Cattle Baron’s Ball Raises Millions For American Cancer Society

By Cynthia Smoot          Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Ice

THE SETTING: The 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball was recently held at Gilley’s Dallas with award-winning country music fan favorite Dierks Bentley performing on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage. Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall returned to serve as leaders for an unprecedented second year after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 ball. Their efforts raised a whopping $3,665,700 for the American Cancer Society. 

THE STYLE: The evening included cocktails, buffet dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions followed by the concert. The Country Music Association’s award-winning Cole Swindell appeared on the Copart VIP stage prior to the live auction. D’Andra Simmons Lock, Gregg Asher, Amy Hampton, Hamilton Sneed, Nancy Gopez, Melissa and Joe Pastora, and Jane McGarry were among those in the crowd who donned cowboy boots in celebration of the evening.

THE PURPOSE:  Since 1974, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $90 million for the American Cancer Society in North Texas. The ball is the largest single-night fundraising event for cancer research in the world. One hundred active volunteer committee members work tirelessly year-round to raise funds for cancer research projects in North Texas.



DIFFA’ Annual Burgers & Burgundy Event Sizzles 

By Cynthia Smoot               Photography Danny Campbell and Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: Recently, generous and fashion-forward individuals joined renowned national and local chefs at Peace Plaza at the Cathedral of Hope for the twelfth annual Burgers & Burgundy event, benefiting DIFFA/Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Partygoers sampled a wide variety of mouth-watering burgers created by participating chefs, including Sharon Van Meter, Luke Rogers, Samir Dhurandhar, and Dan Landsberg.

THE STYLE: The much-anticipated 2021-2022 DIFFA/Dallas Style Council Ambassadors  DIFFA Legends were announced during the event. The new members joining the Style Council are Alison Volk, Chris Angelle, David Dummer, David Putnam, David Weir, JD Miller, Ken Weber, Kimberly Alexander, Neil Thomas, and Yana Greenstein.

THE PURPOSE: Event chair and DIFFA Board member, Al James, shared that DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within the DFW community. The organization has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas, providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.



Dallas Arboretum’s Food + Wine Festival

By Cynthia Smoot Photography by Dallas Arboretum/Steve Foxall

THE SETTING: On a recent evening, guests arrived at the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum for its Annual Food + Wine Festival. Event Chair Alicia Voltmer welcomed VIP arrivals to the Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place Gardens for a champagne reception. Gates opened an hour later to the public as the event spilled out onto the gorgeous 66-acre garden grounds, with pandemic protocol in place.

THE STYLE: Themed A Gatsby Garden Soirée, guests arrived dressed in a wide variety of The Roaring ’20’s attire, from flapper dresses to gangster suits, complete with newsie caps. Looking dapper, gents and their dolls strolled the garden while enjoying music, fine wines, and craft beer provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Delectable small plates prepared by top local area chefs, including John Tesar with Knife Dallas and Casey La Rue with Carte Blanche, were savored by all and generously sponsored by Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef and Amegy Bank.

THE PURPOSE: The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment, and knowledge of horticulture while providing opportunities for education and research. They are committed to excellence, good management, and fiscal responsibility.



The Family Place’s ReuNight Celebrates With Gala Among Art

By Cynthia Smoot    Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cameron Smith

THE SETTING: It was an unforgettable evening at the annual ReuNight fundraiser benefiting Dallas-based family violence agency, The Family Place. The verdant Nasher Sculpture Center Garden was the site of this exclusive soiree, where a limited 150 guests gathered amidst exquisite art.

THE STYLE: The outdoor affair, with Covid-19 safety measures in place, kicked off with passed hors d’oeuvres and HALL Wines, all catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Dallas String Quartet serenaded guests as they meandered throughout the gardens and relaxed on the chic lounge furniture. 

For dinner, also served by Wolfgang Puck Catering, the guests were led into the elegant outdoor dining setting that included architectural and chic floral arrangements and place settings by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens Florist, complementing the modern art on display throughout the garden. Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place, and the event co-chairs greeted guests warmly before dinner. Each course was paired with superb wines from HALL Wines. A spirited live auction was held during dessert, and the evening concluded with an energetic paddle raise, enhanced with a matching gift by an anonymous donor. 

THE PURPOSE: Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton served as ReuNight’s co-chairs, mixed and mingled with the attendees. At the same time, Honorary Chairs Kristy and Patrick Sands and their family enjoyed the GeneIQ sponsored Step & Repeat designed by Bryan Long. Proceeds from the evening went to benefit The Family Place, 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. 



33rd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Benefits The Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Garden


By Cynthia Smoot       Photography by Danny Campbell and Rob Wythe

THE SETTING: The Women’s Council of Dallas recently celebrated the spring season and A Woman’s Garden with a sold-out crowd at the 33rd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea, among the glorious floral displays at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This year’s theme was Out of Africa Into The Garden.

THE STYLE: Guests, WITH PANDEMCE with pandemic protocol in place, donned in their finery and plenty an enviable chapeau, enjoyed a champagne reception in the Scott K. Ginsburg Family Plaza. They paraded before the hat judges on the green carpet walkway, vying for the coveted prizes. Once the program began, winners were bestowed awards in various categories. A lovely, seated afternoon tea followed on the Plaza featuring a spring fashion promenade expertly produced by Jan Strimple with fashions from Tootsies.


THE PURPOSE: Jolie Humphrey chaired the Mad Hatter’s Tea this year, along with Kay Weeks, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Carole Ann Brown served as honorary chair. 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 by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden.



Symphony Of Chefs Event Benefits KidLinks


By Cynthia Smoot    Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: This year’s Symphony of Chefs by Design was an evening of culinary composition and the ultimate chef-driven feast…created with the guests in mind. Due to the pandemic, instead of the usual in-person dining event supporters have become accustomed to, table sponsors could design their own one-of-a-kind experiential venue, thus ensuring the comfort of all attendees. Options included the choice to dine in the private room of a restaurant or host a chef-prepared experience at their home. Guests could also enjoy a virtual chef-taught interactive cooking class followed by a delicious dinner.



THE STYLE: As an example, Executive Chef Janice Provost of Parigi hosted guests of Alliant Insurance Services in her private Parisian speakeasy event space. Jaime and Greg Lyons chose to entertain their guests in the private dining room of Nick & Sam’s Park Cities. Antoinette and Barry Davis opened their Preston Hollow estate to friends who enjoyed a meal prepared by Executive Chef Luke Rogers. Urban Rio’s private rooftop in Plano was the scene for the Urban Energy Funds family fête. Cristi and Kevin Ryan’s home offered guests an informal indoor/outdoor setting to enjoy a menu prepared by Nick & Sam’s Chef Jon Kleifgen. Other dining experiences happened throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well. Each chef paired their dishes with wines from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards.


THE PURPOSE: Funds raised from this popular annual event will support KidLinks’ efforts to provide Healing, Hope, and Happiness through music and media for those children most in need.