OK, so the focus may be on handbags for the May 4th Seventh Annual Heroes & Handbags brunch, but Wednesday night it was shoes, shoes, shoes. Oh, how Dallas gals love their footwear. And to find a fix. . . and an out-of-this-world-fix at that. . . they turned to Jimmy Choo in HP Village. While others dined upon the marquee at the Marquee Grill in the oh-so-perfect weather across the way, the leggy ladies with fabulous pedicures were getting down and strapping on the glittery, colorful and vertigo-challenging stilettos for a test run. Let’s face it. Jimmy Choos are simply jewelry for the fashionable feet.
And just as quickly as the gals settled into shoe slipping, the Jimmy Choo folks revealed a percentage of the evening’s sales were destined for H&H’s beneficiary, Heroes for Children. And to top that off they donated a handbag, iPad case and perfume set on the spot.
If you’re new to Heroes for Children, prepare yourself. Sadly it was the result of the deaths of Taylor Anne Brewton and Allison “Allie” Leigh Scott, who were just the littlest of munchkins when they and their families faced the daunting challenges of cancer. Taylor died in 2001 at the age of four and Allie in 2004 passed away at just eight months 27 days. While the excruciating ordeal and loss of their daughters were overwhelming, their moms, Larissa Linton and Jenny Scott, were inspired to create Heroes for Children to “provide financial and social assistance to families, within the state of Texas, with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer.” To date, Heroes for Children has provided “over $3.5 million in program services since its inception.”
To meet the soaring needs of families having children with cancer, Brunch Chair Cindy Stager is aiming high for this year’s event. She’s looking at a higher attendance count (650) as well as higher results. To do this Cindy has moved the event to the Hilton Anatole and she’s having Danya Anderson and Donna Miller serve as her honorary chairs.
Another change is the way the much-talked-about silent auction bidding will be handled. It will be the touch screen method. This way if you’re outbid, you’ll be texted and you can up the ante without all that fussy back-and-forth monitoring.
And the 250 namedropping vintage and brand-spanking new handbags that are being assembled for the silent auction are simply jaw-dropping — “Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Elaine Turner, Chanel, just to name a few.” In fact Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez were heading home after the shoe-fest to pick out their best handbags for donating, just as Danya’s Karaoke Lounge co-chair Cary Deuber arrived with husband Mark. Ah, the sacrifices men make for their gorgeous wives!
Be forewarned: Don’t wait to get your tickets and don’t be late for the 9:30 a.m. start time. This one sells out ASAP and you really don’t want to miss out on the silent auction. It’s simply a one-of-a-kind auction.