2018 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Claire Emanuelson Thanked Her Committee With “A Tea” In Her New Digs
As guests approached the brand-sparkling new contemporary two-story residence overlooking Turtle Creek in Volk Estates on Thursday, December 13, a handful of them asked, “Whose home is this?”
When the response was “Claire and Dwight Emanuelson’s,” looks of disbelief appeared.
One woman pointed southward and protested that they lived in Old Highland Park. That had been true until early in November, when the Emanuelsons’ two-lot estate sold and they were faced with a quick move-in.
What amazed the guests like 2019 CCB Chair Pat McEvoy, 2020 CCB Chair Tucker Enthoven, past CCB chairs Louise Griffeth, Cynthia Mitchell, Connie O’Neill, Caren Kline, Christie Carter and Pam Perella was that while Claire was closing down the old homestead and moving into the new digs, she was also in the final days of preparing for the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball that she was chairing.
Now that the moves and the children’s fundraising gala were done, Claire was hosting the CCB-ers at an aftermath tea complemented with flutes of champagne.
And, boy, did they dig it with an infinity pool hovering over the creek, his-and-her offices, fabulously decorated interiors including itty-bitty touches like a six-inch Mova floating globe and floor-to-ceiling windows with fabulous views of their new hood.
Hopefully, someone gave the Emanuelsons a crate of Windex for Christmas!
In the meantime, the CCB bean counters are tallying up the final results of Claire’s year of fundraising. Word has it that it was quite a year.
Venise Stuart was doing presidential double-duties on Tuesday, December 11. Earlier in the day she had presided over the Les Femmes du Monde holiday tea at Cynthia Beaird’s. With just enough time to change into her Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society presidential cocktail dress, she and husband Larry Stuart headed to Marcella and Brian Wilde’s home for the PCHPS’s Holiday Party, joining President-Elect Marla Boone and her husband Mike Boone, Susan and Tom Stanzel, Ralph Randall, Madeline Jobst, Doris Jacobs., and about 70 other guests.
Talk of the night included plans for the upcoming April’s fundraising events including the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon co-chaired by Shelby Fuqua and Julia Fuqua on Wednesday, April 10, with a speaker TBA.
This year’s Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 13, will be chaired by Suzie Curnes with four fabulous homes at
- 3615 Cornell owned by Ted and Camellia Shoemaker. Built in 1920 by Fooshee and Cheek, the home was purchased by the Shoemakers from Ted’s mother and former second grade Armstrong Elementary School teacher Mary Shoemaker.
- 3910 Gillon owned by Sydney and Elizabeth Hurley and built in 1918 by Hal Thompson.
- 3524 Saint Johns owned by Kate and Jack LaGere and built in 1928.
- 3657 Stratford owned by Susan and Jim Murray and built in 1916.
Once again Polly and Dan McKeithen will orchestrate the Classic and Antique Car Show on Saturday, April 27. Fingers are crossed that this year’s car show will be rain-free, so that the rain date of Saturday, May 4, won’t be needed.
Word has it that advance tickets will be available after the New Year’s holiday.
The Les Femmes du Monde ladies like Virginia Chandler Dykes, Patricia Crocker, Pat Pace and Eleanor Casey celebrated the holidays with wine at Cynthia Beaird’s Old Highland Park home on Tuesday, December 11. And they had a lot to celebrate.
Not only had the year been filled with meetings, luncheons and teas, its Woman of the Year dinner honoring Center for BrainHealth Founder/Chief Director Dr. Sandi Chapman at the Dallas Country Club in October hit a home run.
In addition to Sandi, Les Femmes President Venise Stuart and Dinner Co-Chairs Mari Epperson and Melissa Lewis arranged to have Overseas Private Investment Corporation President/CEO native son Ray Washburne as the keynote speaker.
They’re still counting the monies, but the checks will be going to Children’s Medical Center’s Child Life Program and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth’s Global Young Leaders Program.
Dallas Faulted For ‘White Supremacy’ During Communities Foundation Of Texas’ Cause-Minded Conversation
By Glenn Hunter
The Communities Foundation of Texas is aiming to expand the depth and breadth of its community outreach. So on Tuesday, December 4, it hosted a Cause-Minded Conversation titled “The Role of Faith Communities in Addressing Equity/Inclusion.” The purpose: exploring ways that churches can move beyond addressing issues like poverty and homelessness to tackle “fairness, equity and inclusion.”
With a crowd of about 300 people looking on, the program opened with a welcome by Pastor Richie Butler of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and then a talk by the Rev. Starsky Wilson, a pastor, philanthropist and activist from St. Louis. Starsky, who led the Ferguson Commission that studied the 2014 death there of Michael Brown Jr., said that Brown had attended an unaccredited school in the greater St. Louis area, where 200 blacks were killed during a 1917 race riot.
“What in the hell are we supposed to do” as a faith community “to overcome hundreds of years of racism?” Starsky asked. “By doing what you do: curate culture that will help us all heal. Go outside the sanctuary and do it! Engage the faith community in all aspects of public policy-making.”
He recommended that churches commit at least half their assets to under-served communities, including at least 25 percent to community organizing and working for public-policy change.
Following Starsky’s presentation, a panel of local religious leaders took the stage for a discussion titled “What About Here? Opportunities for North Texas.” The panel members were Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church, who served as moderator; Rabbi Nancy Kasten of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks Giving Square; Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas of Cathedral of Hope; Rev. Dr. Michael Waters of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal; and Iman Azhar Subedar of the Collin County Islamic Center.
Neil kicked things off by saying that, in Dallas, a number of resources including food, transportation and education have been funneled over time into the northern part of the city at the expense of the southern sector, reinforcing racial segregation.
Waters added that there is a legacy of white supremacy in Dallas, as illustrated by the downtown Confederate War Memorial. (Last April, the city council asked the city manager to review all possible options for the monument, including its removal. In 2017, the council had voted 13-1 to remove such monuments.)
“That is why Dallas is stuck,” Waters said, referring to what he called the city’s history of white supremacy. Later in the program he would go even farther with this theme, proclaiming that “the city of Dallas is the capital of white supremacy in America, and we have the statistics to prove it.”
“Dallas is 274 out of 274 U.S. cities in terms of racial equity,” Waters said. He cited Dallas’ persistent homelessness, history of anti-Semitism, violence against gays and record on childhood poverty. “That’s the history of this city,” he said. “I’m tired of talking, though. Are we going to go to City Hall together and demand that city leaders do what they said they would do [about the Confederate War Memorial] a year ago?”
Nancy questioned whether Dallas’ pastors aren’t really accountable mainly to “their wealthy privileged parishioners. We’ll build food banks until the cows come home. But, what will compel us to change the system?” George agreed with this sentiment, adding, “There’s a difference between charity and justice. Charity isn’t insignificant, but if you work on justice, charity becomes irrelevant.”
Azhar pointed out that he only recently moved to Dallas from Florida. “I want to go to the pastors, the rabbis, and the imams here and ask, ‘What are you preaching?’ ” he said. “We need to embrace, not shun, ‘the other.’ We need to start thinking big, and [local religious leaders] can be a catalyst for this change. We pray that God’s kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven. Too often we reverse that, and think our work is to get to heaven. We really need to be focused on how to bring heaven to earth.”
George then asked the panelists what they “want to see” in Dallas. A strengthened Citizens Police Review Board, Waters replied. Nancy answered, “We have a real issue with public education,” and Azhar agreed. Neil, referring to the 2017 state Legislature’s “stupid” bathroom bill, which was aimed at regulating public-restroom use by transgender people, said, “I would love for the white church to repent” and stop demonizing the LGBTQ community. Chimed in George: “That means action that shows we’re changing.”
Wrapping up the event with a few questions from the audience, Starsky said of Christian churches in general: “We preach white supremacy. We just put Jesus on it.” Waters said the battlefield against white supremacy is not the white church sanctuary, but the white living room. “I’m more concerned about what you do in your homes,” he said. “I see a lot of white people here. This is not our problem. This is your issue. What are you going to do about it?”
Are there any signs of hope? George asked, concluding the discussion. “The fact that we can acknowledge something is wrong—that’s hope,” said Azhar. Nancy said, “the number of people who voted in the mid-term election is a point of light.” Said Neil: “I hope that people of faith will reclaim their power.”
Briefly summarizing the discussion, Sarah Cotton Nelson, CFT’s chief philanthropy officer, said, “Use your power to sanctify rage. I love that!” She ended with this advice: “Go in peace, but pursue justice. Show love.”
* Photo credit: Kim Leeson
The NorthPark Center elves hardly had time to catch their collective breath from Breakfast with Santa Spectacular benefiting Children’s Medical Center Foundation on Sunday, December 2, when they prepared for the SPCA of Texas‘ Home for the Holidays Housewarming Party that evening. From two legged adorable munchkins to four-legged cuties complete with tails, it was a day of fundraising. Here’s a report from the field:
The warm December weather couldn’t stop 300 plus guests at the SPCA of Texas’ Jingle and Mingle Housewarming Party from donning their tackiest holiday sweaters and getting into the spirit of the season on Sunday, December 2, at NorthPark Center. Clad in cat- and dog-bedecked pullovers and suits, jolly dinosaur Santa hats and festive baubles, SPCA of Texas supporters enjoyed a lighthearted evening while celebrating the 28th annual Home for the Holidays event.
The joyful bunch chatted and enjoyed the laidback ambiance, examining 24 custom-made luxury dog houses and cat condos that were up for silent auction. All while enjoying delightful nibbles, including fresh veggie baguettes, tomato basil and fresh mozzarella skewers and petit focaccia bites with shaved honey ham, and sipping on the signature drink of the evening, Feliz Navidog, which featured Absolut Elyx vodka and fresh rosemary, all from Preston Hollow Catering.
The architectural wonders were built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members for the annual Bark + Build luxury Dog House/Design Competition. Competition Chair Jordan Ortiz and Chair Emeritus Mary Butler announced the winners, with the Purrrch Cat Condo taking home the Top Dog Award for receiving the most bids in the online auction. It was designed by GFF Architects and constructed by MAPP Construction. Also, Dogometry, designed by JACOBS and constructed by K2 Construction, won the Best in Show Award.
WFAA’s Good Morning Texas Co-Anchor/emcee Alanna Sarabia kicked off the evening thanking everyone for their support of the annual event and informing the audience that since Home for the Holidays started 28 years ago, over 10,000 animals have found their forever homes. She called out SPCA of Texas President/CEO James Bias for having her personal favorite tackiest sweater of the evening, admitting that she herself is allergic to cats, but the sweater was downright adorable.
The Grinch [aka Ken Risser]himself and Cindy Lou Who [aka Heather Nelson]even made an appearance at the Housewarming party. In a very un-Grinch-like fashion, he even agreed to pose for a couple pictures with the ecstatic animal lovers.
Sincere thanks to NorthPark Center for hosting the Home for the Holidays Bark + Build competition and Adoption Pavilion. The SPCA of Texas’ Home for the Holidays event supports the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home. The event comes to a close on December 23rd, when the Adoption Pavilion run ends.
The SPCA of Texas sincerely thanks special donors, Bark + Build Lane Sponsor: Joan and Dr. Larry Rogers; Bark + Build Competition Sponsor: Blackson Brick Company; Companion Courtyard Sponsor: Hill’s Pet Nutrition; and Event Sponsors: North Texas Cheddarheads, Absolut Elyx, Cash Store, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Sandi and Ron Haddock, Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Katy Trail Animal Hospital and Activ4pets.
Guests included: Russell E. Dealey, Carolyn and David Kubes, Joan and Dr. Larry Rogers, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Brent Lemmon, Lana and John Payne, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Mary Spencer, Kelly and John Murrell, Phyllis Meyerson and Mike Merritt.
* Photo credit: Thomas Garza Photography
Guests hardly had time to change from their Crystal Charity Ball black-tie attire Saturday night when they turned up in holiday casual for the Children's Women's Auxiliary's 30th Annual Breakfast With Santa Spectacular bright and early at NorthPark Center on Sunday, December 2.While the … Read More...
The 2018 Crystal Charity Ball black-tie guests had hardly enough time to change clothes, then many of them found themselves in sweaters and slacks on the morning of Sunday, December 2. The occasion was the Breakfast With Santa Spectacular at NorthPark Center benefiting Children’s Medical Center … Read More...
The ladies are definitely moving up in the North Texas world of fundraising. For the past seven years, Dena Jackson has been serving as senior VP of grants and research for Texas Women’s Foundation, formerly known to the world as the Dallas Women’s Foundation. During that time she has been … Read More...
In overcoming the loss of Genesis Women's Shelter's Development Director Bianca Jackson, who moved to New Friends New Life, Genesis Women's CEO Jan Langbein looked within for a new development mastermind. What do you know? She found it in Genesis Special Event Director Amy Norton!A graduate … Read More...
JUST IN: Austin Street Center To Celebrate 35th Anniversary With Bob Goff At Humble Beginnings Luncheon
Back in 1983 the Austin Street Center was created with the mission to provide safe shelter and basic needs for individuals seeking a permanent place to call home. Today the downtown shelter provides more than 400 people with such services as shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health … Read More...
Back in the 1970s, a mighty war was underway in Dallas. It pitted the Times Mirror-owned Dallas Times Herald against the locally owned Dallas Morning News. One of the battle grounds was in society coverage, where a former Dallas debutante and member of the Junior League of Dallas raised the bar to … Read More...