Monday, November 4, 2013

St. Jude Evening Under the Stars was a Successful Night of Bubbles & Bling!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is thrilled to announce that the 2013 Evening Under the Stars Party and Golf Classic, held recently at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Stonebriar Country Club, raised $900,876 for St. Jude in their efforts to advance cancer research.

Event co-chairs Marian Haggar Bryan and Lydia Haggar Novakov, along with party chair Cindy Feld, hosted about 830 guests at the festive cowboy chic party Saturday night at the Omni Dallas Hotel, complete with live and silent auctions, performances from some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters, a seated dinner and much more.  Guests mingled amongst the silent auction to start the evening, and the room was filled with glasses of Bubbles & Bling (they sold 100 glasses of champagne for $100 to raise funds for St. Jude – one glass had a 1 carat diamond, and the other 99 had a 1 carat CZ stone) and blinking star pins (each star cost $100 and raised money for the Platelet Fund at St. Jude).
Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan and Cindy Feld

Carole and Scott Murray
During the seated dinner, emcee Carrie McClure welcomed Rick Shadyac, the CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for a special presentation to thank Chili’s Grill & Bar for their donation of $50 million, the largest donation from a single-partner campaign in the hospital’s history. After the dinner and presentation, Leticia Frye captivated the crowd with her auctioneering skills and successfully auctioned off 10 packages, the highlight being a Dine Around Town with Kent Rathbun. Rathbun took the stage and ended up donating two packages to the two highest bidders.

Evening Under the Stars ended with an unforgettable performance by songwriters from Nashville, including Sonny Curtis, Tommy Lee James, Don Poythress and Phillip White.

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