Like birds twittering in the spring, so raffles are abounding. Every fundraiser seems to have ‘em. The trick is to make the item(s) extra special to take a chance. The area’s FLOR (First Lady Of Raffles) is Yvonne Crum, who sells them in her sleep…when she does sleep.
This year for the Fashion Stars For A Cause, she’s managed to get Darren McGrady, the former chef for the late Princess Diana, to provide a “Royal Dinner Party for 10.” The package includes the following:
- A four-course dinner based on dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairing
- Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests
- Autographed copy of “Eating Royally” by Darren for each of the guests
- Chef McGrady will greet guests and join them at the table
- Consult on the menu
- Food purchases, collection and preparation
- Set up and tear down of table
So you’ll look your utmost, Belk is providing a $5,000 gift card.
After years of being a personal chef, Darren has undertaken a new concept — Eating Royally — where he can provide that regal dining for everyday meals or OMG entertaining. Each meal is tailor-made to the requirements and taste buds of the clients. For instance, when Dale Chihuly was in town for the Dallas Arboretum, Darren prepared a fabulous buffet for the patron party that was a Chihuly of foods.
But back to the raffle. The plan is to sell 2,500 tickets ($50 each or three for $100). They can be purchased from any of the 2015 Fashion Stars for a Cause (Jennifer Fleming, Jamie Fowler, Leah Frazier, Rebecca Harper Hallam, Caroline Harrison, Dr. Naila Malik, Charmaine Marshall, Dawn Mellon, Jessi Moreau, Dawn Neufeld, Melissa Rountree and Cathy Williamson) or by contacting Yvonne.
While the gala benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas will be held on Friday, March 20, at the Dallas Country Club, the drawing will be held at a fashion show on Wednesday, May 20, at Belk. The patron level will also score you an invite to a reception at the Diamond Doctor.
You can also contact Yvonne for info on the gala and fashion show.