Saturday, May 23, 2015

Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus 2015 Spring Luncheon Recently Held at Belo Mansion {Society Pics}

Luncheon chair Liz Pasquinelli, with honorary chair Diane Sealy, welcomed attendees to the Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus 2015 Spring Luncheon benefiting Nexus Recovery Center on April 23rd at the Belo Mansion.
Jason Gillette, Lauren Gillette, Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus president

The luncheon began with a VIP reception and meet-and-greet with featured speaker and New York Times best selling author Koren Zailckas. As guests then entered the ballroom for lunch, mistress of ceremonies and Fox4-TV’s weekend anchor, Jenny Anchondo, welcomed patrons before introducing Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus president Lauren Gillette.  Ms. Gillette extended her gratitude to everyone for their support of the luncheon before sharing the role of the Women’s Auxiliary in raising funds, awareness and volunteer support for the important programs for women provided by Nexus Recovery Center.
Liz Pasquinelli, luncheon chair, author Koren Zailckas, Diane Sealy, honorary chair
 Attendees enjoyed a seated lunch of chicken breast with Herbs de Provence over field greens with artichoke, orange, shaved fennel and goat cheese with lemon-herb vinaigrette.  As dessert of parfaits was served, former Nexus client, Katie, moved the audience with her own personal story of recovery at Nexus Recovery Center, her life now that she has been sober for five years, as well as her plans for her bright future with her daughter.
Joanna Iliff, Ashley Reid
Koren Zailckas, candidly shared her experiences as written in her highly regarded book, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a riveting account of her personal story of alcohol abuse as a teenager and college student. As the luncheon came to a close, chair Liz Pasquinelli was joined on stage by Ms. Gillette as they announced Lindsay Billingsley as the lucky winner of diamond and amethyst flower earrings donated by Robin Bagwell.
Proceeds from the luncheon will support Nexus Recovery Center’s programs and ongoing mission to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dallas A-listers Gather for Fashion Show & Luncheon presented by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary

Once again, the annual Fashion Show & Luncheon presented by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary was the year's must-attend event for fashion conscious Dallas A-listers. Dixey Arterburn and Ginger Sager were Event Co-chairs.
Major Ward Matthews, Event Co-Chairs Ginger Sager and Dixey Arterburn, Major Michele Matthews
Marilyn Augur, Margaret Hancock, Elizabeth Taylor and Ann Hardaway and Sharon McCullough, Libby Hunt, Debbie Hayhurst, Terry McCullough and Lissie McCullough served as Honorary Co-Chairs and WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater emceed the sold-out event.
Tiffany Divis, Carolyn Lupton, Carol Huckin and Jean Lattimore
Gene Jones and Charlotte Anderson received the 2015 Margot Perot Award for excellence in service to The Salvation Army. "We are so fortunate to live in Dallas where sharing is always fashionable and gently enjoyed clothes can keep on giving in such a beautiful manner," said Mrs. Perot. 
Charlotte Anderson, Shelly Slater and Jan Strimple
Jan Strimple Productions created and produced an incredible Runway Show from the "best dressed" closets and stores in Dallas. "Each year hundreds of outfits sell for pennies on the dollar through a runway-style fashion show featuring professional models, as well as the ever-popular Chic Boutique, the on-site store where women can search through racks of designer labels to find that perfect look," said Ginger Sager, Event Co-Chair.
Margot Perot announcing the 2015 Margot Perot Award Recipients
Her fellow Co-Chair Dixie Arterburn added, "Margot Perot's vision continues to thrive as philanthropic women donate their couture clothing to create a fabulous runway show and the very popular Chic Boutique."
 Salvation Army Fashion Show Luncheon Leadership Team
Kimberly Whitman and Carmaletta Whiteley
The Salvation Army provides 70 different programs and services that make life better for people in need. This includes shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, clothes for the needy, emergency financial assistance, domestic violence programs, rehab for people with addictions, after-school programs for children, and housing for the elderly.
Runway Finale
"Over the years, the event has raised over $8 million to support the activities of The Salvation Army in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex 365 days a year," said Salvation Army Captain Michelle Matthews. "The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary makes a direct and positive impact on the lives of individuals in need."

Photos Courtesy: Kristina Bowman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Big Thought's Creative Solutions 20th Anniversary Luncheon

The Creative Solutions 20th Anniversary Luncheon will celebrate the lives transformed through the Creative Solutions program and pay tribute to the men and women of the Dallas County Juvenile Department who have helped to make the program a success.
Hear how students in the program took one stroke of the brush, step of their feet and craft of their hands to channel their abilities to mastermind their own self-portraits. Creative Solutions: A Portrait of Potential 20th Anniversary Luncheon will inspire you as you listen to their stories and hear the powerful message of Jarrett Adams, co-founder of Life After Justice, share how he's utilized the struggles of his past to propel the outcome of his future.
Individual luncheon tickets are $125 per non-reserved seat and $250 per reserved seat. (If you purchase two reserved seats, you will receive a complimentary copy of the Creative Solutions: A Portrait of Potential book.) View sponsorship benefit package.
Purchase tickets here
Honorary Chair
Mrs. Laura Bush


Giles Davidson, Irene Hosford, Ginger Sager
Bev Heil and Jay Oppenheimer
CREW-Dallas (Brenda Blake, Sharon Herrin, Coni Hennersdorf, Michelle Hudson, Judy Willoughby), Laurie B. Arnold, Flauren Fagadau Bender, Maura and Jason Bradshaw, Scott and Jennifer Chandler, Giles Davidson and Dan Waldmann, Bess and Ted Enloe, Leigh Anne Haugh, Terry and Beverly Heil, Marguerite Hoffman, Irene Hosford and Robert McLaughlin, Jolie and Bart Humphrey, Sarah Losinger, Jerry McNabb, Barry and Melissa McNeil, Jay W. Oppenheimer, Elissa Plotsky/Freedom Title, Carol and Frank Riddick, Wilbur and Martha Smither, Pam Watkins and Mike Crawford, Jane Wetzel, Mary Lou and Larry Whitt

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Partners Card 2015 Kick Off Party

Over the past 22 years, Partners Card has become the largest fundraiser for The Family Place and is one of the most popular shopping events each year in the Dallas Metroplex.
The Family Place CEO Paige Flink and Partners Card 2015 Honorary Chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers
The Family Place recently kicked off the upcoming 2015 Partners Card program at Galleria Dallas with co-chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir, and Ashlee Weidner.
2015 Partners Card Co-Chairs Melissa Boler, Debbie Munir, and Ashlee Weidner
Guests gathered in The Alley, adjacent to The Grill on the Alley at Galleria Dallas, for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment.
Past and Present Partners Card Co-Chairs
This year's 10-day shopping extravaganza will take place Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Julie Keating and Lacy Biggers
Cardholders are invited to shop, dine and save with a 20% discount at more than 750 participating retail locations and restaurants throughout the Metroplex.
Summer John, The Family Place Assistant Development Director Shivangi Pokharel, Essete Workneh, and Mary Catherine Cesarini
The Family Place VP of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin and Partners Card Development Manager Heather Street Baker

Thursday, May 14, 2015

27th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon Creates Fun Day for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Survivors

The annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon is not your typical Dallas fundraising luncheon.  Not only does it raise critical funding for pediatric cancer research and programs at Children’s Medical Center, it also serves as a positive social-psychological experience for children undergoing cancer treatment.  With the help of area celebrities, sponsors, and a caring community, these children are given a fun day, away from hospitals and treatment.
Rowdy with Ella Lawless
Twenty-one young cancer patients from Children’s Medical Center selected an outfit donated by Dillard’s to model at the luncheon.  When they arrived at the Hilton Anatole Hotel the morning of the luncheon, they were paired with volunteer buddies, and spent the day backstage talking to celebrities, having fun with clowns and magicians, getting their hair done, taking pictures, coloring, eating lunch, and more.  They were joined by up to 100 more children who are all pediatric cancer survivors and who joined them for the grand finale of the fashion show, which featured music by Amber Carrington and Justin Rivers of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Event Co-Chair Roger Staubach with Micah Reed
This year’s guests included longtime Event Chairmen Roger Staubach, who has chaired the event for all 27 years, and Troy Aikman, who has co-chaired for the past 18 years.  Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eager served as mistress and master of ceremonies, and as the children took the runway with their escorts, they shared a little about each child with the audience.  For example: “Micah Reed, a 6th grader at Sulphur Springs Middle School, wants to be an oncologist and an artist when he grows up. His heroes are the U.S. military, past and present because they fight for our freedom.  He loves drawing, listening to music and writing, and is happy when his counts are good and he is not weak."
Jocelyn White, creator/host at Designing DFW with Julia Brown
Rhonda Sargent Chambers of RSC Productions produced the show. Celebrity escorts included Dallas Cowboys Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Terence Newman, along with Rowdy and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  Miss Texas America Monique Evans and Miss Texas Teen USA Chloe Kemble, joined a host of other celebrities and sponsors including Drew Pearson, Ray Johnston, Charles Haley, Steve Largent, Jason Castro, the Pink Heals Firefighters, Dallas SWAT Team, Queen Elsa and Cinderella, among others.
Courtney Kerr, fashion blogger and TV/Radio personality, with Luna Martell
Event Chairmen Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman kicked off the luncheon in the Chantilly Ballroom, introducing committee co-chairs Kathleen Strand and Cara Serber, who each have daughters who have had cancer. 
Kathleen Strand told the audience, “There’s nothing that can every prepare you for the words, ‘I’m sorry, your child has cancer.’  And there’s almost nothing you can do to fix it or to help make sure your child gets better.  I stand her before you today, humbled by all of you, as your presence here helps us in our fight against pediatric cancer.”
Event Co-Chair Troy Aikman with Brady Pampillonia
 Prior to the western-themed runway fashion show, a live auction was held, which included original artwork painted by children and Texas-based artist Christopher H. Martin.   Numerous other packages were also auctioned during this time.
With over $7 million in funds raised, since 1982, for pediatric cancer research, Children’s Cancer Fund continues to fund critical research while improving treatments for hundreds of children throughout the greater North Texas community,” said Luncheon Committee Co-Chair Cara Serber. “A significant amount of these funds are raised through this annual luncheon.
Miss Teen Texas Chloe Isabelle Kembel with Karla Salazar
Proceeds from this event go to Children’s Cancer Fund to help advance pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center, benefiting children worldwide

Pink Heals Firefighters with kids backstage


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On the {Charity} Scene: Young Friends of Wilkinson Center White Party Kickoff Event at Hotel Zaza

Young Friends of Wilkinson Center held their big White Party Kickoff event at Hotel Zaza, where patrons could buy White Party tickets and Young Friend memberships for a discounted rate and learn more about the Young Friends of Wilkinson Center.

Lauren Klein, Holly Colvin, Rachel Kent
This was their first event of the year to announce the White Party fundraiser that will take place on June 13th at Saint Ann from 9pm-2am.
In addition, they raffled off a VIP White Party table and sold sponsorships for the White Party. 
Leila Myers, Micah Baker, Kira Valentino, Tiffany Fascher
Andrea Wullschleger, Cole Egger
Guests enjoyed complimentary strolling bites, such as Chicken Tomatillo Quesadillas, Chinese 5 Spice Crispy Calamari with Thai Chile Sauce and French Macaroons.
Event Photographer was Lisa Means.
Todd Smith, Anna Bertolino, Andy Chang
Alexandra Sardarian, Christie Allardyce, Kaitlan Moczulski, Kiley Candelari, Olivia Lowery, Mackenzie Brittingham, Laramy Elick

The group raised over $20K the night of the event and Hotel Zaza donated 10% of all alcohol sales.
For more information about the upcoming White Party fundraiser please visit

23rd Annual Partners Card Kick-Off on Wednesday!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Recap: Orphan Outreach Children's Hope Dinner {Society Pics}

The second annual Children’s Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach was a joy-filled evening featuring a performance by New York Times best selling author, acclaimed country music artist and child advocate Jimmy Wayne, and honoring philanthropic activist and Children’s Hope Award recipient Cindy Brinker Simmons.
David Madeleine and Orphan Outreach Director of Programs, Amy Norton with her daughter
Receiving the esteemed Champion of Hope Award, four local surgeons were honored for their heroic efforts in helping Gersi Ordonez, a young orphan woman, smile again. The event supported Orphan Outreach’s unique programs providing vulnerable children around the world with basic survival needs and education.
We are excited to celebrate this year’s Children’s Hope Award recipient, Cindy Brinker Simmons, and other honorees for their tremendous work impacting the lives of less fortunate children,” said Michael Douris, Orphan Outreach president. “With approximately 163 million orphans needing help around the world, this event is supporting our mission to provide for their critical needs, allowing them to attend school, receive a daily meal and, ultimately, lead full, hopeful lives. The proceeds from each ticket purchased for this event is making a tremendous difference, providing six children with vital resources for a month.”
Orphan Outreach President, Michael Douris, Betty Lovell and Children's Hope Award Recipient Cindy Brinker Simmons
Cindy Brinker Simmons, dedicated philanthropic activist, business woman, speaker, and author, was honored for her life-long devotion to serving others, including the more than 18 orphans and vulnerable children that Cindy and her son William sponsor and consider part of their family.
New York Time best-selling author and musician Jimmy Wayne performing
This event would not have been possible without event co-chairs Susan Griffiths and Dee Velvin, honorary event chair Carol Seay and event founder Jimmy Westcott.
Preston Hollow residents, Bev Berry Vuvkovich, Beth Shanafelt, Polly Campbell, Chey Fleming

Friday, April 24, 2015

On the {Charity} Scene: NFNL WINGS Luncheon Recap with Kevin Costner - Pics

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer Kevin Costner was the keynote speaker of the New Friends New Life (NFNL) 12th Annual WINGS Luncheon, raising $1.1 million to support victims of sex trafficking and commercial exploitation, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on April 10.
The sold-out crowd of 1,600 was treated to a “Conversation with Kevin Costner” as he joined local movie producer Gary Cogill on stage. 
Ray Hunt, Nancy Ann Hunt, Kevin Costner, Jeanne Johnson Phillips
The day’s activities began with a VIP Reception where top donors and special guests had a chance to meet Costner and take pictures, followed by a few brief remarks by Costner on stage, facilitated by Jeanne Johnson Phillips, event chair. Costner commented on how movies “can bring us together” and that “each of you feel like you know me from my movies.” He highlighted some of his movies to a captive audience including Ann Barbier, Nancy Best, Suzy Gekiere, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt , Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Bobby Lyle, Christina Lynch, Sandy Nachman, Lisa Schlachter, Marianne Staubach, Sue Strauss, Gail and Gerald Turner, Lisa Trout, and a couple hundred more.
Ashlee and Chris Kleinert
Coinciding with Costner’s participation, NFNL launched a men’s advocacy group, consisting of an 18-member governing board, to mobilize area men to personally and collectively act against human trafficking by raising awareness through advocacy and volunteerism.
Elaine Pearlman, Cindy Turner, Dr. Honor Franklin, Gail Fischer
“New Friends New Life is about protecting the most vulnerable citizens of our city – our children,” said Jeanne Johnson Phillips, luncheon chair. “With an estimated 400 teens on the streets each night as targets of human traffickers, it is incumbent upon each of us who care about Dallas to send a message that Dallas is a no tolerance zone for human trafficking.”
Keana Meyer and State Representative Morgan Meyer, Karen Borta, Florence Shapiro
Referencing the statistics on human trafficking highlighted at the luncheon, Costner said, “These numbers are bothering people, the numbers bother me. And I can tell they bother the room…so we’re kind of in this together. I have three daughters, and I have told my children every day since the day they were born they are special. But I never fail to end that sentence with “that does not make you better than anybody.”
Kevin Costner, Katie Pedigo
Costner and Cogill discussed his movies, the effect the movie Giant had on him as a young boy, and his love of cowboy movies. Costner shared some personal and meaningful stories including the filming of JFK and a day that began with hanging out with Cal Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles, which turned into golf with President H.W. Bush and Andre Agassi, and ended with dinner at the White House – an experience Costner referenced as a great and very memorable day in his life.