Whoever decided to move the usual Thursday overload to Wednesday…well, they got their way on Wednesday, March 25. The Family Place Partners were holding a membership social at Bistro 31. The Dallas Arboretum Corporate types were dining amid the flowery beauty of the Arboretum’s Dallas Blooms.
Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception
The usual slam by guests didn’t happen at Erin Cluley Gallery for the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus Spring Luncheon Kick-Off Reception. The reason was the up-in-the-air start time. Some, like Chair Liz Pasquinelli, were under the impression that the party started at 6. While others among the 75 got word that it started at 6:30. Not to worry. Sharon Van Meter’s staff got the white table-clothed buffet table decked out with delish food in no time. So much so that some guests hit the tables before checking out the artwork displayed on the walls.
All came to a halt when plans were announced for the April 23 Nexus Recovery Center fundraising luncheon at Belo Mansion with New York Times Best-Selling Author Koren Zailckas as the keynote speaker.
A Legendary Evening Kick-Off Reception
Just across the Trinity, the Mod Gallery was filled with all types like Family Compass Clinic Director Tina Robertson, Carrine and John Reilly, Terry Crane, Neena Newberry, Adam Kroviak and Martha Tiller for the kick-off of A Legendary Evening. Course it helped when the party was taking place in the kitchen where food was overly available.
As Family Compass Executive Director Jessica Trudeau schmoozed with some of the 60 guests, it was revealed that the Family Compass fundraiser dinner will be held in the Hilton Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom on Saturday, April 25, thanks to Co-Chairs Kristy Faus and Shakeya McDow and former State Senator Florence Shapiro as honorary chair. WFAA’s Colleen Coyle will serve as mistress of ceremonies with Chef Blythe Beck, Dallas Film Society Artistic Director James Faust and retired WFAA-ers Gloria Campos and Troy Dungan as just some of the legendary table hosts.
Regarding the awards, Ernst & Young will receive the Spirit of Community Restoration Award and Kim Garrett will be presented the Spirit of Compassion Award.
Les Femmes Du Monde Women Of The Year Announcement
As the clouds started moving in, so did the record-breaking crowd for the Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year announcement party. What was the draw for the 100 guests? Well, the announcement, of course. But having the party at Gina and Scott Ginsburg’s mansion certainly didn’t discourage a soul.
In addition to the big announcement that Realtor Virginia Cook would be the Woman of the Year, it was official that recent Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Presentation Chair Venise Stuart had stepped up to chair the Wednesday, October 14th dinner at the Dallas Country Club.
As the living room filled with guests, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth chief Jim Falk was amazed at the turnout and the past couple of years under Les Femmes du Monde President Alyce Heinrich. “Les Femmes is having a revival,” Jim said.
In the two-story library, meantime, host Scott was taking time to prepare for a project and Gina, in sparking yellow, was seated on the couch across the way accepting compliments.
Just outside the dining room, 2014 Women of the Year Chair Regina Bruce was introducing Jan Ward as the upcoming Les Femmes du Monde president.