Arty Event At The Joule Raises Cattle Baron’s Funds

Anne Stodghill

Sunie and Steve Solomon

2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Anne Stodghill and Sunie Solomon decided this year to have a special party to auction off art that had been donated to the cause. That’s why, on Wednesday, May 17, a big room at The Joule Hotel was given over to an amazing display of art for sale, the proceeds from which would be deployed in the fight against cancer.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Art Auction

The 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Art Auction was sponsored by The Joule and its owner, Tim Headington, who not only bankrolled the shindig, but ponied up a $50,000 donation to boot. The live and silent auction, the first of its kind ever for Cattle Baron’s, showcased something for everyone’s taste. Like Marilyn Monroe? There was a portrait of her on display, with a $13,500 price tag  on it. John Wayne more your style? A painting of The Duke was marked for sale at $10,000.

Steve Stodghill and Erin and Larry Waks

Francois Bellemare and Lauren Chapman

Kelly Perkins and Cindy Stager

While the 200 guests including CBB stalwarts Joanna Clarke, Dawn Spalding, Ashley Lyon, Laura Moon, Greg Nieberding, Cindy Stager, Kelly Perkins, Jacque Wynne, Mary Black, Vicki and Bob Chapman, Lauren Chapman, Francois Bellemare, Isabell Novakov, Nikki Webb, Erin and Larry Waks and Katy and Lawrence Bock munched hors d’oeuvres and checked out the pieces that were up for bid, Debra Nelson was remembering her dad, who passed away last year, and her Norwegian roots in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where she grew up. Her nostalgia was especially strong, Debra added, because today (May 17) was also “Syttende Mai”—or Norwegian National Day.

Olivia Kearney

Jeff Kearney

Olivia and Jeff Kearney, meantime, were also marking an important day: their 18th wedding anniversary. (Quipped Olivia: “That’s the longest I’ve ever been married to anyone!”) To celebrate the occasion they’d just returned from New York, where they had rave reviews for a new play they saw called “Come From Away.” It tells the true story of what happened in 2001 after 38 planes (carrying 7,000 people) were ordered  to land in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, in the week following 9/11.

When the evening was over and all the receipts were added up, organizers said the pioneering Art Auction brought in a total of $128,000.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Cattle Baron’s Ball Art Auction

Art was definitely in the air on Wednesday, May 17, in downtown Dallas. While the fashionista types were oohing and ahing over at the Dallas Museum of Arts for the private reception of the Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, the cancer-battling types were at The Joule.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Art Auction

Seems 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Sunie Solomon and Anne Stodghill had added a new touch to the annual fundraising efforts to conquer cancer. They pulled together all types of art for a Texas-sized auction in The Joule’s ballroom.

As purty as the art was on display, the gathering of baronesses and barons was darn impressive, too.

Francois Bellemare and Lauren Chapman

Mary Black and Jacque Wynne

While the i’s are being dotted and the t’s crossed on the post, the pictures are up at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Big Plans Revealed For Fourth Annual ReuNight Including Donna Karan And The New Forty Five Ten For The Family Place

Donna Karan*

Donna Karan*

Since stepping down as head of her very fashionable company last June, Donna Karan has not retired to her home in Turks and Caicos Islands and watched the waves. Just last month she was presented the prestigious Founder’s Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards dinner by her designing buddy Calvin Klein. Despite having been in the rag business more than 40 years, she still manages to get younger and be more vibrant over the years.

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

Michael and Shelle Sills (File photo)

And she’ll be bringing that zest to Big Old D on Thursday, November 10, for The Family’s Place’s Fourth Annual ReuNight thanks to Event Co-Chairs Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum and Shelle and Michael Sills and Honorary Chair Mary Clare Finney.

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

Mary Clare Finney (File photo)

And to do it up right, the evening will start with cocktails at the spanking new, can’t-wait-to-see-it Forty Five Ten in downtown Dallas. For dinner the guests will “be escorted” across the street for dinner at The Joule Terrace.

Topping off the evening will be a “small luxury live auction.” And the emphasis is on “small” as in limited and “luxury” like rarefied finds.

The fundraiser is the rebirth of the legendary Palm Night that raised millions of dollars from 1994 to 2008. After going into hibernation, it rose with a new name, ReuNight, and longtime supporters. In fact this host committee is made up of a lot of those vets including Moll and Charlie Anderson, Gonzalo Bueno and Michael McCray, Nancy and Clint Carlson, Brenda and Clay Cockerell, Tina and David Craig, Leah and John Davis, Suzanne and David Droese, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Heather and Billy Esping, Todd Fiscus and Ceron, Meg and Doug Florence, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Sue and Jim Gragg, Karen and Stephen Jones, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Liz and Scott Kimple, Jenny and John Kirtland, DeeDee and Jim Lee, Muffin and John Lemak, Lynn and Allan McBee, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Allane O’Neil, Rajan Patel, Pam and Vin Perella, Michal and Loyd Powell, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Katherine and Eric Reeves, Nancy and Richard Rogers, Kayla and Brian Roughton, Connie and Mark Sigel, Laurie-Jo ad Steve Straty, Leisa Street, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Debbie and John Tolleson, Ben and Max Trowbridge, Robert Weatherly, Kim and Justin Whitman, Kathy and Rodney Woods, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, Piper and Mike Wyatt and Sharon and Michael Young.

Sponsorships and tickets are available here! So, dig through your wardrobe and find that Karan bodysuit. Now’s the time to diet for a reunight with that classic Karan design.

2016 Art Ball Patrons Partied Among “Couture Construction” At The Joule’s Terrace With Appetizers In Toolboxes, Designer Jeremy Scott And Beautiful Peeps

The collegiate basketball title was over. The politicos were taking a timeout for the night. So, it was perfect timing for the beautiful peeps to get together with fashions and art at The Joule Terrace on the evening of Wednesday, April 6.

To spotlight the poreless folks and artistic clothes, Mother Nature shone a perfect light with equally perfect temperatures. Unfortunately, Uncle Bag of Wind gusted through the open terrace occasionally.

But before the first guests even arrived, they knew something was up. The outdoor entrance to the private lift to the Terrace looked like a construction project with yellow tape and helmeted construction workers. Only on second look did they realize that instead of the tape warning against entering, it read “Couture Zone Ahead” and the hunky construction team was familiar gents from the runways.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

So, the evening’s theme of “Construction” in connection with the Art Ball’s “Art and Architecture” was off and running. But then what would you expect from The Joule’s owner Tim Headington, who was also a major sponsor of the Art Ball and backer of the soon-to-open Forty Five Ten Downtown. Such a smart fella. He and Forty Five Ten czar Brian Bolke just knew that this event would be a feast for those who have taste, love fashion and have an eye for art like DMA Board President Catherine Rose, Elaine Agather, Shelle and Michael Sills, Faisal Halum, Capera Ryan, Gonzalo Bueno, Sharon Young, David Nichols with Ashley Tatum, Jim Showers, Yasaman Djunic, Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt, Erin Mathews with Russ Davis, Diane and Stuart Bumpas, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Suzanne Droese, Barbara Womble with Bob Minyard, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Kendall Kinsman, Anna Bresskaya, Vodi Cook, Cathy Hodges, Christina Nortzon and Mackenzie Brittingham.

Walter Elcock

Walter Elcock

Gonzalo Bueno

Gonzalo Bueno

Shelle Sills

Shelle Sills

Faisal Halum

Faisal Halum

And Brian smartly combined the theme of the night with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s most recent “Dangerous Couture” collection that featured dresses and accessories. In town for the party, Jeremy felt right at home with his clientele and designs everywhere on the Terrace.

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Construction buffet

Construction buffet

From the moment the elevator doors opened, The Terrace was spectacular with delicious appetizers being served in toolboxes and lunchboxes, mountains of shrimp, crab claws and oysters-on-the-half-shell in 100-quart coolers and DJ Lucy Wrubel surrounded by more directional and warning signage than Riverfront at Continental.

Surrounding a headless mannequin in an ice-blue party dress all puffed up thanks to  fluffy petticoat were upside-down orange cones serving as vases for huge balls of yellow flowers and waiters in helmets and orange vests with trays of Moet and Chandon with top cap-coupe adaptors. One guest giggled that sipping champagne via the mini-champagne resulted in bubbles in her nose.

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

David and Ann Sutherland and Rachel and Michael Osburn

Interim DMA Director Walter Elcock was in fine fettle greeting guests with wife Laura Elcock. When asked if there was any chances of his taking on the duties fulltime, he laughed that idea away… 2016 Art Ball Co-Chair Ann and David Sutherland were surrounded by well-wishers for the upcoming April 23 gala at the DMA…Nancy Rogers in shades and a marvelous Moschino coat arrived with hair artisan Michael Flores and ended up chatting with Jeremy, who had designed her gown for last year’s Two By Two fundraiser, and Moschino Director of Communications Pablo Olea in a black jacket and red-and-black pleated skirt/kilts…Architect David Droese reported that work on Forty Five Ten Downtown was moving along quickly for a fall opening…DMA Junior Associates Co-Chairs Rachel and Michael Osburn were explaining how Folly After the Ball was replacing its annual An Affair of Art… Moll Anderson in a standout Moschino coat…New homeowner Andy Beal brought along Olya Sinitsyna and his son Ryan Beal…The Joule’s Tim was turning a head or two. Yup, the blonde philanthropist has lost more than 30 pounds and looks healthier and slimmer than ever.

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

Ryan Beal, Piper Smith, Douglas Penick, Tina Craig, Olya Sinitsyna, Andy Beal and Anna Bresskaya

For more pictures of the event, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2016 Art Ball Patron Party

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers in toolbox

Appetizers being served up in toolboxes. Upside down warning cones serving as vases. Hunky construction workers serving as the welcome committee. Billionaires just hanging out. These were just a few of the elements that made the Dallas Museum of Art‘s 2016 Art Ball patron party at The Joule’s terrace a true memory maker.

Hunky construction workers

Hunky construction workers

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

Tim Headington, Ryan Beal and Andy Beal

And leave it to Forty Five Ten fashion wizard Brian Bolke to add that touch of couture with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott on the scene surrounded by gorgeous clients in his creations.

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Piper Wyatt, Brian Bolke and Claire Emanuelson

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

Jeremy Scott and Nancy Rogers

While the post is being finalized, get a gander of the party at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Three One-Of-A-Kind Experiences Will Go On The Aging Mind Foundation Auction Bloc Saturday

Choices, choices, choices! Bid on one or all three. That’s the dilemma facing 2016 Aging Mind Foundation Gala guests this Saturday at The Joule. As if it weren’t enough that the event benefiting the Center for BrainHealth and honoring Shirley and Bob Miller wasn’t enough, Gala Chair Barbara Daseke has put together three OMG live auction packages to get hands waving.

Here’s a rundown of the three:

Sky-high Dining In The Sky Room

Have you eaten in the best restaurants in the world and now are looking for a new, one-of-a-kind cuisine experience? This package will delights your sensory system by tantalizing your tastebuds, amazing your eyes and provide the wittiest of conversations just for your ears.

High atop Museum Tower, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer with the help of architect Bill Booziotis and interior designer Barbara Daseke have created the Sky Room with floor-to-ceilings windows and balcony overlooking Dallas. Dedicated to personal entertaining by Hulshoff and Fischer, it will be made available to the winner of this package and seven of his/her friends.

The menu will be a five-course dinner curated by The Joule’s chef with “special vintage wines” provided by Pogo’s sommelier.

As for food for thought, WFAA’s Ron Corning will be the ringmaster of chat. And, oh, the tales he has to tell!

Gotta To Go To Togo Island*

Togo Island isn’t really an island. It’s actually a peninsula in the bend of the Mississippi River neatly tucked between Mississippi and Louisiana just down the road from Vicksburg

Because of its location and the abundance of vegetation on its 7,207.7 contiguous acres, it is ideal for wildlife to flourish. In addition to the turkey, waterfowl, small game and fish, Togo Island’s White-tailed Deer have become legendary with even the most demanding world-renowned hunters like Will Primos.

Limited to by-invitation-only membership, Lane Mitchell has made available a hunting package for two people to have a three-night stay in the lodge with meals included plus two days of guided duck and deer hunting. While the dates for this outing are to be mutually agreed upon, Lane suggested that the premium hunting time is January 1-15, 2017.

Run For The Roses Weekend*

While the actual Kentucky Derby run only last two minutes, true-blue Churchill Downs partying and celebration is a four-day affair. This Kentucky Derby package is far more than just attending the track the day of the race. It’s strictly VVIP, so if you win this package, you’d better buy some pretty new things to impress the Louisville locals.

If you can make time in your schedule to arrive early on Thursday, May 5, you’ll be able to take a tour of the Slugger Museum or the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Take the night off and rest. You’ll need it for what’s up ahead.

Friday, May 6, you’ll have to make another Solomon’s choice between

  • A private tour of “the most famous and successful thoroughbred horses and farms in the world.” Perhaps one of the equine runners will give you a tip on which Derby entrant to bet on. And while the ponies are munching on oats, you’ll dine at Chef Ouita Michel’s Holly Hill Inn.
  • Attend Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks, where you’ll have an afternoon of horse racing including the run of the two-year-old fillies.

Just think of the stories you’ll be able to share that evening at the barbecue hosted by Carolyn and Yum! CEO Greg Creed and other yummy folks.

When the big day comes on Saturday, May 7, you’ll start off with a brunch in the gardens of Whitehall, Louisville’s historic southern mansion. But don’t dawdle too long because even with your police escort you’ll need to get to Churchill Downs for the people watching and the horses breaking from the gate for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

After collecting your winnings, head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep because the next day it’s time to head home.

This incredible package including hotel, ground transfers to/from the airport, activities and Churchill Downs, food and beverage at all group events including Churchill Downs are provided by Yum! You’ll have to take care of the wagering and personal hotel incidentals.

But perhaps live auctions aren’t your favorite indoor sport. Thank heaven, Barbara has arranged to have a Sue Gragg ring as the galamorama raffle item with chances going for $25 per or five for $100.

* Travel to and from locations is not included in the package.

Dallas Contemporary And The Joule Team Up For Teen Street Art Camp

Leave it to those folks at the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule Hotel. They always seem to be breaking through ho-hum barriers and creating “WOW!” situations.

While the summer temps have sent many into heat hibernation, the Dallas Contemporary and The Joule are holding the Teen Street Art Camp from July 6-10.

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

Teen Street Art Camp 2014*

In addition to spending “a week experimenting with various materials while learning about the importance of street art in contemporary visual culture,” students will have the opportunity to “learn from Arturo Donjuan and his fellow artists from The Sour Grapes.”

And 10 students will be able to participate thanks to underwriting by The Joule Hotel. And here you thought The Joule was just a lavish bed-and-breakfast.

Participating organizations include Rainbow Days, Education Is Freedom and Trinity River Mission.

* Photo credit: Kevin Todora

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #7: Staycation In Downtown Dallas

Who has time to wander the world in search of the perfect retreat, when it lies just a quick ride away? This RBC Wealth Management TACA Custom Auction item is ideal for the four who want to get away from the ho-hum routine without really getting away.

Staycation In Downtown Dallas* (Value: $17,500)

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, downtown Dallas has returned to its glory days when a big-deal date was dancing at the Baker Hotel’s Peacock Terrace Ballroom or taking in a movie at the grand Palace Theater with its legendary Wurlitzer organ rising from the orchestra pit between movies with Weldon Flanagan at the keyboard.

Replacing the Baker, the Wurlitzer and the oldies are a whole new lifeblood including the Arts District, the Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum, Victory Center and high-rise homes. Leading the charge is the Joule Hotel that has brought together a staff, services and accommodation to match the most prestigious world hotels.

The Joule**

The Joule**

For two nights the Joule’s luxurious two-bedroom penthouse will be “home suite home” complete with living room, library, dining room and kitchen. The floor-to-ceiling windows and in-house telescope provide the perfect view of the downtown life below.

Start the mornings with breakfast at the Joule’s Weekend Coffee with its Marzocco-brewed coffees and waffles. One night plan on dining in the Joule’s CBD Provisions.

For sun worshipers, the glass-fronted, heated Adam D. Tihany designed pool cantilevered eight feet beyond the hotel and the poolside cabana services are just a few floors away. And if additional pampering is required, there’s always the world–renowned ESPA with hands-on attention. Or if a fitness regimen must be kept, VITAL Fitness Center offers everything from yoga classes to core fitness and is equipped with everything from top-of-the-line equipment to strength-training machines.

The only problem is when the time comes to check out and return to the life of reality outside the Joule.

* Courtesy of The Joule Hotel
** Photo provided by TACA

Round Robin April 22: Crystal Charity Ball Theme Reveal And Trinity Trust’s Trails & Ales

The night of Tuesday, April 22, was one of those rare evenings when the outdoor Dallas was simply beyond perfect and Dallasites were taking full advantage of it. For instance, the Community Partners of Dallas celebrating the Dallas County Child Protective Services Caseworkers and their families at the Dallas Arboretum. It was a very special evening for those who are on the frontline of protecting children in neglectful and abusive situations.

Other activities in the area included:

2014 Crystal Charity Ball Theme Announcement Party

The first clue should have been the location of the Crystal Charity Ball theme announcement party — The Joule. As guests exited their cars curbside, they were directed to the glass elevator that took them to the rooftop terrace. Perhaps it was the weather being so spring-like, but the ladies in attendance had their brightest colors on. And those jewels!

Stacy and David Blank, Robyn Conlon and Linda Secrest

Stacy and David Blank, Robyn Conlon and Linda Secrest

CCB Chair Robyn Conlon, Linda Secrest, Patty Leydendecker and Shelle Sills were diamond dolls from the tips of their fingers to their ear lobes.

As soon as they got out of the elevator into the open-air terrace, word was passed, “Have you seen the model in the back?”

Mariah Wilcox

Mariah Wilcox

A couple of guests decided they would wait for “the model” to mosey in their direction. Wasn’t going to happen. The model was as stationary as the big eye across the street. In a scene akin to Dallas Blooms was model Mariah Wilcox lounging in an elevated garden setting with fern eyelash extensions and Mother Nature bustier from the brains of Jan Strimple, Tom Addis and Junior Villanueva. Twinkling among the greenery was around  $3 million worth of jewelry. Yup! As Diamond Doctor David Blank looked like a proud papa, the jewels were spectacular rings in the shape of butterflies and flowers and sweeps of diamonds draped from her ears. In her up-swept brown hair were broaches and around her neck was an OMG diamond necklace.

Diamond Doctor "Jewels in the Garden"

Diamond Doctor “Jewels in the Garden”

Jeweled broaches, earrings and necklace plus fern eyelash extensions

Jeweled broaches, earrings and necklace plus fern eyelash extensions

Midway through the evening Robyn told the gathering, “I wanted to do something that had never been done before, something important to me that involved family, friends, summer in California, and Christmas. The last thing you want from Tom Addis is to have his eyes glaze over, though, so it was back to the drawing board! Then we came up with something every woman loves: flowers and jewelry. The theme is Jewels of the Garden.” The announcement was met with approval as the ladies already were thinking jewel-tone gowns and new gems to go with them.

Earlier, Bank of Texas’ Bob White thanked the group for their tireless work to help the children of Dallas and said how pleased he and his team were to be part of the effort.

Also speaking was new Joule General Manager Justine Fields, who had previously been the hotel’s chef. He joked that if they enjoyed the food being served, they could attribute it to him.

After her announcement, Robyn told the group to get back to partying.

Instead of long, drawn-out speeches, the whole reveal and follow-up lasted less than five minutes. The CCB ladies have to raise more than $5M, so there’s no time to waste.

Trails & Ales

Report from the field about the Trinity Trust’s Trails & Ales.

The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats members held the second event of its Trails & Ales series on a perfect spring evening. More than 150 people and pooches met underneath the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to explore the soon-to-be-completed Trinity Skyline Trail that runs along the Trinity River for 4.6 miles in the Trinity River Corridor. Guests enjoyed beer and wine with sliders from the Butcher’s Son, while they played corn hole and took many photos of themselves along the skyline. Daniel Rodriguez, an acoustic guitar player, played music that set the mood for this outdoor party.

Daniel Rodriquez*

Daniel Rodriquez*

Amber Arseneaux, The Trinity Trust events and center coordinator, led the scenic walk for the group and pointed out the Trinity Skyline Trail connects to the Trinity Overlook Park and the Margaret McDermott Bridge, currently under construction. She told guests, “The Trinity Skyline Trail stretches from Commerce Bridge in West Dallas to the Sylvan Bridge, where it crosses the river and back down to Commerce on the downtown side.”

Amber Arseneaux and Gail Thomas*

Amber Arseneaux and Gail Thomas*

Dr. Gail Thomas, president of The Trinity Trust, said, “The view of downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from the base of the Trinity was spectacular, and we want everyone to enjoy the green space we have right here in the heart of the city.”

Tierney Kaufman, Stephen Ellis with his dog Bill*

Tierney Kaufman, Stephen Ellis with his dog Bill*

Tierney Kaufman, The Trinity Trust development and outreach coordinator, said, “For those who enjoyed this event, you will want to join us for our exclusive sneak peek of the Continental Avenue Bridge on May 4. In order to do so, join The Trinity Trust Rat Pack or River Rats, and you will receive an invitation before the general public opening in June.” She thanked the sponsors of the event, Ben E. Keith, Dexter & Company and Pinnacle Financial Group.

Kaufman also mentioned several upcoming Trinity related events, including the opening celebration of the Trinity Skyline Trail on June 15:

May 13: The Trinity Trust salutes Judy Kelly for her third Emmy for Bridging The Trinity For The Love Of The City, a documentary commissioned by The Trinity Trust. The event, which is free, is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Trinity Trust, 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207. RSVP to [email protected] or 214.740.1616.

May 17: Trinity River Wind Festival – A free family and dog-friendly event that celebrates the beauty and spirit of the wide open spaces along the Trinity River right in the heart of this thriving city. Activities include the spectacular Japanese Kite Makers and other wind driven recreational fun and action at the show kite arena, Frisbee dogs, bounce houses, clowns, music and more. Visit http://TrinityRiverWindFestival.com for information.

June 15: Trinity River Revel – The Continental Avenue Bridge and the West Dallas Gateway will open for pedestrian and bike use. Also opening that day is the Trinity Skyline Trail and the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. Visit http://TrinityRiverRevel.com for the latest details.

* Photo credit: Jerry McClure

Cattle Baron’s Gals Celebrate Valentine’s Week And Fundraising Progress At The Joule With Traffic LA Fashions And ESPA Tips

There’s nothing like the gals getting together for lunch. But when it’s the Cattle Baron’s Ball lassies and Traffic LA fashions at The Joule Hotel, then it’s fundraising and fun raising.

So, what was the fashion du jour? It was jazzy and snazzy with Matthew Simon throwing smidgets of commentary. Hey, he knew his audience and they didn’t need to be led to the trough to drink in the season’s trends.

Traffic LA fashion

Traffic LA fashion

Traffic LA fashion

Traffic LA fashion

Traffic LA fashion

Traffic LA fashion

For instance, those adorably short skirts that your boyfriend would have approved and for which your grandma would have given you the “stinky eye.”

Just ask Olivia Kearney. Arriving late, the Fort Worth darling made her entrance in between models. Upon eyeing the itty-bitty poof skirts, she giggled that hubby Jeff Kearny would have described the ladies who wore such precious skirts as “ducks”. Excuse me. Come again? You’ll have to ask the Kearneys for a full explanation. Be prepared for a giggle and a blush.

Olivia Kearney

Olivia Kearney

At the head table where CBB Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum were holding court, the topics focused on HP Village rumors. Someone whispered they had heard Deno’s, Tom Thumb and Starbucks were gonners.  Your intrepid MSC crew sent the intern elf to check that rumor out with HPV spokes beauty Kersten Rettig.

But still the girls fantasized about life if the rumors proved to be true. What a major giggle! Without hesitation table guests claimed rights to start cobbling, café latteing and producing produce at their homes.

On the other hand, the more serious among the group included Teffy Jacobs, who reported that her mom, Doris “Mansion-selling Maven” Jacobs, was rehabbing from a v-e-r-y nasty fall. Not to worry about a slow-down in area real estate sales. Doris is on the phone and Teffy is showing the estates. BTW, Doris’ signing hand is just fine and dandy for closing deals.

Susan Harmsworth

Susan Harmsworth

Another factoid arising from the luncheon is that since announcing the move to Gilley’s and Kenny Chesney being the headliner, the CBB committee team — Amy Green, D’Andra Simmons, Mary Martha Pickens and Gini Florer — has raised $1.26M so far for the American Cancer Society.

To go with dessert, the Joule’s ESPA founder Susan Harmsworth briefly talked about skincare. She surprised some by reporting that one of today’s problems is “young women using very aggressive procedures and very aggressive products on skin that really should be calmed and soothed resulting in rosacea, middle-aged acne, all sorts of things.” Looking around the room, this problem was not visible with this crowd. Everyone looked flawless. But as a parting gift, Susan provided each with a teaser of the ESPA products and an invitation to visit the spa. It wouldn’t have been surprising to have seen some of the gals opening the goodies before they pulled into their driveways.