Last year I published a very popular post titled, "The Best Charity Events in Dallas". While it was one of my most clicked on posts of the year, it also got me in a bit of hot water. The events that I listed loved it and everyone else got their feelings hurt that I didn't include them. SORRY! In that post I stated, "When I say these are the "best" charity events in Dallas, I am not talking about the most worthy charitable endeavors. Every non-profit organization has great intentions towards an admirable cause. But let's face it, there is only so much time and money one can give. At the end of the day people are looking for an event that not only provides them with a way to give back to a cause or their community but also provides a great experience, delicious food, great people-watching and an amazing experience that still has you talking about months later." I stand by that statement and the sentiment holds true for this year's post. Here are a few events for 2015 listed in calendar order that I can't wait to attend. Buy your tickets early because these luncheons, galas and shows WILL SELL OUT!
Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show
February 17, 2015
|Dee Simmons, Carmaleta Whitely, LeeAnne|
Locken, Tiffany Hendra at LLS 2014
(photo Daniel Driensky)
While there will be many new & exciting elements to this year's event, what won’t change in 2015 are the elements that attendees know and love. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center will play host, local blood cancer survivors and supporters will be honored with the Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award and the Spirit of Tom Landry award and FOX4’s Clarice Tinsley will return as the gracious host of the afternoon. Just a heads up that there will be limited tables at the low end of the spectrum and a limited amount of general admission tickets so get your today by visiting http://www.saintvalentinesdayluncheon.org/event/tickets-and-sponsorship.html
Furniture 4 Kids
February 19, 2015
House of DIFFA: 25 Years
March 7, 2015
A champagne reception kicks off the night with more silent auction items that Santa could carry in his sleigh. During a seated dinner, guests enjoy a runway show featuring fashions, musical entertainment and a live auction. It's the absolute best people-watching of the year. All proceeds go directly toward direct care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in the North Texas area. Tickets start at $375 and can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-of-diffa-25-years-tickets-12947463211?aff=erelexporg
Mad Hatter's Tea
Thursday, April 9, 2015
|Cynthia Smoot & Steve Kemble|
at Mad Hatter's 2014
The morning starts off with a champagne reception where everyone oohs' and ahhhs' over elaborate chapeaus. You'll feel like a rock star as complete strangers walk up and ask to take a photo of your look. Astronauts in space can probably pick out the Arboretum from all the flash bulbs going off during this time. Guests then file into Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum for a fashion show. Awards are then presented in a variety of categories and the afternoon needs with a luncheon out of the terrace. This event benefits the The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Tickets start at $250. To grab yours, contact Evelyn Sandy 214-696-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
12th Annual WINGS Luncheon benefiting New Friends New Life featuring Kevin Costner
Friday, April 10, 2015
|Kevin Costner will headline the New Friends|
New Life luncheon on April 10
Art Ball 50
Saturday, April 11, 2015
|Melissa Rountree, Robin McMonigle|
Photo by Hoyoung Lee for CultureMap
Case in point about the awesomeness of this event is that last year, Jan Strimple and Tom Addis had a woman dressed in a dress made of champagne glasses. CHAMPAGNE GLASSES! So, if you don't think Fiscus will be hellbent on upping the game this year, then you don't know squat about party-planners and can just take my word for it.
After dinner, the area will be transformed into the after party, “Selfie,” where guests will dance the night away. Not only will Art Ball 50’s theme commemorate the past, but so will the special host committee, which includes an impressive list of Art Ball chairs from the past 50 years. In just the last fifteen years, Art Ball has raised over $22 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art's mission of engaging and educating the community, with funds going directly to the Museum's operating budget. https://www.dma.org/support-fundraising-events/art-ball-50
Man & Woman of the Year
May 30, 2015
First Sight/First Night
October 29-30, 2015
I have always been a fan of opera and classical music. The love affair started early listening to Mozart and Beethoven as background music for my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons and I delighted as Alfalfa crooned to his beloved Darla arias from Figaro in The Little Rascals. The pageantry and extravagance combined with the theatrics and beautiful music is not lost on me and opera has always held a special place in my heart.
The Dallas Opera's season kicks off with the First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Winspear Opera House. 5 local designers are asked to design an outfit inspired by a famous opera. These designs are debuted at the luncheon (along with a featured designer, whose Fall collection is shown), then they walk the red carpet at a gala that evening. They will then be auctioned off by Heritage Auctions. That evening the First Night dinner is held with guests taking in the debut performance of the new season. This luncheon (and subsequent gala) are filled with mystery, glamor, drama, excitement and passion - just like the Dallas Opera's performances. Tickets to the Fist Sight luncheon will start at $250. First Night dinner, performance and after-party tickets start at $750. For more info, visit http://dallasopera.org/support/special-events/first-night/.
Cattle Baron's Ball
October 2015 (exact date TBD)
|Jane McGarry and Cynthia Smoot at CBB 2014|
I think one of the reasons I love this event, is that it's a hoot to see socialites and billionaires "dressed down" in western wear just throwing back beer and boot scooting the night away. You'll see everything from cocktail dresses to jeans but the one accessory that is consistent is that you MUST wear Cowboy boots. And for Pete's sake, take Uber because this is a throw down, honey and you'll be in no condition to drive home. That is for sure. Tickets start at $2500 per couple. http://www.cattlebaronsball.com
December 2015 (exact date TBD)
|Tutu Chic 2014 performers|
Held at the Winspear Opera House, this fashion show is held (literally) on the stage. Ballerinas themselves are the models and don't just stomp the catwalk - they glide, pirouette, and leap in red-carpet worthy gowns and designer frocks. It is mesmerizing and awe-inspiring to watch them. It reminds me of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing when he said, "No one puts baby in a corner..." and then they took over the dance floor. Your mouth is literally in your lap watching their performance on the runway and I have the utmost respect for their body control and movement - especially in stilettos. After the fashion show, a luncheon is held in the foyer of the Winspear. Funds raised benefit the Texas Ballet Theater. https://www.texasballettheater.org/content/tutu-chic-fashion-show-and-luncheon