HORSE SENSE

HORSE SENSE

Equest Hosts 41st Annual Blue Ribbon Ball

By Cynthia Smoot Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Nate Rehlander

THE SETTING: More than 550 patrons attended the 41st annual gala benefiting Equest, held at Texas Horse Park. Partygoers arrived to a champagne wall and a blue ribbon-inspired carpet that ran the length of the horse barn aisle. Posing for photos along the way with some of Equest’s equine friends, attendees mingled and enjoyed light bites before checking in.

THE STYLE: Emcee Jody Dean took the stage to welcome all in attendance. The color guard from the American Legion Post 21 followed, with attendees reciting the pledge of allegiance before enjoying a beautiful performance of America the Beautiful by Jana Bell. Then, the Equest board chairman Julie Sherman took the stage to recognize the recipients of the 2022 Citation Award: Lane Cates and her husband Brad McLain. They were instrumental in helping Equest complete the Al Hill, Jr. Arena through fundraising and contract management. Former NFL Dallas Cowboys player Timmy Newsome was awarded the 2022 Equest Rider of the Year Award, given to clients who have achieved outstanding progress on their equestrian skill goals. The Youth Award went to Olivia McLean, the Adult Award to Jaime Moore, and Jimmy Dean was the recipient of the Veteran Award. 

THE PURPOSE: The event’s co-chairs were Carol and Bill Huckin, Finley and Eric Konrade, and Elsa Norwood, while Leslie and Hawkins Golden served as honorary chairs. The evening raised more than $600,000. Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine-assisted learning therapies, and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping, and learning disabilities, as well as veterans who receive all of Equest’s services at no charge. 

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.

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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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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