed a revolutionary, he replied, “Yes I want to over overthrow the Democrats!”

Tim Jerome towered above many in his Ayatollah garb describing himself as, “I am Osama Has-Been. Osama meets a hippie.”

Craig Troop and Dave and Velma Ellett

Craig Troop and Dave and Velma Ellett

Other characters of the night haunting about included a samurai (Jason Warren), Addams Family’s Morticia and Lurch (Velma and Dave Ellett), pirate rocker (Brad Jensen) and Catwoman on the arm of The Joker (Tyna and Steve Chenoweth).

Steve and Tyna Chenoweth

Steve and Tyna Chenoweth

Richard Stern

Richard Stern

Humor award of the night had to go to Richard Stern, who came as a “deviled egg”.

As Omni overnight guests settled won for an adult refreshment in the Lobby Lounge, their heads kept turning to catch the parade of Sr. Jude buckaroos and Bone Bash characters. Talk about cheap thrills.

United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Launch And St. Jude Patron Party Force Carole And Scott Murray To Make Solomon Decision

Macy’s is running the “Diddy Dash” commercial. It reveals that the ever-busy, everywhere P Diddy has hundreds of clones to fulfill all his duties and responsibilities. Tuesday, October 15, Carole and Scott Murray only wished they had their own clones.

It seems that their presence was required at two different locations at the same time for two worthy causes — the launch of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th anniversary at LOOK in Addison and the St. Jude patron party at Karen and Mark Carney’s home in Preston Hollow.

Mark and Karen Carney and Doug Brooks

Mark and Karen Carney and Doug Brooks

They ended up having to make the Solomon choice. In this case, they had to be at the United Way largely because of Murray Productions’ involvement in the presentation and Scott’s emceeing the panel discussion by former Dallas Cowboys in one of the complex’s theaters.

Bill Jones and Troy Aikman

Bill Jones and Troy Aikman

Folks lining up for a movie in another theater were a wee bit surprised to see a pop-up CBS21 studio nearby with Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson being interviewed by CBS21’s Bill Jones, Emmitt Smith off to the side surrounded by friends and fans, and UWMD President/CEO Jennifer Sampson glowing over the turnout for the launch of the 90th anniversary, which just so happened to coincide with the NFL’s 40th anniversary in partnering up with United Way Worldwide.

Jennifer Sampson

Jennifer Sampson

It was almost too successful. Upstairs the lounge was so jammed that it was a squeeze play just to move around with the likes of Holly Reed, Laura and Jason Downing, Rosalind and Rich Dalrymple, Hal Brierley, Charles Bain Key and Ellen and John McStay.

Rosalind and Rich Dalrymple

Rosalind and Rich Dalrymple

In the theater, guests learned that the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas along with corporate partners  will “host nine volunteer-driven service projects that showcase the work being done by United Way volunteers and honors in the community. This initiative, named ‘Nine for 90,’ will be championed by a Dallas Cowboys legend who has participated in the United Way partnership through the years.” The nine players include Roger Staubach, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Charlie Waters, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Emmitt, Troy, Darren Woodson and Jason Witten.

And while their physical presence was at United Way, Carole and Scott were at the St. Jude patron party in spirit. After all, they are the honorees at the October 26th St. Jude’s “Evening Under the Stars” at the Omni. In addition to a cocktail reception, dinner and partying, Event Co-Chairs/Haggar sisters Marian Bryan and Lydia Novakov have arranged live entertainment by Nashville songwriters Sonny Curtis, Tommy Lee James, Don Poythress and Phillip White.

Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan, Dr. Tanja Gruber and Margo Keyes

Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan, Dr. Tanja Gruber and Margo Keyes

But for the patron party they had another Nashville resident fly in. This one wasn’t so much into writing songs as researching cures for children’s leukemia. She was Dr. Tanja Gruber, who is “leading one of the Pediatric Children’s Genome Projects (PCGP) at St. Jude by sequencing Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia (AMKL), which is a myeloid leukemia with a poor prognosis.”

Bonnie and John Strauss

Bonnie and John Strauss

Others in for the reception were Host Committee Co-Chair Doug Brooks sans wife Holly, who was home under the weather; Margo Keyes sans husband Jim, whose artwork was just revealed as the featured work for this year’s  The Catholic Foundation wall in the Arts District; and longtime supporters Bonnie and John Strauss (he’s been on the Leadership Committee for a number of years and also serves on the St. Jude Professional Advisory Committee).

St. Jude Kickoff Party Didn’t Interfere With Mavericks-Heat Game Thursday Despite The Host’s Late Arrival

Lydia Novakov

Lydia Novakov and her sister Marian Bryan are old hands at handling announcements. So the St. Jude/Derek Harper Golf Classic  Evening Under the Star Party co-chairs knew they couldn’t keep the guests too long for the Thursday night kickoff party at Margo and Jim Keyes home. The party was from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Mavericks and the Miami Heat playoff game started at 8.

Promptly the gals assembled the 70 guests in the Keyes’ living room looking out on the Preston Trails golf course and got to work. Yes, the event would once again be held at Cowboys Stadium on the playing field. The date was Saturday, October 22. This year’s St. Jude/Derek Harper Golf Classic would take place Monday, October 17, at Stonebriar Country Club.

Lydia added that she had already been peppered with questions. First most asked was “Can I pass and kick on the field again this year?” Answer: “Yes.” The second most asked question was, “Can I be on the Jumbotron again?” Lydia indicated that she might be able to make it happen.

Speaking of bigger than life, Mass Mutual was announced as the presenting sponsor for the third year in a row.The news was greeted by applause, of course.

This year’s event will honor Holly and Doug Brooks and the Chili’s Team and for good reason. Not only is Chili’s Grill & Bar, along with Diane and Mike Gruber, the title sponsor, the Chili’s crew has raised $35 million in four years for St. Jude. Their goal to hit $50 million this year.

Margo Keyes, Joe Haggar, Jim Keyes

While most folks would have high-tailed it home to watch the game, these guests decided to stay and party. Little did they know that the party was just part of a very long day for their host. Jim had been in Washington D.C., earlier in the day to chair the board meeting for the American Red Cross. Catching an early flight home to Dallas, Jim attended a meeting for the Dallas Education Foundation, grabbed a cab home and slipped in after the party had started. He knew he could get away with being a tad late. After all when you have Margo holding down the fort, you know things are going to go seamlessly.

 

Off The Field Awards Banquet and Fashion Show Is Still On

Yup, you woke up, looked outside and saw more snow. But you’re also suffering a bit of cabin fever. If you have tickets to the Off The Field Banquet and Fashion Show with Abi Ferrin (pictured left with event co-chair Sherice Brown) at the Fairmont, you’re in luck. It’s still on!

Ballroom doors open and silent auction commences at 10:30 a.m.to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

So put on your warmest coat (you won’t need it once you’re inside) and head over to the Fairmont.

Friend Of St. Jude’s “Evening Under The Star” Celebrate At Kathy And Harlan Crow’s Library

One of the finest private libraries in Texas was the scene of the St. Jude’s Evening Under the Star party for supporters  (pictured from the left, Shannon Smith, Patti Brown and Sue John) Thursday night. Despite the major refreshing of the wall fronting Preston Road, Kathy and Harlan Crow‘s estate with it gargantuan treasure trove of books, artifacts and finds had both first-time guests and veterans in awe of the two-story structure. Why just a couple of nights before it had been the site of a private gathering for Mary Matlin and James Carville!

While the highlight of the evening was the talk by noted pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. Greg Armstrong (pictured), this crowd of friends couldn’t help but catch on up on news, especially when it came to the St. Jude’s first family of Dallas — Isabell and Joe Haggar (pictured). The matriarch and patriarch of the multi-generational clan were all smiles about grandson/college football coach Daniel Novakov‘s engagement to Sarah Conrow. But that seemed light years away for Daniel’s sister Isabell, who was just hours away from joining her Cattle Baron’s committee sisters in prepping for Saturday’s big event at Southfork.

But the gathering served as an appetizer for the upcoming shindig at Cowboys Stadium on Friday, October 29, and the St. Jude/Derek Harper Golf Classic on Monday, October 18, at Stonebriar Country Club.