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.



Galleria Dallas Hosts 1980s Fashion Exhibit


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: A high style vintage exhibit, She’s Got the Look: Fashion from the ‘80s, was recently presented by Galleria Dallas. The fashion and accessories exhibit transported lucky attendees back in time with rad fashions, immersive multimedia displays, and music from the decade–all curated by Ken Weber of Martini Consignment.


A VIP preview was held the night before the exhibit opened to the public. Among those in attendance were Mindy Cohn from the hit 80s TV show Facts of Life, Cameron Silver, Susan Posnick, Heidi Dillon, Real Housewives of Dallas stars LeeAnne Locken and Cary Deuber, Jan Strimple, and Chuck Steelman.


THE STYLE: More than 60 stellar looks from top designers of the ‘80s, including Thierry Mugler, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy, and Valentino were showcased. The exhibition was divided into two sections. The main room showcased the decade’s elegance and extravagance. It included party, red carpet, Ladies Who Lunch, and Working Girl attire. A second room featured Valley Girls, Rocker Chicks, Club Kids, and, some menswear. A wall of iconic ’80s hairstyle images paid homage to TONI&GUY and its history in Dallas. The exhibit also featured original costumes from 80s megahit TV shows such as Dynasty, Dallas, Hart to Hart, and Charlie’s Angels.


THE PURPOSE: As with all museum-quality fashion exhibits, the purpose is to enthrall and entertain by providing a look at the past and how it informs the present and future of fashion.



Vintage Fashion Show And Tea Benefits The Alexander Mansion


By Cynthia Smoot      Photography by John Brady and Deborah Brown

THE SETTING: The Queen of Hearts Vintage Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea was presented by the Dallas Woman’s Forum Fashion and Style Department. Steven Porterfield, of the Antiques Roadshow, traveled from his home base in Midland to produce this unique style show featuring fashions from the 1950s to the 1980s. To add to the evening’s festive atmosphere, with pandemic protocol in place, many guests came dressed in their favorite vintage frocks and accessories.


THE STYLE: The Ms. Senior World winners were in attendance and opened the program with a special segment emceed by Sherry Strother, the pageant’s executive director. The models were all members of the Fashion and Style Department of the Dallas Woman’s Forum and had visited Porterfield’s store, The Cat’s Meow in Midland, a few weeks prior to pick out their fashions for the event. The dresses were perfectly accessorized with hats, gloves, and beautiful jewelry, speaking to the elegance of the era.  


THE PURPOSE: When a severe winter storm blanketed the city, the show’s original date and location had to be changed due to the Alexander Mansion’s suffering severe damage from burst water pipes. The Chocolate Angel Café and Tea Room in Plano stepped up to host the event, and the fashionable proceeds went to help repair the beloved Alexander Mansion.



Turtle Creek Conservancy Hosts Virtual 12th Annual Day At The Races


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by James Edward Photography

THE SETTING: With the pandemic’s social distancing protocols still in place, the Turtle Creek Conservancy hosted their Twelfth Annual Day at the Races virtually. Streaming from Arlington Hall, guests enjoyed Derby Day’s excitement in the comfort of their own home, with the event raising almost $113,000.


THE STYLE: The sponsors and patrons received a festive hat box filled with Derby-inspired goodies that included all manners of tasty treats, an Angry Orchard straw derby hat, a t-shirt, as well as horse racing wagering tickets. Guests tuned in to watch a live broadcast hosted by the Conservancy’s CEO Gay Donnell Willis and Louis Murad of Murad Auctions.


The CAUSE: The event was led by its chairs, Courtney Edwards and Reanae Seth, with community chairs, Leigh and Brian Danley, while Julie and Frank Reedy served as honorary chairs. The Day at the Races Derby event benefits the Turtle Creek Conservancy, whose mission is the care and preservation of Arlington Hall and Turtle Creek Park. Modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York, the nonprofit organization manages two treasured City assets where Dallasites have made cherished memories for generations.