Today the agenda for the NorthStar Luncheon benefiting Family Compass didn’t go quite as planned at the Dallas Country Club. At first, it all was running right on schedule and promoting its mission of helping neglected and abused children. The highlight of the event was a conversation with former WFAA anchor/Wednesday’s Child mama Gloria Campos and former WFAA anchor Jeff Brady. Just as Gloria and Jeff were preparing to wind up their chat, there was a slight commotion in one part of the ballroom that broke the friendly reunion.
A gentleman had experienced an episode requiring Highland Park first responders on the scene. As he lay on the floor surrounded by distraught friends, the Family Compass and Dallas Country Club staffs seamlessly within seconds notified 911 and rearranged the exit arrangements for the hundreds of guests. Jeff immediately left the stage to offer help. Guests like Beth Thoele pushed back tables and chairs to make way for the arriving paramedics and their equipment.
Family Compass Board Chair/Luncheon Co-Chair Candace Winslow just sent the following update:
We are so happy to report that the gentleman who experienced the emergency is stabilized and doing well this afternoon. We are grateful to the doctors in the room who attended to him so aptly, to the volunteers who acted so quickly as the event unfolded, and to you for leaving the ballroom so gracefully.”
While the good news is that the guest is recovering, the downside was that the final ask for donations wasn’t made.
So, even if you weren’t part of the NorthStar luncheon crowd, why not support an organization that has made a world of difference for children who know firsthand the definition of abuse and neglect? You can donate here.
In addition to having New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as the keynote speaker at its Rising Stars Luncheon fundraiser on Thursday, May 9, at Brook Hollow, After-School All-Stars of North Texas is launching the After-School All-Stars Champion Award.
The first recipient of the new award is business executive/philanthropist Ben Lange, who has served as chairman of the ASAS North Texas Advisory Board for three years.
According to ASAS Executive Director Marissa Castro Mikoy, “Ben has been a great leader for After-School All-Stars. He has helped our organization to grow significantly and is truly a champion for our cause.”
During his tenure, ASAS has expanded its annual fundraising luncheon and was a 2018 Crystal Charity Ball beneficiary, receiving $592,000 to launch the first-ever summer program at E.D. Walker Middle School.
Since opening in 2012, ASAS North Texas’ mission has been “to provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.” It has grown to serve more than 750 students in six high-need Dallas County Schools.
Just Say Yes‘ Dan Bailey just sent word about Tuesday night’s “Reaching New Heights” fundraising supper at The Statler — “We were set up for 400 and had to add five tables, putting us at 450. All of our tables are sold out, but we do have a few seats at a couple of tables around the room.”
In addition to joining Honorary Co-Chairs Tavia and Clark Hunt and hearing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, there’s a live auction item where “you and three of your friends will take a private jet trip to Tampa for lunch with Coach Tony Dungy.”
There’s also a $100K matching gift! According to Dan, that’s double the amount of their largest match in the past.
If you want to try to snatch up one of the few seats left, there’s no waiting-around. Just contact Sarah.
Like fine wine, Napa and Sonoma are to be taken in and savored. And this Art Ball 2019 Form And Function live auction package will provide the winner and guest with the perfect opportunity to experience the best of the best in the California wine country.
The itinerary starts with flying into Santa Rosa and driving to Napa, where the winner and guest will check into the new Napa Valley Four Seasons in Calistoga. Then it’s off to the legendary French Laundry for supper.
The next morning it’s off to Promontory for a tour and wine-tasting followed by lunch at Thomas Keller’s La Calenda, where Chef de Cuisine Kaelin Ulrich Trilling combines fresh and artisanal ingredients employing traditional cooking methods. Then head to Napa Valley’s Spring Summit Ranch atop Spring Mountain to take in the vista and take home a case of Russian River Pinot Noir.
Afterward, drive through the wine country to Sonoma, where the couple will have a full-blown experience at Land of Promise vineyard complete with pinot noir tasting, vineyard tour and supper in the all-American barn house overlooking the rows of grapes.
Before leaving the wine country, the final day will be a marvelous day at Hudson Ranch for lunch and a tour of the 200-acre vineyard, followed by a one-night stay at the property. As a going-away gift, you’ll receive two cases of Hudson Ranch wine.
Package will include:
- 50,000 American Airlines miles to book your round-trip flight
- Two-night stay at the Napa Valley Four Seasons Hotel for two people, opening in August 2019
- Tasting and tour at the Promontory, a premium cabernet producer among the dramatic landscapes of the Harlan Estate
- Lunch and vineyard tour of Hudson Ranch and two cases of wine
- Dinner for two at French Laundry
- Lunch at La Calenda
- A case of premier Napa Valley wines courtesy of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
- Winery visit to Spring Summit Ranch and case of Russian River Pinot Noir
Compliments of Lindsey Collins and Amanda Shufeldt, Strong Travel Services, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Todd Fiscus, Terra Valentine Winery and Charles and Diana Karren of Land of Promise winery
Restrictions: For two travelers. Reservations at Napa Valley Four Seasons are subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Car service while in Napa and Sonoma not included. Dinner at French Laundry does not include wines. Lunch at La Calenda can be for up to four persons.
* Graphic and photo provided by Dallas Museum of Art
30th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Gala Live Auction Fine Tunes Namedropping With One-Of-A-Kind Luxury
It’s too bad that the late Robin Leach hadn’t known Nancy C. and Richard Rogers. Alas, the poor chap didn’t get the chance to follow the couple on their various luxury jaunts around the world and pop some bubbly at their Cabo San Lucas hideaway — Villas Del Mar Cabo.
Ah, but what Robin never experienced, a winning bidder at Friday’s Children’s Cancer Fund live auction will. The package not only includes a six-night stay at the Rogers’ casita, it also comes with a chef, butler and housekeeper. And, of course, there will be access to a private pool and Club Espiritu Fitness workout facility.
And while high-flying namedropping, Gene and Jerry Jones have arranged for a lucky bidder to fly for a Dallas Cowboys away-game on the team charter. Once there, the winner and his/her companion will have two pregame sideline passes, a one-night stay at the team hotel and ground transportation.
Still another name-dropping package boasts “Tony Romo.” Sure, he’s scoring with professional football coverage for CBS, but he still has an arm that other professional quarterbacks wish for. The lucky bidder will have Tony working with their munchkin on the perfecto pass with five of his/her BFFs. Instead of AT&T Stadium, the lesson will take place in Tony’s backyard. As a reminder of the day, the six will receive Romo jerseys signed by TR.
All of these incredible packages simply reflect the golden touch of CCF Chair Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.
Kim also sent word that there will be a “Hall Wine Pull this year – 100 bottles donated, prices range from $75 to $350. Guests will pick a bottle for a $100 donation. I’m so thrilled about this!”
This “incredible live auction” of a dozen one-of-a-kind packages is so over-the-top but with good reason. After all, CCF’s “An Evening In The Garden” is celebrating the fundraiser’s 30th anniversary with celebs escorting cancer-busting kids in Dillard’s fashions on the runway along with a cocktail reception, a seated dinner, the live auction and the wine pull to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and care in North Texas.
* Photo provided by Children's Cancer Fund
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