Despite summer nearing the North Texas fundraisers continued on with reporting results and making plans for the future on Wednesday, May 21. Traffic crammed and jammed the freeways and the local streets and restaurant parking lots were squealing like piglets in an oversized litter.
Equest Luncheon Kick-Off
Looking like a very lost Toto searching for Dorothy, drivers drove on one of the side roads along Preston Road looking for the home where the Equest Luncheon Kick-Off was taking place.
One extremely well-known fundraising socialite was seen throwing her hands up over the steering wheel of her Mercedes as she tried to locate the venue.
Another very savvy type admitted, “We’ve gotten spoiled without valets. It shows we’re clueless.”
But once inside Robin McGonigle’s home, there was a pop-up shop for Trina Turk in the dining room. But guests somehow bypassed the dining room for the friends in the family room.
The occasion was the announcement of those to be honored at the October 7th luncheon at Brook Hollow. Event Chair Angie Kadesky revealed that buddies Fredye Factor and Sarah Losinger will be honorary co-chairs and Debbie Oates will receive the Community Service Award.
Flowery footnote: When asked about the peonies, floral designer Cara French told a guest a secret. Seems Cara had an event when she had to get the peonies to open and show off. Using a hairdryer, she tried to encourage the blossoms to come forth and nearly scorched her fingers. The next day she located another collection of peonies. They opened on cue without hesitation. Must have gotten a heads-up from their predecessors. FYI: Peonies are now really in season. They’re like roses on steroids.
Cattle Baron’s Live Auction Preview Party
On the other side of the I-75 pond, the Cattle Baron’s Ball gals and their fellas gathered upstairs at Mesero Miguel for what was billed as a sneak preview of some of the live auction items.
Looking around the room with flutes kissed by a healthy dose of tequila, the only signs of auctionables were a knock-out pair of earrings from Joe Pacetti.
Another gem making the rounds was the news that Mary Martha Pickens and Tia Wynne had been named the 2015 CBB co-chairs for the American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County Gala 2014 Sponsor Party
North of the Bush Turnpike, more than shopping was taking place at Willow Bend’s Neiman Marcus. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County sponsors were high-fiving about the $615,000 raised at the April 12th gala at the Anatole. You remember that one. It was where Huey Lewis and the News provided the sounds.
In addition to celebrating the funds raised, plans were announced for the May 2 gala. It will be returning to the Hilton Anatole and the co-chairs will be Cathy and Richard Riccardi. Since Richard “could not make it” to the sponsors party, Cathy did double duty.
Among those hearing the news were Rent-A-Center’s Xavier Dominicis, Cindy Sutley, Anne Davidson, Mark Porter, Cindy and Reed Schnittker, Sharmila and Sunil Dharod, Megan and Brian Angle, 2014 Honorary Co-Chairs Judy and John Gay and First Private Bank’s Tami Wadlington, Carolyn Anderson and Daryl Kirkham.
Stay tuned. The headlining entertainment is still to come.
* Photos provided by Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County