Well, goodness gracious! KidneyTexas’ The Runway Report was bulging like Honey Boo Boo’s mama trying to slip into a size 2 Spanx. Guests were everywhere in the Brook Hollow ballroom on Tuesday, September 23. Despite requests by organizers, not one more chair could be added — “The fire marshals would have our heads!”
Event producer Jan Strimple had planned to start the fashion show promptly at 11:30. Unfortunately, the Dallas Street Repair Department wasn’t in the same groove as Jan. Seems they have channeled Mockingbird from Cedar Springs to nearly Harry Hines down to one lane. Luckily, the Southwest Airlines billboard amused guests as they patiently made their way to the club.
So, Jan gave late arrivals a break. At 11:34 she gave a one-minute warning.
Like Mr. Chips’ students, the guests took their seats. After all, they had been warned — once the show starts, no one would be seated. After all, the event was benefiting Baylor Scott & White Health, Children’s Medical Center, Camp Reynal/National Kidney Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center/Southwestern Medical Foundation.
KidneyTexas President Jolie Humphrey and Luncheon Chair Karen Settle told the audience how the event had brought them closer together. Then the twosome aimed the attention to Honorary Chair Faye Briggs on the front row. Telling how they had gotten to know her in working on the luncheon and how “everyone wants to be Faye.” With that they pulled out masks on a stick with Faye’s photo.
Emcee Jocelyn White introduced Sue Goodnight Service Award Recipient Janelle Friedman, who thanks Sue for her being “an inspiration for all of us.” Then Janelle teased her husband Larry, who was seated just a seat away. In the weeks prior to the event, he asked her, “What am I going to do when I’m up there?…Well, are you going to call me up there, so I can be honored, too?” Janelle simple answered, “No, Larry, this is my honor.” Then smiling at Larry, she added, “So I want to introduce my husband Larry Friedman.”
But the frivolity ended when the reason for the luncheon was addressed via stories of people who had received transplants from loved ones. While some may have wondered why Robin Bagwell gave the invocation, it was noted that she, like Marsha, had provided her husband with a kidney eight years ago. Robin might have found a new calling.
Another kidney donor/recipient couple was Marsha Finney and Lewis Gibbons, who had suffered a disease that resulted in kidney failure. A future of dialysis was prevented that to Marsha’s providing the life-changing kidney for him.
After Marsha and Lewis had finished their stroll on the runway and were seated, the “Family Scene” took place, leading off with Linda and Steve Ivy with their granddaughter Miles Olivia Ivy, Lindsey Bumgarner, Jack Ranger Walsh with his uncle Austin Walsh, John Ross, Haley Bush with her neighbor Maddie Folmnsbee, Zach Young, and Christina White with her daughter Caroline and Blake Settle in clothes from Tootsies, Pockets Menswear and KidBiz.
Before the Runway Report by Tootsies commenced, Jocelyn conducted the live auction. After Mary Black won the Santa Fe Vacation Package for 10, Jocelyn pointed Mary out, “So, if you want to be her friend…”
Then the fashions were on parade. Jan had hinted that the show’s finale would feature gowns from Rene Ruiz, who had flown in from Miami for the event. While the designer’s name was not as familiar to locals as Armani, McQueen or Herrera, he quickly changed that status for the sold-out crowd of 427 with his breathtaking designs. They blended elegance with a sensuous feel.
Then it was off to lunch (spinach and mixed greens topped with blue cheese crumbles, avocado, bacon with chicken nuggets and honey mustard dressing and lavosh garnish plus a cup of golden gazpacho followed by chocolate chambord molten cake with Heath bar ice cream) and heading over to Tootsies to get to know Rene’s handiwork firsthand.