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After suffering through the super snowball week of Super Bowl XLV, no one thought the area would be hit with a repeat performance. But it was. With weather predictors claiming a nasty encore, event organizers were scampering to the hills to postpone and/or cancel events last week. Ah, but not the ladies of Wednesday’s Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. Up to the morning of the event, they were staying true to course and weren’t wavering except to delay the event from 10:30 to noon.
Chair Holly Davis emailed ,
“It is a very difficult situation but we are going forward with a delayed start at noon. Some people are confident about making the trek while others are opting to stay home. I hope everyone does what is safest and best for them.
We have models backstage getting ready right now to put on a fabulous show. Now… I better get ready too!”
It was a tough call, but Holly couldn’t back down. Too many pieces were in place that couldn’t be postponed. The Chantilly Room at the Hilton Anatole was decked out, the models and valets were ready to go on with the show, etc. It was every event chair’s idea of a root canal without anesthesia — a total loss or chance that some stalwarts would safely make their way to the event. As frivolous as a fashion show may seem under such conditions, fund raisers recognized that every cent is so necessary for the research in curing leukemia and lymphoma.
Evidently there were 500 stalwarts who braved the snow, ice and slush to make it to the show. The sun decided to help them by pushing the clouds aside as they made their way to the event. Nancy Rogers had her guests picked up and even sent a car to Fort Worth to pick up Olivia Kearney. Fashion show producer Jan Strimple resorted to back up transportation when she discovered the door to her vehicle was frozen shut around 6:30 a.m.
(Editor’s note: What you’ve got to love about Texas women is the fact that despite the worst weather conditions, they still rise to the occasion looking good. While some gals in other parts would have opted for attire suitable for The Thing, these ladies looked as picture perfect as the models on the runway.)
With the doors opening promptly at noon, the luncheon commenced with emcee Clarice Tinsley as bright and chipper as a triple espresso. Following the invocation, Co-chairs Holly and Kate Rose came to the podium looking out to a room with many empty chairs, but so many more filled than they had expected due to the conditions.
As Honorary Chair Margot Perot looked on, Holly and Kate Rose told the hearty snowbirds that the pashminas that were tied around each of their chairs was their favor for coming. Talk about happy campers! The place lit up. Who cared about the conditions outside? They had just scored pashminas and began looking around the room at the empty seats. . . more about that later.
Then Clarice returned for the introduction of the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award recipient — Nancy Rogers. The normally bubbly and bright Nancy was on the verge of tears when she told the group to remember to tell loved ones “how you feel.”
At 12:31 Alicia Landry was introduced and escorted by Tony Dorsett to a standing ovation. She introduced the recipient of the Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award — sixth-grader Justin Thompson who gave an inspiring talk about his battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Then Tony took over the microphone and advised guests that if they texted 90999 and entered LLS, they would be able to donate $5 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with a five-time limit. As Tony escorted Alicia to their table, he was still texting his donations.
There was a final “surprise” announcement with Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock‘s being presented with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Partners Against Cancer Award. The usually ebullient Crawford accepted his award looking a bit surprised and humbled.
At 12:42 the show got underway with a herd of terrific looking fellows (both models and friends of the luncheon) led by Stubbs Davis. The hoots and hollers rose from the room.
The Korshak clothes that followed on both female and male models were as usual flawless, though the swimsuits seemed a little chilly considering the day’s weather. Needless to say, the Carolina Herrera designs were show stoppers.
Following the show, the raffle results were announced. Unlike other shows where everyone scurries off to line up for valets, no one budged. These items were too delicious to miss. Ironically, Live Auction Chair Jenna Turner won the $2,000 gift card from Barneys New York and Nancy Rogers won the diamond heart necklace from Bachendorf’s. That little necklace is gonna be in good company in Nancy’s jewel box.
And, no, naysayers, the raffle wasn’t fixed. It just shows that if you buy enough raffle tickets, you stand a better chance of taking something home.
The big prize of the day was the Park Place Motorcars Dallas weekend package including a year’s worth of gas and other Park Place perks. It went to Maria Fenstad of the American Airlines sales staff.
And for those wondering about the fate of the pashminas wrapped around empty chairs, follow the jump to find out what happened to them.
Then it was time to scramble for the valets, but wait the scramble didn’t happen immediately. No, some of the ladies decided not to waste the pashminas wrapped around empty seats. Like darlings plucking roses from an open garden, they picked up pashminas. One gal with an armful of them said she was taking them to the homeless shelter. Another looking a little guilty said she was just swapping for a color that was better suited for her. Later she was seen with three of different colors.
Looks like the committee picked a winner of a favor.
Oh, for those wondering about the valet situation, it had all the potential for disaster. After all the ladies were hitting the door practically at the same time despite the pashmina gathering exercise and the hot chocolate stations located in the lobby. But stop being so negative. It was one of the quickest operations in recent times. While the ladies stayed inside, the valets braving the cold winds had the cars pulled up ASAP and the vigilant gals were prepared to rush to the waiting vehicles with their pashminas.