Even A Fed Ex Delivery Truck Couldn’t Slow Down The Crystal Charity Ball’s Ten Best Dressed Luncheon Reveal At Neiman Marcus Downtown

The reveal of the 2017 Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed and Hall of Famer on Wednesday, April 12, at Neiman Marcus Downtown was more of an early Mother’s Day celebration. Patsy Donosky couldn’t resist taking photos of her daughter Janie Condon on her being a 10 BD-er for the third time. SMU coed Ciara Cooley snuck in to surprise her mom — first-time BD-er Lisa Cooley — and sat between 2016 CCB Chair Christie Carter and 2012 Hall of Famer Gene Jones.

Charlotte Jones Anderson and Gene Jones

Lisa Cooley and Ciara Cooley

Patsy Donosky and Janie Condon

Gene looked proud as a mama swan when her daughter Charlotte Jones Anderson was announced as the 2017 HoF Honoree.

Unlike years past, the reveal of 10 BD (Anita Arnold, Janie Condon, Katherine Coker, Tucker Enthoven, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Piper Wyatt, and first timers Delilah Boyd, Lisa Cooley and Amy Hegi) went right on schedule thanks to Charlotte’s having a speaking engagement at the Anatole at noon.

Amy Hegi, Piper Wyatt, Julie Hawes, Pat Harloe, Janie Condon, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Tucker Enthoven, Katherine Coker, Delilah Holmes, Anita Arnold and Lisa Cooley

Christi Urschel, Jeff Byron and Pam Perella

Amelia Gibson

On hand for the announcement were CCB Chair Pam Perella, Luncheon Chair Christi Urschel, Neiman Marcus Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron,  Zac Posen Director of Global Sales Amelia Gibson, Neiman Marcus Communications/PR VP Mimi Sterling, NM Special Events VP Sandy Marple and loads of Crystals.

There was a slight hiccup that could have messed up the tight timeline. It seems just as guests were to arrive at the Commerce Street valet, a filled-to-the-brim Fed Ex truck pulled up and parked. When the valet notified the driver that they needed the space, the driver responded, “I’ve got deliveries to make.”  Peace was made and the valets handled the parking dilemma, so the guests made it upstairs in time for adult orange juice, deviled eggs and mini-waffles topped with fried chicken.   

As the 10 BD crowd took to their cars via text delivery, it proved to be a little bit of a wait, with one poor soul waiting 40 minutes for their car. But not to worry. The powers-that-be will no doubt re-arrange the Fed Ex delivery time for the Ten Best Dressed Luncheon on Friday, September 15, featuring Zac Posen’s collection inside the NM flagship.

For additional photos, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

September 4 Round Robin: Fur Ball Kick-Off Party, CCB Platinum Circle Dinner And The Warren Center’s Fantasy Football Draft Night

Ah, sugar! If Wednesday, September 3, seemed like an asteroid hit, Thursday was a universal smash. Yup, the Partners Card North launch was filling IBB Design in frisky Frisco. Other hits in the North Texas universe were taking place just a bit south of G. Bush and LBJ.

Fur Ball Kick-Off Party

SPCA Kissing Kid and Kelly Thompson

SPCA Kissing Kid and Kelly Thompson

Cool artist Chris Martin opened his Dragon Street Gallery for the kick-off of the 2014 Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, September 20, at the Omni. And while the two-legged pretties were checking out the walls of art, the evening’s real eye catchers were either on the floor in a playpen or snuggling up. They were the licking, wagging puppies who are not up for adoption … yet. They’re still in the foster stage of life. But that will be ending soon, so they’ll be interviewing prospective humans for a lifetime relationship.

And speaking of furry relationships, word was making the rounds that Jocelyn White, who is finishing up her term as SPCA of Texas board of directors chair, will be taking the reins of Equest in a couple of months.

Katy Murray  and James Bias

Katy Murray and James Bias

As for the black-tie Fur Ball benefiting the SPCA of Texas, Gala Co-Chairs Katy Murray and Kelly Thompson, Honorary Co-Chairs Rusty Dealey and Kit Moncrief, Underwriting Co-Chairs Cindy Lindsley and Claire Schwartz and Auction Co-Chair Nicole Rosenblum have arranged for Allison and Mike Modano to be Athlete for Animal Honorary Co-Chairs and Stacie and Chris Martin to be Artist for Animal Honorary Co-Chairs.

Travis and Morgan Souza

Travis and Morgan Souza

They’re expecting 1,000 animal lovers with proceeds of the evening benefiting the SPCA of Texas.

Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Platinum Circle Dinner

One valet parker smiled when asked about the crowd gathering at the Dallas Country Club. He summed up the scene, “This is a high-roller group.”

The gent evidently graduated from the “School of Understatement.”

Sponsored by Comerica Bank, this year’s Platinum Circle Dinner for the patron of the Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed Luncheon had the very fashionable set filling the lobby for the cocktail reception, where the game of catch-up was nonstop. Summer casualties Claire Emanuelson and Erin Mathews had let their casts have the night off. When will Louboutin design a fashionable cast? Seems Claire had broken her ankle in Canada and Erin had been the victim of a puppy-gate topple…Emilynn Wilson revealed that she had accepted the job of chairing the 2015 Equest Luncheon…Speaking of Claire, she also had a fashion oops earlier in the day. Seems the lower back of her lacy cocktail dress had hit a snag, but thanks to a talented Korshak seamstress the tear was sewn up without Claire’s having to take the dress off… Newlyweds Ceron and Todd Fiscus were still receiving congratulations on their New Year’s nuptials.

Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt and Claire Emanuelson

Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt and Claire Emanuelson

Lisa Troutt

Lisa Troutt

When the doors opened to the ballroom, tables were filled with folks like David Blank, Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt, Kim and Greg Miller, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, Elaine and Neils Agather, Colleen Collins, Shelle Sills, Nancy Carter, Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Lauren Gayle White, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Barbara Daseke, Laree Hulshoff, the Downtown Neiman’s crowd (Jeff Byron, Neva Hall and Marjohn Henderson) and former CCB Chairs Caren Kline, Cynthia Mitchell and Aileen Pratt.

D'Andra and Jeremy Lock

D’Andra and Jeremy Lock

Jeri and David Kleiman

Jeri and David Kleiman

The game of catch-up continued tableside with Jeremy Lock showing photos from Burning Man and preparing for September 27th Mission Ole that wife D’Andra is co-chairing with LeeAnne LockenIain Day was telling David Kleiman and Macolm Reuben about his summer playing polo in South Africa…Alan White, who just thought he had done his time a couple of years ago as 10 Best Dressed husband-in-waiting, looked rather pleased to be back on the scene with table companions Nancy Dedman, Annette Simmons and Barbara BabbLee Bailey was back in town after doing the Bentley tour of California…To the relief of many fundraising vets, Comerica Bank’s Ralph Babb once again proved to be eloquent and brief in his remarks. The man knows how to win the hearts of hungry guests.

Jeff Byron and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Jeff Byron and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Unplanned entertainment at the tables proved to be the servers trying to coax the ranch and balsamic vinaigrette dressings out of their white serving bottles. The ranch proved to the more stubborn of the two as one server shook and shook to get it onto Dallas Country Club garden salad of lettuce du with carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers. Imagine trying to get the last part of ketchup out of its bottle.

Front row: Francie Moody -Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Heahter Esping and Ashley Hunt; Back row: Pat McEvoy, Christi Urschel, Ralph Babb, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Robyn Conlon

Front row: Francie Moody -Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Heahter Esping and Ashley Hunt; Back row: Pat McEvoy, Christi Urschel, Ralph Babb, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Robyn Conlon

When time came to have the 2014 10 Best Dressed and Hall of Famer class photo taken, two were missing — Nancy Carlson and Margaret Hancock. Not to worry; the others (Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Ashley Hunt, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Christi Urschel and HoF-er Lee Ann White) made up for the missing with a little stand-in help from former Best Dressers 2014 CCB Chair Robyn Conlon and 10 Best Dressed Chair Pat McEvoy.

For more photos of the dinner, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

 

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Night

DFW football fans were at AT&T Stadium for The Warren’s Center’s 21st Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night. Here’s a report from the field:

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Committee*

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Committee*

“With the blazing September heat, AT&T Stadium (or Gate 10) was hit with scorching rays and warm temperatures to begin the cocktail hour and silent auction preview. As the sun went down, former Cowboys player Randy White, with Emcee Scott Murray began the night with banter between the two men about what Randy has been up to. ‘Not working out as much and feeding my horses during the day and night,’ Randy says.

Beverly Warren, Todd and Michelle Steudtner, Randy White and Bill Warren*

Beverly Warren, Todd and Michelle Steudtner, Randy White and Bill Warren*

“With Chairmen Michelle and Todd Steudtner and hosts Beverly and Bill Warren, guests were treated to cocktail hour hosted by Forge, Mexican buffet dinner, silent auction featuring 15 Minutes of Fame with behind-the-scenes tour with Pete Delkus and a watch-a-live broadcast, live auction featuring an evening with Randy hosted by Carrie and Jim Benson, wine pull hosted by Fuzi Fine Wines, live surprises featuring $50 surprise boxes with two lucky winners receiving $500 Amazon Gift cards and Heads-or-Tails Game hosted by Randy. For $20, guests placed their hands on their head or tail with one lucky winner receiving $500 cash and saving the best for last — a photo opportunity with Randy and former Yankees and Texas Rangers player Goose Gossage who attended the event.

Goose Gossage, Scott Murray and Randy White*

Goose Gossage, Scott Murray and Randy White*

“With all the action, participants were given the final straw of the night by drafting their own Fantasy Football team. Each table or league will the opportunity to compete throughout the 2014-2015 NFL Season. The Super Bowl Champion of Fantasy Football XXI winner receives two season ticket packages to the 2015 Dallas Cowboys season. Winners of each league receive an autographed football signed by Randy.

“Seen in the crowd: Erin and Rusty Kotzur, Mike Austin, Mike Andereck, John Cain, Karen and Nick Adamson, Jeanne and Charlie Jones, Ann and Bill Danridge, Carrie and Jim Benson and Sharon and Steve Folsom.”

* Photo credit: Rudi Holt