Round Robin October 7: International Pop And Meet Me On Continental

It appears that Wednesdays are giving Thursdays a run for their money to become the busiest weekday in North Texas fundraising. Wednesday, October 7, just hinted at what was to come. At noon the VNA hosted its annual Celebrity Chef luncheon with Anne Willan providing demonstrations on the right way to prepare traditional French sauces at the VNA Haggerty Center. Later that day The Slipper Club gals held their fall members meeting at Board Member Carrie Patterson’s family home.

International Pop

At the Dallas Museum of Art, an experiment was going a bit too successfully. Instead of doing the traditional members-only opening reception, DMA folks decided to open International Pop up to the public for a fee. The idea went over big with loads of folks arriving. And that became the problem. When a couple of loyal DMA members pulled up at the entrance, they were asked how much they had donated to the museum. When they didn’t have an immediate number, they were directed to go to self-parking. When they explained that they were supposed to valet, they were told to scoot. Not happy, one of the rejected patrons went on Facebook with an unhappy post. Evidently the DMA got wind of it and the next morning did a mea culpa, explaining that its rep had indeed erred and they hoped the patrons would accept their sincere apologies. The DMA mind trust is rethinking the way to handle success.

Meet Me On Continental

Over at the Continental Bridge, The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats were partying. Here’s a report from the field:

Richard Palomino*

Richard Palomino*

“The sultry notes of a saxophone danced across Continental Avenue Bridge as The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rat members gathered for an evening over the Trinity. The membership event – “Meet Me On Continental” – brought out 85 guests, who enjoyed perfect fall weather to stroll the active pedestrian bridge while mingling, sipping drinks, munching on gourmet popcorn and enjoying the live music.

“’There is no magical formula to what makes a great city; it takes having places where people of all backgrounds come together and engage with one another,’ said Gail Thomas, President and CEO of The Trinity Trust, as she addressed the group with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge glowing in the background. ‘Continental Avenue Bridge is a perfect example of this and there is so much more of it coming with the Trinity project.’

Joe Mannes, Sarah Mannes, Elizabeth Ygartua, Tori Mannes*

Joe Mannes, Sarah Mannes, Elizabeth Ygartua, Tori Mannes*

“Guests including The Trinity Trust board member Jim Bass, Tori and Joe Mannes, Dana Juett, Judy and Patrick Kelly, Vicki Briley-White and Jim White, Bob Thomas, Steve Smith, Jill Crow, Jean Bateman, Annie and Bud Melton, Sarah Mannes, and Elizabeth Ygartua strolled the bridge and watched families playing in the splash park and enjoying a lively Zumba class.

Jill Crow and Jean Bateman*

Jill Crow and Jean Bateman*

“The event encouraged members and guests to explore the new pedestrian bridge, which opened in June 2014 and connects West Dallas to Downtown Dallas. The Trinity Trust raised the private funds to convert Continental Avenue Bridge from a vehicular bridge to a pedestrian and bike bridge. These funds were given by an anonymous donor in honor of The Trinity Trust board chair Mary McDermott Cook. The City of Dallas runs programs throughout the week on the bridge including Zumba, yoga, nature fairs and family days.

“The evening was hosted by The Trinity Trust, which raises private funds for the Trinity River Corridor Project amenities, and sponsored by Smith Group Asset Management and Texas Capital Bank. Join the Rat Pack or River Rats today to participate in upcoming cocktail events, grand openings, private paddling adventures on the Trinity River, Trails & Ales parties in the corridor and more.”

* Photo credit: Jerry McClure

Uchi Chef Tyson Cole Tastefully Took VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheoners’ Palates To The Land Of The Rising Sun

On Wednesday, October 15, North Texas continued its march to fundraising ecstasy. In the evening, St. Philip’s School and Community Center was honoring Jan Miller and Jeff Rich. Over at Charlotte and Shy Anderson’s United Way was kicking off its plans for its 90th anniversary celebration concert, “Unite Forever Gala”, at AT&T Stadium in February featuring Blake Shelton and Usher. To warm up the announcement dinner, they had Christopher Cross on stage to the delight of all ages.

Earlier in the day the Consumer Credit Counseling Service held its  Fifth Annual Purses With A Purpose at  Frontiers of Flight Museum with Laura Estrada chairing the event and Michelle Singeltary speaking.

Still another lunch just down the road was the VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon with Uchi Chef/Owner Tyson Cole. Here’s a report from the field.

Chef Tyson Cole*

Chef Tyson Cole*

VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole was held at the VNA Haggerty Center, benefiting the VNA Meals on Wheels program.

“The generosity of the table hosts, underwriters and attendees raised more than $220,000 for VNA Meals on Wheels. This will allow VNA to immediately provide hot, nutritious meals to 145 new clients in our community. VNA Meals on Wheels currently provides weekday meals for about 4,000 homebound clients, but there are still 2,800 eligible seniors waiting to be placed on a delivery route. VNA Meals on Wheels has the capacity to feed them all, but lacks the funding.

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

Gayle Sands and Caroline Rose Hunt*

“The Celebrity Chef Luncheon not only raised money for a great cause, but also brought the artistry and tradition of Japanese cooking to Big D. It began at 11 a.m. with a wine cork pull, a meet and greet with Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole, and tour of the Beatrice Haggerty Kitchen – the country’s largest single-site provider of meals to homebound seniors. VNA Celebrity Chef Luncheon guests partook in a meal stretching far beyond the borders of traditional Japanese sushi as they indulged in Tyson’s inventive dishes. Event Co-Chair Katie Johnson recognized Honorary Chair Caroline Rose Hunt for her long-standing support of VNA. Then Event Co-Chair Francie Mancillas shared background on Chef Tyson Cole before he delighted the crowd with stories from his culinary journey and hopes for the new Uchi Dallas, set to open winter 2015. VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon concluded with a raffle.

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

Katie Johnson, Katherine Krause, Astrid Merriman, Francie Mancillas, Sara Fraser Crismon and Lori Whitlow*

“VNA Celebrity Chef raffle prizes included a $5,000 pre-paid credit card; a three-night Spa Refresher Package at Lake Austin Spa for two; a couple’s shopping package at Highland Park Village; two Southwest Airlines ticket vouchers; a Michael Kors trench coat with sable fur lining and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry by Victor Velyan; and an incredible 10-course tasting menu complete the new Uchi Dallas for six friends as well as a limited edition woodblock print “To Walk Where Footsteps Have No Sound” by artist Daryl Howard.

“For more information about VNA’s 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Luncheon featuring Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole and how it benefited VNA Meals on Wheels, please contact VNA’s Annual Giving and Special Events Manager Laura Muñiz at [email protected] or 214.689.3484.”

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

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