Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tootsies Steps Out in Style for KidneyTexas

KidneyTexas will hold their annual fundraiser, Stepping Out in Style, a fashion show and luncheon on September 15 at Brook Hollow Country Club.  Event Co-Chairs, Pat McDonough and Marianne Wilshusen along with KidneyTexas President Megan Meyercord hosted a cocktail soiree last night at Tootsies where 15% of the evening's sales went to benefit this great charity.

(top left) LeeAnne Locken with Cynthia Smoot  (top right) Alison Volk, Marianne Wilshusen and Pat McDonough  (bottom) Yvonne Crum, Kim Koelz, Piper Young, Dan Pritchett and Tetia East Stroud

 Anyone even remotely involved or interested in Dallas fashion knows of the legendary Jan Strimple.  Fashion model and Bob Mackie muse turned event producer, Jan is a force in the fashion world. More importantly, she is known for being one of the nicest and most professional people around.

We have never actually met, so I was floored when Jan came up to me and not only knew my name but gave me big props on the blog and said she "liked my voice" online and encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing.  WOW!  Still floating today from that encounter.  

Best story of the night came from designer Shirin Askari: We were scoping out a man in the crowd who was very good-looking and pondering his sexual preference.  There was much debate in our group over whether he was gay or straight.  Shirin told LeeAnne Locken, "If you want to know if a guy is gay. Take him to a dance club.  If he dances with both hands in the air for more than 10 seconds - he's gay.  Period."  So, there you have it.