The season of giving continues for nonprofits. This time the handing over of funds took place at Etro before the store opened this morning. Since Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Chair Heather Randall had a 9 a.m. phone conference, the plan called for the presentation of the check was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oops! It seems that someone had an accident on the Dallas North Tollway and Etro Manager Melinda Rathke’s car was safe but stuck in the back up.
Instead of shivering outside, Equest’s lead team CEO Lili Kellogg, Chief Philanthropy and Director of Development Christine Volkmer checked out nearby Bird Bakery, while Heather was joined in her Land Rover by Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Kara Axley to guard the check. They weren’t going to reveal the amount until the last moment.
At 8:45 Melinda arrived and opened the doors to let the ladies in. That wasn’t the only thing was opened. Lili’s jaw dropped when she saw the amount on the check — $274,000 resulting from this past October’s fashion show featuring Highland Park Village merchants.
Luckily, the presentation only took a couple of minutes, so the gals had time to checked out the fashions… even Heather, who made her appointment on time.
Dallas native/acclaimed designer Lela Rose came home on Monday, October 29, to receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s sold-out Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show in The Fairmont Dallas’ Venetian Room. It was the perfect occasion to showcase Lela’s clothes on DSOL members and supporters. Here’s a report from the field:
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show honoring Lela Rose was a sold-out affair. Many of Lela’s friends and admirers were there to see the Dallas raised, New York City-based fashion designer receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award. It is anticipated that the event will raise a record amount.
With a mannequin on stage as a prop, DSOL President Lisa Loy Laughlin asked Lela to help her add a few essentials that are found every southern woman’s closet. According to The Southerners Handbook by the editors of Garden & Gun Magazine, they include: an Hermes scarf, a crisp trench coat (Lela says she’s been wearing the same trench coat for nearly ten years because it goes with everything and is beautifully timeless); a Judith Lieber miaudieres (metal evening handbag) a strand of pearls (Lela says for the laziest fashion days, it can spruce up an outfit!) and of course, Cowboy Boots (she loves her pair through and through…and they adjust shockingly well to city life). The mannequin was transformed into a true Southern Lady!
Fashion Notes was held on Monday, October 29, in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas. The Presenting Sponsor for the fifth year was Veritex Community Bank/Darlene Ellison and the luncheon was underwritten by The Fairmont Dallas.
The event was a true family affair with Dianne Etheredge and her daughter Meagan Etheredge Sells serving as the honorary co-chairs and Event Chair Amy Turner being joined by her mother Julie Turner, her sister Jenna Alexander and her nephew Jackson Alexander.
The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show and live auction topped off with a delicious lunch. Fashions were provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The clothing was modeled by Dallas Symphony supporters including staff and musicians, DSOL Members and former debutantes like Claire Catrino with daughter Katherine Catrino, Lydia Umlauf, Bronwyn Cordiak, Jamie Allen and Donna Arp Weitzman.
Others in attendance included Caren Prothro, Nita Clark, Roxanne Phillips, Julie Turner, Doris Jacobs and daughters Kim Jacobs Calloway and Teffy Jacobs, Stephanie Bray, and Allie Beth Allman.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings.
For information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com or 214.871.4004.
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky
According to The Senior Source President and CEO Stacey Paddock Malcolmson,
“During the holiday season, the gifts of time spent with friends and family often bring the most joy. For many seniors, though, the holidays can be a lonely time. The Senior Source works diligently to ensure older adults are not forgotten. Carolyn Moore best describes how we touch the lives of thousands of seniors each year:
“’For 10 years, my mom, Sarah Cooper, proudly volunteered by visiting with frail elderly individuals in their own homes, helping them maintain their independence, and connecting them with their community.
“’Rather quickly and unexpectedly, my mom’s own health began to decline and she came to need assistance. The Senior Source was able to step in and match her with her own Senior Companion to care for her, just as she had done for others. Her volunteer helps her around the house, takes her to her weekly dialysis appointment, and perhaps most importantly, provides much needed companionship and connection.
“’My wish is that friends like you support The Senior Source’s Senior Companion Program to ensure that clients like my mom always have a companion by their side. Thank you!
“Visit www.TheSeniorSource.org to learn more and to check out ways you can make a difference.”
Many of the ladies who had attended the 2018 Celebrating Women Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, October 25, headed north to Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s estate. The occasion was to introduce The Sweetheart Ball new members, hear about plans for the 37th annual fundraiser and to learn about new developments in UT Southwestern’s cardiology program that has been supported by the group since the fundraiser’s founding in 1981.
As the ladies including Anita Arnold, Lee Ann White, Aileen Pratt, Alinda Wikert, Ola Fojtasek, Christi Urschel, Nelda Cain Pickens, Nancy Dedman, Kelly Green, Lana Andrews, Marilyn Augur, Kimberley Whitman, Sara Martineau, Heather Washburne, Patsy Donosky, Betsy Sowell, Lydia Novakov, Jill Smith, Jeanne Phillips, Joyce Lacerte and Jennifer Clarke gathered in the living room, Linda Custard pointed out a painting on the wall. It was a new addition to the home — a portrait of Justify, the Troutts’ Triple Crown winner that had retired this past July. Actually, Justify hasn’t really retired. He’s just transitioned into a career getting to know a line-up of mares.
But back to the painting. Evidently it had been created and sent to the Troutts by one of the family’s former employees. Lisa and Kenny were so impressed that they had it framed and hung overlooking the living room..
Regarding the Troutt household, Lisa reported that Kenny was slowly getting “out and about” following back surgery.
Still another eye-catcher was the collection of albums of past Sweetheart Balls that had been created by Lynne Sheldon over the years.
Taking their places in the living room, 2019 Sweetheart Ball Chair Lisa Troutt officially introduced the new members — Teresa King and Laura Neely as well as Ball Chair-Elect Anita Arnold, Treasurer Linda Custard, Secretary Christi Urschel and new board member Michal Powell, who was in Colorado for her daughter’s wedding. Lisa also revealed that PlainsCapital was returning as the presenting sponsor for the patron party.
She then recognized UT Southwestern Director of Major Giving Caren McGratty for her support in working with the organization that has provided “many, many millions of dollars” over the years.
But the tea was more than learning about the plans for the year ahead. It was also an opportunity to learn from leading experts — Chief of the Cardiology Division Dr. Joe Hill, UT Southwestern VP Dr. John Rutherford and Associate Professor Dr. Jarett Berry — on how the funds had supported their work.
UT Southwestern President Dr. Daniel Podolsky introduced the trio, explaining the fourth member was unable to attend because he was performing a heart transplant. Briefly the team discussed the various advancements that had been made thanks to the women in the room.
Daniel started off by pointing out that while the work done at Southwestern benefits the North Texas area, its effects are felt globally. Not only is it making new discoveries regarding heart health, it is also training new physicians and scientists to go out into the world to save lives.
In providing an overview of Southwestern’s work in cardiology, Daniel added that the new West Campus 3 Building (“It’s not named after somebody named ‘West'”) located on the former St. Paul Medical Center site is where new cardiovascular clinic services are being provided.
Dr. Hill reported that The Sweetheart Ball has a national reputation for its support: “Our program has grown enormously.” He also emphasized the global need for the work done at Southwestern. For instance, there are 1.4 billion people with high blood pressure … the #1 killer of people, and only 14% have their blood pressure under control.
One of the key issues facing Dr. Hill and his team is heart disease in women, who are relatively protected from heart disease until they reach menopause. He pointed out that the number of women who die from breast cancer is one in 40, while the ratio of women dying from heart disease is one in four. “It used to be one in three. We are making progress.”
He concluded by saying that thanks to The Sweetheart Ball, Southwestern is making a global impact and is able “to bring in the best and brightest people from around the nation to join our team.”
Dr. Berry started off by reporting that, over the past 50 years, deaths from heart disease have decreased. However, he and his team have been “working with the community to take the Dallas Heart Study as a study of heart disease itself and begin to think more about how heart vascular disease risk factors influence things beyond the heart, like how we live, how we age. And that includes things related like brain health, functional status.”
As they near the second decade of the Dallas Heart Study, the program’s phase three will broaden its emphasis, resulting in a name change to Dallas Hearts and Minds, allowing for collaborations across UT Southwestern.
New Zealander Dr. Rutherford recalled when he first arrived in Dallas and attended the first tea in 1992: “Having been in Boston, it seemed like a rather unique event.” In reflecting over the past 26 years, he said, “I was given a chance and an opportunity. What the citizens of Dallas have done for the city and the wonderful things that have happened, most recently Klyde Warren Park, the whole energy… you have brought that same energy to our school through your help and contribution in support of cardiovascular disease.”
But the committee members have also been instrumental as individuals in the work done at UT Southwestern. One example that John pointed out was Lydia Novakov, who chairs the patient services committee, which was previously the advisory committee set up in the 2000s. She has “met with the staff frequently and looked carefully at what we do and looked from the patient’s point-of-view at what we do.”
As the four healthcare experts left for the gathering for their work at UT Southwestern, the women continued their fundraising to provide even greater resources for future heart health.
Tis the season of giving and the KidneyTexas Inc. group did just that Wednesday night at Tootsies.
No, they didn’t give clothes away. With a crowd that included Donna Arp Weitzman, Mari Epperson, Sandy Secor, Andrea Alcorn, Emilynn Wilson and Brent Christopher, KidneyTexas President Mary Lee Cox and Runway Report Co-Chairs AB Aston‘s and her Annalee Aston‘s efforts paid off with checks to the following groups:
- Baylor Health Care System Foundation, $28,955 for a Program Coordinator;
- Children’s Medical Center Foundation, $26,000 for a Nephrology Child Life Specialist;
- Camp Reynal of the National Kidney Foundation, $19,500 for campers and counselors;
- Methodist Health System Foundation, $30,000 for a Kidney Transplant Study;
- Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, $30,500 for a Kidney Dialysis Unit;
- Texas Health Resources Foundation, $10,943 for a Hemodialysis Unit; and
- UT Southwestern Medical Center, $10,000 for PKD drug research.
Plans are already underway for KidneyTexas’ 2019 fundraising season. Stay tuned.
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