To celebrate the past Crystal Charity Ball chairs, who have together provided $143,392,064 for area children’s charities, 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and her team managed to lock down Deedie Rose’s Pump House on Thursday, May 10.
For first timers and some bets the see-thru floor over the aged waterworks is still a little daunting. What if the weight of the guests, tables and chairs were too much for the clear floor to beat? Not to worry. Many a crowd had enjoyed the room with a view of Exall Lake.
2005 CCB Chair Jill Smith had been a doubtful show, but she managed to make the event having just returned from Israel despite rockets being launched and a sand storm. Husband Bob Smith had also flown in from Spain. Jill laughed, “We don’t travel together.”
Katherine Wynne was still thrilled over the Triumph Over Alzheimer’s dinner and forum earlier in the week. Little did guests know that Katherine had suffered the loss of a relative to Alzheimer’s just days before.
MIA were 2018 CCB First Husband Dwight Emaneuslon and 2019 CCB First Husband Charles McEvoy. Dwight was finishing up his term with the Washington And Lee Board and Charles was out of town on business.
Newly elected Highland Park Mayor/2004 CCB Chair Margo Goodwin was receiving congrats on her landslide election. When asked if the White House in her long-term plans, she laughed.
Senior CCB Chair of the night Barbara Varel, who chaired the event in 1970, was with her son Mark Varel. Upon departing, Mark said, “We’re the last to arrive and the first to leave.”
Also representing the 1970s for the night were former chairs Lyda Hill (1975) and Sistie Stollenwerck (1977).
2002 CCB Chair Lydia Novakov reported that her mother, Isabell Haggar, was home after about with pneumonia… 2017 CCB Chair Pam and Vin Perella were in the pack-em-up stage of remodeling their home. Estimated time of the project is a year…2010 CCB Chair Cynthia Mitchell reported that former CCBer Vinnie Reuben and husband Neiman’s exec Malcolm Reuben were back in California after a trip to Egypt… Leslie Diers arrived with husband Bryan Diers thinking that The Pump House’s sprinkler system had gone off. Organizers checked. Twasn’t sprinkler system. It was the mosquito system.
After a group photo of the past chairs plus Claire, Evening Underwriter Bank of America President of the Dallas Market Richard Holt congratulated the past chairs for the millions of dollars provided by the group.
Claire then thanked the past chairs and her committee (Underwriting Chair Angie Kadesky, Foundation Chair Kristina Whitcomb, Children’s Book Chair Alison Malone, Silent Auction Chair Cara French, Special Gifts Chair Piper Wyatt and Charity Select Patty Leyendecker). Then she announced that a special thanks was due to Pogos for providing the liquid refreshments for the year at cost. That announcement raised the well manicured eyebrows of the past chairs to new heights as they looked at each other knowing how that budget items was impressive to say the least.
For more photos of the night, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.