A year ago when Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp took a “girls’ trip” to St. Croix, little did they know they would be chairing this fall’s Mission Olé. Perhaps all co-chairs should travel together before taking on such a task because this threesome really enjoys being together, as they proved June 11 at the MO kick-off party at Antèks for the annual Trinity River Mission fundraiser.
It’s just too bad that Honorary Celebrity Chair Chad Hennings didn’t go on the “girls’ trip.” He might have been better prepared for the gal gab. For instance, they were giggling about an episode that recently happened where a friend realized that her under apparel wasn’t quite appropriate for her short skirt and had to do a quick purchase and exchange for a party, slipping the unmentionable in her purse. As the trio told the story, the more-than-adorable Chad’s cheeks got redder and redder.
How did the former Dallas Cowboy/Super Bowl player get involved with Trinity River Mission? Chad explained he was giving a speech for Texas Bank one day and TRM board member Jim White asked him to tour the TRM facility, and he was hooked.
But back to the MO kick-off. This was one of the first times that MO has had such a K-O, but they wanted to get things off with a blowout since changes were in the air for the fall event that will be held at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s home. Anne was on hand for the announcement, but Steve was nowhere to be seen due a trial. After all, the guy does have to work for a living.
But luckily another Steve was on hand to help the gals with announcements — Steve Kemble, who will also emcee the event.
This year’s theme will be “The Mountains of Santa Fe,” with a country-type band, an auction including a silver jewel box donated by Antèks and a goal of raising $175,000.
Hello! That’s a mighty big goal, since last year’s take was $100,000. But to help the gals reach it, Antèks owner Jason Lenox made a generous offer. Almost too generous. When Maggie revealed that Jason was going to give customers a 25% discount on all store purchases through June 15, Jason and his staffers nearly had the blood drain from their faces. Quickly, someone corrected her. Antèks would donate 25% of sales to MO, if TRM or MO was mentioned. Whew!
Last up was Angela, who announced that the date for the fundraiser was September 6, adding “We’re gonna pretend like it’s really cold,” since it’s the Mountain of Santa Fe theme. If you’ll recall, last year it was indeed cold, so the guests were bundled up in sweaters and boots.
And speaking of food, the Mo co-chairs plan on having New Mexican-style food with green chile and possibly ice sculptures in the shape of the Santa Fe mountains.
Among the 100 on hand to hear about plans were “cowgirl advisors” Nancy Gopez, Dawn Spalding and Kristi Bare, plus Lynn McBee and auction co-chairs Bryanna Roop and Cinemark’s Jennifer Chreitzberg, who was talking about the theater chain’s Classic Series. If you’ve never seen some of the true classic movies digitally restored on the big screen, don’t hesitate. June is the Spielberg Showcase.