More than 1,000 “hearty” types converged on the Omni Dallas Hotel for the 2019 Cotes du Coeur on Saturday, May 4. Some just loved the taste of the grape and others like heart transplant recipient Tim Gallagher loved the work of the American Heart Association Dallas Chapter.
While the area’s top chefs wo/manned stations around the ballroom and bottles of vino were on the bloc, young women suspended from the ceiling poured the vino and speakeasy torch singers crooned on stage as jazz babies danced the night away.
While the post is being topped off, check out the peeps and pourings at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
Kristin Chenoweth is more than the adorable, Tony Award-winning sweetheart of Broadway. She’s also an upfront-type gal from Oklahoma with a wicked sense of humor. For instance, in her book “A Little Bit Wicked,” she recalled when meeting NBC chief Jeff Zucker, who axed her show after a few episodes, she tells him: ‘Hey! Thanks for canceling my show, you party-pooper.’”
But there’s a backstage story for this 4’11” powerhouse. When she was just five days old, she was adopted by Junie and Jerry Chenoweth. Over the years Kristin was surrounded by a loving immediate and extended family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. But it wasn’t all wonderful. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer thanks to a mammogram. Her aunt Judy Patterson was a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her aunt Roselan Carr had both breast and brain cancer that killed her. Her Oklahoma City University vocal teacher Florence Birdwell had had breast cancer while Kristin was a student.
The Oklahoman reported Kristin’s admitting, “While I was in college, she [Florence] had a break. She had breast cancer. None of us knew at the time, of course. We were young, we were selfish, we were learning our music. All we wanted to do was be ourselves and have a good time and do college. But here she was going through breast cancer.”
According to 2019 Celebrating Women Luncheon Chair Laura Downing and her gal pal/Underwriting Chair Cheryl Joyner, Kristin is bringing her energy and mission for “a world without breast cancer” to the 20th annual anniversary of the Baylor Scott and White Dallas Foundation fundraiser.
Taking place on Friday, October 11, at the Hilton Anatole, sponsorships are available now here to support “the women and men who pass through our doors access to advanced diagnostic equipment, innovative clinical research, and most importantly, safe, quality, compassionate care.”
BTW, in addition to Margo and Bill Goodwin serving as honorary co-chairs, the Circle of Care Award will honor the late Al G. Hill Jr.
Francie Moody-Dahlberg To Serve At Grand Marshal For Park Cities July 4th Parade Benefiting North Texas Food Bank
Popping up like bluebonnets in the spring, red-white-and-blue flags are appearing throughout the area in preparation for the 4th of July. One of the annual events taking place on Thursday, July 4, is the Park Cities 4th of July Parade put on by the Park Cities Rotary Club. This year’s theme is “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars … A Nod To Old Glory.”
This year’s all-American moving showcase of bikes, motorized floats and riders on horseback will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
Adding to the “oomph” of the event will be the Grand Marshal-lette. It will be none other than brunette philanthropist Francie Moody-Dahlberg with her killer smile.
So, if you haven’t made other plans, consider staying in the North Texas hood and lining up for the candy tossing and flag waving.
- Get there early.
- The best viewing area is along shady Beverly Drive or University Boulevard. For the Beverly viewers, they get a first view of the parade and can scurry over to Goar Park for the festivities. The University Boulevard viewers will be just a few steps away from Goar Park.
The Rotary Club has issued the following safety rules:
- Do not enter the roadway, or let children enter the roadway to retrieve candy, or for any other reason
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to keep all kids on the curb.
- Be considerate and understanding if contact by police or Rotary parade workers along the route – they have your best interests in mind.
- Remain clear of the entire roadway along the parade route, leaving the entire street, curb-to-curb, open for the use of the parade participants and ensuring a safe buffer zone as large floats and groups attempt to navigate the streets, corners, etc.
The parade gets underway at 9:00 a.m. and remember to play it cool in cottons and sunscreen. And, of course, you don’t need to be reminded to wear your sunglasses and wave your flags.
The 2019 Kentucky Derby was a mess at least in Louisville, where it was rainy, resulting in a sloppy track on Saturday, May 4. However, at the Dallas Arboretum it was sunshine for Center for BrainHealth’s 9th Annual Think Ahead Group Derby. However, when the day of grazing on Two Sisters edibles and adult beverages started off at the Camp House, the crowd seemed scant at best.
But as the crowd grew, quarterhorse greeter Ty Cobb had guests lined up for photo opps and the lawn outside the Camp House became a see-and-be-seen scene with gals in adorable sundresses, gents in chinos and cheaters being the accessory du jour.
Nida and Dexter Alviar had originally planned to take in the race at Churchill Downs, but upon learning of the soggy conditions changed their minds and headed to the Arboretum.
When the Run for the Roses got underway, the coolest guests settled into the Camp’s air-conditioned living room to see Maximum Security cross the finish line. However, when the judges stopped Maximum from the winner’s circle, the guests chilled for about 20 minutes only to learn he had been disqualified and longshot Country House had won.
No hard feelings. The party continued even after the main event ended with guests crossing Garland Road for the after party at Smoky Rose, where Dallas mayoral candidate Eric Johnson was having a watch party.
Side note: Country House wasn’t the only winner of the day. It seems that Haynes and Boone attorney Jason Bloom was in Louisville with his brother to attend the race. One of the longshot bets he placed was on Country House at 65-to-1 to win. Not only did Country House become “the second-biggest long shot to ever win the Derby,” but Jason’s $10 bet won $650.
For more photos of the gals and gents, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
While the folks at Churchill Downs were watching the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, in the rain, the Center for BrainHealth’s 9th Annual Think Ahead Group Derby guests celebrated in the sunshine at the Dallas Arboretum’s Camp House with food, fun and TV viewing.
And even after the race’s winner became a history maker for its controversial decision, the TAGs partied on with an after-party across the road at Smoky Rose, where a Dallas mayoral candidate was having his watch party for the day’s election results.
The post is almost across the finish line, but in the meantime check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for gals and gents.
When the Friends of The Wilkinson Center first held The Spirit of Taos fundraiser at an outdoor venue across the way from White Rock, it seemed like the man in the moon was the guest of honor. This year, Mr. Moon is going to have to wave as guests arrive at The Hall on Dragon in the Design District … Read More...
The local Association of Fundraising Professionals leadership already has plans for the 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in place. Event Chair Janet Sherlip has just revealed this year’s “The Stars of Texas,” who will be recognized at the Hyatt Regency.Drum roll, … Read More...
By Glenn Hunter
With cameras from local TV stations "rolling," Children's Cancer Fund Executive Director Jennifer Arthur presented a check for a whopping $1 million Tuesday evening to Brent Christopher, president of the Children's Medical Center Foundation.The presentation at Children's Health Medical … Read More...
Mike Rawlings may have officially left office as the mayor of Dallas on Monday, but his victory tour continues. Word just arrived from the Methodist Health System Foundation that Mike will receive the 2019 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award on Friday, September 20, at the Hilton Anatole Grand … Read More...
And the parade of CEO announcements keeps marching in. This time it’s from Parkland Foundation. Last September, Parkland CEO/President David Krause announced that he was retiring and the search got underway to find his replacement.They didn’t have to look far and wide. The person was … Read More...
JUST IN: Virginia and Algur H. Meadows’ Great-Nephew Peter M. Miller Named President/CEO Of The Meadows Foundation
Taking over the reins of leadership for The Meadows Foundation from retiring President/CEO Linda Perryman Evan will be the late Virginia and Algur H. Meadows’ great-nephew Peter M. Miller.According to Linda, “The board agrees that Peter’s leadership and experience make him the right person to … Read More...