Aware Affair Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington Held The Launch Party In A Hideaway At The Statler

Leading up to the Aware Affair on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, Co-Chairs Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington are setting quite a standard. Just for their launch party on Monday, December 4, they commandeered The Statler’s Bourbon And Banter and recommended that the guests wear appropriate for the heyday of the speakeasy era. And along with Aware President Venise Stuart, they announced tidbits about the Aware fundraiser including the honorees. But more about that later. Here’s a report from the field:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air*

As guests arrived on Monday, December 4, at The Statler for the Launch Party for Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Celebration – they were greeted by two modern American icons:  A 1946 Lincoln and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all decked out for the soirée in accordance with the dress code Speakeasy Chic Attire. 

An intriguing setting, Bourbon And Banter is accessed by going through a small series of hallways, down some stairs and a few more stairs, passing through a glass door where a code had to be called in from, guess what, a very chic telephone booth. As the heavily paneled wooden door slowly slides open, oohs -and-aahs were heard throughout the crowd. Welcome to the party! 

Jolie and Bart Humphrey*

Craig and Josey Kennington*

“This setting is the perfect choice for our launch party,” said Aware Affair Co-Chair Jolie Humphrey. “Just look at the outfits! Everyone got in the mood.”

Jolie and Aware Affair Co-Chair Josey Kennington were chatting up the 75+ supporters and member of the host committee including Honorary Co-Chairs Kim McDavid, dressed in sequins and sparkles and her husband, David McDavid, Jr., who was dressed to the nines in 1930s-inspired wide pin-striped slacks, white shirt and tie with suspenders and topped with a fedora.  

Kim and David McDavid Jr.*

Barbara Bigham and Venise Stuart*

Addressing the group, Aware President Venise Stuart thanked everyone and gave a brief history of Aware’s history, which began in 1989 when five very involved and powerful Dallas women — Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey and Anita Sampels –founded the organization in support of their good friend who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. These ladies asked their friends to help begin Aware and at least 100 women stepped up to become Charter Members, many of whom were in attendance this evening.  

John Turner, Billie Leigh Rippey and Ramona Jones*

In the almost 30 years since Aware has been in existence, more than $12.5 million have been raised. This money has been given back to the community in the form of support for education, research, and caregiving using a thorough grant review process under the administration of The Dallas Foundation. The process includes financial analysis and on-site visits to applying organizations.

Venise then announced the two honorees.

  • BvB Dallas is a Dallas-based charity organization that hosts a powder-puff football game and other fundraisers as a way of raising money for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. Founded locally by a group of young women driven to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, BvB Dallas is a personal way for young professionals across DFW to raise awareness, funds and support to tackle Alzheimer’s forever. Raising more than $3.5 million and recruiting over 1,000 volunteers for the cause, BvB Dallas has made a huge impact in the Metroplex over the past 10 years.  
  • The Chantilis Family, in honor of their mother, Frances Chantilis. Frances was one of the original charter members of Aware. Frances was a kind, gentle, woman, who gave to everyone in the community. Unfortunately, Frances lost her own battle of Alzheimer’s in 2013.

In Frances’ memory, her children, Sam Chantilis, M.D. and Stephanie Bray and her husband Bennie Bray have continued to support the Aware mission. In 2015 Stephanie and Bennie served as the 2015 Aware Affair co-chairs. 

Jolie and Josey also thanked media sponsors PaperCity Magazine, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family, MySweetCharity and Downtown Business News, along with in-kind sponsors to date: Matthew Shelley Photography, Glass Vodka, Roxor Gin, JR Ewing Bourbon, Lakewood Brewing Co. and Pratiksha Jewelry, which donated a most beautiful set of a diamond necklace and earrings co-designed by Kim McDavid.  Topping off the sweet evening were chocolates from Chocolate Secrets as favors.  

The event will be held on Friday, April 13, at The Statler, the newly-renovated, historic hotel. The original Statler Hilton, an iconic building of mid-twentieth century design, was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and established Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. 

The newly renovated hotel is the perfect setting for Aware’s new event format designed to entice party-goers of all ages: a cocktail reception, dancing to favorite tunes spanning the decades, silent auction with select wonderful finds for everyone, and a spirited live auction with WFAA’s Ron Corning as emcee. 

The three-course, seated dinner will showcase gourmet selections by Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco, formerly executive chef and director of operations at Bolsa Mercado.   

For underwriting and sponsorship opportunities contact Sharon Walker at [email protected] or 214.369.2459, or visit the website at AWAREDallas.org .

2018 AWARE Grant Recipients are: 

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor ATandT Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers. 
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund – Recipients are Nora Drutz-Rogney of Baylor University and Lindsay Ross of Texas Christian University.
    The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, is the fiscal sponsor of Aware. For more information please visit the website at Aware.or
*Photo credit: Matthew Shelley

2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea’s “A Garden By The Sea” To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Women’s Council of The Dallas Arboretum Fundraiser

When Melissa Lewis agreed to be president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she called Venise Stuart. Melissa would only take the leadership position, if Venise agreed to chair the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

After chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb ball, the Aware Affair and Les Femmes Du Monde’s Women of the Year, Venise was the right one to tap for the 30th anniversary of the annual tea that benefits the Council’s A Woman’s Garden.

At Tootsies on Thursday, November 16, Melissa and Venise had about 70 guests in for champagne and to learn about the plans for the spring fashion show.

Before the announcements were made, Venise said that she wanted the annual fashion show and luncheon to be an elegant affair along the lines of the grand days when the ultra-rich sought the cool breezes of Newport in the summer.

When the event was first launched in 1987, it was simply a seated tea with Virginia Nick, Margaret McDermott, Mary Nell Rogers, Barbara Lake and Carol Ann Brown on the terrace of the Camp House with a regatta sailing on White Rock in the background. As one person described it, “Nobody had ever done anything like that. It was like we were in a movie. They had just restored the Camp Estate. It was a simple but elegant affair. It was like Downton Abby. Nobody asked you for anything. It was just a beautiful afternoon.”

Over the years, change was afoot. It was held in different locations, designers like the late Frank Olive attended, fashion shows were added and the hat judgings. In recent years, the tea has settled into a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza and the fashion show and live auction in Rosine Hall followed by a seated luncheon on the terrace overlooking the grounds.  

Nerissa von Helpenstill

Lynn Dealey and Linda Ivy

Dyann Skelton and Emilynn Wilson

Linda Burk

With the 70 guests including Emilynn Wilson, Linda and Steve Ivy, Dyann Skelton, Jocelyn White, Donna Darling, Claire Cunningham, Kay Weeks, Barbara Bingham and Tea founder Carol Ann Brown, the twosome announced that Linda Burk would be the honorary chair and that Tootsies under the leadership of Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb would be providing the fashions with Jan Strimple producing the show on Thursday, April 12.

A Garden by the Sea by Lynn Dealey

Then they unveiled the graphics designed by Lynn Dealey with the theme “A Garden By The Sea.”

JUST IN: 30th Anniversary Mad Hatter’s Tea Theme, Date And Plans Revealed

Last night 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart announced plans for the annual fundraiser benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum‘s A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Melissa Lewis

Venise Stuart

On the ground level of Tootsies, Venise revealed that the 30th anniversary would be a salute to the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era.

A Garden By The Sea*

Women’s Council of the Arboretum President Melissa Lewis stressed it was not a Gatsby-period theme. Rather think of the Vanderbilts summered in Newport at The Breakers, Marble House and Rough Point, when the magnificent estates enjoyed the cool breezes.  

To visually explain the feel, Melissa and Venise unveiled the graphic designed by Lynn Dealey that benefited the “A Garden By The Sea” theme perfectly.

Serving at honorary chair will be Linda Burk, who has been a longtime supporter of the Arboretum.

The fashion show of Tootsies fashions and luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 12, at the Arboretum under the direction of Jan Strimple.

As for the chapeau judging details, stay tuned.

* Graphic credit: Lynn Dealey

Jolie Humphrey And Josey Kennington To Co-Chair Aware Affair’s “Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Evening” At The Statler

Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington*

As reported previously, the 2018 Aware Affair will be taking place on Friday, April 13. The details that were still pending were who and where. But those questions have just been answered by Aware President Venise Stuart. She’s just revealed it will take place at the 61-year-old Statler that has gone through a major renovation transforming it into a 21st century multi-use development including a 159-room hotel, 219 residences, restaurants, retailing and entertainment facilities. The fundraiser’s theme is fitting to the revitalized development: “Celebrate the Moments – A Modern American Evening.”

Co-Chairing the event will be Jolie Humphrey and Josey Kennington with Kim and David McDavid Jr., serving as honorary co-chairs. The honorees will be BvB Dallas that just celebrated its 10th anniversary this past August and the memory of Frances B. Chantilis with her family, Cheryl and Dr. Sam Chantilis and Stephanie and Bennie Bray.

Starting off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, The Statler Director of Culinary Events Justo Blanco will present a three-course seated dinner following by a live auction.

* Photo credit: Jeremy Lock

Guests Came From Near And Far For The Sweet Sounds At The Sapphire Gala For Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

It takes more than talent to perform at such venues at the Meyerson. It takes money to fine tune that talent. So The Sapphire Gala under the leadership of Venise Stuart did just that for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on Sunday, May 18. Guests came from as far away as Colorado for the evening of dining, bidding and listening to young musicians at the Meyerson. Here’s a report from the field:

Through the ages, sapphires have been treasured for their sparkle, romance and beauty. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) glittered with brilliance at the Sapphire Anniversary’s Spring Gala and Season Finale celebrating 45 years in the community. It was held on Sunday, May 21, at the Meyerson Symphony Center and is the only fundraising event for the youth orchestra.

Dallas Jazz Institute*

The shimmering Gala included a silent auction and buffet dinner with music featuring performers from the GDYO Jazz Institute. It was followed by a full concert of the top ensemble featuring guest violinist Chee-Yun, and ended with post-concert desserts.

Dolores Barzune, Venise Stuart, Larry Barzune and Larry Stuart*

Venise Stuart was extremely proud and honored to be chairing the Gala.

“The young talent the Metroplex has is amazing,” said Venise. “It takes a true passion and commitment from everyone involved to deliver the amazing experience you will have this evening. The GDYO is a hidden gem in the city and these young musicians soar under the direction of Maestro Rick Giangiulio.”

Cynthia and Brice Beaird*

Honorary Co-Chairs were Cynthia and Brice Beaird, longtime supporters of the Dallas community. Cynthia is a founding Partner/Executive VP with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. Brice is the owner of the Beaird Agency, Inc. and also a singer/songwriter. 

GDYO provides DFW’s most talented young musicians with high quality instruction, challenging repertoire and the opportunity to come together and perform at world class venues like the Meyerson Symphony Center. It was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community to provide music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. The program includes over 450 talented musicians, ages 8 to 18, performing in two full orchestras, three string orchestras, a wind ensemble, a flute choir, and eight jazz combos, and socializing with a diverse group of highly talented peers from more than 50 communities.

Sherwood Wagner and Marena Gault*

“Many GDYO alums continue to study music at schools like Julliard, Cleveland Conservatory and others,” said GDYO Board Member Sherwood Wagner. “Regardless of the path they choose for their career, the students receive a world class music education/performance experience and a lifelong appreciation for arts.” 

There are a few notable alumni of the orchestra. Cathy Hernandez, the recently appointed Executive Director of GDYO, has come full circle by having been a musician with the orchestra while in high school, and now many years later, she heads the organization. Another familiar alumna from the program is Denise McGovern, who is currently Vice President of Communications at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Cathy Hernandez and Don Nebhan*

Gerald and Dana Sampson*

Attendees included Marena Gault, Delores and Larry Barzune, Dana and Gerald Sampson, Norma and Don Stone, Heather and Jerry Moore, Doug Haloftis, Becky and Brad Todd and Sharon and Maurice Ballew.

Gerry and Dana Sampson moved to Colorado nearly two years ago, but flew back for the event. They were both wearing purple because Gerald is on the National Board of Alzheimer’s Association. Even his shoes were purple.

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the GDYO Scholarship Fund and the GDYO Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO Program, but to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and preforming with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

For more information:  www.gdyo.org

* Photo credit: Chuck Clark

JUST IN: Returning Aware President Venise Stuart Reveals The Grant Recipients And Board Members For 2017-2018

Venise Stuart (File photo)

Venise Stuart’s dance card is getting full. Not only is she chairing the 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea for the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, she is once again going to serve as president for Aware .

Venise just revealed the following ten organizations have been named Aware grant recipients for 2017-2018:

  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation – Support for the salary of a Ph.D. Neuropsychology Intern for Baylor AT&T Memory Center.
  • Center for BrainHealth – Discovery Group – Support for the Discovery Group, a program designed to help individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias focus on preserving abilities and tapping strengths to promote meaningful engagement and slow the progression of the disease
  • Dallas Museum of Art – Memory Moments – Support for teaching honorariums, supplies, and staffing for Memory Moments, a program designed to provide participants with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias ways to engage in art that are revitalizing and gratifying.
  • Jewish Family Service – Support for the salary of a Clinical Social Worker to provide independent living services to adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their families/caregivers.
  • Juliette Fowler Communities – Support for group and individual therapy sessions with a Certified Music Therapist for memory care residents, and to help purchase additional instruments and therapeutic tools.
  • NorthPark Presbyterian Church – Casa de Vida – Support the Casa de Vida program, which gives relief to families/caregivers by providing one-on-one care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at the church for programs involving art, music, games, and lunch one day per week from 9:30 until 1:30.
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – Support for two concerts by professional musicians in 87 nursing homes and adult daycare facilities that serve individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Presbyterian Communities & Services Foundation – Broad Strokes – Support for the Broad Strokes program at Grace Presbyterian Village that provides music and art therapy to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companions – Support for the Senior Companion Program matching volunteers with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families needing assistance with meals, light housekeeping, and companionship.
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center – Support to advance Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s research and clinical trials on a DNA Vaccine to clear amyloid plaques in the brain to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship awardees will be Baylor University’s Nora Drutz-Rogney and TCU’s Lindsay Ross.

Part of the grant funding is achieved from proceeds from the annual Aware Affair. This year’s event — Celebrate the Moments — will take place on Friday the 13th of April with a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Wondering where it’s gonna be held? And who’s chairing the event? Good questions! That information is coming in the weeks ahead.

Joining Venise on the 2017-2018 Aware board will be Carol Stabler, secretary; Sue John, treasurer; Stacey Angel, membership; Myrna Schlegel, Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund and Janet Broyles, past president. 

Aware Dallas President Venise Stuart Had A Very Busy Day On Wednesday, March 29

Venise Stuart had a very busy Wednesday, March 29. There had been her being featured in the Tradition Senior Living’s “Inspiring Lives” in the Dallas Morning News that morning. She claimed that she was amazed by the spotlight, but credited Linda Faulkner Johnston for easing her into it.

Venise Stuart

Then she was at the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society Luncheon with James Farmer as the keynote speaker.

And that evening as president of Aware, she was attending the Aware Affair Patron Party at Aware Affair Co-Chairs Penny Reid’s and Thomas Nolan’s Highland Park home that night.

The Saturday, April 8th fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom would honor Pam and Dan Busbee, Myrna and Bob Schlegel and the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Unfortunately, on this evening Pam was away in California. No problem. The party came off without a hitch.

MySweet2017Goals: Venise Stuart

According to AWARE Dallas President Venise Stuart,

Venise Stuart (File photo)

“’Americans whisper the word “Alzheimer’s” because their government whispers the word “Alzheimer’s.” And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs.’ – Seth Rogen

“I love this quote – it says so much – we need to yell at the top of our lungs – we have to get the funding and the research done, so we can overcome this horrible and extremely sad disease.

“Our goal is to do just that and we can do it with your help. Become part of the solution and join AWARE in our fight against Alzheimer’s. Since 1989 we have raised over $12,000,000 towards this cause. Membership is open to the public. Our fundraiser, AWARE Affair – Celebrate the Moments, is Saturday, April 8. We’d love to have you join us! Learn more at AWAREDallas.org.”

Myrna And Bob Schlegel, Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund And Pam And Dan Busbee To Be Honored At Celebrate The Moments

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Aware really knows how to show the love. Just last month it was announced that Myrna and Bob Schlegel had re-energized the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to support those specializing in gerontology nursing.

Now, Aware President Venise Stuart and 2017 Aware Affair Celebrate the Moments Co-Chairs Angela Fontana and Andrew Szuwalski and Penny Reid and Thomas Nolan have revealed that the Saturday, April 8th fundraiser will honor Myrna and Bob and the Scholarship Fund at the Hilton Anatole on Saturday, April 8.

But there’s more news. In addition to the Schlegels and the Fund, community leaders Pam and Dan Busbee will also be honored.

Pam Busbee (File photo)

Dan Busbee (File photo)

Greg and Amy Osler (File photo)

Serving as honorary co-chairs for the evening of cocktails, silent and live auction, three-course dinner and dancing to Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra will be Amy and Greg Osler, who amazed last year’s gathering with their story about Amy’s being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 51.

This year’s beneficiaries will include the Center for BrainHealth, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc., NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, The Senior Source, Texas Winds Musical Outreach and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Park Cities Historic And Preservation Society Has Expanded Home Tour And Distinguished Speaker Luncheon To Include Vintage Cars

Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society President Cynthia Beaird just announced that the 2016 Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon has been expanded. The society has added the First Annual Classic and Antique Car show to the fundraising program.

The trio of events kicks off with the luncheon presented by Doris Jacobs Real Estate on Wednesday, March 30, at the Dallas Country Club with Doris Jacobs and her daughters Kim Jacobs Callow and Teffy Jacobs co-chairing the event. Luncheon tickets range from $125 to $1,000 and may be purchased here.

The following Saturday (aka April 2), Classic and Antique Car Show Chair Dan McKeithen has arranged for the vehicles to be lined up at Burleson Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. But if you’ve got a vintage car and would like to have it on display and compete for a trophy, then it’s $25 per car in advance and $35 at the door. If Mother Nature decides to throw a temper tantrum, then the back-up plan calls for the show to take place the following Saturday (aka April 9) in the same place.

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart (File photo)

Cynthia Beaird and Venise Stuart (File photo)

The final event will be the home tour that is being chaired by Venise Stuart, who has arranged for a killer lineup including homes belonging to Patty and Price Pritchett (3432 Bryn Mawr), Cynthia and Brice Beaird (4339 Potomac), Margaret and Robert Cowan (3640 Maplewood) and Jana and Hadley Paul (3429 Cornell). Advance tickets for the Home Tour are available at the Park Cities Tom Thumbs for $20. The day of the tour, tickets will cost $25.

Pulling double duty will be Jan and Fred Hegi, who will be the honorary co-chairs for both the luncheon and the home tour.