Preston Road between Beverly and southern Oklahoma was a slo-mo cha-cha due to construction reducing the four lanes to two on Thursday, September 6. At times drivers of Hondas looked to their left to see multi-millionaires grimacing in their luxury vehicles stuck in the opposite lane.
But for those who opted for the eastern approach to the Dallas County Club’s members-only and the-ordinary-folks entrances, it was a snap. The occasion attracting the fashionable crowd to the DCC despite the traffic jam and the area’s threatening storms: the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Platinum Circle Dinner hosted by Ralph Babb and the Comerica team.
Despite the late-bird arrival of Ten Best Dressed Anita Arnold, the pre-event photo shoot took place with the Ten Best Dressed class of 2018 (Anita, Delilah Boyd, Lisa Cooley, Jennifer Dix, Tucker Enthoven, Cate Ford, Cara French, Amy Hegi, Kimberly Whitman and Piper Wyatt), Hall of Famer Robyn Conlon and Honorary Chair Norma Hunt, then with Ralph and then with the evening’s emcee, Ron Corning.
Just as the photo shoot was winding down, the record number of roughly 180 guests, including Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Moll and Charles Anderson, Jan Miller, Shelle and Michael Sills, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Barbara Babb, Dwight Emanuelson, Kelli and Jerry Ford, Billy Esping, Richard Dix, Greg and Kim Hext, Heather Furniss, Patti Flowers and Tom Swiley, the gal posse (Nancy Carter, Emilynn Wilson, Linda Secrest, Pam McCallum, Di Johnston, Vicky Lattner, Beth Layton, Nancy Duncan and Susan Roberds), the Neiman’s crowd (Downtown GM Tim Adair and Executive VP of Stores Neva Hall), 2019 CCB Chair Pat McEvoy and husband Charles McEvoy and former CCB chairs Louise Griffeth, Connie O’Neill, Aileen Pratt, Robyn Conlon, Christie Carter and Pam Perella, arrived for the cocktail reception that spilled from the lobby to the ballroom. CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson, Ten Best Dressed Luncheon Chair Heather Esping, Platinum Circle Dinner Chair Lauryn Gayle White and Tom Addis has transformed the ballroom into something akin to the Academy Awards. Really? The reason was a tip of the hat to the featured designer — Oscar de la Renta — for the Friday, September 14th fashion show at Neiman Marcus Downtown.
At one end of the ballroom were sketches borrowed from Neiman’s displayed in front of sleek white draping. Across the way, on the opposite wall, was the group photo of the group taken by Dana Driensky at the March announcement sans Tucker, who had been out of town.
While Tommy deSalvo played the ivories, the talk of the night included Ben Lange revealing that the family get-away home on the East Coast was just a fortnight from being completed… Megan and Keith Conlon are expecting another daughter, who is due in January… CCB security official Steve Walthall was home and on the mend following surgery at UT Southwestern… Ashley and Ward Hunt returned to Dallas this past summer with their twins after a couple of years of camping out in NYC… and ever-fashionable types like Annette Simmons wearing pearl earrings to match the mega pearls on her black sleeves, Norma Hunt in Oscar and Tiffany Divis in vintage Oscar.
As for the program, Claire and her team knew that the guests wanted to enjoy catching up with friends, so she and Ralph kept their comments very brief. They were followed by Ron’s announcing the honorees. Going off script and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the WFAA morning man added that Norma Hunt had been one of the original Ten Best Dressed in 1974, when she was known for her “bell bottoms and a peasant top.” The room busted out in laughter, with Norma leading the charge.
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