Parenthood is tough. The pain of taking a child to get their shots. Watching a munchkin try their hardest and not quite surpassing hopes. The waiting in the back of the carpool line. Parent-teacher meetings that are more excruciating than a root canal.
But it also has those moments that beat taking home the Nobel Peace Prize. That first party outfit. That first date. That loss of a first tooth and relying on the tooth fairy to make things right. Both good and bad are moments that make up the tapestry that most parents experience and treasure in the years to come.
Unfortunately, there are parents whose memories take a different direction. Instead of taking their child to the pediatrician’s offices, they go to the oncologist. Instead of parent-teacher meetings, they seek out medical experts like a lost soul in the desert. Instead of a party outfit, they cheer the wisps of hair that appear after way-too-many chemo treatments. They are the parents who have gone through cancer with their children. Those are mothers like Larissa Linton and Jenny Scott.
On March 6 the Heroes and Handbags patrons gathered at Cameron and Clay Smith’s Preston Hollow home for a live auction. No, it wasn’t one of those stomping-romping auctions. It started with thanks to Medical City Children’s Hospital, Gold Crown Valet, Pioneer Wines, Bowl and Barrel, Enchanted Rock Vodka, Cakes by Kim, Dana Driensky and Dean McCurry and the Smiths, of course.
Then everyone including Katherine and Key Coker, Lynn McBee and Kate Rose Marquez fresh from the Mad Hatter’s patron party hunkered down in the living room.
After welcomes and pep-up talks by Kim Bannister, who told how tables sales were “going like crazy,” Heroes for Children founders Larissa and Jenny described their mission. They were so upbeat and positive. It’s hard to imagine how their days of watching their children dying from cancer could result in such a giving program. But those tragedies brought the girls together in their mission to help others.
You’ve just got to know these two ladies have weathered very tough times together. Their camaraderie was obvious when Jenny laughed that Larissa’s body language was indicating that her talk needed to come to an end. That’s what gal pals are all about, don’t you know.
First they played heads and tails. Please don’t ask for an explanation of this game. The visuals alone provided proof why it’s always a game winner.
Then it was on to the live auction action, with the bowling with food going for $1,750 and the sports package of Mavs and Rangers hitting $2,750.
BTW, this year’s Handbags and Heroes is taking place at the Omni Dallas Hotel, complete with such stellar sponsors as the Dedman Foundation, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Sewell Automotive Group, United Healthcare and Dee Simmons. If you love purses and/or munchkins, this event is a must-attend. Last year’s crop of purses was simply remarkable. Shoot! Wish we had had a really smartphone to bid on some of them. Get your rezzies in now and warm up your keypads to bid.