While MySweetCharity minions are hard at work plotting the upcoming tsunami of a season, literary artiste and bon vivant Rawlins Gilliland not only charmed the crowd at Thursday’s KidneyTexas patrons party, he filed this report:
A Kidney Transplanted Event Transports KidneyTexas Patrons to Park Cities Heaven
(Rawlins Gilliland in for Jeanne Prejean, who was having her nails done in Bali.)
I’m always a happy camper when there’s glamorous women, good causes & great wine. And the KidneyTexas patron party was all that and more. Although I make a terrible imitation of Jeanne Prejean, who was out of town and asked me to cover this glam squad event on August 26th, I indeed subbed for Glenn Hunter’s better half at the home of Mr. & Mrs. David Lane. By the way, the home is a killer and for sale via Allie Beth Allman.
The first hint that this was going to be a great night is when you are greeted by the effervescent luncheon co-chair Carmaleta Whiteley, whose Prada necklace sported jewels the size of throw pillows. The second sign was luncheon co-chair Renee Winter playing Vanna White with two stars of the upcoming KidneyTexas luncheon & fashion show at the Hilton Anatole — Chantilly Ballroom on Wednesday, September 8th. Yes, there will be fashions by Stanley Korshak and production by the inimitable Jan Strimple. But the stars born 10 weeks ago that Renee was sporting were a pair of girls looking to be auctioned off as the trophy lives they are destined to lead; a pair of Mi-Ki ‘designer dogs’…Maltese, Papillon, and Japanese Chin…named Scarlett & Tess. These dogs are like the proverbial blind date that turns out to be rich and a swell dancer; they don’t shed, they’re hypo-allergenic and peak at 3-5 lbs. Rumor has it they will also guarantee fame and fortune where everyone becomes a natural blond but this was likely the wine talking.
Talking about the wine! The ever-sparkling variety that she is, KidneyTexas President Suzette Derrick explained that the wines served at the party were courtesy of Ward Lay from his winery in Argentina. Superb wine, perfectly chilled Andeluna Chardonnay 2006 Reserve Tupungato. By the way, a trip to the ranch for 4 on American Airlines biz class for hunting & dream fishing will also be part of the luncheon’s live auction.
As if that’s not enough getaway temptation, consider a $25,000 package to Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas.
Of course, if they really wanted to raise money they would auction Suzette Derrick’s Swarovski encrusted Louboutins. They had more mouths watering than the wonderful Parigi eggplant parm canapés.
However, moving on, the talented and charming Lynn Dealey not only designed this 10-year anniversary logo, she brought the original painting of the gloved arm with 8 bangles to be auctioned off as well.
This stellar crowd portended the upcoming luncheon’s mission to increase funding and awareness of kidney diseases and cures and state of the art transplant capabilities. My increased awareness was heightened when I spoke with the lovely Faye C. Briggs whose personal warmth in her Brioni linen silk pant suit was a standout in a sea of great gab and garments.
Special notes of thanks came from co-chair Patty Jo Turner to Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers – MARY KAY for their whopping $50,000 gift along with American Airlines, Modern Luxury Dallas and Stanley Korshak at $25,000 each.
Editor’s note: That darn Rawlins shamed MySweetCharity management with his prose and his eye for beauty. Nice job, RG!