Even Mother Nature was shocked by the activities slated for Tuesday, February 17. Instead of snow flurries, she backed way off and allowed clear skies for most of the day with crispy temperatures. While the Chi O’s were handing out checks to the 2014 beneficiaries at their sorority house at SMU, others were lunching and burning pieces of paper.
Dallas Opera Founders Luncheon
Lawyers are not known for humor, but attorney Don Glendenning and his better half Carol proved they were ready for prime time. Introductions of award recipients can be ho-hum type affairs, but Carol and Don forewarned the Dallas Opera types at the Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr. Founders Award Luncheon in the Dallas Country Club ballroom, that their intro for the 2015 Founders Awardees was going to be a tad bit R-rated.
With that ears perked up. Even the most proper, blue-haired types looked intrigued. How could an intro of Holly and Tom Mayer be naughty?
The Glendennings, who were the 2014 recipients, used a “50 Shades of Grey” theme for their intro. As the Glendennings provided one of the most memorable intros heard in these parts, some folks might have missed bits and pieces because of the guffawing. Even Holly had to use her napkin to handle her tears resulting from her laughter. One of the standing jokes that had elbows nudging table companions was something about Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell. If you’re very good, maybe Don and Carol will share their script with you.
In addition to the Glendennings’ intro and the Mayers’ acceptance, Co-Chairs Leslie Champlin and Susan Averitt Duvall arranged for Miller daughter Patsy Donosky, who thanked the guests for their support of the opera and the award in her parents’ names. After luncheon and the presentation, baritone Jonathan Beyer performed.
But before the luncheon commenced, the DCC’s lobby was jammed with folks including Jolie Humphreys, Patricia Meadows, Carolyn Rose Hunt, Kersten Rettig, Micki Rawlings, Laura Leppert, Mary Brinegar, Sara Martineau, John Cody, Ellen and Don Winspear, Will Power and Tincy Miller and news. Kersten Rettig’s break has ended as she has undertaken a project for the Dallas Women’s Foundation…Patricia Meadows reported that husband Curtis Meadows had taken a tumble setting back his rehabilitation…Hayley Hamilton Cogill was just back from a Valentine jaunt to Portland with husband Gary Cogill and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert — “It’s so nice to show there are wines outside of Napa.”…Venise Stuart was still receiving accolades about her chairing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s deb presentation.
St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show
Sure, the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s annual St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show took place after St. V-Day at the Meyerson, but love is always in the air.
And with Lisa Singleton chairing the event, it was especially true. In addition to fashions from Highland Park Village, young Brooklynn Alexander was presented the Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award by Alicia Landry and Jennifer Houser received the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award from her son Ryan, who is a leukemia survivor having been cancer-free for the past 10 years.
Touchingly poignant was the creation and awarding of the Memorial Hero Award to the late Linda Somerville, who had died 16 years ago from leukemia. It was Linda’s death that inspired her best friend/former luncheon chair Robyn Conlon to pitch in with the luncheon during its early days. Adding a love touch was the recent announcement of Robyn’s son Keith Conlon’s engagement to Linda’s and husband Tom Somerville’s daughter Megan Somerville.
To accept the award were Tom and the Somerville children (Megan, Shannon Somerville Ajami and Tommy Somerville), following a touching video featuring Megan and Robyn.
Habitat For Humanity’s Builder’s Circle Mortgage Burning
Sarah and Alan Losinger may appear to be the souls of propriety. That’s until they trot out Aunt Marji. She’s really a stay-at-home type. They rarely if ever take her out of their Preston Hollow home. But when there’s a party, she’s the hit of it. Oh, you’re thinking she’s like your eccentric Aunt Maudie who only showed up at holiday gatherings? Close but no cigar.
The Losingers’ Marji came from Las Vegas and is always the center of attention without uttering a syllable. On this evening when Habitat for Humanity held its “Builder’s Circle Mortgage Burning,” Marji was perfection for the occasion with her polished nails, fur jacket, Habitat for Humanity helmet, tape measure, tool apron, hammer and protective eyewear.
As one guests said, “She looks like everybody’s idea grandma.”
But like everybody, Marji had a “oops” factor in her makeup.
Despite her patient listening to one and all and loving features, Marji was not a breathing type. She was the creation of artist Gary Mirabelle and Sarah and Alan had “adopted” her. Like any grandmotherly type, she even has an album of photos like her seated on Santa’s lap, feet soaking at Eddie Dean’s, riding with Alan on a bike, etc.
But as captivating as Marji was, she found herself soon all alone in the dining room when guests gathered in the living room for the presentation.
First Sara and Alan were presented with personalize hard hats for their contributions. Alan popped his on, but Sarah’s head of red curls seemed a bit cramped trying to fit into the helmet. Then the Jones family was recognized by Habitat for Humanity CEO Bill Hall for paying off their mortgage. Family matriarch Cathy Jones told the guests, “I would still be living in public housing if not for Habitat for Humanity.”
Finally, slips of paper with names of people who had paid off their mortgages were handed out to the Builder’s Circle guests, who headed out the back terraces to a fire pit for burning. Aunt Marji decided to sit that one out.
After the mortgages went up in smoke, folks like Mike Gruber, Jeanne and Doug Reinelt, Serena Connelly and Micki Rawlings returned to the house to chat. One story making the rounds was about last fall’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s Work Project. At the celebration dinner in AT&T Cowboys Stadium featuring Wynonna Judd on stage, the singer’s husband Cactus Moser gave a shout out to Rosalynn. Not only did he pronounce her name “Rose-a-lynn,” he was waving to the wrong gal. The former first lady wasn’t able to attend the celebration. The woman who was the recipient of his waves was Dallas First Lady Micki Rawlings. Realizing that Cactus wasn’t going to give up until some acknowledgment was made, she stood up and waved to the crowd.