While most folks were packing their bags and heading out of town for summer getaways, the Crystal Charity Ball gals were holding their Midpoint Luncheon on Wednesday, May 30, at Salum’s.
The reason for the annual gathering is to take an accounting for the December fundraiser. This year 2018 CCB Chair Emanuelson applied her internal working theme “Downton Abbey” to the awards given out to the committee’s top achievers. They included everything from books on the newlywed Royals to champagne.
While the post is being prepared, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the ladies and their 40-pound-lighter host Abraham Salum.
The 2018 Attorneys Serving the Community Luncheon — Pot Of Gold luncheon benefiting Rainbow Days Inc. — on Friday, June 22, was filled with all types of activities at the Hilton Anatole. In addition to knock-it-out-of-the-park speaker Liz Murray, Rainbow Days munchkins performing and Rainbow Days Founder Cathey Brown making her final public appearance before retiring, a whole lot of money was being hauled in for Rainbow Days.
The final dollar count just arrived. The luncheon itself netted $183,055. But add in the $41,142 resulting from Nancy Ann Hunt’s match challenge for individual donations, the grand total on the check for Rainbow Days was $224,197.
BTW, 2019 ASC Luncheon Lead Chair Jessica O’Neill has already lined up Mosaic Family Services to be the event’s beneficiary.
Who says fundraising slows down in the summer?
The Dallas Opera is abuzz with activity today. Sure, it’s Ian Derrer’s first official day on the job as TDO General Director/CEO, but there’s still more! While Dr. Kern Wildenthal’s serving as TDO Interim General Director/CEO since former General Director/CEO Keith Cerny’s departure in December concluded Friday, he and his wife Marnie Wildenthal are staying close to opera family.
The Wildenthals will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 2018 First Sight/ First Night in October.
Sponsored by The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family, TDO’s 2018-2019 season will kick off with an opening weekend festivities and an all-star lineup of chairs and sponsors.
It all starts off at the Winspear on Thursday, October 11, with art-loving Joyce Goss chairing First Sight presented by NorthPark Center that will also serve as “the official shopping center” for the entire weekend.
Following a reception in the eastern area of the C. Vincent Prothro lobby, guests will move into the McDermott Performance Hall for a “dramatic fashion show” produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers featuring CH Carolina Herrera fashions “utilizing the set of The Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ (a production originally designed by Michael Vale for Glyndebourne Festival in the UK and director by Sir David McVicar).
Guests will then attend a seated luncheon by Wolfgang Puck Catering in the western section of the Prothro Lobby overlooking Sammons Park.
According to Joyce, “I am deeply grateful to Nancy Nasher and our presenting sponsor, NorthPark Center; to Bulgari and to CH Carolina Herrera for their generous support. As a Dallas Opera patron, I’m looking forward to experiencing one masterpiece after another this fall. Our goal is to make this year’s First Sight a proud prelude to an unforgettable 2018-2019 season!”
Just 28 hours later on Friday, October 12, the Winspear will be the setting for Part Two of the weekend’s fundraising — First Night. But this time the attire will be black tie and gowns for the red carpet arrival at 5:30 p.m. Following a cocktail reception, the Wolfgang Puck Catering team will provide a fabulous seated supper setting the mood for the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of “The Flying Dutchman. After the performance featuring Greer Grimsley, Jay Hunter Morris, Anja Kampe, Mark S. Doss, Andrew Stenson and Luretta Bybee, the after-party will take place in a party tent with Downtown Fever’s 11-piece band and Dutchman cast members. Chairing this full-night extravaganza will be Shelle and Dr. Michael Sills. If the name Sills sets off operatic vibes, there’s good reason. Michael’s aunt was Beverly “Bubbles” Sills, who reigned the boards as a legendary soprano and board room as general manager of the New York City Opera and chair of Lincoln Center and the Met.
For a full-blown release on the chairs, the sponsors, the plans and The Dallas Opera season, follow the jump.
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Since Neiman Marcus Director of Charitable Giving Kevin Hurst moved to Dallas in 2013, he’s proved to have the NM DNA of creativity and style. One example was when the decision was made to no longer use the crawl tubes that had been featured in the NM Downtown store windows at Christmas time. Instead of tossing them out, Kevin arranged to have them donated to Spark!.
When he learned that about the Herbert Marcus Elementary School, he had the NM marketing staff pull off “A Teacher Appreciation Party” complete with gifts, a DJ, food and reams of paper for classrooms.
It was no surprise that he led the charge to partner up with Texas Discovery Garden to break ground for the Minnie Marcus Butterfly Garden at One Main Place. The connection? That had been the spot where the first NM had been decades ago.
But Kevin wasn’t just providing cheer and goodness. When the tornado ripped through the Canton area in April 2017, Kevin joined the American Red Cross to survey the area to help the recovery effort and provided a firsthand description. When Dallas suffered the tragic police shootings in July 2016, Kevin eloquently shared how NM and other corporations took steps to help the healing process.
It was never a surprise to see the bowtied Kevin show up to support an area nonprofits. That is why it’s bittersweet to reveal that he’s turned in his resignation and will be heading to Ohio to devote his time in a new venture with former NM Downtown GM Jeff Byron.
According to Kevin,
“Sometimes life presents an opportunity and you have to make a tough decision. I have found myself at those crossroads. I am writing to share that I have tendered my resignation with Neiman Marcus.
Jeff and I became partners in a small Italian epicurean and wine shop in Columbus, Ohio…think Dean and DeLuca meets Sur La Table – wine, packaged foods, cooking classes, and kitchen goods. We have decided to expand the business and are making additional capital investments to offer prepared foods. With that, there will need to be more day-to-day oversight by the partners and leverage all of our talents; retail, marketing, PR, communications, community outreach, etc. I have made the decision to devote myself full-time to the venture and will be relocating at the end of July.
“I absolutely love what I do for NM and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to implement and oversee NM’s philanthropic focus of youth arts education.”
While Columbus’s gain is North Texas’ loss, we were all fortunate to have this consummate professional as a part of our community.
“We are so pleased to be honoring Sandra and the late Dr. Henry Estess, whose philanthropy throughout the Dallas community has positively impacted the lives of so many. Dr. Estess’ long-standing career as a well-respected OBGYN at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Sandra’s extensive work as a community volunteer for many charitable causes supporting healthcare and education are just a few of the many reasons the Estesses are so deserving of this recognition.
“Recognized throughout Dallas for their work with various organizations supporting the environment, healthcare, human services and education, the Estesses have touched the lives of countless individuals over the span of several generations.
“In addition to celebrating the Estesses, the Spirit of Generations Luncheon will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. This will most certainly be a momentous occasion. We are thrilled to announce the event and to invite our friends, family, and supporters to join us in the celebration.
“The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 12-1:30 p.m., at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy. in Dallas.
“The Spirit luncheon is The Senior Source’s biggest event of the year—bringing together 1,000 supporters to celebrate the honorees’ universal appeal and ageless spirit that transcend the generations. Monies raised at the event are critical to The Senior Source’s operation of programs and services which are provided to more than 39,000 older adults and their family caregivers annually through community engagement, support, independence, advocacy, financial security and protection.
“For more information, please call 214.823.5700 ext. 6120 or email@example.com.
About The Senior Source — Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services. The agency offers personalized assistance, protection, and connection support to all older adults in greater Dallas for these individuals to THRIVE. A United Way service provider, The Senior Source offers comprehensive programs for those 50 years of age and older. For more information, contact The Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or visit www.theseniorsource.org. You can also find The Senior Source on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theseniorsource or Twitter using the handle @theseniorsource.”
* Graphic and photo provided by The Senior Source
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