The Mission Olé Tri-Chairs Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber and Maggie Kipp have been busy putting final touches on the September 6 fundraiser for Trinity River Mission. Why, just to make absolutely sure that everything was going to fit the theme, “Mountains of Santa Fe,” Maggie checked the New Mexico getaway out earlier this summer. Ah, the sacrifices one has to make.
And then there is that honorary chair — Chad Hennings. Why, shoot! He’s just fun to look at!
This year’s soiree is a month earlier than last year’s party that got hit by a out-of-nowhere cold snap, forcing guests to wear woollies and boots. Since this year’s Mission Ole is the very first Friday after Labor Day, it will be one of the very first parties of the season and everyone will be catching up on what happened over the summer, like who all got refreshed? Divorced? Pregnant? A heart stent? Very cozy with the law? We ain’t talking. You’ll just have to get in the fundraising party circuit to find out. Let’s just say everybody was very busy this summer, so there’ll be a lot of “Oh, really!”-ing going on.
And, of course, with a Santa Fe theme, you just know the indoor/outdoor party will feature clothes that are breezy and colorful with turquoise jewelry being the accessory du jour.
And what about entertainment, you ask? In addition to a Steve Kemble sassy live auction and a silent auction, the trio has arranged to have singer/songwriter Radney Foster play an acoustic set. Known for “Just Call Me Lonesome,” he was born in Del Rio and found his way to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. But after giving the hallowed halls a chance, he decided to take his guitar to Nashville for a different type of education. There he partnered up with Bill Lloyd and the duo’s “’Since I Found You’ became a Top Ten hit for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and on the strength of their demo tape, RCA signed them as recording artists.” After recording three albums from 1987-1990, they decided to “amicably disband.” Now, fast-forward 23 years during which Radney recorded “Just Call Me Lonesome,” “Nobody Wins,” “Labor of Love,” “See What You Want To See,” “Are You Ready For the Big Show?,” “Another Way to Go,” “And Then There’s Me” and “This World We Live In.”
The setting will be perfect for Santa Fe fashions, loads of Wendy Krispin food and signature cocktails and Radney’s acoustical performance. It will be at Anne and Steve Stodghill’s Preston Hollow estate that is tailor-made for such an event. Love the pool. Love the longhorn. Love hanging around the kitchen with Wendy scurrying around making sure that everybody’s chowing down. Love the nooks and crannies around the house where you can settle back and chat it up. Love the fact that the invitations are hitting mailboxes this week.
If you haven’t received your invite by next week, go ahead and hit the website to reserve your place. No, better yet, don’t wait. Go ahead and do it now. Then go shopping for your Santa Fe outfit.
* Photo credit: Marshall Foster