Mission Ole Letter Signing Wasn’t At Your Same Old Dinner Table

Ann Schooler

When volunteers are called together to sign letters with information about upcoming fundraisers, they usually find themselves gathered around a dining room in a home located along a tree-lined street. But when residential tastemaker extraordinaire Ann Kellogg Schooler is involved, one can expect a pretty darn remarkable table and setting. And, boy, did she prove just that point for the 18th Mission Ole letter signing.

It seems that she decided to do some “redecorating” at her 35,000-square-foot warehouse in the Design District. That’s where she had stashed incredible pieces of furnishings and art from her trips to Europe and around the world for her clients. But, it was more than just prettying up the place. She had transformed the storehouse into Wolf Hall Antique Collective, a 10,000-square-foot showroom of drool-able treasures available for the world to eyeball and purchase. For an added touch, she had London antiques dealer Timothy Langston and Austin-based botanist Lauren Lachance set up shop.

As Ann told PaperCity‘s Rebecca Sherman, “I love things that come with ghosts of the past.”

Cindy Turner

Margaret Spellings

So, it was only natural that Ann had her Mission Ole Co-Chair Margaret Spellings along with former Chair/Advisor Cindy Turner, Auction Chair Heather Randall and Trinity River Mission’s Michelle Mora-Lopez  over to Wolf Hall to put pens to paper for the Saturday, October 28th fundraiser for Trinity River Mission.

Heather Randall and Michelle Mora-Lopez

Mission Ole 2016 (file photo)

Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s event, they’re crossing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to West Dallas’ Chicken Scratch and The Foundry with its outdoor fire pits and signature margaritas and cocktails. Plans call for sparkling lights, a live band, mariachis, ballet folklorico dancer and faces that have to be seen to be believed!

This is strictly an event requiring absolutely no ties and stilettos. Just make sure that you get your place reserved and your GPS set, because it’s a fun night that definitely proves West Dallas is alive and well and Trinity River Mission is one to support even if your letter hasn’t arrived yet. Tickets are available now!

Funds raised from the event will support Trinity River Mission’s programs “to promote literacy, encourage academic success and develop effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas, in the belief that education connects us to life’s possibilities.”

Chi Omegas Gave More Than A Hoot To Area Nonprofits and Scholarship Funds

Just as the Crystal Charity Ball gals were doling out the dough a couple of weeks ago for its beneficiaries, so the Chi Omega Alumnae were recently handy with checks. The funds came from their 2016 Chi Omega Christmas Market that was held last fall at Fair Park.

2016 Market Co-Chairs Amy McAleavey and Mandy Escobedo admitted that their goal of providing $258,000 for the 2016 beneficiaries was a daunting one. But evidently it wasn’t as challenging as they thought, as they provided $320,000 to the following beneficiaries:

Mandy Escobedo and Amy McAleavey*

  • ChildCareGroup,
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support,
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas®,
  • New Friends New Life,
  • Promise House,
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas,
  • Trinity River Mission,
  • VMLC (Vickery Meadow Learning Center) and
  • the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas Chi O Christmas Market Endowed Scholarship fund and collegiate scholarships.

According to Amy, “The total amount raised at the 2016 Market is a 24% increase from our set goal and allows us to fully fund our wonderful beneficiaries.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s Market with Alex Bjornnes serving as chair. The 2017 event will be the 40th anniversary of the Market and will return to Centennial Hall in Fair Park from Wednesday, November 15 thru Saturday, November 18.

* Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron

MySweetWishList: Trinity River Mission

According to Trinity River Mission parent Edith Diaz,

“In an area like West Dallas, home to the county juvenile detention center, third highest teen birth rate in Dallas County, and “cradle-to-prison pipeline” stigma, there can be a lot to worry about for a parent like me.

Trinity River Mission*

“But the first time I walked through Trinity River Mission’s (TRM) doors, I felt something I hadn’t felt in a long time: hope.

  • “Hope that my sons, Andrew and Alexander, won’t end up like other West Dallas students who fall prey to the alcohol, drugs, and gangs in our community.
  • “Comfort in knowing my sons are in the safest place they could be: their [second] home.
  • “Faith that TRM and the treasured support received from MySweetCharity and its readers are playing an important part in my sons’ journeys to become the successful adults they deserve to be.

“At TRM, over 550 at-risk K-12th grade youth just like my sons are receiving the daily academic, personal, and social-emotional support they need to graduate, pursue post-secondary education, and end the cycle of generational poverty that plagues West Dallas.

“When you’re a stepmom like me (or any parent), raising your kids is not always easy. I came into my sons’ lives when they were still quite young (ages 4 and 6). But there are things that happened earlier in their lives that still bring them pain today. Personal experiences that continue to affect my sons emotionally, socially, and even academically. The kind of deep-seeded pain from people who were supposed to love and take care of them but, in the end, just let them down.

“But because of TRM, MySweetCharity and readers like you, I have hope.

“Because of TRM and readers like you, my son, Andrew, now receives the targeted one-on-one academic support and tools he needs to conquer his ADHD, improve his focus, and develop his social skills.

“Because of TRM and readers like you, my son, Alexander, runs home from school in excitement because he actually can understand his math lessons now.

“Because of TRM and readers like YOU, I know that, even though I can’t erase the pain from my kids’ past — no matter how much I wish I could – there are people like you who teach my kids that they are loved, that they are worth investing in, and that they can achieve their dreams.

“And you make that possible.

“This holiday season, I hope you’ll join me in supporting TRM’s special Holiday Hope campaign for TRM students and families.

Hope Family collage*

“As you can imagine, the holiday season can be a difficult and intense time for TRM families, filled with many hopes and wishes deemed seemingly impossible: The Ortiz Family wishes they could make their kids’ Christmas wish come true: to have a real Christmas tree. The Garza Family hopes one day to own their own home. The Mota Family wishes they knew how they were going to pay for their kids to go college.

“But, with your support, we can make some of those wishes come true and give TRM families that extra reminder that hope, faith, and love do exist in this world. And that, even in our darkest times, something good may be just around the corner.

“There are two ways you can get involved:

  1. “Give the gift of hope at www.TrinityRiverMission.org/donate. Your gift in any amount will provide immediate and critically-needed academic, personal, and social-emotional support for 550+ students and their families who are striving every day to keep their hope alive.
  2. “Send a special message of hope to TRM students and families like my own using this special holiday card, found here OR send Dolores Sosa Green, TRM’s CEO, an email at [email protected].

“This message will be displayed at TRM for all families to see, reminding them day in and day out that people like you care about them.

“On behalf of my husband, sons, and entire TRM Family, thank you and Happy Holidays!”

-By Edith Diaz, Trinity River Mission parent

2016 Mission Olé Dazzled Chicken Scratch And The Foundry With Over-The-Top Festivities And Funding For Trinity River Mission

The only problem for 17th Annual Mission Olé guests on Thursday, October 27, was the arrival. As the newcomers’ luxury vehicles tried to locate the Trinity River Mission fundraiser at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry, some took a premature left turn and found themselves in an apartment parking lot.

Once recovering from the wrong-way turn, they were faced with vehicles with flashing lights. No, it wasn’t a police raid, it was a trio of road construction crews.

Day of the Dead human statues

Day of the Dead human statues

Once arriving, it was dazzling for both first timers and old timers as they were greeted by mariachis singing their hearts out. With multi-colored serapes wrapped around the chairs, the colorful tableclothes, arrangements of paper flowers and little yellow lanterns were the perfect setting. Chicken Scratch simply dazzled. Day of the Dead human statues were frozen in place. Face painters found themselves creating masterpieces non-stop. A fire pit glowed despite the 80-degree temperatures. An entire wall of silent auction items could hardly be seen because of the viewers checking out the merchandise.One gent even tried on the Villy’s Di de los Muertos bike for size.

Ann Kellogg Schooler, Cindy Turner, Margaret Spellings and Matt Schooler

Ann Kellogg Schooler, Cindy Turner, Margaret Spellings and Matt Schooler

Co-Chairs Lesley Chambless, Ann Kellogg Schooler and Margaret Spellings were stopped every two inches and being congratulated on the event. In turn the gals attributed the success to their advisor/Past Chair Cindy Turner.

Lesley Chambless

Lesley Chambless

Dennis and Laura Moon

Dennis and Laura Moon

Dolores Sosa Green

Dolores Sosa Green

Lynn McBee and Shannon Callewart

Lynn McBee and Shannon Callewart

While Ann and Trinity River Mission Executive Director Dolores Sosa Green embraced the theme — Day of the Dead — by having her face made up, Margaret, Lesley and other guests like Sunie and Steve Solomon, Laura and Dennis Moon, Lynn McBee, Shannon Callewart, Caren and Pete Kline, Sara and David Martineau and Gail Fischer with daughter Elizabeth Fischer and sons, Ford Fischer and Chad Fischer, steered toward the more traditional party look.

Chad Fischer, Gail Fischer and Ford Fischer

Chad Fischer, Gail Fischer and Ford Fischer

Cliff Fischer and Charles Haley

Cliff Fischer and Charles Haley

Cliff Fischer was talking with Charles Haley about their upcoming poker game that Cliff had won at Cattle Baron’s Ball.

On stage Rise and Shine played loud enough to be heard on the other side of the Trinity. And while the stage was strong enough to handle the band, organizers decided that it might not hold up for the Mission Ole dancers. No problem. The performances were held on the concrete walkway.  

Thanks to emcee Scott Murray pulling double duty as the live auctioneer, the net was $315,000, nearly double what was pulled in last year.

JUST IN: Mission Olé Hauls In A Big Net For Trinity River Mission

Dolores Sosa Green

Dolores Sosa Green

All that partying at the Trinity River Mission’s 17th Annual Mission Olé on Thursday, October 27, paid off big time.

Event Co-Chairs Lesley Chambless, Ann Kellogg Schooler and Margaret Spellings just got word from the bean counters that the fundraiser at Chicken Scratch netted … not raised… netted $315,000. That’s nearly double from last year’s Ole.

TRM CEO Dolores Sosa Green was hopeful the take would be good, but even she probably never imagined that number.

Congrats!

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Mission Olé

According to Mission Olé Event Co-Chairs Lesley Chambless, Ann Kellogg Schooler and Margaret Spellings,

Ann Schooler (File photo)

Ann Kellogg Schooler (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Margaret Spellings (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Lesley Chambless (File photo)

Trinity River Mission invites you to support our children at its 17th Annual Mission Olé fundraiser to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016. This year’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)-inspired celebration will be held at Chicken Scratch and The Foundry, just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in the trendy Trinity Groves area. The party will feature food from both Chicken Scratch and Smoke with signature margaritas and cocktails. Look forward to a magical evening hosted under a magnificent tent with sparkling lights, outdoor fire pits, mariachis, ballet folklórico dancers and much more.

Mission Ole*

Mission Ole*

“All we need is you to be a part of this unique fundraiser that benefits the children of Trinity River Mission (TRM). TRM is a highly respected and recognized volunteer-based community learning center in West Dallas serving over 550 disadvantaged children and teens, and their families. Importantly, all the children are served a nutritious afterschool meal, as it is very hard to learn when one is hungry. TRM’s programs help students learn to read, improve math skills, complete their homework, and gain life skills. As TRM’s children grow, they receive mentoring and financial support for college and their eventual productive careers.

“TRM addresses head-on a critical need in its West Dallas neighborhood. Did you know that in West Dallas only 35% of high school freshman graduate in four years, only 1.6% of high school seniors are deemed college-ready, and only 2.2% graduate from college? By coming to TRM, children learn how to succeed in school and beyond. TRM has a proven track record with incredible results.

“TRM has a waiting list of over 500 children! Clearly, there is a critical need for the services that TRM offers. Additional funds will help TRM expand its programs, continue to enhance quality, and reach even more children. Currently, it costs $1,800 to support one student’s total academic and personal enrichment through TRM programs for a year.

“Mission Olé is TRM’s largest fundraiser. By donating to Mission Olé, you become our partner in helping children in West Dallas become successful, contributing members of our community.  Visit www.missionole.com.”

* Graphic provided by 2016 Mission Olé

Trinity River Mission’s 17th Annual Mission Ole’s Letters Are Signed, Sealed And By Now Delivered

Mission Ole letter signing with Cindy Turner, Anne Schooler, Leslie Chambless and Margaret Spelling

Mission Ole letter signing with Cindy Turner, Ann Schooler, Lesley Chambless and Margaret Spellings

As Lesley Chambless’ dining room table was covered with sheets of letterheads, envelopes and pens on the morning of Tuesday, June 14, a group of gals settled down to personalize letters announcing plans for the Trinity River Mission fundraiser 17th Annual Mission Olé on Thursday, October 27.

Ann Schooler

Ann Schooler

Lesley Chambless

Lesley Chambless

As pens hit paper, a question was raised, “So, why did you all get involved with Trinity River Mission?” All fingers point to interior designer Ann Schooler in a killer white blouse that Ann fessed up came from Tootsie’s.

Without losing a beat, Anne continued applying her “Johan Hancock” to the letters and told how seeing the kids’ education program had been the driving force.

Cindy Turner laughed that it was a partnership of Ann and her husband Matt: “Ann makes the call to come to dinner and Matt makes the close.”

Cindy Turner

Cindy Turner

Margaret Spelling

Margaret Spellings

After last year’s “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead)” theme success, the decision was made by Co-Chairs Lesley, Ann and Margaret Spellings to keep it going and bring on board Gail Fischer as the honorary chair.

But the group decided to move the evening of auction items, loads of food, unique face painting and Trinity River Mission students dancing in period costumes with Day of the Dead painted faces. Speaking of made-up-faces, Anne pulled out her tablet revealing that invitations were being created that could double as masks just in case guests didn’t have time to have one designed or to buy one.

This year it will be held at Chicken Scratch. The reason? In addition to its being a great venue, the co-chairs felt its West Dallas location brought greater support and awareness of the TRM neighborhood. A volunteer-based community learning center, TRM is “dedicated to supporting the development of education success in the children, youth and families of West Dallas.”

If you haven’t gotten your letter in the snail mailbox, gee. Call 214.744.6774 and they’ll make it happen pronto!

MySweet2016Goals: Anne Conner

According to award-winning community volunteer and philanthropist Anne Conner,

Anne Conner (File photo)

Anne Conner (File photo)

“To continue to learn something every day, to play tennis and to fly-fish as much as possible. To help Dallas Afterschool to achieve its goals of insuring that its member organizations (Trinity River Mission, Jubilee Center, Heart House along with others) educate Dallas’ children in safe and stimulating environments.”

Round Robin October 29: 16th Annual Mission Ole And Stars And Stripes Film Festival Sponsors Party

Thursday, October 29, proved to once again return Thursday to its status as the busiest day of the week. Earlier in the day there were The Dallas Opera’s First Sight luncheon and fashion show at the Winspear and Mosaic’s 5th Annual Partners and Possibilities Luncheon at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center north of town. That was just the warm up for the evening’s activities that included the 2015 David Wiessman Bridge Builder Award Dinner at The Adolphus Hotel co-chaired by Holly Deason and Blaine Nelson and honoring Ron Haddock. Even Fort Worth was buzzing with the NewDay Services for Children and Families at The Cendera Center!

But back in Dallas, there was still fun and fundraising going on.

16th Annual Mission Ole

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

The Day of the Dead makeup

The Day of the Dead makeup

Mission Ole alter

Mission Ole alter

Despite being within a hair’s breadth of October 31, the Trinity River Mission fundraiser’s 16th Annual Mission Ole could have easily been mistaken for a Halloween dress rehearsal. Evidently Chair Greg Nieberding recognized the growing popularity of “Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)” and deemed it to be the theme for the gathering at 3015 at Trinity Groves.

Gary and Cindy Turner

Gary and Cindy Turner

Against a wall was a presentation of art that was in keeping with “The Day of the Dead” tradition in which “alters” are created as a tribute and celebration of the life of a deceased loved one. The artwork contains such things as the person’s favorite things like food, pets, musical instruments, etc.  On this occasion the alter was filled with artwork honoring Donna Graham, who founded Trinity River Mission.

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

Trinity River Mission Ballet folklorico dancers

One highlight of the evening was the ballet folklorico performance by Trinity River Mission students. Not only were they adorable in their colorful costumes, they knew how to do a showstopping presentation to the delight of their parents and guests like Cindy and Gary Turner, Paige McDaniel and Joanna Clarke.

Still another memorable moment was TRM grad Carina Torres, who went on to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She told of the importance TRM had in her life.  A little later in the evening Carina, who is a founding member of Nicolay Dance Works in Huntsville, returned to perform a solo dance.

The evening was such a hit that they’ve already reserved 3015 at Trinity Groves on Thursday, November 3, for the 17th Annual Mission Ole.

Stars & Stripes Film Festival Patron Party

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

Tanya Foster and Lisa Cooley

North of the Dallas North Tollway at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s spread, the sponsors of the Stars & Stripes Film Festival were filling the mansion to talk about the upcoming fundraiser for Sons of the Flag. While some guests chose to ride the Cooley Cart from the estate’s entrance to the residence, others decided to walk along the drive past the tennis court and pond and over the bridge to the front door. Shoot! It was such a gorgeous night, why not?

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

Pam and Vin Perella, Pam Busbee and Christie Carter

With SOTF Founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott greeting folks like Pam and Vin Perella, Lynn and Allan McBee, Christie Carter and Pam Busbee at the door, Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were talking with vets and going over details of the November 12-15 festivities at the Angelika plus the lunch on Friday, November 13, at the Dallas Country Club with Gen. Tommy Franks.

Midway through the evening, the Cooley staircase was put to use to tell about the upcoming film festival. From it Ryan told the history of Sons of the Flag and how it really started with his meeting Ret. Capt. Sam Brown, who suffered third-degree burns over 30% of his body.

Ryan and Director of Development Mary Meier even got David Sargent of Stripe-A-Zone to get up on the staircase and tell how important it was for his company to be the presenting sponsor of the festival.

 James Faust

James Faust

BTW, the opening night will not only feature “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Seal Team Member/native Texan Tyler Black will be on hand.

Also on hand was Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust, who helped curate the collection of films. He was also looking forward to the DFS’s The Art of Film on Friday, November 20, at The Space on Oak Lawn with Isabella Rossellini.

Mission Ole Patrons Got A First Look At Greg Nieberding’s Labor Of Love

A couple of guests kept asking homeowner/Mission Ole Chair Greg Nieberding if his home was Texas contemporary. The ever diplomatic and patient Greg just kept smiling and saying, “It’s midcentury contemporary.”

Paige McDaniel and Greg Nieberding

Paige McDaniel and Greg Nieberding

Actually, it was 2015 miracle. Greg had just laid his hands on the 58-year-old home only a block away from a former First Family back in May. The Jack Wood-designed home had had only one owner, but it needed a bit of updating. Still Greg was not going to sacrifice the beauty and charm of the 3,000+ square-foot structure’s origins.

A look in the living room

A look in the living room

Respecting the beauty of the wood and the screen panels, the terrazzo floors, the low-beamed ceiling and white leather sectional in the den and floor-to-ceiling windows, he created a home that Don Draper would have killed for.

Living room

Living room

Nutone Built-In Center

Nutone Built-In Center

The kitchen boasted 21st century appliance alongside touches of the “Father Knows Best” era like the vintage-colored Geneva cabinets and Formica counter tops with the 1960’s high-tech NuTone In-Built food center that could handle appliances for mixing, blending, juicing and sharpening knives.

Thanks to smartly positioned windows and a new roof, Greg fessed up that his electricity bill had only checked in around the $200 mark. But on the downside, the 78 sprinkler heads satisfying the near-acre property with towering trees backing up to Tom Hick’s estate had hit the $500 zone.

Lady of the Dead

Lady of the Dead

Gail Fischer and Cindy Turner

Gail Fischer and Cindy Turner

Cupaioli design

Cupaioli design

For its debut, Greg opened it up for the Mission Ole patron party on Thursday, October 1. As crickets were heard “Cricketing” in the distance, guests like Gail Fischer, Cindy Turner, Dawn Spalding and Mission Ole Honorary Chair Katherine Wynne arrived to be greeted by a life-size Lady of the Dead. The dress was glorious. Her face could have used a skillful plastic surgeon.

In one room, Paige McDaniel pointed out a charming youth’s outfit in a glass frame. It had been designed in the 1960’s by the home’s previous owner, Ed Cupaioli. Greg had found it online and preserved it complete with the label showing.

Trinity River Mission CEO Dolores Sosa Green said ticket sales for the Thursday, October 29th Mission Ole’s Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) at Trinity Groves were moving swiftly. While it’s just hours away from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated in Mexico on November 1. But why not get a head start and get all costumed up for the benefit of Trinity River Mission.

 

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Mission Olé 2015

According to Mission Olé 2015 Chair Greg Nieberding,

Greg Nieberding (File photo)

Greg Nieberding (File photo)

“Trinity River Mission — a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success, and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth — will host its 16thannual Mission Olé on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at 3015 at Trinity Groves in West Dallas. This year’s event will incorporate a new theme, “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and will include cocktails, authentic Mexican cuisine, Lotería, which is Mexican bingo, entertainment and more. Partygoers are encouraged to wear Dia de los Muertos-inspired costumes in celebration of this long-standing holiday.

Mission Ole 2015*

Mission Ole 2015*

“We hope the theme not only creates a fun evening for TRM donors, but also provides an opportunity to make a deeper connection with both TRM and the clients they serve in West Dallas, who are 98% Hispanic. Many of the agency’s clients often say that Trinity River Mission is a ‘second home and family’; the familial atmosphere of Dia de los Muertos allows us the opportunity to invite Mission Olé guests to be a part of the TRM family as well.

“Some of TRM’s clients will also get in on the fun by working with local artist Sal Barron to create many of the decorative items associated with Dia de los Muertos over the summer that will then be used at Mission Olé.

Tickets for Mission Olé are $175 each and sponsorships begin at $1,000.  To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit www.missionole.com or contact Michelle Mora-Lopez at 214.744.6774 ext. 109 or [email protected].”

* Graphic provided by Trinity River Mission

Trinity River Mission Kicks Off Mission Ole Fundraiser With Friends And Fans At Sugar Skull Cafe

Sugar Skull Cafe

Sugar Skull Cafe

Greg Nieberding

Greg Nieberding

Forget all the hoop-la about toned legs and unflabby arms. In the summer, a gal’s shoulders are an absolute must-have body accessory. If you’re gonna show off a sizzling tan, then a flirty, curved shoulder is not only a simple must-have, it’s a must! And what better way to show those curves than in a killer sundress.

While some stayed put inside Sugar Skull Cafe in Trinity Groves,  a lot of them were on the cafe’s wood deck for the Mission Ole Launch Party with a flawless view of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The fellows like Mission Ole Chair Greg Nieberding, who is a four-year Mission Ole veteran, opted for pastel shirts.

Food fanning

Food fanning

Unfortunately, the guests like Nancy Gopez, Joanna Clarke and Paige McDaniel weren’t the only ones drawn to the event, especially the food. A couple of the Sugar Skull staff stood over the guacamole, queso and other edibles fanning flying little critters away.

But forget the shoulders and pastel stuff. The news of the night was the Trinity River Mission’s 16th Annual Mission Ole fundraiser that will take place on Thursday, October 29, at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The theme will be “Day of the Dead,” with Katherine Wynne serving as honorary chair.

Dolores Sosa Green

Dolores Sosa Green

Whoa! Before you go off thinking that it’s gonna be a Halloween-costume party, regroup. According to TRM CEO Dolores Sosa Green, her staff came up with the theme that is “a traditional Mexican celebration, a way to celebrate loved ones who have passed.” There will be mariachi band, tamales, hot chocolate and Day of the Dead bread plus face painting. How simply wonderful. Usually just the kids get to have their faces painted. It’s about time for grownups to have more than the usual war paint.

Greg added his two cents, saying, “They [Trinity River Mission] do such good work. I’d love to see them be more visible in the community. When I received a call from someone who said, ‘We are thinking of asking a man to chair the event this year,’ I said, ‘Great!’ Then they said, ‘You are that man!’ Mission Ole is a fun event. It will be a party atmosphere.”

Round Robin September 27: Bingo Luncheon, Mission Ole And Pegasus Ball

Following Friday night’s TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction and the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Dallas, people hardly had time to grab a couple of hours of sleep. Then they had to rise and shine, have a steaming cup of latte and head off to Saturday, September 27’s demands.

DCAC League’s Bingo Luncheon

For those who were suffering from cabin fever due to power outages, there was the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s League 13th Annual Bingo Luncheon at Belo Mansion. Proceed from the event help “fund the Family Advocacy, Forensic Interview, Therapy and Education programs at DCAC, as well as the Clothes Closet.”

Mission Ole

Later in the evening the beautiful peeps heard the call of the Trinity River Mission’s Mission Ole. In contrast to years before, when the event took place in private homes like Laurie Sands Harrison’s, Co-Chairs LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons Lock decided to shift the party venue to One Arts Plaza. Thanks to a spectacular night with stars and strings of lights overhead, it was a perfect time to party out in the driveway.

Pegasus Ball

Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Over at the Fairmont, it was Stetsons and bona fide boots for the gents like Barry Corbin and rhinestones and flowing gowns for the gals like Honorary Chair Yvonne Crum and Carolyn Tillery.

Yvonne Crum, Bryant and Carolyn Tillery

Yvonne Crum, Bryant and Carolyn Tillery

The occasion was the Pegasus Ball benefiting the Autism Treatment Center with a record amount of money being raised. The black-tie gala was the final event of the three-day Roundup for Autism that started Thursday in Fort Worth. As Roundup Founder Bobby Norris explained, “Each day, there are more and more families seeking answer, searching for experienced and dedicated therapists to provide early-intervention services and life-long programs that will be there for years to come.”

Founded in 1976, “ATC just purchased its 22nd community-based group home and is currently expanding its Dallas Therapy Clinic. As a parent of an adult daughter with autism and as a board member of ATC, I am proud of our many accomplishments.”

Chocolate Labrador puppy

Chocolate Labrador puppy

But there was an “Oops!” that came to light at the reception. A cute chocolate Labrador puppy was on a leash being walked around the area and being introduced to guests. When contacted, organizers swore that neither the pup nor a quarter horse corralled outside the Regency Ballroom was being auctioned off. However, they did admit that the Lab had been given a “very good home” in exchange for a donation. That was the “Oops!” — that sticky Dallas ordinance that prohibits the use of animals for any form of nonprofit fundraising.

Upon learning of the ordinance, Autism Treatment Center’s Development Director Neil Massey responded, “This has been a good teaching moment for us — to do more due diligence and make sure that what we’re doing isn’t just because we’ve seen others do it, but to make sure we comply with ordinances.” He then added that they would make a donation to a rescue organization.

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

Mission Olé Is Moving Its Party To One Arts Plaza

LeeAnne Locken and D'Andra Simmons-Lock (File photo provided by Mission Ole)

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock (File photo provided by Mission Ole)

Another change of plans just came in. The Mission Olé Co-Chairs LeeAnneLocken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock have decided to move the Saturday, September 27th Trinity River Mission fundraiser from 3015 at Trinity Groves to One Arts Plaza.

So, don’t change the date, time, leadership or beneficiary. Just head your vehicles to One Arts Plaza come September 27.

Trinity River Mission’s “Mission Ole” Kick-Off Party Reveals A Change In Arrangements For 2014

The Trinity River Mission’s Mission Ole has changed its usual POA for its fall fundraiser. Instead of having the party at a private home, it’s headed in a different direction. Here’s a report from the kick-off party that took place at Elements on Wednesday, July 16:

LeeAnne Locken and D'Andra Simmons-Lock*

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock*

“This year’s Mission Ole benefiting Trinity River Mission will take place on Saturday, September 27, at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The VIP reception begins at 6:30 PM and the party starts at 7 PM. The fundraiser will feature Live & Silent Auctions, Tequila Tastings and Latin music and dancing.

LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons-Lock are the co-chairs this year, and Joyce and Linus Wright are the honorary chairs.

Phil Brumley*

Phil Brumley*

[At the kick-off party] “Guest Tiffany Hendra won a $200 gift card which was graciously donated by Elements for the raffle, and a huge highlight was the presence of both Dee Simmons and Doris Jacobs. Guests enjoyed the wonderful sounds Phil Brumley (photo attached) on guitar his renditions of John Legend‘s “All of Me” and Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer” had guests singing and humming along to the music!

“Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas.”

Photo credit: Thomas Garza

Jubilee Park & Community Center And Trinity River Mission Students To Learn Financial Responsibility Thanks To PlainsCapital

Remember the days when metal shop and home ec were required courses in high school? Back in those ancient times, those were useful classes. But nowadays, youngsters are facing a different world where personal finances need to start way before they hit the pavements of adulthood.

The PlainsCapital folks, who have a history with the Jubilee Park & Community Center (JPCC), recognized that the youngsters in the after-school program just might benefit from a little early development when it comes to understanding and undertaking financial responsibilities.

So, the bankers have partnered up with the after-school programs at JPCC and Trinity River Mission “to teach students about saving, budgeting and making sound financial decisions that will prepare them for college, careers and beyond.”

According to PlainsCapital Bank President/CEO Jerry Schaffner, “PlainsCapital Bank is committed to improving financial literacy in our communities and this program is an excellent way for middle school students to explore topics like saving, budgeting and the importance of making sound financial decisions for their future. All three components of this financial literacy program work together to provide hands-on activities with real-world relevance that will engage students and provide a fun and interactive learning experience.”

Targeting seventh- and eighth-grade students, the three components include:

  1. Personal Financial Literacy Curriculum – PlainsCapital Bank partnered with Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) to develop a targeted personal financial literacy curriculum for middle school students. The program, funded by PlainsCapital Bank, covers topics such as saving, budgeting, credit, taxes, loans, interest and financial responsibility. Employees from PlainsCapital Bank will volunteer their time once a week to teach fun and interactive financial literacy lessons to middle school students in Jubilee Park’s and Trinity River Mission’s after-school program. In 2014, the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards will require kindergarten through eighth-grade classes to incorporate personal financial literacy into their curriculum. Middle school teachers can fulfill Texas Education Agency’s personal financial literacy requirement in their own classroom by sending an email to [email protected] to request the curriculum free-of-charge.
  2. MoneyIsland – PlainsCapital Bank will also provide students with access to MoneyIsland, a web-based, educational computer game that focuses on key financial areas that include, saving and spending, earning and investing and using credit wisely. This tool makes learning about financial matters fun for middle school students as it tracks and encourages their progress. 
  3. PlainsCapital Pays for A’s Program – Seventh- and eighth-grade students from each organization who complete the six-week financial literacy program will be eligible to receive $5 per “A” grade on their fall and spring semester-end report cards. This spring, students will take a field trip to PlainsCapital Bank in Dallas to open a youth savings account and make their first deposit. The PlainsCapital Pays for A’s program applies to the following core classes: English/language arts, history/social studies, math, science and foreign languages.

After the recent economic roller coaster, there are probably some adults who wish they’d had such a program growing up.

Mission Olé Partied On With Singer Radney Foster, Wendy Krispin Fare And Candlelight Despite A Power Outage And Heat

Steve Stodghill was running late Friday. Seems he had been on the golf course and was waylaid. Now, normally that wouldn’t have been a problem. However, guests were already arriving at the Stodghill estate for the Mission Olé party, when Steve sneaked in wearing madras shorts and a sports shirt. While wife Anne was flawlessly doing double duty in the hosting department, Steve took a quick shower and appeared as if he’d been there the whole time.

Anne Stodghill, Allan and Lynn McBee

Anne Stodghill, Allan and Lynn McBee

Unfortunately, Honorary Chair Chad Hennings was a no-show. Seems the hunk was under the weather.

But his absence was hardly noticed once the crowd started getting crowded. Early in the evening the Stodghill mansion was crammed with people. The probable cause was the A/C. Don’t you know that when the temperature hits the 90’s, A/C is everyone’s best friend. Ironically, last year’s Mission Ole was held in October, when it was so chilly that a tent covered the patio and outdoor heaters warmed guests as they signed in at the outside entrance. This year Tri-Chairs Angela Choquette, Carey Deuber and Maggie Kipp moved the Trinity River Mission fundraiser up a month and what do you know — people hunkered down indoors because of the 97-degree temperature.

Emily Eisenhauer, Steve Stodghill and Maggie Kipp

Emily Eisenhauer, Steve Stodghill and Maggie Kipp

But Dallasites know how to dress for any occasion, and a little heat only allows the gals to wear sheer, short dresses with bare shoulders, boots and loads of turquoise. You know turquoise is right on target for an event with the theme, “The Mountains of Santa Fe.”

Speaking of boots, Dawn Spalding was wearing a pair that will be going through a bling update. She’s having glittery gems added to the boots for the October 5th Cattle Baron’s Ball.

One of the topics of the evening was the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon held earlier in the day benefiting Family Gateway. Celebrity waiter Shona Gilbert, who had worn a provocative black outfit at the luncheon showcasing her sizable tattoo, reported that a Family Gateway board member had called her over to “try to tone down” the on-stage twerking. Shona innocently claimed ignorant on what “twerking” was. On the other hand, LeeAnne Locken demonstrated in the Stodghill hallway for Christopher Wright how she had been one of the celebrity waiters who had twerked.

LeeAnne Locken

LeeAnne Locken

As the sun set and the crowd moved to the backyard with the longhorn statue, the Wendy Krispin fare and the stage for the auction, poor hostess Anne had her hands full. Seems the outdoor lights went on the fritz and Anne was hustling around the pool house, trying to troubleshoot. It wasn’t like they had tested the system a week before or even a day before, but Friday night the electricity gremlins were staging a power outage.

One guest eating by the light of the pool asked his table companion, “What is that? Beans?” No, it was sweet potatoes.

However, this crowd is not the fragile variety. If anything they rallied to cause with one person laughing, “Frown lines never show up in the dark.”

The lack of planned lighting didn’t deter emcee/auctioneer Steve Kemble. He just used a couple of little flashlights to read his notes.

Dawn Spalding and Radney Foster

Dawn Spalding and Radney Foster in the Stodghill ballroom

While the auction was going on, entertainer Radney Foster was warming up in the Stodghills’ ballroom. When approached about providing a serenade as one item to be auctioned, he was both flattered and impressed with the idea of helping to raise funds in this manner for the TRM. It wasn’t like he hadn’t already donated “a big chunk of proceeds” from one of his CD’s on sale at the party for TRM. “I’m happy to be here,” he said. “It’s a very cool thing.”

Emily Eisenhauer, who had seen Radney at the Kessler Theater a couple of weeks ago, warned others, “He’s amazing!”

At 8:50 p.m., Radney took his place on the stage lit by two little lights and a couple of candles flickering on a table in front of him. While he admitted that “I can’t see the strings on my guitar to save my life,” the glowing lights created a lovely setting for his serenade to Adrienne Strodel with a song that he had just written the week before.

Turquoise Is The Diamond Du Jour For Mission Olé

Shona Gilbert antique turquoise and sterling silver necklace

Shona Gilbert antique turquoise and sterling silver necklace

Shona Gilbert necklace

Shona Gilbert necklace

Turquoise is the diamond of the southwest. It just happens to blend the best of blue with the whimsy of yellow and a touch of green. It’s never stuffy and goes wonderfully with thick, woolly sweaters or on a tanned wrist. It makes even the most worn-out, shabby jeans and white shirt take on a super-duper sparkle. Plus the stone seems to only appear at happy and festive occasions.

So perhaps that why jewel designing nymph Shona Gilbert hooked on to Mission Olé’s “Mountains of Santa Fe­” and is hosting a trunk show with 20% of sales benefiting Trinity River Mission.

It takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21. For deets, check with 2013 Mission Ole Tri-Chair Maggie Kipp.

Once you have a piece of turquoise, your homerun of fashion is made when it comes to fashionable western. Oops, you already knew that.

Mission Olé Is Bringing Santa Fe To Anne And Steve Stodghill’s Estate With Radney Foster Strumming His Guitar

 Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp (File photo)

Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp (File photo)

The Mission Olé Tri-Chairs Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp have been busy putting final touches on the September 6 fundraiser for Trinity River Mission. Why, just to make absolutely sure that everything was going to fit the theme, “Mountains of Santa Fe,” Maggie checked the New Mexico getaway  out earlier this summer. Ah, the sacrifices one has to make.

Chad Henning (File photo)

Chad Henning (File photo)

And then there is that honorary chair — Chad Hennings. Why, shoot! He’s just fun to look at!

This year’s soiree is a month earlier than last year’s party that got hit by a out-of-nowhere cold snap, forcing guests to wear woollies and boots. Since this year’s Mission Ole is the very first Friday after Labor Day, it will be one of the very first parties of the season and everyone will be catching up on what happened over the summer, like who all got refreshed? Divorced? Pregnant? A heart stent? Very cozy with the law? We ain’t talking. You’ll just have to get in the fundraising party circuit to find out. Let’s just say everybody was very busy this summer, so there’ll be a lot of “Oh, really!”-ing going on.

And, of course, with a Santa Fe theme, you just know the indoor/outdoor party will feature clothes that are breezy and colorful with turquoise jewelry being the accessory du jour.

Radney Foster*

Radney Foster*

And what about entertainment, you ask? In addition to a Steve Kemble sassy live auction and a silent auction, the trio has arranged to have singer/songwriter Radney Foster play an acoustic set. Known for “Just Call Me Lonesome,” he was born in Del Rio and found his way to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. But after giving the hallowed halls a chance, he decided to take his guitar to Nashville for a different type of education. There he partnered up with Bill Lloyd and the duo’s “’Since I Found You’ became a Top Ten hit for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and on the strength of their demo tape, RCA signed them as recording artists.” After recording three albums from 1987-1990, they decided to “amicably disband.” Now, fast-forward 23 years during which Radney recorded “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” “Labor of Love,” “See What You Want To See,” “Are You Ready For the Big Show?,” “Another Way to Go,” “And Then There’s Me” and “This World We Live In.”

Kate Rose Marquez, Wendy Krispin,Jill Tananbaum, Nancy Gopez, Roz Colombo and Cindy Stager (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez, Wendy Krispin,Jill Tananbaum, Nancy Gopez, Roz Colombo and Cindy Stager (File photo)

The setting will be perfect for Santa Fe fashions, loads of Wendy Krispin food and signature cocktails and Radney’s acoustical performance. It will be at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s Preston Hollow estate that is tailor-made for such an event. Love the pool. Love the longhorn. Love hanging around the kitchen with Wendy scurrying around making sure that everybody’s chowing down. Love the nooks and crannies around the house where you can settle back and chat it up. Love the fact that the invitations are hitting mailboxes this week.

Stodghill estate (File photo)

Stodghill estate (File photo)

If you haven’t received your invite by next week, go ahead and hit the website to reserve your place. No, better yet, don’t wait. Go ahead and do it now. Then go shopping for your Santa Fe outfit.

* Photo credit: Marshall Foster

Mission Olé’s Tri-chairs Choquette, Deuber And Kipp Announce Big Plans And Big Goal For Trinity River Mission Fall Fundraiser

Angela Choquette

Angela Choquette

Cary Deuber

Cary Deuber

A year ago when Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp took a “girls’ trip” to St. Croix, little did they know they would be chairing this fall’s Mission Olé. Perhaps all co-chairs should travel together before taking on such a task because this threesome really enjoys being together, as they proved June 11 at the MO kick-off party at Antèks for the annual Trinity River Mission fundraiser.

Chad Henning

Chad Hennings

It’s just too bad that Honorary Celebrity Chair Chad Hennings didn’t go on the “girls’ trip.” He might have been better prepared for the gal gab. For instance, they were giggling about an episode that recently happened where a friend realized that her under apparel wasn’t quite appropriate for her short skirt and had to do a quick purchase and exchange for a party, slipping the unmentionable in her purse. As the trio told the story, the more-than-adorable Chad’s cheeks got redder and redder.

How did the former Dallas Cowboy/Super Bowl player get involved with Trinity River Mission? Chad explained he was giving a speech for Texas Bank one day and TRM board member Jim White asked him to tour the TRM facility, and he was hooked.

But back to the MO kick-off. This was one of the first times that MO has had such a K-O, but they wanted to get things off with a blowout since changes were in the air for the fall event that will be held at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s home. Anne was on hand for the announcement, but Steve was nowhere to be seen due a trial. After all, the guy does have to work for a living.

Steve Kemble

Steve Kemble

But luckily another Steve was on hand to help the gals with announcements — Steve Kemble, who will also emcee the event.

This year’s theme will be “The Mountains of Santa Fe,” with a country-type band, an auction including a silver jewel box donated by Antèks and a goal of raising $175,000.

Maggie Kipp

Maggie Kipp

Hello! That’s a mighty big goal, since last year’s take was $100,000. But to help the gals reach it, Antèks owner Jason Lenox made a generous offer. Almost too generous. When Maggie revealed that Jason was going to give customers a 25% discount on all store purchases through June 15, Jason and his staffers nearly had the blood drain from their faces. Quickly, someone corrected her. Antèks would donate 25% of sales to MO, if TRM or MO was mentioned. Whew!

Cary was up at bat next thanking Jason, Antèks and Chef Shaun Collins of Main & Sides and Domaine Wine Co. for providing the abundance of libations and food making the rounds at the K-O.

Last up was Angela, who announced that the date for the fundraiser was September 6, adding “We’re gonna pretend like it’s really cold,” since it’s the Mountain of Santa Fe theme.  If you’ll recall, last year it was indeed cold, so the guests were bundled up in sweaters and boots.

Karen Lukin

Karen Lukin

In a surprise announcement, Whole Foods’ Karen Lukin revealed that on June 26 the Preston Forest Whole Foods store would donate 5% of sales to MO as part of its Community Giving Day program.

And speaking of food, the Mo co-chairs plan on having New Mexican-style food with green chile and possibly ice sculptures in the shape of the Santa Fe mountains.

Jennifer Christzberg and Bryanna Roop

Jennifer Chreitzberg and Bryanna Roop

Among the 100 on hand to hear about plans were “cowgirl advisors” Nancy Gopez, Dawn Spalding and Kristi Bare, plus Lynn McBee and auction co-chairs Bryanna Roop and Cinemark’s Jennifer Chreitzberg, who was talking about the theater chain’s Classic Series. If you’ve never seen some of the true classic movies digitally restored on the big screen, don’t hesitate. June is the Spielberg Showcase.

QUICKIE: 25% Of Antèks Sales Through Saturday To Benefit Mission Ole And Trinity River Mission

Jason Lenox

Jason Lenox

Last night at the Mission Ole kick-off Antèks proprietor Jason Lenox announced that between now and Saturday Antèks would give 25% of purchase prices to the Mission Ole fundraising for Trinity River Mission. More deets about the party to follow, but did want to let you know ASAP about the opportunity.

But you’ve got to mention Mission Ole and/or Trinity River Mission. If not, you’ll pay the same price, but TRM won’t benefit.

2013 Mission Olé Kick-off Party Slated For Antèks On June 11

Mission Olé

Mission Olé

2013 Mission Olé Co-chairs Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp are getting things going with a kick-off party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at Antèks.

The trio will reveal plans for the September 6th Trinity River Mission fundraiser.

Everyone is invited to the kick-off. Only catch? You’ve got to RSVP to get in the door. That’ll help the gals to have enough Main & Sides hors d’oeuvres and Domaine Wine Company’s wine and champagne on hand.

Rain And Chill Didn’t Hamper Mission Ole One Little Drop Thanks To Laurie Sands Harrison’s Hospitality

After last week’s drench by the clouds above on Cattle Baron’s, Mission Ole‘s Co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez braced up for their Saturday night fundraiser for Trinity River Mission.

That may sound easy, but when you have more than 200 guests plus gaming plus entertainment plus an auction . . . well, there aren’t many homeowners who can accommodate a rainy backup plan.

Kristi Bare, Laurie Sands Harrison, Steve Kemble and Nancy Gopez

But Laurie Sands Harrison ain’t just any homeowner. When she got her divorce a couple years back, she considered selling the marvelous home, but then she rethought that idea. After all, she had remodeled the home ages ago with the idea of making it entertaining-friendly. Why, there are three spots just ideal for bars! And then there were the girls. Her girls. Her beautiful daughters, who saw home-sweet-home as a great place to bring friends over for partying and family celebrations. Well, that did it. Laurie stayed put and Mission Ole was oh-so grateful.

But still . . . the decision to tent the outdoor terrace still can throw even the most fabulous property into disarray. Again, not Ms. Laurie. The tent not only fit the terrace perfectly, its see-through walls allowed guests to see the marvelous grounds including “that pool.”

It was a perfect decision on the part of Kristi and Nancy, because with tables and chairs plus a bar, guests took to the tent like Texas-OU fans to a party. To play it safe because of the dip in temperatures, they girls also arranged for outdoor heaters including at the sign-in area, so guests would be nice and warm while registering.

Angela Choquette, Maggie Cooke Kipp, Shay Geyer and Katy Bock

But the chill of the night still inspired most of the gals to pull out those high-heel boots and vests and jackets in a variety of materials. Maggie Cooke Kipp had no idea what her vest was made of — it was on loan from her St. Valentine’s Day co-chair partner Angela Choquette.

Among the crowd who filled the mansion and the tent were Community Partners of Dallas’ Paige McDaniel carrying a small Neiman Marcus shopping bag. It was a gift for Greg Nieberding, who had hosted Paige and CPD Development Director Joanna Clarke at Cattle Baron’s. In addition to being the gals’ host, he also won the Mercedes in the CBB raffle. Knowing that Greg was going to be at the Mission Ole shindig, Paige was going to present him with a silver Gucci keychain. Speaking of raffles, Paige teased Joanna about her winning a $10,000 spending spree at Highland Park Village last year.

Now, you know why people buy raffle tickets!

In the back of the house right next to the kitchen, Robert Colombo was talking about his upcoming plans, including opening another Sfuzzi’s at the Shops at Willow Bend. It’s going into a redesigned space where Saks used to be. . . Betsy and Richard Eiseman were checking out the goodies in the open kitchen and making their way through the crowd. . . Caterer Wendy Krispin somehow managed to be everywhere — the outdoor grill, the kitchen and serving champagne — but she got stopped in her tracks by fans and friends … for two whole seconds. This Mission Ole is Wendy’s sixth year to cater the party.

Wendy Krispin, Jill Tananbaum, Nancy Gopez, Roz Colombo and Cindy Stager

Wendy Krispin, Jill Tananbaum, Nancy Gopez, Roz Colombo and Cindy Stager

One of the evening’s highlights was the live auction, with Steve Kemble doing the auction duties. The Grammy package was so successful that it sold twice to Simona Beal and to hostess Laurie. Perhaps they can get together with TACA Grammy package winner Annette Presley. Just wondering if L.A. is ready for that trio.