SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS

SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS

AWARE Affair 2022 Enlists Vintage Flight Theme

 

By Cynthia Smoot       Photography by Danny Campbell and Rob Wythe

THE SETTING: The Star Skyline Hangar at the Braniff Centre set quite the scene for the AWARE Affair 2022, Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s. The evening began with a VIP reception in the Star Skyline upstairs lounge, as guests were greeted with a display of vintage Braniff flight attendant uniforms from the collection of Deborah Brown. She was also dressed in one of the fashionable uniforms by the renowned designer Emilio Pucci.

THE STYLE: The event’s emcee was Scott Murray, and Myrna D. Schlegel received the Founder’s Spirit Award. Although Schlegel was unable to attend in person, she shared her thanks with a video message. The Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Marshall, who was also given recognition for her longtime support of AWARE in its fight against Alzheimer’s.

THE PURPOSE: This year’s event was chaired by Mari Epperson and Sharon Ballew. Biddie and Lee Roy Jordan served as honorary chairs. AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. Attendees included the Presenting Sponsor, William C. Seanor, AWARE president Karisti Julia, Josey and Craig Kennington, and Greg Osler.

IN LIVING COLOR

IN LIVING COLOR

Children’s Cancer Fund Gala Supporters Raise Funds

 

By Cynthia Smoot   Photography by Thomas Garza and Tamytha Cameron

THE SETTING: Cancer patients, survivors, their families, and celebrities gathered recently for a fashion show, dinner, and dancing in support of the 2022 Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, Color Out Cancer, presented by Amazon at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. The event began with a silent auction and VIP reception, followed by the dinner and program that featured cancer survivors modeling their bravery, as well as fashions provided by Dillard’s.

 

THE STYLE: Roger Staubach and Trop Aikman, who have been involved with the Children’s Cancer Fund for 33 years and 23 years, respectively, were joined by Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Dallas Stars legend Marty Turco, Nicky Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Stacey Bendet, Michael Good, a Blue Origin astronaut, Tyler Toney of Dude Perfect, and other celebrities as runway escorts for 20 pediatric cancer patients, ages 6-17.

 

THE PURPOSE:  Amanda Schufeldt Dillard was the event’s chair, while Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman served as honorary chairs. CCF is one of the nation’s leading fundraising groups in support of local research  in the treatment and prevention of childhood cancers. The evening and its generous donors raised more than $1.5 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern. In the past five years, CCF has raised over $5 million for pediatric cancer research and Child Life services, which has created four additional endowments for Children’s Health.

PROVINCIALLY CHIC

PROVINCIALLY CHIC

ReuNight Fundraiser Benefits The Family Place With French Country Theme

By Cynthia Smoot        Photography by Tamytha Cameron, Nate Rehlander and Hal Samples

THE SETTING: It was an enchanting Evening in Provence theme for a limited one hundred seventy-five guests at the annual ReuNight fundraiser benefiting The Family Place, the Dallas-based family violence agency and largest such service provider in Texas. At the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden, the gorgeous al fresco setting for the evening, guests mixed and mingled amidst exquisite contemporary art to bring awareness to and raise money for ending domestic violence. DJ Steffi Burns entertained guests as they meandered throughout the gardens and socialized on the chic lounge furniture.

 

THE STYLE: For dinner, guests strolled to the elegant outdoor dining setting that included architecturally chic floral décor created by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens Florist, which also complemented the art on display throughout the gardens. Each place setting was accompanied by a small piece of handmade art and a hand-tied bundle of lavender made by a child at The Family Place. After sponsors were thanked, Wolfgang Puck Catering served a delicious meal for the evening. During the dessert and French cheese course, Wendy Lambert with Lambert Auction Company led a spirited yet intimate luxury live auction, which included six fabulous packages. The evening concluded with an energetic paddle raise, enhanced with matching gifts by two anonymous donors. Through these donations alone, The Family Place raised enough funds to provide 3,027 nights of shelter beds for the men, women, and children of domestic violence who they serve.

THE PURPOSE: ReuNight’s co-chairs this year were Marisa Howard, Roni Proter Kelly, and Max Trowbridge, along with Shelle Sills serving as the honorary chair. The Family Place is the largest family violence service provider in Texas, with three emergency shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night, including the state’s only shelter for men and children, and three counseling centers with services being provided in English and Spanish. 

ENTER STAGE LEFT

ENTER STAGE LEFT

Broadway Dallas Dinner Series Debuts With New Name

 

By Cynthia Smoot         Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: Recently, Dallas Summer Musicals announced a name change to “Broadway Dallas” as well as its 2022/2023 Germania Broadway Series Season at the opening of an exciting new Spotlight Dinner Series of fundraising evenings generously sponsored by PNC Bank. Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO, served as host for the first Spotlight Dinner on the stage of Music Hall at Fair Park. The intricately curated program was imagined and executed by Hamilton A. Sneed of HAS Events. 

 

THE STYLE: Starting in the elaborately decorated Music Hall lobby and in celebration of the upcoming show announcement of My Fair Lady, Act One had guests sipping on British-inspired cocktails paired with passed hors d’oeuvres. Riley Jones, a student from the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards program, entertained during Intermission with a solo performance of I Could Have Danced All Night. For Act Two of the evening, the attendees dined on a four-course meal inspired by the 2022-2203 Broadway Dallas season.

 

The evening concluded with the curtain lowering and rising again with an encore bow, lights, applause, and a champagne toast to celebrate the announcement of Moulin Rouge! as the theme for the Broadway Dallas Gala to be held in April 2023. Kathryn and Craig Hall will serve as honorary chairs.

 

THE PURPOSE: This intimate event series, filled with song, fun facts, and always a surprise or two, benefits artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas, including programs in classrooms and throughout the community, serving more than 40,000 students and families each year. Interested patrons can select the dinners that entice them the most or subscribe to the entire series.

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CHARMED CENTURIAN

CHARMED CENTURIAN

Junior League Of Dallas Celebrates Century Of Service 

 

By Cynthia Smoot         Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cass

THE SETTING:  The Junior League of Dallas hosted its Centennial Gala, presented by the Sewell family, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Led by Centennial Co-chairs Andrea Cheek and Margo Goodwin, the 1920s Art Nouveau-inspired soirée was the celebration of the century. The evening’s festivities served as the exciting conclusion to the League’s week-long celebration of its 100 years of service to the Dallas community. 

 

THE STYLE: The evening featured a VIP cocktail reception sponsored by Tolleson Wealth Management, a seated dinner, dancing, a big board auction, and a raffle. Guests were also treated to a performance by dancers from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Guests then hit the dance floor and danced to the upbeat, lively tunes from Stratospherea 16-piece dance band performing under Jordan Kahn, sponsored by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians. As an additional treat, guests looked inside JLD’s impressive 100-year-history through a Centennial exhibit available throughout the evening. Sponsors of the Gala included: the Sewell family, presenting sponsor; Dallas Osteopathic Physicians, entertainment sponsor; Tolleson Wealth Management, VIP Reception; Gittings Portraiture, VIP Photography, and Great Southwestern Fire & Safety served as the auction sponsor.

 

THE PURPOSE:  The Junior League of Dallas cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the Dallas branch is one of the most prominent Junior Leagues in the world, and the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to nearly 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD contributes over 130,000 hours of volunteer service and approximately $1 million in funding to area nonprofits each year. 

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CAPTIVATING CHAPEAUX

CAPTIVATING CHAPEAUX

Women’s Council Of The Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Garden Hosts 34th Annual Mad Hatters Tea

 

By Cynthia Smoot      Photography by Danny Campbell, Thomas Garcia and Rob Wythe

THE SETTING: Claire Catrino, Mad Hatter’s Tea chair, Lisa Loy Laughlin, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and honorary chair Laurie Sands Harrison welcomed chapeau-donned guests to the 34th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This year’s theme, Dallas, encouraged the attendees to enjoy their own interpretation of how to represent the city in a hat or fascinator. Guests promenaded down a red carpet vying for coveted awards in various categories. This year’s judges included Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum CEO, Kim Noltemy, Barbara Bigham, Vanessa Logan, Amy Hofland, and Tanya Taylor, who was the featured celebrity designer.

 

THE STYLE: The afternoon’s program included an elegant luncheon service and a European-style fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions, which highlighted the styles of the spring season and featured designs by Tanya Taylor. Emcee Calvert Collins announced category winners to a rapt luncheon crowd. Marena Gault and Elizabeth Smith tied in the category of “Best Use of Botanical Components: Bluebonnets.” Prashe Shah won “Most True to Theme: Flying Horse,” and Dr. Linda Burk won “Best Big Over the Top Texas Hat: Everything is Bigger in Texas!” In addition, Venise Stuart was awarded “Best Fascinator: Uptown Girl,” Debbie McKeever’s table won “Best Group Hats: Dallas Dynasty,” Robert Wilson was bestowed “People’s Choice Award: Deep in the Hat of Texas,” and Sharla Bush and Terry Irby tied for “Best in Show: Don’t Mess with Dallas.”

 

THE PURPOSE: Since 1986, the primary goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding, and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived  and funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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