The North Texas Food Bank Hosts 6th Annual Harvest

By Cynthia Smoot  –  Photography by Sterling Steves


THE SETTING: A Tasteful Place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was the magical setting for the 6th annual HARVEST that was hosted by the North Texas Food Bank. Surrounded by the venue’s fall flowers accented with pumpkins, gourds and squash, DJ Lucy Wrubel provided a cool vibe as partygoers  arrived. Guests sipped their cocktails and enjoyed the sweet and savory food offerings located at stations throughout the captivating gardens and indoor pavilion.

THE STYLE: NTFB president and CEO Trisha Cunningham gathered the crowd to recognize the organization’s recent inaugural Partners 4 Hope law firm challenge. With the help of Partners 4 Hope chair, Chris Bankler of Jackson Walker, local North Texas law firms collectively raised over $75,000, which will provide access to 226,626 nutritious meals. As the evening progressed, partygoers could be seen striking a pose at the 4Change Energy photo booth, playing cornhole for a cause to help close the hunger gap, or nibbling on desserts in the Suite Spot, featuring French macarons by Chef/owner Tida Pichakron of Haute Sweets Patisserie and John Doumas of Pop Star’s all natural popsicles.

THE PURPOSE: Co-chairs Lisa and Marvin Singleton welcomed more than 400 attendees to the annual fundraiser benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 200,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 Feeding sites and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2019, NTFB provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals.




Fourth Annual Dog Days Of Summer Event

By Cynthia Smoot  –  Photography by Haute Dog Photography, Ochoa Photography, & Volk P.R.


THE SETTING: Recently, Stanley Korshak, VOLK PR and Squirrel hosted the fourth annual Dog Days of Summer event, which benefitted FIDO (Fashion Industry Dog Organization). The entire first floor of the Stanley Korshak store was transformed into a giant puppy play pin. Hundreds of guests enjoyed raising funds throughout the night and some even gained a new furry family member.

THE STYLE: Mutts Cantina served Mutts Burgers with Fry Sticks. Sprinkles provided cupcakes and pupcakes for the two legged and four-legged guests. Dear Clark had Woof Wash available for purchase and the Pillow Bar was taking orders for custom monogrammed dog beds. She Designs– He Builds Party Rentals created a pastel balloon backdrop made for a furry fairy tale dream photo shoot, courtesy of Ochoa Photography. 

THE PURPOSE: The 2019 beneficiary of FIDO was ELPO (East Lake Pet Orphanage), ELPO and Recycled Poms, Squirrel’s rescue group, were on site with fur babies who needed forever homes. FIDO is an organization whose mission is to provide funding and raise awareness for existing animal advocacy non-profits  and charities that promote the positive relationship between animals and people.




Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala And After Party Regales

By Rob Giardinelli  –  Photography by Kristina Bowman and Sylvia Elzafon


THE SETTING: The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was the recent setting for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night gala and after party. Over the course of the evening, several hundred of Dallas’ most notable VIP’s, sociables, and philanthropists descended upon the iconic institution for an unforgettable evening of fun, music and fundraising that lasted well into the night.

THE STYLE: The stylish black-tie partygoers began the evening with a cocktail reception where the conversation flowed as freely as the spirits. The festivities then turned to the Meyerson lobby for the evenings main program. Against the stunning backdrop of the beautifully decorated foyer, guests enjoyed a multi-course dinner.

Upon the completion of dinner, patrons headed to the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall for a remarkable concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra featuring GRAMMY® award winning violinist Joshua Bell. The fun continued the gala after Party where guests enjoyed cocktails, savories and desserts, and was capped off with entertainment by Elevation, presented by Emerald City Bands, who kept the party going on as guests danced the night away on a dance floor busting out at the seams.

THE PURPOSE: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala was co-chaired by Barbara and Don Daseke. The gala and after party was co-chaired by Kasie and Axel Ricart, while Kathryn and Craig Hall served as honorary chairs. Proceeds from the event benefitted the DSO, which reaches more than 234,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives




Dallas Museum of Art’s 54th Annual Art Ball Highlights Museum’s Permanent Collection

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Tamytha Cameron and George Fiala


THE SETTING: A picture-perfect evening on the beautiful grounds of the Dallas Museum of Art was the setting for one of Texas’ most anticipated annual fundraising events. The 54th annual Art Ball by the Dallas Museum of Art titled Form & Function: A Celebration of Craftsmanship Throughout the Collection showcased the beauty and breadth of the museum’s permanent collection. In all, several hundred of the state’s most influential and prominent art patrons, philanthropists and collectors attended to celebrate this beloved and iconic destination of the Arts.

THE STYLE: The fun began for the black-tie crowd with a lively cocktail hour where long-time friends reacquainted and new friends were made as they sipped cocktails courtesy of Belvedere, Glenmorangie, Hennessy and Ruinart. Partygoers were dazzled by the gorgeous décor inspired by the DMA’s permanent collection, with a moss green, dusty rose and raw wood palette that perfectly captured both the essence of the permanent collection and the late-spring evening. Adding to the fun was a mural sponsored by Neiman Marcus where patrons were invited to express their artistic side by coloring on the mural in bold and bright colors.

The festivities continued as guests took their seats to enjoy a delectable four course dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering, where the conversation flowed as freely as the wines that accompanied the meal. As the dessert portion was being served, the live auction commenced. Robbie Gordy of Christie’s helmed the spirited bidding which netted over $390,000 and included such luxe items as a Kenyan Safari, an exclusive fashion experience with Moda Operandi and a first-timer experience at the upcoming Two X Two for AIDS and Art. The evening was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away into the wee hours of the morning to the tunes of DJ Elusive.

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Lindsey Collins and Amanda Shufeldt, raised funds for Dallas Museum of Art’s community engagement and education programs for the iconic Dallas institution that draws over 800,000 visitors annually. Over the past 54 years, DMA’s Art Ball has raised over $29 million to support this mission.



House Of DIFFA’s Futuro Gala Celebrates With Future Vision

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Joseph Brewster and Thomas Garza 


THE SETTING: Dallas’ Omni Hotel was the recent setting of House of DIFFA’s Futuro gala. Over 1,400 of Dallas’ social, philanthropic and community leaders turned out for an evening of fun and fundraising while looking forward to a future where there is zero stigma, deaths and new infections of HIV/AIDS. The evening began in the ballroom level of the Omni where guests enjoyed cocktails while taking part in DIFFA’s legendary silent auction. Each year DIFFA’s silent auction features dozens of custom tailored jackets from world-renowned designers. This year kept the tradition by featuring pieces from Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbana, Badgley Mischka, Christian Lacroix and many others.

THE STYLE: The festivities moved to the ballroom where patrons made their way to their tables against the backdrop of dancers in LED light ensembles creating the perfect complement to the Futuro theme of the event. During the program, as guests dined on multi-course meals, members of DIFFA’s style council walked the runway, and speeches by DIFFA leadership and several awards were presented to those in North Texas who have been futuristic visionaries in combating the fight against HIV and AIDS. The program continued with a live auction sponsored by Ebby Halliday and hosted by comedian Dana Goldberg that raised over $325,000.

The fun continued as revelers, greeted by Bravo TV personality Carson Kressley, were treated to a dazzlingly futuristic fashion show. Among the treats viewed by the audience were fashions from Forty Five Ten and Traffic LA and a dance performance by Gwendolynne Murphy dressed up as a “Fembot”. The show was wrapped up with models donning three Iris Von Herpen dresses that were flown in from Paris specifically for the show. The festivities were capped off with an after party where partygoers danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Lucy Wrubel.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Tim Garippa, raised funds for DIFFA/Dallas which provides funds to organizations dedicated to fighting against HIV and AIDS in North Texas. Founded in 1984, DIFFA has given over eight million dollars to 25 organizations in North Texas providing care to those living with HIV and AIDS.



The 10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Gala


By Cynthia Smoot    Photography by Ada Lee Photography, Axxess and Marcy Meeks 


THE SETTING:  Recently, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts hosted the 10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational celebration of ten years of service, philanthropy and positive community impact for the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. This star-studded soiree included sports icons and entertainment luminaries such as Eric Dickerson, Eddie George, Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, Torii Hunter, Christopher “Kid” Reid of Kid ‘N Play, John Rocker, and Melissa Rycroft Strickland.

THE STYLE: Guests began the evening at the Omni Frisco Hotel with a red-carpet arrival and cocktail hour followed by dinner and a live auction. Roger Staubach presented his eponymous award to Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki in acknowledgment of the amazing work they have done through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. LaTorsha and LaDainian Tomlinson were presented with The Changemaker Award and long term donors Dee Lincoln, David and Tina Craig and Lamonte Thomas were recognized for their unwavering support over the past ten years with the All Star Partner Award.

THE PURPOSE: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and his wife, Marianne, served as honorary chairs with Mahisha and John Dellinger serving as the event’s chairs. Now in its 10th year, with this year’s title sponsor Healthcare Highways, the organization has raised more than 9.2 million dollars through the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. Proceeds from the weekend go towards supporting over 150 charities in North Texas, including 10,000 DISD students and families through their annual back to school program. Funds are also utilized to create and fund unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.