Tootsies’ Fashions Were Front-And-Center On Stage For KidneyTexas Inc.’s Behind-The Scenes “Transforming Lives”

The KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report affair at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, September 26, may have appeared to be a typical fashion show and luncheon ready for a crowd of 350. The runway was laid out in the ballroom and the luncheon tables in the Promenade. The reception was already underway even before the 10:30 start as guests with flutes of champagne strolled in spotting friends across the room. Emcee Ron Corning with left leg firmly held in place thanks to a brace following a nasty fall in Santa Fe posed for photos with guests like Donna Arp Weitzman.

Soon the room was filled with the likes of Event Co-Chair Susan Russell, Jocelyn White, Angela Nash, Ramona Jones, Di Johnston, Susan McSherry, Angela Randall, Cheryl Hall, Vicki Howland, Lynn Dealey, Jolie Humphrey, Patty Jo Turner, Lauryn Gayle White, Lisa Cooley, Patti Flowers, Delilah Boyd, Tracy Lange, Marj Waters, Mr. Mesero’s Mico Rodriguez and Tracy Williams, who was watching her 15-year-old daughter walk the runway.

Andrea Alcorn

Ron Corning

KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn had lost more weight that she remembered. It wasn’t because she’d signed up for Weight Watchers. It was the “Stealth Juggler’s” diet that many baby boomers are unknowingly part of. She was juggling her day-job as a PR person, her responsibilities as KidneyTexas Inc. president and taking care of her mother Mae Alcorn (the longest kidney transplant survivor) who had fallen and broken a couple of major bones.

Altuzarra fashion

A.L.C jacket

Cinq A Sept gown with LaMarque jacket

Enhanced Rob Bradford gown

Highlighting the Tootsies fashions on the runway was a model in a Rob Bradford figure-hugging gown wrapped in vines ladened with faux butterflies that reflected the day’s theme “Transforming Lives.” 

But it was the behind-the-scenes story that was the real reason for the gathering.

Then there was McKamy Tiner, who just the year before had co-chaired the luncheon. She was also the nation’s youngest kidney donor. Today she was all smiles. Not just because of her kidney sharing, but she was getting married the following Saturday to Joel Looney. Because one donates a kidney doesn’t mean they lost their sense of humor, too. She told how when Joel met with her father months before, the bridegroom-to-be was nervous. Her dad offered him a Scotch to sooth his nerves. As an added calm down, papa Tiner told Joel, “I was always worried that Tiner would marry an a-s-o-e. You are the nicest guy around, so I’m not worried.”

McKamy Tiner

Susan Russell and Christine Martin

John Castorr

Co-Chair Christine Martin was as bright and sparkling as Tinkerbell. But that wouldn’t have been so, if it hadn’t been for two kidney transplants.

Christine’s brother John Castorr told how one of the beneficiaries Camp Reynal was a true getaway for for children with diabetes. In addition to having outdoors activities and being like any other summer camp, Camp Reynal had dialysis machines and healthcare specialist on site. 

But with all these knock ‘em out of the park stories, there was someone missing. His name was Vinny Trezza and he was a hunk. Not only did he play golf and was a Boy Scout, he “had been living with hydronephrosis, a condition from birth that caused his kidneys to swell and not function property.”

While folks sat near Vinny’s mom, Melissa Trezza, they initially didn’t realize the struggle that she and her family had gone through. But thanks to Melissa being a perfect match and Dr. Dev Desai at Children’s, Melissa “donated her kidney to her son, allowing him to avoid dialysis.”  

So, how does a kidney transplant take place?  For Vinny and Melissa it was Dr. Desai working for hours cutting away tissue around Melissa’s kidney with the help of long surgical tools and a TV screen that enhanced the picture of the kidney. Once Melissa’s kidney was removed, time was of the essence. It had to be flushed out and prepared for transplant. The kidney’s turning gray was a good sign as it was placed in an ice chest and transferred to the operating room where Vinny was prepped. Once Vinny’s “bad” kidney was removed, the clock kept ticking. Within minutes, Melissa’s kidney was transplanted into her son.

But this recent transplant and May’s transplant that took place years ago only resulted from research and development funded by fundraising by events like Runway Report.

Sue Goodnight

Steve and Linda Ivy

Natalie Taylor

Dee Lincoln

Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb

Jody Dean

As auctioneer Jody Dean worked the room to bring bids just a wee bit higher, Melissa sat knowing that her Boy Scout son had been the recipient of the power of fundraising with the fashions from Tootsies, the efforts of heroes like Lifetime Achievement Awardee Sue Goodnight, Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy, Sue Goodnight Services Award recipient Natalie Taylor and Over-The-Top Awardees Dee Lincoln and Tootsies’ Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb.

As for Vinny, he was in class just being a normal buy thanks to his mom, Dr. D and the folks who had provided funding to let him get on with life.

And while Vinny let it be known that he wouldn’t be on the scene, there were nearly 50, who no-showed without notifying organizers. The results? Prepared and paid-for meals had to be thrown out. Had the MIA notified the leadership, the Runway Report could have prevented the meals from being prepared and saved some bucks. 

For more photos from the runway and the audience, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Co-Chairs Plan “Transforming Lives” With Tootsies Fashions, Awards And Much More

KidneyTexas Inc.’s 2017 Runway Report Co-Chairs Christine Martin and Susan Russell have announced plans for the Tuesday, September 26, fashion show at Brook Hollow Golf Club with Linda and Steve Ivy serving as honorary co-chairs.

Linda and Steve Ivy (File photo)

This year’s theme which will be “Transforming Lives” was revealed in the logo designed by Lynn Townsend Dealey.

The Runway Report’s “Transforming Lives”

The theme was especially poignant for KidneyTexas Inc. President Andrea Alcorn, whose mother is “one of the oldest kidney transplant recipients.”

Longtime supporter Sue Goodnight will receive the First Annual Lifetime Achievement Award and Natalie Taylor will be presented with the Sue Goodnight Award.

The Over the Top Awards will be presented to Tootsies’ Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dee Lincoln.

The Tootsies’ team will be providing the fashions with the show being produced by flaming-haired Jan Strimple.

In addition to a tea in October featuring Royal Chef Darren McGrady, there will be an event in November honoring Men of Kidney.

The 2017 beneficiaries are scheduled to receive the following amounts:

  • Parkland Foundation — $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit,
  • Baylor Health Care Foundation — $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants, 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center — $29,925 for kidney-related research,
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation — $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines,
  • Camp Reynal — $19,500 and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation —$14,214 for a hemodialysis machine.

Information about tickets and underwriting opportunities can be found here!

* Graphic provided by KidneyTexas Inc.

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Had Everything From Heartfelt Stories To Bewitching Close Encounter With A Chandelier

There are just some things that your mammy and pappy harrumphed about as dinner table talk. Such things included one’s inner plumbing. Love the folks, but they weren’t always on the spot. While the subject of kidney disease may not have been considered as appropriate in years past, its outing has allowed countless people to learn and help.

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland "AB" Aston

McKamy Tiner and Anna Bland “AB” Aston

Since coming out of the topic closet, the battle against kidney disease has added young people to the ranks of warriors. This situation was apparent on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow. Sure, it was billed as The Runway Report Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting KidneyTexas, but the Tootsies fashions and luncheon were just lovely window dressing compared to the day’s message.

KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston had overseen the selection of The Price family (Carole Cleveland Price, Alicia and Scott Price, Stacey Price Wright and Larry Wright) as honorary chairs and McKamy Tiner to chair the luncheon.

The reason for McKamy’s chairing the lunching was not due to her being a sixth-generation Dallasite, an Idlewild deb and a 10-year associate of Dave Perry-Miller. It was a very personal reason — childhood bud Ian Arena.

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Their families had known each other through Ian’s childhood battling with cancer. Then, at the age of 13, he was diagnosed with kidney disease that had resulted from his chemotherapy. When McKamy’s folks discussed the situation at the dinner table, 15-year-old McKamy declared that she knew that she would be a perfect candidate for Ian’s transplant.

This announcement may have sounded like a very optimistic comment by someone who hadn’t even gotten her driver’s license yet. But to everyone’s surprise but McKamy, she proved to be the perfect match.

Martha Tiner

Martha Tiner

Michael Tiner

Michael Tiner

Robin Arena

Robin Arena

As McKamy’s and Ian’s folks (Martha and Michael Tiner and Luncheon Co-Chair Robin Arena) sat nearby admiring their kid hero/ine, Ian told the audience that almost immediately following the transplant, he felt great and color had returned to his face for the first time in years.

Emcee WFAA’s Ron Corning encouraged the filled-to-capacity ballroom including Nancy Carter, Marena Gault, former blond Holly Davis now more brunette-ish, Lisa Cooley with soon-to-be daughter-in-law Bela Pietrovic and some walking wounded types like Vodi Cook with arm in cast and Sharon Popham on a walker, to consider following McKamy’s lead. He told of one man who had donated his kidney to another with the understanding that if and when his grandchild needed a kidney, the child would be higher on the list of recipients.

Then Ron interviewed 16-year-old kidney patient Jira (aka cutest guy in the room), who told how in addition to spending three days a week in dialysis, there was an emotional toll. He felt out of the loop at school due to his kidney disease.

Jira and Ron Corning

Jira and Ron Corning

But thanks to efforts and fundraising by KidneyTexas, such transplant recipients like Ian, Christine Martin and Andy Meyercord were all on hand.

But it wasn’t all talk about kidney disease.

Andy Meyercord

Andy Meyercord

Emilynn Wilson

Emilynn Wilson

In the humor department, Ron once again provided the laughter. In announcing KidneyTexas co-founder Emilynn Wilson was being honored with the Sue Goodnight Award, he said that the plan had been to present her with a nice piece of Baccarat. But realizing that Emilynn had applied a frugal eye to the organization’s dealings, they decided to give her “a bag of M&M’s… the peanut ones. I mean, they’re not the brand name. They’re the ones from Costco, so you get more. They’re nicely wrapped. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.”

Runway recovery

Runway recovery

And as for the fashions, Jan Strimple‘s fashion show featuring Tootsies day- and night-time clothes went flawlessly until… well, there was that dramatic series of black gowns highlighted by towering black hats. It was like a bewitching grouping of Herve Leger, Cinq A Sept, David Koma and ML Monique Lhuillier. The almost-oops resulted when the first model in the series walked the elevated runway down the center of the room… right under the ballroom’s mammoth chandeliers.

Yup, you guessed it. It was a brief encounter of “towering black hat” with the room’s center “mammoth chandelier.” But you’ve got to hand it to the model. The hat stayed put and she didn’t lose a beat. Her reward was the guests smiling in amazement that she had handled it masterfully. Evidently word was passed among the lovely catwalkers and the rest of the lineup steered clear of the hanging glass and light fixture.

This year’s beneficiaries include Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Children’s Health/Children Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal — National Kidney Foundation, Parkland Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.

If you couldn’t make the lunch and missed the moving stories and the show’s tip of the hat, you can still donate to KidneyTexas or sign up to be considered as a transplant. There are more than 4,000 Texans in need of a healthy kidney that you could share.

For more photos of the fashions and folks in the audience, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 The Runway Report

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

McKamy Tiner and Ian Arena

Hey, the fashion-show events are well into marching ahead for fundraising. The KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report was in the front line on Tuesday, September 20, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. But unlike others, this one had a very special personal story driving the efforts thanks to KidneyTexas President Anna Bland “AB” Aston, Luncheon Chair McKamy Tiner and a grateful Ian Arena.

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

The Runway Report with Tootsies fashions

Ah, but that’s a story that is being written up. In the meantime, check out the peeps and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. Especially check the bewitching model, who received smiles of approval following her interaction with the Brook Hollow chandelier.

Round Robin December 3: Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch, St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange Party And KidneyTexas Check Presentation

Despite the tradition of fundraising powering down in December, that theory was hard to prove on Thursday, December 5.

Crystal Charity Ball Prep Lunch

With pony tails, jeans and boots, the Crystal Charity Ball leaders were prepping the Anatole for the annual mega-fundraiser for kids’ charities just two days away. Whether it was organizing the goodies for the silent auction, putting the finishing touches on the favors or just schlepping carts of “stuff” around, the 100 gals were hard at work to create an event that would provide more than $6.3 M for 11 nonprofits.

However, even the hardest working had to take a break along with the professionals like event producer Tom Addis, photographer James French and the Lamberts’ crew for a Mexican lunch courtesy of Misero in the Anatole’s Wedgwood Room thanks to CCB member Ann Dyer‘s son, Trey Dyer.

As an added surprised, Trey arranged for a mariachi trio to play until CCB Chair Michal Powell took charge of the program.

First she played a Texas trivia quiz with questions like, “What is the largest city in Texas?” and “What are the six flags that have flown over Texas” and “What is the one word that had changed in the state song (‘Texas My Texas’)?”

Then Michal read a poem to her committee a la “The Night before Christmas.” Without taking count, it seemed that most of the 100 committee members were mentioned.

After a standing ovation, the commitee got back to work.

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange

After months of being elsewhere, the legendary St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange was back in its original spot in Highland Park Village and just in time for the holidays!

To celebrate the return with far more than a new coat of paint, it had an official re-opening party with Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart greeting folks at the door.

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

Debbie Shuey, Ann Geddes and Lynne Burkhart

And while the unique boutique has really had a total new look with bright color and lighting, the St. Michael’s magic was still found on the shelves and in the faces of the volunteers and friends like Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder, who handle everything from buying the merchandise to “manning” the cash registers.

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Debbie Cowden, Judy Russell, Carolyn Fisher and Katharine Felder

Sure, there were the silver goodies that are perfect wedding gifts, to adorable kids’ stuff and Michael Aram tableware. But the hottest item was the S’well bottles that were flying off the shelves.

S'well bottles

S’well bottles

Shelves of gifts

Shelves of gifts

While the zebra pattern ones were quite crowd pleasing, the insiders whispered that the silver and gold ones in the front of the shop were the season sweethearts.

Proceeds from the store go to the outreach programs of St. Michael and All Angel’s like Alley’s House, Attitudes and Attire, ChildCareGroup, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Dwell With Dignity, Family compass, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, Jonathan’s Place, New Friends New Life, North Texas Food Bank, Rainbow Days, The Family Place, The Senior Source, The Stewpot, Turtle Creek Recovery Center, VMLC and Wilkinson Center to name just a few.

KidneyTexas Check Presentation

And speaking of sweethearts, Drs. Susan Watts and Greg Kozielec hosted the check presentation by KidneyTexas to the four beneficiaries: Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Mary Lee Cox

Mary Lee Cox

The foursome was reportedly dividing up $254,000 that had been raised from the KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report that had been co-chaired by Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox in September at Brook Hollow.

While Donna was unable to make the presentation, Mary Lee and daughter/KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk were on hand to dole out the envelopes in the living room.

Following the check presentation, incoming KidneyTexas President AB Aston presented Therese with a silver box from Neiman’s that contained an engraved crystal vase.

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

Therese Rourk and AB Aston

McKamy Tiner

McKamy Tiner

As for the 2016 KidneyTexas Runway Report, adorable McKamy Tiner, who is the youngest living donor of a kidney, will be co-chairing the 2016 Runway Report.

KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report Raised Greater Awareness And Funds To Help Those With Kidney Disease

WFAA’s Ron Corning was having a busy lunch week. On Tuesday, September 22, he emceed KidneyTexas Inc.’s Runway Report at Brook Hollow. With guests being greeted at the front door by event producer Jan Strimple starting at 10:30, they discovered the silent auction in the reception area.

When the guests took their places, Ron introduced Luncheon Co-Chairs Donna Arp Weitzman and Mary Lee Cox, who introduced the honorary co-chairs (Robin and Norm Bagwell, Liz Minyard Lokey, Gretchen Minyard Williams and Vinette and Michael Montgomery), the honorees (Dr. Michel Baum, Dr. Jim Brugarolas, Dr. Richard Dicerman, Rabbi William Gershon, Dr. Goran Lintmalm, Mark Leman and Dr. Henry Quinones) and Sue Goodnight Service Awardees Isabell Haggar, Patty Jo Turner and Rosemary Haggar Vaughan.

Congregation Shearith Israel Rabbi William Gershon, who received a kidney in April 2014, told of the life-changing/saving experience that others in the audience could relate to.

Vintage Martini fashion*

Vintage Martini fashion*

It was then time for a fashion show of clothes from St. John, Tootsie’s, Carla Martinengo and Vintage Martini. One of the more revealing outfits raised the chatter level, whereupon Ron spontaneously commented that guest/car dealer Clay Cooley was so uncomfortable that he reached down to tie his shoes…only he was wearing cowboy boots.

On the other hand, he was unable to prevent KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk‘s daughter Courtney Rourk from falling backstage from the steps. Luckily she wasn’t hurt and bounced back up.

As the last of the parade of models left the stage, auctioneer Louis Murad conducted the live auction of six items, two of which Louis was able to sell twice. No wonder it made Donna and Mary Lee smile as trips to the Masters Golf Tournament, a dinner for 25 at Mesero Restaurant and a Bachendorf diamond-and-gold bracelet brought in the ca-ching.

Ron brought back Rabbi Gershon to the stage, at which time he told of the need for funding kidney programs. He backed his comments reeling out the numbers of people dying each day waiting on a kidney transplant and the lack of dialysis machines.

By 1 p.m., the guests like Jan Osborn, Yvonne Crum, Lisa Cooley, Doris Jacobs, Kay Hammond, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Marj Waters and Lynn Dealey were in need of food as they moved to their assigned seating.

For Ron, this luncheon was a snap. A greater challenge lay a couple of days ahead. More about that later.

* Photo credit: Jan Osborn

Round Robin September 17 Evening: KidneyTexas Runway Report And Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Parties

As the money kept pushing the North Texas Giving Day leaderboard to new, staggering heights on Thursday, September 17, the area nonprofits saw no reason to stop their extracurricular activities. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert crowd kicked off their plans at Scott + Cooner for their 10th anniversary benefiting the ASD Services on April 9th at Frontier of Flight Museum. This year’s theme will have guests going James Bond…The high rollers of the art-loving world got a sneak peek at the Giuseppe Penone exhibition “Giuseppe Penone: Being The River, Repeating The Forest” at the Nasher Sculpture Center…Shakespeare Dallas celebrated North Texas Giving Day by partying at Samuell Grand Park with all types of goings-on like animal adoptions and fencing demonstration. Touche!…And speaking of East Dallas, Foodiepalooza at 7 for Parties was benefiting the East Dallas Boys And Girls Club.

Whew! But there was still more. Here are a couple for your review:

KidneyTexas  Runway Report Patron Party

Banker Norman Bagwell met car dealer Clay Cooley at Kathy and Larry Helm’s Highland Park home for the KidneyTexas Runway Report patron party. After the first howdy do’s Clay learned why Runway Report Honorary Co-Chair Norm was involved with KidneyTexas. Norm had survived kidney disease thanks to the funding of research and developments.

While some might have listened politely, Clay launched into a full conversation about such advancements with Norm, who had received a kidney. Norm then praised the amazing transplant programs taking place at Baylor and U.T. Southwestern. He explained that he had indeed been lucky not only to have time to make decisions on how to proceed, but both his wife Robin Bagwell and his sister had been viable donors.

Here were two men who had only just met and yet they both understood and were amazed at the life-changing developments taking place in North Texas.

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

Therese Rourk, Donna Arp Weitzman, Clay Cooley, Mary Lee Cox and Lisa Cooley

But soon they found themselves in the study surrounded by KidneyTexas President Therese Rourk, Runway Report Co-Chairs Mary Lee Cox and Donna Arp Weitzman.

In the hallway was retail real estate whiz Herb Weitzman, who is helping wife Donna write her next book, “How Dallas Became a Retailing Mecca.” According to Donna, it’s not so much about Herb as it is the various Dallas retail real estate projects that he’s been involved in.

Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show Patron Party

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Barry and Lana Andrews, Annette Simmons and Gerald Fronterhouse

Just blocks away at Lana and Barry Andrews’ home, they had expected around 225 guests. Instead the number was hitting the 300 mark that included Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing talking with Cliff Fischer, April Box, Angela Nash, Annette Simmons with Gerald Fronterhouse, Michal and Loyd Powell, Vicki and Bob Chapman with Preston Evans, Piper Wyatt, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Anita and Truman Arnold, Jennifer and Richard Dix, Alicia and Scott Wood, Gene and Jerry Jones, Debbie and Nickey Oates, Jill and Bob Smith, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Amy Green, KJ and Ladd Sanger, Patsy Donosky with Harold Pruner, Tucean and David Webb and of course, the 10 Besties (Katherine Coker, Janie Condon, Heather Esping, Margaret Hancock, Pat Harloe, Julie Hawes, Patty Leyendecker, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt and Christi Urschel). The draw was the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show patron party underwritten by J.P. Morgan with Elaine Agather greeting one and all at the front door.

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Tucean and David Webb, Patsy Donosky and Harold Pruner

Elaine Agather

Elaine Agather

Hal and Christi Urschel

Hal and Christi Urschel

Peter Copping

Peter Copping

Adding to the panache of the evening was Oscar de la Renta designer Peter Copping in attendance; Peter’s arrival in Dallas had been slightly delayed to an American Airlines computer glitch. Another person suffering from AA’s gremlins was Key Coker. His plane from South Carolina was also held up.

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Jim and DeeDee Lee

Pete and Caren Kline

Pete and Caren Kline

Well, OMG, the gals were dressed to the uber nines with Lela Rose taking the lead worn by Pat Harloe and DeeDee Lee. Caren Kline drew second and three looks in Halston. She said that since the party was for a fashion show, “I had to step it up a little.”

As hot as the fashions were, the temps in the house thanks to the body count caused smart fellas like Allan McBee and Peter Foster to stake out spots over floor air vents. One of the coolest rooms was the dining room, where the air was breezing and the Cassandra-laden table was a never-ending feast for the eye and tastebuds.

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst and Jeff Byron

In a corner CCB Honorary Chair Ruth Altshuler and Nancy Dedman discussed Na’s day-before as a new board member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation…NM Exec Kevin Hurst was talking about his chairing The Obelisk Awards that will be presented on Friday, November 13, at The Fairmont…Phillip Huffines shared photos from his attending the CNN Republican debate the night before in the Reagan Library. His twin brother State Sen. Don Huffines was on camera for much of the night, since he was seated behind CNN moderator Jake Tapper.

But it was an early evening because the next morning’s 10 Best Dressed was on the schedule at Neiman Marcus Downtown.

For more photos of the party, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Round Robin April 7: The Billiard Ball Patron Party, KidneyTexas Luncheon And John Wayne Film Festival Reveals

While Warren Buffett was talking with folks in The Colony for a sneak peek of the new Nebraska Furniture Mart benefiting the Cancer Support Community North Texas, other fundraisers were taking place elsewhere on Tuesday, April 7, including:

KidneyTexas Reveal

It’s the dread of every hostess. That’s what KidneyTexas‘ “The Runway Report Luncheon” Co-Chair Donna Arp Weitzman feared. Earlier in the day, she told her caterer that 10 people had RSVP-ed. By afternoon the number had jumped up to 20, then by the time the valet parkers had appeared, the number had risen to past 30.

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

Donna Arp Weitzman and Therese Rourk

While old-timers admitted that most folks don’t RSVP until the last minute, one scarred vet harrumphed, “If they RSVP at all.”

But sure enough they came. Adorable Isabell Haggar and sis-in-law Rosemary Haggar Vaughn arrived together. Hostess Donna told them of her first job as a teenager was as a seam buster.

Just halfway through the party plans for the Kidney Texas luncheon and fashion show were announced. It will be Brook Hollow on Tuesday, September 23, under the direction of Jan Strimple with WFAA Ron Corning serving as emcee.

As for the clothes, they’ll be provided by Carla Martinengo, Lublu, St. John at Highland Park Village, Tootsies and Vintage Martini.

In addition to Robin and Norm Bagwell serving as the honorary co-chairs, there will a new twist this year for the honorees. According to Kidney Texas President Therese Rourk, the area hospitals and medical teams will be honored 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.

The luncheon will benefit Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Camp Reynal and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The Billiard Ball Patron Party

Rachel Trowbridge is trying to hold off on delivering the Trowbridges’ newest kiddo until after the April 18thBilliard Ball” fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. But on this evening she appeared to have everything under control at Gail and Dan Cook’s ultra-contemporary home.

While B&GCGD clients (aka kids) and guests took full advantage of the perfect weather by dining poolside, others ventured downstairs into the museum and adjoining workroom. The museum is an amazing collection of 400 antique dolls in glass cases. Gail explained the reason for the dolls being in the windowless room is so that sunlight does not damage their delicate outfits. Over the years, Gail has collected the 100-year-old and older dolls in various stages of conditions. Meticulously, she has “dolled” them up using the finest fabrics in keeping with their eras and accessories.

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook dolls

Gail Cook doll

Gail Cook doll

Gail smiled recalling that as a girl, she hadn’t been interested in dolls, since she had a slew of brothers. Then when her daughter said she wanted a doll more than 30 years ago, that request opened a whole world and vocation for Gail, who has gained the reputation as an outstanding expert and judge for the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Her collection has been the subject of the book, “In Perspective The Gail Cook Collection.”

Dan Cook

Dan Cook

On the other hand, Dan held court with Carole and Scott Murray, Carol Seay, Susan Stanzel, Don Glendenning and Ball Co-Chairs Barbara and Steve Durham.

Across the living room, Jeff Rich told how he and wife Jan Miller would be hosting a discussion with Dr. Michael D. Lairmore, the dean of the University of California at Davis veterinary school. They had developed the relationship when their beloved beagle “Schumacher’s” sister was in desperate need of dialysis, which UCD offered. Jan was so impressed with the school that she is on the board.

John Wayne Announcement Party

The big question at the gathering of John Wayne fans was “Where is the Mockingbird Room?” That’s where the kick-off plans were to take place in Highland Park Village. When they realized that it was the gathering room in the HP Village Management Office, it made perfect sense. After all, it overlooks Mockingbird Lane.

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

Steve and Linda Ivy, Patrick Wayne and Patti and Blaine Nelson

And it was just the right size for the posse that included Leslie Light, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, Holly Reed, Carter Malouf, Holly and Doug Deason, Linda and Steve Ivy, Patti and Blaine Nelson, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Leslie Ann Crozier, Piper Wyatt, Holly and Stubbs Davis, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Debra Nelson and Tiffany and Paul Divis.

Leslie Light

Leslie Light

Randall Goss

Randall Goss

The big draw was the announcement of plans for the 2015 John Wayne Film Festival that’s being co-chaired by Kara and Randall Goss. The twosome revealed that it will be held from Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27 at HP Village Theater and Look Cinemas benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Paul Divis, Anita Swift and Chris Divis

Joining the local were the Wayne kin including the Duke’s sons Ethan Wayne and  Patrick Wayne, daughter Marisa Wayne and grandchildren Anita Swift and 7-year-old Duke Ditteaux.

Ethan Wayne

Ethan Wayne

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

Marisa Wayne and Duke Ditteaux

According to Anita, “Texas is the place for John Wayne, so it’s the perfect place to have a John Wayne film festival.”

She added that Pat Green may just play again this year and there also may be a free outdoor screening of movies at Klyde Warren Park.

KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report Raised Awareness And Funds With Fashion, Heroes And Lunch

Well, goodness gracious! KidneyTexasThe Runway Report was bulging like Honey Boo Boo’s mama trying to slip into a size 2 Spanx. Guests were everywhere in the Brook Hollow ballroom on Tuesday, September 23. Despite requests by organizers, not one more chair could be added — “The fire marshals would have our heads!”

Event producer Jan Strimple had planned to start the fashion show promptly at 11:30. Unfortunately, the Dallas Street Repair Department wasn’t in the same groove as Jan. Seems they have channeled Mockingbird from Cedar Springs to nearly Harry Hines down to one lane. Luckily, the Southwest Airlines billboard amused guests as they patiently made their way to the club.

So, Jan gave late arrivals a break. At 11:34 she gave a one-minute warning.

Like Mr. Chips’ students, the guests took their seats. After all, they had been warned — once the show starts, no one would be seated. After all, the event was benefiting Baylor Scott & White Health, Children’s Medical Center, Camp Reynal/National Kidney Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey and Luncheon Chair Karen Settle told the audience how the event had brought them closer together. Then the twosome aimed the attention to Honorary Chair Faye Briggs on the front row. Telling how they had gotten to know her in working on the luncheon and how “everyone wants to be Faye.” With that they pulled out masks on a stick with Faye’s photo.

Janelle Friedman

Janelle Friedman

Emcee Jocelyn White introduced Sue Goodnight Service Award Recipient Janelle Friedman, who thanks Sue for her being “an inspiration for all of us.” Then Janelle teased her husband Larry, who was seated just a seat away. In the weeks prior to the event, he asked her, “What am I going to do when I’m up there?…Well, are you going to call me up there, so I can be honored, too?” Janelle simple answered, “No, Larry, this is my honor.” Then smiling at Larry, she added, “So I want to introduce my husband Larry Friedman.”

But the frivolity ended when the reason for the luncheon was addressed via stories of people who had received transplants from loved ones. While some may have wondered why Robin Bagwell gave the invocation, it was noted that she, like Marsha, had provided her husband with a kidney eight years ago. Robin might have found a new calling.

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Lewis Gibbons and Marsha Finney

Another kidney donor/recipient couple was Marsha Finney and Lewis Gibbons, who had suffered a disease that resulted in kidney failure. A future of dialysis was prevented that to Marsha’s providing the life-changing kidney for him.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

After Marsha and Lewis had finished their stroll on the runway and were seated, the “Family Scene” took place, leading off with Linda and Steve Ivy with their granddaughter Miles Olivia Ivy, Lindsey Bumgarner, Jack Ranger Walsh with his uncle Austin Walsh, John Ross, Haley Bush with her neighbor Maddie Folmnsbee, Zach Young, and Christina White with her daughter Caroline and Blake Settle in clothes from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and KidBiz.

Plein Sud fashion

Plein Sud fashion

Before the Runway Report by Tootsies commenced, Jocelyn conducted the live auction. After Mary Black won the Santa Fe Vacation Package for 10, Jocelyn pointed Mary out, “So, if you want to be her friend…”

Rene Ruiz fashion

Rene Ruiz fashion

Then the fashions were on parade. Jan had hinted that the show’s finale would feature gowns from Rene Ruiz, who had flown in from Miami for the event. While the designer’s name was not as familiar to locals as Armani, McQueen or Herrera, he quickly changed that status for the sold-out crowd of 427 with his breathtaking designs. They blended elegance with a sensuous feel.

Then it was off to lunch (spinach and mixed greens topped with blue cheese crumbles, avocado, bacon with chicken nuggets and honey mustard dressing and lavosh garnish plus a cup of golden gazpacho followed by chocolate chambord molten cake with Heath bar ice cream) and heading over to Tootsies to get to know Rene’s handiwork firsthand.

For more photos of the people and fashions, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report

Those KidneyTexas gals had tears for those who have donated a kidney to loved ones and cheers for those who were promoting awareness of this disease that is affecting 30,0000 Texans each year.

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Jolie Humphrey and Karen Settle

Thanks to their efforts, advancements are being made to reduce the need for dialysis and years of anguish. But they did this year with style, food and laughter at The Runway Report on Tuesday, September 23rd, at Brook Hollow with KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey, Luncheon Chair Karen Settle, Honorary Chair Faye Briggs and tons of fashions from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and Kid Biz.

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

Steve Ivy, Miles Olivia Ivy and Linda Ivy

For a visual look at the day’s event, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery because tomorrow the post will come. At least, we hope so.

 

 

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