Friday, April 19, resulted in a slam-bang traffic jam around the Omni Dallas Hotel, as well as a pop-up playground in Preston Hollow. Here are the details:
Heroes and Handbags
An absolute perfect storm of valet parking took place at the Heroes and Handbags brunch on April 19. As it was explained, a major volleyball event was taking place at the Dallas Convention Center at the crack of dawn. The players, coaches and friends had pretty much wiped out all the parking lot next to the center as well as the Omni Hotel Dallas garage. Then an impressively large medical group was swamping the hotel’s front drive and personnel. By 10:30 when the HfH guests started arriving, there were two valets on the scene to handle their parking needs, resulting in a two-block backup of vehicles.
But nothing was going to come between the ladies who love purses and the auction of designer handbags for Heroes for Children.
Some industrious ones parked a block over and hiked on over. Impressing friends, Lynn McBee did it in sky-high stilettos. Others seeing the lineup opted to run the gauntlet of the front drive. Sky Brewer, who already had a migraine headache, proved to have the driving skills of a “Bullet” stunt driver.
One veteran staffer admitted that it was one of the worse traffic jams that s/he had seen since the hotel had opened.
But once the gals got upstairs to the third floor and started checking the merchandise on display in the Trinity Ballroom lobby, the parking frustrations were history.
Honorary Chair Nancy Dedman and gal pal Mary Watson checked out the purses, but admitted to being a bit thrown by the cellphone bidding process. The twosome retreated to a couple of comfy chairs until the ballroom doors opened.
Not having one iota of problem in the bidding were the 600 gals who quickly filled the room. When they weren’t cell-bidding, they were talking. Gillian Breidenbach, who was getting ready for a girls’ Hawaiian vacation, reported that fireman/husband Mark had just returned from West and, “Yes, it was as bad as it sounded.” . . . Honorary Co-chair Rachael Dedman was feeling a bit guilty. Seems she told daughter Nancy to wear her Hockaday uniform for the event.
Turns out Nancy’s classmates wore their civvies. Not to worry. Daisy fashion is always a headturner. Plus the school girls had front-row couches in the ballroom. Yup, you read that right. Some very special guests had tables with couches for sitting. . . .Speaking of moms-and-daughters day out, Heroes for Children Co-founder Larissa Linton had her daughter Tessa Brewton visiting with mother/daughter team Dee Simmons and D’Andra Simmons. Those two teams alone could hold their own seminar on how to be fashionable.
And speaking of fashion, oh the treasures that were found on the tables and shelves around the room. Of course, you want some bag name dropping and, of course, you’ll find it here. “Previously Carried” Jimmy Choo camel barrel handbag (Value: $1,200), Brahamin Crocodile embossed bag in pecan (Value: $325), “Previously Carried” Prada camoflauge bag (Value: $1,200), a floral purse stuffed with a puppy (Value: $18), “Previously Carried” Valentino cognac leather handbag with gold buckle (Vale: $200), Salvatore Ferragamo camel handbag (Value: $1,200) and other goodies. Don’t you just wish they would list who had “previously carried” some of those hand-holding darlings?
But there was much more. Companies like Neiman’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Bulgari, Four Seasons Resort and Club and NorthPark had kicked in their own contributions ramping things up to a “bid or die of envy” situation.
Kristi Bare played the waiting game. She was determined to get a certain item, but decided to wait til the very last moment to put in her final bid.
Event Chair Kim Bannister was commandeering the situation and didn’t let on that the parking was not to her liking. Even when the scheduled opening of the doors was delayed 15 minutes and then another 15 minutes, no one seemed the least bit bothered. Only problem was that brunch (Fresh seasonal fruit and berries with crème Chantilly and selection of croissants and bakers with apricot and grand Marnier butter, brisket hash with poached egg and hollandaise sauce and chicken crepes and asparagus and macaroons, assorted truffles and tres leches petit fours) was now moving into the “noon lunch” territory. But again — nobody seemed to care.
Once in the ballroom, there was a mini-version of “heads and tails” that had proved so successful back in March was tried again. Only this time there were lots of heads and tails. OK let’s get our calculators out for this one. If 300 guests put up $20 per person to play and the payout was $1,000, that means Heroes for Children took in a cool $5,000 within five minutes.
And the tally for the day?
- The largest attendance of 600 guests ever for Heroes and Handbags.
- The silent auction of 280 homebound handbags earned $93,000.
- The net total for the day that started off with a traffic jam — $326,000.
Ooh, la la!
Kate Rose Marquez and Julie Bagley were at Taco Diner when they came up with an idea to raise money for the Dallas AfterSchool Network.
The pair wanted to develop a new fundraiser—something that would be fun and unique. The result of their brainstorm: a debut event called Recess!, held April 19 at the beautiful estate of philanthropist Faye Briggs.
Event Co-chairs Kate Rose and Julie—who sits on the DASN board—said Recess! was intended to celebrate “all the fun parts of school,” including games and food. The DASN also is about fun, aiming to improve the quality of free afterschool and summer programs by providing staff training, curriculum, volunteers and other program resources.
Recess! was unique and fun, indeed. Tables in Faye’s sprawling backyard were groaning with “for-sale” educational toys donated by The Toy Maven. There was a casino, plus plenty of adult beverages. A “cafeteria” offered comfort food like gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, chicken pot pie, tater tots and sliders.
Julie and Kate rose even cooked up a new kind of treasure hunt, burying 100 coins in an actual sandbox. Partygoers paid $25 for one scoop of sand from the box, or $100 for five scoops. If they dug up one of 25 lucky, marked coins with their scoops, they won prizes including an Apple iPad, a Harry Winston coffeetable book or a $1,000 gift card from Ralph Lauren.
Among the more than 200 guests at the event were Honorary Chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund; their daughters Kelly Compton and Kristy Robinson; and Lynn McBee, whose husband Allan McBee was MIA due to spending the day helping his pal Trammell S. Crow prepare for Earth Day Dallas.
By 10:30 p.m., when the casino and the bars had closed and the raffle winners were announced, Julie and Kate Rose could report that more than $100,000 had been netted for DASN’s 140-plus locations serving 11,000 children.
Not bad for something that started with a meeting-of-the-minds at Taco Diner.