But wait! There was still more underway on Thursday, August 27, from Uptown to AT&T Stadium. Check ’em out!
Great Texas Food Truck Rally Kick Off
The Great Texas Food Truck Rally Kick-Off Party did take place at Nodding Donkey. The problem was a couple of folks didn’t read the fine print and headed to the “Donkey” near SMU.
Instead it was filling the Uptown location. Why, just trying to get to the valet or find a parking place was like trying to find a newscast without Donald Trump in the lineup.
But it was worth the effort. A skinny Gary Cogill was telling friends like Executives in Action’s David Goldstein about his months in Hawaii with wife Hayley Hamilton Cogill. Not only was Hayley MIA (she was working the vineyards on the West Coast), but also 35 pounds of Gary were gone with the wind. When asked the reason, Gary said it was great food and lots of drinking.
BTW, the time in Hawaii allowed the Cogill twosome to decide what they were going to do now that Gary’s Lascaux Films had shuttered down. The surroundings of Hawaii inspired Hayley and Gary to realize the power of two together. They’ve launched Cogill Consulting, where they’ll create venues and programs involving films, wine and wonderment.
As Executives in Action Co-Founder Chris Kleinert walked in the door with son Tyler Kleinert and Jacqueline Meyers, one person mentioned that Chris’ wife Ashlee Kleinert had just been honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 2015 Women in Business.
Another piece of news of note is that the Saturday, September 19, Great Texas Food Truck Rally has more than 50 food trucks signed up to participate at Reunion Lawn benefiting Executives in Action. The Nodding Donkey will be sponsoring a beer garden. Organizers promise lots more food trucks, a lot fewer long lines, lots of live music and lots of fun. To get in, you’ll need a wristband that is going for $10.
Fantasy Football Draft Night
“With the blazing August heat, AT&T Stadium’s Gate 10 was hit with scorching rays and warm temperatures to begin the cocktail hour and silent auction preview featuring a Swarovski Necklace and bracelet, getaway to Margaritaville Resort Casino, a yacht charter, Big Screen Under the Stars package that includes an outdoor movie screening for 50 of your closest friends and a wine package including Silver Oak Cellars wine and tour at Silver Oak/Twomey Cellars.
“As the sun went down, guests filled up on a Mexican dinner buffet as former Dallas Cowboy Randy White and Emcee/WFAA Sportscaster Joe Trahan welcomed the crowd and introduced former Dallas Cowboy Timmy Newsome, who was in attendance.
“As the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders practiced on the field, The Warren Center story was featured on the stadium big screen. Guests then enjoyed the Live Surprise featuring two Apple watches and the infamous Heads or Tails game, where guests placed their hands on their head or tail with one lucky winner receiving $500 cash. The live auction ended the presentation with one lucky guest winning a 4-night stay at an Exclusive Resorts location of their choice.
“Singer Diedre Thornell sang the National Anthem as guests began drafting their own Fantasy Football team. Each table or league will compete throughout the 2015-2016 NFL Season. The Super Bowl Champion of Fantasy Football XXII receives two-season ticket packages to the 2016-2017 Dallas Cowboys season. Winners of each league receive an autographed football signed by former Dallas Cowboy Randy White.
“Seen in the crowd: Michelle and Todd Steudtner, Beverly and Bill Warren, Carla and Mike Austin, Ann and Bill Dandridge, Karen and Nick Adamson, Mike Andereck, Carrie and Jim Benson, Kristen and Mike Caine, Sharon and Steve Folsom, Tresa and Harry Simmons, Mary Beth and Ed Fikse, Wendy and Andrew Warden, Diane and Scott Williams, Rob and Sarah Mitchell, Colleen and Mike Jacoby, Bart and Heather Massey, Britt and Karly Butler, Maggie Werking, Charlie Quinn, Tad MacIntosh and Katrina and Nathan Baker with toddler Hudson.
* Photo credit: Rudi Holt of Rudi Holt Photography