While the Scissor-tails and Cocktails were toasting feathered critters at Trinity River Audubon Center and Lisa Blue Baron was hosting the 13th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards at her home, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala plans were being officially revealed at Anne and Steve Stodghill‘s Preston Hollow home-sweet-home on May 9.
While the Stodghills have hardly gotten settled into their new digs, it’s already giving philanthropist Faye Briggs’ estate and Jan Miller’s/Jeff Rich’s mansion a run for the finish line for graciousness.
Alas, not everyone could stay for the announcements. Some, like last year’s DSO Co-chairs Jennifer and Coley Clark and Tiffany and Paul Divis, had to duck out for FightNight at the Hilton Anatole.
Here’s what they missed.
As everyone knows. . . okay, so not everyone. . . the DSO gala is the black-tie launch for the fall fundraising season.
DSO President/CEO Jonathan Miller took his place on the Stodghills’ winding staircase to review the established plans. The entry hall filled with guests like Randall Goss, Kara Peterson, Mary and Bob Black, Barbara Sypult, Holly Reed, Brad Beaird, Lynn McBee, Keith Laycock, Marena and Roger Gault and Carole and Scott Murray.
Yes, the Stodgies would be chairing the September 28 fundraiser at the Meyerson. And, yes, soprano Renée Fleming would headline the show.
But still to be announced was the theme. Anne, who was so sworn to secrecy, admitted the theme was still in the final stages of agreement.
But let’s face it. Folks were preoccupied by the Stodghills’ collection of goodies. Steve showed off a dazzling cane that with a slight move of the wrist displayed a dagger that would have made a Benihana chef swoon.
Jonathan went upstairs to check out the Castro Theater-styled media room and the ballroom with the Stodghills’ newest acquisition — a graphic of Mick Jagger.
Downstairs Anne was proudly and quietly checking the newest addition to the household — a family of owls. Thanks to an owl-house that had been given to the Stodghills as a housewarming gift, a mother hooter had set up housekeeping there. One early evening after mom had set out to get food for her brood, the red-haired socialite admitted that she dragged a ladder to the tree and peered into the nest. There she spotted five owlets and one egg.
Upon hearing of the owl household at the Stodghills’, Myrna and Bob Schlegel laughed that they were going to have to consider having owl houses on their estate. However, until daughters Kimberly Schlegel Whitman and Kari Schlegel Kloewer have their babies delivered in the coming weeks, the elder Schlegels were putting baby owls on hold.