As the Meyerson Center Lobby filled with hundreds of gals in reds and pinks and posing for photos on Tuesday, February 6, there were still some who had a very personal reason for attending the St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show to support Leukemia and Lymphoma Society North Texas.
And just who were those who had an investment in the years of research and treatments for the blood cancer disease?
One was a daughter whose mother had just recently been in remission; another were parents whose son was now cancer-free thanks to new developments; two were daughters who had lost their fathers in 1985 and been inspired to create a source of funding to develop research and treatments to battle leukemia and lymphoma; and there was a wife who continued to raise funds to beat multiple myeloma that had taken her husband from their young family.
Their identities will be revealed in the post about the fundraiser tomorrow. But in the meantime, check all the Highland Park Village fashions (Alice and Olivia, Frame, La Vie, Lela Rose, LoveShackFancy and Market) on the runway and the faces in the lobby and onstage at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.
And be prepared. One model stole the entire show from all the rest with a dress-rising surprise.
While some folks may dread their birthdays, Texas Rangers voice Eric Nadel is celebrating it in a big way. Instead of accepting gifts, his Eric Nadel’s Birthday Benefit is supporting Grant Halliburton Foundation.
Presented by Haynes Boone, the 12th annual concert birthday bash will take place on Thursday, May 16, at The Kessler Theater with Rhett Miller headlining and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson opening the night of Eric’s birthday celebration.
In addition to the action onstage, there will a live and a silent auction to help raise funds to support the Foundation’s “providing mental health education, training and support of North Texas children, teens and families.”
While sponsorships are already a done deal, tickets ranging from $26 to $56 are available here!
* Photo provided by Grant Halliburton Foundation
If you’ve been typing and/or needlepointing with crossed fingers hoping that there just might be some individual tickets available for Community Partners of Dallas’ Chick Lit Luncheon at the Anatole on Friday, March 22, uncross those manicured digits. Friday (aka March 1) they go on sale.
And what a lunch it will be with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” producer, singer/songwriter Rita Wilson. She should be not just loads of fun, she might share some nuggets about her recent supper with hubby Tom Hanks and their bud Steven Spielberg and bumping into Eugene (“Schitt’s Creek”) Levy and Martin Short at Giorgio Baldi. If you get a chance ask her whether she thinks Martin and Meryl Streep are an item.
In the meantime, stop reading and get that plastic warmed up to be put to use. And why not check out some of Rita tunes here.
Despite the return of winter temperatures, the Turtle Creek Park Conservancy is looking to warmer times with Easter on Sunday, March 31. For more than 50 years, Easter along Turtle Creek has been a much beloved and glorious tradition.
This year’s Easter In Turtle Creek Park will include an afternoon of food trucks, an Easter Egg Hunt for youngsters at 1:30 p.m., free photos with the Easter Bunny, a DJ cranking out the tunes and an Easter Recognition Wall highlighted by the showboating of area canines and their human companions in the unforgettable Pooch Parade at 2 p.m.
Kristin and James Hallam‘s family, including Christian Case, Jackson Case, Georgia Hallam and twins Hale Hallam and Hite Hallam, will serve as the 2024 Easter In the Park event co-chairs.
According to Turtle Creek Park Conservancy President Tiffany Divis, “Easter In the Park is really a family affair. When we brought the event back last year after a brief hiatus during the pandemic, it was attended by hundreds of families, so we decided to embrace and expand the experience that so many families enjoyed at Turtle Creek Park. The Hallam family has a rich history of supporting arts and cultural resources throughout the community.”
And the entire Hallam clan is getting involved including the family pooch, Ace, that will serve as the Pooch Parade chair.
As a tribute to the late teenager Logan Betts, this year’s Pooch Parade will be presented in memory of Logan, whose family served as 2023 Pooch Parade’s honorary co-chairs before his untimely death last spring.
As Tiffany said, “The Betts are animal lovers and we think it is fitting tribute to Logan’s memory and his love of dogs.”
For more information about Easter in Turtle Creek Park, and to register your pooch for the parade, go here!
* Photo provided by Turtle Creek Park Conservancy
About 100 including Micki and Mike Rawlings, Heather and Billy Esping, Christie Carter and Julie and Jim Turner headed to Ashley and Mark Allen’s home for The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations patron party on Tuesday, February 6. While Bob Smith led the reviews of the home with a thumbs-up, Spirit Co-Honorees Louise and Guy Griffeth were the star attractions.
Laughing off the compliment, Guy admitted that he always looks good with Louise on his arm.
With daughter Beverly Dealey Glenwinkel by her side, Pam Busbee reported that she was prepping for back surgery… In “Barbie” shades of pink from her nails to her necklace, Ellen Dill with husband Bob Dill and Suzy and Larry Gekiere were still amazed at the success of last year’s Agape Clinic fundraiser that featured The Senior Source President/CEO Stacey Malcolmson’s stepson Ben Malcolmson … Speaking of the Malcolmsons, Stacey’s husband/Ben’s dad Ken Malcolmson was a little delayed upon his arrival, amazed by the traffic delays… Betsy Eiseman was back from visiting her seven-month old granddaughter.
As for the Senior Source fundraiser, Event Chair Amy Hegi reported that the underwriting goal had already been achieved thanks to The Senior Source staff and the underwriting committee including Libby Hegi, Kyle Miller, Blake Estess and Mike Sweet.
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