Plans called for Dallas CASA‘s upcoming Cherish the Children Luncheon to honor the late Caroline Rose Hunt and her Rosewood company with decor reminiscent of Caroline’s iconic Lady Primrose tea room. Think pink china teacups, bright pink table flowers in turquoise vases, and a tea-themed dessert of scones and colorful macaroons. So, it was only fitting that the patron party for the event was generously decorated with cheerful, vibrantly shaded tulips.
The beautiful flowers at the home of Becky and Jim Lozier on Wednesday, March 27, reminded the 50 or so attendees of Caroline — a longtime friend of Dallas CASA — and her Rosewood Corp., which has continued Caroline’s tradition of supporting local nonprofits. Indeed, guests at the patron party included not only Rosewood’s president John Dziminski and his wife, Katie, but also Rosewood Foundation Director Lynn Mahurin.
Among the other guests who enjoyed wine donated by Gerard Bertrand winery, as well as delicacies such as candied apple smoked-bacon lollipops, were a number of Dallas CASA officials. Among them: Kathleen LaValle, the group’s president and CEO; and Dallas CASA board members Mike Brosin (with his wife Jana Brosin), Steve Penrose, Barbara Cervin (with her husband Ben Cervin), Erin Jesberger, and Hannah and Greg May.
At one point in the party, luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Porter and Nicki Stafford reported that ticket sales for the 2019 Cherish the Children luncheon already had exceeded expectations. And, Kathleen presented a certificate of appreciation to the Loziers for their years of dedication to Dallas CASA. Five years ago, Jim co-chaired the capital campaign that allowed the organization to expand into a new building.
Guests also got a look at some of the unique items planned for the silent auction at the Friday, April 5, luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel. They included the traditional artfully designed chairs, a signed Dirk Nowitzki jersey, and a suite at a Texas Rangers baseball game. Funds raised from the event will allow Dallas CASA to recruit, train, and supervise more volunteer advocates for children living in foster care.
As attendees left the patron party at the Loziers’, they were given a copy of a book by luncheon guest speaker Steve Pemberton, who spent his childhood in an abusive foster home confused, in pain, and searching for answers. Steve’s book, titled “A Chance in the World,” was a USA Today best-selling memoir and, in 2018, was made into an on-demand movie starring Tom Sizemore and Nick Turturro.
* Photo provided by Dallas CASA