No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patrons Walked A Cheetah-Printed Carpet To Tricia Sims’ Mansion And A Bounty Of Wolfgang Puck Edibles

The No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party Patron Party on Saturday, March 18, proved to be a mini-version of the 12th annual AIDS Services of Dallas fundraiser on Saturday, April 8, at Frontiers of Flight Museum. There was plenty of food, libations and eye-catching guests. Even the carpeted walk up to hostess Tricia Sims‘ mansion was not your every-day welcome mat. Here’s a report from the field:

David Nelson, Nicole Barrett, Tricia Sims and Amber Griffin*

This year, rather than a traditional red carpet, Chair David Nelson requested cheetah print. Such was the introduction and welcome to the patron event for the 2017 No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, themed “An Artful Life,” at the opulent home of Honorary Co-Chair Tricia Sims. The No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, is the largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, a non-profit that is celebrating 30 years of helping to improve lives of economically disadvantaged individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.   

Dennis Kershner and John Moreno-Kershner*

Brilliantly witty and entertaining, No Tie Chair David Nelson, who has served in the chair position for the last seven years, greeted guests and showered appreciation to No Tie’s numerous supporters. Although Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Alan Berg was not in attendance, he was the man of the hour by sponsoring Wolfgang Puck Catering for the evening. Hedda Layne took center stage on the grand balcony outside, delivering an explosive performance as guest mingled by the pool and Greek goddess statues. The signature cocktail, The Warhol, made with Reyka Icelandic Vodka, club soda, and angostura bitters, proved to be the refreshing drink of choice for the warm evening. Ben E. Keith provided wine and beer to complete the festive occasion.  

Don Maison and Ellen Sweets*

The patron party was attended by approximately 150 guests including ASD President and CEO Don Maison, former ASD Chairman of the Board Dennis Kershner, former Honorary Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and Patricia Deason, Entertainment Co-Chairs Deanna and Rob Cahill, as well as Chad Collom, Nicole Barrett, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Donna Richardson, Ellen Sweets, Phyllis and CJ Comu, Sheri and Patrick Moneymaker, among others.

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

2016 No Tie Dinner And Dessert Boasted 007 Babes, Beverages And Bond-iful Partying For AIDS Services Of Dallas

When James Bond would loosen his tie, you just knew he was taking enjoyment to a new high. So, how fitting it was that the 2016 No Tie Dinner And Dessert Party would have a Bond theme at Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, April 9, complete with grown-up beverages, Bond babes and partying. Here’s a report from the field:

Michelle Bradwell, David Nelson, Angel Irvine, Bret Gallagher Jr.*

Michelle Bradwell, David Nelson, Angel Irvine, Bret Gallagher Jr.*

Only David Nelson and his creative team can make a casual-chic affaire go glam without a tie. Welcome to No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party! The eleventh annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, presented by Purple Foundation, went Bond-chic at The Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, April 9, with the theme “You Only Live Twice” to celebrate the non-profit’s long history of providing a second chance at life for its residents.

No Tie Chair David Nelson and Honorary Co-Chairs Marie Reyes (as seen on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas) and husband Angel Reyes greeted the 1,500 guests who indulged in lavish cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, chocolates and pies from some of the city’s finest eateries, such as Apples and Onions, Dallas Affaires Cake Co., Daisy Cakes, Uncle Willie’s Pies, and Frosted Art Bakery & Studio, among many others. The signature Reyka Double Bond cocktail made with Reyka vodka, cranberry juice and a splash of ginger ale proved popular at the bars generously sponsored by Ben E. Keith (Bud Light)  and William Grant & Sons (Reyka, Sailor Jerry, Tullamore D.E.W., and others).

Marie and Angel Reyes*

Marie and Angel Reyes*

Ron and Deanna Cahill*

Ron and Deanna Cahill*

Upon arrival, one might have caught a glimpse of the stunning Deanna Cahill poised on top of a cupcake platform dressed in her Bond-girl finest of all black leather. She and husband Rob Cahill and Alika Ray produced a surprise dance performance by the Dallas Cowboy R&B dance team set to Madonna’s “Die Another Day.” Another surprise was the announcement of Carol Hatton as the recipient of the “Sheila Dolezal Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and community support and the newly-retired Dennis Kershner as the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his long-term support as ASD Chairman of the Board for seven years and No Tie Chair for ten years.

Thanks to DJ Mark Ridlen, the dance floor bounced with energy to set the stage for the live auction which showcased everything from an $8,500 Louis Vuitton Chaise Lounge Chair donated by Scott + Cooner to a vacation package in a fully-restored 800-year-old, three-story chateau in the French countryside. Other vacation packages included trips to Belize, Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado and Hotel del Coronado Resort in San Diego. Guests could also bid on silent auction items and original artworks, curated by Christina D. Yielding, who also featured “live art” throughout the evening.

Christina D Yielding*

Christina D Yielding*

Christian Iles, Tricia Sims and Van Haden*

Christian Iles, Tricia Sims and Van Haden*

Other attendees included: ASD President/CEO Don Maison, ASD Chairman of the Board Don Neubauer, Purple Foundation’s Blake Baker, Chris Huffstutler, Sara Fangmeyer and Dylan Orrell, Sterling Deason O’Donnell, Patricia Deason, Tricia Sims, Merlene Phillips and Tony Fielding among others.

* Photo credit: Gregory Martin

Ally’s Wish’s A Venetian Dream Was A Showcase Of Esé Azénabor Fashions At Tricia Sims’ Mansion

Those who love fashion were having a love fest on Tuesday, March 29, at the Ally’s Wish‘s A Venetian Dream with Esé Azénabor collection impressing guests. While far from western wear, it still served as a warm up for the upcoming Boots and Blessing Gala on Saturday, April 30, at Gilley’s. Here’s a report from the field:

The Ally’s Wish Boots and Blessings Gala host committee welcomed more than 125 guests on Tuesday, March 29, to the gorgeous home of honorary chair Tricia Sims for an evening of fashion and philanthropy. “A Venetian Dream,” the collaboration of Ally’s Wish and local designer, Esé Azénabor commenced the countdown to the Flower Mound-based organization’s second annual gala to be held at Gilley’s Dallas on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Holly Reed, Missy Phipps, Honorary Chair Tricia Sims, Ese Azenabor and Melissa Cary*

Holly Reed, Missy Phipps, Tricia Sims, Ese Azenabor and Melissa Cary*

Inspired by the loss of their dear friend, Allyson Hendrickson, to ovarian cancer, Missy Phipps, Holly Reed, Melissa Cary and Heather Bryan founded Ally’s Wish to grant the last wishes of young mothers battling terminal illnesses. In just two years, the women have raised more than $100,000 and granted wishes like helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon and adventures swimming with dolphins to sixteen mothers.

Laura Downing*

Laura Downing*

LeeAnne Locken*

LeeAnne Locken*

After grazing the desert bar and sipping a cocktail, the glamorous Gina Ginsburg, Jennifer Gaydos-Hartman, Chuck Steelman, Melissa Roundtree, Dawn Mellon, and Amber LaFrance took their seats and all eyes turned to Mistress of Ceremonies and “Real Housewives of Dallas” cast member LeeAnne Locken. Her jovial opening question, “If you don’t know me, where have you been?” started off the night on the right note. She introduced gala chair Laura Downing who thanked sponsors before relinquishing the mic to Ally’s Wish President Missy Phipps.

“When dreaming up Ally’s Wish, I asked myself, what would want if I were dying? And the answer was obvious; memories and time with my children,” Phipps said. “Getting to know these strong moms is rewarding and bitter sweet.  We get to be in their lives long enough to grant their wish, and it’s a precious time that we don’t take for granted.”

Esé Azénabor's 2016 Collection*

Esé Azénabor’s 2016 Collection*

Carmen Surgent*

Carmen Surgent*

After Phipps’ heartfelt remarks, Locken announced the organization was only $40,000 away from reaching their goal of granting eight more wishes. After dozens more raffle tickets sold out in minutes, the house lights were dimmed and the models prepared to strut the runway. The young designer recently showcased her 2016 spring collection, Garden of Eden, at New York Fashion Week, but guests were in for a special treat as they got an exclusive preview of the Fall 2016 looks. Cheers ensued as the runway host, Carmen Surgent, sported an incredible gown that would turn heads at Chrystal [sic] Charity Ball. Azénabar’s designs were met with a standing ovation, and as she thanked friends and family, guests bid their farewells and headed to the valet line.

* Photo credit: Bob Manzano and Thomas Garza Photography