News was bulging at Tootsies Wednesday night for the KidneyTexas kick-off party. Many of the fashionable types already knew that plans called for a major change of directions for “Stepping Out in Style,” the fundraising fashion show/luncheon on Thursday, September 15.
Mother-daughter co-chairs Pat McDonough and Marianne Wilshusen confirmed that the event was indeed moving to Brook Hollow Golf Club and Tootsies, instead of Stanley Korshak, would be providing the fashions. The reason for the move? “To save money.” The gals are trying to spend less money on the event, so they can give more to the charity.
But some things were staying right in place — like Jan Strimple will once again be in charge of the show and the proceeds will benefit Children’s Medical Center, the PKB Foundation and Camp Reynal.
For the kick-off Tootsies had jewelry design by Claudia Lobao, cocktails and a mini-fashion show with KidneyTexas members including KidneyTexas President Megan Meyercord wearing the styles.
On the Tootsies’ front, Director of Business Development Alison Volk arranged for 15% of the evening’s sales to be donated to KidneyTexas.
Alison added that she was rolling up her sleeves and orchestrating a “re-launching” of the Dallas store (i.e. new flooring, walls being removed, etc.) and Tootsies’ involvement in the community.