The 2015 TACA Silver Cup Award sponsors and underwriters literally filled the balconies and home of TACA Silver Cup Award Honorary Co-Chair/2001 Silver Cup recipient Mary McDermott Cook’s tri-level on Thursday, March 19. Unlike the canceled-due-to-weather-luncheon just a couple of weeks before, the weather on this evening was pristine.
It seems the morning of the March 5th luncheon, while TACA Executive Director Becky Young was coordinating the cancellation, she got a call from Mary, who wanted to host an event to help. The solution was a cocktail reception for the underwriters and sponsors of the event. Somehow, Becky found a date that worked for both honorees — Catherine Rose and Don Glendenning — and at least a dozen past recipients and 16 different arts groups. It would serve as a mini-version of the originally planned luncheon presented by J.P. Morgan and Neiman Marcus.
With perfectly flawless views of downtown Dallas, the Bill Booziotis-designed home only continues to get rave reviews.
Halfway through the evening, Becky started herding the guests into the living room. Eventually, the place was filled to the max with the likes of Silver Cup Honorary Co-Chair/first Silver Cup recipient Margaret McDermott, Elaine Agather, Keith Cerny, Dan Patterson, Betsy and Richard Eiseman, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Carol Glendenning, Deedie Rose, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Jeremy Strick, Holly and Tom Mayer and Frank Risch.
Luncheon Chair Jennifer Karol reported that the cancelled event had turned into a blessing for others. The food had been sent to The Bridge that was sorely in need of additional food with the weather conditions turning sour. And the centerpieces and floral arrangements had been delivered to Parkland. Jennifer added that she thought Silver Cup founder/the late Annette Strauss would have approved of the deliveries.
And despite the cancellation of the annual event, a record-breaking $525,000 had resulted for the performing arts.
Next 2014 TACA Chair Nancy Carlson introduced the official, if abbreviated, presentation 2015 Silver Cup Awards presentation. It seems that current Board Chair Donna Wilhelm was under the weather.
And what would any TACA event be without a performance? And this one was no exception with 2015 SMU Meadows School of the Arts Mezzo-soprano Jin Young Kwon and guitarist Nathaniel Earhart.
Before Catherine and Don opened their blue boxes containing their silver cups, they each spoke briefly to the crowd with eloquence and appreciation of the arts and art lovers, only demonstrating the reason for their joining their illustrious predecessors. Catherine graciously accepted saying the number one lesson that she had learned from Margaret was to say, “Thank you.” She continued saying “Thank you” to Margaret “for setting a standard and an example for all of us to follow, for teaching us to reach for excellence and always say ‘thank you’ to all who help us.”
In comparing Dallas to the golden era of Florence, Don acknowledged the importance of families like the McDermotts, Perots and then, looking directly at Margaret, he reminded old-timers and newcomers of the importance that Texas Instruments played in the development of Dallas.
Margaret reciprocated the platitudes by saying that she constantly thought of both of them. She had been a good friend of Catherine Rose’s grandmother [the late Billie Marcus] and admired all that Don has done for this community. She concluded saying, “All I can think of is ‘aren’t we blessed.'”
Then Catherine and Don opened the boxes and under the wrappings discovered their silver cups. Immediately afterwards the twosome posed for photos with Mary and Margaret.